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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Regional Manager – Sankalp Forum, Intellecap
As Regional Manager for Sankalp India, Shruti is responsible for expanding Sankalp Forum in India and South Asia and ensure value creation for social enterprises and the ecosystem at large.
Shruti has more than 8 years’ experience in managing Business Development and partnerships for large social sector organisations like Hindustan Latex Family Planning Promotion Trust (HLFPPT) and Futures Group International India Pvt. Ltd.(now the Palladium Group). She hasled various high value capture efforts and is well versed with bilateral and multilateral organisations like USAID, DFID; foundations like BMGF. Shruti is adept at securing partnerships with corporates, non-profits and academic institutions for large social impact programs. She has deep understanding of various social impact models and has managed successful point-of-view forums, policy dialogues and dissemination workshops in her previous roles.
Shruti holds a Masters degree in Social Work from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, India and a bachelor’s degree from Delhi University.
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Senior Associate – Sankalp Forum, Intellecap
Prior to joining Intellecap, Rizki worked as the Head of Sustainability and Micro Credit Analyst at Koperasi Indonesia Sejahtera (Welfare Indonesia Cooperative), a micro-finance institution providing both financial and capacity building access in rural Indonesia. In 2013, he also interned with VentureWell, a joint initiative by Village Capital and NCIIA Ventures supporting technology innovation and entrepreneurship in universities and colleges based in Boston, Massachusetts – United States. From 2011 until 2014, he was appointed as a Member of Advisory Board at Satoe Indonesia, a non-profit organization he led as President in 2010 – 2011 that plays an intermediary role by providing access to financing, marketing and mentoring to SMEs in Indonesia.
Rizki holds a Master’s degree in Social Entrepreneurship from Hult International Business School, London – UK and a Bachelor’s degree in Management from Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia.
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Associate – Sankalp Forum, Intellecap
Responsible for marketing and communication, Smriti makes sure that the outreach of Sankalp Forum and its various summits is galvanised through a variety of channels and mediums.
Having been in the marketing space for over 4 years now, her ambition is to find new, innovative ways to drive strategic organisational growth and branding through Digital Marketing & PR.
Prior to Intellecap, she worked with AIESEC – a youth run organisation – where she handled operations and quality control for the United States chapter and marketing and public relations for the Indonesian & Indian chapters. She has also worked with MTV India and LinkedIn.
Smriti studied in Sophia College, Mumbai where she majored in English Literature.
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