Magsaysay Award Winner to give Keynote
Silicon Valley, September 11, 2018: On Saturday, October 20, 2018, Santa Clara Convention Center, Indians for Collective Action (ICA) celebrates 50 years of investment in social development with a Conference and Expo. It is an occasion to honor, inspire and empower all non-profit organizations in India and the US.
According to Reshma Nigam, President of ICA, “The Conference is planned with captivating keynotes, panel discussions on topics of interest to the social sector, and an opportunity to meet with 500+ Silicon Valley Indo-Americans with an interest in India’s development. The Expo floor will feature booths from participating social organizations.” More information is available on https://icaonline.org/pages/golden-jubliee-celebrations/
The keynote at the conference will be given by Dr. Bharat Vatwani who is the 2018 Magsaysay award winner for his exemplary work with the mentally challenged on the streets of Mumbai. “We are very privileged to have Dr. Vatwani share his experiences at the Shraddha Rehabilitation Foundation. The organization deals with reuniting the mentally ill wandering the streets of India with their families,” said Kirit Shah, Chair of the ICA’s Golden Jubilee Celebration Committee.
The conference will be attended by some of the leading social entrepreneurs of India. Confirmed speakers include Anand Kumar of Super30 (IIT JEE), Suhani Jalota of Myna Mahila Foundation (sanitary napkins), Dr. Girish Kulkarni of Snehalaya, Judy Frater (an Ashoka Fellow) of Somiya Kala Vidya, Aditi Kaur of Mountain Children Foundation, Padam awardee Dr. Pankaj Shah Cancer Specialist, Dr. Bharat Bhagat (medicine), Dr. Anagha and Dr. Digant Amte of Lok Biradari Prakalp (rural welfare), Dr. Shrey and Dr. Gayatri Desai (medical), Satyajit Bhatkal of Jalmitra Foundation, Hasina Kharbhih (an Ashoka Fellow) of Impulse NGO Network, and Tejal Amin of Nav Prerna (education). In addition, we will have Dr. Duncan Steele from the Gate Foundation, Dr, Sriram Shamasunder from UCSF participating.
According to Reshma Nigam, President of ICA, “The Conference is planned with captivating keynotes, panel discussions on topics of interest to the social sector, and an opportunity to meet with 500+ Silicon Valley Indo-Americans with an interest in India’s development. The Expo floor will feature booths from participating social organizations.”
ICA welcomes nonprofits in India and the US to participate in this conference with booths, as participants, or as volunteers. As part of the Golden Jubilee celebration, ICA incubated organizations such as ASHA, FFE, Aim for Seva, and others will be showcasing their work at the Santa Clara convention center.
Indians for Collective Action (ICA) is a San Francisco Bay Area nonprofit group. ICA believes in a secure life for every Indian in a sustainable environment and a just society. Since inception in 1968, they have nurtured social activists, spawned many initiatives including Asha for Education and Foundation for Excellence (FFE), and supported innovative community-led development projects in over 20 states of India and disbursed over $8.0 million (mostly in last decade). ICA partners with dedicated social workers and activists in India and the U.S. They welcome enthusiastic volunteers.