Livelihood Creation Webinar
Tarun Khanna, Director, Harvard South Asia Institute; Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School
Social Enterprises in India have been increasingly playing a transformative role in solving a number of issues in a sustainable manner. Their contribution is visible in areas as diverse as health, education, drinking water, sanitation, women’s empowerment, energy conservation, art and culture, among many others.
This webinar will focus on:
- Ways in which social enterprises in India can achieve impact and scale.
- Examples of successful social enterprises from India and guiding principles that may have resulted in their success
- Discussion of the ways in which these principles can be applied to your organizations
Tarun Khanna is the Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor at the Harvard Business School, where he has sought for two decades to study the drivers of entrepreneurship in emerging markets as a means of economic and social development. At HBS since 1993, after obtaining degrees from Princeton and Harvard, he has taught courses on strategy, corporate governance and international business to MBA and Ph.D. students and senior executives. For many years, he has served as the Faculty Chair for HBS activities in India and South Asia.
In the fall of 2010, he was named the first director of the university-wide Harvard South Asia Institute. The institute rapidly grew to engage over 150 faculty from across Harvard in projects embracing the pure sciences, social sciences and the humanities, and spanning the region from Afghanistan to Myanmar. In this role, he currently teaches a popular university-wide elective course ‘Contemporary Developing Countries’, where students work in multi-disciplinary teams to devise practical solutions to complex social problems.
In 2014, the Government of India nominated him as the Chairperson of the NITI Aayog Expert Committee on ‘Innovation and Entrepreneurship’. The Report submitted by this Expert Committee was accepted by the Indian Cabinet and has informed the formation of the ‘Atal Innovation Mission’, charged with contributing to build-up the innovation infrastructure of India.
Context of the Series of Webinars
This is the fifth in a series of monthly webinars as part of the Harvard University SAI and Tata Trusts Project. Every webinar in this series is completely free of cost.
This webinar is for social entrepreneurs from India and other South Asian countries.