Managing Partner and Co-founder, Dasra
Global Board of Directors
Neera plays a leading role in bringing leadership, managerial skills, knowledge and critical analysis driving collaborative action to accelerate social change in India. She is currently focused on scaling impact in specific fields such as empowering adolescents, improving urban sanitation and strengthening democracy and governance. She initiated and led the launch of the Dasra Social Impact Program, a first-of-its-kind executive education program for over 730 social sector leaders in India; she has supported the analysis of over 68 Dasra sector reports in education, health and livelihoods; and she has guided the assessments of over 2,000 non profits enabling over $60 million of funding for hundreds of social enterprise philanthropists and corporates.
Neera holds a Masters in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School. She is an Indian Leadership Initiative Fellow with the Aspen Institute and was an elected executive committee member of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs. She is a recipient of the Canadian Governor General’s Medallion for her dedication to addressing the persistent challenges of poverty in India and has also been awarded the Forbes Philanthropy Award in the “Crossover Leaders” category for 2014. She is on the advisory boards of SNEHA, The Hunger Project, Mann Deshi and the Jyoti Development Trust. Neera lives in Mumbai, India with her co-founder and husband, Deval Sanghavi and their three sons, Ayush, Laxman and Akbar.
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