Country Director, Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, India
As the Country Director of Michael & Susan Dell Foundation’s India operations, Geeta manages the strategy and implementation of the foundation’s work in India in two key areas of Education and Family Economic Stability. The Foundation is focused on transforming the lives of urban low-income communities through improved education, livelihoods and financial inclusion. Leveraging a suite of funding tools – grants, contracts and program-related investments (debt, equity and guarantees) – the foundation has committed over $250 million in India and has over 70 active projects in the country, which are all anchored around its core thesis of Impact, Scale and Sustainability.
Geeta has represented the foundation on several Boards of its investee companies, including Ujjivan, Janalakshmi, Swadhaar, Arohan, and Micro Housing Finance Corporation. She is also on the Investment Committee of India Educational Investment Fund and Education Catalyst Fund. Geeta served as Chairperson of the Impact Investors Council in India from April 2017 to March 2019. In 2017, she was nominated as India’s 30 Most Powerful Women in Impact by Business Today, and in 2020, she was nominated by Forbes India as the 20 Power Women Changing the Game.
Prior to this role, Geeta led the foundation’s Mission Investing work globally. The foundation has over 40 active investments, including some early-stage funds in India and in the United States. Before joining the foundation, Geeta spent more than 12 years with the corporate finance group of PricewaterhouseCoopers in India, advising large Indian and multinational clients on joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, business plans, and valuations. She is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Management (Ahmedabad) and Lady Shri Ram College (Delhi).