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Shanti Raghavan

Shanti Raghavan is a Schwab Social Innovator.

She is co founder of Enable India, a pioneering, international award winning NGO that has impacted livelihoods of people across 19 disability types.

This has resulted in a shift in narratives about persons with disability as valuable members of society, active citizens, taxpayers, change makers and nation builders .

She has pioneered new work models showcased at WEF.

She now works for systems change at population scale.

She sees an opportunity for the disability sector to be the new frontier which will give rise to economic growth and job creation and be an antidote to jobs taken away by AI.

She has also pioneered the IncludAbility Quotient(TM) which enables leaders to maximize value across their teams.

Founded in 1999, Enable India has impacted 400000 stakeholders across 28 states in India and other countries after Shanti's experience with her brother becoming blind at the age of 15.

With Co founder and fellow Schwab Social Innovator, Dipesh Sutariya, Enable India has helped businesses and governments through scalable models, frameworks, products and platforms.

She was identified by Business Today as one of the Most Powerful Women in Business in 2017.

She is an electronics engineer and holds an MS in Computer Science, USA, and has 12 years of experience in the software industry.

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Enable India

EnAble India helps people with disabilities become economically independent and financially productive by offering them work-related experience, preparing them for industry and providing them with networks and contacts as well as important workplace skills in addition. The organization has expanded its reach through programs like “The Valuable 500”, which was launched at the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2019. This is dedicated to placing disability inclusion on the business leadership agenda. It mandates EnAble India to pull corporates into a global movement to help bring about systemic change by unlocking the business, social and economic value of about 1.3 billion people living with disabilities around the world. 

EnAble India has partnered with over 700 companies and 200 NGOs, as well as national universities to implement programs. The organization has built an Indian ecosystem of skilling, employment and entrepreneurship for persons with disabilities through technology innovations, breakthroughs in skill training, new workplace solutions and behavior change tools. EnAble India was awarded the prestigious GuideStar India Transparency Key award for 2019. 


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