Shriti Pandey

Founder and CEO, Strawcture ECO

New Delhi, India

Shriti is the Founder and CEO of Strawcture Eco, a green building material and service company that manufactures bio-based drywall, flooring, and ceiling panels. Strawcture Eco’s panels are made from renewable natural fibers and non-formaldehyde-based resin, formulated from raw materials, such as bagasse, wheat straw, and rice husk. Their panels serve as a sustainable alternative to cement, brick, engineered wood and plasterboard. By using raw materials, Strawcture Eco is helping to reduce the 140 million tons of agricultural-fiber that goes to waste each year in India. In the last two years they have sequestered 500 tons of carbon, with a goal of reducing 50% of India’s embodied carbon in the building sector by 2050. Shriti holds a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering from Uttar Pradesh Technical University and a Masters in Construction Management from New York University. Her expertise is in strategic planning, business development, and designing. Shriti is a 2020 Echoing Green Fellow and a 2020 Acumen Fellow. She belongs to the Indian Women Social Entrepreneur Network (IWSEN), Aspen Leadership Network, network, and the Calcutta Incubation Network. Previously, Shriti worked as a Project Management Consultant for VJ Associates in New York City and was an SBI Foundation Rural Fellow.

What Shriti hopes to gain from the VV GROW Fellowship:
Shriti is looking forward to honing her leadership and networking skills. She hopes to make connections in the U.S. and Southeast Asia that will allow her to expand her company’s exposure, as well as connect with builders, designers, and architects working on affordable, sustainable housing. Additionally, she hopes to learn how to better market her company and expand her knowledge of brand strategy.

What Shriti can offer other fellows:
Shriti can offer her expertise in public speaking, pitching, and business development. She also can share her insights on working with NGOs and foundations and securing grants.

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