Nishant Lalwani studied at Christ's College, Cambridge graduating with Bachelors and Masters degrees in Aeronautical Engineering. He was also a Fulbright Scholar at Harvard Business School, where he completed his MBA.
In 2003, he set up the UK's first student Speed Dating company, but later sold it and became a strategy consultant, working with Marakon Associates for three years in London, Amsterdam, Switzerland and New York. He found his calling in the world of international development, via a stint with the United Nations Development Program in Zambia. In 2007 he helped found Monitor Inclusive Markets, a specialist consultancy and think tank that supports social enterprises in emerging markets. His work on market-based solutions for poverty has been published in India, Europe and the United States, including the Harvard Business Review in 2011. Nishant also sits on the Board of Directors of Shivia, an Indian microfinance institution, and has acted as an advisor on education policy to the Indian government. He is current in the process of starting a new fund - Global Development Innovation Ventures - which will aim to support and scale exciting social innovations in developing economies.
Nishant loves playing cricket and football, and usually spends a lot of his time with headphones on, either DJing or travelling.