Driving change in asia

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

Think Impact!

Specialisation and expertise

We get the right people for the right job

Simple, customer-centric solutions

Homegrown tools and methodology

Who We Are

Aditi Seshadri

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 Thachadi

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 Seshadri

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

Preetika Soni is 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.

Amina Azad

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 an level playing field for everyone.

Preeti Bansal

Preeti majored in Economics and then pursued a Diploma in Mass Communication from the Mumbai University. However, her convent education in the hills of Darjeeling instilled in her a love for classcis literature. It is this 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.

Sathya Bhavana Datta

Bhavana has been madhattering in the world of fashion media (thanks to bachelors in fashion + design & masters in fashion + journalism). Her love for words, and the understanding of weaving them with visuals deepened during her years as Features Editor-Fashion at Femina (lifestyle magazine with Worldwide Media Ltd.—Times of India/BBC). Where she generated fashion content PAN-India, Middle East, Srilanka, and Bangladesh via writing, editing, styling and curation. Later, she worked in different avenues — wrote over 300 journalistic pieces for print and digital media (The Hindu, Hindustan Times, Lonely Planet, Time Out, Travel+Leisure and others), built fashion content for brands, and taught fashion communication at universities. When not typing feverishly, you will find this wannabe-polyglot (speaks over six languages), studying saris and circularity at her Slow & Spiritual Fashion Research Lab Revastra, sketching creatures, practicing yoga, Ayurveda and pottery, doing origami with her son, and having an intimate love affair with snakes — been bitten a few times (wishes she was a Parselmouth!).

Swapneel Rane

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 Singh

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 Sharma

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.

Tahasin Atar

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.

Triansha Tandan

Triansha brings 14 years of experience in Communications Consulting and Learning and Development. Her work in editing and writing started with Mckinsey & Company and since then, she has been independently providing communication strategy and execution support to a number of social enterprises. She is a PCC-ICF certified coach who has designed and facilitated workshops and coached individuals and groups. Triansha has certifications in Hogan Assessments and Psychodrama, and training in improvisational theatre. She is a mother, a feminist, a sporadic fitness buff, a voracious reader and learner, an enthusiastic participant in improv jams, a great believer in meditation, and finds being in the kitchen therapeutic.

Manan Khurana

Manan Khurana is a freelance communications consultant. In the last 10 years, she has been a part of organizations such as KPMG, EY and International Finance Corporation (IFC) in various roles, strengthening internal and external communications, organizing thought leadership events and workshops, writing website copy for startups, Government clients and corporate clients and is undeniably  driven to work with, for-purpose organizations. When she’s not writing stories, she’s telling jokes, playing football or writing mediocre Instagram poetry.

Devika Malik

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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