Veena Jayadeva

Director of CSR, Guardian Life Insurance

Veena Jayadeva is currently the Director of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) at Guardian, where she manages employee engagement, charitable giving initiatives and employee environmental efforts. She joined Guardian in 2015 to build the Fortune 250 company’s first CSR program, leveraging her deep experience in financial inclusion, as well as background in business development and strategy consulting.

Prior to Guardian, Veena was a Vice President at Grameen America, a NYC-based microfinance institution that has invested over $500M in women-led micro- and small businesses across the country. Previously, Veena was a Consultant at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), where she served clients in the financial services and healthcare sectors.

Veena spent the early part of her career in international development, microfinance, and corporate citizenship at the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and Grameen Koota, a microfinance institution in India.

Veena holds a Master of Business Administration from MIT Sloan, where she was a Seley Scholar, the business school’s highest merit award. She holds a Master of Arts in international economics and a Bachelor of Arts in international relations from Johns Hopkins University. She also participated in Columbia Business School’s Senior Leaders Program for nonprofit executives. Veena currently serves on the Board of the Association of MIT Alumnae.