Dr. Aditya Dev Sood is a serial social entrepreneur with a background in Design and the Social Sciences. He is a former Fulbright Scholar with two doctorates from the University of Chicago. Sood has built several different kinds of organizations, all of which are co-located at the Vihara Innovation Campus in New Delhi, these include the Center for Knowledge Societies, the Bihar Innovation Lab (BIL), the Adianta School for Leadership and the Startup Tunnel (STun). Through the Vihara Innovation Network, Sood has most recently been involved in setting up MAMPU’s network of Innovation Labs across Indonesia. He is also currently collaborating with the Social Innovation Exchange towards a Summer School in India in 2015. On weekends he can be found making sculpture, brewing beer and trekking with his wife and young sons. He tweets from @adityadevsood
Namrata Mehta is Director Innovation at the Center for Knowledge Societies where she has worked closely on employing a systematic approach to innovating service delivery in healthcare, financial services, telecommunications, e-commerce, energy and governance. Since March 2014, Namrata has led efforts to conceptualize and build the CivicLabs as part of the Vihara Innovation Network. Through efforts at CivicLabs in collaboration with Pulse Lab Jakarta, Namrata is currently working on developing solutions for data driven local decision making for maternal healthcare in Lombok, Indonesia. Prior to her work at CKS, Namrata developed games as a research tool for policy makers in the agricultural and urban infrastructure sector, at the Center for the Study of Science, Technology and Policy. Namrata has an undergraduate degree in Sociology from Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University, and a postgraduate diploma in Experimental Media Arts from the Srishti School of Art Design and Technology. She tweets at @littlenemrut.