Vikram K. Akula

Vikram K. Akula
  • Chairman
    Vaya Finserv

BA, Tufts; MA, Yale; PhD, Univ. of Chicago; Fulbright Scholar. Formerly: Mgmt Consultant, McKinsey; Research Assistant, Worldwatch Institute; Community Organizer, Deccan Dev. Society, India. Founder and former Chairperson, SKS Microfinance, a company that provides poor women in India with access to micro-loans and micro-insurance; launched SKS Microfinance on for-profit model to overcome flaw with inability of microfinance to scale to large numbers. Founder and Director, SKS NGO, providing livelihood support to ultra poor families. Founder, Bodhi Educational Society, providing schooling for more underprivileged children in India. Director, AgSri. Member, Next Generation Leadership Board, Indian School of Business. Member, Board, Deworm The World. Author, A Fistful of Rice; My Unexpected Quest to End Poverty Through Profitability (2010). Recipient, honours and awards, incl.: Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year, India (2006); Ernst & Young Start Up Entrepreneur of the Year, India; India Today Power List, India Today (2007); one of 100 Most Influential People in the World, Time Mag. (2006).