Sam Lakha is a Director and Board member at Volans and was part of Volans’ founding group in 2008.
Sam’s mission is to find ways for Volans to be part of conversations and on platforms that allow us to challenge the world of business and bring ‘constructive discomfort’ to a wide-range of audiences.
As well as the gubbins of running the business and driving our varied research, outreach and agenda-setting work, Sam’s day job – which she finds hard to justify as ‘work’ – involves everything from scouting for disruptive innovators, to finding and engaging exponential change-makers, and then building bridges and partnerships between them and more traditional (“big”) business.
Sam has been at the front line of building partnerships which help us shape and deliver our Breakthrough Program, such as with the UN Global Compact on Project Breakthrough and with Covestro and the Carbon Productivity Consortium on Reimagining Carbon.
Sam also works closely with John Elkington as a sparring partner, editor and critic (!) in relation to his writing and presentations.
What floats Sam’s boat? The sense that we can transform business and markets at scale and speed. We are already in motion; it’s happening now – see Project Breakthrough for examples. And that engaging people is critical.
Volans was fundamentally founded to help catalyze the conversations that will lead to breakthrough – and so Sam is deeply encouraged to now see, hear and feel the traction.
Sam is notably curious and intrigued by the mindsets and cultural dynamics driving Breakthrough and is convinced that a critical mass of leaders can change the rules of our global system.
In her previous life Sam held roles with the Equal Opportunities Commission, BSkyB, Datamonitor, EDS and her family’s business. She holds a BSc. Hons. in Psychology, which remains a life-long intrigue and passion.
Sam’s other pass-times include walking, strategic people-watching, films and gently obsessing over her eclectic book and music collection.
Sam’s mother tongue is Gujarati. She is chatty in French and fluent in gibberish.
Updated May 2017