Shyam Gopaldas is the founder of Sanchit foundation, an India domiciled not-for-profit organisation (NGO) assimilating social impact initiatives both by him and other empathetic participants. It is Shyam’s first structured welfare oriented endeavour that provides for a platform for people to plug into for creating, unlocking and realising their social impact goals including charity.
Sanchit foundation is true to its meaning of the word, meaning accumulation, assimilation and a repository of good karma.
Shyam Gopaldas is a first-generation entrepreneur who dabbled in sunrise sectors for their times, making plum success within each one of them. Employing his inherent acumen for serial entrepreneurship with precision in identifying business winners; his enviable work-ethic was supported by rich interpersonal skills in problem-solving, networking, leadership, conflict-resolution and wit.
Shyam’s business interests historically included property development, cross-border trading, steel manufacturing and fruit farming. The highlight of his work as a developer was the successful completion of over 30 projects in both residential and commercial spaces. Since 2013 he has become a business angel with a portfolio of investments in gourmet & artisanal food, restaurant chains, e-commerce, cosmetics and organic farming. He has been committing time and resource into understanding the rapidly expanding technology ecosystem in India through regular attendance at conferences and industry forums with a keen eye for transformational opportunities. His next generation is scouting for newer investible ideas within Artificial Intelligence, Fin-tech, Defense manufacturing, Cosmetics and Superfoods. Departing from legacy family-run business dynamics, an embrace of professional managers and advisors across different fields is testimony to Gopaldas building a future-centric professionally run high-impact enterprise.
Quoting Shyam: “Challenges in Life come in three categories – Easy, difficult and impossible. If you choose the difficult and impossible then, success is just inevitable.”
The philanthropist avatar in him is quite driven by Ayurveda and naturopathy as healing and therapeutic modalities. He grows medicinal and aromatic plants at his farm and then dispenses proprietary herbal remedies with zero side-effects and high efficacy ex-gratia. His 65 acres of land in Hyderabad is also a growing field for pomegranates, bananas and sugarcane. Recognising the age old Indian system of “Gau Seva” he has assumed a patron role in making accessible products originating from cows to wider populace.
His untiring work for the Sindhi community has been rewarded with the “SINDHU RATNA” award. An active LION’s club member he also presided as the secretary for the Lions Club of Secunderabad - the oldest club in Hyderabad with permanent projects like an eye hospital, artificial limb center, senior-citizen homes for elders and an adopted school.
This philosophy is the driver for Shyam in engaging within sociable causes as evidenced by one of his dear-to-heart projects - the Aditya Charitable clinic run by the Youth Association, Secunderabad. This provided ex-gratia treatment to 150 patients daily. He also initiated an award in the name of his late mother with the recipients of this award being eminent people including the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman, Editor of the Illustrated Weekly of India, a Lok Ayukta (Ombudsman) and several other prominent personalities. These prestigious awards were conferred in the presence of Ex-Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee and former Deputy Prime Minister of India Shri Lal Krishna Advani.
Shyam holds active engagement with political honchos in India and diplomatic missions in the country. He has shared the dias with leaders such as Shri LK Advani, Shri Paul Andrews and Shri Ram Madhav; and has had the privilege to host celebrated people of the country below:
His philosophy to assimilate social endeavours by him and other patrons is aligned with his core belief that the pot of “sanchit karma” (accumulated karma) assumes a critical mass in making a difference in this world.
Shyam Gopaldas is the Founder of Sanchit Foundation NGO.