Karon Shaiva is a social entrepreneur, columnist, writer, speaker and trainer. Her last engagement was in the corporate sector as the Head of Business Development for an American organization in India after which she started Idobro as a unique integrated model for inclusion and sustainability.
As Chief Impact Officer & MD of Idobro, she has committed to take Action that enables Women, Social and Green enterprises to access markets, build capacity, create linkages and deliver solutions through the Idobro 5-stage Process of Impact. She believes that each one of us at home or in office, can have an impact in making our world a better place and a greener planet. We just need to find the right opportunities and the relevant partners.
Karon’s personal story has been covered by the iconic series – Chicken Soup for the Indian Women Soul and was invited to speak at the worldwide launch of the ‘Mentoring Women in Business’ programme by the Cherie Blair Foundation in New York. She authored the “Impact Shopping” page for the Afternoon Despatch & Courier that included her column “An EmpAowered World”.
Karon has diverse experience of over 17 years in India and the USA covering IT, education, finance and development sectors. She has cross-functional expertise in Marketing, Quality, Training and Development, Business Consulting and Management. She is a Certified Management Consultant (CMS), Faculty Mentor by NEN – London Business School and Visiting Faculty at NMIMS, Mumbai. Her qualifications include a Masters in Marketing Management, a Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science and Diplomas in Training & Development and Business Finance. She is a trained Green Belt holder in Six Sigma methodologies and is a certified Internal Auditor for ISO 9001:2000.
She has been on the boards and advisory committees of social enterprises and is a passionate speaker on social development and entrepreneurship. She has also judged and mentored startups and student entrepreneurs. She enjoys reading, music, dancing and when she can muster the courage – adventure sports! An avid traveller, she needs no persuasion to take a detour every now and then to explore and absorb.
Hema Ganachari with over 32 years of experience is a woman of many talents and stories to share. With an MBA, Finance and a BA (Hons) in 1976 and 1974 respectively, Hema was one of the few women in her peer group to understand early on the value of education and the role of financial independence for a woman. Her professional career in finance and international export-imports across 15 countries included Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Argentina, Dubai, Cyprus, USA and not forgetting China. Her product portfolio included auto parts and industrial goods, a distinctly male domain. Her success brought her accolades and invitation to conferences in South Africa, Egypt and Mauritius.
Hema’s career was brought to an abrupt end due to a serious illness that had her completely home bound for over three years. Her never-give-up spirit overcame sickness and physical challenges to take up yet another demanding role as Impact Head – Member Relations at Idobro, a unique social enterprise that facilitates micro-enterprise development to create shared value through social integration and sustainability. She works closely with women, social and green enterprises to promote goods and services to consumers, corporate and communities. She believes her second calling was to satisfy her personal goals to give back to society and encourage women in particular to seek their destinies. Her love for books and the English language takes her to a part-time assignment teaching English to underprivileged students.
Hema‘s husband is the Professor and Head of Department of History at Mumbai University and her son is working and simultaneously completing and MBA in Finance. In her spare time which is sparse, Ms. Hema Ganachari enjoys painting, reading and listening to Indian Classical Music. We hope you will catch one of her exhibitions on batik painting.