Our Founding Team

Shriya Damani
Founder,Z-Chief
Shriya has worked with global think-tanks and change-makers, spearheading 230+ missions across more than 40 nations. Her work has impacted more than 160K people with a better livelihood at the BOP. Passionate about innovation and entrepreneurship, her contribution towards empowering women, youth and marginalised groups has been recognised by agencies like UN, UN-ESCAP, FICCI and alike. Her mentorship has influenced 2,800 young and aspiring leaders so far. With SDGZ, Shriya wants to motivate the youth globally to step further in meeting the sustainable development goals.
Akash Bhavsar
Co-founder
Akash is an entrepreneur and sustainability champion working closely with change-makers across more than 60 nations. In 14 years alone, he has directed over 130 missions for S&T agencies, Development agencies, Private sector, Public service R&D, Platforms and Start-up clusters. He has also co-founded SDG-Accelerator, WaterQuest and IPRX having an impact on large communities globally. His contributions and affiliation with The UN, UNOSSC, UNDP, UNESCAP, TII, IFIA, USAID, World Bank, S&T agencies, governments and private sector bear testimony to his leadership, business acumen and ability to scale impact.

Advisory Team

Khaadija Idrissi Janati
An Entrepreneur, PR expert, Feminist and advocate of the economic empowerment of women. Ms. Janati is the 1st ever Moroccan to Chair World Economic Forum (WEF) and also a Young Global Leader in the prestigious WEF network. Ms. Janati was received by Former US President Barack Obama in recognition of her work promoting women and economic development in Morocco.
Jayesh Parekh
Jayesh Parekh is a Managing Partner at Jungle Ventures, a leading VC fund based in Singapore investing in South East Asia. Jayesh was a co-founder of Sony Entertainment Television, a major television network of Sony Japan. Prior to that Jayesh worked with IBM for 12 years and was in the team that brought IBM back to India. Jayesh is on the Board and Investment Committee of Aavishkaar India II Fund and an Entrepreneur-In-Residence at INSEAD. He is also a member of TiE Angels and Indian Angel Network. He is on the Board of Sanctum, Milaap and One Animation
Hon. Mary Rose E. Magsaysay
Mary a young leader, change-maker and the first Filipino certificate holder of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s course on Strategic Management of Regulatory and Enforcement Agencies. She belongs to the first family of Philippines and was former under secretary to the Department of Energy, Government of Philippines where she steered several international collaborations for Philippines Energy Sector.
Dr. AS Rao
Dr. Rao, brings in over 30 years of experience working at the intersection of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. A renowned mentor and expert in policy formulation and implementation, Tech Transfer, Innovation commercialization and cluster development. Dr. Rao was the former advisor to the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR), Ministry of S&T, Government of India. Passionate for innovation, Dr. Rao conceptualized a platform to support innovations for Bottom of Pyramid (BOP).

Directors

Rakshit Mehta
Director - Switzerland
Rakshit brings with him over 15 years of international business, innovation and finance experience. He is a technology entrepreneur and has extensive industry and government networks globally. He is very passionate about creating a paradigm shift in how businesses work to solve pressing global challenges with limited resources. He is also actively involved with top Indian and Korean Foundations in the field of disability and rehabilitation. He holds a Masters in Business Administration, major in Finance & Entrepreneurship, from the prestigious Grand Ecole- Ecole National Des Ponts et Chaussées, Paris, France. He is currently a Swiss resident.

Executive Team

Suhani Shah
Youth Engagement
Suhani has a Masters in International Business, Aston University (U.K) and a Masters Exchange in Organisation Change & Consulting, Erasmus University (Netherlands) earned via a scholarship. In the past, she worked as a Research Analyst with Skyquest Technology Group, a global Innovation Management & Commercialisation company, currently working at Cilantro Food Products Pvt Ltd. Her passion for Research & Innovation brings her to SDGZ. Her skill to interact with the youth is a plus. She is a treasurer for FICCI (Ahmedabad Chapter), a Young Women's collective and is part of the managing committee of the Youth Exchange Program at USA for the Jain International Trade Organisations as well.
Prashant Ramteke
Global Reachout
Prashant works at the intersection of Innovation, Business and Sustainable Development. He brings in over 8 years of experience, working closely with over 120 multi-sector stakeholders and fortune 500 companies from Clean tech, Digital & ICT, Fintech, Food & Agri tech, Healthcare, FMCG and Water. He is responsible for global outreach and engaging partners with SDGZ and its initiatives. Currently, he is also helping start-ups and motivated entrepreneurs expand in new markets. Prashant holds a Masters in Clinical Research from Cranfield University, UK and an MBA from Institute of Clinical Research.