Naveen Jha is the CEO of the Deshpande Foundation, India. He has been with the Foundation since its inception in India, bringing a vision of enabling local solutions through a bottom-up approach. Under Naveen's leadership, the Foundation has touched thousands of lives including non-profits, students, youth, academics, and universities. Naveen has also pioneered a series of youth development programs that help transform the attitudes of young people into solving problems locally, including LEAD. LEAD began as a series of weekly meetings that Naveen would have with a few keen, eager students of BVB College in Hubballi who wanted to make a positive impact. Since then, LEAD has grown to a program of thousands of students across the country. Naveen holds a Masters in International Development from Brandeis University in the United States and was the recipient of the prestigious Ford Foundation Fellowship. He has also taken numerous courses at MIT's Poverty Lab and Harvard University.