- Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh
Aruna Raman is India Program Director. Acara, an impact entrepreneurship program at the University of Minnesota, that supports student social innovators through experiential learning, incubation, mentoring, and business model development. Aruna manages the India-based programs, builds partnerships with social enterprises, impact investors, nonprofits, corporate and government entities, sets up internships and fellowships, and teaches social innovation, from a hyperlocal problem-solving perspective.
Aruna has more than 16 years of experience in print and new media, corporate and marketing communications, technical documentation, nonprofit program management, and mentoring. She has, in the past, worked with indya.com, a pioneering dotcom startup, Wipro, nonprofits in the US and India, and educational institutions. This cross-geographical experience gives her unique insight into multidimensional perspectives to tackling development issues.
She is also a passionate mental health advocate, and writes about her struggles with depression and anxiety in collaboration with the White Swan Foundation. Her volunteer work includes collaborating on a theatre project for the Ananya Trust.
Aruna graduated summa cum laude from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh, with a Master of International Development in 2010. In addition, she holds a certificate in social enterprise and impact investing from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, California. She has been a mentor with the Mentor Capital Network and the Sustain initiative
In 2014 Roberto started TIPSE (Tourism Innovation Partnership for Social Entrepreneurship) a consortium of leading Universities and Social Enterprises whose mission is to promote social entrepreneurship in both hospitality and tourism academic programs and industry. In 2015 the TIPSE project won the prestigious ATHE “Making the Case Award” sponsored by ABTA.