Deepti Nijhawan

Deepti Nijhawan is a higher education administrator with experience designing and implementing complex projects that support a university’s global initiatives. In addition, she is a nonprofit organization leader with skill and passion for philanthropic work. Her expertise includes project and program development, fundraising, as well as mentoring and teaching.  At Boston University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, she managed seed-fund programs for faculty research and scholarship programs, planned for an overseas portal campus, and created tailored internships for over 300 students. She has moderated panels and presented papers at several higher education conferences and was an Instructor at MIT’s Edgerton Center where she taught a Freshman Seminar Course on an introduction to urban planning.

As Director of India Initiatives at Boston University’s Global Programs, Deepti supported the VP/AP of Global Programs in playing a central role in Boston University’s India strategy.  She collaborated with faculty, developed relationships with quality partner institutions in India, and oversaw administrative components for the BU Foundation in India. Her extensive network and knowledge of India helped engage leading science, technology, industry, and government leaders to participate with BU faculty and students.

An architect and urban planner, Deepti has extensive experience with projects that have made a positive impact on the local urban landscape. At the Boston Redevelopment Authority, she served as project manager for Boston’s Harborwalk Project that proposed knitting together 44 miles of the City’s waterfront walkway. At the Cambridge Housing Authority, she was a Senior Planner, overseeing renovation projects at public housing developments, including the development of the Windsor Street Community Center that serves at-risk youth.

Deepti graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with dual degrees, Master of City Planning and Master of Architecture, and earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Delhi University School of Planning and Architecture. She served two-terms as President and Chairperson of MIT’s Heritage of the Arts of South Asia, the leading South Asian arts organization in New England, and was a Board Member of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts Visiting Committee for South Asia. Her awards include the Infinite Mile Award from MIT, an Outstanding Service Award from the Boston Redevelopment Authority, and the MITHAS Chairperson Award.