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N/Core Partners

Achieve strategic clarity through deep insights and mentoring from some of India’s most admired leaders.

  • Dr. Gopichand is the Founder and CEO of Myelin Foundry and an Independent Director of Bosch India Limited. He is also the Vice President of the IET, Board of Trustees, UK. Until recently, Gopi was the Group Chief Technology Officer and Innovation Head for Tata Group. Previously, as the Chairman and Managing Director of GE India Technology Centre, he helped grow GE’s largest R&D Centre – the John F. Welch Technology Centre.

    Gopichand Katragadda

    Founder and CEO,

    Myelin Foundry

  • Lan set up one of India’s first endowment funds, at the Azim Premji Foundation, to sponsor various philanthropic activities in the areas of primary education and related development. He currently manages investments worth ~$21 billion. Lan is an MBA from IIM Lucknow, and has previously served as Chief Strategy Officer and Head of M&A for Wipro Technologies.

    K R Lakshminarayana (Lan)

    Chief Endowment Officer,

    Azim Premji Foundation

  • Kamakshi has two decades of experience investing in listed equities. She was Senior Vice President at Capital International and has served on the board of Larsen and Toubro Financial Holdings. Since 2013, Kamakshi has been affiliated with Ankur Capital, a venture capital fund for social enterprises. Kamakshi is an alumna of Harvard and UPenn.

    Kamakshi Rao

    Senior Investment Director,

    Ankur Capital

  • Madhav is co-founder and former CEO of Pratham, one of India's largest, and most impactful nonprofits. Madhav is the 2012 recipient of the WISE Prize for Education, the most coveted recognition in education. He also received the 2011 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. Madhav has a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Ohio State University.

    Madhav Chavan

    Co-founder & former CEO,


  • Maneesh Dhir heads Technology Strategy at FICO(R). He is also a Partner at Social Venture Partners. Maneesh was formerly head of Apple in India, responsible for growing their business to $1Billion+. He holds an MBA from the Stanford, and is an alumnus of University of California, Los Angeles and IIT, Delhi.

    Maneesh Dhir

    Former Managing Director - India,


  • Samit Ghosh is the Founder of Ujjivan Small Finance Bank. He served as the Bank’s Managing Director and CEO till his retirement in November 30th 2019. Prior to Ujjivan, he was a career banker for over 30 years. He started his career with Citibank in 1975 and has also led the launch of retail banking for Standard Chartered Bank in Middle East & South Asia and HDFC Bank.

    Samit Ghosh


    Ujjivan Small Finance Bank & Ujjivan Financial Services Ltd.

  • Sanjay is a Chief Curator at Societal Platform, and Strategic Advisor for EkStep Foundation, eGov Foundation, Mantra4Change, Fundamentum Partnerships and Unleash, to name a few. He is a frequent speaker at the World Economic Forum (Davos). Previously, Sanjay was Chairman of the Board, Infosys Consulting, and CEO for EdgeVerve Systems Limited, an Infosys Company.

    Sanjay Purohit

    Chief Curator,

    Societal Platform

  • Shankar Maruwada is the CEO and Co-founder of EkStep. He was Head of Demand Generation and Marketing for AADHAAR, India’s national identification program. Shankar co-founded Marketics, a pioneering company in data analytics. He is also a startup investor and mentor. He is an Alumnus of IIM Ahmedabad, IIT Kharagpur.

    Shankar Maruwada


    EkStep Foundation

  • Surendra Kumar Jain (SK) is a co-founder and former Managing Director for Westbridge Capital. Prior to Westbridge, SK was with Sequoia Capital. Earlier, he was co-founder and CEO of MeraNet, and worked at Intel, Motorola and Booz-Allen & Hamilton. SK is an alumnus of IIM Ahmedabad, IIT Delhi and the University of Minnesota.

    Surendra Kumar Jain

    Co-founder and ex-Managing Director,

    WestBridge Capital

  • Ujwal Thakar, a banker for 28 years, has held key senior management positions at several leading banks including Standard Chartered Bank, BNP Paribas and Times bank. He has also served as CEO of Pratham, and GiveIndia. Currently, Ujwal Ujwal is advisor to PricewaterhouseCoopers in their BFSI practice and serves on the board of Educate Girls and several other nonprofits.

    Ujwal Thakar

    Former CEO,

    Give India, Pratham

Alumni Speak

“N/Core has helped us to transition from a service based model to a platform model that has the potential to create impact at scale.”

Swapnil Chaturvedi

Founder, Samagra Foundation

“Early access to mentorship & the amazing week 1 bootcamp got us on a path to acceleration. I am grateful for your thoughtfulness, scale of your imagination and how you want to bat for us everyday.”

Dipika Prasad

Co-founder, Lakeer Foundation

“I never thought Anahad could scale up to 10x in 6 months! The seed grant given by N/Core is just a strategy to attract young nonprofits like us. The real treasure is the priceless mentoring and support provided to us during the incubation period.”

Abhinav Agarwal

Co-founder, Anahad Foundation

“N/Core has accelerated Anthill, giving it the much needed support for its growth. Our mentors, especially Lan, have helped us in keeping our focus and taking a strategic approach to scaling. It has been super inspiring to be a part of the cohort.”

Pooja Rai

Co-founder, Anthill Creations

“N/Core has profound impact on all three areas of my learning: Knowledge (non profit ecosystem), Skills (talent management, fundraising, pitching) and Mindset (scale, rigour).”

Ankit Arora

Founder, Saarthi Foundation

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