Shehzia Lilani

Chief Operating Officer, Amani Institute

As one of the founding team members and currently Country Director of Amani Institute in India, Shehzia is responsible for leading Amani’s work in India, our base for supporting changemakers across Asia. In addition to leading our flagship Certificate in Social Innovation Management program in India, she is also an integral member of Amani Institute’s custom-design programs team and has led training sessions with The Rockefeller Foundation, Oxfam, University of Chicago, the U.S. Consulate General in Chennai, UN Women Afghanistan, Upaya Social Ventures, Melton Foundation and Nilekani Philanthropies, to name a few.

In the first ten years of her career, Shehzia has predominantly spent time designing and delivering learning and development interventions in the corporate world. She has worked with leading financial services companies like Barclays and Société Générale, where she has led their behavioral learning, leadership development and talent management initiatives. She has designed and implemented large-scale leadership development interventions and also facilitated programmes to address transitioning into management roles. She is a passionate L&D professional with experience in the areas of coaching & mentoring, leadership development, change management and talent management.

While pursuing her graduate degree, she joined AIESEC – the largest youth-run organization in the world and took on a leadership position in her third year with them. Soon after graduating from college, Shehzia decided to push herself out of her comfort zone and take an AIESEC internship in the city of Wroclaw, Poland where she worked with a corporate training and consulting firm and thereafter began her career journey in the function of L&D.

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Fergusson College (Pune University) and a Diploma in training & development from ISTD (Indian Society for Training & Development, New Delhi). Passionate about the study of human behavior, Shehzia is also MBTI certified and accredited on Harrison Assessments. When she is not at work, she enjoys traveling & taking road trips, watching movies/binge-watching TV shows, exploring new eateries and coffee conversations with friends.