Vikram K. Akula
AgSri Agricultural Services Pvt. Ltd
Vikram K. Akula founded SKS Microfinance, a company that provides micro loans and other financial services to nearly 3 million poor families in India as a means of eradicating poverty. A former Management Consultant with McKinsey & Company, he has over a decade of work and research experience in microfinance. Akula was a Fulbright Scholar in India and a Researcher with the Worldwatch Institute. He also worked as a Community Organizer with the Deccan Development Society in India. He has been profiled in media including CNN and the Wall Street Journal. He was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2006. He holds a BA from Tufts, an MA from Yale and a PhD from the University of Chicago. Akula is the recipient of several awards for his work with SKS, including the Schwab Social Entrepreneur of the Year in India, the Echoing Green Public Service Entrepreneur Fellowship and the Ernst & Young Start-Up Entrepreneur of the Year in India.