Nisha Chakravarty serves as Safe Water Network’s Chief Financial Officer, leading the organization’s financial management efforts, overseeing human resources and administrative advancement, ensuring regulatory, legal, and risk compliance, and spearheading the business case development and advancement of all program investments.
Prior to joining Safe Water Network, Nisha founded and led two social enterprises, LeadersXL and Nuru Social Enterprises, in India and in Kenya, respectively, which focused on base-of-the-economic-pyramid communities. She has served as a senior adviser, consulting on thought leadership, financial systems, and human capital, as well as authoring white papers for companies such as Unitus Capital and UNICEF. Nisha has guest-lectured at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School on the subject of social innovation and social enterprises, and collaborated with China’s Tsinghua University on fintech for rural development research.
Prior to her social enterprise experiences, Nisha served as Nuru International’s CFO, KIPP LA’s Chief Financial and Operating Officer, and consulted with StudentsFirst. Nisha has also led shared-services strategy for India and Singapore at Goldman Sachs and spent time in London, Hong Kong, and Mumbai in her roles as Head of Expense Management for the Lehman Brothers and Nomura India offices. Prior to her time in financial services, Nisha oversaw finance teams at Time Inc. and Scholastic Inc.
Nisha holds a Master’s degree in Quantitative Methods in Social Sciences from Columbia University, an undergraduate degree in Management and Marketing from The Wharton School, and an undergraduate degree in South Asian Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.