Vimala leads the MIT Bootcamps team, with a focus on strategy and scale, strategic partnerships, and developing Mentor networks. She joined the team with 15 years of experience in social innovation, entrepreneurship, and mentoring entrepreneurs.
She is also the CEO and Co-founder of Demeter Entrepreneurs Support Network, a global virtual network dedicated to improving the success rates of entrepreneurs in low-income countries through individualized support and coaching. She built Demeter’s mentoring network of more than 80 personal advocates and experts to support nearly 30 entrepreneurs globally. Demeter Entrepreneurs are bringing innovations in education, fintech, health and fitness, media, and food to emerging markets.
Prior to Demeter, Vimala co-founded Jamela, a “more-than-fair trade” skin care company, worked at Trickle Up, a sustainable livelihoods NGO, to redesign their monitoring and evaluation system – from data capture to dissemination, and with the Dhan Foundation in India, to develop a community-financed primary health care program. She has also worked in education technology, microfinance, water, transportation systems, and biological research in the US, Asia, Africa, and Central America.
Vimala has an MBA from MIT Sloan and an MPH in Global Health from Emory University. Her undergraduate degrees in Microbiology and Biology are from the University of Georgia and Simon’s Rock College of Bard.