PRIYA NAIK

PRIYA NAIK

PRIYA NAIK

Founder and Joint Managing Director at Samhita Social Ventures Pvt Ltd

Priya set up Samhita Social Ventures, a social enterprise that builds partnerships between companies, donor organizations, government agencies, NGOs and social enterprises to co-create innovative solutions and scale evidence based approaches, to maximize social impact.
Prior to setting up Samhita Social Ventures, Priya co-founded The Spark Group, an education incubator that delivered affordable, high quality education to low income communities in India.
Priya’s interest in social entrepreneurship began when she worked as a Researcher at the Poverty Action Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, USA. At MITPriya was part of two student-led start-ups that won several innovation and business plan competitions at MIT.
Priya has worked as a consultant with the International Finance Corporation in four countries in Africa. She started her career at Arthur Andersen in Mumbai. Her career is an interesting fusion of on-the-ground grassroots solutions through enterprise and strategic consulting experience with established companies.
Priya has graduate degrees in Economics from Yale University, in Public Policy from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and in Commerce from Mumbai University where she stood first in the University. She also completed an Executive Education course from Harvard Business School.