‘Scientist to Social Entrepreneur’ An Extraordinary Journey of Growth and

March 14, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Mānoa Campus, Online

"‘Scientist to Social Entrepreneur’ An Extraordinary Journey of Growth and Impact" with Dr. Kalpana Sankar and moderated by Dr. Maya Soetoro ------- About Session: A candid interaction with Dr. Kalpana Sankar, co-founder of Hand in Hand India and Managing Director of Belstar Microfinance to traverse her journey from a nuclear physicist to a social entrepreneur. Through her group of institutions, she has created jobs for 8 million women entrepreneurs at the bottom of the pyramid, put 350,000 children back into mainstream education, ensures segregation of waste of 670,000 households every day and creates access to healthcare for 100,000 people every day through public health platforms. Dr. Sankar is to launch a book on her journey in summer 2024. ------- About Speaker: Dr. Kalpana Sankar's extraordinary transition from nuclear physics to financial inclusion is a testament to her remarkable journey, bringing a unique and invaluable perspective to the realms of finance and development. Her unconventional background infuses the world of finance with scientific precision, enriching the approach to social impact. Dr. Sankar’s initiation into development work began with a focus on eliminating child labor, but her visionary leadership swiftly broadened the horizon to include women empowerment, environment, skill development and health. Dr. Sankar is the Managing Director of Belstar Microfinance Limited, helped build a leading microfinance institution with a social conscience, reaching over 2.4 million members with outstanding loans amounting to Rs 80 billion (1 bn USD) spread across 18 states of India as of November 2023. ------- Co-Sponsored: Conflict and Peace Specialist, Hand in Hand India, and Matsunaga Institute for Peace

Event Sponsor
Conflict and Peace Specialist, Mānoa Campus

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Jose Barzola, 8089562690, caring@hawaii.edu, https://hawaii.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEvcu2gpjwpHNSaYU9Q7-MA_MK2bTFmxN7-

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