Shivani Singh and Jessica van Thiel co-founded this organization and manage it together.

Shivani and Jessica met in Mauritius in 2012, where Jess was working with the United Nations Development Programme and reporting to Shivani’s friend, mentor, and then UN Resident Coordinator for Mauritius and Seychelles. The two women quickly realized they share similar passions and goals. In 2015 they founded PATHFINDER. The rest, as they say, is history!

Shivani Singh

Shivani has grown up around the world, having traveled and lived in several countries. She left home for boarding school at the young age of ten and has been independent since, developing a strong sense of self. Since Shivani was barely a teenager, she dreamed of helping to create a better world for all, especially those who are most vulnerable. Upon completing her education, Shivani established herself in New York City’s tough Financial Industry before launching PATHFINDER. Shivani is a passionate communicator and is varyingly functional in multiple languages.

Amongst other accolades, Shivani is an alumna of Ashoka Changemakers, American Express Leadership Academy and the Social Venture Institute.

For more on Shivani, see LinkedIn and Instagram.

Jessica Van Thiel

Jessica’s focus is in the field of aid and development, human rights law and advocacy,  social entrepreneurship, science and economic policy and is a PhD Student in Science and Technology Policy Studies at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), University of Sussex.

Jessica has worked with EU Institutions in Brussels, on international research and development projects. She also worked as the Gender Focal Point of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Mauritius Country Office. Her work also includes consulting for a Human Rights NGO based in South Africa, where she assisted victims of domestic violence and led an anti-Human Trafficking Campaign.

She is an avid volunteer and is a member of the Soroptimist International and the Institute of Directors.

Now based in France and Canada, her passion to advocate policies and sustainable strategies that directly benefit minority groups and the impoverished are what motivated her to co-found PATHFINDER.

For more on Jess, see LinkedIn.