Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Laura Parkin

"We need a fundamental shift in the way that the faculty are regarded in India. If the faculty are valued and given more freedom, they will be able to both nurture the next generation and more effectively transfer their knowledge to benefit the society in other ways."

Laura Parkin, Executive Director, Wadhwani Foundation & NEN
December 21, over lunch


Murali said...

About Laura...

Laura is the Executive Director of the Wadhwani Foundation. The Foundation’s mission is to create economic opportunities for individuals in India. To do so, the Foundation works in two areas: developing high-growth entrepreneurship; and helping disabled people establish livelihoods.

Laura is also the Executive Director and co-founder of the National Entrepreneurship Network (NEN), the Foundation’s key program. NEN is India’s leader in entrepreneurship education. Since founding NEN in 2002, Laura and the team have built NEN’s membership to over 285 top academic institutes across 30 cities in India. To date, NEN has helped develop a pool of over 550 entrepreneurship faculty members, and reaches over 3,00,000 students.

Prior to this, Laura was a Vice President at Ashoka, supporting social entrepreneurs in over 40 countries. She is a serial entrepreneur, having founded four companies. Laura is also a former venture capitalist at Highland Capital Partners in Boston, Massachusetts, where she invested in health care companies. In the early 90’s Laura helped established a merchant bank in Moscow on behalf of investment firm Aldrich, Eastman and Waltch. Currently, she is an Advisor for Acumen Fund’s Water Portfolio. Laura was born and brought up in Hong Kong, and holds a B.A. from Harvard University.

Murali said...

Stories that appeared in Business Line...



Murali said...

Also present at the lunch meeting...

1) A.R.Srivathsan, B.Tech (Instrumentation), Final year, NIT, Trichy

2) Ramana Raja, B.Tech (Electrical, Electronics), Final Year, NIT, Trichy

Rivat Hanss said...

hello sir,

Thanks a lot for letting us interact with Ms.Laura. We had a wonderful time and learned a lot from her. Her ideas and experiences shared with many important entrepreneurial personalities were indeed interesting. And thank you for sharing your ideas about the world today with us and also for being such an nice host! :)


kaushik ram said...

while talking to ramana after the meeting, he had changed his views about entrepreneurship completely.
so i feel that the only thing that is lacking in here is motivation or better put may be awareness!!