The Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation is Chicago Booth’s destination for people tackling complex social and environmental problems. Its leadership blends academic expertise with real-world experience at nonprofits, for-profit businesses, and in government. That mix is required, as the lines separating these institutions are blurring—with for-profits adopting social missions, and nonprofits recognizing that business skills are needed to scale their efforts.
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Fern Ramoutar is the research professional at the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation. She is responsible for supporting academic research projects led by the Rustandy Center and Chicago Booth faculty, focused on addressing complex social and environmental issues.
Associate Director, The Hong Kong Jockey Club Programme on Social Innovation
Cortney Robinson is based in Hong Kong, where she leads The Hong Kong Jockey Club Programme on Social Innovation.
Research and Marketing Manager
Charisma Thapa supports research and marketing initiatives in Hong Kong for the Rustandy Center. Based in Chicago, Charisma helps organize research activities, marketing, communications, and events for The Hong Kong Jockey Club Programme on Social Innovation.
Sundeep Vira, ’10 (AXP-9)
Global Social Impact Practicum Coach
Sundeep Vira, '10 (AXP-9), is a Chicago-based social entrepreneur and chief operating officer for the Academy Group. Vira is also scaling sustainable clean water solutions for excess arsenic and fluoride removal with an international consortium of partners in India. Vira serves on the board of Morgan Stanley Global Impact Funding Trust (GIFT), advisory board for Sattva Consulting and member of the INREM Foundation. His prior work in the social impact sector spans five years with projects in Cambodia, India, Nepal, and Vietnam. Previously, Vira had a successful 20-year career in financial investment management, including 14 years with Chicago-based Nuveen Investments and subsidiary NWQ Investment Management, three years with Singapore-based Oclaner Asset Management, and four years with Morgan Stanley’s Consulting Group in Los Angeles. Vira has an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.