Vishnu Swaminathan

Chief Operating Officer

Vishnu, a lifelong entrepreneur, is Seeds of Peace’s Chief Operating Officer. He has been a consultant to various international organizations and is founder and director of the Nourishing Schools Foundation and Indian Housing Federation.

He has brought several ideas to life over his professional career, both in the for-profit and non-profit worlds. Earlier in his career, he co-founded two internet technology companies in Singapore. Both companies were based on ideas ahead of their time: artificial intelligence and machine learning as well as a fin-tech business. One of the companies was acquired in the early 2000s, and he discovered his deep interest in social development after that.

Later in his exploration of the non-profit space, he worked with Ashoka as a Leadership Group Member for over a decade and led multiple teams across South Asia, South East Asia, and at Ashoka’s global offices.

His work on affordable housing enabled the creation of over 15,000 homes across India and became a separate organization he co-founded called the Indian Housing Federation. Similarly, his work on malnutrition led to the creation of the Nourishing Schools Foundation.

He is passionate about creating large-scale social change using hybrid business models.