Lakshmi Karan, 2009

 Dr. Lakshmi Karan is the Executive Director of the Genentech Foundation and also leads the company’s charitable giving program. Formerly, she was the Global Strategy Director at Riders for Health, a social enterprise delivering transportation solutions to millions in the last mile. Her career in the social sector has spanned across non-profits and foundations. Most notably, she was the Director of Impact Assessment at the Skoll Foundation, a leader in the social entrepreneurship space. In the private sector, she was a technology consultant to fortune 500 companies.

Lakshmi holds a Masters in Computer Science from India and a Masters and PhD from the Fletcher School at Tufts University. She is on the Board of Potential Energy (formerly Darfur Stoves) and Maitri (A bayarea south Asian domestic violence shelter).

The Fletcher experience was the bridge that enabled Lakshmi to switch careers into the social sector by providing a broad understanding of issues within global development and humanitarian aid.

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