Joseph Thomas, Director of Impact & Innovation
Joseph is an engineer by training with 30 years experience in rural technology, agricultural, renewable energy, and social innovation within NGO, business and research sectors in India, South and South East Asia.
He is a project consultant to Centre for Social Innovation, Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM). Joseph is responsible for mentoring innovative social enterprise start-ups and entrepreneurial teams. He is also responsible for commissioning research into social entrepreneurship. His role at IITM gives him access to a nationwide network of social entrepreneurs and the latest developments in social enterprise innovation.Previously, he was the Chief Technology Officer at Villgro based in Chennai, a VC incubator for rural entrepreneurs.
Joseph is a Member of Project Advisory Committee of Universities and Councils Network on Innovation for Inclusive Development in Southeast Asia, Ateneo School of Government, Manila, and member of the Core Advisory Group on Sustainable Agriculture of the United Nations Global Compact.