Menaka is an inquisitive information-collector; skilled at finding patterns in complexity, cutting through clutter and imagining alternate, complex worlds.
She has found her calling in mobilizing business to be purpose-driven and thrives working at the intersection of organizational strategy, sustainability and social impact with Junxion.
Menaka began her career in product design and life cycle management at one of India’s largest export houses. An MBA shifted her focus to the business and community underlying the design industry and the need to shift from creating to optimizing. She cares deeply about reducing the environmental and social impact of the apparel industry and conservation of oceans and waterbodies.
Career highlights include mapping a detailed business case for a supply chain accelerating technology for sports retailer MEC, redesigning educational curriculum to reflect principles of sustainable fashion design as an educator at LaSalle College, Vancouver, and supporting local artisans as the co-founder of apparel brand Soirée.
She’s had numerous opportunities for interdisciplinary work in diverse teams over the course of her career and education – making her an intuitive team member with a keen eye for individual strengths and competencies.
A graduate of women empowerment programmes like Four Elements of Entrepreneurship and the Focus at Work programme by the YWCA, she is an outspoken advocate for diversity and inclusion and gender equality. She is a Leading Change alumna and an active member of the B Local community.
She’ll never tire of asking hard questions, her favourite one being, “What if?”
Product & Service Management, Sauder School of Business, UBC
President, Net Impact UBC
Global organization of students and professionals committed to corporate responsibility, social entrepreneurship and non-profit management
B. Tech, Apparel Design, National Institute of Fashion Technology
Focused on research and cluster development of Indian Indigenous arts, handicrafts and traditional embroidery
B.A. Psychology (Hons.), Mumbai University
Major in Industrial-Organizational Behaviour, Cognitive Psychology and Social Psychology