WHY WE DO IT
Across the globe, inequality is growing. Despite the rapid economic growth we have seen over the last two decades, a majority of people remain excluded from its benefits, without access to basic goods and services or opportunities for employment and regular income.
From the impact of climate change on livelihoods to weak market linkages for small farmers, whether a lack of access to drinking water or poor quality education, we have learned that traditional solutions – top down and designed to last a project cycle – are not working.
We believe that entrepreneurs and companies can pioneer inclusive business models by creating affordable products and services for the poor and even by engaging them as employees or suppliers for their business activities.
Unlock Impact partners with businesses and NGOs, government and civil society, to design and deliver inclusive and sustainable solutions that tackle poverty. We help create and implement models that are scalable and measurable. Partner with us to take action now.
WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT
Specialisation and expertise
We get the right people for the right job
Simple, customer-centric solutions
Homegrown tools and methodology
Who We Are
Aditi believes in the power of stories and work that helps those who need it the most, and that there is true inspiration where the two meet.
She is a communications and marketing expert with 15+ years of experience in building strategy, executing and managing communication and marketing programmes and teams, with emphasis on content creation, facilitating events/ workshops and driving growth.
She has worked as a journalist with publications like India Today and Daily News & Analysis (DNA) before handling brand and communications for various organisations including Villgro, where she also worked with the portfolio companies. She is also a Facilitator with Stanford Seed, a programme that helps leaders of SMEs around the globe transform and scale their businesses.
She is based out of Goa, land of the soothing palm trees and sunny beaches, in India.
Priya grew up around elections and constituents, which shaped her passion for listening to people and put a fire in her to create solutions. Priya spent the last 10 years in the development sector, from reporting on urban development to public policy and finally arriving in the impact investing sector. Priya served as the Head of Incubatee Support and Human Capital at Villgro an early stage impact investor in India, for three years, supporting social enterprises that are building solutions for the poor. Previously, she ran India’s only Legislative Assistants program with PRS Legislative Research in Delhi, where she also tracked performance of the Parliament. She has also worked with non-profits and consulted for DFID in London.
Priya is the co-founder-CEO of Villgro Philippines, an early-stage incubator in the Philippines, which she set up in early 2017. She is also a leading inclusive business consultant in Southeast Asia. These days you can find her mentoring and training impact entrepreneurs in Manila, when not exploring the beautiful beaches around the Philippines.
Our team of consultants
Preeti is a generalist with over 18 years experience across a diverse spectrum of functions including business operations, marketing, team management, recruitment, research and streamlining processes. With a background in Economics (Masters from GIPE, Pune) and a PGDM (SCMHRD, Pune), Preeti has worked with both global teams in MNCs as well as local startups to help them scale and grow. She loves to travel and is now learning her way around the art of wheel-thrown ceramics.
Preetika Soni is a freelance communication consultant with over 12 years of experience in different media sectors – from news production at NDTV 24×7 (Mumbai) to teaching at the Social Communications Media Department, Sophia Polytechnic and currently, working as a content writer, transcriptionist and social media strategist. With a varied skill set of technical to theoretical knowledge acquired during her career, she is able to adapt and understand the needs of any project at hand. Her idea of ‘taking a break’ is to spend hours caring for her plants (be it in sweltering heat or pouring rain) or getting entangled in wool with a crochet hook in one hand, weaving a new project.
An editor and content creator, Amina has a deep love for the written word, is fascinated by the power of social media and is a wordsmith with a quirky twist. An alumni of Mount Carmel College, Bangalore with Communicative English as her major, Amina has been involved in diverse activities ranging from Advertising, Hospitality, Publishing, Voice Overs to Social Media Management. She is passionate about creating meaningful, fun content that is relevant and easy to consume. An extrovert at heart, Amina is a curious explorer and a die hard foodie. She lives a nomadic service life moving every few years around the country with two kids and two cats in tow. A feminist at heart, and non conformist by nature, she feels strongly about the injustices and inequalities in the world and does her bit to make it a level playing field for everyone.
Preeti majored in Economics and then pursued a Diploma in Mass Communication from Mumbai University. However, her convent education in the hills of Darjeeling instilled in her a love for classics literature. It is this combination of a research driven analytical mindset along with a love for stories that Preeti brings to her role as a ‘corporate storyteller’. Preeti’s foray into freelance content creation was an organic extension of her 6-year long career in PR and IR for listed Indian companies. As a communication professional, Preeti has the experience of working on a variety of formats across different segments, with writing C-suite industry/thought leadership articles being her personal favorite. Apart from her two kids, Preeti loves to go on long runs, read books on World War II and spend some alone time in her small balcony.
Sumeet has specialised in advertising during her graduation in mass media from Mumbai University and later delved deeper into marketing with an MBA from Symbiosis International University. She’s worked with Radio and Television in the past, handling marketing and sales profiles. For the last decade, she has taken on the role of a freelance content creator handling blogs, social media content and advertising for her clients in varied fields like nutrition and hospitality.
Johanna is a visual designer with experience in designing reports, websites, social media materials, etc. She was a program manager at Villgro Philippines and has led the Gender and Inclusion work, particularly the WE Rise program. She also supported the companies under the clean energy, agriculture and healthcare portfolio of Villgro and led its ecosystem building activities. Prior to this, she was part of the operations team of a mobile wallet company in the Philippines. Apart from being a visual designer, she is also working with an edtech startup to develop a platform providing STEAM learning activities for Filipino children.
Swapneel is passionate about social change and improving lives at the base of the pyramid. He manages the overall operations at Dost Education (reviewing program design and effectiveness, user growth, implementation partnerships), and previously led the Technology team at Dasra with projects involving building the org website (www.dasra.org), managing the CRM instance on Salesforce, compiling org-wide annual budgets, designing dashboards to track operational indicators and more.
Prabh is an investment & growth advisor with a decade of business development, commercial negotiation and strategic investment experience in the financial services, energy (LNG) and infrastructure industries. With a background in Economics & Mathematics from Colby College and an MBA with Distinction from INSEAD, France, Prabh is passionate about helping businesses articulate and execute their growth strategy. He is also an early adopter technologist and loves exploring new places.
Anindita is a freelance communications professional having worked across the diverse fields of PR, social media and corporate communication, in the last 10 years. A product of Delhi University and Symbiosis International University, she has worked with different companies such as Good Relations India, Adfactors PR, National Centre for Performing Arts, Mumbai and Prana PR. She considers herself a jack-of-many-trades and is always trying to master at least one. Always on the lookout to learn, adapt and grow both personally & professionally, she also takes storytelling wokshops for the comunity kids.
Her happy-go-lucky demeanour combined with her love for the Queen’s language steered Tahasin towards a degree in journalism and mass communication. After enjoying a short stint as a reporter in the print media, Tahasin found her calling in the world of editing. During her career as a language editor, Tahasin has edited everything from blogs to books. A self-proclaimed fiction fanatic, when she is not lost in reading, Tahasin is busy doing work she does best: helping her clients bring out the best in their writing.
Aditi Chopra has more than a decade of experience in writing and publishing. She has worked with Routledge (Taylor & Francis), Sage Publications, Roli Books and Cactus Communications. Before publishing, she worked as a counselor for almost two years with Salaam Baalak Trust and Fortis Hospital. Armed with a degree in sociology from Lady Shri Ram College, and a degree in psychology from Jamia Milia Islamia, Aditi is currently a full-time mother and part-time writer, editor and communications consultant. Aditi enjoys travelling and food. An amateur artist, she often sketches and paints to unwind. She’s trying her hand at Amigurumi nowadays.
Sneha is a former journalist, now educator and marketing communications specialist with 14 years of experience working with design, home decor, real estate, fintech, lifestyle and luxury brands. At work, you will always find her tipping the scales between free-flowing creativity and streamlining processes. Nonetheless, she thrives on the challenge of fresh storytelling, the chaos of writing and rewriting a brand’s identity (till perfected), the craft of collaborative strategies, and the art of fine-tuning processes for the best possible outcome. Previously, Sneha has handled marketing and communications at Godrej Properties and Jaipur Rugs. Her journalistic experience includes writing and editing extensively for publications like ELLE DECOR (where she was Editor for a few years), exchange4media, Brown Paper Bag, Femina, The Hindu, Hindustan Times, Tweak India, to name a few. When not at work, you will either find her coaching senior working professionals on effective communication and writing strategies, or teaching Fashion Criticism and Writing, and Leadership and Soft Skills to undergrad students at Istituto Marangoni.
Devika Malik is a Public Policy and Communications consultant with close to a decade of experience working in research, advocacy and journalism. She has developed cross-functional insights by working directly with Members of Parliament and at think tanks like PRS Legislative Research as well as the Economist Intelligence Unit. She has also worked on Parliamentary Development with the United Nations.
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