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Nandan Sharalaya

Nandan has worked in varied roles across venture capital, consulting, academia and politics. 

In his current role at Omidyar Network India, an impact-investing firm, he evaluates and manages investments across the areas of Digital Society, Cities & Innovation and Property Inclusivity initiatives. He also manages Omidyar Network India's Non-Profit Sector Development and Migration portfolio.

Speaking on Impact Investing at the Indian School of Business, Mohali
Speaking on Impact Investing at the Indian School of Business, Mohali


Previously, he worked at FTI Consulting in Mumbai, a global advisory firm headquartered in Washington DC, advising clients like Virgin Hyperloop One, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, DP World, Mastercard, Responsible Mica Initiative, etc. on their public affairs and strategic communications strategy.


Speaking on the 'Future of Transportation' AvH seminar in Hangzhou, China



Between 2016-18, Nandan was based in Berlin as a German Chancellor Fellow and was a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Industrial Organization at WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management, Germany's premier business school.


Meeting former German Chancellor Angela Merkel at her office in Berlin


Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Industrial Organization, WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management



Earlier, he headed legislative strategy and operations for over a 100+ Members of Parliament from both the houses, while serving as Chief of Staff to Member of Parliament Professor Rajeev Gowda. He has also been a LAMP Fellow (Legislative Assistant to a Member of Parliament) with PRS Legislative Research in New Delhi. 



Teaching a course on 'Legislative Policy' at the MIT School of Government in Pune
Teaching a course on 'Indian Political Economy' at University of Minnesota's international immersion program




Nandan is a visiting faculty in several media and policy schools in India and internationally. He has taught courses and workshops in impact investing, public policy, design thinking, international development, negotiation strategy and political communication at the MIT School of Government, University of Minnesota, Jindal University, Ashoka University, Indian School of Business, Symbiosis, Christ University etc.


Speaking on 'Sustainable Futures' at the Humboldt annual meeting in Bonn, Germany


At the European Commission HQ in Brussels, Belgium



In the past, his writings have appeared in several national and international magazines and portals including The Conversation, Huffington Post, U.S News, The Diplomat, Scroll, The Wire, Mint, Tehelka, Gateway House etc. In 2016, Nandan founded a new media platform The Decent Neta with the goal of simplifying and making political discourse in India more interesting and accessible.

Member of Parliament Dr Shashi Tharoor endorses my essay on the need to reform parliament


Click on the image to read an excerpt of my book chapter




Nandan holds a Masters degree in International Studies and Diplomacy, majoring in International Economics and Energy & Climate Policy from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Media and Communication from Symbiosis International University, India. In 2016, he was a Fred J Hansen scholar in Leadership at the University of San Diego. His formative years (1991-2004) were spent growing up in Nigeria.

At the Hansen Leadership Institute in San Diego, California
Moderating a panel discussion at the International Labour Organization (ILO) HQ in Geneva, Switzerland


Outside of work, Nandan regularly plays sport, runs a fitness support group for close friends and family and co-hosts a video podcast on Hushl titled 'Switch' focused on deconstructing interesting career moves of early stage professionals. When he is not thinking endlessly about the next holiday and achieving his goal of backpacking across a 100 countries, he dreams of starting his own South Indian snack bar. 

At the annual Humboldt Foundation retreat in Bonn. Germany


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