Stanford Seed India Kicks Off With Intense Week of Training

Business leaders across India gather to exchange ideas, share knowledge, and transform their companies.

November 30, 2017

Business owners across India gathered in Chennai for the country’s first Stanford Seed program. Participants engaged in an immersive first week, an intensive start to the 12-month leadership program.

Stanford Seed, the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies, works to end the cycle of global poverty, and also has locations in East Africa, West Africa, and Southern Africa.

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Seed East Africa regional director Patricia Ithau (left) and Seed business coach Geoffrey Otieno (right) welcome the first cohort of Seed India.

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Senior Seed Transformation Program facilitator Kweku Fleming (left) from Stanford Seed asks leaders to reflect on choices they’ve made in the past, highlighting skills learned and how to improve and strengthen current processes. (From center left to far right) Seed India participants Murali Balan, Neeraj Harlalka, and Prative Chend Balasubramanian present ideas on leadership tactics used to convince others to follow their lead.

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Harish Arnezath (right), Seed India Facilitator, engages in further discussion with Jofi Joseph of Promethean Power System at a networking lunch during Seed’s first Transformation Program in India.

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Seed India participants brainstorm in a collaborative exercise on team building and relationship enhancement.

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Ananya Chandra (of Sheroes) in a classroom discussion with fellow participants during Seed’s first Immersion Week.

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Traditional Indian dancers perform at Seed launch event.

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Jesper Sørensen (left), Stanford Seed’s faculty director, leads a panel discussion with Soila Mungai (center) and Khalil Anjarwalla (right), members of Seed East Africa Cohort 1, during the Stanford Seed India launch.

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Cohort 1 of Seed India engages in a reciprocity exercise during Immersion Week One – a transformative and informative session that enables leaders across India to strengthen their networks and develop a deep bond. Seated back row & standing (left to right): Paras, Samuel, Vani, Kamna, Manish, Sriram, Srikanth, Sparsh, Sirish, Sunil and Deepak. Seated front row (left to right): Ananya, Priya, Ananth and Radhika.

The celebration of Stanford Seed India is illuminated by performances of traditional Indian dance and live sand painting.

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