Prema Gopalan is currently the Executive Director of Swayam Shikshan Prayog SSP, a learning and development organisation working across four states with a goal to promote women’s entrepreneurship and leadership in development and governance. Over the last five years, SSP and its ventures have created a robust eco-system that has steered 70,000 women to set up last-mile social ventures in clean energy, water, sanitation, health, agriculture and nutrition. In a career spanning over two decades, Prema has constantly innovated and strategised to bring women from poor communities from the margin to the mainstream. Her experience in seeding a market based approach, has gained wide recognition, both with the government and global organisations.
She has advised international institutions such as the World Bank and the UNDP on development programs through women’s leadership. Prema is an Ashoka Fellow and a Synergos Fellow. In addition, she and SSP have received a large number of global and national awards.