Accelerating Social Impact through Technology

By Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN)


Online and India

Date & time

24 September 2020



24 September 2020


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Technological innovations have the capacity to accelerate social impact. They have the power to solve global development challenges across domains such as agriculture, healthcare, education, financial inclusion, and others. Technology has brought real-time information access, localized advice on weather, crops, and rural livelihoods to farmers in remote villages, resulting in overall qualitative development in life due to improved decision making. Similarly, the use of AI in healthcare is providing access to quality healthcare in rural geographies. It has provided healthcare workers the capacity to use technology to compensate for the lack of physicians and the availability of sophisticated medical facilities in villages, thereby improving healthcare access in rural geographies.

In this webinar, listen to AVPN members Wadhwani Institute for Artificial Intelligence and Digital Green Foundation sharing their insights on how they are using technology to create an impact for the rural communities of India.

Key Takeaways:

  • How can technology improve small-scale agricultural systems
  • What are the challenges of scaling up technology-based interventions
  • How has AI revolutionized healthcare services in rural geographies
  • Why is it important to invest in technology to achieve the SDGs
Raghu Dharmaraju,
VP, Products and Programs,
Wadhwani Institute for Artificial Intelligence

An alumnus of Cornell, UMass Amherst, and IIT Madras, Raghu is a product and go-to-market veteran. He has launched and scaled impact-focused innovations in start-ups, Fortune 500 companies, and government. At Embrace, he led the market launch of path-breaking infant warmers and ultimately drove adoption in private and public health systems, including many governments, WHO, and MSF. Previously, he has brought diverse products to the market in leadership roles at Duron Energy, Corning, and Xerox PARC.

Krishnan Pallassana,
Country Director- India,
Digital Green

Krishnan is a humanitarian and sustainable development professional, with over 25 years of experience in climate resilience, women and youth empowerment, and enterprise development. He takes a keen interest in the intersection of technology and development. He is Digital Green’s Country Director for India and a member of the global leadership group. Krishnan has remarkable experience of helping organizations to make strategic pivots, enabling them to scale and deepen their impact by forming new partnerships. He has previously served as COO for Population Foundation India, India Director for The Climate Group, and Country Director in Afghanistan for ActionAid International. Krishnan holds an MBA in marketing and BSc in physics.

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