August 27, 2018

Growing up, I used to go to India during the school breaks to visit my maternal grandmother, relatives and cousins. There, I saw for myself the levels of poverty many were forced to endure and my heart broke. It was at this point in my life that I told myself that I wanted to find a way to help the poor.Later on, I attended the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania to complete an Economics degree, focusing on Finance and Management. I thought if I earned a lot, I could donate that money to those who need it. So, I started my career as an investment banker with Lehman Brothers in New York. But I quickly grew disillusioned: I felt like I was helping companies get richer, while the world's needy were not being considered. I also realised that money alone is not the solution; you need people who are going to execute solutions to make a difference. I quit my job to pursue a Masters in Environment and Development at Cambridge University in 2001. I wanted to understand why people remained poor, how can I help and what I could do.For the full story, visit The Peak