Indian American named winner of prestigious human rights award – Times of India



Deven Parekh, managing director of New York-based venture capital firm Insight Partners, has been selected, along with four others for the prestigious Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope Award for 2021. The award celebrates exemplary leaders across business, government, advocacy, and entertainment who have demonstrated a commitment to social progress and advancing human rights.
The citation of the award states that since joining the firm in 2000, Parekh has been a “vocal advocate for opportunity and inclusion, initiating efforts to promote women and minority leaders across Insight’s internal team, portfolio, and the wider software and investment ecosystems as a whole”. An Indian American venture capitalist, Parekh is a member of the board of directors for several institutions, including the US Development Finance Corporation, the council on foreign relations, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and premier health centre NYU Langone. He is also chairman emeritus of the board of Publicolor, a non-profit organisation focused on New York City public schools. In 2006, Parekh was named a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute, which seeks to develop the next generation of community-spirited leaders.
Since joining Insight in 2000, he has made more than 90 investments in enterprise software, data, and consumer internet businesses globally, including in North America, Europe, Israel, China, India, Latin America, Australia, and Africa.
His notable previous investments include Twitter (IPO), Duck Creek (IPO), eVestment (sale to NASDAQ), Alibaba (IPO), (IPO), Bullhorn (sale to Stone Point Capital), Buddy Media (acquired by Salesforce), Website Pros (IPO), Yext (IPO), Enverus (fka Drilling Info, sale to Genstar Capital), and Turnitin (sale to Advance), according to his official Insight Partners profile.
Currently, he serves on the board of directors for CoreLogic,, Diligent, IAD, Calm, Fanatics, Within3, PDI, Community Brands, Corvus, Vinted, Tetrascience, Chrono24, and Appriss. Other companies within his portfolio include Chargebee, Splitwise, BharatPe, and Automattic (WordPress).
In 2020, Parekh was confirmed by the US Senate to serve on the board of the US International Development Finance Corporation. He has also served as a member of the technical advisory council of the US Federal Communications Commission from 2011-2018.
The Ripple of Hope Award winners for 2021, united by their uncompromising integrity and resilience in striving for an inclusive America, have each championed the causes and concerns of the underrepresented and marginalized, the announcement by the New York based not-for-profit organisation said.
Along with Parekh, the other winners are poet Amanda Gorman; entrepreneur and author, Stacey Abrams; co-founder and managing partner of Clearlake Capital, José E. Feliciano; and chairman and CEO of Verizon, Hans Vestberg, the New York based not-for-profit organization announced last week.
“Their tireless efforts in service of the public good—from within global companies to the national political stage—reflect Robert Kennedy’s passion for equality, justice, and the power of individual action to establish meaningful reform,” the announcement highlighted.
US vice-president Kamala Harris will be the keynote speaker at a hybrid ceremony on December 9 to honour the five winners of the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope Award.
“We’re honoured that Vice President Harris and Amanda Gorman will join Stacey, Hans, José, and Deven in our Ripple of Hope Award ceremony for 2021,” said Kerry Kennedy, president of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights organisation.


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