Nisha Dhawan is the Country Director for India. She is passionate about amplifying the voices of girls, financial inclusion, and gender equity. Prior to assuming this role, she was the Director of the Adolescent Girls and Gender Initiatives at EMpower where she worked collaboratively with the global program team developing girl-focused capacity-building workshops, providing technical assistance and promoting cross-pollination of learnings in all 15 countries where EMpower works. Nisha’s initial role at EMpower was as the Senior Program Officer for India with responsibility for developing and managing grantee partnerships and programmatic initiatives.
Prior to joining Empower, Nisha worked at Abt Associates in Delhi as a gender and market linkages specialist on a USAID funded project. Nisha began her career working at Deutsche Bank and Barclays where she managed the Banks relationship with regulators and exchanges. Nisha holds an MA in Gender, Development and Globalization from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a BA from McGill University in Montreal, Canada in International Politics and Women’s Studies. She has submitted her PhD in Sociology to the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi – examining the role that Non-Traditional Livelihoods plays in advancing the
project of gender equity.