Nilima is an entrepreneur working toward a gender-equal India through high-impact, scalable approaches. Her track record brings together a powerful mix of field experience, research, and advisory roles aimed at strengthening social impact missions.
She is currently working on a for-profit social venture:
Nilima is the founder of social venture iesha,which has an easy-to-use digitized curriculum on sexuality and gender for teachers to use in the classroom. iesha believes that delivering accurate, empowering information on gender and sexuality to adolescents at puberty is a fundamental paradigm shift that will lead to creating a gender-equal India.
Nilima has worked – and continues to work – across field-level, research, and advisory roles. Previous roles include the following:
Villgro is India’s oldest social enterprise incubator, having supported over 94 for-profit social innovators over the last 13 years with seed funding and high-touch mentorship support.
As Executive Producer of SEED, Nilima conceptualized, launched, and led the 8-month intensive program for early stage social ventures. Over two years, 11 high-potential entrepreneurs – across education, agriculture, technology, financial inclusion, and livelihoods – received rigorous mentorship, and 75% subsequently raised seed funding.
Next Billion is an online consortium of experts and practitioners in social entrepreneurship, policy-makers, and academics exploring the connection between enterprise and development.
As a frequent contributor and former Editor, Nilima critically analyzes trends, challenges, and successes in global enterprise-driven development approaches.
The William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business is a non-profit research and educational think tank that creates long- term value for academic institutions, partner organizations, and donor agencies active in emerging markets.
As a Senior Business Case Writer, Nilima developed course materials for use by over 800 students in top-tier MBA programs and company training programs, including Goldman Sachs. She specialized in social enterprise case studies.
Her published work can be found here.
Kiva has the mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world. Since 2005, Kiva has disbursed more than $500 million in micro-loans by engaging more than one million individual lenders globally.
As one of 25 Kiva Fellows in her batch (selected from 150 applicants) sent independently to microfinance institutions across the world, Nilima acted as Kiva’s “eyes and ears in the field” at microfinance institution Fundación AgroCapital in Bolivia.
There, she interviewed hundreds of micro-loan borrowers in low-income areas to assess the impact of the microfinancing on their micro-businesses and lives. In order to improve MFI operations and its use of the Kiva platform, she also trained staff across six branches on Kiva policies and best practices, in Spanish. Some of her updates can be found here.