Can impact investing change the future of your organisation?

November 15, 2018

Kartik Desai

Executive Director, Asha Impact

Kartik leads Asha Impact, an impact investing and policy advocacy organisation operating a multi-family office for Indian business leaders and philanthropists to jointly invest in social enterprises and engage with the government. He has led investments into and serves on the boards of start-ups across housing, financial services, waste, education and technology. Kartik is a board member of the Impact Investors Council, co-chair of the ANDE India Learning Lab on SME Finance, member of the PM’s ‘Champions of Change’ group of young CEOs and member of Niti Aayog’s working group on ‘Housing for All’ and ‘Swachh Bharat’. Kartik is the founder of QNA, an open-data polling platform on social issues and worked at two impact funds before Asha - Lok Capital and Aavishkaar. He previously worked with Merrill Lynch in its investment banking and private equity groups before getting into impact investment in 2007.