Manu Sharma is the Ottawa Community Foundation’s Director of Social Enterprise Development and works with social purpose organizations seeking to shift their strategy to improve their bottom line, generate innovation, and increase their social impact.

Manu is an engineer by background, technology entrepreneur by choice, and community activist at heart. He has over 19 years of experience in building multiple technology start-ups, encouraging entrepreneurs, supporting community betterment initiatives, and facilitating innovation relationships. Manu strongly believes in the power and purpose of social enterprises and social good.

Manu also currently serves in strategic advisory roles with Centre for Social Enterprise Development, Youth Ottawa, Mindtrust Leadership Development Program, Future of Good, Junior Achievement Ottawa, and is a member of College of Reviewers with Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE).

He holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics & Communications Engineering, a Master of Engineering in Computer Engineering, a Master of Business Administration, and a Diploma in International Trade from the Forum in International Trade (F.I.I.T). He is a past recipient of Ottawa’s Forty Under 40 award, City’s Immigrant Entrepreneur Award, Startup Canada’s Mentor Rock Star Award, and a proud alumnus of the Governor Generals Canadian Leadership Conference.

Manu is passionate about international relations and global politics. He is a voracious reader, with a preference for non-fiction. He enjoys watching team sports and loves travelling to experience unique cultures and cuisines. He is committed to helping make this world more equitable and loves working with socially minded problem solvers.