Lok Fellowship

Supporting the growth of

professionals who are ready to

test their potential

For over a decade we’ve been running a fellowship program that focuses on the growth of professionals who are driven to step out of conventional boundaries.

Each of them gets a chance to test their potential across various roles such as analysts, researchers, executives, consultants and advisors with our investee companies for a period of in 12 to18 months.

This is essentially based on their expertise as well as the organisation’s requirements. The Lok Fellows can engage across a wide range of functions at the portfolio companies, for instance:

  • Business strategy development
  • Equity and debt fundraising
  • Financial and operational analysis, modelling and forecasting
  • Impact assessment
  • Market research methodologies
  • Operations management
  • Process mapping
  • Marketing and brand development

Fellow Partnership

Here is what FMO, a Dutch development bank, has to say about Lok Fellowship:

We strongly support and encourage The Lok Fellowship Program, especially after witnessing its success over time. The exchange of knowledge is valuable to those entrepreneurs who aim to build a better and more futuristic world as well as those investees who are looking to make a meaningful change in the society.

FMO finances entrepreneurs from developing countries because they believe a thriving private sector fuels economic and social progress.

Anyone from anywhere,

as long as they have a

clear focus

  • Individuals chosen for a Lok Fellowship should have distinguished themselves through impressive academic credentials and possess a few years of professional experience. This could be in the fields of operations, consulting, accounting, banking (commercial or investment) or marketing.
  • Fellows must be willing to shift to India and work independently in dynamic and challenging start-up environments.
  • In order to find the right match for the investee company, candidates will go through initial screenings and interviews.
  • Our Fellows come from diverse geographic and cultural backgrounds and share a commitment to work with social enterprises

Current Fellows

  • Mohit Khatri
  • Parneet Virk
  • Baba Prasad Nath

Past Fellows

  • Rishika Lekhadia
    Rishika Lekhadia

Mohit Khatri

Background: Mohit has been placed with Lok's investee company Green Light Foods which produces millet-based foods such as breakfast cereals and crackers under the brand, 'Monsoon Harvest'. Previously, Mohit worked with KPMG's Financial Due Diligence team for two years. Apart from this, he has also held various business roles in organisations to do with health foods, publishing, sports, finance and hotels. He has completed Bachelors in Commerce with a specialisation in marketing from Loyola College, Chennai.

Current Role: As a Lok Fellow, Mohit is working closely with the promoters and the sales and marketing team to develop branding and distribution strategies, target audience mapping, promotional activities, customer survey mechanisms and reporting of business metrics in order to strengthen the brand's positioning in Bangalore and other geographies.

Parneet Virk

Background: Parneet has a cumulative experience of 5 years in financial services. She has worked in equity research with a focus on the financial services sector with IIFL and JP Morgan and in M&A within the FIG function at UBS. She has completed a Bachelors in Architecture with a minor in MSc Economics at IIT Kharagpur in 2013.

Current Role: As a Lok Fellow, Parneet is involved in fund raising for Mintifi, including both debt and equity sources. She is responsible for reaching out to and liasoning with debt providers as they evaluate a sanction and is also involved in the Series C fund raising process. Parneet also engages with current and potential anchor partners in business development activities.

Baba Prasad Nath

Background: Baba holds a B.A. in economics (2017) and a P.G. Diploma in advanced studies (2018) both from Ashoka University and has joined as a fellow candidate with HR Food ( Osam Dairy) in its procurement function in Bihar. Prior to joining OSAM, he was an associate at Good Business Lab where he worked on field research implementation, project design, data cleaning, and analysis. He has interned with J-PAL(Jameel Abdul Latif- Poverty Action Lab) on a project based in Mirzapur, Uttar Pradesh under Esther Duflo and Madeline Mckelway. He is passionate about social impact and sustainable women empowerment.

Current Role: As a Lok Fellow, Baba is working closely with the CEO of Osam Dairy and will be responsible for driving Osam’s strategic initiatives within the procurement function to deepen its farmer relationships, by identifying and cultivating deep data-driven partnerships and practices within the dairy ecosystem. He is also involved in coordinating with investors and reporting of business and operational metrics.

Rishika Lekhadia

Rishika Lekhadia

Background: Rishika is a lawyer by training and has been placed with Lok's FinTech investee company Mintifi Private Limited. Prior to Mintifi, Rishika was a corporate advisory and transactional lawyer at a leading law firm, Khaitan & Co for two years with a special focus on the financial services sector. She has graduated from West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS).

Current Role: As a Lok Fellow, Rishika helps in driving strategic decisions by identifying new business partnerships and tech collaboration opportunities at Mintifi. She has been working closely with the senior management team of Mintifi to curate financial products as per the borrower and market requirements and to improve the operational efficiency. Rishika was also involved in assisting the Series B fund raise, which was led by IFC and Lok Capital.

If you believe, a Lok Fellowship is right for you, please submit your resume and cover letter to fellowships@lokcapital.com. In your letter, please explain how your specific skill sets could add value to a social enterprise. Only candidates selected for an initial screening will be contacted.