Conference Speaker for the Gandhi-King Global Initiative (GKGI) Conference: The Uplift of All: Gandhi, King, and the Global Struggle for Freedom and Justice; October 11-13, 2019
Dr. Nandini Tandon, Co-Founder and CEO, Tenacity Global Group Inc. (website to be released in the near future) is a venture capitalist for past 15 years in Silicon Valley, presently engaged in investing in transformational ventures, in win-win model between USA and India, to serve entirety of the social pyramid, with special emphasis on the bottom of the pyramid. In 2015, in Gandhinagar, on 100th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s return to India from S. Africa, Dr. Tandon received the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award (PBSA) the highest honor conferred on overseas Indians by the Indian President, for her contribution in healthcare and business. In 2016 she won the UP Ratna award in India and in 2017 Women of Excellence Award in USA. Nandini hails from freedom fighter’s family in India, inspired by Gandhi’s call for freedom movement and to serve the less privileged. Family is following the Gandhi philosophy and silent philanthropy for generations. She is grand-daughter of the renowned medical philanthropist, Dr. M.P. Mehray, founder of Sitapur Eye Hospital with largest chains of eye clinics in N. India, serving for nearly a century the less privileged. She is on the GKGI planning committee and will participate in its closing session, "Where Do We Go From Here?" As a venture capitalist Nandini made 12 investments in life saving breakthrough technologies with 11 exits, 9 being acquired by market leaders such as Pfizer, Gilead, Amgen, General Electric and 2 companies following IPO route. Dr. Tandon was Managing Director, Lumira/MDS Capital in Palo Alto with 1.2 Billion USD under management and before was Partner, RBC Capital Partners, in San Francisco, and was responsible for opening and establishing both the offices. Nandini is very engaged in building partnership between USA and India, is board member of the Bay Area Council Economic Institute and Co-Chair of its Bay Area-Silicon Valley-India Focus, was co-chair Healthcare delegation of Mayor of San Francisco to India, under the SF-Bangalore Sister City initiative and is on its board. She was Vice Chairman and Board Member, for world’s most technologically advanced hospital, El Camino Hospital (ECH), Silicon Valley, California. Nandini is committed to entrepreneurship, was a USA delegate for Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Hague and Hyderabad under President Trump and was delegate to Turkey and Dubai, under President Obama’s leadership. She Chaired,”20/20 Vision: Investing in USA & Emerging Markets” at Stanford University, was Board Member, University of California, Berkeley, Center for Emerging and Neglected Diseases; Board Member, C21 BioVentures; and has been on 14 for profit boards and 15 not for profit. A White House Intern, Nandini received Ph.D. in biochemistry, Phi Lambda Upsilon from Duke University, North Carolina and B.A. cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Hollins University, Virginia. She holds a global patent in semiconductor from Microelectronic Center of North Carolina, RTP, NC. Dr. Tandon is married and her husband and their son live in Silicon Valley, California.