President & CEO, Board Member
Smita leads Gray Matters Capital as its President & CEO and Board Member. She believes in the transformational power of business models that blend profit with purpose. She loves to work with teams aligned to a common vision and currently serves on many boards including the India Board of Worldreader.
Smita started her career in 2001, with India's largest private sector bank, ICICI Bank. She was on the start-up team of transformational consultancy Volans (UK) that helps social entrepreneurs. She headed Research and Performance Management for Community Banking with Standard Bank (South Africa) and was the first employee recruited to the India office of Gray Matters Capital. She architected and led edLABS that provides very early stage funding to “visionary edu-preneurs” for the development of disruptive solutions to education problems and brought behavioral design thinking to GMC that led to the launch of Calibrator.
Smita has a degree in Engineering and an MBA in Finance from India and a Master's in International Organization from University of Geneva. She has lived and worked in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the US with for-profit and not for profit institutions.