About

This website is meant to help (myself, mostly) keep track of a peripatetic global career and life. To have a place I can point to for those interested in my published writing, and to help those interested in requesting me to speak at their institutions understand where and what I’ve spoken about before.

My Bio

A former cricket journalist (and failed cricket player), Roshan has spent his life questioning the status quo, and has built a career around connecting global citizens to solve social problems across boundaries. He co-founded the Amani Institute, a new model of higher education that develops talent to solve 21st-century problems, with these values in mind.

The seeds of Amani Institute were cultivated while Roshan worked at Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, the global pioneer of social entrepreneurship, for almost a decade. Starting by co-launching Ashoka’s Youth Venture program in India, Roshan has gone on to help create or manage several other initiatives to help the world’s leading social entrepreneurs, including the Ashoka Peace initiative, the Ashoka Globalizer, Ashoka’s Fellow Security program, Senior Fellows program, and organizational expansion to Japan.

Roshan graduated with a BA in International Relations from Davidson College and a Master’s in Public Policy (with a certificate in disaster response) from the Harvard Kennedy School, and a certificate in Creative Leadership as one of the founding participants of The Amsterdam School for Creative Leadership. During his studies, he also spent a semester as an exchange student at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia as well as summers volunteering in development organizations in Tanzania and Colombia, and as a journalist in Mumbai, India. He has thus studied or worked in every continent apart from Antarctica.

At Harvard, he trained with Dr. Marshall Ganz in the storytelling techniques that went on to transform the Barack Obama Presidential Campaign in 2008, and since then he has been conducting “storytelling for social change” workshops with leading non-profits and universities. Along with Dr. Ganz, he co-created a new course on negotiating narrative conflict called Public Narrative: Conflict, Continuity, Change. He also helped teach two courses on social entrepreneurship, including a social enterprise incubator where he guided five start-up ventures through the development of their business plans.

In October 2014, he published his first novel, Such a Lot of World.

Roshan’s writing has also been featured in a number of publications, ranging from books (the Dream of a Nation anthology) and academic journals (Innovations, Stanford Social Innovation Review, The Kennedy School Review) to newspapers (The Times of India, Business Standard, The Hindu, Rediff.com), magazines and websites (Forbes.com, CSRWire, Changemakers.com, India Today, Outlook Traveller, Travel Mag). He currently blogs actively for The Amani Institute blog on the future of higher education ands trends in the workforce.

He has guest-lectured at many universities and spoken at conferences at Harvard Business School and the World Bank, among others, and has served on the Advisory Boards of several organizations working in peace building and education.

Roshan juggles passions for social innovation in difficult parts of the world, travel, cricket, and the search for good writing. Every now and then, several of these passions come together in unexpected ways and in those moments – life seems to be complete.

Banner Photo: The picture above was taken at Lake PTso in Arunachal Pradesh just outside Tawang, one of my favorite spots in the world.

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2 Responses to About

  1. Tai Sunnanon says:

    Roshan, congratulations on the Amani Institute, sounds quite promising. I’ll be teaching a module at HKS on social entrepreneurship this Spring.

    I’m happy to be a thought partner should you need any support.

    Best,
    -Tai
    tss@post.harvard.edu | 617-990-6861

  2. Nidhi Arora says:

    Dear Roshan,

    It was great to read about you and your work here. I hope you remember interacting with me and Anirban (Dhriiti) during 2005 as part of the Changelooms Award selection process (jointly instituted by Ashoka and Pravah).

    Amani Institute is a great concept and there is so much synergy possible with our work at Dhriiti in India.

    Would love to talk more about this. Is there an email id where i can write to you?

    Regards,

    Nidhi
    Co-founder , Dhriiti

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