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  • In this episode you will learn the following:

    1. The importance of conducting micro-experiments towards shaping a meaningful career

    2. The art of being a contrarian

    3. The power of multi-disciplinary learning and clear thinking

    An author, politician, and former international civil servant, Shashi Tharoor straddles several worlds of experience. Currently a third-term Lok Sabha MP representing the Thiruvananthapuram constituency and Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs, he has previously served as Minister of State for Human Resource Development and Minister of State for External Affairs in the Government of India. During his nearly three-decade long prior career at the United Nations, he served as a peacekeeper, refugee worker, and administrator at the highest levels, serving as Under-Secretary General during Kofi Annan's leadership of the organisation.

    In the first episode of this exclusive multi-part Network Capital podcast, Dr. Tharoor shares how he followed his curiosity, defied conventional norms and chose to pursue a career in international relations.

  • In this podcast you will learn -
    1. How to choose a career in social sciences?
    2. What might politics without politicians look like
    3. Practical ways to make democracy more inclusive

    Hélène Landemore is Associate Professor of Political Science, with Tenure. Her research and teaching interests include democratic theory, political epistemology, theories of justice, the philosophy of social sciences (particularly economics), constitutional processes and theories, and workplace democracy.

    Her first book (in French) Hume. Probabilité et Choix Raisonnable (PUF: 2004) was a philosophical investigation of David Hume’s theory of decision-making. Her second book (in English) Democratic Reason won the Montreal Manuscript Workshop Award in 2011; the Elaine and David Spitz Prize in 2015; and the 2018 APSA “Ideas, Knowledge, and Politics” section book award. Hélène’s third book–Open Democracy: Reinventing Popular Rule for the 21st Century (under contract with Princeton University Press)–develops a new paradigm of democracy in which the exercise of power is as little gated as possible, even as it depends on representative structures to make it possible. In this version of popular rule, power is equally open to all, as opposed to just those who happen to stand out in the eyes of others (as in electoral democracies). The book centrally defends the use of non-electoral yet democratic forms of representation, including “lottocratic,” “self-selected,” and “liquid” representation.

    Hélène is also co-editor with Jon Elster of Collective Wisdom: Principles and Mechanisms (Cambridge University Press 2012), and is currently working on a new edited volume project on Digital Technology and Democratic Theory, together with Rob Reich and Lucy Bernholz at Stanford.

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  • In this podcast you will learn:
    1. How to understand education inequity in India from a holistic lens
    2. How to work with different stakeholders in the education space
    3. How to carve out a meaningful career doing something you truly care about

    As the Adhyayan Foundation CEO and founding team member, Anushri is responsible for creating the strategic vision for the organization, developing and overseeing implementation of programmes across 827 government schools in Goa and 5000+ schools in Delhi, building relationships with potential donors and partners, and overseeing the overall functioning of the organization.

    She has been an educator for the past 10 years. Having completed a Master’s in Education from Columbia University, she has a wide range of experience in education. She developed and headed the education program at Sanctuary for Families in New York, working with the New York City Government on supporting survivors of gender violence become economically independent.

    Having a keen interest in education in the context of violence, she has worked with refugees populations as well as students in areas of violence through her work with the International Rescue Committee and Global Nomads Group in New York. Anushri also coordinated the Working Group on Peace, Conflict and Education, an interdisciplinary research consortium at Columbia University in New York. She worked as a Teach for India Fellow in 2010, teaching grades 3 and 4 in an underserved community in Pune.

    Anushri has been a Co-Chair for Human Rights and Education Colloquium: A collaborative project connecting scholars from Columbia University and New York University.
    She is the Co-Founder of Burma Connect, an Independent Student Group now known as Connecting Myanmar at the University of Hong Kong.

  • In this podcast you will learn

    1. How to create your own luck
    2. How to figure out your next career move
    3. Art of connecting the dots

    Luis Miranda is Chairman of the Centre for Civil Society and CORO. He has been involved in setting up 2 highly successful companies - HDFC Bank and IDFC Private Equity. He is a Co-Founder of the Indian School of Public Policy. Luis spends his time, with his wife, connecting dots; using their networks to help the organisations they are connected with. He is also on the board of Educate Girls and SBI Foundation and co-founded, Take Charge, a mentoring programme for Catholic youth in Mumbai. Luis is also Chairman of ManipalCigna Health Insurance and Senior Advisor at Morgan Stanley. He is a Trustee of the UChicago Trust in India and a member of the Advisory Council of the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation at Chicago Booth. Luis blogs for Forbes, Thrive Global and Spontaneous Order and teaches at the Accelerated Development Program of Chicago Booth. Luis received an MBA from the Booth School of Business at The University of Chicago and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

  • HBS Professor | INSEAD MBA | Author of Edge: Turning Adversity into Advantage

    In this podcast you will learn

    1.Specific suggestions to transform negative perceptions, bias and adversity into competitive advantage

    2.How to make a super awkward meeting with Elon Musk into one of the most productive discussions

    3.Unexplored nuances of gender and accent when it comes to promotion and career advancement

    Laura Huang is a Professor at Harvard Business School. She has spent her academic career studying interpersonal relationships and implicit bias in entrepreneurship and in the workplace. Her research has been featured in the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Forbes, and Nature, and she was named one of the 40 Best Business School Professors Under the Age of 40 by Poets & Quants. She is the author of Edge: Turning Adversity into Advantage, and the creator of the Princess Heroes book series for young girls.

    Previously, she held positions in investment banking, consulting, and management, for organizations such as Standard Chartered Bank, IBM Global Services, and Johnson & Johnson. She received an MS and BSE in electrical engineering, both from Duke University, an MBA from INSEAD, and a PhD from the University of California, Irvine.

  • Radio broadcasting, advertising agencies, Google, Amazon,... Christian Schoepke's career path has almost as much variety as his latest product focus: donuts. He left the sexy world of film licensing at Amazon's Prime Video service in 2019, only to find himself in-midst of barrels of hot frying oil on a London street food market. Holding an undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto and an MBA from INSEAD, Christian now combines his experience in marketing (agencies), negotiation (Amazon) and product development (own media company/Google/Amazon) to try himself on building a food brand, Little Didi's Donuts. Born in Germany, he moved to Canada at the age of 17. In 2002, he founded a Web-based agency with the world's largest roster of multi-lingual voiceover talent. In 2006, he co-founded a media production company that pioneered social media platforms and interactive video experiences. His work with Toronto agencies was featured on CNN, Buzzfeed and TechCrunch. And in-between the lines for when things didn't go as planned in his career, Christian dedicated himself to cleaning toilets and worked in construction.

    In this podcast, Christian shares his journey that led him to make such a drastic life change, the shift in mindset required to move from a 'fun activity' to a 'business-building,' as well as how he approached risk in setting up his venture.

    In this podcast you will learn:

    1. Practical insights from the INSEAD MBA experience
    2. What is it actually like to work at Amazon
    3. How and when should you leave a job you love to do something you are passionate about

  • In this podcast you will learn:

    1. What happens at Davos

    2. How you can build a career attempting to solve climate change

    3. Learn the advantages of living abroad and challenging oneself

    Karolina is a Global Shaper based in the Stockholm Hub. She is employed at Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)’s program for Climate Change and Risk, focusing on institutional responses to climate-related security risks. There, she is situated between academia and policy, where the translation of scientific findings to decision-making is at heart. Karolina is also a a regional member of the Climate and Environment Action Steering Committee of the Global Shapers Community, and a Future Thinker for the think tank Global Challenges (Global Utmaning) in Stockholm, advising the Council for Economy and Governance. As a Shaper, Karolina was selected to attend the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2020. She has gathered professional experience from China, Australia, Spain, Colombia, Washington D.C and New York as a student, intern and researcher.

  • Miguel Angel Centeno was born in Cuba and by a miraculous set of adventures escaped to
    Spain and then landed up in the United States. He was raised by a single mom and spent most of his teenage years in housing projects. With grit, relentless efforts and determination to escape poverty, Miguel graduated from Yale with scholarship. Among other degrees, he also got an MBA and worked in advertising for a while. He soon realized that the business world was not for him. He was far more inspired by deeper issues and abstract ideas. Today he is Vice Dean; Musgrave Professor of Sociology; Professor of Sociology and International Affairs at Princeton University

    In this riveting podcast you will
    1. Explore the nuances of privilege
    2. Understand the principles of building a meaningful career in social sciences
    3. Learn what Marx and Adam Smith might say if they took a walk in the 21st century

    This is Dr. Centeno in his own words

    Born in Cuba. Came to the US at 10 and lived in Erie PA with a single mom. Got financial aid to Yale and then worked in business for several years as my mom became quite sick…… not sure what more!!

    Academic Bio:

    Miguel Centeno has published many articles, chapters, and books. His latest publications are War and Society (Polity 2016), Global Capitalism (Polity 2010), States in the Developing World (Cambridge UP, 2017) and State and Nation Making in the Iberian World (Cambridge UP , Vol 1, 2013; Vol. II 2018). He is the founder of the Research Community on Global Systemic Risk funded by PIIRS from 2013 (http://risk.princeton.edu. He is also working on book on the sociology of discipline. In 2000, he founded the Princeton University Preparatory Program, which provides intensive supplemental training for lower income students in local high schools. (http://pupp.princeton.edu/) He currently serves as Vice-Dean of the Woodrow Wilson School. From 2003 to 2007, he served as the founding Director of the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies. From 1997-2004 he also served as Head of Wilson College at Princeton. From 2012 to 2017 he served as Chair of the Sociology Department.

  • In this podcast you will learn:

    1. How to break into the world of investing
    2. What are the most important skills required to excel as a VC
    3. The importance of being a giver

    Alexander is a partner of a San-Francisco based deep-tech venture capital fund Ruvento Ventures. There, he specialises on growth-stage AI, robotics and mobility investments in emerging markets and is responsible for late-stage portfolio development and fundraising from European and Asian corporations. Alexander is also an active startup mentor at Techstars, Founder Institute and Skolkovo Foundation.


    Previously, he studied finance at Cambridge, worked in pan-European tech-focused investment banking and cross-border private equity funds, where he was involved primarily in arranging exits from portfolio and structuring M&A deals. Alexander has also founded his own business importing exotic wines into British hotels, restaurants and bars and in spare time is an amateur archeologist and a water sports enthusiast.

  • In this podcast you will learn the following:
    1.Art of shaping your career by following your curiosity and conviction
    2.Balancing growth and impact
    3.Practical ways to build a zero-waste world empathetic to the environment

    Sahar is the founder of Bare Necessities, a zero-waste personal care and home care brand that has recently raised funds from Social Alpha and other distinguished investors. She is a Cambridge alumna and her prior experience includes environmental planning, policy and law. Sahar formerly worked at the World Health Organization in Geneva and SELCO Foundation on decentralized energy policy. She is also a freelancer for Huffington Post UK and India.

  • In this podcast you will learn the following:

    1. The art of pivoting your career. Silvana went from being a lawyer to the founder of a deep tech company after MIT
    2. What it takes to conduct experiments with your professional goals and arrive at a journey that matters to you and makes a difference
    3. Nuances of diversity of all kinds

    Silvana López is the CEO & Co-founder of The Blockchain Challenge Inc., a Boston-based startup with technology and methodology inspired at MIT and focused on building a global community of Blockchain developers and enthusiasts. With a background in law and a graduate degree from the MIT Sloan School of Management, she is a senior executive with expertise in technology transfer and intellectual property. Leader and entrepreneur, with over 14 years of global experience in innovation, knowledge management and technology licensing for global clients.

  • In this podcast you will learn:

    1. How to break into VC without having prior experience
    2. Honing the art of learning - reading, writing, thinking - on the job and outside
    3. Nuances of pitching effectively

    Aviral helps lead Guild's India investments. He has led Guild's investments into Wink&Nod, MegaExams, Qrius, NurseryLive etc.

    Aviral graduated with an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad (Director's List for top 3%) and IIT Bombay. He runs a fascinating blog ajuniorvc.com focused on startup and investing trends.

  • In this podcast you will learn:

    1. Mental models for building a career across technology, finance and public policy
    2. Principles of institution building
    3. Understanding nuances of working in the government

    Arnab Kumar is Program Director at NITI Aayog, and drives NITI Aayog's strategy, policy and implementation initiatives in Artificial Intelligence, FinTech, Blockchain and Digital Economy. Arnab has contributed to India's Strategy for Artificial Intelligence (released in 2018) and has been driving the architecture of the proposed National Programme on AI. His key projects include Imaging BioBank for Cancer, India UK Healthcare AI Catalyst, Blockchain and IoT based Fertiliser Supply Chain solution. Arnab joined NITI Aayog as Founding Manager for Atal Innovation Mission, and developed strategy for AIM’s key initiatives including tinkering labs and early-stage technology fund, before setting up the Frontier Technologies practice.

    An ex-investment banker, Arnab has worked for Deutsche Bank’s New York, Hong Kong and Singapore offices and has raised more than USD20bn in M&A, equity and debt transactions, primarily in FinTech, Financial Institutions and Technology deals. Arnab has also previously led product teams across 3 global locations for Oracle. Arnab is an alumnus of Indian School of Business, Columbia Business School, and Birla Institute of Technology Mesra, is a Chartered Financial Analyst and Chevening CRISP Fellow (2019).

  • In this podcast you can expect to learn the following:

    1.Art of following your curiosity

    2.Core challenges plaguing the policy landscape

    3.Shaping meaningful careers in public policy

    Arunabha Ghosh is a public policy professional, adviser, author, columnist, and institution builder. As the founder-CEO of the Council on Energy, Environment and Water, since 2010, he has led CEEW to the top ranks as one of South Asia’s leading policy research institutions (six years in a row); and among the world’s 20 best climate think-tanks in 2016. He has been actively involved in the design of the International Solar Alliance since inception. He conceptualized and is founding board member of the Clean Energy Access Network (CLEAN). With experience in 45 countries, he previously worked at Princeton, Oxford, UNDP (New York), and WTO (Geneva). In 2018, the UN Secretary-General nominated him to the UN’s Committee for Development Policy. In 2018, the Government of India appointed him as a member of the Environment Pollution (Prevention & Control) Authority for the National Capital Region. His 2019 TED Talk on air quality (Mission 80-80-80) crossed 100,000 views within three weeks of release.

    He is the co-author/editor of four books: The Palgrave Handbook of the International Political Economy of Energy (2016); Energizing India: Towards a Resilient and Equitable Energy System (SAGE, 2016); Human Development and Global Institutions (Routledge, 2016); and Climate Change: A Risk Assessment (FCO, 2015).

  • In this podcast you can expect to learn the following:

    1. The philosophy of the Young India Fellowship and how it prepares students for careers of tomorrow
    2. The art of applying for specialized Masters such as the one at Harvard Graduate School of Education
    3. How to commit oneself to solving a complex problem long-term

    Karan Bhola is a higher education, leadership development and institution building professional. He is currently the Director of Graduate (YIF) Outreach and Admissions at Ashoka University. He has previously worked on several initiatives in higher education, including a project to establish India's first university for the transportation sector, as well as projects in ed-tech. He was the founding President of the Ashoka University Alumni Association.

    Karan is an alumnus of Harvard University (where he was a Fulbright Scholar), Ashoka University (where he was a Young India Fellow), and Loyola College (where he received an undergraduate degree in Economics).

    Karan bears a lifelong commitment towards contributing to higher education transformation in India and is fascinated by the power of collaboration.

  • In this podcast, you will learn:

    1. Principles of career pivoting: fire-fighting to law to investing

    2. Actionable advice for cracking Harvard Business School MBA admissions

    3. Art of reaching out and writing effectively

    Chia Jeng Yang 谢征阳 is a Principal at Saison Capital, a Japanese-backed fintech-focused fund (early-late stage, debt, fund of funds) that invests globally and in any vertical, but especially in emerging markets: Southeast Asia, India, LATAM, etc.

    Previously, he was the 5th employee (Investment Manager/Country Launcher) for Antler, an early-stage VC/pre-team accelerator, and helped built Daraz, an e-commerce company that was acquired by Alibaba, in Pakistan/Sri Lanka for Rocket Internet. He is a consumer angel investor, with portfolio companies in Indonesia, Bangladesh, Egypt, London and the US, and founded Shaper Impact Capital, a global platform for impact dealflow and startup support, currently in 20 countries.

    His educational background includes a law undergraduate from Cambridge, and a deferred Harvard MBA. His previous work and writing (including topics on consumer investing) has been featured by CNBC, e27, Yahoo!, TechinAsia, etc.

  • In this podcast, you can expect to learn:
    1. What Stanford looks for in their MBA applicants and what distinguishes successful applications
    2. Framework for formulating career goals
    3. Art of decision making and the importance of saying no

    Rohan is a student at Stanford Graduate School of Business. Prior to Stanford, Rohan was on secondment to the Government of India, working at the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation. A chemical engineering graduate from BITS Pilani, Rohan worked with Accenture Strategy and volunteered with his university's startup network. He likes humor, running, and random trivia

  • In this podcast, you will learn:

    1. Principles of investing that optimizes both market returns and social impact
    2. Constructs of building meaningful partnerships
    3. Core elements of innovative organizational cultures

    Manoj’s three decade long career has included roles as an entrepreneur, an investor, as well as a corporate leader spanning multiple sectors and geographies.

    Manoj is the Founder and Chairman of Social Alpha, a unique initiative to strengthen the Science and Technology start-up ecosystem in India with a focus on “lab to market” enablement. Since its inception in 2016, Social Alpha has evolved as an integrated incubation and investment platform for high impact start-ups that aim to solve the most critical social, economic and environmental challenges faced by humanity. It has incubated and nurtured more than 60 start-ups, making 30+ seed investments and 2 exits. Some very promising start-ups in the Social Alpha portfolio include Voxelgrids, a New Generation MRI machine; Bionic Yantra, a Medical Robotics company with innovative exoskeletons for Locomotor Rehabilitation; Help Us Green, a circular economy company; and Hasiru Dala, a solid waste management start-up. (more at https://www.socialalpha.org/our-portfolio/)

    Manoj is also a Senior Advisor to Tata Trusts, leading Tata Trusts’ engagements with R&D Institutions globally, as well as all their initiatives to promote Innovation and Entrepreneurship in India. Besides this, Manoj manages the India Health Fund, an initiative seeded by Tata Trusts to fight the huge burden of public health challenges in TB, Malaria and other communicable diseases.

    Prior to founding Social Alpha, Manoj co-founded Malgharia Advisors, a boutique investing and consulting vehicle focused on Enterprise Software and Fintech businesses. Manoj has also worked for over two decades in investment banking and financial technology firms, holding global leadership roles in the areas of Corporate Strategy, M&A, Product Management and R&D.

    Manoj is a founding trustee of Tata Institute for Genetics and Society (TIGS) and serves on the advisory and governing boards of a number of companies, non-profits and research institutions.

    Manoj is an alumnus of Harvard Business School and lives in Bangalore, India.

  • In this Network Capital podcast, you can expect to learn the following:

    1. The pros and cons of a career plan, especially a deep-dive on whether you need an overarching plan to succeed
    2. The principles of risk taking when it comes to career choices
    3. The art of following curiosity with diligence and a sense of wonder

    Siddharth Jhawar works at Disney. He was a management consultant at Bain and a former Director at the Government of India, He is an alumnus of IIT Delhi, a CFA charter holder and Harvard Business School. You should also check out his standup comedy and his Harbus article "You Are Not Eligible: International Recruiting at HBS" - https://harbus.org/2017/23106/

  • In this podcast, you will learn:

    1. Principles of building a sustainable, financially viable social enterprise
    2. Mental models for building a homegrown business to consumer fashion brand
    3. Stories of personal transformation

    Fashion entrepreneur Gayatri Jolly’s brainchild MasterG, is a design and skill development eco system based out of Delhi, UP and Haryana. She is a qualified Fashion Designer from Parsons, New York and a Business Graduate from Babson College, Boston. She worked for two years in the fashion industry in New York with companies such as Armani, Diane Von Furstenberg, Dennis Basso and has worked on costume design for Lady Gaga at Diane Von Furstenberg. She divides her time between designing and training of individuals who aspire but lack access to quality training and opportunities. MasterG enables women from low-income communities to question the baggage of societal norms and to empower themselves financially through the vocation of fashion design. Through its emphasis on safe and labor laws-compliant factory space and wages, and an empathetic and equitable gender dynamic, MasterG aims to humanize the garment manufacturing supply chain and uphold dignity in the industry through a three-pronged approach – MasterG Training Centers, the MasterG Contract Manufacturing, and the in-house womenswear brand, HEIMAT.