Anjali Balakrishna

Age: 26
Home Town: Memphis, Tennessee
Education: B.A. in American Studies (Yale University)
Specific Field Interests: Environmental Conservation and Sustainability, Youth Development, Urban and Rural Planning/Development, Product, Service, and Experience Design
Placement: Frontier Markets in Jaipur, Rajasthan
Area of Focus: Livelihoods

Fellowship Project: Create a distribution model that is cost effective and efficient in providing rural households with access to clean energy products through a network of rural women entrepreneurs.

Highlights: Anjali is serving as an American India Foundation (AIF) Clinton Fellow with Frontier Markets in Jaipur, Rajasthan. For her Fellowship project, she is creating a distribution model that is cost effective and efficient in providing rural households with access to clean energy products through a network of rural women entrepreneurs. Anjali graduated with a degree in American Studies, where she focused on how the design of the build environment—from school buildings to housing developments to monuments—shapes culture and society. While at Yale, she launched a consulting practice that paired Yale business students with undergraduate organizations to improve their strategy, infrastructure, and ultimately, impact. For the past five years, she helped grow The Future Project—a non-profit organization focused on helping young people develop the purpose and agency to build a better future for themselves. After wearing a variety of hats at the organization, Anjali found her professional passion as the company’s vice president of innovation, leading teams to incubate and launch new products, programs, and services to increase reach, quality, and economic sustainability. Inspired by her time working with young people, Anjali plans to devote the next phase of her career to pursuing this purpose through environmental work—developing clean and sustainable products, services, and systems that will ensure that we have a healthy planet for our young people to inherit. Through the AIF Clinton Fellowship, Anjali is excited to dive into the world of clean energy and rural empowerment, reconnect with her Indian heritage, and spend time with her grandmothers who she hasn’t seen in years.

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Coming Home in COVID

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A Guide to Designing Your Life and Work for Crisis

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Seeking Solutions in Crisis: A Social Enterprise Navigates COVID-19

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The “Other” NGOs: Pursuing Profit for the Social Good

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Tech Enabling the Last Mile: India’s Rural Development

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The Reverse Indian Diaspora: Indian Americans Going Back to the Motherland

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