Nikhil John brings over 17 years of experience across various roles spanning consulting, strategy, research, business development, and fundraising in the startup ecosystem, financial inclusion, corporate finance, public policy and social impact sectors.
As the Senior Engagement Manager at Sattva, he leads multi-year engagements with non-profits to design, implement and scale programs to create systemic impact. He also leads the cohort-based capacity building sub-business unit within the Nonprofit Advisory at Sattva.
Prior to Sattva, Nikhil was the Portfolio Lead of the Civic Tech team at Social Alpha where he mentored social enterprises. He made a full time foray into the social impact sector in 2013 and joined IFMR Holdings (currently Drava Trust) where he worked closely with the CEO to advise their rural, branch-based wealth management subsidiary and helped raise $26 million in funding. He began his career in the corporate world at Nera Economic Consulting where he primarily worked to create data-driven economic reasoning to succinctly articulate complicated subjects
Nikhil co-authored the article, “Investing in the Transformation of Financial Access in India”, Foreign Affairs, Special Issue: The Innovative Finance Revolution: Private Capital for the Public Good in 2017.
He holds a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Economics on a full tuition merit scholarship from Bard College, New York.
Sattva gives him the opportunity to learn more about the non-profit space. He is eager to play a significant role at solving at least one of the pressing problems faced by society.