Deval has provided philanthropists with intelligent investment strategies directing over USD 40 million into the Indian social sector over the past 14 years. He incubated the Indian Philanthropy Forum mobilizing over 500 members who are driving the philanthropy agenda in India. He also initiated India’s largest collaborative giving platform, Dasra Giving Circles, which combines in-depth research, funding and managerial support enabling 15 – 30x scale.
He has 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, he was an investment banker at Morgan Stanley. His background as an investment banker has equipped him to develop a unique philanthropic investment model that brings rigor and discipline to the sector. His 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, Maidan Summit, SOCAP, CSR-CSO Bridge, ICICI Fellows Programme and Mint Conclave. 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 Honors degree in Business and Finance and a minor in Asian Studies.