Venkatesh "Venky" Raghavendra is a social entrepreneur with nearly three decades of philanthropy and development experience. He has successfully built global partnerships and mobilized significant resources for a number of international and national organizations. At Safe Water Network, he will be focused on diaspora philanthropy, individual fundraising, and will be supporting the strategic growth and partnership-building efforts of the organization.
Venky was formerly the Chief Philanthropy Officer at the New York-based American India Foundation. He has been an advisor and consultant in the areas of philanthropy, fundraising, and social entrepreneurship, and has worked with organizations like the Open Society Foundations, New York, UK-based Common Purpose, and Washington, DC-based Ashoka: Innovators for the Public. Prior to joining the American India Foundation, Venky was Managing Director of Global Partnerships at Ashoka and promoted social entrepreneurship around the world by collaborating with business entrepreneurs and foundations.
Venky is a resource person and trainer for the Government of India’s Ministry of Finance, and an Advisor to the country’s National Skill Development Corporation, which is administered under the Ministry of Skill Development. He is a trustee of Ashoka India, sits on the board of several not-for-profits, and is an advisor to several others. He writes frequently on social issues for a variety of media, and currently teaches social entrepreneurship to graduate-level students in the United States and in India.
Venky has a Masters in Social Justice from the School for International Training, Vermont and an International DBA from ISEG's Lisbon School of Economics & Management in Portugal.
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