Who can become a fellow

Our Fellows come from diverse geographic and cultural backgrounds and share a commitment to work with social enterprises.

Individuals chosen for a Lok Fellowship would have distinguished themselves through impressive academic credentials and few years of professional experience in commercial environments such as operations, consulting, accounting, commercial or investment banking or marketing. Fellows must be comfortable moving to India and working independently in dynamic and challenging start-up environments.

Following an initial screening, Lok interviews and matches qualified candidates to the needs of the investee company.

Past Fellows


Samir Malviya

Samir worked with Lok Capital’s investee company Ujjivan Financial Services where he not only participated in raising the company’s first two non-convertible debentures (NCDs), but was also involved in business planning and operational analysis. Prior to that, Samir worked with Goldman Sachs for 2 years and graduated with a BA from Northwestern University. Post his fellowship program he completed his MBA from the University of Michigan, after which he joined the social venture capital fund Unitus Impact as a Principal at the San Francisco office.

Reflecting on the Fellowship program, Samir says “A Fellowship can help people find their true passion, like I found my passion for social impact through Lok.”


Emily Chen

Emily worked with Lok Capital’s investee company Asirvad where she led the roll out of new business loan products, improved reporting processes and helped in cash flow management. Prior to that, Emily worked with Goldman Sachs for 3 years and graduated with a BA from Dartmouth College. Post her Fellowship program Emily worked with the investment team of Lok. She is currently pursuing her MBA from Tuck School of Business.

Reflecting on the Fellowship program, Emily says “My Fellowship gave me deep insights into the challenges facing social enterprises to scale and the cultural nuances of working in a local Indian company.”


Tyler Bolender

Tyler worked with Lok Capital’s investee company Spandana where he handled branding/marketing initiatives, helped design and launch healthcare alliances, and also helped in recruitment. Prior to that, Tyler worked with TransUnion and graduated with a BA from California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo. Post his Fellowship program, Tyler did his MBA from Columbia Business School and is currently working with Global Strategy Team, Samsung Electronics, Seoul .

Reflecting on the Fellowship program, Tyler says “The Lok Fellowship is a tremendous opportunity to not only build skills, but to define your leadership style.  My year at Spandana was a turning point in my career.  It was a unique opportunity to work closely with top management teams on their most pressing problems, and in doing so, helped me determine how to best contribute to this field throughout my career.”

Current Fellows


Patrick Keating

Background: Patrick worked as an IDEX Fellow in Bangalore with Artoo, which develops software solutions for the information gathering needs of social enterprises. Prior to Artoo, Patrick worked as a research analyst intern at Advisors Financial, a financial planning firm in Falls Church, Virginia. A native of Virginia, Patrick holds a Bachelors of Science in Commerce from the McIntire School of Commerce, University of Virginia, with a semester abroad at ESADE Business School, Spain as well as stints studying and consulting in Bangladesh and Panama.

Current Role: Patrick is developing tools to enable Vistaar to use its data to drive business and improve operations. In order to improve branch performance, he has created a branch scorecard to holistically evaluate and compare branches as well as triggers to flag performance issues. He is analyzing company financials to derive product profitability and branch breakeven business. Patrick is also illuminating potential leads by identifying eligible repeat customers as well as industries, products, and locations with low penetration.


Prerna Wadikar

Background: Prerna completed her graduation in Information Technology from Cummins College of Engineering, Pune University in the year 2006, and worked for six years before completing her Post Graduate Program in Public Policy Management, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. She has worked with CRY and Auroville as a Consultant and is keen on pursuing a career in Social Enterprise in the area of Social Impact.

Current Role: Prerna works in marketing and communication, both internal and external, to promote RuralShores as a preferred employer among rural youth.


Simona Chiavassa

Background: Simona graduated from the Turin School of Management and Economics in 2012. She has previous experience in microfinance, notably at the Grameen Bank (Bangladesh) and Planet Rating (Paris). Before joining Ujjivan, she completed the CEMF program from Frankfurt School of Finance and Management and worked as a finance analyst for an international consulting company.

Current Role: Simona works in the Individual Lending department, managing different projects. Since her arrival at Ujjivan she has been piloting the launch of a new product and has conducted an ABC product costing exercise. During the coming months, she will focus on profitability analysis and customer ROI assessment.