Age: 26
Home Town: Arlington Heights, Illinois
Education: BS Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University
Specific Field Interests: Venture Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship in the Education, Livelihoods, and Health Spaces
Placement: Central Square Foundation, New Delhi
Area of Focus: Education

Highlights: Since his time consulting for non-profits in college, Kushal has been deeply interested in using business principles to generate impact in the social sector. For the past 7 years, he has volunteered with numerous NGOs and social enterprises on capacity-building projects, ranging from developing executive strategies to planning organizational change management. Prior to the AIF Fellowship, Kushal worked from 2010-2011 as a research and development engineer for a leading cold chain supplier in the US, designing solutions to transport medicines to hard-to-reach areas in third-world countries and receiving a patent for an innovative design. He later faced new challenges and learned effective management from top companies as a strategy consultant at Accenture, specializing in innovation and product development. While at Accenture, Kushal was heavily involved as a volunteer with the firm's pro-bono arm and aided philanthropies in expansion and partnership efforts. Trained as an engineer, he appreciates practical solutions and getting down "in the weeds" to make measurable contributions to the social sector from the ground up. At the same time, as a business consultant, he understands top-down approaches that keep the "larger picture" in focus to create sustainable strategies and form lasting partnerships.

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