October 23, 2020
Nishant Malhotra, interviews Ronald Abraham, Founding Partner, and India Director IDinsight. IDinsight is a global advisory, data analytics, and research organization that uses data and evidence to help leaders maximize their social impact. Its collaborations deploy a large analytical toolkit, including machine learning and randomized evaluations, to help clients design better policies, rigorously test what works, and use evidence to implement effectively at scale. IDinsight works with multiple sets of actors from the social and business sector and works in all major sectors significantly in health, education, agriculture, governance, digital ID, financial access, and sanitation. They have offices in Dakar, Lusaka, Manila, Nairobi, New Delhi, and San Francisco.
Ronald has led several projects at IDinsight’s unit at NITI Aayog supporting the Aspirational Districts Programme, the State of Aadhar Initiative, learning partnerships with Governments of Bihar and Andhra Pradesh, and education projects with STiR, Akanksha, and Going to School. He holds a BA (Honors) from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University, and a Master of Public Administration in International Development from Harvard Kennedy School.
The podcast is a deep dive into the International Development Sector to understand the best business and sustainable practices governing the sector. The chat revolves around Ronald's work experience in research and as an entrepreneur with a discussion on emerging various impact and data driven methodologies and tools for impact evaluation including use of machine learning and randomized control trials, new social innovation instruments example impact bonds, work during the pandemic, etc. The discussion shares a well-rounded view on how innovation is driving the development sector with a message on key enablers driving the global development arena.
July 8, 2020
Nishant Malhotra, founder of the platform The middle Road interviews Gireendra, founder of Ideas2 Impacts Innovation Pvt Ltd, an upcoming technology company based in India. He is also the founder of Ideas 2 Impact Innovation Center, a leading accelerator/incubator for technology start-ups in India and Pentathlon Ventures funds, which supports early B2B Tech Start-ups.
The chat focuses on how technology is enabling a sustainable social impact within society and the social ecosystem. The podcast features a detailed discussion on the impact of technology accelerators especially in the B2B sector, and social impact of disruptive technology including Artificial Intelligence, Block chain, Machine Learning among other technologies. The podcast is an excellent source to understand how various technologies are evolving globally and in India.
April 30, 2020
An excellent overview of the Sustainable Finance with a focus on the Sustainable Bonds. The chat takes through a few selected milestones which led to the rise of Environment, Social and Governance ESG theme becoming mainstream. ESG here implies Sustainable Finance. Sustainable Bonds include Green, Blue, Social and Sustainable Development Bonds/ Sustainability Bonds.
April 24, 2020
In this webinar, Pranav Khanna and Nishant Malhotra talk about Circular Economy and Evolving Sustainable Finance, respectively. Pranav is founder of Make Circular and Nishant Malhotra founder of Middle Road OPC Pvt Ltd. Nishant is founder of The middle Road platform and this podbean channel.
In his first webinar, Nishant talks in-depth about the evolving sustainable finance with a focus on sustainable bonds. Listen to how green, social and sustainable development bonds are emerging as a pivotal force in the development sector, and enabling fundraising to fight the ongoing pandemic.
Check out www.themiddleroad.org and The middle Road YouTube channel for the video.
February 25, 2020
Mr Ramanan Ramanathan is the Mission Director at Atal Innovation Mission, the flagship initiative set up by Niti Aayog to promote innovation and entrepreneurship in India. He is also on board of directors at Defense Innovation Organization and Indo US Science and Technology Forum and Chairman NZTE Beachhead India Advisory Board. Ramanan had an illustrious career in the private sector in technology and worked in leadership positions with multinationals including CMC Ltd and presently serves as a Senior Vice President at Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). TCS is the largest Indian company by market capitalization and one of the most innovative technology companies in the world.
Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) is the driving force in promoting start-up ecosystem along with boosting policy implementation for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME). Formed under the aegis of Niti Aayog, the premier think-tank of Government of India, AIM generates innovation within all actors in the society, including academia, non-profits, research organizations, Agri and Medical research to boost socio-economic wellbeing for all. It works as a collaborator and single point of contact in enabling socio-economic reforms generating measurable social change and impact. To foster world-class development and kick-start an entrepreneurship revolution, Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) works through a collaborative model of enabling social change and impact. To nurture the seed of innovation, entrepreneurship and start-up ecosystem, AIM has lunched five critical programs.
February 11, 2020
Nishant met and interviewed Dr Taslimarif Saiyed, CEO and Director of C-Camp at Bangalore. Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms (C-CAMP), established in 2009, is a non-profit organization driving cutting-edge research and innovation in the life sciences in India. Conceptualized by the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, C-Camp works in a collaborative model bringing together academia, start-ups and industry on a single platform. Fostering a culture of entrepreneurship, the incubator has over the years enabled some very innovative deep-science startups both across India. Supported by the Biotechnology, Government of India, BIRAC, Meit Y Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Atal Innovation Mission under Niti Aayog and the Karnataka State Government, it forms an integral part of Bangalore Life Sciences cluster along with Institute for Stem Cell Science and Regenerative Medicine (inStem) and The National Centre for Biological Sciences NCBS. C-Camp is the only life sciences and healthcare innovation hub across the Government and private sectors to be selected under the Niti Aayog's Atal Innovation Mission for their flagship Atal Innovation Incubation program.
January 15, 2020
In Episode 8, Mr Manoj Kumar chats about his work at Social Alpha, a leading social entrepreneurship enabler in India in Science & Technology sector and as a CEO at India Health Fund. Manoj is a senior advisor at the prestigious Tata Trusts, where he is responsible for managing the innovation portfolio, promoting entrepreneurship and nurturing the academic/R&D relationships globally. An alumnus of Harvard Business School, he is also the founding trustee of Tata Institute for Genetics and Society (TIGS) and serves on the board of advisory for multiple organizations. Manoj has worn many hats professionally with stints in investment banking, financial technology, startups and social sector with a penchant for social innovation.
Manoj also manages the India Health Fund, a collaborative venture between Tata Trusts and the Global Fund to fights AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. The fund aims to catalyze all the resources within the global ecosystem to eliminate tuberculosis (TB) by 2025 and malaria by 2030 from India. In this podcast, Manoj discusses how they are collaborating with partners to address and fill in the gap for catalyzing a positive change.
December 29, 2019
Nishant Malhotra, Founder and CEO of The Middle Road chats with Ms Shilpa Pophale at her office Electronica Finance Ltd. Our discussion covers gamut of topics from Electronica's rise in green machine lending, foray into other micro-lending sectors, prudent risk management system in keeping non-performing assets less than 2%, tie-up with SIDBI within the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) sector, tapping capital markets for fundraising through first Green Masala Bond issue for NBFC in India and investment of $14M from New York-based impact investor Encourage Finance Ltd. and their Customer Social Responsibility initiatives specially Udaan project in catalyzing equality education for less privileged women including women for disabilities and Meeta project for enabling social entrepreneurship.
November 30, 2019
Nishant Malhotra, Founder & CEO of The Middle Road chats with Mr. Tom Adlam at Sankalp Summit 2019. Tom talks about blended finance esp. impact investing, different instruments used esp. social impact bonds, experience in Africa and future plans in India.
November 13, 2019
Dr Premnath Venugopal is the Co-founder and Director of the Venture Center, the largest inventive enterprises incubator in India. He is also Head NCL Innovations, NCL and Head IP group. A leading global technocrat, entrepreneur and inventor, Dr Premnath is a technology development and innovation “Guru” with speciality in commercialization of high-end technological products and entrepreneurship. Well-read and educated, Dr Premnath has a PhD from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, US, and B.Tech. from the Indian Institute of Technology – Bombay. He is also served as a Chevening Technology Enterprise fellow for a year at the Center for Scientific Enterprises, London Business School, and Cambridge University.
We chat about various initiatives taken by the world-class incubator in enabling social change and impact, critical Indian government reforms in the startup sector, the influence of US and UK universities in fostering innovation, among others.
November 13, 2019
In this mini-podcast, Nishant Malhotra has a riveting conversation with Prof Thomas Finholt, Dean of Information, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. We chat about e-Privacy laws in the US and Europe and ethics in social computing. He has a doctorate in social and decision sciences from Carnegie Mellon University.