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For over 20 years, Deepa has been dedicated to working with organisations that are committed to social justice, want to create meaningful change in the world and want to do things differently. She has held senior roles at sustainability, global communications agencies as well as international development organisations and most recently was COO for Catalyst 2030, a global network of social entrepreneurs and their allies working for systems change through the co-creation of collaborative solutions.
Deepa's worked across sectors and themes; extractives with human rights and environmental issues, FMCGs with complex supply chains, developed strategies for investment vehicles wanting to establish sustainable livelihoods, trained government officials and IGOs, and advised those thinking about how they can transform their operating models to be capable of competing in a sustainable world.
She thrives when working with people who want to create the businesses, organisations and movements of the future. It's when enterprise models can be used to effectively meet social, economic and environmental challenges that she comes into her own. This isn't something that can be done alone so bringing together unlikely partnerships, exploring inclusive business models, understanding the role of blended finance mechanisms, creating mission-driven enterprises and facilitating the transformation of corporate operations all form part of the process to creating the magic needed for lasting change. Cutting across sectors means Deepa's well placed to be a breaker of barriers and is someone who can get things done.
Deepa has also worked in India, helping set up a social investment fund promoting enterprise formation and sustainable livelihoods in Gujarat and has also mentored social ventures across the country. Coupled with her time at university in Spain, she is a speaker of both Hindi & Spanish which she likes to break into at any opportunity.
Committed to doing the best for clients, she's known to be demanding but Deepa's also been called a friend by people she's worked with and a fixer of problems. If it involves a G&T or a chai along the way, so much the better.
Deep & Meaningful was founded by Deepa Mirchandani
Founding Trustee, Initiative Earth.
Member, The Conduit
Published paper: How social enterprise is creating a vital, and necessary market in India. (Spanish: Temas Journal, January 2018)
Read thoughts, musings and insights from events, books, podcasts & projects here.
Regenerative Agriculture & Systems, Terra Viva (2022)
Regenerative Leadership, Regenerators Academy (2020)
Inclusive Business & Value Creation, HEC Paris
MSc. Comparative Politics (Latin America),University of London
BA(Hons) Politics & Spanish (2:1), University of Sussex
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