The Livelihoods Asia
Summit 2017

About Livelihoods Asia

Established initially as the Livelihoods India Initiative, ACCESS Development Services set up this platform in order to understand and assess the key issues and challenges that the poor face in sustaining their livelihoods and microenterprises and also to craft a vision and strategy for moving them from subsistence to sustainable levels.

Livelihoods India was initiated in 2010 as a national platform to bring together diverse stakeholders on a single platform to discuss critical issues that impede and afflict the livelihoods of the …

Past Speakers at the Summit

Achala Samaradiwakara

Director and Co-founder

Lanka Good Market (Guarantee Ltd.), Sri Lanka

Adarsh Kumar

Senior Agribusiness Specialist

World Bank

Ajay Vir Jakhar


Bharat Krishak Samaj (Farmers' Forum, India)

Ashmeet Kapoor

Founder & CEO

I Say Organic

Balu Iyer

Regional Director Asia

International Co-operative Alliance ICA-AP

Biswajit Bordoloi


Axum Agri

Gaurav Gogoi

Member of Parliament

Harish Dave

Executive Director


Kalikesh Singh Deo

Member of Parliament


Managing Trustee

Kaushalya Foundation

Malcolm Harper

Professor Emeritus

Cranfield School of Management

Neelam Chhiber

Co-founder and Managing Trustee

Indus Tree Crafts Foundation

Pravesh Sharma

Co-founder and CEO

Sabziwala & Former Managing Director, Small Farmers' Agribusiness Consortium

Priti Kumar

Senior Agriculture Specialist

Agriculture Global Practice, World Bank

Dr. Purvi Mehta Bhatt

Deputy Director

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Rahil Rangwala


Family Economic Stability, Michael and Susan Dell Foundation

Rasha Omar

Country Representative in India


RM Mishra

Principal Secretary, Planning Department

Government of Meghalaya, India

Samik Sundar Das

Senior Rural Development Specialist

World Bank

Scott Justice

Agricultural Mechanisation Specialist


Sean Blagsvedt


Selyna D. Peiris


Business Development, Selyn Handlooms, Sri Lanka

Shivaam Sharma

Founder and CEO

Transneuron Technologies

Surga Thilakan

Co-Founder & CEO

iStar Skill Development

Vijay Mahajan

Sector Expert

Corporate Commitment to Communities Conference

For the first time, The Livelihoods Asia Summit 2017 will include a DAY THREE exclusively dedicated to Corporate Giving under the national CSR mandate. Given the statutory requirement for corporates to contribute a percentage of their profits towards CSR, over 16,000 companies will be required to invest over INR 150 billion annually under CSR. While several companies have their own Foundations to take forward the CSR mandate, others are seeking partnerships on ground.

DAY THREE will facilitate discussions on an array of topics, including the diverse CSR strategies pursued by corporates, the challenges they face, their partnership approaches, the themes invested in and the outcomes that are expected.

Corporate Commitment to Communities Share Fair

Corporate Commitment to Communities Share Fair is a marketplace for exchange of experiences, information, and networking amongst corporates, social enterprises, not-for-profits and other delegates.

The Share Fair offers the sector significant benefits including:
  • Providing two-way information sharing opportunity through one-to-one discussions between Corporates, Social Enterprises and NGOs
  • Opportunity for NGOs to pitch for CSR partnerships
  • Opportunity for corporates enhance their NGO outreach
  • Products/ Services promotion for corporates, NGOs and other delegates

Business booths will also be available at the Share Fair for bilateral discussions among stakeholders

Sponsors and Partners

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