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Social Entrepreneurship and Tech Innovation Advancing SDGs in South Asia
"Social Entrepreneurship and Tech Innovation Advancing SDGs in South Asia" Panel Discussion
- Rikin Gandhi, Co-founder & Executive Director, Digital Green
- Radhika Shah, Co-President, Stanford Angels & Entrepreneurs
- Dr. Richard Dasher, Director, 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.
Dr. Richard Dasher has directed the US-Asia Technology Management Center since 1994. He also served concurrently as Executive Director of the Center for Integrated Systems (now renamed as the Stanford SystemX Alliance) 1998 – 2015. From 2004, Dr. Dasher became the first non-Japanese person to join the governance of a Japanese national university, serving on the Board of Directors of Tohoku University and continuing on their Management Council through 2010. He is on advisory boards for government research institutions, S&T funding programs, startup companies, and accelerators in Japan, S. Korea, China, and Thailand, as well as in Silicon Valley.
This seminar is part of a weekly seminar series on “Entrepreneurship in Asian High-Tech Industries”. Please join us each Tuesday from April 3 - May 29. Click here to see US-Asia Technology Management Center's speaker line-up.