Bio

Ashwin Naik

SUMMARY

Ashwin is the founder and director of Vaatsalya Healthcare, an award winning social enterprise, focused on building a network of hospitals in Tier II and Tier III towns in India. While 70% of India’s population lives in semi-urban and rural areas, majority of the healthcare facilities are in Urban areas and not accessible to these families. Vaatsalya is bridging this gap by building primary and secondary care hospitals in semi-urban and rural areas.

Vaatsalya currently has eight hospitals in Karnataka and one in Andhra Pradesh, totaling 600 + beds. Vaatsalya is the largest hospital network of its kind in India.

Winner of the Inaugural Porter Prize in India for value based healthcare, Vaatsalya has been recognized as the Most Innovative Healthcare Company by VCCircle in 2014, Winner of the BiD Challenge India 2007 for the best business in development in India, LRAMP Award for Innovation 2008, Sankalp Award for Social Enterprise 2009 and Frost & Sullivan Healthcare Excellence Award 2010 for its innovative business model.

Ashwin has been selected as a Young Global Leader (YGL) 2012 By World Economic Forum, Young Leader by Asia Society Asia21 in 2011, Senior Ashoka Fellow in 2010, Finalist for the India Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2010 by Schwab Foundation, Ted India fellow for 2009 by TED. Dare Magazine India in its April 2011 edition profiled Ashwin as 50 inspiring Entrepreneurs of India. In 2008, One World USA nominated Ashwin as one of the finalists for the One World Person of the Year 2008, for his contribution in bringing affordable healthcare services to underserved populations.

Ashwin has a medical degree from Karnatak Medical College, Hubli and a Masters from University of Houston, Texas.

Specialties: Enterpreneurship, Rural Healthcare, startups, social enterprise

EXPERIENCE
Ashoka
04 / 2015 Present
Resident Fellow & LGM Member

Ashoka is the largest network of social entrepreneurs worldwide, with nearly 3,000 Ashoka Fellows in 70 countries putting their system changing ideas into practice on a global scale. Founded by Bill Drayton in 1980, Ashoka has provided start-up financing, professional support services, and connections to a global network across the business and social sectors, and a platform for people dedicated to changing the world. Ashoka launched the field of social entrepreneurship and has activated multi-sector partners across the world who increasingly look to entrepreneurial talent and new ideas to solve social problems.

Ashoka Fellows remain the core of our community, and their insights show us how the world is moving and what is needed next. Ashoka’s mission has evolved beyond catalyzing individual entrepreneurs to enabling an “everyone a changemaker” world. This means equipping more people – including young people – with the skillset and a connection to purpose so that they can contribute ideas and effectively solve problems at whatever scale is needed in their family, community, city, workplace, field, industry, country. This evolution comes from the urgent realization that the pace of change is accelerating in an increasingly complex and interconnected world. Our strategic initiatives focus on setting in motion the people, resources and ecosystems that will bring about a social revolution where everyone contributes to change for the good of all. Working in partnership with private, philanthropic and citizen sector players we are achieving large-scale social innovation that is grounded in decades of entrepreneurial experience.

DisruptHealth
03 / 2015 Present
Angel Investor
National Association of Social Enterprises, India
04 / 2012 Present
Chairman

NASE is an industry body with membership of India’s top 40 social enteprises who have come togetehr to set up the country’s first assocation for for profit impact businesses. Started with a handful organisations in 2012, NASE has built a strong track record as the leading voice for social enterprises across the country.

Young Global Leader – WEF
02 / 2012 Present
Young Global Leader 2012

The Forum of Young Global Leaders is a unique, multistakeholder community of more than 900 exceptional young leaders. Bold, brave, action-oriented and entrepreneurial, these individuals commit both their time and talent to make the world a better place.

The community is made up of leaders from all walks of life, from every region of the world and every stakeholder group in society. Nominated under 40, these young leaders are proposed through a qualified nomination process and assessed according to rigorous selection criteria that creates a diverse and truly representative body, while accepting only the very best leaders who have already demonstrated their commitment to serving society at large.

Vaatsalya Healthcare
01 / 2005 Present
Founder and Director

Vaatsalya Healthcare is an award winning social enterprise, focused on building a network of hospitals in Tier II and Tier III towns in India. While 70% of India’s population lives in semi-urban and rural areas, majority of the healthcare facilities are in Urban areas and not accessible to these families. Vaatsalya is bridging this gap by building primary and secondary care hospitals in semi-urban and rural areas.

Vaatsalya currently has eight hospitals in Karnataka and one in Andhra Pradesh, totaling 600 + beds. Vaatsalya is the largest hospital network of its kind in India.

Winner of the Inaugural Porter Prize in India for value based healthcare, Vaatsalya has been recognized as the Most Innovative Healthcare Company by VCCircle in 2014, Winner of the BiD Challenge India 2007 for the best business in development in India, LRAMP Award for Innovation 2008, Sankalp Award for Social Enterprise 2009 and Frost & Sullivan Healthcare Excellence Award 2010 for its innovative business model.

Action for India
04 / 2012 03 / 2013
Member of the Board

Action For India (AFI) is a social start-up enterprise dedicated to helping social organizations scale their impact by leveraging Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). We offer training and guidance to social entrepreneurs to sustainably scale their organizations through the use of technology.

AFI is inspired by and formed with the support of Sam Pitroda, advisor to the Prime Minister of India and Chairman of the National Innovation Council of India.

We foster a platform that leverages Sam’s experience and expertise in technology and government to mobilize Indian social entrepreneurs to become change agents.

We believe that if social entrepreneurs are given the skills, support, and networks they need to improve their use of technology, they will be able to accelerate the impact of their organisations.

A number of social organizations in India have demonstrated the potential for technology to enable massive and rapid scaling. AFI seeks to derive best practices from these success stories and thereby enable a significant number of other organizations to scale their impact in a similar way.

Triesta Sciences
08 / 2003 12 / 2004
Vice President, Business Development

Triesta Sciences was founded in early 2002 by a group of US-based clinicians and scientists to leverage the Indian clinical substrate to address a key research bottleneck – “the clinical validation of novel genomics-derived targets and markers”.

Triesta has established integrated clinical research, including longitudinal follow up of the patients and molecular analysis capabilities in India to undertake the end-to-end clinical validation of novel RNA, DNA or protein based targets and markers.

I was responsible for the Business Development and Informatics strategy for Triesta.

Molecular Connections
01 / 2002 06 / 2003
Vice President, Business Development
Celera Genomics
08 / 2000 01 / 2002
Scientist II
University of Houston
01 / 1998 08 / 2000
Research Assistant
Los Alamos National Laboratories
05 / 1999 01 / 2000
Research Associate
St. Johns Medical College
10 / 1996 03 / 1997
Research Fellow

EDUCATION

University of Houston
01 / 1998 04 / 2001
MS , Biochemistry/Bioinformatics

Founder, Graduate Indian Students Organisation at University of Houston

Karnatak University
1990 1996
MBBS , Medicine

Joint Secretary of the Students Association

Convener of KMC Hubli SPICMACAY Chapter

Kalaspandana award for extracurricular activities

HONORS

Ashoka Fellow, 2010 Ted India Fellow, 2009 Finalist, Person of the Year, Oneworld USA 2008 National Merit Scholarship Holder, 1990-96

INTERESTS

India, Healthcare, Entrepreneurship, Social Entrepreneurship

ASSOCIATIONS

SPICMACAY – KMC HUBLI

Graduate Indian Students Organisation, University of Houston