Experienced International Development Consultant offering more than 20 years of experience in business development and program design for not-for-profit organizations and social enterprises. I have a proven record in securing funds to support high-impact initiatives and is proficient in designing and implementing customer-centered programs in rural and urban settings. I am passionate about my work with economically disadvantaged populations, believe in the innate entrepreneurial qualities of the poor and am constantly searching for innovative solutions to global problems. My work has spanned 17 countries in Asia, Africa and Central America with issues ranging from land rights for the poor, rural education, medical technology design for base-of-pyramid markets, reduction of maternal and neonatal mortality and community adaptation to climate change.
Ten years of my career were spent in the Executive Director role where I have a proven record in alliance building, resource generation, strategic planning and organizational leadership. Over the last three years my clients have included academic institutions like MIT’s D-Lab, private sector social enterprises like Medeem, impact investment groups like Beyond Capital, funders like Nike, Open Society Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundations and large international NGOs such as Concern Worldwide.
Before I began consulting, I was Executive Director of International Development Enterprises USA (iDE), an influential non-profit organization focused on income generation for poor rural farmers in Asia, Africa and Central America. During its 27 year life cycle, IDE has increased the income of 3.5 million families who were living on less than one dollar per day.
I have spoken at conferences nationwide, am an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder and have taught classes on social entrepreneurship and working with the poor in universities such as Harvard Business School, Stanford, MIT, University of Colorado, University of Denver and New York University.
Zenia Tata, Inc. is linked to a larger network of practitioners and is able to bring in specific expertise as necessary to suit the individual requirements of our clients.