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Monday, 16 June 2014 14:00

Listen to a podcast with Paul Breloff

Podcast interview with Paul Breloff

 

In this podcast Paul Breloff talks about his experiments with micro-finance, innovations, impact investing and takes us through a wide spectrum work done across many continents. He also talks about key markers to identify enterprises worthy of support. Finally, Paul mentions how potential to scale is integral to supporting Enterprises but not at the cost of small operations which reach millions can play a very transformative role. 

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Paul Breloff, Founding Managing Director, Accion Venture Lab 

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" Microfinance institutions are not the only players in the game anymore. You are seeing more internet usage, social media usage, cloud computing... All of these factors are presenting opportunities to deliver transformatively different and better financial services to more people.."

 

In this interview Paul Breloff talks about his experiments with micro-finance, innovations, impact investing and takes us through a wide spectrum work done across many continents. He also talks about key markers to identify enterprises worthy of support. Finally, Paul mentions how potential to scale is integral to supporting Enterprises but not at the cost of small operations which reach millions can play a very transformative role.

 

Paul Breloff is the Founding Managing Director of the Accion Venture Lab, which invests in the world’s most innovative financial inclusion startups. He has advised CGAP (a financial inclusion research center housed at the World Bank) on policy and technical issues related to branchless banking and has been engaged by Root Capital, Shell Foundation, BRAC, and others on access-to-finance issues globally.

Previously, Paul worked with SKS Microfinance, India’s largest microfinance institution, leading business development and strategic initiatives and assisting on capital raising. While at SKS, he led new product launches and managed strategic partnerships across mobile/mobile banking, energy, education, water, and rural distribution. He has also practiced corporate law with Mayer Brown, worked as a consultant for McKinsey & Co., and worked as an advertising account executive for Leo Burnett. Paul graduated from Amherst College and the Yale Law School.

 

 

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Ramya Venkataraman, Leader of Education Practice, McKinsey, India

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"Teacher – student ratios are reasonable in many parts of the country. In some parts, the government also provides additional resources such as books, uniforms. However, there are significant gaps in the quality of learning and we have tried to diagnose why these gaps exist or what needs to be done to fix these gaps."

 

In this interview, Ramya discusses the various aspects of the education system in India – the quality of education imparted; the changes that have taken place, and are continuing to take place in the schooling system; and how to address issues present within the system. She also speaks about the roles that the Government, donors and various NGOs have played in promoting education in India. Finally, Ramya provides us with her valuable opinion on what needs to be changed in order to create high performing schools in India.

 

Ramya Venkataraman has been with McKinsey & Company for close to 15 years, is based in Mumbai and is part of the Firm's leadership group in India. For 5 years now, she is the full-time Leader of McKinsey's Education Practice in India (including school education, vocational skills and higher education) and part of the Firm's global education practice leadership.

 

In addition to her core work with clients, Ramya enjoys doing workshops with teachers, principals and NGO leaders, informally guides a few young organizations, speaks regularly at education events and has authored a few articles and publications. She has contributed to McKinsey's seminal global publications, "How the World's Most Improved School Systems Keep Getting Better, 2010", and "Education to Employment: Designing a System that works, 2012", and is the lead author of "Designing Philanthropy for Impact: Giving to the Biggest Gaps in India, 2013". Ramya holds a B.Tech from IIT Delhi and an MBA from IIM Calcutta, and has received prestigious awards for leadership at both institutes.

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Podcast interview with Ramya Venkataraman

In this podcast interview, Ramya Venkataraman talks about the various aspects of the education system in India – the quality of educaton imparted; the changes that have taken place, and are continuing to take place in the schooling system; and how to address issues present within the system. She also speaks about the roles that the Government, donors and various NGOs have played in promoting education in India. Finally, Ramya provides us with her valuable opinion on what needs to be changed in order to create high performing schools in India.

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Thursday, 13 March 2014 12:10

Listen to a podcast with Reuben Abraham

Podcast with Reuben Abraham

In this podcast interview, Reuben Abraham talks about the economic development created by entrepreneurship. He addresses the need for a growing entrepreneur friendly environment in India, and the factors that promote the growth of this environment. Reuben concludes by stating that the sign of a good entrepreneur is one who views inefficiencies as opportunities. Click here to hear the podcast.

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Reuben Abraham, Partner and Head, Urbanization, IDFC Foundation

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"…one needs to keep in mind that SMEs are actually the job creation engines of an economy, so if you look at any developed economy, say Europe for instance, SMEs create anything, you know, something between 95 plus to 98 percent of all jobs are created by SMEs, not by the big large corporations that hog all the limelight."

 

In this podcast interview, Reuben Abraham talks about the economic development created by entrepreneurship. He addresses the need for a growing entrepreneur friendly environment in India, and the factors that promote the growth of this environment. Reuben concludes by stating that the sign of a good entrepreneur is one who views inefficiencies as opportunities.

 

Reuben Abraham is Partner and Head of Urbanization at the IDFC Foundation. He is also a non-resident scholar at the Urbanization Project at New York University’s Stern School of Business. Previously, he was a member of the faculty and executive director of the Centre for Emerging Markets Solutions (CEMS) at the Indian School of Business, where he remains on the Next Generation Leaders Board. Reuben founded CEMS to research, develop and commercialise market-based solutions to pressing urban problems across the following verticals: finance, education, health, housing, and energy.  He serves on a number of advisory boards including TED Fellows, the Soros Economic Development Fund, India’s Centre for Civil Society and Unicredit Bank, Italy's largest bank. In 2012, Reuben was named to Wired’s “Smart List 2012: 50 people who will change the world.”

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Vikram Akula, Founder, SKS Microfinance Vikram Akula

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"Reflecting on and thinking about the lessons, my goal is to help other social entrepreneurs who are now close to or have reached scale to make sure that they keep their own organisations on solid ground." - Vikram Akula

 

Listen in to this podcast conversation with Vikram Akula, Founder of SKS Microfinance.

 

 

 

 


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Ashish Karamchandani, CEO, Monitor Group ashish karamchandani

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"The biggest thing that has happened in the last couple of years is the entry of housing finance. The fact that there are over 10 housing finance companies giving loans to people from the informal sector in this income group is mind blowing. People of this income level could get a 15-year mortgage at a reasonable price...that's going to be the biggest driver; because once you actually have finance you are giving people the ability to buy." - Ashish Karamchandani

 

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Anshu Gupta, Founder Director, Goonj Anshu Gupta

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"With Goonj one thing which is very clear is that we do not want to grow just as an organisation we want to grow as an idea." - Anshu Gupta

 

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Mallika Dutt, Founder, President & CEO, Breakthrough Mallika Dutt

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"When we started Bell Bajao, four years ago, we really wanted to look at how to change the way in which men understood their role in addressing violence. So we shifted the frame from saying simply that men beat women, men abuse women or that women need to empower themselves as 'either or frame' and we shifted it to saying, you know what, men can be part of the solution. Men may be perpetrators but men can also be people who stand up, who say no, who challenge themselves as well as their communities around them." - Mallika Dutt

 

Listen in to this podcast conversation with Mallika Dutt, Founder, President & CEO of Breaktrough.

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