Entrepreneur | Early-Stage Start-up Advisor & Impact Investor | Board Member | Acumen Fellow
Sonali is an Unreasonable Mentor. Sonali was part of Unreasonable Impact Americas 2023, and has advised over 15 Unreasonable companies.
Sonali Mehta-Rao, Founder of Ahaana Ventures, is an early-stage impact investor, startup advisor, and ICF-trained leadership coach with over a decade of global entrepreneurial experience in social business innovation. As Co-founder and President of Mela Artisans, she successfully created a sustainable global market for Indian artisans, leading the company to its first $1M in revenue and Series A financing. As India Director of global fintech company Tala and Co-founder, Chief Growth Officer at Awaaz.De, she worked to expand access to finance for the underbanked, reaching 10M+ low-income, rural women pan-India. Sonali is an Acumen Fellow, and serves on the Advisory Council for the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Santa Clara University and the Investment Committee of Cartier Women’s Initiative (CWI) and Beneficial Returns’ global fund for women entrepreneurs.