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Kalyan Akkipeddi founded ProtoVillage in August 2010 to co-create the prototype of an abundant community through practice and demonstration, in a remote village called Tekulodu in the second driest and one of the poorest districts in India (Anantapur district, Andhra Pradesh). The village's focus is also on collaboratively building an open body of knowledge on how any community can organize itself for abundance. Protovillage was conceived after Kalyan quit his corporate job in early 2008 while he traveled across the length and breadth of India for about two and a half years. During this travel, he met, lived and shared space with people from diverse walks of life - from farmers to snake charmers, from fishermen to businessmen, from healers to seekers. His interactions with experts in various fields in general and his time with remote tribal communities of India in particular, gave him perspectives on a sustainable state of abundance. Kalyan started his corporate career with Hyundai Motor India in 2002, and ended it while at Genpact in 2008. He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Sri Venkateshwara University, Tirupathi (Andhra Pradesh, India), and an MBA from International Management Institute, New Delhi. Kalyan is a Fellow of the fifth class of the Kamalnayan Bajaj Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.