Ajaita Shah is an entrepreneur, a mentor and a speaker. She is the Founder/CEO of Frontier Markets and the President of Frontier Innovations Foundation. She is committed to empowering rural women across the developing world through market-based business models, clean energy, technology, and inspiring women to push themselves beyond societal boundaries.
She has won many awards for her groundbreaking innovations around healthcare, mobile technology, and social performance management in the microfinance sector, including Most Influential award in Microfinance for people under 30, Business Week’s 30 under 30 award, Forbes 30 Under 30’s Social Entrepreneur of the Year, Indian Affair’s India Leadership Conclave’s Women Entrepreneur of the Year (2015), CNBC’s Young Business Woman of the Year, Vodafone’s Women of Pure Strength, Loreal’s Women of Worth 2016, and the Global Enterprise Summit’s GIST Competition 2017 Winner.
An advocate for women-led transformational leadership and rethinking how market-based approaches and social innovation organizations can better design for scalable impact, she has recently crafted a groundbreaking partnership between Frontier Markets and the award-winning Barefoot College to exemplify this vision.