Nandita Abraham

President, Pearl Academy

Nandita Abraham is an energetic leader who works with a mission to keep students at the centre of all initiatives. With over twenty five years of experience across corporates and academia in the US, Hong Kong and India, Nandita joined Pearl Academy in 2001 as a faculty. Over the years, she has worked successfully at various positions within the academy. She has been Head of the corporate relations & marketing departments, the Mumbai Campus and driven multiple initiatives championing pedagogy enhancement and student learning initiatives, always with a keen focus on internationality and industry connect.

Apart from managing strategic key initiatives of the organisation, Nandita in her earlier role as Executive Vice President also led Pearl academy’s efforts to integrate industry with the classroom. Amongst many unique initiatives, Nandita recently spearheaded the path-breaking Pearl Academy – Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) collaboration, which sets a new benchmark for the Industry Academia partnership. Nandita has driven multiple initiatives with emphasis on Student, Operations, Data and People development. She is also responsible for the initiation and support of the Tihar Jail Fashion Lab where the third batch of inmates are learning to become self-sufficient and have the opportunity to a better life.

Nandita is on the Executive Committee, IFFTI – International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes and the FICCI Higher Education Committee. She has been a member of the CII National Committee of Design, a member of the Research, Education and Industry Committees at IFFTI and has presented her research in Australia, the UK, India, Canada and Taiwan focusing on the areas of Pedagogy, employability and international collaboration. She been invited to and given lectures at University of Delaware, US, London College of Fashion, UK and Philadelphia University, US. Nandita has procured funding for and has actively managed four Indo UK projects – three UK India Research Initiatives with London College of Fashion, UK and Ravensbourne College of Design & Communication, and a DELPHE (Developing Partnerships in Higher Education) Project with Northumbria University.

Nandita has a ‘Masters in science’ from Philadelphia University, PG Certificate in Higher Education from Nottingham Trent University, PG Diploma from NIFT, Delhi and Bachelors in Economics from St Joseph’s College in Bangalore.

Living in Delhi/NCR with her family, Ms. Abraham unwinds by reading historical books and travelling whenever able. She enjoys the outdoors, has run half marathons and 2 100 km Trail walks for Oxfam in 2014 and 2017.