Nishant Lalwani

Nishant Lalwani

Founder in Global Innovation Fund

Professional experience

Vice President, Strategy & Operations, Global Innovation Fund (November 2012-now)

 They invest in social innovations that aim to improve the lives and opportunities of millions of people in the developing world. Through their grants and risk capital, they support breakthrough solutions to global development challenges from social enterprises, for-profit firms, non-profit organisations, researchers, and government agencies.

Manager at GSMA - Mobile Money for the Unbanked (2012 June - 2013 October)
Senior Manager, Monitor Inclusive Markets, Monitor Group (2007 September - 2011 June)
Consultant, Growing Sustainable Businesses Programme UNDP (2007)
Senior Consultant (General Strategy) Marakon Associates (2004-2007)
Founder, Varsity Dates (2003-2004)
Founded and led the UK's first student speed dating company. Sold it in 2004.


Is the Bottom of the Pyramid Really for You? Harvard Business Review: In this HBR article he lays out why so many large corporates have failed to successfully engage with the poor through conventional markets, and give examples of innovative thinking that has helped a select few institutions crack the BoP market.
Micromortgages: A macro opportunity in low income housing finance: A thorough and evidence-based examination of how mainstream financial services companies can profitably serve low-income, 'informal sector' customers (such as slum dwellers) in the mortgage space.
Stretching the fabric of MFI networks: In this paper he examines whether and how microfinance institutions can go beyond their traditional business of small, unsecured personal loans.

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