SBM NMIMS organizes a social conclave on social impact through finance, technology and social entrepreneurship | APN News
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SBM NMIMS organizes a social conclave on social impact through finance, technology and social entrepreneurship
Posted on January 25, 2022
· The conclave aimed to guide business students on social responsibility
· The webinar was represented by renowned social and business leaders
Mumbai: The Social Responsibility Forum set up by the School of Business Management (SBM), a branch of NMIMS University, successfully held its annual social enclave “Ek Prayas” the previous week to educate students on the integrating social responsibility into business practices.
The event was graced by a renowned and diverse group of business and social leaders including Ms. Shilpa Kumar, Partner at Omidyar Network India, Dr. Abhishek Agrawal Chief Regional Officer South Asia Head, Accion, Mr. Swapnil Tewari, The Madman , Social Reformer and co-founder of The Light Mission and Ms. Surabhi Kakrania, Haqdarshak Chief Financial Officer.
Echoing the sentiments, Dr. Meena Galliara, Associate Professor at SBM, NMIMS highlighted the importance of technology in achieving a sustainable world and the need for future business leaders to ensure equitable distribution of healthcare , education and sanitation to people, because currently many still do not have access to these basic services.
Giving her perspective on the topic “Doing Good Business and Doing Good”, Shilpa Kumar, Partner at Omidyar Network India, said that technology and entrepreneurship, combined together, can generate social and economic impact and highlighted the contribution of non-profit organizations. to integrate welfare schemes and businesses to achieve maximum reach.
Speaking on “Enabling Access to Capital, Supporting Innovation and Building Resilience”, Dr. Abhishek Agrawal, Regional Director for South Asia, Accion said “not all of the world’s problems can be solved through a not-for-profit approach. There is a need to balance need and greed and this can be facilitated by business capital.” He also added that his organization aims to digitally integrate traditional businesses to increase access to capital, improve reach and reduce costs.
Swapnil Tewari, Social Reformer, Motivational Speaker, Educator and Mentor of Social Entrepreneurs, spoke on the topic “A Life of Madness – Journey of The Madman”, demonstrated his life experiences and how he overcame various obstacles in life. He also talked about the importance of showing up proactively rather than just reacting to situations, as well as transcending obstacles and finding true purpose.
Shedding light on the issue of “using technology to create social impact at scale”, Surabhi Kakrania, Chief Financial Officer of Haqdarshak, highlighted her company’s role in positively impacting communities by serving as assisted technology service for the home delivery of social rights. She also mentioned the various challenges in India to access social protection programs and the impact of the platform on empowering women and creating sustainable livelihoods in communities.
The conclave aimed to teach students management lessons so that becoming successful entrepreneurs also means contributing effectively to the development of a sustainable and holistic society.
“I felt the Social Accountability Forum attracted leaders in the field of social impact. It was very interesting and insightful to hear industry stalwarts with decades of corporate experience share how they are creating a positive impact on society. This conclave gave me inspiration and confidence that people from all walks of life and all stages of life can change the world,” shared a freshman from SBM.