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MEET OUR "DOERS"
We like to call ourselves the "curious team". We're all from diverse backgrounds and between us have done it all - from running for-profit businesses, to non-profit organisations, we've worked at management consulting firms, small data collection agencies, big multilateral organisations and even made movies and written books!
What we have, in common, is the commitment to help organizations of all sizes and kinds -- create the most impactful and cost-effective interventions they can for those who live on the margins of our world.
Founder, In-House Ch'i Infuser and Cheerleader
Varna began Pinpoint Ventures in 2016 under the IdeaLog Works banner. She has over 15 years of full-time work experience in international development and social research. Varna's professional interests are in behavior change communications, small enterprise bottom-lines, health and education policy, rural markets and credit access, advocacy, knowledge-management driven communications and gender inclusive economic growth. As a serial entrepreneur when she isn't juggling her many ventures, Varna enjoys playing catch-up with her Kindle and staring at the moon. At PinPoint Ventures, Varna is responsible for all the business ideas and ensuring a high-quality experience for all clients.
Co-Founder and In-House Editor-At-Large
Papri is a journalist/writer, editor and translator. With over 30 years of experience in the "news" world, she is the winner of the third UNHCR CNES Media Fellowship, the Interpress Media Fellowship, The Kaiser Media Fellowship and many more. She has worked with several Indian newspapers such as the Statesman, The Indian Express and several news agencies. Currently a contributor to the Truthout webzine among others, she now serves as the Managing Editor of India's only dedicated newspaper on the publishing industry. At PinPoint Ventures, Papri is responsible for all quality on the written-word front.
Principal Advisor, In-House Ideas Person
Taranga is a feminist social work practitioner with extensive expertise of large-scale work in women's movements organisations and initiatives over the last 15 years. Taranga's professional interests are in design and institutionalisation of feminist programmes, programmatic and financial management, resource mobilisation and training with regard to issues of gender, sexuality & feminist social work practice. At PinPoint Ventures, she is our Pro Bono advisor on all matters of consequence.
Senior Consultant, In-House Mentor and Referee
Sandip Sen is an expert on the Indian economy and business. He writes for several national dailies and think tanks and is sought after speaker on television. Aside of being a journalist and policy expert he has over thirty years of industry experience. He is the Author of the book 'Neta, Babu and Subsidy : Economic Roundup 2000 to 2014.' At Pinpoint Ventures, Sandip is also our chief-mentor and in-house referee for all things contentious. Sandip is available to consult on projects focussing on energy, the economy broadly, livelihoods and allied subjects.
Consultant, In-House Capacity Building Leader
Lina has extensive experience in structured programme design and evaluation. In addition she applies gender-sensitive research skills to formative research, project management and data analysis. In particular Lina is skilled at designing and conducting content analyses of large bodies of text, to draw insights from testimonial evidence and turn it into actionable findings. Her ability to use evidence to solve problems, and, her experience in capacity-building coupled with a passion for connecting vulnerable communities to resources is what makes her the in-house leader for all our capacity building at training work at ImpactMojo, the Pinpoint Venture's training arm.
Consultant, In-House Fun InCharge
Abhik is an economist with nearly 4 years of research experience working for multilateral donor agencies like World Bank and IMF, the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India and charity organisations like BBC Media Action. He has extensive experience in wrangling with data and managing RCTs particularly in the education space. Other areas of interest include SROI methodologies, nutrition and allied subjects. Abhik is the in-house fun guy, a very important role given the absolute seriousness of the work we do at PinPoint Ventures.
Manager (Operations), In-House GTD Guru
Asad is an operations and marketing professional who has worked in the consumer services industry for several years. Having worn many-a-hat at a successful startup, Asad's passion for setting up operations and organic marketing methods now helps us. Asad makes all things happen at PinPoint Ventures, he is the resident go-to Guru to Get Things Done.
Devvrat has undertaken dominantly cases in Service, land and Labour and Industrial Laws, Constitutional Law, Company Laws, Criminal Laws, Insurance laws,Consumer Protection laws, Urban Development Laws however significant number of cases were also in other fields like Excise law, Income Tax Laws,Laws of Negotiable Instruments Act, Trademark and Patent Laws.
Pinpoint Ventures has access to over 35 independent development specialists across a wide variety of specialisations. This pool of consultants works with us on projects and form part of our team as when a project calls for their expertise. We also offer clients lifetime membership of Hard Questions, a closed and curated community of practice for development practitioners. The CoP offers free and paid advisory, learning opportunities, 1:1 consultations and more.
We are always on the hunt for more of the curious tribe! We have an always-open internship opportunity and a rolling search for consultants. If you aren't sure where you'd fit, just write to us and we will be happy to chat with you.
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