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Sattva Executive Summary V2.0

  1. 1. Executive Summary 2009
  2. 2. What we do… Sattva is in the business of creating and sharing knowledge aimed at social development through research, media and consulting. Research Co ia n su ed lti M ng
  3. 3. Research Research Co ia ns ed ult M in Key focus areas g  Case studies, Reports and white papers offering in depth and actionable analysis of organizations, social trends, proven solutions and models.  Impact Assessment projects focused on social organizations to pragmatically measure the impact of their initiatives  Proven and realizable methodology for organizations looking to implement social initiatives (e.g. Eco-friendly practices). Snapshot of current projects  Working with a leading Management institution on a focused study on the strategic value of Corporate Social Responsibility and the changing dynamics of the same in the current economy  Developing the Information design for a social networking site aimed at social change players (NGOs, foundations and individuals).
  4. 4. Research Consulting Co ia ns ed ult M in Key focus areas g  Providing strategic, operational and financial consulting services to social organizations in achieving their vision.  Evaluation and auditing of programs for social organizations or corporations, measuring impact and sustainability.  Executing key program management functions by adopting the Build-Operate-Transfer model. Snapshot of current projects  Consulting for a mid-size micro enterprise management service provider in North India on evaluating their operations and defining and executing their business plan for 2009-12.  Consulting for leading corporations in structuring and implementing their CSR programs.
  5. 5. Research Media Co ia ns ed ult M in Key focus areas g  Use varied forms of media to bring relevant information in engaging, interactive and accessible forms to reach a wide audience.  Using Performing arts (such as theater and film making) as vehicles to deliver powerful socially relevant content. Snapshot of current projects  Delivering a thematic monthly e-magazine on socially relevant issues since August 2006; Over 2000 active readers across the globe.  Development of an online magazine which would serve as a primary source of high quality content on the development sector in India, which is informative, actionable and dynamic.  Continue to invest in short films, plays and events in creating entertaining and responsible content targeting a wide audience
  6. 6. Our Values Inclusive We will strive to provide relevant offerings to every section of the society. We want to be relevant to everyone; we will listen to everyone. Measured by social change We measure our progress and our impact through social change first and profits next. Balanced positivism The face of Sattva would be one of hope and optimism. While we focus on solutions that work, we also believe in the value of constructive criticism Power of information We believe that right information, in the right form to the right people is fundamental to social change.
  7. 7. Founding Team Vikram Rai is the Chief Executive Officer of Sattva. Vikram brings in experiences in technology products and services, people management as well as organizational development having worked in corporations of various sizes including MerIndus Consulting, Telelogic AB and IBM. Vikram is currently the trustee of a social-consulting organization called I Think I Have A Solution. His passions include theatre, music and travel. He believes in the need for a combination of pragmatic, sensitive and creative approaches to solving social problems. Vikram holds a B.E(Hons) in Computer Science from BITS, Pilani. Aarti Mohan heads the Media Business of Sattva and is the Chief Editor of the division's flagship web-magazine “The Alternative”. She has over 6 years of technical experience designing processors in companies like Texas Instruments and AMD, where she has played key roles, mentoring and guiding new teams. She is passionate about dancing and has been practicing, professing and teaching the art of Bharatnatyam over the last 20 years, giving performances all over India, Europe, USA and Singapore. Aarti believes that the right information can empower people to bring about change. Aarti holds a B.E(Hons) Computer Science from BITS, Pilani.
  8. 8. Founding Team Srikrishna Sridhar Murthy heads Sattva's Consulting Business and also chairs the Sattva Board. Krishna comes with a strong entrepreneurial background with diverse experience in technology, theatre, social sector and consulting. Krishna is currently a Principal at Longhouse Consulting, where he's responsible for overall strategy, business development and operations. Krishna is passionate about building scalable organizations and business models for social development. He currently serves on the Board of Dream a Dream and HuaDan (China). Krishna holds a B.E(Hons) in Computer Science from BITS, Pilani and an M.B.A from INSEAD, focused on entrepreneurship. Rathish Balakrishnan heads Sattva's Research Business. Rathish currently works as a Senior Product Manager in SAP Labs India, where he is responsible for Product Strategy and Field Enablement in the Asia Pacific region. Prior to joining SAP, Rathish was a part of Center for Advanced learning Technologies, one of Europe’s leading research organizations in e-learning and knowledge management. His other passions include writing, theater and public speaking. Rathish truly believes in the power of information, and that providing right information to the right audience is fundamental to social change. Rathish has a degree in M.Sc Information Systems from BITS Pilani.
  9. 9. Senior Consultants Neeru Marya Sharma is a Partner at Sattva’s consulting business. Neeru has over 10 years of Business/ Management Consulting experience. Most recently, she headed the India operations of Unitus, a leading non-profit working with Microfinance Institutions in India and around the world. Neeru has also worked on various assignments with Unitus partner MFIs to identify and implement initiatives to achieve rapid, sustainable growth and scale. Prior to joining Unitus, she practiced at an Innovation Consulting firm, helping organizations think differently and facilitating growth through Innovation. Earlier in her career, she has worked for over three years with PricewaterhouseCoopers and Ernst & Young (in Africa and India respectively) on areas of Corporate Strategy and change.   Vishal Talreja is a Consultant at Sattva and is the Co-founder and Director of Dream A Dream, a leading NGO in India working on building life skills in children. Vishal is an Ashoka Fellow ( and also a trainer and consultant on NGO Management. In 2006, Vishal was represented Dream A Dream on a International Visitor Leadership Exchange Programme (IVLEP) sponsored by the United States Department of State. Vishal represented Dream A Dream as an "Architect of the Future" at the Waldzell - Global Dialog on Inspiration ( in Vienna, Austria in 2006 and 2007. Vishal is also on the Board of Unltd India (, Bangalore Cares and ITIHAS (