With over fifteen years of experience in the developmental sector across different states of India, Neelam leads the grantmaking, partnerships and micro-entrepreneur verticals at Deshpande Foundation. Till date, Navodyami has helped over 3500 micro-entrepreneurs to scale. Along with her Grants team, Neelam enables NGOs and social enterprises to test and develop prototypes for scalable community development. Till date, the grantmaking program has worked with 136 partners that have resulted in impacting over 1.5 million lives across sectors of livelihoods, education, health, energy and agriculture in Hubli Sandbox.With a PhD from SUNY at Buffalo, Neelam is a strong advocate of women empowerment through entrepreneurship. She founded Women Entrepreneurs wing at TiE Hubballi (WE-TiE).