Meena has worked as a Management Consultant for over 30 years specializing in Strategic planning, Decision analysis, Evaluations, Risk management and Governance. She has held various roles and titles over the years including at Ernst and Young in Ottawa, Policy Studies Associates in Washington DC, Harvard Institute for International Development in Cambridge. Currently, she is a Managing Partner at Nawitka Capital Advisors, an advisory firm that provides investment, strategy and governance advice to clients in the Clean Technology sector. She also serves an appointed, external member on the Departmental Audit Committee of the Privy Council Office of Canada. Her role is to provide independent advice to the Clerk of the PCO on the integrity and effectiveness of PCO’s financial controls, risk management, governance, and achievement of results. She holds a Masters degree in Planning and Social Policy from Harvard University and a Masters in Education from UBC.
Concurrent with her career, Meena has served on numerous Non-Profit Boards and Councils in Canada and India, over the last 26 years. She has championed better access to education, health care, employment/training opportunities and better outcomes for children, youth, women, immigrants, through her various Board roles. Her present and recent Board roles include: Board of the Ronald McDonald Children’s House; Trustee of Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, (Chair of its Quality and Safety Committee); Board Chair of Ashbury College; Board Director of Aravind Eye Hospitals Foundation, India. She was the Founding Board member of Ottawa Community Housing Foundation; Board Director of United Way Ottawa, Chair of its Multicultural Outreach Committee, Member of its Immigrant Impact Council, Community Services Cabinet, and Women’s Community Leadership Committee. She also served on the Ottawa’s Advisory Council on Race Relations, the Corner Stone Women’s Shelter Expansion Steering Committee, and was Founding Executive Secretary of the India Women’s Associations. Internationally, she served for 11 years as major donor coordinator to Child Haven International, a Canadian charity that raises 1200 destitute children and women in India, Bangladesh, Tibet, Nepal and, recently Afghanistan (winner of UNESCO award).