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Smita leads the Clean Energy and Climate Change Portfolio and Programs at Social Alpha. Social Alpha is an initiative to strengthen the science and technology start-up ecosystem in India with a focus on “lab to market” enablement. Supported by Tata Trusts and Govt of India, the Social Alpha architecture integrates the innovation, incubation and investment ecosystems and allows for an effective mechanism for allocating resources to mission driven entrepreneurs.
Working in the energy access ecosystem for more than 12 years, she has closely worked with and advised social enterprises, not-for-profits, philanthropies and private and public sector agencies in designing and implementing evidence-driven strategies that accelerate and sustain social impacts. Passionate about catalysing large-scale yet inclusive social change through responsible investments and honest engagement with the primary stakeholders, Smita is a believer in market-based solutions and a strong advocate of better contextualized solutions, intended to include women and other on-the-margin population categories. Her ability lies in unpacking the intersectionality of people, systems and processes. Smita has a significant body of work at the grassroots as well. Having worked on executing programs for organisations such as TERI, Sambodhi, Ashden India Renewable Energy Collective (AIREC) and Tata Trusts, she also possesses experience in policy advocacy, social enterprise mentoring and designing effective impact pathways. Smita is also a Rockefeller Foundation Global Fellow on Social Innovation.