Alok's interest in social entrepreneurship started in 2005 when he was involved in an international effort to win the hearts and minds of people of Iraq and Afghanistan. During that time he came to the realization that the only way out of poverty and destitution is empowerment through entrepreneurship and knowledge, and not through government and international aid.
The challenge in war torn and remote regions of the globe is that a vast number of people are illiterate and are left behind while the rest of the world marches on to a better living with the diffusion of the Internet.
In the last five years as mobile phones and smart devices started to penetrate many remote places, new opportunities are opening up for people living in extreme poverty. To take advantage of the smartphone revolution Alok's vision is to create massively scalable resources that will empower impoverished people from around the globe to identify and achieve their personal, social, and financial goals and raise themselves out of poverty through entrepreneurship.
Alok, along with several collaborators, is creating comprehensive, contextually and culturally relevant entrepreneurship games and delivering customized curricula using innovative information and communication technologies designed to reach and support those with the least access to education and opportunity.
Sarah Patel leads ISEEK’s program development efforts and manages the ISEEK team. Prior to joining ISEEK in April 2015, Sarah worked in international development in Washington DC for several years, where she managed water and sanitation programs in East Africa for the Millennium Water Alliance, and specialized in Monitoring and Evaluation for private sector development at the World Bank. She has extensive experience working in social justice and micro-finance in India. Sarah holds an MA in International Economics from Johns Hopkins University School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and a BA in International Development Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.
Maria Rompf is a second year MBA student with a focus on Finance and Strategy. Prior to her MBA, she worked as a researcher in the life sciences. She is with ISEEK since January 2015 and develops the business education content of the game. Maria is very passionate about empowerment of women, and also serves the president of Krannert’s Graduate Women in Business Organization. After graduating, her goal is to work in business development for a large pharmaceutical company.
Elaine Mosakowski is a Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University and the Academic Director of the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilites at Purdue. She held previous faculty positions at the University of Connecticut, the University of Colorado (Boulder), UCLA, and the University of Minnesota. She received her MBA and Ph.D. in Business and Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley, and her B.S. in chemistry from M.I.T. Her research interests have migrated from the strategies of technology-based entrepreneurship to center on strategic, institutional, and cognitive aspects of social entrepreneurship and social innovation.
Sunil Prabhakar is a Professor of Computer Science at Purdue. He is currently serving as the Head of the Department. His main area of research is database systems. His current research focuses on developing novel databases for handling uncertain data, and solutions that ensure authenticity, integrity and privacy for outsourced databases including cloud databases. In earlier work, he has developed solutions for scalability and efficiency for moving objects and sensor databases, digital rights management for databases through digital watermarking, and ensuring correctness over private databases.
Kwangwoo Heo is a senior student of Computer Science major focusing on Software Development and Security. Kwangwoo develops android application, and maintain the server and Database for ISEEK. When he graduates, Kwangwoo hopes to begin his career in Software Development Company.
Ravi Jagarapu is a first-year MBA student focusing on Operations and Technology management. He coordinates the business simulation meetings and develops dash boards for the project. Prior to his MBA, Ravi worked for 4 years in Wipro Ltd.as a Project Engineer.
Abhinav Kumar is a senior at Purdue University pursuing his bachelor's degree in Computer Science concentrating in software engineering. He has been a part of the ISEEK tech team since June 2014. He has worked on the ISEEK game development earlier and later switched to ERP application development in May 2015.
Gaurav Srivastava is a junior at Purdue University pursuing his bachelor's degree in Computer Science concentrating in software engineering and machine learning. He has been a part of the ISEEK tech team since June 2015. He has worked on the android application “Saksham” concentrating mostly in the Health Module. He has also helped translating the game and the app to Hindi. When he graduates, Gaurav hopes to begin his career in Software Development Company.
Bekmurat Spayev is a fourth-year student at Purdue pursuing a bachelor's degree in Computer Science with concentration in Software Engineering and Information Security. Bekmurat has been on the ISEEK team since Spring 2015 where he has worked in a team responsible for the full-development cycle of an Android App “Saksham” undertaken by ISEEK.He worked extensively with Java Servlets,JSON, Android Studio and the Third Party OpenERP API as main programming languages.He is one of the students who maintains the server and Database for ISEEK.When he graduates, Bekmurat hopes to begin his career in Software Development Company or go to a graduate school.
Jessica Wielocha is a senior at Purdue University pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Finance and Management. She joined the ISEEK tech team in May 2015. She has collaborated with computer programmers and engineers to create an Android application called “Saksham,” assisting in the formation of user-friendly templates providing graphical and numerical illustrations of financial statements. She has also scripted elements of the training module focused on educating women on how to track and manage finances. When she graduates, Jessica hopes to begin her career in market analysis and receive her MBA.
Alia Azmat is a Ph.D student in Counseling Psychology at Purdue University focusing on identity, culture, mental and reproductive health. Alia brings her interest and experience with menstruation, self-esteem and community resilience to develop mental-health content for the project. As an interdisciplinary student of anthropology, public health, and psychology she hopes to develop culturally-competent health education curriculum for communities around the world. She is particularly interested in working with and empowering women and children. She received her undergraduate training at the Arizona State University, where she earned a B.A in Global Health.
Nimisha Bajaj is an MD/PhD student in the fourth year of her PhD focusing on computational modeling of the role of the extracellular matrix in new blood vessel growth. Nimisha develops content for the health education games and the personal health record app for ISEEK. When she graduates, Jane hopes to be a practicing physician, specializing in palliative care.
Goran Calic is a PhD student in strategic management and entrepreneurship at the Krannert School of Management, Purdue University. His research focuses on understanding why some organizations are more creative and innovation than others. Goran has professional experience in project management and consulting. He received his MBA from Purdue University and his Honors degree in Business Commerce from University of Ottawa's Telfer School of Management.
Simon Duque is an international senior Industrial Engineering student profiled towards projects management and interested in digital marketing and Gamification, Simon is part of the Gaming Team of ISEEK and is currently conducting a research in the field of Gamification focused on eCommerce users. When he graduates, he will continue designing and implementing Gamification strategies in Latin America.
Jacqueline Schrader is a Krannert MSHRM candidate who, like a true "Double Boiler", also received a BA in French and Communications from Purdue in 2012. Her interest in human resources stems from her passion to connect humanity and aspires to improve businesses through talent acquisition and building on human capital. Her involvement with ISEEK was encouraged after advocating and lobbying for the End Modern Day Slavery Act with International Justice Mission in hopes that the program will help rehabilitate women who have been victims of modern day slavery and human trafficking. Currently, Jacqueline is working on the gamification of HR Practices for Project Saksham as well as helping to support PR functions for ISEEK.
Vivek Bavishi is a MS Marketing student currently working on the website for ISEEK's marketing. He is passionate about innovating marketing techniques and loves to integrate them into the digital world.
Alethia Jong is a freshman student majoring in Computer Graphics Technology at Purdue University, with a concentration in web and game development. She is interested in how multimedia and interactive media can serve to influence, convey messages, and educate.
Ludan Zhang is a senior student in Economics. As part of the marketing team, Ludan is responsible for graphic designs including newsletter and ISEEK official website. When she graduates, Ludan will further her studying in financial economics.
Nicole Ellis is a junior at Purdue pursuing a bachelorâ€™s degree in Management with Concentrations in International Business and Management Information Systems as well as minoring in Political Science. She has been on the ISEEK team since Fall 2013 where she has worked with the team to develop the content and technical aspects of the project. Nicole is also involved at Purdue as a Purdue Student Government Senator for Krannert and is a member of the School of Management Council where she is the Executive Director of the Doster Leadership Conference.
Rohit Jain is a PhD candidate in the department of Computer Science at Purdue University. Before joining Purdue, he received his bachelor degree from the department of Computer Science and Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India. At Purdue he is working on topics related to database systems. His current research focuses include topics related to ensuring trustworthiness of databases hosted in untrusted environments, and handling probabilistic data.
Chandni Shah is a graduate student pursuing her doctoral studies in Counseling Psychology at Purdue University. Her current research interests include multicultural issues, especially marginalized communities, such as women and minority communities. One of her current projects includes an examination of intimate partner violence attitudes and gender norms in South Asian communities residing in the United States. Concurrently with her research, she instructs an undergraduate class on collaborative leadership and conducts one on one and group therapy as a practicum student. Prior to graduate school, she worked full time at a domestic violence shelter, where she developed her passion to work with minority womenâ€™s issues at a grass roots and systemic level. She received her undergraduate training at University of Maryland, where she earned a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Public Health.