Fulbright-Nehru Master's Fellow for Leadership Development
Field of Specialization:
Mr. Ranjit Koshi Thomas Koshi
Official Address and Designation:
Villgro Innovations Foundation
3rd Floor, IITM Research Park Kanagam Road, Taramani Chennai 600 113 Tamil Nadu
Duration of Grant:
Over the last three years, I have been exposed to the power and potency of private enterprise– often through business models that prioritize social returns in addition to economic returns -- in furthering economic and social inclusion in India. Together with governments, non-profits, and civil society, enterprises are only beginning to understand their role in delivering a better life for India's marginalized citizens. Yet several challenges exist in creating a fostering environment, and in bringing multiple stakeholders together. I hope to use my Master's program in the U.S. to focus on policy issues relevant for the International Development sector, to gain a thorough understanding of how to effectively build and implement policy and to identify appropriate analytical frameworks for the Indian context. I hope that the experience will enable me to return to India backed with the rigor of academia, and the practical skills that are needed to design, implement and influence policy-building for this dynamic field of work.