The group’s end-to-end digital operating platform has the potential to be as a game changer, the Boston area entrepreneur says.
Indian American technology leader and entrepreneur Venkat Srinivasan has joined the board of directors of the Safe Water Network, a New York-based nonprofit that works to develop affordable and economically viable solutions to the global water crisis.
Srinivasan, a successful serial entrepreneur and investor with deep expertise in Artificial Intelligence, is the Founder and Managing Director of Innospark Ventures, an evergreen venture fund investing in early-stage AI-led startups.
“Venkat’s considerable experience includes scaling commercial solutions that meet social needs in developing markets. I look forward to his guidance as we work to accelerate the impact of our work — in Ghana, India, and globally,” Kurt Soderlund, CEO of Safe Water Network, said in a press release.
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“I am impressed with Safe Water Network’s progress in realizing operational excellence and look forward to supporting the organization’s ambition to realize global impact at scale,” Srinivasan said. “Their end-to-end digital operating platform currently in development is particularly impressive, with potential as a game changer for sustainable water supply in Ghana and the rest of the world.”
Srinivasan added, “As India celebrates its 73rd Republic Day and races to get a tap in every home, Safe Water Network is at the forefront ensuring quality and reliability, working with everyone from the village Panchayat to the central ministries.”
The Boston-area entrepreneur has founded several successful startups, including eCredit, Corporate Fundamentals, Rage Frameworks, EnglishHelper, Gyan.AI, KnowYourMeds, and PrismX.
Srinivasan, a big believer in technology, told the American Bazaar in a 2017 interview. “[My] passion has always been in creative solutions using technology. I intend going back to the incubation model, create next generation technologies. I also believe social enterprises hold great promise to solve the issues of our generation and I am going to try and create social enterprises to address some of today’s challenges.”
The Indian American is also actively involved in the philanthropy world. He currently serves as a vice-chair of the board of the American India Foundation. He also serves on the board of New Profit, a pioneering venture philanthropy.
Srinivasan is also a Trustee of BUILD and a member of the Dean’s Executive Council at the D’More-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University. He was honored in 2017 with a Lifetime Achievement Award by The Indus Entrepreneurs.
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The tech leader holds nine patents and has published over 30 research papers in prestigious peer-reviewed journals. He has co-edited two books, and is the author of a recently published book, “The Intelligent Enterprise in the Era of Big Data.” Prior to his entrepreneurial career, he served as an Associate Professor at the D’More-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University.
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