Richa Shrivastava

Managing Partner, Maker’s Asylum, Goa

Richa drives strategic collaborations and partnerships for Maker’s Asylum. She believes that the future of learning is evolving and alternative spaces will be significant in customising people’s learning journeys. Maker’s Asylum is a community maker space focussed on fostering innovation through purpose-based learning focussed on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The space houses various labs that are co-located in order to facilitate the prototyping of ideas that are interdisciplinary in nature. In addition to the space, Maker’s Asylum also offers a design and product innovation consultancy arm for corporates, an online retail shop for its own product lines, and an edtech platform that focusses on portfolio building for young talents. Nurturing the culture of innovation over the years in the areas of hardware, design, and sustainability, Maker’s Asylum has built a large community of makers and has been at the forefront of the maker movement in India.

Richa is also a graduate of Indian School of Business and in her previous stint worked with the Government of Andhra Pradesh to drive Fintech and Blockchain investments into the state. She has been particularly instrumental in forging strategic partnerships with the likes of Monetary Authority of Singapore, Visa, Thomson Reuters, and 30+ such partners for Fintech Valley Vizag (a sustainable ecosystem created to support the flourishing Fintech industry in India) in the short period since the initiative took off as a state-level strategy. She has also been responsible for creating the brand proposition for Fintech Valley and has travelled to most of the global fintech hubs to learn and incorporate the best practices in Vizag.

Richa has also worked in the Indian Telecommunications industry. Her role as the Business Intelligence to the Chief Technology Officer at Idea Cellular involved strategic and analytic support to the leadership of the organisation. She was recognised as the Emerging Professional by the Chairman of the Aditya Birla Group for her contribution during the Telecom Spectrum Auctions held by the Government of India in February 2014 & 2015.

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