07 Feb 2019 21:28 IST

XLRI to host 2nd Social Entrepreneurship Conclave

Conference on Feb 9-10 will be anchored by SIGMA in association with Tata Steel

XLRI-Xavier School of Management is all set to host ‘2nd Social Entrepreneurship Conclave’ on 9th - 10th February, 2019 at XLRI Campus, Jamshedpur. The conference is anchored by the Social Initiative Group for Managerial Assistance (SIGMA), XLRI in association with Tata Steel.

The theme of this year’s conclave is ‘Entrepreneurship for Urban Sustainability’. The meet aims to bring together industry stalwarts, practitioners and academicians, offering insightful discussions on the topic. Fifteen practising social entrepreneurs in fields of energy, education, agriculture, and market-linkages will take part and share their views on themes such as urban governance, initiatives for livelihood assistance, education and health for all, waste and pollution management, and protecting the core environment.

Among the noted speakers at the conference are Dr Jagan Shah, Director, National Institute of Urban Affairs, Sourav Roy (Chief, CSR, Tata Steel), Arun Krishnamurthy (Founder, Environmentalist Foundation of India), Barsha Poricha (Deputy Team Lead, Centre for Urban & Regional Excellence), Krishnavatar Sharma (Co-founder & Programme Director, Aajeevika Bureau), Poornima Dore (Head- Data Driven Governance, Tata Trusts), Pratima Joshi (Executive Director, Shelter Associates), Pritha Dutt (Director and Co-Founder, Empower Pragati), Saransh Vaswani (Director, Saajha) and Sophie Charrois (Vice President, Oikos International).

Talking about the conference, Prof Madhukar Shukla, Chairperson, Fr Arrupe Center for Ecology & Sustainability (FACES), XLRI, and coordinator of the conference said: “Social entrepreneurship, which aims at development and implementation of innovative ideas in order to improve the social, cultural or environmental landscape, is the need of the hour. It is all about recognizing the social problems and achieving a social change by employing entrepreneurial principles, processes and operations. The two-fold aim of sustainability and societal impact can be achieved through synergistic execution, for which open communication and sharing of ideas is critical. This year’s conclave would be attended by budding social entrepreneurs and students. XLRI hopes to provide the ideal platform for the exchange of ideas, problems and their solutions, among the speakers and the attendants by means of various interactive sessions in the conclave.”