Persons

(In alphabetical order)

Abhishek Kadam

Abhishek is a key management personnel at Social Synergy Foundation. Abhishek has experience across investment banking, management consulting, fund-raising and start-ups. At Social Synergy, his primary responsibility is managing a part of the OD portfolio, counselling donors, and sourcing funds under ‘FIG’.

Through his work with clients, Abhishek has been exposed to the sectors of employable skills development, family economic sustainability, micro-insurance, water supply, early childhood education, maternal care and women’s agency. He has successfully moved impact capital (grant and equity) of more than USD 15 million in social enterprises.

In the past, Abhishek worked as a Principal Consultant with a niche consulting company (ISG) where he advised his clients on their supply-chain sourcing strategies. He advised a leading German energy provider on a multi-vendor infrastructure outsourcing transaction. Before ISG, Abhishek was a Consultant at Tholons, a boutique consulting firm where he was responsible for consulting a Fortune 500 IT-BPO client on restructuring their service delivery model to optimize on skills, processes and costs.

Abhishek holds a Masters in Finance from Cranfield School of Management and an MBA from Bharathidasan Institute of Management (BIM, Trichy). He completed his graduation in Chemical Engineering from Mumbai University. He is based in Mumbai.

Bibhas Mondal

Bibhas is an independent consultant working with Social Synergy Foundation. He helps oversee finance, administration and governance. He has more than 5 years of professional experience as a business consultant and has been instrumental in conceptualising and creating functional solutions around Insurance Analytics. He is also involved in large scale implementation projects in the domain of enterprise data management across banking, insurance and media entertainment industries. Bibhas is a management graduate from Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta. He holds a Bachelor in Technology (B.Tech.) in Mechanical from NIT, Durgapur. He is a certified Fellow, Life Management Institute (FLMI) from LOMA, USA. Bibhas is based in Kolkata.

Chandan Kumar

Chandan is a member of the Board at Social Synergy Foundation. He is the co-founder of Castling Consulting which focuses on consulting for small and medium-sized corporates. Recently, he co-founded Wazzeer, a start-up looking to provide legal, compliance and accounting services to the start-up and small/mid-sized corporate segment.

Chandan has more than seven years of experience spanning management consulting, working with growing enterprises by helping them frame their strategies, handholding them through the implementation process, and raising capital. Under Castling, he and his team have moved impact capital in the range of USD 10 million and have worked with 15+ social enterprises and impact investors.

Before becoming an entrepreneur, Chandan worked with different consulting firms and was responsible for advising clients on post-acquisition integration, operations planning, exploring untapped revenue sources, market & competitive landscape analysis and ‘go-to-market’ strategy.

Chandan has a Dual Degree (Bachelors and Masters) from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, and has done his Management from Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta. He is based in Bengaluru.

Dr. Martin Vogelsang

Martin is the co-founder of Social Synergy Deutschland, a German charitable organisation, and a member of the Board at Social Synergy Foundation. He holds the additional responsibility of developing and promoting the FIG initiative in Europe.

He is also the Country Representative for the DACH Region of the European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA) and the interim head of the German National Advisory Board on Impact Investing (“Bundesinitiative Impact Investing”) which is part of the Global Steering Group (http://gsgii.org/). The goal of this initiative is to create a viable international ecosystem for impact investing. He spent several years in India incubating start-up social enterprises.

Before working in the impact space, Martin had a long-standing career in the banking and strategic consulting business. Martin has a PhD in Business Ethics, Department of Economics from Universität Eichstätt in Germany. He is based in Berlin.

Kushagra Merchant

Kushagra is a key management personnel at Social Synergy Foundation. He has been in the management consulting profession since 2007, and has experience in strategy consulting, organisational restructuring & development. At Social Synergy, his primary responsibilities include managing part of its OD portfolio, institution-building of Social Synergy itself, and collaboration with academic institutions.

Through his work with clients, Kushagra has been exposed to sectors of low-income housing, maternal and child care, drinking water, community rights & advocacy, environmental regeneration, role of women in development, urban habitat improvement and theory & practice of learning & developmental processes within the field of education.

In the past, Kushagra worked at erstwhile Monitor Group's Inclusive Markets Initiative on designing and implementing market-based models to address housing and drinking water needs in urban low-income communities. Prior to joining Monitor, he worked in the Strategy Consulting practice at Accenture India in the sectors of consumer retail strategy and merger & restructuring in the airlines sector.

Kushagra holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, and a Bachelor in Engineering (B.E.) in Electronics and Telecommunications from Mumbai University. He is based in Ahmedabad / Mumbai and writes at merchantkushagra.info.

Prashant Chandrasekaran

Prashant is member of the Board at Social Synergy Foundation. He is the co-founder of ValetEZ, a start-up providing solutions in urban parking management space. Prashant has several years of experience working with SMEs and large corporations on market assessment studies, entry strategies, business plans and partner identification engagements.

At Intellecap, Prashant worked with the IFC’s Philippines office to identify the potential for sustainable energy solutions among microenterprises and low-income households in that country. As part of that project, he also recommended financing (micro-loan) models that would help realise this market potential in the Philippines. He has also worked with a leading FMCG company on identifying financing and last mile distribution channels to drive outreach for their water purifiers among low-income households in India. Prior to Intellecap, Prashant worked with Netscribes, a leading business and financial research firm in India, on consulting engagements.

Prashant has an MBA from the University of Oxford – Said Business School in the UK. He is based in Bengaluru and writes at prashantchandrasekaran.info.

Prateesh Prasad

Prateesh works as a consultant with Social Synergy Foundation. He has been working with non-profits in the areas of maternal and child health, resilient rural development, early childhood and adolescent girls’ education, and livelihood creation.

At Social Synergy, he assists in various aspects of the organisational development process for a subset of clients including project management, finance, and operations. Most recently he has co-led the engagement at a non-profit to take over a large-scale healthcare initiative from the Government of India. He also works with donors and family foundations on specific tasks such as need assessment, impact evaluation, and setting monitoring & reporting processes for their India offices.

Prateesh also has over 5 years of experience as business consultant advising entrepreneurs and business leaders in areas such as nutraceuticals, integrated farming and management, telecom & IT, bioenergy and block-chain based payment solution systems.

Prateesh is a management graduate from Vanguard Business School and holds a Bachelor in Business Management from Amrita University, Coimbatore. He is based in Mumbai / Wayanad in Kerala.

Roshini Diwakar

Roshini is working as an independent consultant for Social Synergy Foundation. She was Project Manager for the project called Sahuri (earlier christened Jagriti) that provides context specific information to women in rural areas. She has over six years of extensive research experience in the areas of education, adolescent girls, marginalised women, and policy advocacy. She has co-authored multiple research reports for impact investors and policy makers.

Earlier, she worked with Phicus Social Solutions, International Center for Research on Women, Indian Council of World Affairs, IT for Change, Centre for Legislative Research and Advocacy and Centre for Policy Research.

She holds a MSc. in Comparative Politics (Research) from London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London. Prior to that, she has done a Diploma in Conflict Transformation and Peace Building, and B.A. (Honours) in Political Science, from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi. She is based in Delhi.