Akshay is supporting the building and management of ASPI-Re´s community, ecosystem, operations, and partnerships. He is passionate about weaving a holistic understanding of policy, sustainability and youth-leadership. He previously led a youth-run leadership development organization in various roles and worked across twenty-one countries for implementing SDG based projects to amplify awareness...

Societal Platform

Anand is a Societal Platform Strategy and Innovation advisor for organizations looking to solve large scale problems with speed and in a sustainable way.


Gopal Garg is ASPI-Re´s Ecosystem and Partnerships Director. For the last 20yrs he has led social impact initiatives with a focus on youth. His innovative programs on ecosystem building for the inclusion of people with disabilities in corporate has changed mindsets and influenced many policies in India, Mauritius and Kenya. He co-led the designing and implementing the mission of the 1million job...


Irina leads program design and knowledge creation in ASPIRe. She is experienced in orchestrating complex social impact initiatives by engaging networks of social entrepreneurs, philanthropists, academia, and the private sector. She has conceptualized and led the launch of several initiatives with Ashoka, GiveIndia, Rohini Nilekani Philanthropies, Bangalore International Centre among others.


Maria Zapata is the ASPI-Re Global lead. She has been with Ashoka for almost 20 years leading different programs, including Globalizer, Ashoka´s flagship program on scaling. Supporting Social Entrepreneurs think strategically about how to best scale their impact has been at the core of Maria´s work, so she´s thrilled with the opportunity of supporting the creation of a framework that helps drive...

Societal Platform

Naveen manages Knowledge & Research for Societal Platforms initiative at EkStep Foundation. His focus is on enabling practices and policies that are grounded in the lived experiences of people.

Societal Platform

Sahana Jose leads Communications & Engagements for Societal Platforms initiative at EkStep Foundation. Her interest lies in the intersection of social development and communication. 

Societal Platform

Vyjayanthi is a Program Manager at the Societal Platform. She strongly believes that every individual has an inherent willingness and ability to make this world a better place. She is committed to this transformation movement of activating it with the right energy and inspiration.


Ambassador of Ashoka Spain and TEDx Conferences

Antonella spent the first part of her career in commercial communication, working at Ogilvy & Mather and Saatchi & Saatchi as CEO, all...

Director of Strategy, Nilekani Philanthropies

Gautam believes that it is powerful to give people the ability to make a choice and that all individuals are agents of change. ...

Ashoka Fellow since 1998

Managing Director at One Family Foundation and at Child and Youth Finance International

Director, Ashoka South Asia

For the past 20 years, Maria Clara has worked extensively to identify, support and engage leading social entrepreneurs in different parts of the...

CTO, EkStep

Dr. Pramod Varma is the CTO for EkStep. He continues to be the Chief Architect and Technology Advisor for Aadhaar (UID) project. He is passionate...

Co-founder and Managing Partner at Sattva Consulting

Committed to ending poverty in our lifetime by enabling exceptional leaders & social organisations to achieve orbit shifting change and designing &...

Founder / Director at Fraktal Impact

Founder and Director of Fraktal; an impact agency specialising in Fund Strategy, Due Diligence and Partner (Fundee) Support. Aside from impact leadership, culture, and...

Chief Curator, Societal Platform

Sanjay is the Chief Curator of Societal Platform at EkStep Foundation.  He is a strategic advisor and a mentor to several entrepreneurs & social...

Ashoka Fellow since 2009

Sanjeev Arora is the Director and Founder of Project ECHO. He is a Distinguished Professor of Medicine with tenure in the Department of Internal...

CEO and Co-founder of EkStep

Shankar Maruwada is the CEO and Co-founder of EkStep.  He is an entrepreneur and marketing professional with a wide range of experience working on...