Founder, myrna labs
Leena Chakrabarti is the founder of Myrna Labs, a company focussed on accelerating gender equality in the world of work, one of the least used methods of addressing poverty & inequality.
We believe that without data, a decision maker is just another person with an opinion. As data driven insights made inroads, opinion & financial intelligence became two oft-used instruments used to power business decisions of companies, institutions, investors and civil society organisations.
At Myrna Labs our aim is to be a research partner to these decision makers helping them use impact intelligence, not just stand alone financial intelligence or opinion to discover tomorrow’s leaders & ideal growth pathways. We are currently using 25 additional attributes to measure corporate intent, efforts & progress on gender balance apart from the oft used financial intelligence attributes. We currently track companies in India & Asia across 100 sectors, 100+ lists & indices (NSE 100, NIFTY50, S&P 500) & about 200+ incubators, accelerators & associations. Standalone financial intelligence has led us to a world where newspaper headline today(17th Dec 2019) on BBC News read “The gender gap is on course to close…. in 99 years.”
Measuring precedes managing, at Myrna Labs we aim to make it easier for everyone to not just discover & work with the right organisations but also take actions to build an equal future
Leena worked for close to 15 years with leading think tanks & global development organisations in different capacities spanning multiple countries before she set up myrna labs.. Some of these deployments included the South Asia lead on livelihood programmes @OxfamGB, India country director @Hivos, director@CII – food & agriculture centre of excellence, innovation & partnership specialist @USAID; She’s the cofounder of Fiinovation, currently one of India’s leading CSR consulting startups, she exited the startup in 2012. A British Chevening Scholar, an alumnus of IIM(K) she holds a M.Sc in Botany with a PG in journalism/mass communication. She speaks routinely on issues of social impact, especially gender balance in companies, takes classes on gender equality, diversity & inclusion in leading management institutes; her work is featured often in print & online media. She also serves on the board of advisors to WASME (World Association of SMEs)
Connect with Leena at https://in.linkedin.com/in/leena-chakrabarti