Managing Director & Partner
Shalini Unnikrishnan is the Global Lead for Societal Impact in the Consumer and Social Impact practices at Boston Consulting Group.
Shalini’s work at BCG is focused at the intersection of the private, public, and social sectors. She is the co-author of “Total Societal Impact,” which explores how companies can gain business and societal value through their core operations. Shalini gained expertise in this subject through her work with private sector clients. She also supports public and social sector clients on private sector engagement. Shalini has worked extensively in emerging markets–on value chains of private sector companies in agriculture, financial inclusion, women’s empowerment, and economic development. Her experience includes supporting the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response in West Africa, working within presidencies in Africa as an advisor on economic development, supporting global health and education coalitions, and designing public-private partnerships for consumer companies.
Shalini has taken leaves of absence from BCG (2009-10, 2012) to serve with former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair's Africa Governance Initiative (AGI). She was embedded within President Kagame's government in Rwanda to support private-sector development, and she was a day-to-day advisor to President Banda in Malawi.
Shalini is a recent Presidential Leadership Scholar, a selective program led by former President George W. Bush, and she has written and published extensively on various topics in societal impact including a TED talk on new models for tackling humanitarian crises. She currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Tony Blair Foundation.
BCG's Shalini Unnikrishnan speaks with Bayer's global head of public affairs and sustainability, Matthias Berninger, about the ongoing food crisis and the actions businesses can take in transforming the global food system.
Conflict, climate change, and COVID-19 have upended fundamental assumptions of our industrial food system. Here, BCG’s Shalini Unnikrishnan joins Evan Fraser of the Arrell Food Institute to discuss the future of agriculture, examining the need for smart policymaking and new technologies.
The cost of food is rising rapidly, and hunger is on the increase. What will it take to build a better way to feed the world?
2022 has highlighted how critical food is to us. The planet's population will grow by a quarter by 2050, while at the same time we face the imperative of cutting emissions. As a top global agricultural producer and innovator, Canada has both an opportunity and an obligation to take action.
Companies can use seaweed to advance decarbonization and create other benefits, including improved marine ecosystem health.
Companies have plenty of “will” but much less “way” when it comes to climate and sustainability innovation readiness.
In the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, our global food systems are struggling to feed those most at risk.
Sustainability is as much about mindset, intention, and focus as technology, explains Shalini Unnikrishnan, a leader on social impact at BCG.
Few retailers excel at being green, but the need for improvement is acute. Where is your company on the maturity curve?
Companies are accelerating efforts to ensure their products do not contribute to global forest loss. But individual company action, while necessary, is not enough.
Current efforts to combat climate change leave women behind. But drawing women fully into the fight is a win-win—accelerating climate progress and advancing gender equity.