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Lakshmi Iyer


Lakshmi brings hands-on experience managing corporate social responsibility and employee engagement in India. She also brings grassroots experience in program design, implementation, and facilitating cross-sector collaboration to solve social problems related to economic development and human rights.

As a director at FSG, Lakshmi combines her social sector experience with rigorous data-analysis and perspective, as well as FSG’s strategic frameworks, to enable clients to make effective decisions and create social impact. Lakshmi has worked on numerous engagements advising multinational companies on designing and implementing shared value and CSR strategies. She co-authored a paper on Shared Value in Emerging Markets for the Rockefeller Foundation.

Lakshmi also brings deep experience in helping corporate clients understand how to evaluate the social and business impact of their work. She participates in the design and implementation of traditional and innovative approaches to evaluation in the philanthropic sector. Her work at FSG focuses on a range of social issues, including economic development, financial inclusion, global health, and entrepreneurship. Representative clients include Cisco, The Rockefeller Foundation, The Houston Endowment, and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, among others.

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.


  • 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)


  • Net Impact


  • 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.”