Rajamanohar Somasundaram uses his entrepreneurial skills to address global inequalities through technological innovations. The company which Raja founded and runs, Hexolabs Interactive, develops grounded technological solutions for the rural masses. His vision continues to grow with his current role heading Socialabs, a Hexolabs Interactive spin-off that advises non-profits/social businesses on technology foresight and appropriate technology development to reach out to marginalised groups across the world.
Raja’s impressive social entrepreneurship has been deservedly recognised: his team was named among the TR35 - TOP 20 Young Innovators in India and won ‘Social Innovator of the year 2012’ by MIT Tech Review India for the development of speech-enabled mobile solutions for the Indian market; he became a ‘TED Fellow’ in 2009 for his accomplishments in ‘Mobile4Good’ initiatives in emerging markets; World Economic Forum recognised Raja as a ‘Young Global Leader in 2012’; and in 2016, he was offered a Draper Hills Fellowship at Stanford's Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law.
He also co-founded Aqua Connect, South Asia’s largest aqua farmers’ network. Aqua Connect champions the United Nations ‘Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs)’ and supports Aqua farming communities on sustainability goals, technology transfer, and training.