Vinod Rajasekaran

Vinod PicVinod is a SiG Fellow leading Social R&D: a multi-stakeholder exploration helping to advance the collective vision of an innovation-savvy social impact sector. Vinod engages funders, policymakers, and practitioners to find ways to enhance R&D capacity, connectivity, and enabling conditions in Canada’s social sector so vulnerable people access the best possible solutions.

Most recently, Vinod was Co-founder and Executive Director of Impact Hub Ottawa, the largest multi-sector environment and community for social and civic innovation in Canada’s capital. He also recently oversaw an innovative organizational and core offering development process as the founding Managing Director of Rideau Hall Foundation, a unique Canadian institution which helps to catalyze and align ideas, people and resources to move the Canadian spirit forward.

Vinod has co-founded and led multiple ventures, and thrives in working with organizations with an ambition to significantly advance the way they generate innovation for impact. He has a rich history of developing and leading innovation platforms in not-for-profit, private, philanthropic, and cross-sector contexts. Trained as an aerospace engineer, with demonstrated experience in public policy and as an entrepreneur, Vinod combines solid knowledge in innovation thinking and practice, an outcomes-oriented mindset, with entrepreneurial energy, agility, and ability to thrive in ambiguity.

Vinod is an Advisor to Imagine Canada and the MATCH International Women’s Fund. He is Global Shaper selected by the World Economic Forum, a member of the Banff Forum community, and a recipient of The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contribution to Canada. His background includes a B.Eng. in Aerospace Systems Engineering from Carleton University and a M.Sc. in Public Policy from the University of Bristol in the UK. Vinod speaks and writes frequently on the future of doing good, innovation, corporate social responsibility, system-tipping change, philanthropy, and social impact.

Vinod is fascinated by Canada’s last 150 years of leading and innovating for the public good, and wonders about the potential to help prototype the next 150 years of Canadian innovations, institutions, and leadership.

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