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Lakshmi Iyer



 
Associate
lakshmi.iyer@fsg.org

Overview

Lakshmi brings hands-on experience managing corporate social responsibility and employee engagement. She has also worked with nonprofits, government institutions, and international development agencies on diverse issues such as human rights, juvenile justice, and developing multi-stakeholder partnerships.

Role at FSG

At FSG, Lakshmi is eager to utilize and hone her analytical and strategic skills to help organizations become more effective in solving social problems. In particular, Lakshmi is looking forward to working with private sector corporations to help them create shared value by achieving goals of the bottom line while also developing creative solutions to global social problems. She is currently conducting research and analysis on the landscape and opportunity of shared value for the Rockefeller Foundation.

Before FSG

Before FSG, Lakshmi managed the strategy and implementation of corporate social responsibility for an Indian multinational, the Mahindra Group, where she implemented community development projects in education, health, and environment across the country and also managed a successful employee engagement program for 40,000 employees. She began her career in the nonprofit sector where she mobilized funds for a national helpline and outreach service for children called Childline. Equipped with a background in social work, she has worked directly to grant rights to victims of human rights violations, bring systems in place in juvenile-justice institutions, and provide livelihood skills to marginalized youth in India. More recently, she worked with the United Nations in their Office for Partnerships division and the World Bank’s Financial and Private Sector Development division where she conducted an analysis on the impact of allowing 100% Foreign Direct Investment in the Indian retail sector.

Education

  • Master in Public Policy, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
  • Master in Social Work, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (Mumbai, India)
  • Bachelors in Management, University of Mumbai (Mumbai, India)

Affiliations

  • Net Impact

Languages

  • Hindi
  • Tamil
  • Marathi

On Working at FSG

"My experiences in India allowed me to see, first-hand, the impact that public policies, the private sector, and funding institutions have on private lives. At FSG, I have the platform to consistently keep that ground-reality in perspective, while I work with my colleagues on designing strategies for long-term change and social impact. I feel honored to work in an organization filled with passionate, smart, and yet humble individuals whose goal is to constantly think of solving some of the most challenging social problems across the world."

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