About Us

Sanghata Global enables social  innovation for transformational change and helps create a more inclusive form of capitalism.

ORIGIN AND HISTORY   In 2009, Sabiha proposed the concept for a uniquely innovative program that would transfer business skills and opportunities to enterprising people in the world’s most deprived areas. In 2010, her proposal led to the co-founding  of the Frontier Market Scouts (FMS) program with Dr. Yuwei Shi and  its establishment under his leadership by a Sanghata partnership with  the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, (MIIS).

AWARD    Just two years after launch, in 2013, our Frontier Market Scouts (FMS) program  won the Ashoka U-Cordes Award for Impact, Innovation and Potential for Replicability, probably the most prestigious award in the social entrepreneurship sector.

OUR FRONTIER MARKET SCOUTS PROGRAM   The Frontier Market Scouts fellowship program provides graduate students from MIIS and other schools, as well as mid-career international professionals, with an intensive two-week program followed by a two to 12 month fellowship in impact investing and social enterprise management.

The FMS two-week Certificate Training is offered three times per year in Amsterdam, Washington DC, and Monterey.  Read More

OUR IMPACT SINCE 2011   The Frontier Market Scouts training and fellowship program has trained more than 300 professionals and served more than 100 different social enterprises in 20 different countries around the world since its inception. FMS received a 2013 Cordes Innovation Award from AshokaU and has now become the flagship program of the newly launched Center for Social Impact Learning at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS).  Read More

OUR WORK    Sanghata’s  work helps to boost awareness in the public and private sector of newly emerging and frontier market ecosystems, business models, and market opportunities.  It helps governments and non-profits understand how market solutions can accelerate wealth creation in the poverty-stricken regions of our world.

  • We believe our approach helps accelerate wealth creation in poor areas through more entrepreneurial ventures and investment funds aimed at serving capital-weak markets; a greater emphasis on market solutions and private sector development in the non-profit and public aid communities; more multinational corporations designing products and services for the enterprising poor; and more interest by the engineering and research communities in the design of cheap, high-impact technologies for emerging frontier markets.
  • We believe that before long governments will pay more attention to small businesses and grassroots entrepreneurs as engines of growth, resulting in more investment in relevant public infrastructure and more awareness in the worldwide business community of market challenges and opportunities in low-income areas.


  • Innovative models focused on serving enterprising people and blueprints for an influx in resources to grassroots entrepreneurship worldwide.
  • Job creation in low-income areas, as well as facilitation of the development of low-cost, high-impact product, process and service innovation. (Both serve enterprising people by simultaneously creating wealth and improving quality of life.)
  • Education of business and development students on how to respond to opportunities in emerging and frontier markets, and in the process help reduce poverty.
  • Immersive experiences, along with original data and insights into the ecosystems of the ‘enterprising poor’ to the global business, development and policy communities.
  • Technological paths (business models, distribution and adoption strategies) to emerging frontier markets through which exponentially powerful, cheap and relevant technologies can be delivered, to provide efficient, scalable and sustainable solutions to the enterprising poor’s greatest problems (such as sanitation, energy, and health).

For insights into the impact of our Scouts work  Read More