Prior to co-founding Opportunity@Work, Mr. Chopra was the co-founder and director of GADCO (Global Agri-Development Company), a vertically-integrated agri-food business engaged in the production, processing and marketing of basic food products in sub-Saharan Africa backed by global
investors (incl., Acumen, Root Capital, Deutsche Bank) and institutions (incl., World Bank, Syngenta AG). He co-led the company from business plan to building and operating the largest rice farm in Ghana, developing a processing center and launching a packaged food brand that contributed to domestic food security in Ghana and impacted the livelihoods of smallholder farmers.
Karan is also the co-founder of WAVE (West Africa Vocational Education), a social venture tackling youth unemployment in Nigeria and backed by leading venture philanthropy groups. WAVE is empowering West African youth with industry relevant skills and access to jobs while improving outcomes for employers. Prior to this, Karan was at McKinsey & Company where he was awarded the social sector fellowship. He advised clients across sectors (Fortune 500, governments, leading philanthropic organizations) primarily on market-based and scalable solutions for broad-based economic development and on U.S. education. Prior to this, Karan was a software developer with Siemens.
Karan holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering with highest honors from Georgia Tech and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School with high distinction graduating as a Baker Scholar. Karan was named in the 2014 list of Forbes 30 under 30 Social Entrepreneurs by Forbes magazine and selected as a New Voices Fellow at the Aspen Institute.
Real Talk, Real Solutions: A Panel on Solving Tech's Diversity Issues
We are all aware that the tech sector has a problem with diversity. It's time to talk about solutions.