Sejal Desai is the Business Engagement Director for CFT For Business. In her role, she works with over 100 companies across North Texas to engage them with the community through philanthropic guidance, networking, Community oriented programming and educational events. Sejal also helps guide the strategic direction of CFT For Business along with the overall team.
Prior to that, Sejal was the Program Director for Entrepreneurs For North Texas (EFNT), a Program of the Communities Foundation of Texas where she manages a program that makes it easy for small and mid-sized companies to develop philanthropic strategies and enhance community engagement. Sejal is also the Founder of SevaYatra, a social venture that offers short-term service project opportunities at NGOs in India. Sejal previously worked as a Principal at MHT Partners, a boutique investment bank based in Dallas where she worked on cross-border merger and acquisitions primarily between US and Indian companies. She was also a Co-Founder and Principal of STARTech Early Ventures, a seed stage venture firm, that invested in early stage technology ventures in Texas. She also led various entrepreneurial education and training efforts as CEO of STARTech Foundation, a sister organization of STARTech Early Ventures. In addition to STARTech, Sejal also co-founded and sold a hands-on science education business, Mad Science of Denton County. Prior to her work in the U.S., Sejal served as a manager in the corporate advisory services division for Ernst & Young in Mumbai, India for a few years where she worked on various foreign inward investment projects, valuation as well as due diligence studies. She began her career at D.J. Shukla & Co., where she handled personal taxes and conducted audits for domestic corporations.
In her career, she has worked with over 300 entrepreneurs and 35 venture-backed companies and investors. She also has extensive working knowledge of the philanthropic community in India and US. She currently serves on the Board of the DFW South Asian Film Festival, Opportunity Plus and on the Philanthropy Council of North Texas Food Bank. Sejal is a co-founder of the Orchid Giving Circle and serves as the Grant Committee Chair as well. Sejal has previously served on the boards of The Dallas Assembly, thinkIndia Foundation, Texans Credit Union and On-Target Supplies & Logistics Ltd. She also serves on the Leadership Advisory Councils for the American India Foundation’s DFW Chapter and is a graduate of Leadership Richardson. Sejal holds a Masters in Liberal Studies from Southern Methodist University. She has an MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas and she is a Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.
Sejal lives in Dallas with her husband, Hemang and two children, Mohan and Maya.