Shri. Osama Manzar (सर- गुरु)

Founder Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF)
Osama Manzar is a convert social entrepreneur spearheading the mission to overcome the information barrier between India’s rural sector, and the so-called developed society, through Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) – the not-for-profit organization founded to accomplish the mission. He is a Member, Working Group, Internet Governance Forum of Ministry of Communication & IT and was a Member, Task Force on Growth of IT, ITES & Electronics HW Manufacturing Industry, Ministry of Comm & IT, India.
Popatrao Pawar

Shri. Popatrao Pawar (अण्णा)


He is the former sarpanch of Hiware Bazar, a gram panchayat in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra India. He is the Executive Director of Maharashtra state government's Model Village programme.He is credited to have transformed it from an impoverished village into a model of development that the government of Maharashtra wishes to implement across the state. He led Hiware Bazar's transformation from a drought- prone village to a green and prosperous model village, thus successfully reproducing Anna Hazare's Ralegaon Siddhi model of village development. He featured in an India Today cover story as the person who demonstrated how rural water resources could be reviewed.

A village the world should be proud of: Popatrao Pawar at TEDxGateway 2013

Balasaheb Vikhe Patil
Blessings of Late Shri. Balasaheb Vikhe Patil (दादा)

Balasaheb Vikhe Patil alias Dada, is awarded with prestigious civilian award Padma Bhushan at the auspicious hands of President of India Smt. Pratibha Patil on March 31, 2010 for his outstanding work in the field of Social Work.



Balasaheb Bharde

Blessings of Late Shri. Balasaheb Bharde (दादा)


A true Gandhian, freedom fighter and one of the great pillars of the cooperative movement. Ex-speaker of Maharashtra.