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Dr. Ashwin Naik

Ashwin is the founder/CEO of Vaatsalya Healthcare, an award winning social enterprise, focused on building a network of hospitals in Tier II and Tier III towns of India. While 70% of India’s population lives in semi-urban and rural areas, majority of the healthcare facilities are in the urban areas and inaccessible to this large segment. With eleven hospitals in Karnataka and six in Andhra Pradesh, totaling 1200+ beds, Vaatsalya is the largest hospital network of its kind in India, bridging this gap. Ashwin also serves as the Chairman of National Association of Social Enterprises (NASE, India) – a PAN India collaboration of social enterprises, functioning as an upcoming industry body for enterprises working in the social impact space.

Prior to starting Vaatsalya, Ashwin gained several years of experience in leading multidisciplinary teams in the U.S. and India. Before returning to India in 2002, Ashwin worked on the team that sequenced the Human and Mouse Genomes at Celera Genomics, based in Rockville, Maryland. At Celera, he was instrumental in coordinating multidisciplinary teams to compile and analyze the human and mouse genomes, which resulted in the production of two publications in the leading international scientific journal, SCIENCE. Ashwin has three patents with the United States Patent Office (with two patent applications on file). In addition, he contributed a chapter on the Origin of Life, which was published in the U.S. in 2004 and is based on his thesis work at University of Houston.

Ashwin has been named World Economic Forum Young Global Leader in 2012, Asia21 Young Leader in 2011, Senior Ashoka Fellow in 2010, finalist for the India Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award by Schwab Foundation in 2010 and a TED India fellow in 2009. In 2008, One World USA nominated him as one of the finalists for Person of the Year, for his contribution in bringing affordable healthcare services to underserved populations.

Ashwin has a medical degree from Karnataka Medical College, Hubli and Masters from University of Houston, Texas.

Vaatsalya Honors and Recognition:

Winner of the Porter Prize 2012, Vaatsalya has been recognized as a leader in strategy for redefining the idea of patient care and fundamentally challenging the economic models in the healthcare industry. Vaatsalya was ranked the 5th fast-growing-company in India by All World Network, in 2010. Forbes magazine, in 2011, featured Vaatsalya as one of 5 hot startups. Prior to that, Vaatsalya bagged a number of prestigious awards: BiD Challenge India 2007 for the best business in development sector, LRAMP Award for Innovation 2008, Sankalp Award for Social Enterprise 2009 and Frost & Sullivan Healthcare Excellence Award 2010.

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