Ashoka India Fellows

Ashoka Fellows are leading social entrepreneurs who we recognize to have innovative solutions to social problems and the potential to change patterns across society. They demonstrate unrivaled commitment to bold new ideas and prove that compassion, creativity, and collaboration are tremendous forces for change. Ashoka Fellows work in over 60 countries around the globe in every area of human need.

Read about all Ashoka fellows on the Ashoka Global website here.

Field of Work: Civic Engagement

Priscilla is working in the rural districts surrounding Madras to help develop effective leadership in the women's groups.

City: Bangalore
Field of Work: Environment

Kuldeep Dantewadia is enabling children to influence their environment through participatory problem-solving methodologies based on their schools’ and students’ environmental needs and concerns. Kuldeep is creating a new method of environmental education for children and youth by merging theory and practice, instilling the empathy, knowledge, skills, and experiences to identify and solve...

City: Parganas
Field of Work: Human Rights

In rural India Mina Das is enabling women and their daughters to be self-sufficient by giving them the skills, confidence, and knowledge to take control of their lives and be leaders in their villages.

Field of Work: Human Rights

Tulika Das works to improve the lives of people with disabilities in rural India. Through a unique integrative approach, she works to include disabled people in mainstream Indian life and to integrate the needs and skills of the disabled into India’s development agenda.

City: Baroda
Field of Work: Health

Beginning with highway rescue, Dr. Subroto Das is creating for the first time in the history of South Asia, emergency medical systems that integrate the work of hospitals, ambulances, police, citizens, and the state.

City: Dibrugarh
Field of Work: Civic Engagement

Saumyadeep Datta is organizing indigenous youth groups to conduct conflict resolution and environmental preservation in the strife-torn northeastern region of India. They are establishing "people's sanctuaries" across the seven states in the Northeast and training ethnic groups to conserve their common forest heritage.

Field of Work: Human Rights

Bhargavi Davar aims to restore the dignity and autonomy of persons with mental illness by reforming outdated laws and failed institutions, and by establishing centers that prove the healing power of self-reliance and community support.

Field of Work: Economic Development

Thumswamy Joseph David, himself an active inventor, is launching India's first professional association of inventors, The Inventors' Action Society. It focuses especially on India's "craftsmen inventors" who, armed with few degrees or institutional connections, are increasingly disadvantaged.

City: New Delhi
Field of Work: Human Rights

Roma Debabrata is mobilizing urban, migrant communities to find and report cases of trafficking. By building vigilant networks and effective partnerships with law enforcement, Roma is enabling citizens to take control and curb trafficking.

City: Vadodara
Field of Work: Economic Development

Nimisha Desai, one of India's growing group of single women, is seeking to remove several of the severe disabilities they face.