Expert Commentators: Power of Small

Ashoka Changemakers has teamed with the following expert commentators to offer comments on competition entries.

Bonnie Foley-Wong

Bonnie founded Pique Ventures (, an intelligent network of investors who are committed to a more integrated approach to managing their money. Pique Ventures helps people think differently about investing and make investment decisions using information from emotions, intuition, and bodies as well as analysis, so that the types of investments made are more purposeful. Bonnie qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte in Toronto and worked with the firm in London, UK. She structured and financed multi-million Euro real estate transactions in Europe with Hypo Real Estate Bank and ABN AMRO Bank. She has also been an explorer, traveller, consultant, aspiring ski instructor, and advisor to social entrepreneurs and impact investors. In 2011, she joined a team at Vancouver City Savings Credit Union and implemented a high impact lending and investing program. Bonnie spotted opportunities in the impact investing space to innovate around how investment decisions are made and around the leadership of women investors and in December 2011, began developing what is now Pique Ventures. Bonnie is an associate of Ogunte ( in the UK and is a member of the Board of LOCO BC ( You can often find her on Twitter @BonnieOWong.

Ajaita Shah

Ajaita Shah is the Founder of Frontier Markets. She has 5 years of microfinance experience in India with organizations like SKS Microfinance, and Ujjivan Financial Services. Ajaita has worked on numerous development projects in 7 states in India. She has consulted with the World Bank about microfinance in South Asia and Latin America. She served on the Committee of the Social Performance Task Force. Ajaita Shah holds her B.A. in International Relations from Tufts University.