“ We would like to dedicate this honour to sections of society, who understood and helped us bring change in the way education functions and are perceived. ”
“ It is our belief that forums like these help in proliferating our initiatives to a wide audience and in promoting larger national interests. ”
“ The jury process was very organised and just the opportunity to present to a jury of that kind of eminence was a pleasure - winning was an icing on the cake! ”
“ This honour is an invitation to our partners to commit and to offer our best to the least of the society through Homelink / Missing Children Search Network program. ”
“ Nasscom Social Innovation Forum has helped us in achieving visibility and had a really positive impact. ”
“ The visibility that this award has created for us and the support and connects that it has generated is sincerely appreciated! ”
“ NSIF has provided us the much needed platform to take our idea to the world. ”
Prior to coming to India, Melissa was based in FSG’s Boston office, where her client engagements included determining the strategic value of donor-advised funds to US philanthropy, creating a shared value vision and strategy for a Chilean pulp and paper company, and leading dozens of US community foundations through activity-based costing analysis.
Prior to joining FSG’s consulting side, she contributed to the start-up and growth of FSG’s CF Insights division. As CF Insights’ Program Manager, she focused on issues of sustainability in both consulting engagements to individual foundations as well as
field-building activities. During business school, Melissa worked in India for the Ashoka Foundation, focusing on scaling their affordable housing efforts. During her time with Ashoka, Melissa also worked with a foundation in Bihar to define the Foundation’s theory of change to attract unrestricted funding for program growth. Melissa has also worked with the European Venture Philanthropy Association to execute the first benchmarking study of trends in the venture philanthropy landscape in Europe. Melissa began her career as a consultant and market researcher at a boutique firm in Boston, MA.
Melissa holds an M.B.A. from ESADE Business School in Spain, and a MS in Marketing Analytics and BS in Marketing both from Bentley University in Boston.