THE EXECUTIVE TEAM
NAVROZE S. MEHTA
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Navroze Mehta is Founder & CEO of Mela Artisans Inc. (www.melaartisans.com). He co-founded Mela with his daughter Sonali Mehta Rao. Mela Artisans blends traditional handcrafting techniques with contemporary design in home and fashion to promote social uplift in artisan communities. Navroze is also Founder and CEO of Impact Medical Strategies. Impact Medical Strategies is dedicated to promoting technologies that can solve major global medical unmet needs. Its goal is to make widely applicable devices and health care services sustainable, affordable and accessible to all. Two initial areas of focus are point of care diagnostic markers for Ovarian and Prostate cancer.
Navroze received an MBA from Syracuse University and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Sydenham College at the University of Bombay, India. Navroze has been a member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO) for 20 years, is past chair of the Americas Gateway Chapter, and served as Regional Chair of the Economic Development Network. He is also a past member of the Ashoka Support Network (www.ashoka.org), a leader in the field of social entrepreneurship and has invested in several social impact enterprises.
SONALI MEHTA RAO
Prior to joining Mela Artisans as president, Sonali was vice president of Business Development at Missions Markets, an organization matching impact investors with social entrepreneurs, where she devoted her energies to business development and public relations. She has interned in the Corporate Social Responsibility department of Edelman, a global public relations firm, and has worked for a diverse group of social enterprises in India, Ghana and the U.S. These include Lumni USA, which offers educational holding to low-income college students; Intellecap Inc., a social-sector advisory firm based in Mumbai; and Microfinance and Economic Development Organization, a microfinance company in Accra, Ghana. Sonali also worked as a summer associate for Ashoka in Washington, DC and Mumbai. Sonali earned her BA in International Relations from New York University.
Chief Technology Officer
Bhavna is the Founder and Managing Director of Cinapse.io which provides IT strategy, governance and information lifecycle management services to Fortune 100 companies and the nonprofit sector. Combined with her background in management and technology consulting at Ernst & Young and Capgemini, Bhavna has over 16 years of diverse experience providing advisory services and leading cross-border teams in the evaluation, design, development and implementation of technology solutions. She is on the Board of Directors at Hollaback and has served on the operating committee of the New York chapter of TiE Global, a nonprofit global network established in 1992 to foster entrepreneurship and nurture entrepreneurs. Bhavna received her Masters in Computer and Information Systems from the University of Pennsylvania and her BS in Computer Science from Cedar Crest College, Pennsylvania.