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.