Priya is the co-founder and CEO of Villgro Philippines, an early stage impact investor and incubator that funds, mentors and support for-profit social enterprises that are building solutions to impact the poor.
Priya served as the Head of Incubatee Support and Human Capital at Villgro Innovation Foundation for over three years, supporting innovative early stage social entrepreneurs in India. She led post-investment support for portfolio companies and pioneered Villgro’s Mentoring program and technical assistance initiatives to support these innovative entrepreneurs.
Prior to Villgro, she worked as a public policy practitioner in New Delhi with PRS Legislative Research, working closely with Members of Parliament. She led India’s only national legislative assistants Fellowship, where she managed and trained two cohorts of Fellows; she also monitored activities of the Parliament and state Assemblies and published statistical analyses on their performance. Through her work in India, Priya has been instrumental in infusing high quality talent into the social impact and policy sector, by recruiting over a 150 young individuals over the last 6 years.
She has also worked in London as a researcher and campaigner against arms trade, and as a consultant with DFID, connecting young British nationals to development projects around the world. She started her career as a journalist in Bangalore, where she covered urban development and poverty issues.
Priya holds an MA in International Relations from the University of Warwick, a post graduate diploma in Human Rights Law, a diploma in Journalism and an undergraduate degree in Commerce.
Currently, Priya serves as a Steering Committee Member to the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) East and Southeast Asia and as an advisory group member to DFAT’s Frontier Innovators.
These days you can find her mentoring and training impact entrepreneurs in Manila where she is actively involved in the social impact ecosystem, when not exploring the beautiful beaches around the Philippines.