Shailendra Patel | Trustee


Appointment date: March 2020

Shailendra is the Founder and Chairperson (Trustee) of Sophia Akash Foundation (SAF). Shailendra elected to step away from a successful 30 year professional career in 2010 in order to help facilitate the nurturing and development of sustainable Social Enterprises capable of empowering poor and unserved communities to progress sustainably out of poverty. With the benefit of important business development learnings across technology, financial services and investment banking, including the co-founding and international rollout of Saxo Bank, a global leader in online investment banking, Shailendra has sought to bring his and his network’s cumulative business acumen, extensive knowledge and experience of building sustainable business operating models, very often with built-in replicability, to the benefit of Social Enterprises and NGOs.

Since his establishment of Sophia Foundation in 2010, and more recently SAF, Shailendra has helped oversee the provision of appropriate guidance and assistance to over 60 such Social Enterprises who in turn have helped improve the lives of over 4m households across India, South-East Asia and Africa. Shailendra also contributes through his participation across a number of Advisory Boards and provides coaching and mentoring to a growing number of bright, passionate social entrepreneurs.

“It is with great pride and pleasure that I am able to continue lending further guidance and assistance to Shivia’s efforts in my capacity as Trustee.  Shivia has developed an outstanding programme of livelihood enhancement for poor and unserved village communities, which is helping to empower the women members of their households through the introduction of sustainable farming and important income generating practices. Shivia’s efforts have already benefitted thousands of women and our collective aspiration is to promote such life changing empowerment to thousands more.”

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Kalyani

I had no way of earning before Shivia introduced me to poultry farming. Now I am a full-time provider for my family and they are very proud of my achievement.…

Kamala

I now have a regular income from selling eggs and some chickens. This opportunity has really changed our lives. I'm managing to buy medicines for my sick child. Thank you!…

Akina

"Before this programme we were struggling to cope and owed a lot to the village money-lender.  So much has changed for us now we are earning money from raising chickens."…

Nishikanta

"Since joining this training programme I have noticed a great many changes…my costs are down, my yield is up and I am making a profit from farming at long last."…

  • I have witnessed first-hand how Shivia has not just changed but transformed people's lives with its livelihood programmes.
    Yasmine Hilton
    Chairman of Shivia
  • Alquity supports Shivia because they transform lives by giving people the opportunity to do things themselves and they do it with dignity.
    Suresh Mistry
    Director, Alquity
  • We were thrilled to see the impact of the work being done and to meet the team on the ground. It was truly humbling to see the difference being made to so many people by this group of highly motivated and capable people.
    Stewart Brown
    Director, Artemis Investment Management LLP
  • We are excited to support such a strategically-minded and professionally run charity that is making a real and sustainable difference. The focus and design of the livelihood programmes are simple and highly effective – and the results speak for themselves.
    Lars-eric Roden
    Director, The T&J Meyer Foundation
  • Farming is my only source of income... I registered with Shivia to learn how to reduce my farming expenses and produce better quality outputs. I am definitely seeing good results compared to previous years and have learned how to make bio-pesticides.
    AMS farmer
    Familia location West Bengal

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