Confessions of an Entrepreneur is a guest speaker series from the Oxford Launchpad and the Careers Service, designed to help you get an insight into the mindset of current entrepreneurs. You’ll learn tips, tricks – and the highs and lows of being an entrepreneur, or entrepreneurial.

Rakhi is an entrepreneur passionate about inclusive cities, financial inclusion and sustainable enterprise. Her work on social issues began while she was at Oxford, during the summer of 2002, when she worked for Professor Jeffrey Sachs at Columbia University’s Earth Institute on the UN Millennium Development Goals. After graduating from Oxford on the Rhodes Scholarship, she took an internship at Grameen Bank, a microfinance bank in Bangladesh, where she met her husband Marco Ferrario. Rakhi worked with international agencies on microfinance and post tsunami rehabilitation programs with Ashoka Fellows, CARE and Rabo Bank in Delhi before applying to Harvard Business School. In 2009, The husband-wife team co-founded mHS City Lab in India as an interdisciplinary social enterprise focusing on design, finance and community. mHS social innovations on housing the homeless, accessing finance for informal dwelling have been recognized by Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), Fast Company, Cooper Hewitt Museum Exhibit: Designing with the Other 90% in New York and World Bank Private Sector team. When not advising start-ups and strategic partnerships for mHS and beyond, Rakhi is designing workshops and involved with research projects with Universities in Europe. Rakhi and Marco have recently moved from Delhi to Varese (Italy) with their two children, Nora (4) and Neal (18 months).

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