Head of Impact investing, WES
Smitha Das serves as the Director of Mission and Impact Investing at World Education Services (WES), a global social enterprise committed to economic and social inclusion for all. She oversees WES’ mission and impact investing portfolios, stewarding 100% of WES’ resources to be mission-aligned. Smitha is deeply committed to centering equity and justice within her work and demonstrating a trust-based investment approach.
Previously, Smitha was an impact investor at Social Finance, where she developed and executed strategic initiatives and innovative financing projects. Before Social Finance, she worked in venture philanthropy, renewable energy private equity, and government. Her passion to create meaningful social and environmental impact formed at a young age when she founded a water nonprofit at age 12.
Smitha has a MBA from Harvard Business School (HBS) and AB with Honors in Environmental Science and Public Policy from Harvard College, where she co-founded the HBS Impact Investing Club and Harvard College Social Enterprise Club. She serves as a board member and advisor for Cell-Ed, JFF Ventures, New Power Labs, and the HBS Impact Investing Alumni Group.