Nisha Pillai

Nisha Pillai

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Fomer BBC News Presenter

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The ex-Money Programme reporter has hosted UN debates and trained scientists at CERN to explain ‘stuff’ to the public in everyday English.


As a former BBC news presenter, with over twenty years’ experience, Nisha Pillai anchored rolling news for BBC World News, and conducted award-winning investigations for Panorama and the Money Programme. She started her career at Schroders, before moving into journalism on The Investors Chronicle.

After winning a Royal Television Society award for her nine-month investigation into Robert Maxwell’s financial empire, she moved to the flagship current affairs show Panorama and then to BBC World.

Nisha has led live location coverage of the Indian elections and the 50th anniversary of Pakistan’s Independence. She also hosted live interactive debates between audiences in America, Pakistan and Jordan.

As well as live reporting Nisha has presented the BBC’s flagship interview programme HARDtalk, with guests ranging from the late Sir Yehudi Menuhin and VS Naipaul to Phil Collins.

In addition to being an accomplished live presenter and chair, Nisha also speaks, making sense of the Indian big picture, taking in both the economic trends and the regional diversity amongst twenty two disparate states.

Her areas of expertise span a wide range of subjects including economics, finance, IT, and the energy sectors. She also covers health and social issues and has worked closely with UN agencies such as UNICEF, UNIDO and UNAids.

Nisha teaches presentation skills to senior executives at London Business School. She also records podcast interviews with economists and research analysts for a US ratings agency.

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