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Dr. Audrey Selian

Founder, Artha Networks Inc.

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Director of Artha Impact

Audrey Selian currently serves as Director of Artha Impact associated with Rianta Capital Zurich, and has been with the group since 2006.  She has been active in the impact investing sector since that time, and has been deploying equity capital directly to high impact companies in India primarily serving the ‘last mile’ across sectors including energy, livelihoods, water, agriculture and health. She is also founder of Artha Platform, an online impact investment platform in India designed to tackle the information asymmetries and economics of discovery and due diligence around high impact small and growing businesses.

Impact Investing

Audrey Selian currently serves as Director of Artha Impact associated with Rianta Capital Zurich, and has been with the group since 2006. She has been active in the impact investing sector since that time, and has been deploying equity capital directly to high impact companies in India primarily serving the ‘last mile’ across sectors including energy, livelihoods, water, agriculture and health. She is also founder of Artha Platform, an online impact investment platform in India designed to tackle the information asymmetries and economics of discovery and due diligence around high impact small and growing businesses. Through its associated vehicle Artha Networks Inc. co-founded in 2012, the platform tool has been licensed to various entities and networks (including development banks, investor networks, and investment houses) and is actively being tested for deployment in a range of sectors and geographies. Audrey is also a co-founder of the Impact Hub Yerevan and is an advisor to the Halloran Philanthropies. As an offline counterpart to the online platform, Audrey is also founder of ImpactforBreakfast.com, an informal club comprised of socially motivated investors and advisors currently convening in 15+ cities, active today with several thousand members.

Management Consulting

Audrey has a background in management consulting from PricewaterhouseCoopers, and her entrepreneurial experience includes several years spent in business development, marketing and sales at an NSF-funded software start-up called Wireless Grids Corporation.

Audrey holds a PhD in Technology Policy & Development Studies from The Fletcher School at Tufts University, as well as degrees from the London School of Economics (MSc) and Wellesley College (BA). In 2003-2004 she was a doctoral fellow at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government at the National Center for Digital Government.

Trusted Advisor

She currently serves as a trustee for several non-profit organizations, sits on the board of a number of portfolio companies and serves/or has served on advisory/investment committees for groups including Impact Hub Global, Ashden, Volans, Connect2Grow, Argidius and LGT Impact Ventures.

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additional presenters

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Michele Hunt

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David Cooperrider

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