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Kancherla heads IDEX Fellowship in Social Enterprise at Oglethorpe University

February 2011
Kancherla heads IDEX Fellowship in Social Enterprise at Oglethorpe University Sreeratna Kancherla is in charge of designing and managing a fellowship program placing recent college graduates into the field of social entrepreneurship in India—the first program of its kind. Some of the world’s pressing issues are addressed by combining conventional business tactics with development initiatives to create innovative tools to serve low economic sectors. The fellows work in the old city of Hyderabad, India, in affordable private schools.

Kancherla, who has over ten years of experience in international development, recently returned to the U.S. after a four-year stint in Hyderabad, where she served as Director for Social-Impact International (India). She worked closely with social entrepreneurs in India to assist in implementing their social mission in a sustainable and scalable way. Kancherla also started her own social business, providing leadership and life enhancement skills for victims of child labor trafficking and for orphaned girls.

Prior to entering the field of social entrepreneurship, Kancherla worked for the International Bar Association − Human Rights Institute in London, the Security and Development Program − International Peace Institute in New York, and Global Strategies Group in Washington, D.C. as in-house legal manager. A 1998 graduate of Emory University, Kancherla received her BA in English. She received her JD from New England Law School with a focus in international law and is published for her support to the International Criminal Tribunal of Rwanda.

Kancherla has been an active member of the Indian Atlanta community and is a trustee of the Hindu Temple of Atlanta and volunteer for Isha Foundation. She held the title of Miss India USA (1993) and Miss Teen America (1994)—the only Indian to win a national title in American pageantry.

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