Natasha is a next gen impact investor, philanthropist and mental health activist. She is a convener to the core and is passionate about leveraging her deep network to build and support a global ecosystem of local change-makers that, together, create sustainable solutions to the world’s most pressing problems.
NM Impact Ltd. was founded with the aim to inspire, motivate and connect like-minded Next Gens and to catalyze increased capital flows, whether philanthropically or through impactful investments, to social enterprises and sustainable businesses. Natasha’s sector involvement and proactive participation in investments focuses primarily on gender equality, sustainable food, and a healthy planet, all of which underpin and are underpinned by positive mental health. Ultimately, she looks at how she can use her energy and resources to catalyze a compassionate systems-change transformation that puts community and human connection at the heart of it.
Natasha actively campaigns on mental health issues and founded Kokoro, a not-for-profit championing mental health as the foundation for a safer, kinder and more productive world. Natasha is also a trustee for United for Global Mental Health and occupies seats on various advisory committees and boards including, The Valuable 500, Known, the Center for Sustainable Finance and Private Wealth (CSP) at the University of Zurich, the Empower initiative at Harvard Medical School, and Maanch.
Natasha holds a BA in Geography, an MSC in the Political Economy of Violence, Conflict, and Development from SOAS University, and is an Alumni of the Impact Investing for the Next Generation course at Harvard Kennedy School. Outside of her work, she was a competitive equestrian show jumper and is currently an avid weightlifter, sports enthusiast, and contemporary art collector.
Natasha’s hard work and drive for impact is informed by who she is and her experiences growing up. Her father lived with Bipolar Disorder and Depression and died by suicide when Natasha was just 17. The experience of deep trauma and the necessity of having to take on family responsibility as a young woman, has shown Natasha the importance of a loving and supportive network - something she knows not everyone is fortunate enough to have.
It is her first-hand experiences that bring compassion and empathy to all areas of Natasha’s work and that have made her into the mover and shaker that she is. They have alerted her to the need of addressing the injustices that go unnoticed, and of investing in a more sustainable lifestyle that puts what she refers to as ‘The 3 C’s’ - compassion, community and connection - at the centre.
Accordingly, mental health is Natasha’s passion and her priority. She sees mental heath not only as a good in of itself but also as a key ingredient in driving impact across other areas of development. This is what a lot of the work at Kokoro, her not-for-profit, focuses on: Showing the extraordinary power that integrating mental health services has on improving the outcomes of other SDGs. In short, wherever humans are at the heart of the problem and wherever we need individuals and communities to adapt and change their. behaviors, we also need mental strength and mental health services to be part of the solution.
Natasha strongly believes in the importance of social capital and in its vital role as the glue that bonds societies together - we all have a responsibility to each other and to our environment, and by connecting on shared values we can build up resilience in our communities that leads to long-term systems change.
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