Dilip Sankarreddy is an Indian public problem solver, business professional, environmentalist and poet. He is a winner of the World Bank India Development Marketplace Award in 2007 for innovating and providing a human-power based lighting solution to nomadic and tribal people in India. He is currently running the notable electoral campaign as the MLA candidate in the Malkajgiri Assembly constituency in Hyderabad city towards the 2014 Assembly elections with a broader goal to strengthen clean politics and inspire the best and the brightest to enter politics.
He is a winner of World Bank India Development Marketplace Award in 2007 for innovating and providing a human-power based lighting solution "Swavalamban Mono Wheel Generator" to nomadic and tribal people in more than 120 rural locations in India from 2007 to 2009. The award grant was $20,000 and most of the installations were in tribal residential schools. In 2013, the initiative was improved by one of the team members, based on the success and past learning, to again win the World Bank India Development Marketplace Award 2013 with an award grant of $100,000.
He has taken up various issues concerning urban development since 2004 and has given talks about environment and sustainable development in international conferences and forums. His work has been recognized by various universities and governments. He has been awarded sponsorships from the City of Geneva, and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.
In 2012, he started HyCity.in, the Internet-based citizen-driven governance observatory for the Hyderabad city.
Dilip has also served as the Vice President of Save Bombay Committee and Prakruti, nonprofits in India.
'Voter India' Initiative
Since mid-2013, Dilip Sankarreddy started the 'Voter India' initiative with the belief that the healthy voter lists is one of the prerequisites for a vibrant democracy. Daily door-to-door voter verification, new voter enrollment and online submission of new voters' registration forms are the key activities of the initiative. Currently a pilot project is being executed in the Malkajgiri Assembly constituency where thousands of new voters are being enrolled by the daily door-to-door activity from morning to evening by the 'Voter India' team.
He is leading the Lok Satta Party in Malkajgiri Assembly constituency in Hyderabad. He is also a member of the National Steering Committee, the highest body of Lok Satta Party.
Logo of 'Dilip for Malkajgiri' campaign
In 2012, Dilip quit his professional job in the U.S. and relocated to India to start his electoral campaign and thus lead by example to inspire the best and the brightest to enter Indian politics. His sustained electoral campaign in the Malkajgiri constituency starting from 2012 towards 2014 Assembly elections with a broader goal to strengthen clean politics has caught the attention of political and governance experts. He believes that the greatest tragedy of the current Indian politics is the lack of public participation in political donations and he is attempting to run a formidable electoral campaign that is funded by the people. In March 2013, he was invited to speak about his campaign at the Harvard India Conference 2013 which is organized by the Harvard Business School and the Harvard Kennedy School at Boston, United States.
He led People For Lok Satta, the international political organization based out of the U.S., as a member of the founding Executive Board and as the Vice President - Finance in its first elected Executive Board from 2009 to 2012. He was instrumental in building the organization and driving various fund-raising activities.
He has written two poetry collections, Song of a Bard and Other Poems (2005) and Wanderings with Poetry (2007).
He hails from Andhra Pradesh, India. He is a Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science from PES Institute of Technology, Bangalore and a Full-Time MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.