NYU Student Organizes Vikram Akula Talk

The microfinance pioneer will speak Tuesday evening near Bryant Park

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Author, investor and microfinancier Vikram Akula will speak on Tuesday Nov. 14 near Bryant Park. The event, which will begin at 6:30 p.m., has been organized by NYU senior Micaela Mangot.

Akula, who was placed on TIME magazine’s top 100 Most Influential People in 2006, will speak about his life, career and his 2010 book, A Fistful of Rice.

“Akula is a superstar, has a highly acclaimed book on the market, and is releasing a new book this year,” wrote Mangot in a statement to NYU Local. “His start-ups, both SKS Microfinance, which was originally a startup, and Vaya, were both worldwide successes.”

Akula served as executive chair of SKS Microfinance — a company that provides loans to impoverished communities — from 1997 until 2011. He now serves as chairman of India-based VAYA Finserv, which, according to Bloomberg, links customers to banking services.

“Akula has a global perspective, which is extremely valuable, and something I believed people needed to learn from,” Mangot added.

Mangot said she initially thought of the idea for the event after reading about Akula’s life in his 2010 book.

“I was automatically both inspired and intrigued by such an influential person,” she wrote. “His success, book, and personal story, aligned with my interests in social entrepreneurship, business, technology, and of course, startups.”

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