Founder and CEO of Propel Labs
Dheeraj Batra is the Founder and CEO of Propel Labs, a Design and Innovation Consulting firm. Propel leverages HCD to help organizations accelerate their innovations to market and address their toughest challenges. Propel accomplishes this by going end-to-end – from helping conceptualize and define the idea to executing it in the field.
Dheeraj is also the Co-Founder and Director of Arogya Finance, a revolutionary financing venture that lends to those cannot afford to pay for their healthcare expenses. Arogya has developed a proprietary methodology that allows it to evaluate the credit-worthiness of and lend to people who do not have access to traditional means of financing. These hard to reach individuals- those who lack a credit history, formal proof of income, collateral, etc.- still comprise the vast majority of the Indian demographic.
Prior to Arogya and Propel Labs, Dheeraj helped IDEO establish its India presence and also served as its Head of Business Design. Before that, Dheeraj focused on building businesses in India as a Director at Innosight Ventures. At Innosight, Dheeraj was a key architect and led the on-the- ground implementation for Healthy Heart for All. This nationwide initiative for Medtronic in India has amassed tremendous success and is now a subject of an HBR case study.
Dheeraj holds an MBA from the Wharton Business School and BS degrees in both Finance and Computer Science from the University of Maryland. He works and lives in Hyderabad with his wife and their two children.