Anant Bhagwati is a Partner at The Bridgespan Group, working in the Mumbai office. He has an abiding interest in enabling Indian NGOs and Domestic Philanthropy to achieve their full potential. He works closely with multi-generational families, technology entrepreneurs and corporates, and global foundations to help them dream bolder and with greater equity. He works closely with over 30 leading nonprofits in India, both scale actors and high potentials, on their journeys of transformative scale. Anant writes and speaks at forums extensively and has co-authored the India Philanthropy report for over five years.


Prior to this, Anant was Director for Capacity Building and Expertize at Dasra, focusing on strategic philanthropy and field building. He has transitioned from a career advising for-profit companies culminating as Partner at Bain India, where he led Digital Transformation in India. A few common elements have continued to excite him through his Consulting career of nearly 20 years. Anant is passionate about applying these skills learnt in the corporate world to support Philanthropists and NGOs with strategy formulation, implementation and scaling impact. Anant lives with his wife and teenage daughter and mother in Mumbai.

Prof. Sanjeeb Kakoty

Currently working as associate professor at IIM-Shillong he is also a visiting faculty at IIM Ahmedabad and IIM Bangalore. His areas of interest apart from history are Sustainability, Entrepreneurship, Communications and Governance. He has also worked as a lecturer in St. Anthony’s College, Christ King College and St. Edmunds College, Shillong. He has a number of start ups to his credit and was also associated with the founding of the North East Data Bank, the first news agency of the region founded in 1988, for supplying well researched news, features and documentaries for the print and electronic media of the country and abroad. He has written over two hundred newspaper and magazine articles and also researched, scripted and directed some 40 documentary films.


A writer, an academician and a documentary film maker, his latest book entitled Science, Technology and Social Formation in Medieval Assam, has recently been published by Cambridge University Press. His other books include Tawang :The Abode of Prayers and Technology, Production and Social Formation in the Evolution of the Ahom State, as well as a number of edited volumes.


Dr. Ajanta Phatowali passed MBA from Tezpur University in 1998. Currently she is working as GM with IDBI Bank and based at Hyderabad. Prior to IDBI she had worked with NeDFi and ONGC and has vast experience in the finance and Development sector in the North East. She is a PhD from Tezpur University in 2013. She is associated with various Associations of Diaspora Assamese in different countries.


Ravi Sreedharan, the Founder of the Indian School of Development Management, brings with him 24 years of valuable experience in the corporate sector. Notably, his extensive tenure at HSBC included diverse roles, culminating in his position as CEO and president director of Bank Ekonomi.


Has worked in the rural / community development sector for the past two decades in various organisations including grassroots NGOs in Rajasthan and Telangana, World Bank supported poverty alleviation programs in Andhra Pradesh and Chattisgarh, and with United Nations Development Program (UNDP) across the country. Had also worked as an Engineer with SAIL and taught at Development Management Institute. Sudied Engineering and Science in Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani and Rural Management in Institute of Rural Management (IRMA), Anand. Also was the CEO of National Mineral Development Corporation CSR Foundation. Cuurently Anil is the ED of SEWA International.