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Unleashing the power of alternative data to transform India’s battle against malaria Too many malaria cases, too little data Today, India is fighting one of its toughest battles against malaria. With a malaria prevalence rate 1.5 times greater than that of Southeast Asia, India accounts for over 67% of malaria cases in the region. What’s even more worrying, however, is that this…

Today hedge funds use alternative data to shape their investments. Why can’t organizations use it to shape their own future? In the fall of 2015, Chipotle (an American food chain famous for its massive burritos) was rocked by a series of health scares. From August to December, norovirus and salmonella broke out in 19 locations across California, Massachusetts and Minnesota. The…

Girish Mathrubootham, Founder and CEO of Freshworks The one area of business where data is separating the winners from the losers at the fastest clip is the race to understand customer behavior. Across sectors, data is increasingly seen as the most potent weapon in the battle for customer acquisition and retention. Little wonder that from likes and shares on social…

Anu Acharya is founder and CEO of MapMyGenome India, a Hyderabad-based genomics company. GenomePatri, its flagship product, helps you discover your genetic predisposition – what diseases you are likely to get, for instance – by profiling your gene makeup. The vision: “Better Health through Technology”. Acharya, who is an alumnus of IIT Kharagpur and the University of Illinois and holds…

Debjani Ghosh, Intel’s Vice President, Sales and Marketing Group, and Managing Director, South Asia, is one of the region’s most prominent technology evangelists. Under her leadership, the Santa Clara, California-based chipmaker has evolved into a key strategic ally of the Indian government’s digital literacy and innovation programs. Ghosh says data-driven decision making is important because data busts myths about received…

From solving hard business challenges with IBM’s emerging markets strategy division to tackling complex civic problems as the Sub-Divisional Officer (Civil), Rangia, Kamrup District, Assam, Kailash Karthik’s career is a study in contrasts. As a young bureaucrat, Karthik says he was sold on the power of data and technology in aiding efficient decision making. But his journey so far has thrown up…

Sustainable development for rural India, in terms of both policy and practice, has become one of the toughest problems to solve for our times. Development Alternatives, a renowned research and action organization, has been creatively engaged in this sector for 33 years. Through its different nonprofit and for-profit social enterprises, the DA Group strives to deliver “socially equitable, environmentally sound…

“Do schools get their money?” This is one of the key questions which drives the PAISA (Planning, Allocations and Expenditures, Institutions: Studies in Accountability) project at Accountability Initiative (AI). Tracking financial flows in the Indian social sector for research and advocacy can be a challenging. To understand the role of data in advancing transparency and accountability, we spoke to Ms.…