Ashish Kumar

Ashish is a Senior Designer in the Dalberg’s Design Impact Group (DIG), based out of London. Previously Ashish was working as a Business Designer at Livework, a service design and innovation studio in London/Europe. As a Business Designer, Ashish used to work in a hybrid role of a service designer and a strategy consultant—working on design-led projects around new product/service development, market-entry and proposition building; customer-centric change management or organizational transformation; and embedding design approaches in traditional business environments. Ashish consulted for clients across private and public sector, such as—Global Investment Bank, Public Transport Institution, Global Industrial equipment manufacturer, Insurance Leader (Scandinavian), Marketing House, Telecom Consortium, Global Semiconductor Chipmaker, etc.

Before joining Livework, Ashish consulted as freelance for several engagements, such as helping launch and secure venture funding for an open-innovation start-up in Tech-transfer area; and advising a global FMCG major on market-entry strategy of a consumer product. Prior to that, Ashish worked for over five years in both consulting and line management roles in India. As a Business Analyst/Manager at India’s largest private retail bank for a couple of years, Ashish was part of several national-level multi-party projects around retail banking transaction management.

Ashish’s exposure to the social and development sector comes from his consulting engagement around new pricing strategy for a Gates/Skoll Foundation funded social enterprise that works on the last-mile healthcare access challenges in Africa; and also from leading a grass-root level part-time community development program for the slum-kids in Mumbai for three years.

Ashish holds an MBA from the University of Oxford (Saïd Business School)—with a focus on Strategy and Social Entrepreneurship; and a B.Tech. Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IIT).

By Ashish Kumar


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