eNGO Challenge GRAND JURY 2014

eNGO Challenge Award South Asia Grand Jury was successfully held at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi on 8th October 2014. eNGO Challenge Award Grand Jury is one of the most crucial milestone in entire eNGO Challenge Award Process, which is aimed to identify and Award the best practices across Asia using ICT tools. The experts of the Grand Jury offer their perspective not only on how innovative the project is but how well it is sustaining & how well strategically positioned they would be.

eNGO Challenge Award jury is a three tier process where the entries go through rigorous review and filtering, it then goes through parameter and secondary research based evaluation and then it finally goes through diverse qualitative and quantitative discussion and voting by jurors who spent a full day to implement the jury process.

eNGO Challenge South Asia Award Jury panel is mix of Technology experts, entrepreneurs, industry experts, mentors, consultants & writers on Technological Developments from South Asian countries. The experts were from Bill and Milinda Gates, Microsoft India

Moderator : eNGO Challenge South Asia Award Jury


Osama ManzarFounder & Director, Digital Empowerment FoundationOsama Manzar is a convert social entrepreneur spearheading the mission to overcome the information barrier between India’s rural sector, and the so-called developed society, through Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) – the not-for-profit organization founded to accomplish the mission. He is a Member, Working Group, Internet Governance Forum of Ministry of Communication & IT and was a Member, Task Force on Growth of IT, ITES & Electronics HW Manufacturing Industry, Ministry of Comm & IT, India.

Amir Ullah Khan Amir Ullah Khan | President of Glocal UniversityAn economist working as a Senior Policy Advisor with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, he holds a PhD in Commerce and Business Studies from the JamiaMillia Central University at New Delhi. Additionally, he is a Post Graduate Diploma holder in Rural Management from the Institute of Rural Management (IRMA), Anand, Gujarat. An erstwhile officer of the Indian Civil Services, Dr. Amir has worked as a researcher for the Ministry of Finance, Government of India and the UNDP at Project LARGE (Legal Adjustments and Reforms for Globalising the Economy). Besides these, he has worked in various capacities with EU, British High Commission, OXFAM, Ashoka Foundation, USAID and Deutsche GesellschaftfürTechnischeZusammenarbeit (GTZ).

Rajen Varada | Founder & Director, Technology For The People : Rajen Varada is an ICT practitioner since 1995 and continues to be actively engaged in designing and implementing proof of concept solutions for rural development using technology and in particular ICT. He has developed solutions for health & early childhood care:(Sisu Samrakshak UNICEF), disaster:(SMS4help – Solution Exchange), district e-governance: (Parishkaram & Samadhan – Govt of AP& West Bengal) and most recently ‘Labnet” a migrant labour tracking and services portal. He is actively involved for the past nine years in study, evaluation and mentoring ICT innovations which impact the social sector. Rajen has been one of the thinkers behind movements like public sector software in India and actively support community ownership of technology – from community radio, community TV to open source applications.
Ashis Sanyal, Independent Information Technology and Services Professional : Mr. C. Babu Joseph is the Executive Trustee and CEO of Axis Bank Foundation. He is a post graduate in Ashis Sanyal, currently working as an Independent Consultant in the areas of e-Governance, Capacity Building and ICT4D for various e-Governance projects in India and abroad supported by World bank and its sister entities, is former Senior Director in the Department of Electronics & Information Technology, Government of India and was a significant contributor in firming up government policy guidelines, strategy and framework for core e-governance infrastructure related to e-governance.
Manju Dhasmana, Lead – Community Affairs/Corporate, Social Responsibility, Microsoft India : Manju Dhasmana is Lead – Community Affairs at Microsoft India, where she drives Microsoft’s CSR mandate of building skills and employment opportunities for youth. She also leads the portfolio of partnerships with NGOs on technology, employee engagement and disaster response. Manju has worked extensively in the development sector for 15 years on issues of health, gender, rights and access. In 2009.
Aparna Mahajan (Director, Resource Mobilization and Partnerships, S M Sehgal Foundation) : Aparna is an experienced management and development expert. She has been a UNDP International Technical Expert, UNDP Somalia, Kenya; UNDP/UNV India Country Specialist and UNDP Consultant in Private Sector/CSR; Advisor, Corporate Communications, TERI India, and CSR Programs Specialist, Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, UAE. Initially, Aparna worked on leadership roles and specialized assignments with FICCI, IIT Delhi and Nestle India Ltd. She holds M.B.A. degree and has several key publications to her credit including India Country Report on CSR/Business-Community Relations published by UNV, Germany, TERI India and New Academy of Business, UK, 2004; The World Guide to CSR, Greenleaf Publishing U.K. 2010 (expert contributor for India and UAE country chapters); Rise of CSR in Emerging Economies in a book on *Social Responsibility- Making CSR an actionable business agenda*, by Institute of Directors, launched at Dubai Global CSR Convention 2012 ; and Corporate Social Responsibility Today in a book on *Leveraging CSR for Competitive Advantage*, by Institute of Directors, for International CSR Conference, Bangalore, 2014.

thekaekaraStan Thekaekara Director – Just Change India :

Stan Thekaekara, activist, thinker and social entrepreneur has worked for nearly 40 years in the field of human rights and development. In 1986, he co-founded ACCORD, to mobilise the adivasis of the Gudalur Valley, Tamilnadu to fight for their social, political and human rights. In 2000, Stan founded Just Change, an international cooperative linking producers, investors and consumers in mutually beneficial ways – rebuilding the notion of community and regaining power in the marketplace. Stan has served as a trustee of Oxfam GB and was Visiting Fellow at the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at the Said Business School, Oxford University. Stan has straddled the entire gamut of human rights and development work – from grassroots activism and long term development, to disaster management and rehabilitating youngsters with addiction problems. He sits on the Board of various non-profits and has been instrumental in founding a number of development organisations in India and abroad.

Mahesh-VenkateswaranMahesh Venkateswaran Principal- Innovation & Engagement NSDC : Mahesh leads the engagement and innovation practice at NSDC. In his role, he works closely with training partners and external stakeholders, in contributing to the skilling mission. As part of the innovation piece, his team supports and funds products/practices that add value to the skills ecosystem in the country. For almost four years before his present job, Mahesh was associated with KGVK in Jharkhand, a Corporate Social Enterprise arm of the Usha Martin Group, in leadership roles.
Sanjeev-GuptaSanjeev Kumar Gupta Chief Executive Officer, E&H Foundation : Sanjeev Kumar Gupta works at E&H Foundation as CEO and has 25 years of experience in the development sector. Sanjeev studied Physics at Delhi University and Rural management at Institute of Rural Management Anand. Sanjeev has significant experience of working at the grassroots and has implemented large-scale development projects in India, Afghanistan and Nepal. Sanjeev worked with Aga Khan Foundation and Afghanaid in Afghanistan for more than five years and led large scale, multi sectoral development projects in conflict prone central and Northern Afghanistan in challenging conditions. Sanjeev also worked as a consultant and researcher on diverse livelihood and development issues with UNDP, IFAD, Fair trade Original (Netherlands), ICCO-Netherlands, OXFAM-Bridge, Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), Small Farmers Agriculture Consortium (SFAC),India-Canada Environment Facility (ICEF),), Center of Development studies (CDS) – University of Wales, ASA (Action for Social Advancement), ACP (Association of Crafts Producers), Sasakawa Peace Foundation, ARAVALI, Atkins UK (on a DFID project).


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