Vidya Shah is the CEO of EdelGive Foundation, the philanthropic initiative of Edelweiss Group – one of India’s leading diversified financial services group. Over the last decade she has steered the growth of Edelweiss’ social investments to develop EdelGive Foundation into a strategic philanthropic organisation.
Having witnessed the potential of small to mid-sized, high calibre NGOs in addressing India’s development concerns, Vidya has channeled EdelGive’s structure of giving to include both financial and non-financial support to this special cohort of organisations. She has developed a unique model for EdelGive’s investees which places them at the centre of grant-making, not only providing initial grants to these organisations, but also managing funding from other institutional and corporate partners, via a zero-cost platform.
Through this approach, over the last 11 years, EdelGive has been instrumental in growing over 150 organisations, scaling their budgets, impact and reach exponentially.
In addition to being a non-executive director at Edelweiss, Vidya also serves on the board of various prominent CSOs such as Agastya International Foundation, Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy, Centre for Social Impact and Philanthropy, Mann Deshi Foundation and the Indian School of Public Policy.
Vidya earned an MBA degree from IIM-Ahmedabad and spent the first 11 years of her career in the field of investment banking with companies like ICICI, Peregrine and NM Rothschild.