Dr. Chandra Vadhana R. is a Fulbright Awardee and a Visiting Postdoc Fellow, an accomplished social entrepreneur from India. She is working at the Gendered Innovations Lab, under the guidance of Prof. Londa Schiebinger at History Department from Jan 2022 – Jan 2024. Her research involves the application of the Gendered innovations methods and frameworks in the Startup ecosystems across the globe and aims at establishing an Assessment Centre for Startup incubators towards the same.
She has completed her MBA from the School of Management Studies, CUSAT (2004) and MSc (Applied Psychology) from the University of Madras (2009). She completed her PhD in Management from SMS, CUSAT which involved the standardization of a Psychometric tool for the assessment of managerial soft skills. Apart from being a Scholar, she is an accomplished woman entrepreneur who runs a non-profit organization, Prayaana Labs (www.prayaana.org) aiming at employability, entrepreneurship development of girls and women. She also runs a women’s magazine named as SheSight (www.shesightmag.com), an e-learning platform for Entrepreneurship and employability skills development (www.hellopeaksacademy.com) and an eCommerce platform (www.pracol.com) that sells women made products.
She is the first Indian woman to win special recognition for social entrepreneurship by UNCTAD Empretec Women in Business Awards, 2018. She is also a recipient of the International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP), a fully-funded leadership program by the US State Department (2019). She serves on the Advisory board for various Government bodies / Startups in India and engages as a consultant for UNCTAD for projects involving women in business. She is also a poet and has published two poetry books, The Girl in me (2019) and The woman in me (2021).