Nadia is a social entrepreneur, educator, coach and consultant. She has been advising individual and institutional philanthropists for almost two decades, and she is currently a Senior Advisor to Philanthropy Together, the National Center for Family Philanthropy, and Forward Global (formerly the Philanthropy Workshop). Between 2019-2020, Nadia led an initiative for Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, and the Hewlett Foundation on Large Scale Collaboratives driving towards Large Scale Change. In 2023, she will be continuing her work on this topic in collaboration with Philanthropy Together.
Nadia is also the Co-founder and Senior Designer with Stanford’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design’s (the d.school) Designing for Social Systems Program, where she coaches philanthropists and nonprofit leaders to become more strategic, creative, collaborative and effective. Between 2015-19, Nadia co-Founded and Directed Stanford University’s Effective Philanthropy Learning Initiative (EPLI), which aims to help high net worth individuals increase their philanthropic impact. Prior to launching EPLI, Nadia was an inaugural fellow with the d.school, and the Walter and Esther Hewlett Design Fellow with Stanford PACS where she focused on the intersection of philanthropy and design. Nadia is a serial social entrepreneur. Over the past two decades she has launched several organizations and initiatives including the Initiative for Policy Dialogue (IPD) with Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz at Columbia University; the Women Leaders Intercultural Program with Ireland’s former President Mary Robinson; Global Policy Innovations Program at the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs (CCEIA); the Building Bridges Program at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; and the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute (AMCLI) at the University of Southern California.
Nadia received her BA in economics and international relations from Stanford University and her MA in international affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. She is a board member of KQED.