COMMENTS FROM OUR CLIENTS

ORGANIZATIONS

Anupama Chopra

Director, MAMI

“Crossover Catalyst is a unique initiative, marrying professionals from the corporate sector with non-profit and cultural institutions. It's a great idea because it helps both, The search firm helped us to fill key positions at the Mumbai Film festival.”

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Asha Curran

CEO, GivingTuesday

"We engaged Moomal and the Crossover Catalyst team to help us fill a senior-level leadership role in India. They took the time to make sure they understood our organization, the requirements of the role, and our needs in India before beginning the search, and offered thoughtful feedback based on their own deep knowledge of the social sector in the region.  The team was organized and efficient, offering guidance, candor, and clear communication throughout every step of the process. Ultimately, they provided us with such a strong shortlist that we decided to build out a second role so that we could hire two candidates. We would wholeheartedly recommend Crossover Catalyst to anyone looking for high-quality talent in India."

Pritha Venkatachalam

Partner, The Bridgespan Group

“Crossover Catalyst is a social mission driven, executive search firm that enables corporate leadership talent to transition to a “win-win fit” in the development sector. They successfully supported Bridgespan on a critical mandate to recruit managerial talent in our Mumbai office. Moomal, their founder, has a hard nose for talent and is meticulous in understanding not only the needs, ambitions and values of her client but more importantly, of leaders who wish to devote themselves to meaningful social impact work. At a time when the real crunch in India's social sector is moving beyond finances to talent, Crossover Catalyst's contribution is pivotal. Our experience with them was refreshing in all ways – keen intuition combined with strong problem solving, clear communication, friendly and candid workstyle, and razor focus on impact more than the commercials of the deal. Highly recommend them!”

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Rupa Mahanty

Member BoG IIM Calcutta

"The Search cum Selection Committee of the IIM Calcutta Board of Governors had to follow a rigorous process in the choice of a search partner for the crucial position of Director for the Institute. Our experience in working with Crossover Catalyst, and Moomal, in particular, was excellent; she was very professional and responsive to our varying demands and added value at every stage of this complex process with her thoughtful, meticulous, and incisive actions, in her commitment to getting the right outcome for IIM Calcutta. I believe we made the right choice in selecting Crossover for this important search: they are experienced, dedicated, and diligent, and I wish Moomal and her team many more successes in their journey ahead."

Shaveta Sharma-Kukreja

Managing Director, Central Square Foundation

"Crossover Catalyst has helped CSF bring in high-quality talent for some key positions. They invest the time to engage and understand our requirements- both from an organisation and potential candidates' perspective. This makes the process both rigorous and streamlined. They have been and continue to be a reliable partner in our growth."

Vandana Goyal

Former CEO, The Akanksha Foundation

“We were very fortunate to work with Moomal, and Crossover Catalyst, during our CEO transition period at Akanksha. What is unique is their care for the work that social sector organizations do, for their ability to dive deep to learn the DNA of an organization and to understand who would best meet its needs and fit its culture.  Along with this are wonderful qualities of listening, empathizing and yet being relentless in the pursuit of ultimate success - matching great organizations with effective leaders.”

Venkatesam Eshwara

Vice President, Development, Ashoka University

"Working with Moomal Mehta of Crossover Catalyst has been an absolute delight. Her biggest strength lies in the investment she makes in understanding the specific requirement of the client (in this case Ashoka University). The search for specialised talent for a philanthropic fundraising function was eluding me for quite some time. The role is mission critical and the attributes required extremely unique. Moomal's sensibilities in grasping and articulating the nuances of the talent required for the role was exemplary. And in the end helped find the person best suited for the role."

CANDIDATES

Ali Imran

Vice President (External Engagement), Ashoka University

“Moomal brings to her job a most unusual combination of robust professional experience and deep human understanding.  Having spent many years as a corporate executive herself, she is able to connect with both organisations seeking talent and senior individuals looking for opportunities and achieve the right outcomes for both. I was the first person for whom she paved the way into a new career, and I can understand completely where the name Crossover Catalyst comes from.”

Commander Ninad Phatarphekar (Veteran)

Former CEO, Committed Communities Development Trust

“Some time last year on turning fifty I decided to change careers and transcend to social entrepreneurship. I reached out to Moomal Mehta of Crossover Catalyst after seeing an article in the Times on India some time in Aug 17. Moomal specialises in placements in the Social sector and she is highly adept at it. She first met with me to asses my interests, experience,  potential and skill sets. They were then matched with potential organisations to ensure the correct cultural and competency fit.  Moomal's interventions are not restricted only to placement. She guided me and all stakeholders through every step of the interview, selection and on boarding process to ensure the transition was smooth and also maintained a periodic follow up with all concerned. Moomal Mehta of Crossover Catalyst is a through professional and I would not hesitate to recommend her and Crossover Catalyst to anyone wanting to transition into the social sector.”

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Kavita Mathew

Director of Programs and Partnerships - India, Giving Tuesday

"When I applied for a role with GivingTuesday's new hub in India, I was certain that joining the organization would be absolutely fulfilling. Little did I know that the whole recruitment process for this role, managed by Crossover Catalyst would also be equally fulfilling. From the very first conversations with Moomal, Bianca, and the rest of their team, I was impressed by a rare form of professionalism that oozed with compassion and a desire to deeply understand each candidate's aspirations and skills. They turned the usually lonely process of recruitment into a joyful ride with moments when I felt like they were a part of my team, cheering me on. I really appreciated the preparatory calls, reminders, and follow-ups which clearly show that they go beyond just being facilitators of this process. I wish you continued success in supporting civil society organizations in the country, tackle the much talked about talent crunch with one successful crossover at a time."

Nandina Biswas Ramachandran

CEO, Salaam Bombay Foundation

"Crossover Catalyst thoroughly understands the motivations and desires driving a person to crossover from the corporate 'for profit' side to evaluating a 'Non Profit' role. They ensure a holistic best fit."

Nidhi Goyal

Former Associate Dean, Anant National University

“The decision to change sectors is never an easy one and Crossover Catalyst helped me through the decision making process one phone call at a time. Moomal went beyond being a facilitator, to becoming a mentor and provided multiple perspectives and options to consider, and really helped simplify the process.

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Rishu Garg

Program Lead, Water Conservation, Hindustan Unilever Foundation

It is not the outcome that is so important but the experiences during the journey that makes it interesting and enjoyable. My journey during the last three months- of the recruitment process- has been tiring, full of anxiety and stress as any job recruitment process would be. But the engagement with "Crossover Catalyst" provided me cushioning comfort which is so critical before and post-assessments. The catalyst for my crossover to the corporate was the backstopping provided by your team.

 

Your own intervention, a couple of times helped break the deadlock, which at times is difficult both for the recruiter and candidate to get over, without causing any scarring! You have that innate ability to resolve complex and difficult situations through simple solutions that are simple and amicable. Above all, you have made me feel good and elated, every time I have talked to you. I think it was this special quality of yours that helped resolve difficult issues.

 

At the same time, I would also like to place on record my acknowledgement and deep sense of appreciation for Ms. Sabiha for her gentle, candid and timely support. She ensured that there are no delays through adequate follow ups with all the stakeholders. I am delighted to mention here that never during the entire process did I feel that she tried to misguide me or cajole me into taking decisions in haste. During the entire recruitment process, her impartiality to the entire process was amazing.

 

To cut a long story short, my experience with knowing both of you has been rewarding not just in terms of my successful recruitment but also of knowing, understanding and learning a very professional, impartial yet transparent way of dealing through tough situations. It has been a learning experience for me!

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Shveta Bakshi

Lead Partnerships, TATA Strive

"I recently engaged with the team at Crossover Catalyst. I am amazed at the time they invest in each candidate. Both Sabiha and Moomal are wonderful! They are very humanistic and understanding at the same time adept at delving deeper to learn about professional experiences. I interacted a lot with Sabiha and both - her warmth and professionalism are worth praise! Although we could not close the opportunity, but thank You Sabiha and Moomal for your valuable time. It was a wonderful experience interacting with you."

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Sukriti Mehta

Fundraising and Partnerships Associate, Reap Benefit

"Crossover Catalyst supported me during my recent job transition. It was a welcome and refreshing change to interact with Bianca and Moomal, who not only indulged in thorough research to understand about my work and life experiences but also aspirations and job preferences. The team has a candid demeanor, great work ethic, immense patience, and empathy- making the otherwise tedious hunts a seamless experience."