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Social Entrepreneurship and Tech Innovation Advancing SDGs in South Asia | May 22, 2018

Rikin Gandhi

Co-founder & Executive Director, Digital Green

Radhika Shah

Co-President,
Stanford Angels & Entrepreneurs

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 • 4:30-5:50 PM

Stanford University | Skilling Auditorium
494 Lomita Mall • Stanford, CA

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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 has been an advisor, mentor and judge at student Accelerators Startx (Stanford) & Skydeck Labs (Berkeley), Impact Experience and Illumen Capital a Fund of Impact Funds reducing Implicit Biases.

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.

Radhika has been a speaker at Stanford and Berkeley, the National Academy of Sciences, United Nations SDG MediaZone on topics including entrepreneurship and investment, the role of tech innovation in helping society and 2 sides of technology. She has been a judge, co-convener of UN Solutions summit and is member of a tech focused study group at the Center for Global Development.

She holds a Masters in Computer Science from Stanford and an MBA from Berkeley.

 

Free and open to the public.  No RSVP necessary.

Please click here to see our speaker line-up for our spring seminar series “Entrepreneurship in Asian High-Tech Industries”.