Nisha Agrawal has been working on poverty, inequality and social development issues for almost 30 years. Since March 2008, she has been the CEO of Oxfam India. During this period, she successfully led a complex change management process that integrated the programs and staff of the 6 Oxfams that had been previously operating in India. She also led a highly consultative process to formulate Oxfam India’s new strategy entitled “Demanding Rights, Creating Opportunities” that lays out its vision, mission and programs for 2010-2015. The strate gy provides a direction and focus to Oxfam’s work in the 7 poorest states of India and with the 4 most marginalized socials groups (Women, Dalits, Tribals, and Muslims). It also provides a thematic focus in the four areas of Economic Justice, Gender Justice, Essential Services, and Humanitarian work. Oxfam India is a rights-based organization that partners with and funds about 130 NGOs that work at the grassroots levels to empower communities and ensure a life of dignity for all.
Prior to joining Oxfam India, Nisha worked with the World Bank for almost 20 years from 1989 till 2008. She has extensive experience working in countries in the East Asia Region (Cambodia, Vietnam and Indonesia) and in the East Africa Region (Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda). Before that, she worked as a Research Associate at the Impact Research Center at Melbourne University, from 1985 to 1989.
Nisha is an economist by training and has a Ph.D in Economicsfrom the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S.A. Prior to that, she has an M.A. in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics, and a B.A. (Honrs) in Economics from Miranda House, Delhi University.