Our Partner Organizations
The Center for Knowledge Societies (CKS) is India’s leading innovation consulting firm. CKS partners with different kinds of companies to conduct research and design activities aimed at improving existing products and services and conceptualizing new ones focusing on the end user. The company has wide experience in India, but has also worked in different emerging economies worldwide including South Africa, China, Nigeria, Philippines, Bangladesh and Indonesia. Over the last ten years, CKS has worked with numerous multinational firms and authored a series of reports. Vaccine Delivery Innovation Iniatitive and 34 Ways to Save Lives in Rural India sponsored by BMGF, explores challenges and innovations for improving vaccine delivery service and maternal and child health in Bihar, India. Nokia-sponsored Mobile Development Report explores the socio-economic impact of mobile phones in rural areas in emerging economies.
The National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) is the UK’s nodal agency for innovation. The company acts through a combination of practical programmes, early stage investment, research and policy, and the formation of partnerships to foster innovation and deliver radical new ideas. Funded by a £250 million endowment from the UK National Lottery, NESTA uses the interest from that endowment to fund and support its projects. NESTA currently works in three main areas: economic growth, public services and creative industries, within which it undertakes research, design and mentorship programs. It also publishes a wide range of research papers in each of these areas, designed primarily to support policy makers.
Social Innovation Exchange or SIX is the world’s primary network for social innovation and a reputable source for research, action and intelligence. SIX works with cities, national governments, and international bodies such as the European Commission to improve the methods with which our societies find better solutions to challenges such as climate change, inequality and healthcare. We foster genuine, active connections between the people building innovative solutions, from the grassroots to the policymaking level. By promoting learning across sectors, fields and countries, and by communicating and disseminating ideas about social innovation, SIX builds the capacities of its members and enables them to work together to develop resources for social innovators around the world.
Aditya Dev Sood
Dr. Aditya Dev Sood is Founder and CEO of the Center for Knowledge Societies (CKS), an innovation consulting firm that provides design services — User Research, User Experience Design, Design Strategy and Innovation Management. Dr. Sood is a Fulbright scholar with two doctorates from the University of Chicago and a wide range of disciplinary competencies, gained through a long and diverse education, including Architecture, Art History, Critical Theory, Comparative Literature, Sanskrit Philology, Philosophy of Language, Cultural Anthropology, Social Theory and Political Economy.
Nita Soans serves as Dean of the Adianta School. She is a trained Architect who has spent her professional career as a researcher, designer and innovation specialist. She began working at CKS first out of Bangalore in 2005, where she led several innovation programs in areas of telecommunications and development for such clients as Nokia, Vodafone, Samsung and others. In 2005 and 2007, she has managed educational outreach programs for the Doors of Perception Conference. She curated and managed the 48 Degrees C. Symposium in New Delhi in 2008 for the Khoj Artists Collective and Goethe Institut.
Geoff Mulgan is Chief Executive of Nesta. From 2004-2011 he was the first Chief Executive of the Young Foundation, which became a leading centre for social innovation, combining research, creation of new ventures and practical projects. He is a visiting professor at LSE, UCL, Melbourne University and a regular lecturer at the China Executive Leadership Academy. He is an adviser to many governments around the world, and has been a board member of the Work Foundation, the Health Innovation Council, Political Quarterly and the Design Council, and chair of Involve.
Jan Carel Diehl is assistant professor for the Design for Sustainability (DfS) program at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering at the Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands. Within the DfS program he is managing the international projects on sustainable product innovation especially in emerging markets. The main focus of his research is the know-how transfer and implementation of sustainable product innovation into an international context.
Dr. Eswaran Subrahmanian is a Research Professor at the Institute for Complex Engineered Systems and Engineering And Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. He is also a Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management at Technical University of Delft, Netherlands and a Guest Researcher at National Institute of Standards and Technology.
Dr. Teemu Leinonen holds over a decade of experience in the field of research, design and development of web-based collaboration and learning. His areas of interest and expertise covers design for learning, computer supported collaborative learning (CSCL), online cooperation, learning software design, educational planning and educational politics. Currently Teemu Leinonen is a professor of New Media Design and Learning at the Media Lab of the Aalto University School of Art and Design in Helsinki Finland.
Esko Kilpi is the founder and principal of Esko Kilpi Ltd, a leading research and consultancy firm working with the challenges of Internet-based business models, digital work and complex work environments. The organization is based in Helsinki, Finland. In addition to his work as an executive adviser Esko Kilpi takes part in research and lectures on the topics of interactive, iterative value creation, complexity, knowledge based view of the firm and social business technologies in Nordic countries, Europe, Middle-East, Far-East and USA. Esko Kilpi is frequently invited as a key note presenter in management conferences globally. As an international consultant he advises both public sector organizations and leading global multinational companies. Esko Kilpi has been a member of an expert think tank on Knowledge Management for the European Union. Esko Kilpi is a founding member of the Entovation Group in the United States. Entovation is a global network of leading knowledge work experts. In agile development he is a certified Scrum Master.
Alex Blasdel has over 10 years experience in some of the world's leading institutions of higher education. He served as chief of staff to the head of University College London's clinical psychology department and was chair of the scholarship renewal committee at California's prestigious Deep Springs College. He has also worked within the University of London and is a graduate of Oxford University, University College London, and Deep Springs College. He holds multidisciplinary degrees in Classical history, philosophy, and literature, and in theoretical psychology.
Hemant Sahal is the founder of Butterfly Innovations. He is a Biotechnologist by academic training and has enjoyed working in diverse projects that include his own entrepreneurial initiatives, consulting and advisory roles with reputed organizations, and early-stage innovations and enterprises. His social venture during his undergraduate studies received international recognition and support including a medal from the National Design and Research Forum. He was recognized as an Ashoka's Youth Venturer and CRISIL Young Thought Leader. He has consulted Manipal Global, World Bank, Bheemaneni Group and DreamIn in past. He is also the founding President of Kairos Society India. In his free time, he cooks, writes poems and travels.