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Nisha Pillai

Nisha Pillai


Nisha was born in Kolkata and spent much of her childhood in Mumbai. Her working life has been in television and today she is a superb conference host both in-person and virtual. Nisha is a supremely honed host moderating panel discussions and stimulating audience engagement – no autocue, no script. As Nisha herself says ‘the buzz is fantastic and so is my professional satisfaction’.

Her experience is born of twenty-five years of experience including as a main anchor and journalist for BBC World News – covering such monumental events as the 9/11 attacks on the Twin Towers and the fall of Baghdad.

Outside of the BBC studio, Nisha has hosted important discussions such as between audiences in New York and Islamabad at the start of the Afghan war, and between the ordinary folk of New York and the Jordanian capital Amman. She presented BBC World News’ coverage of Israel’s 50th anniversary of independence from Jerusalem and was  in Islamabad for Pakistan’s 50th anniversary of independence.

Nisha studied at the LSE – gaining a BSc in analytical economics. Her first job after leaving university was at Schroders Investment Bank. Journalism came with her time at Investors Chronicle, before joining as a reporter on BBC’s The Money Programme.

Nisha went on to report for Panorama where perhaps her most notable work for Panorama was a nine-month investigation into the financial empire of Robert Maxwell.


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