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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.


Nisha Pillai started her career at Schroders, before moving into journalism on The Investors Chronicle and joining the BBC as a reporter on The Money Programme.

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 Jordon.

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 22 disparate states.

Aside from broadcasting 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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