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Sudeep Mohandas (he/him/his)

Sudeep Mohandas (he/him/his)

Sudeep’s career has included working with government, corporate and the nonprofit sectors. He was one of the founders to the Malaysian AIDS Foundation (MAF) and has been a council member and Life Member with the Pure Life Society (underprivileged childrens’ orphanage). Sudeep had a career span of 14 years working for the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in Malaysia and Switzerland. He was responsible for strategic planning, implementation of strategy, operations, and management in the areas of Human Resources, Fundraising, Financials, and Projects related to sustainability, relevance and resilience.  From 2014-2020, he set up his own global nonprofit consultancy, I First International working on projects in Kyrgyzstan, Tanzania, Indonesia, India, Nepal, England and Netherlands.

Sudeep’s notable achievements during his career have been in winning the National HR Award for best HR Employer in 2002, an editor to the book on Careers in Conservation, as well as an author of three books What Influences the Generation Y to join a Nonprofit Organization? & Nonprofit Management: Trials and Tribulations and Nonprofit Management: Connecting the Dots. Sudeep’s postgraduate degrees are in Human Resource Management at Hawaii Pacific University, USA where he received a distinction; and from HELP University, Malaysia where he was the first DBA Doctorate program graduate. He is an Alumnus of Harvard Business School and is certified as a Professional Facilitator from the International Association of Facilitators (IAF). He received his certificate from Harvard University in Strategic Management and Governance Leadership for the non-governmental organizations.

He served as the Board Member and Treasurer to the World Institute of Action Learning (WIAL), USA for four years and completed his term as the Vice Chair and Advisor to the IAF Malaysian Chapter. He served as a Board Member to Amnesty International Malaysia and is active with Amnesty International USA, Maryland Chapter. He was identified three years consecutively as Marketing in Asia Top 100 LinkedIn icons from 2018 – 2020. He was an Adjunct Professor to the Swiss School of Management, Italy where he was a supervisor for a DBA student through to the successful completion of her Doctorate in 2020.

Currently he is serves as a volunteer to, USA where the impact of his work helped more than 5000 students in 2021. He also contributed to realizing over $20K in savings to nonprofits across the globe by working for He is a committee member of the International Social Services (ISS)-USA and is an Adjunct Professor to Towson University. He coaches young children soccer on a part-time basis.

He has many management tips, sharing of knowledge, podcasts and YouTube interviews that are available.  He speaks and writes in English, Malay and Indonesian.  His mother tongue is Malayalam.  He resides in Maryland, USA with his wife, and has two adult children.

Sudeep can be contacted at