Urmi focuses on grantmaking for field-building and collaborative activities to support increased investor awareness and participation in impact investing. She plays a critical role within the Catalytic Capital Consortium initiative (C3) and leads the Foundation's efforts related to C3 grantmaking. Urmi also serves as a member of the On Nigeria team where she leads impact investing efforts to advance programmatic objectives. She is also a member of the Standing Committee on Research Quality Assurance at the Foundation.
With close to two decades of experience in international economic development, banking, and impact investing, Urmi has worked with stakeholders along the financial services delivery chain, focusing specifically on the small and micro-segments. For eight years, she worked with CapitalPlus Exchange, leading and managing relationships with small business finance and microfinance institutions and developing a range of capacity-building initiatives. Her work included conceptualizing, launching, and running the first global community network for emerging market small business banks, an initiative that is now part of the G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI) SME Finance Forum managed by the International Finance Corporation.
Urmi completed her schooling and undergraduate education in India and obtained a management degree with a specialization in finance from the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore. She later went on to earn a master’s degree (summa cum laude) at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago.
Urmi is part of the executive committee of the Tipping Point Fund, a donor collaborative aimed at supporting the growth of the impact investing field through strategic grantmaking. She is also a member of the advisory group for the Impact Management Project, which provides a forum for building global consensus on how to measure, manage, and report impact. In addition, Urmi has served as a mentor for the Harris School public policy student community.