About Our Chapter

About Our Chapter

Hyderabad+Acumen is a volunteer-run chapter of the Acumen global network that spreads awareness about Acumen’s mission of changing the way the world tackles poverty. We are a platform for nurturing change makers, fueling ideas and unlocking Hyderabad’s potential to accelerate the growth of market driven social enterprises. We are focused on building a foundation for young social entrepreneurs in the city and bringing positive change to existing social impact organizations.

Meet the team

Kaushik K

Kaushik K

Co-Chair

Kaushik K has worked in the skill development and employability sector for more than 5 years. He joined B-ABLE in 2009 as part of the start-up team, setting-up and managing the organization’s first training center and been part of the core leadership team. Kaushik is from Hyderabad and has Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from IIT Kharagpur. He is a part of the Inaugural cohort of the Acumen India Fellows Program.

Saumya

Saumya

Co-Chair & Communications Lead

Saumya is a co-founder and partner of YellowLeaf – a social enterprise focused on streamlining overseas placements of blue-collared workers. She started working in the skill development space in 2012 as a project manager in B-ABLE (a group company of BASIX). Prior to that, she worked in Nomura in the Equity-Linked Derivatives team. Saumya holds a Bachelors degree from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University.

Varun Deshpande

Varun Deshpande

Outreach Lead

Varun is the CEO and Founder of TopTalent.in – an exclusive online job portal for students and alumni of elite colleges in India. Prior to starting TopTalent.in, Varun worked in a startup called Shaadi Invite. He has earned his Mechanical Engineering degree from BITS, Pilani and is a StartingBloc Fellow (LA ‘12).

Harsha Puvvada

Harsha Puvvada

Fundraising Lead

Harsha is a co-founder at Inselberg – a healthcare start up which aims to send out automated SMS reminders to parents of children who are due for vaccination. He was also the Director of business development at Hope Children’s Hospital, Hyderabad. Prior to working in India, Harsha worked for Morgan Stanley in New York and London. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University, and an MBA from INSEAD.

Dr. Srikanth Malladi

Dr. Srikanth Malladi

Education Lead

Srikanth is a Resident Doctor in Osmania General Hospital specializing in the field of ophthalmology. He is also an agri-entrepreneur working in partnership with marginal farmers in rural areas in Telangana region. He helps farmers in enhancing yield through financial assistance, spreading awareness, implementing new farming techniques and providing market linkages.