Deval has provided philanthropists with intelligent investment strategies directing over USD $44 million into the Indian social sector over the past 15 years. He incubated the Dasra Philanthropy Week (previously known as Indian Philanthropy Forum, and has engaged with over 1,000 philanthropists, multi-lateral agencies and corporate foundations that drive the philanthropy agenda in India.
He also initiated the Dasra Giving Circle – India’s largest collaborative giving platform, which combines in-depth research, funding and managerial support to non-profits to enable scale of 15-30x. The success of Dasra Giving Circles has also been featured in New Philanthropy Capital’s report, 10 Innovations in Global Philanthropy: Concepts worth spreading in the UK.
He has written articles for media publications such as Mint, Business India and Alliance Magazine and has been quoted in NDTV, Times of India, Economic Times, Hindustan Times and Mint. He has also spoken at platforms such as Global Philanthropy Forum, We the People-NDTV, The Outsider-BloombergTV, Unconvention-Forum, Maidan Summit, SOCAP, ICICI Fellows Programme and Mint Conclave. He was recently awarded the Forbes Philanthropy Award in the 'Crossover Leaders' category for 2014 for successfully transitioning from a thriving career in investment banking to work for the non-profit sector.
He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a dual Honors degree in Business and Finance from the University of Texas, Austin, is a Cordes Fellow and a founding board member of Magic Bus and Villgro.