Sankalp Forum, an Intellecap Initaitive, aims to influence the global inclusive development discourse through its work with entrepreneurs, impact investors and inclusive businesses in developing markets. Keeping entrepreneurs and the social impact that they create at its core, Sankalp engages Governments, corporations, influential platforms like the G8 and G20, media and civil society to drive a paradigm shift in inclusive development approaches. Sankalp’s global Summit, held in India annually, brings together over a 1,000 of these engaged stakeholders from around the world to discuss, debate and create a roadmap for development. The Forum expanded to Africa in 2013, and is actively looking to engage with other developing markets in Asia. Since its inception in 2009, it has connected over 400 enterprises to investors and funders, and built an engaged community of over 23,000.
Director – Sankalp Forum, Intellecap
As the Director of Sankalp Forum, Aparajita is focused on building the Forum as the leading convener of dialogue and outcomes for inclusive development globally. Sankalp’s Global Summit in India and regional Summit in Kenya and Indonesia (upcoming) are all convening that see participation of over a thousand practitioners and leaders on market-led development, impact investing, social entrepreneurship and South-South collaboration.
From 2004 until 2012, she led Intellecap’s Knowledge & Research practice and is now focused on building Sankalp as a global convening Forum. Aparajita has around 14 years of relevant experience in the development sector on initiatives to further financial inclusion, social entrepreneurship and impact investing. She is often a facilitator and speaker on social entrepreneurship and impact investing at Indian and Global events. Her work has also been featured through extensive media coverage. She currently serves on the Steering Committee of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE). Prior to Intellecap, she worked at CARE India on initiatives around microfinance and livelihoods in the underserved states in India. She holds a management degree from the Indian Institute of Forest Management (IIFM), India.
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Associate Director- Sankalp Forum, Intellecap
As Associate Director, Priyank is directly responsible for the expansion of Sankalp Forum and its ecosystem into South East Asia. He is also involved in various initiatives to further develop the Forum as a leading inclusive development-convening platform across the 3 regions: India, Africa and South East Asia.
Priyank comes with around 11 years of diverse experience in leading B2B marketing initiatives, market entry consulting projects, and strategy & business development engagements. Prior to joining Intellecap, he was managing corporate marketing for South and West India at the country’s 4th largest private sector bank, YES BANK. Previously, he worked at KPMG across marketing, business development and M&A Tax consulting roles in India, and established the India-Korea Consulting Practice at KPMG in South Korea to promote cross border investments.
Priyank holds a post-graduate diploma from the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA), India and a bachelor’s degree in commerce from Christ College, Bangalore, India.
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Regional Lead – Sankalp Forum Africa, Intellecap
Kanika is a development professional with over 7 years of experience in inclusive markets across emerging geographies. She has experience in cause marketing and building collaborative communities to support entrepreneurs and young leaders.
Kanika has been part of the core team managing Sankalp Forum, a global multi-stakholder platform that recognizes and celebrates high impact entrepreneurs through the Sankalp Awards and enables collabroation and network linkages with key stakeholders through the Annual Sankalp Summit.
She has been responsible for initiating Sankalp Forum in Africa and has successfully delivered 2 annual summits and enterprise award programs. She is responsible for managing the overall delivery of the Sankalp Forum, managing grants from key strategic funders like DFID, Shell Foundation, FMO and Doen Foundation. She also manages relationships with all key stakeholders in the East African market including government/quasi government agencies, corporations, investors and advisors. As part of her enterprise engagement responsibilities, Kanika was responsible for sourcing and conducting early due diligence on high potential social enterprises from Africa and India and creating an environment conducive to their growth with capacity building for investment readiness as the key focus area.
Prior to Intellecap, Kanika worked as an Account Planner at the international advertising agency TBWA. Kanika has a Bachelors degree in Marketing and Communications from Osmania University in Hyderabad and a Diploma in Corporate Law from London School of Economics.
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Regional Manager – Sankalp Forum Africa, Intellecap
Arielle has over 8 years of international community development experience working with non-profits and for-profit social enterprises in Washington, DC in the United States, Nairobi and Kaloleni in Kenya, and Bangalore and Mumbai in India. She has experience in consulting, fundraising, business development, and capacity development for social enterprises. Currently with Intellecap, she focuses her time on supporting Intellecap’s enterprise initiatives as well as partnership-building, and investment matchmaking.
She has successfully built relevant forward linkages for enterprises through structured mentoring and capacity building program development. She is the Africa work stream lead for Sankalp Forum and is based in Kenya. She is also responsible for identifying, onboarding and managing partners for Sankalp Africa and currently manages relationships with donors and investors, large multinational corporations, incubators,; and facilitates partnerships between them and the Sankalp Africa enterprises
She has an undergraduate degree in anthropology from the Catholic University of America and a certificate in Social Enterprise from the Monterey School of International Studies.
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