Head, Sales and Marketing, DSP BlackRock Investment Managers
Aditi Kothari Desai is an Additional Executive Director & Head of Sales and Marketing at DSP BlackRock Investment Managers Pvt Ltd. She is also the Executive Vice President, member of its Executive Committee and CSR committee. She joined Merrill Lynch’s investment banking group in New York in 1998, primarily working on M&A activities in the Financial Institutions Group. Subsequently Aditi worked in DSP Merrill Lynch as part of the fixed income sales team and later joined DSP BlackRock in 2002 (then DSP Merrill Lynch Fund Managers), working on various initiatives, including establishing an offshore fund for foreign investors.
Aditi is actively involved in social initiatives. She is the driving force behind DSP BlackRock’s WINVESTOR, an education initiative empowering women with financial knowledge. She is a member on the Advisory Board of Dasra India and also a trustee of the Hemendra Kothari Foundation and Wildlife Conservation Trust, actively involved with their educational initiatives in both urban and rural areas, as well as initiatives on saving India’s forests and wildlife.
Aditi holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Deval leads Dasra’s strategic philanthropy efforts, and provides foreign and domestic philanthropists with informed investment strategies for the social sector – with human lives as the center of all of its thinking. Since 1999, he has directed over USD 72 million to the Indian social sector; incubated and launched the Dasra Philanthropy Forum and Dasra Philanthropy Week; initiated the Dasra Giving Circle, India’s largest collaborative giving platform; and launched the Dasra Changemakers program, a peer-led learning platform aimed at inspiring philanthropists to take bold action to solve some of India’s most pressing problems.
Deval holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a dual Honors degree in Business and Finance from the University of Texas, Austin, is a Cordes Fellow, and a founding board member of Magic Bus and Villgro. In 2014, he was awarded the Forbes Philanthropy Award in the 'Crossover Leaders' category for successfully transitioning from investment banking to the non-profit sector.
Neera leads Dasra’s ecosystem-building initiatives in the areas of Adolescents, Urban Sanitation, and Democracy & Governance and facilitates collaborative platforms by engaging donors, non-profits, government and other stakeholders. In 2016, she initiated the Dasra Adolescents Collaborative, an impact-driven platform that has till date united institutional funders, technical experts, government stakeholders from Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and seven social organizations to focus on four key outcomes for adolescent empowerment. She initiated and led the launch of the Dasra Social Impact Leadership Program with Harvard Business Publishing, a first-of-its-kind executive education program for social sector leaders in India.
Neera holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Harvard Business School and is an Indian Leadership Fellow with Anantha-Aspen Institute. She is a recipient of the Canadian Governor General's Medallion for her dedication to addressing India’s critical development challenges, and the Forbes Philanthropy Award in the Crossover Leaders.
Founder, Trustee, Aangan Trust
In 2002, Suparna Gupta founded Aangan to influence India’s child welfare policy and build child protection systems for the most marginalized. Her work includes guidelines to improve state care for child survivors of abuse and exploitation; rehabilitation systems for children in conflict with law; a preventative model on child marriage, trafficking, and labour; and tools for trust-building and dialogue between officials and adolescents. Suparna earned a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School as an Edward S. Mason Fellow. She was selected as a Fellow by Harvard’s Ash Centre for Democratic Governance and Innovation in 2012, was named an Asia Society Young 21 Leader in 2011, and has been an Ashoka Fellow since 2009.
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