Date: October 01, 2016 - Time: 02:00 pm - 08:45 pm
Washington Plaza Hotel
The 3rd American Bazaar Philanthropy Dialogue and Dinner will be held in Washington, DC, on October 1, 2016. As in the previous years, the Dialogue will bring under one roof various stakeholders and leaders from the Indian American philanthropic community and philanthropic Indophiles to brainstorm giving in both the United States and India.
The event will honor prominent Indian American Philanthropist Suri Sehgal, founder of the SM Sehgal Foundation. Dr. Sehgal will also deliver the third American Bazaar Philanthropy Lecture.
Suri Sehgal holds a Ph.D in Plant Genetics from Harvard University, and a diploma in business management from Harvard Business School. He is the founder and chairman of Misr Hytech Seed, Egypt; and Hytech Seed, India. He is the founder and chairman of the Sehgal Foundation, USA, and S. M. Sehgal Foundation, India. He is the former President of Pioneer Overseas Corporation and vice president Pioneer Hi-Bred International, now owned by DuPont. He is the former Chief Operating Officer and Member Board of Directors of Plant Genetic Systems, Belgium, now a Bayer CropBioscience Company. He is the founder and former chairman of Proagro Group of companies, India, which were acquired by AgrEvo-Hoechst Schering in 1998, and are now owned by Bayer of Germany. He served on the board of Crop Design, a Belgian biotech company, now owned by BASF, and on the board of Great Lakes Hybrids as a representative of KWS before its merger with Limagrain seed operations in the US to form AgReliant Genetics. He served as a trustee of International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, a CGIAR international center located in Ibadan, Nigeria, & served on the board of Diversity, a news journal for the International Plant Genetic Resources Community. He is the founder of the William L.Brown Center for Economic Botany at the Missouri Botanical Garden at St Louis, Missouri and an Emeritus Trustee of the Garden. He is the recipient of many awards and honors in agriculture and philonthropy.
Meet some of our speakers
Venkatesh (Venky) Raghavendra is a social entrepreneur with nearly three decades of philanthropy and development experience. He has successfully built global partnerships and mobilized significant resources for a number of international and national organizations. Venky is a consultant in the areas of philanthropy, fundraising, and social entrepreneurship. Some of his recent and current clients include the UK-based Common Purpose, New York–based American India Foundation, and Washington, DC–based Ashoka: Innovators for the Public. Formerly chief philanthropy officer at the American India Foundation (AIF), Venky strengthened the US-India philanthropic and ideas exchange by promoting major giving and investments from corporations, high net-worth individuals, diaspora communities, and others. Prior to joining AIF, Venky was managing director of global partnerships at Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, in Washington, DC. At Ashoka, Venky promoted social entrepreneurship around the world by collaborating with business entrepreneurs and foundations. He was also involved in supporting social entrepreneurs in achieving scale and in the creation of communities of social entrepreneurs. Venky's career as a social entrepreneur began in his late teens, when he co-founded The Adventurers — an organization that creates livelihood opportunities for indigenous communities in the rainforests of South India through eco- and adventure-tourism. Venky is a trustee of Ashoka India and is on the board of several not-for-profits and is an advisor to several others. He writes frequently on social issues for a variety of media, including the Wharton Journal, Khaleej Times, Times of India, Indian Express, and The Hindu, among others. He speaks regularly at a number of universities around the world on the topics of social entrepreneurship and innovation, cross-sectoral partnerships for community change, and philanthropy. He has taught social entrepreneurship to graduate-level students in the United States and in India.
Ajay Raju is the founder of the Philadelphia-based Pamela + Ajay Raju Foundation. Through the interplay of strategically selected philanthropic initiatives, the Raju Foundation employs an interdisciplinary approach to the greater development of Philadelphia and the surrounding region. Among the Raju Foundation’s principal enterprises is the Germination Project, a non-profit, catalytic incubator for Philadelphia’s next generation of business, political and civic leaders, drawn from the best and brightest of Philadelphia’s high school students. The Germination Project’s mission and curriculum, developed in partnership with some of the region’s leading educational and public service institutions, focus on a decades-long investment in the future leadership of our city. Under the aegis of the IntXchange, the Raju Foundation promotes Philadelphia’s robust and growing creative community while attracting leading artists and patrons from around the world. These efforts have opened new cultural and commercial trade routes, putting Philadelphia on the map as a truly cosmopolitan city and as a viable destination for global investment. The Raju Foundation is the founding publisher and patron of The Philadelphia Citizen, a non-profit, nonpartisan media organization whose dual mission is to provide deeply reported journalism that emphasizes solutions to move our region forward, and to actively reignite citizenship in and around Philadelphia by shining a light on the next generation of leadership—all while giving Philadelphians the interactive tools they need to become more involved, engaged citizens. In the spirit of global engagement, the Raju Foundation has endowed the Ajay Raju Millennial Membership of the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia. Students and professionals who join the World Affairs Council through the Raju Millennial Membership are granted the opportunity to engage with impact-makers from around the world, to find common cause with like-minded young professionals, and to develop a model for global citizenship that begins right here in Philadelphia. Ajay is the Chairman and CEO of Dilworth Paxson, one of the leading law firms in the United States. His legal practice has a strong emphasis on structured finance and real estate capital markets transactions. Ajay also has a top reputation in a broad spectrum of other transactional areas, including mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, joint ventures, and cross-border strategic alliances. Recognized as one of the foremost authorities on issues arising from India’s emergence as a global power, Ajay is regularly called upon by leading multinational corporations to provide counsel on navigating the Indian market, and to act as a liaison and negotiator within India's complex regulatory regime. Ajay was recently named by Lex Witness, a leading Indian journal of legal and corporate affairs, as one of India’s Top 50 power players shaping the country’s modern legal and business landscapes. Ajay was appointed by Mayor Michael Nutter, in 2011, to the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Works, the region’s premier workforce development agency and the City’s fiscal agent for state and federal employment and training funds. Ajay also serves as chairman of The Center PAC, a federal and state non-partisan political action committee that supports policies and candidates who champion entrepreneurship, economic growth, and sustainable prosperity throughout the region. A sought-after thought leader, he appears as a regular on Inside Story, a Sunday-morning news and roundtable debate show which airs on ABC’s WPVI station serving the Greater Philadelphia market. Ajay also serves as a member of the Board of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, Southeastern Pennsylvania’s leading business advocacy organization; as a member of the Board for Comcast/NBCUniversal’s Joint Diversity Council; as a Board member of the World Affairs Council, the region’s preeminent leadership and educational forum on international affairs; as a member of the Corporate Executive Board for the Philadelphia Museum of Art; as a member of the Chairman’s Council for the Philadelphia Zoo; as a member of the Cultural Cabinet of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance; as Pennsylvania State Chair of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys; as a member of the Archbishop’s Cabinet for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia; as Chairman of the Friends of The Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, head church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia; as a founding Board member of I-LEAD, a Philadelphia community-based college degree program; as a member of the Drexel University Leadership Council; and as an Executive Board member of Live Arts & Philly Fringe.
Alex Counts is the President and CEO Alex Counts of the American India Foundation. He is a leader in international development with two decades of experience building, scaling, and managing nonprofit organizations. Counts is the founder of Grameen Foundation and became its President and CEO in 1997, after having worked in microfinance and poverty reduction for 10 years. A Cornell University graduate, Counts’ commitment to poverty eradication deepened as a Fulbright scholar in Bangladesh, where he witnessed innovative poverty solutions being developed by Grameen Bank. He trained under Professor Muhammad Yunus, the founder and managing director of Grameen Bank, and co-recipient of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize. Since its modest beginnings, sparked by a $6,000 seed grant provided by Prof. Yunus (who was a founding board member and continues as director emeritus), Grameen Foundation has grown to become leading international humanitarian organization with an annual budget of approximately $20 million. Counts has propelled Grameen Foundation’s philosophy through his writings, including Small Loans, Big Dreams: How Nobel Prize Winner Muhammad Yunus and Microfinance Are Changing the World and Voices From the Field. Counts has also been published in The Washington Post, the International Herald Tribune, the Stanford Social Innovation Review, The Miami Herald, The Christian Science Monitor and elsewhere. In 2007 he received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Horace Mann School. While at Cornell University, he received the John F. Kennedy Memorial Award, given annually by the Class of 1964 to the graduating senior who is the best example of the ideal of public service articulated by our 35th President. Counts is a board member of Citizen’s Climate Education and Grameen-Jameel Microfinance, Ltd, and sits on the Advisory Council of the Center for Financial Inclusion. Previously, he has served as the Chair of Fonkoze USA and co-chair of the Fonkoze Family Coordinating Committee—two governance bodies of the largest microfinance institution in Haiti. He served as Co-Chair of the Microfinance CEO Working Group and on the Truelift Steering Committee. Before leading Grameen Foundation, Counts served as the legislative director of RESULTS and as a regional project manager for CARE-Bangladesh. He speaks Bengali and lives with his wife, Emily, and their cat, Seymour. He loves listening to and promoting live music in intimate venues, especially blues and bluegrass, as well as other genres.
Angelina Klouthis is the executive director of VFF USA, where she guides strategic partnerships through her belief in harnessing the market’s power to drive philanthropy from "spare change to real change." With over a decade of development experience, Angelina has worked directly with over 40 organizations in the use of social media as a fundraising tool, grant writing, performance measures, transparency, sustainability, and community organization. Throughout her career, she has managed programs on a governmental level with the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. State Department, the Colombian Ministry of Labor, and a diverse portfolio of private foundations and businesses. She has also designed and implemented training programs for grassroots organizations in Colombia, Niger, Haiti, Nicaragua, Cameroon, and most recently Maine, where she grew up. Before joining the Vicente Ferrer Foundation, Angelina served the Office of Multicultural Affairs in the Refugee Program for the State of Maine. She has a degree in international relations from Florida International University, and post-graduate specialization in organizations, social responsibility, and international development.
Moustafa Mourad is the President of One Global Economy, which he founded 2005. Under Mr. Mourad’s leadership, One Global Economy helps provide technology training and relevant content in 17 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. Previously, he was the principal of Mourad, Warnke & Associates, an international community development consulting firm with projects in Oman, South Africa and Honduras among others. Mourad was also the Director of Planning, Design, and Development at the Enterprise Foundation, the second largest national community development intermediary in the United States. Prior to his tenure at Enterprise, Mr. Mourad held positions as Senior Planner with the City of Boston, and City Planner for the City of Cambridge, Massachusetts. He also consulted for USAID, the Ford Foundation as well as the governments of Egypt, Sri Lanka and the Sudan on a number of development issues ranging from affordable housing policies to economic development and employment.
Rakesh Bhatia is the President of Pratham DC. He is also a member of Pratham's National Executive Committee. Bhatia is a Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Please note the agenda of the event
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Registration
3:00 PM - 3:55 PM Panel: How do the millennials give Moderator Nafessa Kassim, Director, Business Development, Bamba Group
4:00 PM - 4:55 PM Doing philanthropy in South Asia: potentials and challenges Moderator: Sohini Sarkar Moustafa Mourad, One Global Economy Angelina Klouthis, VFF USA Shirley L. Posey, DoPeace.org
5:00 PM - 5:55 PM Panel: A collaborative approach to philanthropy: how to grow your pie? Moderator: Sanjeev Joshipura, Director of Special Projects, Indiaspora Panelists: Jay Sehgal, Sehgal Foundation Rakesh Bhatia, President, Pratham DC Suresh Shenoy, Global Wheels Foundation
6:00 PM - 6:25 PM Networking Session
6:30 PM - 6:55 PM In Conversation with Dr. Sridhar Potarazu, Chairman and CEO, Enziime
6:55 PM - 7:20 PM Special Address: Alex Counts, CEO, American India Foundation
7:20 PM - 7:30 PM Felicitation remarks Frank Islam, President, Frank Islam and Debbie Driesman Foundation
7:30 PM - 7:35 PM American Bazaar Philanthropy Award
7:35 PM - 8:05 PM Third American Bazaar Philanthropy Lecture by Dr. Suri Sehgal
8:05 PM Dinner
Washington Plaza Hotel
10 Thomas Circle, N.W. Washington, DC 20005
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