For close to 20 years, Deepa has dedicated her career 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 and global communications agencies as well as international development organisations before bringing her passions together and forming Deep & Meaningful - a consultancy focused on helping those that want to create lasting change.
Working across sectors and those with complex challenges, Deepa's worked with extractives with human rights issues, FMCGs with complex supply chains and those thinking about how they can transform their business models to be capable of competing in a sustainable world. She has written corporate sustainability reports, advised UN agencies, shaped investment funds and carried out government-level training for the World Bank. She has also worked closely with grassroots entrepreneurs on determining their operational strategy, measuring their impact and clearly articulating their purpose.
She thrives when working with change agents 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 achieved alone so bringing together unlikely partnerships, exploring inclusive business models, creating mission-driven enterprises and facilitating the adaptation and 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 spent some time working in India, helping to 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. Nothing light and fluffy, but definitely fun. 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.
Ambassador for Beautiful Corporations.
Co-Chair of Catalyst 2030 Private Sector Engagement Working Group.
Published paper: How social enterprise is creating a vital, and necessary market in India. (Spanish: Temas Journal, January 2018)
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Regenerative Leadership, Regenerators Academy
Inclusive Business & Value Creation, HEC Paris
MSc. Comparative Politics (Latin America),University of London (dissertation: The case for Democratic, Community Policing in Colombia: Lessons from a twinning project between Communidad 13 in Medellín, Colombia & Bradford, UK)
BA(Hons) Politics & Spanish (2:1), University of Sussex (dissertation: Ecological Debt; why the effects of radical industrialisation & environmental degradation need to be examined through an economic reparation lens)