The Net Impact Hyderabad Professional chapter was launched with the help of ISB Net Impact graduate chapter on 24th Oct 2010.
The event saw some eminent personalities like Dr. Jai Prakash(Leader, Lok Satta party),Mr. Robert Katz(Acumen Fund), Mr. Sanjeev Jain(GE) and Mr. Shantanu (Naandi Foundation) as the guest speakers and many others who had come forward to join hands in their efforts for a better world. The two hour event was dotted with presentations, speeches, discussions and most importantly the giving away of Bandhan Scholarships to 25 students from 6 schools on a need-cum-merit basis.
The Hyderabad Professional Chapter aims to bring together the local professionals seeking to network and take action to foster a new generation of leaders who use the power of business to create a better world.
On the occasion, Jai Prakash the founder of Lok Satta party congratulated and wished the team for achieves higher social impact, he succintly highlighted the issues in national development and urged the need to balance individual welfare with public welfare.
Rob Katz from Acumen fund raised the issue of clean affordable drinking water ,the most basic reason for the outbreak of a lot of preventable diseases in the country.He outlined that the role of a social business plan is critical to achieve solutions that can be sustained, the fact that such initiatives will not be supported by conventional banks makes it important for social innovations funders like Acumen Fund.
Responding to the theme Beyond 9 to 5, Sanjeev Jain said that he looked at contribution not just beyond 9 to 5 but as an integral part of our lives. He narrated incidents of volunteering efforts by corporates in Hyderabad and requested everyone in the audience to be a part of it.
Shantanu from the Naandi foundation looked volunteering as more good to oneself rather than to others, the amount of learning, leadership skills and challenges in the sector requires the best of talent to solve problems. He gave specific inputs on how professional members of Net Impact could start making a difference in the society.
On the occasion BANDHAN Scholarships were announced for 27 bright students from the Kare School, Devnar School for Blind, Spoorthy and Ashray Akruti.
About Net Impact:Net Impact is a global network of leaders who are changing the world through business.Net Impact, launched in 1993, is one of the leading institutions which have brought the idea of social change through business to the forefront. Spanning over six continents, NI has a large member base and prides in being able to channelize the efforts of a lot of like minded business and social entrepreneurs.
Over the years Net impact has grown at a fast pace and the launch of NI Hyderabad Professional Chapter in Hyderabad, on October 24 ’10 at ISB, has just boosted this growth. Now, Hyderabad boasts of being the only Indian city to have both the professional chapter and the student chapter(at ISB).