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The year 2019 has been remarkable for us, marked by achievement of new milestones. REEDS programs and initiatives touched half a million households spread over 11000 villages in thirteen states and the work continues. Over the course of 2020 and beyond, we will be placing a focus on active and direct engagement pilots leveraging technology to impart healthcare knowledge and skills to improve the capability of the frontline rural healthcare workforce; promote start-ups in the field of agri-business adding value in agribusiness value chains; developing an e-commerce platform for promotion of rural products; and expanding our reach in the area of water and sanitation accessibility to rural communities. We look forward to continuing the already excellent engagement with all of the partners in these works, and to establish new relationships as we deliver on these actions.
Two distinguished leaders - Mr. Srinivasa Rao and Ms. Sumeet Rawla joining REEDS diverse global Advisory Council last month helps ensure that REEDS continues to proactively drive its mission objective. Srinivasa Rao, recipient of prestigious “Enterprise Excellence Award” of Association of Small and Medium Enterprises, Singapore and “Udyog Ratna Award” by Indian Economic Society is a renowned techno-management professional with a focus on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises. Rao during his tenure as Managing Director of APITCO for 18 years was instrumental in developing Andhra Pradesh MSME sector growth facilitating establishment of over 40,000 MSMEs through innovative interventions in cluster development, capacity building, technology transfers, rural industrialization and global linkages.
Sumeet Rawla leads Philanthropic Initiatives at Community Pure Water Foundation, USA bringing to this role her extensive experience with Global 2000 multi-nationals, technology start-ups and not-for-profit ventures. During her two decades senior leadership career in USA and India, she developed alliances with World Food Program and USAID and created a donor network of leading technology providers contributing to her principal organizations operating environment. Sumeet has also served on the board of SKS Foundation and on various fundraising committees at the Women’s Fund of New Jersey.
Wishing you all a more rewarding 2020!
Dr. Ravi K Reddy
Secretary, REEDS,

2 January 2020
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