Vishal co-founded Dream A Dream (www.dreamadream.org) along with 11 others, in 1999. Post his graduation and three years in the corporate sector with Xerox and Technology Holdings, Vishal moved from Investment Banking to Dream banking by taking over the reigns of Dream A Dream in 2002. As the Executive Director, he is involved in the vision achievement, strategic direction and management of Dream A Dream.
Dream A Dream is an 15-year old professional organization that is working on empowering children from vulnerable backgrounds by developing life skills and at the same time sensitizing the community through active volunteering leading to a non-discriminatory society where unique differences are appreciated.
Under Vishal’s leadership, Dream A Dream has grown to impact the lives of over 50,000 young people in 15 years through the active support of over 2000 volunteers. Dream A Dream is today acknowledged as a professional organization doing some innovative work in the area of life Skills development amongst children from urban slum communities and setting very high-standards of transparency, accountability and impact. Dream A Dream was the regional finalist (south) at the India NGO Awards 2008, 2010 & 2013, Has been a winner in 2012 and a runner-up at the Outstanding Annual Report Awards for 2009 and 2010 and was a Global runner-up at the Japanese Award for Most Innovative Development Project hosted by the Global Development Network.
Vishal is an Ashoka Fellow (www.ashoka.org) and Eisenhower Fellow also sits on Boards of Unltd India and Bangalore Cares and is an advisor to The YP Foundation and Center for Social Initiative & Management (CSIM). He has represented Dream A Dream at many national and international forums including as an “Architect of the Future” at the Waldzell Meetings – A Global Dialog on Inspiration at Austria, and as a delegate of the International Visitor Leadership Exchange Program hosted by the Department of State, United States. Vishal also mentors many start-up NGOs