Shridhar Venkat


Shridhar Venkat – CEO, The Akshaya Patra Foundation

Shridhar has over 23 years of work experience with leading multinationals like Philips, ABB, Webex Communications (CISCO), etc. Prior to joining Akshaya Patra he was Vice President – Sales, WebEx Communications (CISCO). He is with Akshaya Patra for the past 8 years. Shridhar holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering and a Masters Degree in Marketing Management. He is a graduate of the Advanced Management Programme from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Shridhar is an Eisenhower Fellow 2014 (Innovation).

His search for ‘Existential Purpose’ in life made him quit a corporate career and join the Akshaya Patra Foundation, a not-for-profit organization with a vision that ‘No Child in India shall be deprived of Education because of Hunger’. Shridhar believes that it is necessary to blend professionalism of a corporate with the innovativeness and missionary zeal of an NGO to make a not-for-profit deliver Value.

Akshaya Patra’s mission is to feed 5 million children daily by 2020. It has been rated as one of the top 100 NGOs in the world (ranking 23) by the Global Journal of Geneva. Akshaya Patra has received ‘Gold Shield’ for 5th time in a row from the prestigious Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICAI) of India for excellence in financial reporting and is now in the Hall of Fame. Harvard Business School has done a case study on Akshayapatra.