July 8, 2022
Varun Mukerji is the new Amani Institute Country Director for India, effective July 1, 2022.
Varun brings vision, humor, and entrepreneurial grit into our work of developing individuals and organizations who lead social impact. He first joined Amani Institute India as a Business Development & Partnerships Manager, after co-founding an impact measurement company in Pune called Reach.
Tasked with paving the way to become the preferred brand for organizations in India and Asia to develop leadership skills and collaborative networks within the social impact space, he will start to work closely with the Executive Council and our local staff and faculty to take Amani Institute India to newer heights.
As the new India Country Director Varun hopes to:
“Hold space for and empower my colleagues, both locally and globally, in pursuing excellence and thriving, so as to support the organizations and individuals we work with to be great leaders, innovators, and team players; all while enabling the networks and ecosystems we are a part of to positively, collaboratively, and sustainably impact the world.”
“I’m absolutely thrilled to be able to hand over the reins of Amani Institute India to Varun! From the day that he joined the organization last year as our Business Development and Partnerships Manager, Varun has stood out with his fast pace of learning and contributing. His ability to build relationships, think strategically and strengthen team dynamics will set him up for assured success in this role.” Shehzia Lilani, COO, former India Country Director
“Our India operation is poised for growth and there is really no better person to realize this possibility than one of our own. Varun embodies Amani institute’s values and our core strengths of social entrepreneurship and impact. After an exhaustive external search, we are proud to have this opportunity to elevate a leader from within our organization, which is a testament to the quality of our current team. I look forward to building on our established business together with the social impact and entrepreneurial experience that Varun brings, along with his expertise and vision”, added Daniel Bennett, CEO.
During his time as our own Business Development & Partnerships Manager, Varun was responsible for leading our customized training efforts, bringing in more than 600 participants from over 80 organizations.
Founded in 2011, Amani Institute is a global organization whose mission is to develop individuals and organizations who lead social impact. We create this impact via innovative adult learning and professional development opportunities that help individuals and organizations acquire the practical skills, personal growth, and networks to take on modern-day social challenges.
Today we have Hubs in Brazil, India, and Kenya, with global staff and faculty who bring different personal and professional perspectives. Together, we deliver custom-designed trainings, our Leadership for Growth Program for small and growing businesses, and our award-winning Certificate in Social Innovation Management.
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