Shiv Kumar
Co-Founder, Catalyst Group

Co-Founder of The Catalyst group and Chief Integrator of the COVIDActionCollab, Shiv is a social investor who is passionate about solving complex social problems and improving the health and wealth of vulnerable communities. Shiv has dedicated 30 years working on social development, in India and internationally. His experience spans consulting, strategy, advisory, technical support provider, institution builder, mentor, team leader, facilitator, and coach across a spectrum of focus areas; health, livelihoods, education, sustainability, gender and equity, among others.

Starting his career in a leading farmer owned co-operative, he has founded several organisations within the Catalyst Group – Catalyst Management Services, a development consulting firm; Swasti – a health catalyst; Vrutti – livelihood impact partners and Fuzhio, an impact product company. He has also incubated and supported over 200 community organisations and special enterprises.

Shiv is part of several standing committees, task forces and reference groups – in India and internationally. He has authored think pieces, articles and a chapter in a book by World Bank. Through his career Shiv has helped positively change the lives of 3 million people, founded/mentored 210 organisations and raised 1.4 Billion USD for causes and communities. He is passionate about communities, collaboratives, institutions, human behaviour, partnerships, technology, governance; in addition to being a foodie, techie, and cyclist.

Shiv holds a PG Diploma in Rural Management, Institute of Rural Management; PG Diploma in systems development, National Institute of Information Technology; Bachelor of Commerce, St Joseph’s College, Tamil Nadu.