Sabyasachi Das, Managing Director, NetLeap

Sabyasachi works with NetLeap to enable villagers in India to become digitally active so that they can reap tangible benefits across the areas of income generation, education, health and skills training. He has spent more than 13 years working at the cross-section of ICT in urban slums and rural India, school education, skills training and income generation focused on program design and large scale implementation at the grassroots level. He also worked for three years in the media and entertainment industry.

Previously, Sabyasachi was the CEO of the Indiabulls Foundation where he set up and built a 100+ member team with the aim of implementing interventions in more than 1500 villages with a population of 3.3 million in the arid state of Rajasthan. This included the Foundation’s flagship innovative program across 200 grampanchayats (600+ villages), helping villagers build panchayat websites where they measured and published their own malnutrition, educational and development outcomes. These websites created backend analytics for citizen action and government intervention. During his tenure, the Foundation’s work cut across diverse fields like income generation, skills training, school education, tree plantation, rainwater harvesting, ophthalmic care, toilet construction and local industry.  In 2010, he served as Vice President and part of the core start-up team at the National Skills Development Corporation, a $200 million non-profit company set up by the Ministry of Finance, Government of India, to help the private sector undertake programs for skills training of youth.

From 2002 to 2009, Sabyasachi was part of the core leadership team at Pratham, one of India’s largest non profit organizations which reaches hundreds of thousands of children annually. As Director of Vocational and IT Education, he conceptualized and helped start the skills training program that set up more than 15 skills training centers and trained thousands of youth in construction, retail, financial services, agriculture and hospitality in partnership with India’s largest corporations. His IT education helped expand Pratham’s ICT program to more than 65,000 school children across the Indian states of Maharashtra, UP, Haryana, Rajasthan and Delhi. He also led fundraising efforts, raising millions of dollars in new funding for Pratham. Prior to that, Sabyasachi worked with India’s largest media and entertainment company, The Times of India Group, where as a Manager and Head of a large metro city, he ran the local FM radio station and the group’s music distribution business. While there, he also launched, edited and ran an op-ed page in India’s largest financial daily.

Sabyasachi holds a Bachelors of Economics from St. Stephens College, University of Delhi; a Masters of Business Administration from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad; and attended the doctoral program at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.