We currently have over 250 members on board consisting of HNIs and funds having a board range of expertise, investment preferences, and appetites.
Reena Mithal is the founding Partner of Delhi-based Sankya Partners. She has over 17 years of experience in the finance sector spanning the United States, Singapore, and India. Prior to setting up Sankhya, Reena was co-founder, President, COO and a Board Member of CreditSights Inc. Read more about Sankhya partners here.
Most recently, Reena was co-founder, President, COO and a Board Member of CreditSights Inc., an independent research company providing credit research, capital structure analysis and investment recommendations to over 900 global institutional investors worldwide. At CreditSights, Reena led the Risk Products group in New York and subsequently moved on to spearhead the firm’s business development strategy in the Asia-Pacific region. Prior to CreditSights, Reena has worked at Putnam Investments, Deutsche Bank, and Lehman Brothers in Emerging Markets Strategy and Corporate Bond Research. Reena is also a Board Member of Collegiate Charter Schools in New York where she has worked closely with the administration of the Uncommon Schools Network and the city’s Board of Education to set up schools for low income students in Brooklyn, New York.
Reena completed her PhD in Economics and Finance from Columbia University in 1996. She also holds an MALD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tuft’s University, an MA in International Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University, and a BA in History from St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi. Reena is currently in the process of setting up an impact investment fund in India.
Reena talks to I3N about Sankhya’s goals and how I3N can contribute:
Who is Sankhya Partners?
Sankhya Partners is an investment, research and consulting firm that work with social enterprises to grow their businesses by providing investment capital, strategic advice and opportunities for market alliances with established corporations.
What sectors are you most interested in?
I am interested in working across different sectors including Training and Skill development, Healthcare, Energy and Waste Management and Agribusiness. Our work involves creating partnerships across all these sectors and allows us to learn about best practices and opportunities across the board.
What are the main challenges you see in the ecosystem for early stage impact enterprises?
The need to scale while maintaining focus and a sustainable business model is a major challenge as enterprises have to manage the fine line between growth and social impact. Management also has to balance the push towards short-term exit strategies with their business priorities which generally requires a longer-term view.
How can I3N help resolve some of these challenges and further facilitate early stage investments?
I3N can educate social entrepreneurs on the realities of the investor mindset so that they can think through the tradeoffs before they come to the market for funding. I3N does an excellent job presenting new opportunities to investors – a quarterly review of enterprises by sector and potential new entrants will be helpful for investors to gain perspective on the evolution of the market.
At I3N, Reena has invested in rural skill training enterprise Head Held High and informal workers skill development enterprise LabourNet' before 'Reena talks to I3N about Sankhya’s goals and how I3N can contribute'