Aaron Joseph George is a Commonwealth Cambridge Scholar, holds MPhil in Technology Policy from the University of Cambridge and BTech in Mechanical Engineering from College of Engineering Trivandrum. He specialised in Entrepreneurial Science and Innovation Policy. Aaron helps research organisations and universities in improving their economic contribution to the society and assists small and medium sized enterprises in developing open innovation strategies.
Aaron is a co-founder of the International Centre for Technological Innovations and serves as Director since 2012. He has helped the Centre in creation of several technology spin-off companies and producer organisations by its members. Aaron is also board member in - Velozeta Technologies Pvt Ltd, Verytat Technologies and Infrastructure Pvt Ltd, Farmertree Food and Agro Producer Co. Ltd.
Prior to joining the International Centre for Technological Innovations he worked for The Royal Bank of Scotland, in London. He has served as, Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad and Imperial Innovations India (Imperial College London). He was nominated by Ernst & Young and selected for UK Trade and Investment – UK Govt.’s Global Partnership Programme among 100 Indian innovators with strong technology development potential. He is recipient of several awards and research grants from governments and organisations in India and abroad. His works are profiled on The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal (Mint), Economic Times, Khaleej Times, et al
Reverend Sister Gharisitaben is presently the President of International Centre for Technological Innovations (ICTI). She is a Dominican Missionary. After her formation and studies in Philosophy and Theology in Madrid, Spain, she started her work with the slum dwellers of Ahmedabad. She successfully organized the migrant slum women from Saurashtra and Kutch, whose husbands were working in the Textile Mills to manufacture beautiful embroidery and mirror work garments and home decorations. These products are exported to several American and European countries helping women to earn a decent wage. She has also been working with the Bhil Tribals of Narmada Basin. As President of ICTI she gives the organization a new impetus and helps its members think of the poorest of the poor in every one of its plan and action. She has over 50 years experience in development work and promoting social enterprises.
Nelli George, formerly Administrator for Oxfam (UK & Ireland), is a graduate educated in Economics from St. Xavier’s College in Ahmedabad and in Management from Oxford. As Administrator for Oxfam, a British International Development Agency, travelled extensively within India and other Asian countries supporting and interacting with a wide range of social work, relief and development agencies. Travels to euro-dollar countries were mainly to educate the general public in developed nations about the plight of poor in developing countries and to encourage a fair trade. Has taken part in a number of conferences and seminars related to relief and development works both nationally and internationally and initiated setting up of a few Non-Government Organisations. He provides training and management support to NGOs, Community Based Organisations and Social Enterprises. Over the last two years has been actively campaigning for a better deal for the salt workers and migrant labourers of India. He currently works on marine wealth rejuvenation programme in Gulf of Mannar and overseas the water and sanitation initiatives of International Centre for Technological Innovations in Kuttanad.