Prarthana Kaul is Co-Founder of GiftAbled, a social enterprise that strives to create an ecosystem of like-minded individuals to collectively build an inclusive society. Prior to GiftAbled, Prarthana worked with IBM and iVolunteer. She is known as a cause marketer, is a motivational trainer and has been a consultant in the space of disability inclusion to many multinational organisations. Prarthana, has conducted numerous sensitisation workshops on evolving as Disability Confident company, Sign language, Braille, Volunteer Management and Employee engagement across India. She has engaged with 7,000 plus volunteers and 100 Non-Profits across country on various causes. Additionally, she has been invited by reputed institutes like IIT Chennai, TISS Mumbai and Hyderabad, NMIMS, IIM Bangalore, etc, to speak on Inclusion of People with Disabilities. Her efforts and contribution towards the empowerment of People with Disabilities, has won her various awards and accolades, including: Social Entrepreneur of the Year by Namma Bengaluru Foundation (2015), Highest fund raiser during TCS World 10K Run 2015, raising awareness and money for 16 NGOs. Community Service Award by Rotary Bangalore Centennial (2017), Best Social Entrepreneur Award by Hand in Hand (2018), Top 3 social enterprise in the country by IIM Calcutta as part of Tata Social Enterprise Challenge. She has also served as a Board Member of non-profit entities like Om Ashram and was a life skill trainer for students of Cheshire Home.
GiftAbled is a social enterprise which strives to create an ecosystem of like-minded individuals to collectively build an inclusive society.
We aim to empower People with Disabilities across several aspects of their life and support them in living with dignity.
All our efforts are thus in line with the same.
Foster a culture that values Inclusion, and create opportunities that transform lives of People with Disabilities so that they can live with dignity and self-esteem.
To empower People with Disability and create an ecosystem of like-minded individuals to collectively build an inclusive society.
What does inclusion mean for your business?
- Inclusive companies are 70% more likely to capture a new market
- Inclusive companies are 75% more likely to see ideas become products
- 158% more likely to understand their target end users and innovate effectively
- Heightened innovation
- Increased customer base
- Improved experiences for all
- Greater workplace productivity
- Reduced risk
Prateek KaulCo-Founder and Trustee
Prateek Kaul is Supplier Diversity and Accessibility Evangelist. He is co-founder of GiftAbled, a leading social enterprise in the space of Disability & Inclusion. The focus of his work in recent years has been around livelihood sustenance of People with Disability – engagement of millions of People with Disability productively through self-employment. Prateek believes that empowering the physically and the intellectually challenged to work from their own sheltered environment, irrespective of an urban or rural setting is the way to achieve economic inclusion. GiftAbled, shares and supports best practices in corporate houses to implement Inclusive procurement.
The other area of interest is providing a platform to Organizations to become Accessible – in terms of Products, Infrastructure and services provided via Website/App. This is not only to meet compliance standards but, most importantly, to reach out to millions of potential customers, candidates, suppliers, employees who stand for Inclusion.
Prateek has varied corporate experience of decade and a half and has worked in Idea Cellular, Tech Mahindra, Birlasoft and Target India. He has been a volunteer supporting various causes for more than a decade. He pursues a vision of a world evolving in to an Inclusive one.
His efforts and contribution towards the empowerment of People with Disabilities, has won him various awards and accolades, including:
• Prateek is India Inclusion Fellow, IIS 2017
• Recognized by Hand in Hand with Best Social Entrepreneur Award, 2018
• Recognized by IIM Calcutta for Tata Social Enterprise Challenge as Top 3 social enterprise in the country
“Ravi Valdiya is a freelance Photographer with an engineering education and experience of more than a decade in the corporate sector. During his job, he started volunteering for various causes with different NGOs in Bangalore. At that time, Ravi realized the effectiveness of photography to raise social awareness and thus started using his hobby of Photography to capture stories conveying social issues.
At Present Ravi has volunteering experience close to 12 years with around 15+ organisations working for different causes. Ravi is also a Photography trainer and has been conducting Photography workshops for students with Hearing Impairment, He is also one of the trainers at Eka educational and charitable trust teaching photography to the kids with learning and developmental delays.”