Social Entrepreneurship and Tech Innovation Advancing Sustainable Development Goals in South Asia

Topic: 
Social Entrepreneurship and Tech Innovation Advancing Sustainable Development Goals in South Asia
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 4:30pm
Venue: 
Skilling Auditorium, 494 Lomita Mall
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Panel Speakers
Abstract / Description: 

Panelists:
- Rikin Gandhi, Co-founder/Executive Director of Digital Green
- Radhika Shah, Co-President of Stanford Angels & Entrepreneurs
- Dr. Richard Dasher, Director of the US-Asia Technology Management Center (Moderator)

Rikin Gandhi is co-founder and executive director of Digital Green, a global development organization that empowers smallholder farmers to lift themselves out of poverty by harnessing the collective power of technology and grassroots-level partnerships. He began his career at Oracle, where he received patents for linguistic search algorithms that he helped develop. Later, he joined Microsoft Research India's Technology for Emerging Markets team, where he researched ways to amplify the effectiveness of agricultural development globally. While traveling around India's rural communities, Gandhi developed a passion for helping the country's rural farmers. That passion then became his career: in 2006, he co-founded what is now Digital Green. Gandhi holds a master's in aeronautical and astronautical space engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a bachelor's in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University.

Radhika Shah is Co-President of Stanford Angels & Entrepreneurs. She is an angel/impact tech investor also passionate about civic engagement, community building & transformative social change. She is an advisor to the Sustainable Development Goals Philanthropy Platform and Founding Chair of the Tech Advisory Group for Stanford Handa Center for Human Rights. She also sits on the International Advisory Network for Business and Human Rights Resource Centre. She is passionate about women's rights, education, social justice, environment since her childhood, growing up under the influence of the Gandhi Ashram in India. Radhika co-founded former Ashoka SV chapter, is on SV Leadership Council for Action for India, an advisor/mentor to CGNetSwara.org, Samasource.org.

See https://asia.stanford.edu/social-entrepreneurship-may-22-2018/ for details.