Bhakti Mirchandani joined FCLT Global from One William Street Capital Management, an alternative investment management firm primarily focused on structured credit, where she served as Director of Strategy and Director of ESG.
Bhakti began her career in equity research before pioneering micropensions and long-term microsavings at Women’s World Banking. She co-founded the Global Microentrepreneurship Awards (later Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards), sourced and marketed the first microfinance CLO without a public investor or subsidy while at Lehman Brothers, led the first microinsurance investment in India–LeapFrog Investments’ investment in Shriram–while at impact investment bank Unitus Capital, and built the North America coverage practice for global development organizations while at Barclays. Bhakti’s financial transaction experience spans the capital structure and stages of investment.
Bhakti is an advisor, board member, or investment committee member of multiple impact investment firms and funds: ACCION Venture Labs; Upaya Social Ventures; Contact Fund; and MicroVest Capital Management Enhanced Debt Fund. She is co-chair of the Term Member Advisory Committee at the Council on Foreign Relations. Bhakti is a contributor to Forbes.com and teaches her own impact finance class in Columbia’s MS in Sustainability Management program.
Bhakti holds an AB in chemistry from Harvard College, an MBA from Harvard Business School, where she received the Dean’s Award, and MPA from Harvard Kennedy School.