Nisha Pillai

Nisha Pillai

Nisha is a journalist, with over two decades of experience at the BBC – reporting on the Money Programme, Panorama and as a news anchor on BBC World News. While on Panorama, Nisha won a Royal Television Society Award for her nine-month long investigation into Robert Maxwell. Following her family’s move to the Isle of Wight, Nisha continues to work as a news presenter - with BBC World News - in a freelance capacity.

Outside the TV studio, she hosts international conferences and events, makes speeches, and coaches executives and individuals in public speaking.


In her speeches, Nisha shares her experiences as a television news presenter to help motivate audiences to embrace two main themes – change, and public speaking. Her energetic style encourages lively audience participation and highly interactive sessions, buzzing with ideas. She uses her own experiences – like anchoring the first two hours of live coverage of the 9/11 attacks – plus video clips to deliver a memorable experience for audiences big and small.

Speech titles:

Motivational speech – “T is for Terror.”

Communications speech – “The Power of Ask"

"We received extremely positive feedback on both sessions moderated by you. In fact, some delegates indicated in the evaluation form that we should have allocated more time to the interactive session with the panellists. We are all very happy with the outcome of the meeting so thank you once again for your contribution and excellent performance!"   Nisha moderated for the UN in Bangkok - February 2012

"It was our pleasure to see you last week in Mumbai. Thank you very much for taking part in the India Shipping Summit 2011, which has been a great success, your time and effort is much appreciated. We have received a lot of positive feedback from the participants, the piracy debate was the a major highlight of the conference."  Nisha hosted and facilitated for Seatrade - October 2011

"I would like to thank you very much for moderating the panel session..... It was a very interesting panel and that the audience enjoyed it. Both the panellists and you did a great job, so thanks again for your time spent on preparing it and for moderating it onsite." EWEA - European Wind Energy Association  conference in Brussels - March 2011

"Nisha was great and we would love to work with her in the future again." UNDP on Nisha Pillai - October 2008 

"All went well and we were happy to have Nisha moderating two important feedback sessions. She did a great job." Nisha chaired the Global Humanitarian Forum in Switzerland - June 2008