Shobana Mani

Finance and Strategy Consultant, Entrepreneur

How I can help you:

  • Need help developing your business strategy? I’ve worked in the business space from multiple different perspectives - finance and strategy, and as a creative, and entrepreneur. I can use all that experience to help you build a well-rounded plan for your business.
  • Not sure how to execute your startup? I’ve worked with finance and tech startups and can help you create a roadmap to go from idea to successful business, plan your MVP, and develop a to-do list that will help you start taking action.
  • Struggling with finance and budgeting? I have spent over a decade in the finance industry working with  corporates, countries and organizations. My experience is global having spent time working in the emerging markets based in London and then transplanting to the United States. I can help you position your business and help you build tools that will help you manage and grow your business in the context of your financial situation.
  • Working with investors in the creative sector? I’ve been on the investor end working with creative businesses and can cue you in on the best ways to begin seeking investment for your brand.

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Get to know Shobana

Shobana began her career in 2002 at Goldman Sachs International in London. She has spent over decade as an investment banker focused on capital investment and growth in the emerging markets (Africa, Asia, Russia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East). In 2011, she joined Standard Bank Plc as a Managing Director to head bespoke financing in Africa. 

Shobana started a creative sabbatical in 2013, first in Silicon Valley working  with fashion and fashion tech startups as a finance and strategy advisor. In 2014, she formalized her arts training by attaining a degree in Fashion and Textile design from the Parsons School of Design. She also holds a pattern making for production certificate from FIT in New York City. She built on her experience as a designer and textile artist at various ateliers in New York.

She is deeply involved in the thought leadership on sustainability in the fashion and garment sectors. She has provided advice to the United Nations on commercial and concessional financing for the garment sector in the emerging markets. She is currently in the process of launching a mission driven sustainable womenswear brand that is focused on textiles.

Shobana received her Master of Science from the London School of Economics in law and accounting/finance and a BA in international political economy from The George Washington University. She studied finance for one year at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and as undergraduate she also studied international affairs for one year at the London School of Economics. She is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the India Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network of the Aspen Institute.

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