Nishant Lalwani

managing director Luminate

Nishant Lalwani is managing director of Luminate, a global philanthropic organisation with the goal of empowering people and institutions to work together to build just and fair societies. He leads Luminate's global strategy for funding independent media. This includes work in investigative journalism, press freedom, combatting misinformation, and innovative financial models for editorial independence. Nishant also leads the organisation's work in narrative change across all its impact areas, and he oversees Luminate’s strategy, learning & impact, and partner support teams.

Prior to joining Luminate, Nishant co-founded the non-profit Global Innovation Fund (GIF). As COO, he led GIF’s investment process and venture support team, making investments and grants across the world, including Burkina Faso, Pakistan, and the Philippines, as well as funding the first Social Impact Bond in Mexico. Nishant was also on the founding team of the Monitor Inclusive Markets (MIM) group in India, which sought to drive scale among market-based solutions to poverty. He previously worked at the UN Development Programme in Zambia, developing new financing products for supply chains that engaged small businesses.

Nishant sits on the advisory group of The International Fund for Public Interest Media.

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