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Confirmed Speakers


Shabnam Aggarwal, Founder of Perspectful

Shabnam brings in-depth expertise in the education and technology fields. After earning her Electrical and Computer Engineering Degree from Carnegie Mellon University, she briefly worked in investment banking technology in New York City. However, over the past 6 years she has held roles such as the SVP at Datawind implementing the educational strategy for the Aakash tablet, the Head of Strategic Partnerships at Pearson India building a network of education technology startups, and the Co-Founder of MILLEE creating educational English games on mobile phones for students. She has spent the past year consulting education organizations and schools focusing on rapid growth, and is currently engaged in consulting as well as developing edtech products for the education ecosystem, such as ReviewEdu. She is an Unreasonable fellow, TEDx speaker, and Startup Weekend Edu facilitator. She maintains a strong and ever-growing network of educationalists in India, and welcomes the opportunity to connect and speak with educationalists and school administrators alike! Please reach out to her at or +9811416850.


Pushpa Aman Singh, CEO, GuideStar India

As the Founder & CEO of GuideStar India, Pushpa set up GuideStar India in 2009, to systematically organise information of India’s vast and complex voluntary sector in a globally trusted and user-friendly portal. She draws on her vast experience in the financial services industry to make the portal easy for NGOs to self-report and add great value for users through verification and due-diligence.  Pushpa’s approach to NGOs and the philanthropic community is influenced by her long association with GiveIndia. She loves to create reporting tools and frameworks that capture verifiable facts and inspiring stories. She has been successful in establishing linkages across networks and sectors to build the philanthropy eco-system in India.

Pushpa has conducted numerous workshops for NGOs and corporates, and, is a popular speaker about the Indian NGO Sector. Pushpa is a member of the Learning Series Committee of the Credibility Alliance and is on the Partnership Advisory Group of TechSoup Global. She is also a member of CII’s Industry-Civil Society Interface Committee and the Pro-bono Task Force of India@75. Pushpa leads India Giving Network, a broad coalition of Indian and US philanthropic intermediaries to promote giving to credible Indian NGOs.


Jai Bhujwala, Vice President Online and Retail Giving, GiveIndia

Jai Bhujwala is a techie at heart and marketer by choice. He decided to use both his passions to get into the digital media domain, establishing a digi-content-marketing firm. After successfully running and establishing his business for 5 years he decided to move to the social sector and currents leads the Online and Retail giving team at GiveIndia. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biotechnology and an MBA in Marketing.

Kyla Johnson, Marketing and Communications Associate, Educate Girls

Kyla Johnson is a Marketing and Communications Associate focusing on digital communications and strategy for Educate Girls in Mumbai, India. She is a 2014 iCats fellow with LGT Venture Philanthropy. Kyla has previously held positions as National Coordinator for the Stomp Out Malaria initiative and served in the United States Peace Corps, both in Mozambique, Africa. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Mass Communications & Marketing, and is originally from Detroit, MI, USA.

Deepa Sapatnekar, Head, Corporate Communications (India and Hong Kong), LinkedIn

As the Head of Corporate Communications (India and Hong Kong) for LinkedIn, Deepa Sapatnekar is tasked with building the brand in India and Hong Kong, through a sustained media and stakeholder engagement program across print, television and the online space. Beyond this, she also conducts an ongoing LinkedIn familiarization program for journalists and oversees LinkedIn India’s Twitter program, which is aimed at educating consumers.

Deepa’s professional career expanses over a decade with experience across fashion, shipping, and IT industries before joining LinkedIn India. She has been a Business Analyst with Indoglobal Group of Companies and Corporate Communications Consultant at HSBC Global Technology. Moving on to leadership roles, she headed Marketing Communications at Compulink Systems Limited and also at Network Solutions, an IBM Company.

Passionate about Volunteering, Deepa is on the board of LinkedIn for Good Foundation and led ‘Women at LinkedIn’ in APAC for 2 years.

Deepa is Brihan Maharashtra College of Commerce (BMCC) alum and has a Masters in Computer Management from the University of Pune.

Deepa’s LinkedIn profile can be seen at: 

Priyanka Singh, Chief Executive, Seva Mandir

Priyanka Singh is the Chief Executive of Seva Mandir from 1st April 2011. She is responsible for leading a team of almost 300 colleagues. Seva Mandir’s work extends to over 600 villages and the annual budget is close to 16 crores. Apart from raising the money, she is responsible for the overall effectiveness of and coherence within Seva Mandir programs, and for representing Seva Mandir at various external forums.

She has worked in Seva Mandir for 17 years and before becoming the Chief Executive, headed its Education and Health Program and one of the geographical locations. In both the program areas, she was closely involved with several pioneering research studies conducted in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

In addition to her responsibilities within Seva Mandir, Priyanka has undertaken evaluations of other organizations and participated in external studies and reviews.

She is also a member of the following boards: Board Member of the Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA); Governing Board Member of ARAVALI, a State level NGO set up by the Government to promote collaboration between the government and the voluntary sector; Governing Board Member of Rejuvenate India Movement (RIM), a multi-State collaborative initiative of several NGOs to encourage voluntarism in the country; Working Committee Member of VANI (Voluntary Action Network of India).

Vishal Talreja, Co-founder & CEO, Dream a Dream

Vishal co-founded Dream A Dream ( along with 11 others. Dream A Dream is an 15-year old professional organization that impacts the lives of 50,000 young people through the active support of over 2000 volunteers. Dream A Dream is acknowledged as an innovator in life Skills development amongst young people from urban slum communities, creating innovative ways for community volunteering and setting very high-standards of transparency, accountability and impact.

Vishal believes that if we can re-imagine education to develop empathy, creative thinking, problem solving and collaborative working skills amongst children, and at the same time create spaces for engagement, dialogue and understanding amongst diverse communities through volunteering we will be able to create a world that truly appreciates unique differences. Vishal is also deeply committed to mentoring start-up NGOs and young social entrepreneurs.

Vishal has also co-authored a paper along with Dr. David Pearson and Dr. Fiona Kennedy titled, “The Life Skills Assessment Scale: Measuring the life skills of disadvantaged children in the developing world” and published in Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, Volume 42, No 2 (2014).

Vishal is an Ashoka Fellow (, an Eisenhower Fellow and sits on Boards of Unltd India and Bangalore Cares.

K.Thiagarajan(“Thiagu”), Chief Operating Officer, Agastya International Foundation

Mr. Thiagarajan heads the operations of Agastya International Foundation, a non profit which the runs world’s largest hands-on science education program serving the education needs of economically backward school children. Besides operations, he is involved with Visioning, Strategy, Scaling, Policy, People, Funding, Innovation and Development of products/services for the foundation.

A Chemical Engineer from IIT Madras, he holds an MBA from IIM, Ahmedabad and has spent 33 years working in corporate sector serving diverse sectors such as Engineering, IT, IT Enabled Services & Infrastructure as President, MD & CEO before moving to the social sector with Agastya 5 years before. He periodically lectures and works with students in leading Business Schools including the IIMs, Indian School of Business in India and Global schools such as Yale School of Management, London Business School, London School of Economics and Kellogg in Nothwestern. He is well travelled and has a wide range of interests in Sports and traditional Indian music. 

Elsa Varghese, Officer - Grants and Communications, Mumbai Mobile Creches

Elsa Varghese has been working with Mumbai Mobile Creches as the Grants and Communications Officer for over 2 years now. She holds a Master’s degree in Social Psychology from Mumbai University and is currently pursuing her MBA in Social Entrepreneurship from NMIMS University, Mumbai.

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