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Kate is a fierce believer that global poverty is not inevitable and that market forces and individual resolve are some of the sharpest tools available to us in that fight.

For the past several years, she has held leadership positions in international development organizations providing financial services and access to higher education to millions of the world’s poorest citizens. She served as Chief Operating Officer for Vittana, directing strategy for stimulating student loan markets in developing countries and later served as a consultant and board member disseminating the learnings from that organization.

Prior to Vittana, she held a range of executive roles at Unitus, a microfinance accelerator. She is a founding Board member of Upaya Social Ventures and served as its Chair and Treasurer prior to joining the staff.

In addition, Kate has consulted independently with a range of nonprofit organizations and social businesses. She is a frequent speaker on social entrepreneurship and the intersection of markets and mission at business schools and conferences.

Kate holds a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from UCLA Anderson.

 

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Sachi Shenoy has a decade of experience in developing social enterprises to meet the needs of the poor and ultra poor, designing and implementing field interventions, and conducting social performance evaluations and investment advisory for a variety of organizations throughout Asia. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Upaya and on the Advisory Board of the Chicago Booth Social Enterprise Initiative (SEI). Her work has been featured in Wall Street Journal – India and the Stanford Social Innovation Review. In 2014, she was named to the Puget Sound Business Journal's "40 Under 40" list, an honor that "spotlights the top business leaders under the age of 40 who excel in their industry and show dynamic leadership." 

Sachi spent three years at Unitus, where she most recently served as Director of Global Programs and led the Social Performance Management Implementation Project (SPM IP) and Sorenson / Unitus Ultra Poor Initiative. Prior to Unitus, Sachi served as Area Manager at SKS Microfinance Pvt. Ltd., leading the organization's entry into the New Delhi urban microfinance market. In 2005, Sachi authored the business proposal for the SKS Ultra Poor Program, designed to uplift rural, destitute populations. Sachi has also worked at New York-based CDVCA, where she evaluated seed-stage social enterprises and constructed investment recommendations for its Central Fund; JP Morgan Chase, where she worked in the Sales & Trading division; and Price Waterhouse LLP, where she served as a management consultant for the financial services industry.

Sachi holds a B.A. in Economics and an M.B.A. in Finance and Entrepreneurship with High Honors from the University of Chicago.

 

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Amit is passionate about working with early stage social entrepreneurs who
are trying to solve global development challenges through a market based
approach. Amit currently is the India Country Director for Upaya and leads the efforts in identifying, coaching and investing in early-stage companies across India. 

Prior to joining Upaya, he led the enterprise development efforts at Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves for clean cooking entrepreneurs around the world by providing grant funding and capacity building support.

Amit was instrumental in setting up the start-up vertical at Ennovent India, and headed the operations of Pepal & Palma Interface that created shared value models by engaging NGOs and Corporates across India. He also headed the marketing, communication and business development at the Acumen invested social enterprise – Ziqitza Healthcare which provides medical emergency services across India.

Amit continues to work on his passion by acting as a mentor to number of early stage social entrepreneurs and guiding teams/individuals who are interested in taking up social entrepreneurship. He holds a BE from R.V. College of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from Hult International Business School.

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Sreejith brings to Upaya over 12 years of experience in SME promotion and incubation, entrepreneurship, retail, emerging markets, and financial inclusion. Most recently, Sreejith was the Co-Founder and Managing Director of ROPE International, a premium brand of natural, handmade lifestyle products from renewable materials. Today the company creates employment opportunities for over 1,000 rural artisans through its village cluster model, and wholesales its products to a variety of well-recognized domestic and international retailers.

Prior to his work with ROPE, Sreejith was part of the TeNeT Group, IIT Madras team where he held senior roles including the lead of a rural artisan training project to popularize village internet kiosk-based ICT tools, and another as operations head of a rural BPO start-up. Before joining TeNet, he was a Senior Associate, Business Incubation with the Villgro Innovations Foundation where he screened and conducted due diligence of entrepreneurs in the dairy and livestock sectors. During his time with Villgro, he also lead the implementation of the organization’s Innovations to Market Program where he created marketing tie-ups with established micro-finance and development organizations. Sreejith began his career with the DHAN Foundation, working with rural self-help groups on microfinance and natural resources management issues and worked as managing director to a leading federation of self-help groups promoted by DHAN Foundation.

Throughout his career, Sreejith has also worked as consultant to a number of international organizations including Business and Finance Consulting GmbH Zurich, Women on Wings, the Sir Ratan Tata Trust, and Simpa Networks. He received his B. Tech (Mechanical) from the Government Engineering College Thrissur in Kerala and Post-graduate Diploma in Development Management from Tata-Dhan Academy, Madurai in Tamil Nadu.

 

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Anuradha joins the Upaya team as a Senior Business Development Associate. She is a Chartered Accountant and an MBA from the Indian School of Business.

Prior to joining Upaya, she worked at Microsoft in a Financial Planning and Analysis role, which involved driving analytics, budgeting and strategic planning initiatives for the business.

Before this role, she worked at PwC where she led teams in performing external audits of companies belonging to diverse industries, and handled financial reporting, taxation and internal controls and compliance. 

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Amit brings experience in accounts, finance, taxation and audit to Upaya team. He is a chartered accountant and holds a masters in commerce from Devi Ahilya University, Indore, India.

Prior to Upaya, Amit worked with M/s Sanjay Mehta & Associates, Indore as an associate and played a key role in corporate financing and provision of related services to a number of infrastructure projects financed by banks and financial institutions. Before this Amit worked with Pyramid Consultants & Services Pvt Ltd as a financial analyst in corporate financing domain after completing his articleship at M/s Jain Ritesh & Company engaged in providing accounts, taxation and auditing services to a number of clients.

Amit is part of a team that provides financial management technical assistance to portfolio companies of Upaya and will also handle accounts and finance of Upaya Social Ventures India Private Ltd.

 

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Vinay is a 2017 graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur. He has great interest in the field of impact investing and is very passionate about making a difference in the lives of poorest of the poor. He completed an internship with Upaya Social Ventures during one of his semester breaks and joined Upaya full-time after finishing his college. He also had internship stints at investment banking and equity research firms during his undergrad years.

As an associate and Upaya, Vinay provides support to Upaya's accelerator program and investments. He is also responsible for the impact measurement of the existing portfolio partners.

Vinay's former experience includes working with Cipher-Plexus Capital Advisors, Salat Investments and Equitymaster. He holds a bachelor of technology degree from IIT Kharagpur.

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Sue Chappell has been active in the finance and accounting profession in the local and global nonprofit sector over the past twenty-five years. In addition to five years at Unitus, she has also worked in education, homelessness and affordable housing. Prior to focusing on nonprofits, she worked in the corporate finance departments in the banking and real estate development industries. 

Sue holds a BA and an MBA in Finance from the University of Washington, and is a retired CPA.