Meet Amani Institute’s First-Ever Chief Operating Officer

July 8, 2022

Headshot Shehzia with green leaves in the background

An expert in leadership and management development, Shehzia Lilani has more than 15 years’ experience within social entrepreneurship, facilitation, and program development roles.

Shehzia had previously held the position of Country Director in India at Amani Institute, where she not only set up our Hub there five years ago, but has also witnessed the fast growth of the changing social impact ecosystem within which we operate, both internally and externally.

With responsibility for leading the Global Hub operations, her new role will see her work closely with Amani Institute’s CEO Daniel Bennett and the Executive Council, to implement the next phase in the organization’s growth strategy to develop individuals and organizations that lead social impact.

On her appointment, Shehzia commented:

“Having spent five years at Amani Institute as India’s Country Director, I’ve had the honor of facilitating leadership learning for our clients while going through an intensive leadership learning journey myself. From setting up the organization in India and building its team, navigating a global pandemic and leadership transition, exploring a different operating model, to pivoting in our business model – I’ve seen myself and the organization transform from very close quarters. I’m very excited to be able to take this learning and apply it internally within the organization in my new role as COO, enabling us to strengthen our internal systems and amplify our impact as an organization.”

“As an organization, Amani Institute is continuously engaged in an effort to innovate and evolve itself internally – updating and sometimes creating new policies, systems, and capacities to support our impact. There is no more perfect person to lead this effort as COO than our current India country director, Shehzia Lilani.” said Daniel Bennett, CEO. “Shehzia capably built and led our India operation from the ground up over the last five years – today Amani Institute India is sustainable and positioned for a new stage of growth. Shehzia brings the necessary entrepreneurial spirit and builders-mentality to tackle this role. She understands Amani Institute, our people, clients, and community better than anyone.”

During her time as India’s Country Director at Amani Institute, Shehzia was responsible for our largest ever cohort of the Leadership for Growth program for middle and senior-level managers in small and growing businesses. She has also led successful programs for The Rockefeller Foundation, UN Women Afghanistan, University of Chicago’s International Innovation Corps, the U.S. Consulate General in Chennai, Upaya Social Ventures, CRY, CloudCover, and the National Health Authority, among other clients.

About Amani Institute

Founded in 2011, Amani Institute is a global organization whose mission is to develop individuals and organizations who lead social impact. We create this impact via innovative adult learning and professional development opportunities that help individuals and organizations acquire the practical skills, personal growth, and networks to take on modern-day social challenges.

​​Today we have Hubs in Brazil, India, and Kenya, with global staff and faculty who bring different personal and professional perspectives. Together, we deliver custom-designed trainings, our Leadership for Growth Program for small and growing businesses, and our award-winning Certificate in Social Innovation Management.

Learn more by visiting the website and following @amaniinst on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram.

For Inquiries:
Agustin Cuadra
Global Marketing & Communications Manager
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