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Apoorv Kulkarni

Apoorv has established and drives the Accessibility & Inclusion track at The Ola Mobility Institute (OMI). OMI is a policy research think tank operating at the intersection of mobility, innovation and public good. He champions the rights of Persons with Disability and is working towards making the urban mobility ecosystem Universally Accessible. Before OMI, he was a part of Ola’s Product team and strove to make Ola’s customer app accessible. He also mentored the tech & design teams to improve the experience of the Driver Partners on the platform. In addition, he collaborated with the Human Resource teams that pioneered inclusive hiring in Ola and its group companies.

He is also a member of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry’s Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion, working to make corporate India more aware, sensitive and committed towards inclusive business practices. He is also on the Advisory Board of National Institute of Urban Affairs and supports their efforts to make urban environments accessible for the PwD. He routinely writes for the Financial Express, Business World, the Daily Guardian and other news publications to raise awareness around opportunities to improve urban transport accessibility.

A technologist at heart, he has a Master’s in Business Administration from the Prestigious Stanford Graduate School of Business where he was a Stanford Reliance Dhirubhai Fellow. He is also a Chartered Accountant by training.

He has a diverse range of experience working across three continents. He started his career with KPMG where he led consulting teams on some of India’s largest Financial Institutions including ICICI, HDFC, HSBC, Citibank etc. He has also held various roles in Business, Product in early stage start-ups.

As a person living with low vision, Apoorv has first-hand witnessed how technology breaks down barriers for persons with disabilities. Motivated by his life experiences, he is committed to improving accessibility of urban mobility.