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Chief Executive Officer

Kate leads Upaya's global team, overseeing the organization's strategic direction and advocating for its work worldwide.

Experience: Vittana, Unitus, Global Philanthropy Group, Towers Perrin

Education: MBA, UCLA Anderson; BA, Stanford University

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Sachi Shenoy

Chief Impact Officer & Co-Founder

Sachi oversees Upaya’s investment strategy, social performance, and thought leadership for the industry.

Experience: JP Morgan, SKS Microfinance, Unitus, Price Waterhouse, Smith Barney

Education: MBA and BA, University of Chicago



Country Director, India

Amit leads the efforts in identifying, coaching and investing in early-stage companies across India.

Experience: Clean Cookstoves, Ennovent, Ziqitza Healthcare                

Education:  MBA, Hult International Business School; BE, Mechanical Engineering, R.V. College of Engineering


Anuradha Jayaraman

Senior Associate, Business Development

Anuradha provides business advisory support to Upaya portfolio partners with a specific focus on financial management and planning.

Experience: Microsoft, PwC

Education: MBA, Indian School of Business


Amit Choudhary

Associate, Financial Management

Amit provides finance and compliance support to Upaya's LiftUP Project portfolio partners, and also oversees accounting and regulatory reporting activities for Upaya's India operations.

Experience: Sanjay Mehta & Associates, Pyramid Consultants & Services Private Limited, Jain Ritesh & Company

Education: CA, The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India; MA, DAVV Indore

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

Experience: Cipher-Plexus Capital Advisors, Salat Investments, Equitymaster 

Education: B.Tech, IIT Kharagpur

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Sue Chappell

Finance & Compliance Specialist

As Upaya's Finance and Compliance Specialist, Sue  manages the organization's accounting, financial management, and regulatory reporting activities.

Experience: Children's Institute for Learning Differences/ CHILD, Unitus, Springboard Alliance 
Education: MBA, Finance and International Business, University of Washington.

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Heather Soehn

Marketing and Communications Manager

Heather oversees Upaya’s website, social media presence and communications calendar. She also manages Upaya’s newsletters, fundraising events and press coverage.

Experience: Masterworks, Douglas Shaw and Associates

Education: BA, Augustana College


Daphne Delaski

Development Associate

Daphne supports Upaya’s social performance assessments and manages donor relations.

Experience: Vibrant Village, Pencils of Promise, EGBOK

Education: MPA, University of Washington's Evans School of Public Policy