Venkatesh “Venky” Raghavendra is a social entrepreneur with nearly three decades of philanthropy and development experience. He has successfully built global partnerships and mobilized significant resources for a number of international and national organizations. Venky serves as Ambassador and Thought Leader At Large for the American India Foundation, advising the organization on strategic growth and mobilizing communities of support across the US.
Venky currently serves as the Vice President, Advancement for the Safe Water Network and was formerly the Chief Philanthropy Officer at the New York-based American India Foundation. He has been an advisor and consultant in the areas of philanthropy, fundraising, and social entrepreneurship, and has worked with organizations like the Open Society Foundations, New York, UK-based Common Purpose, and Washington, DC-based Ashoka: Innovators for the Public. Prior to joining the American India Foundation, Venky was Managing Director of Global Partnerships at Ashoka and promoted social entrepreneurship around the world by collaborating with business entrepreneurs and foundations.
Venky is an Advisor to the Government of India’s National Skill Development Corporation, under the Ministry of Skill Development. He is a trustee of Ashoka India, sits on the board of several not-for-profits, and is an advisor to several others. He writes frequently on social issues for a variety of media, and currently teaches social entrepreneurship to graduate-level students in the United States and in India.
Venky has a Masters in Social Justice from the School for International Training, Vermont and an International DBA from ISEG’s Lisbon School of Economics & Management in Portugal.