Nisaa is a leading Global Impact Strategist, one of the first C-level Executives operating in the field instrumental in coining the term. She is seen as an influential voice in the market bringing catalytic impact models across Executive level of government, family offices & UHNWIs, major brands, and international & local NGOs. She takes a strategic and holistic approach to her methodology that spans almost two decades across 14+ countries where she has either advised, designed and implemented catalytic impact- growth models.
Nisaa is a trained solicitor with private equity experience across impact curation, ESG, SDG metric build out across mid-cap PE portfolios (USD 15-100 mil) in the regulated investment management space. She has been engaged in senior level board positions across the globe previously ranking as most senior ESG officer, Head of Impact & In-House Counsel across a portfolio that spanned three nations. Nisaa is also engaged in various C-Suite Executive positions for and on behalf of various funds, foundations and family offices globally also providing government advisory expertise. She is ranked by the Founder Institute(FI) within the Top 20 Impact & Sustainability Start-Up Leaders across Europe (FI produced Udemy, launched over 6000 companies across six continent’s with an alumni worth $ 30BN). Nisaa was selected as a Founding United Kingdom Member of Chief. Chief holds 77% of the top executive / C-Suite women globally for Fortune 100 companies with a waitlist of 60,000+.
Nisaa is the current Director and Global Head of Impact, ESG & Sustainability at UMusic Hotels (the joint venture between the world’s largest music group, Universal Music Group (UMG) and Dakia UVentures).
Nisaa is on the LP Steering Committee of the Fourth Floor, Guide at the Resolution Project, Cosmos Member (RegenIntel), Member of the World Economic Forum (Impact), Board Member at a United Nations IGO, Curator & Founder of ImpactforSDGs, Future H. (Hero), GGPN Leadership Team, Member of the Women in International Affairs Network (WIAN), Founder Change Maker at Regenerative Travel, Member of the National Climate Taskforce (United States’ Department of Energy (DoE) and EOPA), 100Women@Davos previous Global Ambassador for Climate Change at the Centre for Responsible Leadership (alongside Al Gore’s VP Nominee Senator Lieberman) partnered with President Bill Clinton & John Hopkin’s University.
“Forums like Davos are key to catalysing and delivering on the SDGs. A key focus during my time at COP26 was understanding how emerging markets can further Agenda 2030. I started to build around a term I used “climate leapfrogging” which in the environmental space outlines how emerging and developing nations can leapfrog to modern, clean technologies which is an integral part of climate resilience, mitigation and capacity building. It also informs that some of the brightest and biggest solutions may have the opportunity to come from emerging markets as we see with the case studies around mobile banking. Looking forward to being part of green solutions”
THE WHITE HOUSE & GLOBAL GOVERNANCE
The White House – Department of Energy (DoE). Nisaa Jetha attended two marquis events in Washington D.C. August 16th 2022 during the the biggest week for climate with over 450 local and state elected officials in Washington DC last week to meet with Biden Administration officials from the Council on Environmental Quality and the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, as well as Department of Energy Loan Program Office Head Jigar Shah. The Climate Emergency Summit connected elected officials, innovators, and investors to support deployment and implementation of climate solutions nation-wide. Energy Industry Today| NATO News Today | UNFCCC Conferences of the Parties News Today | Environmental News Today
Nisaa Jetha, Global Impact Strategist, commented:
“Setting out strategies to mobilise private sector finance ahead of COP27 in Egypt are key, and the IRA 2022 sets an example on the global stage that celebrates one of greatest commercial opportunities of our time to unlock further capital.” World Governments Watch | The Government Digest | International News Ledger | International World Times | International Business Watch | Economic Policy Times | Global Media Watch | Global Media Watch | World Politics Report | European Environmental News
AWARDS & SELECTED INVITATIONS
- Top 20 Impact & Sustainability Leaders Across Europe – Founders Institute
- World Economic Forum Member (Impact)
- Chief: Selected as Founding United Kingdom Member of Chief. Chief holds 77% of the top executive / C-Suite women globally for Fortune 100 companies with a waitlist of 60,000
- Co-Founder & Member – Climate Positive Investing Alliance
- COP28 Keynote Speaker at Women & Climate Finance Panel (Official COP28 Event)
- COP28 Keynote Speaker at World Health Innovation Summit (Official COP28 Event)
- COP28 Speaker at Euro-Mediterranean Economists Association (UNFCCC) – Nisaa Jetha presented her proprietary impact strategy
- COP27 Solutions Innovator Inside the Innovation Zone (UNFCCC)
- COP26 (Open COP speaker)
- Previous Global Ambassador for Climate Change: Nisaa is the current Ambassador for Climate Change (Youth & Women’s Economic Empowerment) at the Centre for Responsible Leadership (Leadership Council includes Al Gore’s Vice President Nominee Senator Lieberman) which is partnered directly with Former President Bill Clinton (Clinton Foundation) & John Hopkins University
- Ambassador for Peace Award: Nisaa Jetha was awarded the Ambassador for Peace Award, for her outstanding service for peace and justice globally alongside other peace leaders (UPF 2016).
- The White House – United State of Women Summit: Nisaa Jetha was nominated by the United State of Women Summit by the White House for her outstanding service to further gender equality globally (2016)
- United Nations: Nisaa has been selected to represent the United Kingdom on multiple occasions (2015-2017) at the United Nations through the membership organisation she launched in UK Parliament and personal capacity.
- UN Brain Trust: Nisaa Jetha was selected to advise as a key UN officials (2020) on a private Brain trust for scaling peace and restorative justice models to catalyse community development and climate change solutions globally.
- Junior Chamber of Commerce: Nisaa Jetha was awarded Junior Chamber of Commerce award (2016) for the membership organization she started JCI Kensington (p.o.) for fastest mobilization within the United Kingdom.
- 100Women@Davos: Part of impact-driven women CEOs, leaders, and changemakers launched in Davos (World Economic Forum) in January 2020 supporting United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (UNSDG) 5 Target 5.5.
ADVISING ON GLOBAL POLICY & ENERGY GOVERNANCE
Nisaa launched an energy governance group in the highest house of UK Parliament (House of Lords) (2015) hosted by Under-Secretary of State for International Development & Climate Minister through the membership organisation she founded JCI (p.o.). JCI has global affiliations with the Council of Europe, Economic and Social Chamber of the UN & International Chamber of Commerce.
Nisaa was a pioneer and structured the organisation around the SDGs as JCI was moving from the MDGs into the SDGs and selected alongside 150+ Heads of State to the global adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) (2015). Instrumental in curating a focus event at COP21, serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP) which took place in France, and resulted in the Paris Agreement (Paris Climate Accord), she also presented her energy governance strategy to the Nigerian government alongside Ambassador Diane E. Watson (Former Member of US Congress) and UNESCO Liaison Officer (2016).
Nisaa has been a speaker in UK Parliament on increasing female representation in politics & Int’l governance and worked as a policy analyst and speech writer for Canada’s previous Special Envoy to Sudan inside The Senate of Canada (upper house of Canadian Parliament). She was awarded the Ambassador for Peace Award (UPF), nominated by the United State of Women Summit hosted by The White House and selected by UN Women to curate one of the global 92Y Genius Panels (MSNBC gathered 32 world shakers) on Google Campus also sitting on one of the only global working groups for youth and gender equality with the United Nations (UN Women). She is a Contributing Writer for Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global and Entrepreneur.
COP 21 (PARIS AGREEMENT)
Having a keen interest in energy governance, carbon neutral solutions and climate change she was instrumental in curating a side-event at COP21, the twenty-first session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) and the eleventh session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP) which took place in Paris, France and resulted in the Paris Agreement. The plenary engaged the USAID Director of Climate Projects, the Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, the Managing Director of Africa Power, the Principal Partner at Development Three alongside an influential global advocate that has advised governments.
Through the platform she launched, Impact-for-SDGs, Nisaa Jetha was invited to the global climate discussions COP26 (November 2021) in Glasgow to engage on an array of topical climate mitigation issues to further the Paris Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
COP 27 – Nisaa Jetha was one of 27 Solutions inside the Innovation Zone – Impact-for-SDGs “Delivering on an SDG Lens”
UN WOMEN, 92 Y & GOOGLE CAMPUS
Nisaa Jetha sat on the only global inter-agency working group for youth and gender equality for almost three years with UN Women, the United Nations entity for gender equality and the empowerment of women; Goodwill Ambassadors include Nicole Kidman, Emma Watson, alongside supporters such as Malala Yousafzai, and Oprah. She was selected by UN Women and 92Y to curate one of the only 32 global UK Genius events on Google Campus.
GLOBAL GOVERNANCE & PHILANTHROPY
Nisaa is currently on the leadership team of the Global Governance Philanthropy Network (GGPN).
GGPN works to increase and improve philanthropic investing in global governance by mapping the sector, conducting research, and creating opportunities for potential future funders, and allies to come together and learn.
Current leadership team:
Andrew Clarke, Interim Director of Luminate’s Financial Transparency Impact Area
Bruce Lowry, Policy & Global Security of the Skoll Foundation
Caroline Kronley, President of the Tinker Foundation
Eli Sugarman, Hewlett Foundation, Director of the Cyber Initiative at Hewlett Foundation
Irene Braam, Executive Director of North America of Bertelsmann Foundation
Jeff Ubois, American Democracy, Philanthropy, and 100&Change programs for MacArthur Foundation
Jennifer Kitt, Founding President of the Climate Leadership Initiative
Jon Bellish, Acting Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Strategy of the One Earth Future Foundation
Jonah Wittkamper, Co-Founder and President of NEXUS and the Global Governance Philanthropy Network as well as Founder of the Healthy Democracy Coalition
Kate Sullivan, External Relations and Strategic Planning at Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation
Nisaa Jetha, CEO of the Global Governance Philanthropy Network
Meg Caldwell, Deputy Director, Oceans of the Packard Foundation
Nathalie Delapalme, Executive Director of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation
Sanjay Kabir Bavikatte, Director for the Growald Climate Fund
Nisaa has been involved in global governance platforms and been a speaker in UK Parliament on increasing female representation in politics & international governance. She also moderated The British Awards for African Development, presented her energy governance strategy to the Executive level of government it a large emerging market alongside Ambassador Diane E. Watson (Former Member of US Congress) and UNESCO Liaison Officer at the International Strategic Alliance Committee Summit.
She speaks globally on the SDGs/ impact investing and selected as a specialist keynote speaker (06.2020) at the United Nations 75th Dialogue on “Economic Transformation Building Back” on strategic thematic solutions for the future alongside the Chief of Strategy for the United Nations 75th Anniversary, Global Head of the UN SDG Campaign and Deputy Head of Global Shapers.
Nisaa was also engaged in various economic forums and international platforms furthering her thesis around catalytic philanthropy to fund the global commons (UNFCCC, UNGA, WEF).
Nisaa has been a keynote at an array of impact investing forums and committed to catalyzing finance into the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with a specific focus on net-zero & regenerative solutions.
ESG & SUSTAINABILITY
Nisaa Jetha was a keynote subject matter expert at the ESG World Forum on Supporting Sustainable Growth Through ESG Data: A Strategic Metric to Drive Profitability, Efficiency and Risk Avoidance and Implementing an effective ESG Strategy from the Top Down in 2022. The ESG World Forum brought together a range of leading ESG experts and executive speakers from a range of industries as major companies consider ESG strategies. She is also a judge for Vivobarefoot’s Innovation Ocean Prize exploring human and planetary health and regenerative nature-based solutions.
PRESS & MEDIA REFERENCES
Nisaa Jetha has been referenced, cited and/or profiled in the following media for her work across international relations, global governance forums and her international speaking engagements.
- Economic Policy Times
- Market Watch
- The Global Reporter Journal
- The Global Business Watch
- The International World Times
- Canadian News Journal
- The Canadian Reporter
- US Political Press Releases – The Latest News from the United States
- US National Times
- The Political Reporter Online
- Finance Industry Today
- Political Journal Canada
- Nasdaq News Today
- Finance Industry Today
- US Politics Today
- US Times Gazette