Debasish leads the foundation’s strategy and operations in India for education, employability skills, family economic stability, and health. In his role, Debasish helps to manage and develop the India-based portfolio to improve learning levels in schools serving underprivileged children; to catalyze sustainable and large-scale models that help youth gain meaningful employment; to support early-stage, market-based enterprises providing financial services to urban poor families; and to strengthen government’s school-based health programs that improve outcomes in the lives of urban poor children.
Prior to joining the foundation, he spent 13 years with American Express in various leadership positions in their Delhi, Miami and New York offices. During his career with American Express, he led a variety of operational, transaction-related, finance and strategic responsibilities. Prior to that, Debasish spent a number of years with Dowell Schlumberger, an oilfield services leader, in senior finance roles in the Middle East and the Far East. Debasish is a chartered accountant.