Ms. Nanda is Founder and Principal, Karuna Advisors. As an entrepreneur, experienced strategist and leadership coach she excels in marshalling philanthropic funds for building societal prosperity. With deep insights gained from two decades of social sector experience and fundraising, Ms. Nanda began advising individual and family philanthropy in 2012. She created a unique pre-engagement process to propagate smarter, informed philanthropic decisions and social investments in increasingly complex, disruptive and ambiguous situations. In 2016, to meet the growing demand for customized advisory expertise from philanthropists across the world, Ms Nanda launched Karuna Advisors, a firm with a global network for amplifying reach and services. At Karuna she also curates Donor Circles and collectively funded program investment portfolios with high potential for yielding innovative solutions. Ms. Nanda currently invests in market solutions to education, micro-finance, and ecosystem conservation. Through JAGRITI Youth, a nonprofit Ms. Nanda founded, she actively supports youth leadership for resilient communities.
Prior to founding Karuna, Ms. Nanda worked with diverse nonprofits, UN agencies and private foundations in the US and elsewhere. Her executive roles have spanned a broad range of functions including leading India country office, strategic planning, fundraising, programming, grant-making and high-level advocacy. Ms. Nanda has a Doctorate in Education from the University of Massachusetts. She also holds several Certificates, including in Leadership and Negotiations from Harvard Law School, and in Transformational Coaching from Leadership that Works. Ms. Nanda’s Board affiliations include Brooklyn Raga Massive and Jagriti Youth Trust. On pro bono basis, Ms. Nanda mentors high school students interested in public service.