Shruthi Baskaran-Makanju is a member of the Social Impact practice at Boston Consulting Group. She rejoined BCG in 2018 after previous stints with the firm in 2015 and 2012 to 2014. She is an expert in food systems, agriculture, and nutrition, with extensive experience leading agricultural development work across Sub-Saharan Africa. 

Shruthi is passionate about food systems, innovation in resource-constrained environments, and the impact of consumer behavior on development in both developed and emerging markets. In her client work, Shruthi is focused on bringing systems-based approaches to global agricultural markets, and believes in multi-sectoral approaches grounded in deep partnerships to solve the complex challenges that affect our food systems today. She has worked on several aspects of the ecosystem to design holistic, sustainable solutions to create long-term change. 

Previously, Shruthi worked with the UN World Food Programme, as the Mission Lead for the Patient Procurement Platform, and as Special Assistant to the Director of Innovation & Change Management.


  • MBA, Stanford Graduate School of Business (Miller Social Change Award recipient)
  • MS, Stanford School of Earth Sciences, E-IPER Program (focus on agriculture and energy)
  • BS, civil and environmental engineering, Pennsylvania State University (Schreyer Honors Scholar)