Originally from Tamil Nadu, Pranav Sridhar was born and brought up in Kolkata. He developed an interest in public speaking while in school. At Shiv Nadar University, he appreciated the exposure to a wide variety of disciplines, the quality, and commitment of the faculty, and the philanthropic and social values that the University stands for. In his fourth year, he went as an exchange student at Duke University, Kunshan, where he developed an interest in global health issues. Since graduation, he has been working in organizations that specialize in the use of technology to accelerate development. For the last two years, he has worked with the Institute for Transformative Technologies, which is working to improve global health, increase access to electricity, and promote digital inclusion, amongst much else.
One of his projects was in the area of sanitation, where installed toilets have often fallen into disuse due to issues around waste management. He and his team have helped to develop an organic solution that converts human waste into compost. Another initiative he is proud of is a proprietary solar mini-grid, which provides electricity to extremely remote villages in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. His attitude and approach reflect the collaborative spirit of the developmental sector. Techniques and products developed by his team are now being adopted by organizations such as the Gates and Rockefeller Foundations. What technologies does he prefer focusing on? “Anything that delivers results,” he says.
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