Aakanksha Veenapani was Global Innovation Fellow partnering with the START Center (2015-16) while completing her MBA at the University of Washington Foster School of Business in 2016. After graduating with a B.A. in Economics and English from Whitman College, Aakanksha began her career in data analytics in the technology industry. After four years as a consultant to Microsoft, she moved to India to work on a political campaign as a data analyst. Post-campaign victory, she began work in the education sector in India. Her past experience involves working with philanthropic foundations to distribute education dollars as well as working with local education non-profits to improve funding and marketing strategies. As a START RA, she worked with the family planning team, the integrated delivery team, and the pandemic team on various projects. After graduation, Aakanksha began a career in consulting with Deloitte.
START has, unequivocally, been the best part about my MBA experience. And that is not only because I get to work on some of the most complicated, pressing problems of our times but also because I get to work with some of the brightest minds who have become my closest friends, engage with experts in the public health domain, and walk away feeling like I actually contributed to work that will have lasting impact and a meaningful outcome.