As Vice President, Social Impact, Asia Pacific (AP) at the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth (CFIG), Subhashini Chandran is responsible for overseeing, executing, and scaling the Center’s strategy in Asia Pacific, contributing to global and regional objectives. In her role, she drives all regional CFIG activity covering programs, data and insights, strategic engagement, and partnerships.
Subhashini has 25+ years of experience spanning the private and development sectors. She began her professional journey as an entrepreneur, growing her family’s tea farm in South India, to be one of India’s largest privately owned tea companies, employing ~7000 women. More recently, she has focused on the inclusion of small businesses and women-led enterprises in global value chains, sustainable livelihood solutions, business models to promote shared prosperity and catalyzing multi-stakeholder partnerships. Her areas of expertise include implementing market systems approaches with strong potential for generating jobs and income earning opportunities, and commercial and impact investments in frontier markets. She has worked closely with national and sub-national governments, a broad range of public and private sector actors, industry bodies and trade unions.