Mohini Malhotra
Senior Advisor, Leadership

Mohini Malhotra is a development economist, organizational facilitator, and founder and CEO of Shakti LLC (, a social art venture to better women’s and girls’ lives globally.  She teaches at Georgetown University, and provides strategic consulting and organizational development services to several international development organizations.

She worked at the World Bank from 1995 to 2014 in various leadership capacities: founded and managed CGAP, a global program focused on increasing poor people’s access to financial services; led a program to upgrade slums and improve housing access for the poor through a global partnership, Cities Alliance; headed the South Asia program based in India to build client capacity across a range of topics (governance and accountability, HIV/Aids and health systems, urban development)  in partnership with civil society organizations; and advised governments in Africa, Latin America, Eastern Europe and Asia on small business and private sector development initiatives.  In her last position she managed the Leadership and Staff Learning Department and chaired the Learning Board.

Prior to the World Bank she worked in several economic development focused consulting companies (Nathan Associates, Development Alternatives Inc). She serves on the voluntary boards of CHANGE, focused on global gender equity health rights; and SITAR Arts Center, focused on low-income and largely immigrant youth through the arts in DC.  Mohini has a B.A. in Development Economics from the University of Minnesota, a Master’s in Business Administration from American University (Rome, Italy/Washington, DC), a certification in Facilitation from Georgetown University, and has participated in several leadership development programs at Harvard and other institutions. She is originally from Nepal and speaks Spanish, Italian, Nepali and Hindi, and is the author of numerous publications on economic development issues, and more recently, of literary fiction.