ARITRA is a Leadership Development Program aimed at addressing the talent deficit at the Senior levels in the Social Sector.  Our goal is to create 100 Senior Leaders over three batches of the Program.  Aritra will propel leaders to fuel and accelerate growth and change.

Aritra Leadership Framework

We did extensive secondary and primary research, leveraging principles of human centered design thinking in order to understand key success factors, underlying skills, critical leadership experiences and enablers / deterrents in the path to becoming a senior leader. Based on this, we have evolved the three pronged leadership framework.

Program Journey

The Aritra program has been created as a rigorous development journey spanning an intensive period of 15 months. Participants are supported post the program with a strong alumni engagement program and online resources which will be made available. The process commences with an intensive selection process and then moves into the learning and application phase comprising MOOCs, mentoring, assessment gates, exposures, assignments / action learning projects and peer learning.

Participant Benefits

  • Fast track program to support career growth into a senior leadership role
  • Networking with a diverse, pan-India group of peers, mentors, advisors, SMEs
  • Learn while working: 15 month intensive learning and application phase – Onsite at IIMB – 16 days; offline self-work, peer discussions, mentor and coach sessions, MOOCs, assignments and application oriented learning – solving a key problem within own organization
  • Certificate by IIM Bangalore
  • Post program support through online platform and alumni program

Aritra Differentiators

Aritra has been seeded in deep secondary and primary research.  Designed by experts, academicians and practitioners and following principles of design thinking.  The design team has built tremendous stretch and rigor into the program, commencing with a multi-level, demanding selection process.  This learning journey encompasses a multitude of learning methodologies to ensure that it caters to all learning styles.  

While the participant enjoys the benefit of the peer group, Aritra at its core is a deeply personalized leadership development journey with individualized support built in.There is a strong technology-enabled platform to support the learning and application.  Aritra has a strong research and knowledge management, and is anchored by a Program Management Office.

Aritra Program Enablers

Senior Leaders and experts across multiple domains and expertise areas have expressed their interest and willingness to contribute to this leadership program and make Aritra fulfilling and value adding for the participants. They will contribute to the program in multiple ways – as mentors, experts, panelists, guest speakers etc. Watch this space as we bring on board many more!

Mr. Girindre Beeharry
Senior Strategy Advisor
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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Mr. Rajan Mani


Finance & Operations – India HIV/AIDS Alliance

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Ms. Helen Gayle


McKinsey Social Initiative

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Dr. Neeta Pradhan Das
Director – Skill Development
Confederation of Indian Industry

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Mr. RN Mohanty
Chief Executive Officer

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Ms.Tosca Bruno-van Vijfeijken
Director, Transnational NGO Initiative
Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, USA
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John Langenbrunner
Senior Program Officer
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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Dr. Ted K Dass
Founder CEO
Evidarc Consulting

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