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DB Prabhu

CEO at Respose Waste Management and Research Pvt Ltd

Mumbai, India

Dwarkanath Balkrishna Prabhu, generally known as DB Prabhu was born in 1972 in the small dusty village of Islampur. He completed his engineering degree from PVPIT, Sangli and went on to get a masters degree from IIM Bangalore, one of the best educational institutions in India. At IIM Bangalore, he conducted extensive research on multiple areas of social impact such as education quality improvement, technology interventions for maternal health, systems and processes for public health centres, environmental issues and poverty problems. He published several papers in both Indian and International levels on social entrepreneurship, rural development and environmentally sound business models.
Prabhu is a rare combination of knowledge and experience in social and environmental entrepreneurship and the digital transformation of businesses.
He has an experience of more than 20 years in the IT industry as a strategist, business-technology consultant and IT optimization specialist and another 10 plus years in social and environmental entrepreneurship. After this successful career in IT, Prabhu jumped into entrepreneurship to follow his passion for environmental amelioration and poverty alleviation. He is the founder of Respose Waste Management and Research Pvt Ltd - a company dedicated to cleaning the environment and ensuring the holistic wellness of fellow beings. Respose became the first company in India to develop and install an e-waste recycling plant of completely Indian make. For this effort, Prabhu was decorated with the ST Tasker Award by Marathi Vidnyan Parishad for socially impactful business in 2012. In 2013, he was awarded the gold medal for innovative research by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India along with Lockheed Marn and Texas University. He is also the recipient of several other awards from All India Council, World CSR Council and other such institutions.
In addition to his current job as the CEO of his company, he also works as a mentor for startups in the environmental and technology space. He is also a corporate trainer and a distinguished speaker at various events related to recycling, green business, digital transformation, management control systems, strategy and entrepreneurship.
Apart from this professional background, Prabhu is also a writer and poet. He has published a novel on romance fiction, a book on poetry, and non-fiction books on how to start an e-waste recycling business, ideas in environmental entrepreneurship and on self-improvement for managers and entrepreneurs. His dream is to enable at least 100 new environment centric businesses, help in greenifying at least a 1000 traditional businesses and help in architecting practical, affordable, customer-centric data-driven solutions for empowering businesses.

Available For: Authoring, Consulting, Speaking
Travels From: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Speaking Topics: Circular economy, green entrepreneurship, business transformation

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Company Type: Company
Business Unit: Manufacturing, Consulting and Corporate Services
Theatre: India
Media Experience: 3 years

Areas of Expertise

Business Continuity
Business Strategy 30.05
Climate Change
Digital Disruption
Digital Transformation
Emerging Technology
Entrepreneurship 35.33
Lean Startup
Startups 39.09
Sustainability 40.29
Change Management 30.05
Risk Management 30.16

Industry Experience

Industrial Machinery & Components
Metal Products
Professional Services

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2 Article/Blogs
Strategic Thinking for Startups and MSMEs
May 19, 2020
When survival is the challenge for most Startups and MSMEs, does the word 'Strategy' even sound relevant?

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Tags: Startups, Business Strategy

Counterview of Corona After-effects
April 19, 2020
While there are many speculations about how the world will change soon, this blog talks about why nothing could change. That is a possibility too...however remote it may be!

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Tags: Change Management, Entrepreneurship, Risk Management

1 Book
Recycle and Grow Rich!
July 16, 2020
e-Waste or WEEE is the fastest-growing type of waste across the world. The bad news is that it is one of the highest polluting types of waste as well. E-Waste is highly toxic if it is not handled carefully. The effects of mishandling can be disastrous.
The good news is that e-waste is the richest type of waste. The amount of recoverable metals and non-metals from e-waste is so high that it has emerged as a preferred source of metals over metal ore. Worldwide, e-Waste is a $ 5 Billion plus industry. That should signify the amount of money to be made in e-waste handling.
However, setting up an e-waste business is greatly different than setting up any other business. This book covers all aspects of setting up and running the business, including essential parameters of land identification, plant structure, team building, technology, processes, markets, risks, regulations, financials, sales strategy, growth strategy, and everything else.

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Tags: Startups, Sustainability, Entrepreneurship



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