Shalaka is the Gender Lead, South Asia for the International Finance Corporation (IFC), where she works on gender in the private sector across eight countries. She brings 18 years of global leadership experience in early-stage investing, social venture, financial inclusion, entrepreneurship, livelihoods and market-based solutions to poverty in emerging markets.
Shalaka’s social enterprise career began with UNICEF, where she worked on micro-planning and built alliances among the public, private, and non-profit sectors. She also worked with Ashoka, a global association of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs. Her private sector experience includes work at ICICI Bank, India’s largest private sector bank, where she led efforts to connect private sector partners to the Bank’s initiatives in health, education, and microfinance. She also served as Managing Director of Unitus Impact (now Patamar Capital), an early-stage fund that supports the growth of scalable livelihood ventures in Asia. Prior to that, she served in multiple leadership roles at Toniic, the world’s most active network of portfolio investors, where she supported ventures and funds across 28 countries and led the network’s expansion into the Asia-Pacific region.
A Chevening scholar and an Aspen Global Leadership fellow, Shalaka serves on the Boards of Toniic Global, the IEF Entrepreneurship Foundation and UnLtd, India. She is based in Mumbai, India and enjoys poetry, travel, and dance.