NISHA DESAI

Nisha Desai is the CEO and Managing Director of Andav Capital LLC, an investment firm providing patient capital, blended structuring, and dedicated advisory to women-owned companies impacting the health, wellness, and consumer sectors. Prior to her role leading Andav Capital, Ms. Desai was a Director at Deutsche Bank, where she managed a firm-wide restructuring program pursuant to a $19.7M Consent Order, advised senior management and Board members, and represented the firm in industry and regulatory discussions. Prior to Deutsche Bank, Ms. Desai served as a Vice President in J.P. Morgan’s Investment Bank, where she led a global remediation program pursuant to $225M Consent Orders, was seconded to the CIO-losses “London Whale” Crisis Management Taskforce, and advised on corporate restructuring resulting from Dodd-Frank. Earlier in her career, she worked on financial litigation and white-collar criminal actions at the law firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz; in consultative sales and business development at Google Inc.; and as a Founding Team Member (“Employee #4″) at a highly successful start-up, Sweetgreen. Previously, Ms. Desai served as U.S. Congressional staff for civil rights leader Congressman John Lewis and judicial staff for a Public Defender’s Office and Superior Court in Georgia. Ms. Desai holds an M.B.A. with Distinction in Finance, Operations, and Entrepreneurship from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. with Honors in International Politics: International Law, Organizations, & Ethics from the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Ms. Desai has served on the Boards of two nonprofits focused on economic empowerment in developing countries and remains interested in corporate restructuring and emerging market infrastructure investments.