India Development Service
Dr. B.P. Agrawal founded Sustainable Innovations (www.si-usa.org) to harvest innovations for people. SI’s signature programs are: Aakash Ganga to provide safe drinking water and Arogya health care delivery to vulnerable people. He was the recipient of the 2012 $100K Purpose Prize award for social innovation, the 2010 $100K Lemelson-MIT Sustainability award, the 2010 Energy Globe World award for environmental sustainability, and the 2006 and 2007 World Bank Development Marketplace awards for self-sustainable social enterprises Aakash Ganga and Arogya. Most recently, Dr. Agrawal secured a grant from the Government of India to demonstrate holistic sustainability of social enterprises. He was invited by the 2011 World Economic Forum and 2012 Bharatiya Pravasi Divas (Indian Diaspora Convention) to share the social enterprise model with the delegates.
For 30+ years, he spearheaded innovations at corporations and entrepreneurial ventures bringing patented technologies to market. He founded Information Gateways for computer telephony integration and IU Bitnet for health informatics. During his corporate stint, he patented several inventions in telecommunications and very-large-scale integration chips. He was an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing and guest editor of IEEE Transactions on Communications. Dr. Agrawal is a frequent speaker on fostering social enterprises, systemic sustainability, and people, culture and innovations. Dr. Agrawal serves on the advisory board of the Lemelson Center for Innovation, Inventiveness and Creativity at Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. He is an alumnus of University of South Florida (USA), Birla Institute of Technology and Science (India), and Executive Program of Sloan School of Management, MIT (USA).