Prerana Langa is the CEO of YES FOUNDATION, the social development arm of YES BANK - India’s Fifth Largest Private Sector Bank. Prerana holds the distinction of being the key member to set up YES FOUNDATION from ground up with a vision to build an empowered and equitable India. She has been responsible for providing strategic direction and leading the overall growth of the Foundation.
The Foundation’s programs are a prime example of bringing innovation to the development sector and taking it to scale. Prerana has also developed programs to promote Media for Social Change, Youth Social Leadership, SDG Communication and Social Entrepreneurship.
The flagship program of the Foundation, YES! i am the CHANGE (YIAC), launched in 2013, is a nationwide mindset transformation program to inculcate responsible youth citizenship through the impactful medium of films. The films made as part of the Challenge are invaluable communication resources used by Non-Profits for advocacy, resource mobilisation and volunteer mobilisation. Under Prerana’s leadership, YIAC emerged as the World’s Largest Social Film Movement in 2015. In a short span of four years, the Foundation has engaged with over 1.5 million youth across 2500 cities and towns pan-India.
In 2018, the renewed model of YES! i am the CHANGE aims to empower Non-Profits, Social Entrepreneurs and Start-Ups by providing them with access to grants and intensive mentoring to build and sustain innovative and scalable social projects over a period of 3 years.
Through the YES FOUNDATION Media for Social Change Fellowship, a 2- month high impact program that provides high potential youth an opportunity for intensive and sustained engagement with social issues, the Foundation has developed socially conscious youth leadership amongst 258 young minds and maximised social impact of 120 NonProfits.
Prior to this, Prerana was part of the founding team of the ICICI Foundation, the social development arm of ICICI Group. She led the CSR wing of ICICI Group and worked towards empowerment of low-income Indians.
Prerana Langa has professional experience of over 20 years, working on a wide range of social programs including education, health, financial inclusion, environment, youth leadership and capacity building of civil society, with organisations such as YES BANK, ICICI Bank, Hindustan Unilever and other corporates in India.
She has been a regular speaker at various industry forums and an advisor to social enterprises. She is passionate about social issues, volunteers with Non-Profits and mentors many young leaders.
Prerana holds a Masters degree in Business Management. She also holds a Diploma in CSR and Sustainability, awarded as part of the prestigious Swedish Institute Management Program by the Swedish Government and is an alumni of the World Bank & Harvard University South Asia Institute Executive Development Program in Corporate Social Responsibility.