Chief Mentor

naveenjhaMr Naveen Jha
CEO Deshpande Foundation

The Master of Social Entrepreneurship program was conceptualized and designed by Naveen to deliver a comprehensive, curriculum-based course in the field of entrepreneurship. Naveen’s greatest passion has always been in spreading the entrepreneurial mindset and inspiring India’s youth.

As an education entrepreneur, Naveen has pioneered a series of youth development programs – Fellowship Programs, LEAD, and Entrepreneurship Academy. These programs have transformed India’s youth into leaders and social entrepreneurs by encouraging the attitudes, efficiencies, and problem-solving skills of young people.

He has assisted in the creation and implementation of new college educational models based on experiential learning. Naveen has also taught social innovation and entrepreneurship courses, MBA courses, co-authored peer-reviewed research papers and delivered various workshops to more than 80 engineering and management faculty members. He has also judged various business plan/proposals at the national and international level.

Naveen is CEO of the Deshpande Foundation and President and founding board member of the TiE Hubli Chapter. He is also part of the Karnataka Knowledge Commission and on the Board of Studies at BVB Engineering College. He continues to mentor multiple start-up enterprises and sits on various boards both nationally and abroad. Naveen brings to DET 10 years of recognized experience in social entrepreneurship and community engagement, including his work at PRADAN and Oxfam America. He is also a recipient of the prestigious International Ford Foundation Fellowship Award.

Hi advice and assistance to SRDS has been of immense assistance to Sikandar Meeranaik and he continues to be of great value to the work with rain water harvesting and the support of the rural population of India.