Senior Fellow in Social Innovation
Ankur Sharma has 14 years of strategy, operations and business development experience, having worked for Fortune 500 and early stage companies. Ankur focuses on growth and market development, organization and program design, and innovation. In his day job, he is the Management Director and VP of Operations/Business Development of Edible Ventures, focused on providing investment and operations guidance to early-growth stage companies in food and beverage and health and wellness.
Prior to Edible Ventures, Ankur worked for Gemini Consulting, Ernst & Young, Monitor Clipper Partners and KPMG. While at KPMG, Ankur sat on the CEO's Leadership Council and has spearheaded internal and external global transformation initiatives for the Chairman. Throughout his career, Ankur has helped executives solve their revenue, cost and other operating challenges. Ankur's clients have included the likes of Goldman Sachs, Lazard, United Technologies, Fiat-Chrysler, United Nations Programme Development, Disney, Glaxo Smith Kline, TPG Capital, State Farm Insurance, Soda Stream and Kraft-Nestle.
Ankur currently sits on the Advisory Board at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He also serves as Chairman of the Board for Filmmakers Collaborative, sponsor of the Boston International Kid's Film Festival, focused on supporting independent filmmakers and kids through fiscal sponsorship and education. Ankur is also on the Board of Instinct Health Science that is developing a platform aimed at impacting health and nutrition globally. He enjoys his role as a mentor at the Harvard Innovation Lab and Stanford Ignite Program, where he guides entrepreneurs through their startup challenges.
Ankur is an avid traveler, foodie, chess player and loves the performing arts, including having performed in an Off-Broadway. He holds a Bachelors in finance, accounting and information technology from Drake University and has a Masters from Stanford Graduate School of Business focused on global leadership and innovation. Ankur grew up in Mumbai and has since then lived in Des Moines, New York, Palo Alto and now resides in Boston with his wife. He has a passion for making a difference in the world through curiosity, creativity and via shared experiences.