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[Charitha Ratwatte]

Stanford Social Innovation Fellow; recovering software engineer. CEO experience running an export-oriented, grassroots-up social enterprise in a developing country. Founded, scaled up social venture working with smallholder farmers. Field experience in developing-country projects, and practical experience in running a developing-country social enterprise exporting regulated products to developed markets. Experience in pitching for, negotiating and successful implementation of international development grants.

Functional head with cross-functional scope at a blue-chip company, managing multi-million dollar budgets on an annual and per-project basis. Pitched, won international development funding for, applied Human-Centered Design to develop, launch and scale up Digital Inclusion mobile agriculture advisory service with 420k and growing, paying, smallholder farming user base. Designed and launched corporate Foundation functioning as umbrella for major community investments and Public-Private Partnerships. Developing-country experience including Africa, Central Asia and South Asia. Monitoring & Evaluation and Strategic planning assignments in development field. Requirements analysis, system specification and design, client consultations, facilitation and liaison in IT field.