Rita was appointed as the CEO of NASSCOM Foundation in October 2010. As part of the social development arm of NASSCOM, Rita aims at strengthening the efforts of the IT Industry towards inclusive growth, building strategic relationships and establishing effective linkages between industry, non-profits & government; to contributing to the cause of social development.
With 18 years of experience in both the private and non-profit sectors, Rita started her professional journey with General Electric; moving from an engineering management training program, to the Corporate Audit Staff followed by operations and finance at NBC.
Prior to joining NASSCOM Foundation, she was the Country Head - Responsible Banking at YES BANK spearheading a pioneering business approach to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability and was part of the core team that offered innovative financial solutions to address a wide spectrum of issues regarding sustainable livelihoods, food security, public health, education & climate change.
In her career stint, Rita has also worked with the American India Foundation (AIF) heading Communications & Advocacy for the India operations.
Rita has a Master of International Affairs (MIA) degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) in New York City and a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering with Honours from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey.