Age: 26
Home Town: Mumbai, Maharashtra
Education: Chartered Accountant, ICAI; BCom/MCom, University of Mumbai
Specific Field Interests: Livelihoods, Gender, Sustainable Development, Education
Placement: ASRA Samajik Lok Kalyan Samiti in Dewas, Madhya Pradesh
Area of Focus: Innovation, Livelihoods

Fellowship Project: Develop a replicable business model to enhance livelihood opportunities for women in rural Madhya Pradesh through dairy farming. Assist with the documentation of case studies to inspire stakeholder action.

Highlights: Urvashi is a Chartered Accountant (CA) and a budding development professional. Her career has been a combination of her skills in finance and her passion for social impact. Prior to the AIF fellowship, she was a Senior Associate in the partnerships team of ‘Haqdarshak’ - a social enterprise that uses technology to connect citizens with government welfare entitlements. Previously, she also worked in the statutory audit function at KPMG, Mumbai where she reviewed financial statements and tested internal controls of public and private limited companies. Over the past few years, she has volunteered as a music teacher at low-income schools in Mumbai to facilitate holistic learning experiences. She also led fundraising initiatives at ‘ARISE Impact’, a volunteer-driven NGO working to support college students with disabilities in Delhi. Having made the transition from the corporate sector to the development sector less than 2 years ago, she considers herself lucky for the insights she has gained on formal business processes as well as on challenges faced in implementing social impact solutions at scale. She looks forward to defining problems, brainstorming innovative solutions, and working with stakeholders to implement them. She finds joy in music, painting and nature.

Posts by urvashi.suraj

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Beyond a Checkbox – The Strategic Role of Impact Measurement

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Centering community voices

When I moved to Dewas in October last year, I was apprehensive about how I […]

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Adapting to Different Work Cultures as an Introvert

As humans, we have an innate desire to fit in, feel accepted and seek a […]

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Exploring the Benefits and Market Viability of Vermicompost

Manure is a well-known type of compost, particularly in rural areas where it is referred […]

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Reflecting on Trainings for Rural Women in India: How Can We Ensure Effective Outcomes?

Soon after joining my host organization as a Banyan Impact Fellow, I had the opportunity […]

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Exploring a career switch to the development sector in my 20s

    At 15, in the midst of all the hullabaloo around picking a stream […]

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