Co-Creator of Creative Dignity
Smita Mankad has more than 27 years of experience spanning the corporate, social, and government sectors, in addition to a combination of grassroots-level work and board-level governance. These are unique combinations that give her an unparalleled perspective on both policy and implementation.
As an independent consultant to retail, social, and craft enterprises, Smita offers business planning support to client to ensure sustainability. She aims to combine commercial impact with social impact, which is her area of interest, passion, and experience.
Smita currently serves as Independent Woman Director on several corporate boards, including Fabindis Limited, Mahindra Auto Steel Ltd. (MASL), Mahindrs Heavy Engines Ltd. (MHEL), Mahindre Waste to Energy Pvt. Ltd., Imperial Auto Ltd., and Compect India Pvt. Ltd., a company in the area of international humanitarian aid that produces rescue food for children suffering from malnutrition. She is also on the boards of the Women on Wings (WOW) Foundation in the Netherlands and Indies, an Indo-Dutch organization with a goal of creating one million jobs for women in rural India; and TARSHI, an NGO that works on creating safe spaces for young people.
Smita is a core member of Governing Council, working on the collaborative team that created Creative Dignity (CD) in April 2020 as a COVID response to help the artisans and craftspeople of India in distress. CD is a volunteer movement spread across India to work on artisan relief, rehabilitation, and rejuvenation. It is a unique community-based movement, bringing social and systems changes through collaboration.