Priya Naik

Priya Naik Bio

Priya is the Founder and CEO of Samhita Social Ventures, a social sector consulting firm that collaborates with companies, government, and social organizations to strategize and implement effective social impact initiatives and create a ‘better normal’ for India’s most vulnerable communities and environments.

Samhita operates as a social sector consulting company that enables people and organizations to design and implement their corporate social responsibility (CSR) projects in India. The company develops CSR strategies, plans and implements CSR projects, conceptualizes and facilitates employee engagement, drives cause-related marketing campaigns, performs stakeholder needs assessment, and performs impact assessments of existing CSR programs; and manages awards and grants, prepares sector or industry-based research reports, partners implementation of models, facilitates events and conferences, and manages fundraising campaigns for donor agencies. .Samhita was founded in 2009 and is based in Mumbai, India.

Previously, Priya co-founded The Spark Group, an education incubator that delivered affordable education to low-income communities in India. She has worked with the International Finance Corporation, the Poverty Action Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and at Arthur Andersen. Priya has a master’s degree in economics from Yale University, a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a master’s degree (and a Gold Medal) in Commerce from Mumbai University. She also holds an Executive Education degree from Harvard Business School.

In 2020-21, in response to the COVID-19 crisis, Priya and Samhita led the front on livelihoods revival and healthcare response with two multi-stakeholder Alliances – REVIVE and India Protectors Alliance (IPA).

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