Matthew Spacie, Founder
Formerly Chief Operating Officer of Cox and Kings and Founder of Cleartrip.com, Matthew comes with an extensive experience in senior positions in the corporate sector and an intuitive understanding of the needs of children and youth in India.
In 1999, Matthew established Magic Bus, and he has grown the organization from an informal, volunteer-led activity for disadvantaged children, into a leading organization working in the area of mentoring some of India’s poorest and young people from education to livelihood.
Matthew has been elected an Ashoka Fellow, a TED Fellow and more recently an ACSEP Asia Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy (ACSEP) Fellow. In 2007, he was awarded an MBE for services to children in the Commonwealth.
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Deval has provided philanthropists with intelligent investment strategies directing over INR 100 crores into the Indian social sector over the past 14 years. He incubated the Indian Philanthropy Forum mobilising over 250 members who are driving the philanthropy agenda in India. He also initiated India’s largest collaborative giving a platform, Dasra Giving Circles, which combines in-depth research, funding and managerial support enabling 15 – 30x scale. Deval has also written articles for esteemed publications such as Business India and Alliance Magazine and has been quoted in media channels like Times of India, The Economic Times, Hindustan Times, Mint, Bloomberg TV and NDTV.
Before founding Dasra, Deval was an investment banker at Morgan Stanley, which has equipped him to develop a unique philanthropic investment model that brings rigour and discipline to the sector. Deval’s experience in the social sector enabled him to play a vital role in the inception of the Times of India Social-Impact Awards 2011. He is engaged with both philanthropists and social entrepreneurs and has spoken about this unique investment model at leading events such as the Global Philanthropy Forum, Unconvention and Maidan Summit, among others. He has been instrumental in building partnerships with top leaders from the sector such as Omidyar Network (ON), Vodafone Foundation and ICICI Foundation to name a few. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, completing his Bachelor of Business Administration with a dual Honours degree in Business and Finance and a minor in Asian Studies.
"Magic Bus has the strongest youth development programme in India today. The children enrolled in the programme have a school attendance rate of 80%. Magic Bus has spent the past 15 years refining its model and has invested heavily in programme development and impact assessment to ensure they are consistently changing lives. With the 240 million new joiners to the job market in India over the next twenty years, Magic Bus focuses on providing those in its programme a strong foundation, not only for technical training but, more importantly, preparing them for the workforce with the necessary soft skills and motivation. Dasra directs funding into the social sector and we are proud that Magic Bus was our first funding recipient and one of our most successful to date."
Samantha is Managing Director of Nayar Global. She has been involved with numerous charities in the US and Australia primarily working with differently-abled children and AIDS. Samantha has worked in advertising and marketing, with many of the major global agencies in Account Management, for 16 years. She has worked with a varied range of high-profile brands including Coca-Cola, Nestle, Bayer, Johnson & Johnson, Unilever, Goodyear, United Distillers, Ferrari, Guerlain, De Beers and Gillette, across the globe.
In her former position as Executive Vice President and Worldwide Account Director for BBDO in New York, she was running $250 million of business in 70 markets.
Rajeev Dubey is the President (Group HR, Corporate Services & After-Market) & Member of the Group Executive Board, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. He is Chairman of Mahindra Insurance Brokers and First Choice Services and serves on the Boards of several Group companies. He is also Chairman of the CSR Council.
Rajeev joined Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. in January 2004 after a career spanning 29 years in the Tata Group. He studied Economics at Delhi University, and at the Delhi School of Economics, and then went on to do his MBA at the Yale School of Management, USA, as a J N Tata scholar, where he was selected as a Distinguished Alumnus of the School.
In addition to his other responsibilities, Rajeev is also the President of the Employers’ Federation of India (EFI), and a member of the National Executive Committee of The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). Along with Magic Bus, Rajeev also serves on the Boards of Walchand Talent First, the Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management and Technology (LBSIMT) and the School of Inspired Leadership (SOIL).
“It is an honour and a privilege for me to have been associated with Magic Bus for the past few years as a Member of the Board. Being involved with the work being done by Magic Bus for Human capital formation in the most socially and economically disadvantaged sections of Society is something which adds meaning and purpose to my life. Skill development, employability and employment are key areas for the stability and growth of the nation, and I have every reason to believe that Magic Bus will make significant contributions in this space in the years to come.”
Shaneen Parikh is a Partner with the law Firm of Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, one of India's foremost law firms. Her main areas of practice are alternate dispute resolution and corporate and commercial litigation and general advisory work. She has acted for several multinational and domestic companies in arbitrations, regulatory forums and courts across the Country.
"Having been a keen sportswoman (a competitive equestrienne and dancer), I recognise the value of sport in personal development and discipline and believe entirely in the value of the Magic Bus programmes and mission."
Sandeep Murthy is a Partner at Lightbox and as an early investor in InMobi and InfoEdge, two of India's billion-dollar technology unicorns, Sandeep Murthy is one of the builders of India's Internet economy. And he hasn't just seen the highs and lows play out as an investor but has actually roughed it out in operational roles including one as the CEO of Cleartrip in 2006 for two years. Today he's a co-founder and partner at Lightbox, a venture capital firm based in Mumbai that works closely with entrepreneurs from across India to build world class teams and consumer technology products.
Sandeep did his undergrad in both business and engineering from the University of Pennsylvania as well as an MBA from Wharton.
“By applying business principles and metrics, Magic Bus is tackling the challenge of creating opportunity and changing behaviour in the less privileged corners of our country on a massive scale. I am proud to support this effort and believe that it is only through these type of innovative and scalable efforts will we be able to make a tangible impact on poverty.”
P Rajasekharan, Advisor
Rajasekharan is a certified Business Coach. He has been consulting, coaching and conducting leadership programs for organizations such as Vodafone, Smartlink Network Systems, Wadhawan Holdings, Nous, and Mastek based on GRID/Belbin frameworks.
A Partner with Grid-OD, which is focused on developing leadership skills, Rajasekharan spent over 25 years in the software industry contributing at multiple levels of management. He has also served as the Head of Operations at Mastek Ltd. Rajasekharan is one of the Trustees of the Mastek foundation as well. Besides this, he also works as a volunteer with NGOs that work with school drop-outs. He helps them design the curriculum to include applicability of knowledge and volunteers in teaching.
Dr. Deepa Narayan
Dr. Deepa Narayan has worked on global poverty issues for the last 25 years, with international organisations and civil society. From 2002 through 2008 she served as Senior Adviser to the Vice-President in the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management (PREM) Network of the World Bank in Washington D.C. She also led the 60 country Voices of the Poor research study and the follow-up 15-country World Bank study titled Moving Out of Poverty: Understanding Freedom, Democracy, and Growth from the Bottom Up, each involving 60,000 people.
Deepa was recently named as one of 100 most influential global thinkers by the U.S. Foreign Policy magazine, as one of 35 great minds by India Today magazine and one of 100 disruptive heroes to bring about changes in large organisations by Hackers Work in the USA.
She has written over 15 books many of which especially the Voices of the Poor series have been bestsellers in the poverty and development field. She serves on the Boards of several NGOs and is a current member of the India Global Advisory Council of the World Economic Forum.
With a Ph.D. in human development, Deepa is currently working on a book, Stirring India’s Soul: Changing what it means to be a good woman (and, therefore, a good man).
"All children need magic in their lives. Most of all those who are the most deprived and who become "little adults" at an early age as they cannot be protected from the hard edges of life as they live cramped in a room helping their families cope. When even one adult believes in the creative capacity and intelligence of poor girls and boys, magic happens, and children's possibilities and indeed life trajectories get altered. I have seen the magic happen! And I would like to see this magic spread and settle inside all girls and boys deprived of opportunity."
Ingrid Srinath (@ingridsrinath) is Executive Director of CHILDLINE (@CHILDLINE1098) India Foundation, India’s free, 24/7, an emergency helpline for children in distress. A graduate of the Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata, Ingrid transitioned from her career in advertising in Lowe Worldwide and Grey Worldwide to the development sector in 1998 with CRY (Child Rights and You), where she was CEO from 2004-08. At CRY, she led the national coalition that successfully campaigned to amend India’s constitution to make education a fundamental right.
Ingrid's experience in these fields has enabled her to facilitate dialogue across sectors, build sustainable resource mobilisation, branding and advocacy strategies and to lead organisation transformation processes.
Ingrid is co-convenor of the South Asian Association of Child Helplines (SAACH), a member of the Child Helpline Impact Assessment Advisory Council, has served on the advisory boards of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Development Cooperation Forum (UN DCF), the World Economic Forum (WEF), Streetfootballworld, the Prajnya Trust and the Advertising Standards Council of India and on the boards of the INGO Accountability Charter and The Rules.
"Too many organisations treat children as 'an issue', narrowing their lives to schooling or nutrition and their dreams to cold metrics. Magic Bus is among the few that brings respect, dignity and joy to the realisation of children's rights. I'm honoured to help in any way I can."
Mathew Joseph is Pathfinder's Country Representative in India
Since January 2013, Mathew has 18 years of experience in family planning, reproductive and child health, HIV and AIDS, and nutrition. He also has technical expertise in behaviour change communications and social marketing. Before working at Pathfinder, Mathew worked as the India Country Director for the Micronutrient Initiative, a Canadian organisation working on maternal and child nutrition. Prior to that, he was the Regional Director of Population Services International (PSI) in Eastern India. Earlier in his career, Mathew worked as the Programme Officer for Condom Promotion at the National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO), under the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India.
His areas of expertise include Systems Strengthening, Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health, Behaviour Change, HIV & AIDS, Contraception & Family Planning and Health Logistics.
"I am proud to be part of the Magic Bus movement that partners adolescents and young people through the language of sports and makes a holistic impact on their lives, including improved health outcomes."
Vishakha Mulye joined the ICICI Group in 1993 and has vast experience in the areas of strategy, treasury & markets, proprietary equity investing and management of long-term equity investments, structured finance and corporate & project finance. She led the team that planned and executed the merger of ICICI and ICICI Bank in 2002. From 2002 to 2005, she was responsible for the Bank’s structured finance and global markets businesses, and its financial institutions relationships.
From 2005 to 2007, Ms. Mulye was the Chief Financial Officer of ICICI Bank. In 2009, she assumed leadership of ICICI Venture Funds Management Company as its Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer where she heads the different business verticals and chairs the Investment Committee of all funds. At ICICI Venture, Ms. Mulye has led the firm’s private equity investments into the fastest growing sectors of the Indian economy such as insurance, consumer services, banking and education, etc. During this period, the firm has successfully concluded exits of over US$ 500 million using a diverse range of exit strategies. In addition to her responsibility as Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of ICICI Venture, she serves on the Board of Directors of leading Indian companies in the media, IT and financial services sectors.
"It is heartening to see the commitment of Magic Bus to the cause of upliftment of children and youth living in poverty so they can find a way of traversing the path from childhood to livelihood".
Bernard is a graduate of the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School, and has had a successful career in financial services, spanning 30 years, including six years as a Main Board Director of the NatWest Group. His roles include five years as Chief Executive Officer of the International Businesses, and a similar period as Operations Director, responsible for Operations, IT and Risk.
Since leaving NatWest, Bernard has developed a portfolio of activities acting both as Chairman and non-executive director, concentrating on smaller, entrepreneurial companies in consulting and software development. Bernard is also a member of the Magic Bus Global Council.
"Magic Bus is very special and different to anything else I do. It is the expressions on the faces of the children and young people together with the many life changing stories for them, their families and their communities. Truly magical."
Jonathan joined the Magic Bus UK Board in February 2010. He has professionally worked as a corporate in-house lawyer and company secretary. He worked for many years in senior legal and managerial roles with Reuters, the leading provider of online information. This included three years living in Hong Kong, providing legal advice and support to local management throughout the Asia Pacific region.
In 2008, he was awarded the ICSA Postgraduate Certificate in Charity Management from London South Bank University.
"Children have no choice over the conditions in which they are born and brought up, that can shape their whole lives. Millions of children in India exist in desperate poverty and deprivation; yet, if offered the right support and guidance, they can take control and radically transform their lives. I believe that we have a responsibility to give them this chance and that Magic Bus is the ideal medium to achieve this".
Ruby is a Senior Partner at professional services firm PwC. Among her various roles, Ruby heads up their UK Private Business practice with her main focus providing advice on her specialist area of corporate and personal taxation.
Ruby has been a Magic Bus Ambassador since 2011 and has made several visits to the Magic Bus programme in Mumbai. Ruby also sits on the Magic Bus Gala Dinner committee.
Jim, a Chartered Accountant, is Group Tax Director of Pearson plc, the world’s leading learning company. Prior to Pearson, Jim held a number of senior roles in tax in the UK and US, working at Diageo and Cadbury where he was also Group Tax Director. He acts as a Trustee to the Pearson Pension Trust.
Jim joined the board of Magic Bus after visiting one of the Magic Bus India programmes in Delhi.
"From the moment I visited a Magic Bus programme in Delhi, I realised that this was a charity that was making a real difference to the lives of hundreds of thousands of young people in India; young people who without this intervention face a life of poverty and abuse in slums, on the streets or in deprived rural areas. There is so much more to do and by raising funds from the UK we are making an important contribution."
Hans Porsche is an agronomist with a specific interest in the sustainable production of agricultural goods and services and with a particular emphasis on aquaculture production. As a co-founder and director of HP-Capital Partners, he is in charge of identifying and managing HP-Capital Partners resources related portfolio.
His educational background comprises of an MBA in Agri-Food Business following his BSc. in Agriculture with a major in Agricultural Economics and a minor in Business Administration from the University of Guelph in Canada.
Hans has been successful in fundraising and initiating project activities in various countries and is a member of the Magic Bus Global Council.
"Life is not fair; what makes women and men noble is the continuous effort to overcome this law of nature. Magic Bus empowers those children, who have had the most unfair start to their lives, to become masters of their own future by engaging them in sporting activities that teach them the most important cornerstones for that game of life."
Ms. Vinoo Hinduja is a third generation entrepreneur with a passion for value-based healthcare delivery, technology and IT driven innovation in healthcare practices. Having over 22 years of rich work experience, 10 of which have been in leadership positions, she works directly under the leadership of Mr. S.P. Hinduja, Chairman of the Hinduja Group, pursuing opportunities of innovation and leveraging the synergies across the Group.
Ms. Vinoo S Hinduja’s vision as a prominent leader in this sector is to further immortalize her Grandfather’s legacy in expanding the availability of “quality healthcare and education as a birthright of every citizen” by playing an active role in providing access, availability and affordability of healthcare and education in India.
Vinoo’s journey with Magic Bus started from its inception and since then she has played various roles to help support the cause. She is committed to ensuring Magic Bus reaches out to maximum children globally.
“It is truly inspirational how Matthew’s selfless commitment today has made his dream materialise from a doodle on a napkin in a restaurant in Mumbai to a magical delivery of happiness that gives children a unique opportunity to be a child once again in midst of poverty and abuse in the slums.”
Barbara is the Head of Communications & Media at BMW Stiftung Herbert Quandt (BMW Foundation). Barbara studied sinology and economics at the University of Hamburg and the Chinese People's University in Beijing. During her studies, she worked as a freelancer for a German daily newspaper and subsequently at the Institute of Asian Studies of today's German Institute of Global and Area Studies in Hamburg. Later, Barbara Müller headed the China office of the Cologne Chamber of Industry and Commerce and the German-Chinese Association. In 2002, she joined the BMW Foundation to advance the expansion of the Foundation's Asia programs. Since September 2011, she began to build up and develop a new communications department within the BMW Foundation
Barbara is Attorney-at-law, Of Counsel GSK Stockmann + Kollegen, Munich. She has more than 15 years of professional experience advising European companies in the Asia-Pacific region on strategic and legal issues related to the development and expansion of production, purchase and sales, investment and corporate laws, relocation of research and development, HR-management, M&A, IP-protection, restructuring and corporate compliance.
Barbara also advises Asian enterprises with regard to their outbound investments in Europe. She has long-standing experience as Managing Director, Supervisor and Advisory board member and performs her own entrepreneurial activities through ownership of shares in enterprises in Asia.
Barbara serves as an assistant professor at the University of Würzburg as well as at the Erding's University of Applied Management where she gives lectures on strategies for internationalisation and corporate management in Asia.
Jens studied Law and Economics in Osnabrueck and Leiden, and also holds a degree in European Telecommunications and Antitrust Law. In the past, he has worked with Deutsche Telekom AG and VIAG Interkom GmbH & Co and has extensive experience in the telecoms and converging communications industry. As part of his specialisation, he advises national and international clients in relation to communications regulation, policy and transactions, as well as in competition and media law.
Jens is currently a Partner with CMS Hasche Sigle.
A technology industry insider for over 25 years, Ram has worked in companies large and small from Netscape to Amazon. He is a Board Member for Google and started Sherpalo Venture Capital in 2000 with the goal of applying his wealth of operating and company building experience to promising early stage ventures.
Ram's knowledge of and advice on issues ranging from raising venture capital, key management hiring, making the right product choices and defining and adapting the business model to changing market conditions can help you to secure early customer wins, build momentum from a standing start, and generate international growth. Ram also sits on the board of Naukri.com, a leading Indian job-seeker website.
"Magic Bus with its passionate volunteers and mentors have changed the trajectory and lives of countless young children growing up in poverty by providing them with livelihoods and a sense of purpose."
A serial entrepreneur, Amit has been building start-ups for almost 20 years. His most substantial successes have been in the fuel commodity supply sector, with the establishment of BioUrja Trading, LLC, and LogiBo, LLC, along with grains commodities via West Plains, LLC.
Overall, the BioUrja Group has grown in just seven years to be a leading fuel supplier globally, achieving annual revenues over USD$5 Billion and supplying over 1 billion gallons of fuel to its customers. For these achievements, Amit was recognised as a finalist in Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Awards in 2013.
Amit is also an active philanthropist. He has been active in supporting the Houston community as well as charitable organisations across the United States, with a particular focus on education and children’s causes.
“When I visited a Magic Bus sporting activity in the slums of Mumbai with my wife and kids, we were struck by the tremendous joy and hope that the organisation brings to underprivileged children. Words just can’t capture what they do – it truly is magical.”
Anurag is Chairman and Co-Founder of IREO, one the largest investment funds focused on real estate in India. Under his leadership, IREO has created a world-class portfolio of fourteen development properties with $2 billion of long-term equity capital committed to projects across India. Anurag is also a co-founder of India Equity Partners, a $350 million long-term private equity fund.
Previously, Anurag was a principal and head of private equity for MSD Capital, the private investment firm for Michael Dell and his family. He began his career at Wasserstein Perella& Co., New York, where he worked with the merchant banking group. Beginning May 2015, he was one of six global leaders chosen to serve on the board of the U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC).
Anurag completed a dual-degree program in management and technology at the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. degree from the Wharton School of Business, and a B.S. degree from the Moore School of Engineering and Applied Science. Anurag completed high school in India at St. Columba’s, New Delhi.
“Magic Bus gives underprivileged children the opportunity and skill set to truly thrive. I am honored to be part of this dedicated organization.”
Ramanan is currently the managing partner of Kubera Partners, a firm which makes cross-border private equity investments. Ramanan has been in the private equity industry since 1992 and was formerly at TH Lee Putnam Ventures, Insight Venture Partners, and General Atlantic. He co-founded and co-managed Impact Partners, the first venture philanthropy fund for India. Impact provided seed and expansion funds to nine non-profit organisations, including Magic Bus.
Ramanan has served on several non-profit boards in India and the U.S. over the last twenty years.
"In 2000, a venture philanthropy fund that I co-founded and co-managed was the original seed funder of Magic Bus. For the first few years, the Magic Bus team worked out of my office in Mumbai. I feel incredibly privileged to have been a supporter in Magic Bus' early years -- and incredibly lucky to have maintained the bond and be once again in a position to serve Magic Bus in its expansion to Singapore and the South East Asian region."
Deepak is currently Founder and Director of DSG Partners Asia Pte Ltd. Formerly he was the Founder and Managing Director of Beacon India Private Equity Fund, as well as GEM India. Deepak is an FCA (ICAEW) and qualified as a UK Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young in London. He currently serves on the board of Baker's Circle, Bhayana Builders, Impresario, Indostar Capital Finance, Sula Wines, Remy Sula, Saffronart, Trak Ltd and Vatika Group and on the advisory board at Dawn Capital, a UK-focused Venture Capital Fund.
Deepak has an MBA (Distinction) from INSEAD, and an LLB (Hons) from King's College London.
Jesse advises senior management regarding clients and strategic initiatives internationally, with a focus on the Asia-Pacific region over 30 years. At Nomura Holdings, he held positions that included CEO of the Wholesale Division, the Deputy President and a member of its Exec. Board, and at Lehman Brothers he also held several senior positions including CEO of Lehman Brothers Asia Ltd.
Jesse has been Senior Advisor at Lazard Ltd. since January 2013.
"Throughout my many years as a banking executive, giving back to society with my family and colleagues has perhaps been the most rewarding experience of my career. Underprivileged youth has been one particular cause where I’ve valued the opportunity to contribute time, effort and financial assistance. As a father of two, I am committed not only to helping other children in need, but also to instilling in my own children the importance and fulfillment of charitable giving. Since my own childhood, I have also had a great passion for sports, which I believe provides a common ground for people of all ages and backgrounds to learn and grow. It has therefore been a great privilege for me to serve on the board of Magic Bus, which has enjoyed tremendous success in helping countless children through the joy of sports."
With a background in corporate law and finance, Amee has worked with Pfitzer and has established her own propriety firm in Mumbai, Amee Parikh & Co., a proprietary firm specialising in corporate law and finance. Currently, she is the Director at Amansa Capital Pte Ltd in Singapore, a Fund Management Company.
Rahul Malhotra is a Managing Director and Head of South Asia for J.P. Morgan Private Bank. Based in Singapore, he is responsible for expanding the Private Bank’s business for Indian clients across different regions. Prior to joining J. P. Morgan, he was Head of Wealth Management for Asia at Merrill Lynch. Rahul successfully built the Global India business for Merrill, where today they are one of the largest Onshore Private Banks. Prior to that, Rahul spent 20 years in Citibank where he was based in Dubai, London and Singapore. At Citibank, he held various senior leadership positions including Global Head of Non-Resident Indians (NRI) and Head of Retail Banking in Asia.
Mr. Malhotra attended the Executive Education Programme from Columbia University and received his Bachelor’s Degree from Delhi University.
“Amongst the clutter of NGOs in India, I found Magic Bus to be different in the manner in which it approached the issues at hand and brought a fresh perspective in doing sound philanthropic work in India. In addition, Matthew’s commitment and personal sacrifices to build a strong foundation to a sustainable charity in India made me board the Magic Bus.”
Jai is the Partner-in-Charge of Gibson Dunn's Singapore office and the Asia-Pacific region. Mr. Pathak has extensive experience in cross-border mergers and acquisitions, takeovers, dispositions, privatizations, joint ventures, licensing, infrastructure development, as well as private equity, and structured finance transactions. He has significant experience in the telecommunications, IT, banking, hospitality, oil/gas, pharmaceutical and chemical industries.
Chambers & Partners Global and Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific 2012 editions ranked Mr. Pathak as a leading lawyer for Corporate/M&A in Singapore and in the same category in India, where he is noted as an 'expert based abroad'. Asialaw Leading Lawyers 2012 identified him as one of the most highly acclaimed legal experts in General Corporate Practice in the Asia-Pacific region.
Mr. Pathak graduated from law school at Oxford University in 1984 (M.A., 1989) and received his LL.M from the University of Virginia in 1985. He previously earned his B.A. (Hons.) and M.A. degrees from the University of Delhi and Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India.