Till Mar 2016, Mandar managed Shell's flagship GameChanger program on social innovation, focusing on investing in novel solutions to social and environmental challenges that would create shared (blended) value - for business and society.
Through the portfolio of investments, Mandar strived to showcase that brands can and must play a greater role (beyond just CSR/philanthropy) to enable and scale social impact.
Mandar is an award winning social intrapreneur recognized with the prestigious "Ashoka League of Intrapreneurs" award for his efforts to design and facilitate the EMPOWER program to nourish the innovation culture at Shell using mindfulness techniques.
Mandar is a co-founder of Media Rise - a not for profit, social enterprise that inspires both the creation and consumption of meaningful media to accelerate social change. Aligned with this objective, Mandar recently produced his first documentary film "From India With Love" - a story about the transformational pilgrimage to India of a group of Americans, who have been victims of violence and are in search of solace, healing and wisdom to reinvigorate nonviolence in America. Mandar was recently invited to as a panelist on "cultural diplomacy" at the prestigious Meridian Center.
leadership & MEDITATION
Mandar is a senior faculty member of meditation based leadership development programs offered by the Art of Living Foundation and The International Association for Human Values - both international, not for profit, 501c3 non governmental organizations in special consultative status at the UN.
Over the past decade, Mandar has taught meditation to thousands of people including returning veterans, inner city youth and educators.