Chairman & CEO
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Dipak Basu is a co-founder of NetHope, a technology alliance of the world's largest aid agencies. He has held leadership positions in Product Management and Professional Services at Cisco, and was Vice President, Information Networks at CMC Ltd.
Dipak Basu has spent much of his life employing technology in humanitarian missions worldwide.
In 2001 Dipak founded and served for three years as Executive Director of NetHope, a technology alliance of the world's largest aid agencies, for applying innovative IT solutions to humanitarian operations in the world’s poor, disaster-affected and war-torn regions. He currently leads NetHope’s ICT for Healthcare initiative.
In 2006 Dipak set up Anudip Foundation, a nonprofit company dedicated to improving livelihoods of rural poor in developing countries through training in information technology and entrepreneurship. As an unique means of creating a sustainable social enterprise, Anudip employs its women and minority graduates in a rural BPO that provides world-class project outsourcing services. Dipak currently serves as Chairman of Anudip’s Board of Directors.
From 1995 to 2006, Dipak held senior management positions in Product Management and Professional Services at Cisco Systems where his last position was Director, Global Center of Expertise. Dipak is considered a pioneer in Voice over IP and Metro Ethernet technologies.
Prior to Cisco, Dipak served as a consultant to the Government of India. During this time he set up INDONET, India’s first public data network, and voice/data networks for India’s steel, energy, banking and hospitality sectors.
Dipak holds a BTech. from the Indian Institute of Technology and a MSEE from the University of Southern California. He has been a guest lecturer in Computer Science at IIT Delhi. He has won the Tech Laureate award for IT in Humanity for NetHope, and the President's Award from Save the Children. Dipak is a Cisco Leadership Fellow, a Reuters Digital Vision Fellow, and a Fellow of the Institute of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers.
Director, Operations Committee
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Arup Das is a seasoned executive with a long career in financial, export and general management at Siemens in India and Germany. After retiring from Siemens in 1997, Arup co-founded and operated his own mechanical engineering manufacturing business.
Arup has acted as Joint Honorary Secretary, Treasurer and Vice President of the Welfare Society for the Blind, a Kolkata NGO, between 1991 and 2003 and introduced computer training for the blind. He was a Member and Club Secretary of the Rotary Club of Kolkata – Midcity between 1995 and 1999.Arup began his career with Kilburns Division of Macneill & Barry and joined Siemens India Ltd in 1965 as Commercial Executive in Kolkata. He later moved to Siemens' Western Regional office in Mumbai. He was transferred to Siemens' Export Division as Commercial Manager, Foreign Trade Administration, to look after the company's entire export business, during which time he traveled extensively in corporate work in the Indian subcontinent, Middle East and Russia, and operated Siemens' offshore bank accounts in London, Bahrain and Singapore.
In the period 1979-85 Arup moved to Siemens' Eastern Regional office as Chief Manager, Finance & Administration and also carried out assignments at Siemens Germany. During this period he took over as General Manager & CEO of Siemens Telematik Ltd. After the merger of STL with Siemens in 1995, he returned to Siemens as General Manager, Eastern Region to look after the entire business of the region.
Director, Finance Committee
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A Chartered Accountant by profession, Abhijit has been with the House of Tata’s for 35 years, having joined the erstwhile Indian Tube Company, now a part of Tata Steel.
Prior to that he was with Lovelock & Lewes and Hindustan Copper Ltd. Earlier, he was General Manager (Finance) of Tata Korf, a Joint Venture between Tata Steel and Korf (Germany). He was VP (Finance) & CFO of Tata Steel Processing and Distribution Ltd., a subsidiary of Tata Steel, for 12 years before retiring in December, 2009.
Abhijit has the distinction of being the Chief Ethics Counselor of TSPDL and its Corporate Sustainability Head.
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Dr. Pradeep Kakkar's illustrious career is a fascinating combination of development and business achievements. Pradeep has been a consultant for over 15 years with the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, DFID, the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, GTZ, The Futures Group, The Micronutrient Initiative, World Food Program and UNICEF.
Pradeep has held faculty positions at premier American business schools at the Wharton School, Cornell University and Columbia University and at the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta. Pradeep has had senior level experience in the private sector as Executive Director at Bates Clarion and Director of Lintas and Duncans. Pradeep's tours of duty have been in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. His work has primarily been in Communication, IEC, Social Marketing and Management, Institutional Assessment, with focus on health and nutrition sectors. He has hands-on experience in setting up and working with an environmental NGO in Calcutta for 15 years. Pradeep received his MBA from the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, and his PhD in Management from the University of California, Los Angeles.
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Utpal Ghosh is a well-known authority and author of several books on planning, design, fabrication, erection and overall management of bridges. After a long career with Braithwaite, Burn and Jessop, he has his own practice as consulting engineer.
Advisor, Omidyar Network
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Shreya represents Omidyar Network, a strategic investor, on Anudip's Board. She joined ON in April 2011 after spending four years at The Boston Consulting Group.
For ON, Shreya Invests in organizations that create economic opportunity and improve the livelihoods of millions of people living at the base of the pyramid. She Primarily supports ON investments across the Consumer Internet & Mobile, Education, and Financial Inclusion initiatives.
Shreya holds MBA from IIM Ahmedabad and B.Tech in Electrical Engineering from IIT Bombay.