The Sattva Knowledge Institute (SKI)
Annual Summit | 2024

At Sattva, we believe that solutions for impact will be unlocked at the intersection of business, government and philanthropic action. Fostering dialogue and collaboration among these critical stakeholders is essential to delivering societal impact at scale.

Our Annual Summit will bring together a carefully curated mix of Corporate Leaders, Investors, Policy Makers, Philanthropists, Entrepreneurs and Social Organisations, to co-create solutions for sustainable and inclusive development.

Developmental Issues in focus



Welcome address

Impact talks

A series of insightful talks by our esteemed speakers, setting the context for our central theme and the Big Ideas workshops

  • India @100 | Dr. R Balasubramaniam
  • Digital Public Infrastructure for climate change | Dr. Pramod Varma
  • Improving health outcomes for women | Dr. Soumya Swaminathan
  • Future ready non-profits | Aditya Natraj
  • Gender equity in STEM | Dr. Rukmini Banerji
  • Water resilient agriculture | Ashok Dalwai
  • Guidebook for Corporates to Accelerate and Incubate Innovation | Dr. Chintan Vaishnav

Report launch

Launch of our collaborative reports

  • Guidebook for Corporates to Accelerate and Incubate Innovation, with Atal Innovation Mission
  • Solving Systemic Challenges towards Enabling Water-Efficient Crop Cultivation in India
  • STEM Education: A Roadmap for girls – In partnership with AISECT

Workshop briefing



Gender Equity in STEM

Improve STEM adoption by girls in the 8 states that are far behind the national average of 43% girls in STEM by 2030

Future Ready Non-profits

Enabling ‘Champion Nonprofits’ that are highly scalable, sustainable and can deliver impact at scale

Open Network Thinking and DPIs in Climate

Accelerate de-carbonisation through green energy transitions with Open Network thinking and Digital Public Infrastructure for the climate

Water Resilient Agriculture

Achieve reduction in groundwater usage across rain-fed regions in India

Improving Women's Health Outcomes through Effective Screening & Diagnostics

Improve women’s health through reducing Disability Adjusted Life Year Losses for them.

Consolidation & closing remarks

Networking and dinner


Dr. R Balasubramaniam
Member-HR, Capacity Building Commission, Government of India

Dr. Chintan Vaishnav
Mission Director for Atal Innovation Mission (AIM)

Dr. Rukmini Banerji
CEO of Pratham Education Foundation

Ashok Dalwai
CEO of National Rainfed Area Authority (NRAA), IAS Retd

Aditya Natraj
CEO of Piramal Foundation

Dr. Pramod Varma
CTO, Ekstep Foundation and Co-founder,

Dr. Soumya Swaminathan
Chairperson at MS Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF)


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Dr. R Balasubramaniam

Member-HR, Capacity Building Commission, Government of India
Dr. R Balasubramaniam is the Founder, Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement (SVYM) and Grassroots Research and Advocacy Movement (GRAAM). He has deep domain expertise in NGO leadership, social businesses, and governance. He serves as a visiting professor at Cornell University and IIT-Delhi. A recipient of State and National Awards, he is renowned for his investigative work with the Karnataka Lok Ayukta. His books and mentorship globally inspire change.

Dr. Chintan Vaishnav

Mission Director for Atal Innovation Mission (AIM)
Dr. Chintan Vaishnav is a socio-technologist and an engineer trained to design and build large-scale systems that possess both human as well as technological complexities. As a teacher, innovator, and entrepreneur, he has split his time between teaching and research at MIT and living and working with rural communities in India to build solutions that can overcome constraints fundamental to improving human conditions.

Dr Rukmini Banerji

CEO of Pratham Education Foundation
Dr Rukmini Banerji has extensive field experience working directly with rural and urban communities, and designing and implementing large-scale partnerships with governments to improve the learning of elementary school-age children. From 2005 to 2014, she led Pratham’s research and assessment efforts, including the well-known ASER initiative (Annual Status of Education Report). Dr Banerji is the 2021 recipient of the Yidan Prize for Education Development.

Ashok Dalwai – Agriculture

CEO of National Rainfed Area Authorit (NRAA), IAS Retd

Dr. Ashok Dalwai is an Indian Administrative Service officer (Retd.) of the 1984 batch. He is an Agriculture Economist by education. In his long career, he has led several important initiatives at both field & policy levels in the states of Odisha & Karnataka, as well as the Union Government. He served for long as the CEO of the National Rainfed Area Authority (NRAA) within the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, holding the rank of Secretary to GoI. He has chaired the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Doubling Farmers’ Income, producing a comprehensive strategy recognised nation-wide. He is now the Chairman of the Empowered Body supervising its implementation.

Aditya Natraj

CEO of Piramal Foundation
Aditya Natraj’s career in the development sector spans 18 years – first with Pratham in Gujarat for 5 years and then the Piramal Foundation for the last 13 years. Aditya is an Ashoka Fellow, an Echoing Green Fellow, and an Aspen India Fellow.
Aditya also serves on the governing board of the Quality Council of India, the Akanksha Foundation, and BridgeSpan India. He was awarded the Times Now Amazing Indian award in the education category.

Dr. Pramod Varma

CTO, Ekstep Foundation and
Dr. Pramod Varma is the CTO of EkStep – a not-for-profit creating a learner-centric, technology-enabled platform with the aim of providing learning opportunities to 200 million children in India. He was also the Chief Architect of Aadhaar, India’s digital identity program that covered 1.2 billion people in only 7 years. He is also the architect of various India Stack layers such as eSign, Digital Locker, and Unified Payment Interface (UPI). He is an advisor to National Payment Corporation (NPCI), Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN), Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), and helps with many digital public infrastructure initiatives.

Dr. Soumya Swaminathan

Chairperson at MS Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF)
Dr. Soumya Swaminathan was most recently WHO’s Chief Scientist and before that, Deputy Director-General for Programmes. As WHO’s inaugural Chief Scientist, Dr. Swaminathan built the Science division with a focus on research, quality assurance of norms and standards, and digital health. A pediatrician from India and a globally recognised researcher on tuberculosis and HIV, she brings with her 30 years of experience in clinical care and research, which she has translated into impactful programmes. Dr. Swaminathan was also Secretary to the Government of India for Health Research, and Director General of the Indian Council of Medical Research from 2015 to 2017. From 2009 to 2011, she served as Coordinator of the UNICEF/UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, Geneva.
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