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MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY Legatum Center for Development & Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurs

The Legatum Center administers a competitive Fellowship program for incoming and current MIT students who pursue enterprise solutions to development challenges across the world

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Erica Dhawan

2009 - 2010
From:
United States of America
Sector:
Agriculture
Location:
India
Degree:
MBA, Sloan School of Management

Erica Dhawan is launching an agricultural incubator focused on scaling the Indian farmers’ share of value in the food supply chain. She aims to enable farmers to participate directly in the market by supporting Indian producer companies and scaling up their export of organic produces. She is also identifying technologies to reduce farmers’ post-harvest losses through processing & packaging techniques and better infrastructural facilities (i.e. grain storage, cold stores) to farmers.

Previous to MIT, Erica founded Young Professionals for Acumen Fund which has morphed into New York for Acumen and regional Acumen Fund chapters across the world. She started her career at Lehman Brothers in Foreign Exchange and also helped launch Education Access for All, an education company focused on quality education in rural India. Erica graduated from Wharton undergrad in Business & Public Policy. While in college, she was named one of Teen People Magazine’s “20 Teens Who Will Change the World” and one of “15 Students You Don’t Know But Will” in Newsweek’s college edition.

You can read Erica’s blog at WordPress.com, or follow her on Twitter at @edhawan.

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