Pragya Mishra

Teambuilding
Germany
Pragya Mishra

Pragya loves convening and is a champion for SDG 17. In her nine years of work experience, she has always found herself bringing diverse stakeholders together for a common cause, and has built collaborations for social impact.

She recently completed a 14 months fellowship in the US where she served at the American Express. She managed the AMEX Leadership Academy Alumni Network of over 4300 social purpose leaders. In addition to her role of organizing learning events, she launched Alumni Taskforce – a global volunteer group of 60 alumni to promote alumni led initiatives.

Prior to the fellowship, Pragya worked at Ashoka in India. As part of the Fellowship team she helped design and implement programs on leadership development and impact strategy for a network of 400 Ashoka Fellows working on all 17 SDGs. She also designed a unique event concept – Changemaker Dinner, engaging over 250 senior social, business and media entrepreneurs and promoting cross-sectoral collaborations.

At the beginning of her career, Pragya lived in an indigenous village in central India for three years and led a grass-root movement bringing all the stakeholders together to build the first school in the area.

Pragya has a Master’s Degree in Social Entrepreneurship and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Counseling and Communication. She is adaptive and nimble and by working at the grassroots, national and international levels she has developed strong people’s skills and cultural intelligence. She is curious and loves learning from people and places.

Geographic experience

Continental Europe

Languages

English, Hindi

Experience as a coach (formal/Informal)

3 years

Experience as a facilitator

7 years

UFacilitator stage

Co-Lead

Pragya would be good at collaborative working on projects, particularly ones that are focused on entrepreneurship and education. She enjoys working on projects that involve multiple stakeholders and where she has the agency to co-design the agenda.

Sector(s)

Food and agriculture, Education, Skill development and employability, Gender equity, self-help groups, women-led businesses, Entrepreneurship

Strengths

  • Experience working with grassroots communities.
  • Extensive experience working with social entrepreneurs. High level of comfort working in the education space.
  • Experience managing networks and convenings.
  • Experience working with multiple facilitators and co-designing
  • Methodologies creatively used: Appreciative Inquiry, Systems thinking or systems practice, World cafe, Art of Hosting, Design Thinking and human-centered design, Theory U, Scenario planning, SWOT analysis, Open Space Technology aka Open Space aka unconference, theory of change

Areas of development and learning

  • Virtual Facilitation methods
  • Conflict transformation
  • Ways of measuring progress
  • Improvising and managing anxiety in the face of ambiguity

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