Dr. Audrey Selian serves as Director of the Artha Initiative associated with Rianta Capital Zurich, an investment advisory to the Singh family trust. Artha is focused on impact investment in early growth stage enterprises in India.
Audrey is also founder of the Artha Platform, an online impact investment community that is designed to tackle the economics of due diligence around high impact, small scale SME opportunities in India. This platforms has currently been spun into a separate entity called Artha Networks Inc (ANI), designed to license the core technology to support similar networks beyond India. She works in an advisory capacity to Halloran Philanthropies and has been active in the impact investing sector since 2006. She has a particular interest in small sustainable businesses in emerging markets, and has focused on building a portfolio and helping find ways to galvanize like-minded ‘impact’ investors working in “BoP” markets.
Audrey has worked as a consultant/sub-contractor for the ITU at the United Nations and USAID, in areas ranging from e-government research and analysis, to trends in telecomms, national/local innovation systems, ICTs and human rights, to the evolution of 3G mobile standards. She has a background in management consulting from PricewaterhouseCoopers and her entrepreneurial experience includes several years spent in business development, marketing and sales at an NSF-funded software start-up called Wireless Grids Corporation. She currently serves as a trustee for several non-profit organizations, and holds a PhD in Technology Policy & Development Studies from The Fletcher School, as well as degrees from The London School of Economics and Wellesley College. In 2003-4 she was a doctoral fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.