Neera Nundy is a Partner and Co-Founder of Dasra India, which started in 1999. As co-founder, Neera leads eco-system building initiatives and facilitates key partnerships with global leaders like Harvard University, Stanford University, and USAID to accelerate social impact. She has been instrumental in enabling capacity building for nonprofits through the launch of the Dasra Social Impact Leadership Program with Harvard Business Publishing, a first-of-its-kind executive education program for social sector leaders in India, and has supported the development of over 70 social sector research reports, driving USD 44 million in funding for hundreds of nonprofits.
Neera has been recognized for her work through Dasra with several prestigious awards and recognition. She was selected by Forbes India Self Made Women in 2020 and received the “Agent of Social Change” Award at Vogue Women of The Year 2019. Neera was awarded for “Special Contributions by Woman” at the 15th Indo-American Corporate Excellence Awards by the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce. She is also a recipient of the Canadian Governor General’s Medallion for her dedication to addressing India’s critical development challenges, and the Forbes Philanthropy Award in the Crossover Leaders category. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and is a fellow of the third class of the Kamalnayan Bajaj Fellowship of the Ananta Aspen Center and a fellow of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. She is a Board Member of The Hunger Project, American School of Bombay, and Aangan Trust. She is Canadian, has lived in Mumbai for 21 years, runs Dasra with her husband Deval and busy raising feminist sons – Ayush, Laxman and Akbar. – All teenagers!