Chitra Nawbatt is an investor and strategic advisor to several venture capital and private equity backed portfolio companies in the areas of consumer, enterprise, fintech, healthcare, media. Chitra’s unique multi-industry and multidisciplinary expertise powers her work as an investor and business builder, with a track record as a value creation and growth leader. She also is the co-creator/producer and host of The HLTH Daily Show where she interviews C-level leaders, entrepreneurs and investors on growth, innovation, business building and investing.
Chitra was the Global Head of Health Assurance and Innovation at General Catalyst, a leading global venture capital firm. She led the expansion and execution of General Catalyst’s Health Assurance thesis to transform the healthcare industry to make quality care more affordable and accessible. This involved developing new investment theses, and originating and executing investments. Chitra created and led an inaugural value creation and ecosystem business development function. She originated, commercialized and managed strategic innovation partnerships for General Catalyst and its 75+ portfolio companies to accelerate value creation. Chitra spearheaded collaboration and network effect between stakeholders, such as C-Suite customers and portfolio companies, to deliver growth through multi-portfolio company integrated solutions in areas such as patient/consumer intelligence, data and AI, risk & fintech and workforce transformation.
Previously, Chitra was the Global Head of Market Solutions at Genpact, an artificial intelligence, digital transformation, analytics and design thinking consulting firm. She was responsible for driving Fortune 500 new customer acquisition, partnerships, innovation and operational improvement in industries such as technology, financial services, media, healthcare and consumer/retail. Chitra created various digital transformation services in credit and financial crimes risk management, which enabled automation and insight capture from workflows and transaction processes.
Before her career as a growth strategist, Chitra was the New York based Anchor for Reuters International TV where her live broadcasts were seen by millions of households across the world. Her reporting focused on companies, markets and consumers globally. She conducted exclusive domain driven and in-depth interviews with global leaders such as the Citigroup CEO, Governor of the Bank of England and World Boxing Council Heavyweight Champion.
Prior to media, Chitra spent more than a decade in financial services. Chitra was a C-level leader at Deutsche Bank where she delivered impact by inventing working capital analytics and efficiency software, which enabled CFOs and Treasurers of Fortune 1000 clients to optimize their cash conversion cycle. She also built and managed enterprise-wide risk data, analytics and measurement tools to fulfill regulatory requirements, such as SOX and Basel, at Deutsche Bank and CIBC. At CIBC she established risk management functions, including working with regulators, to adopt and operationalize Basel regulations. Her career started at EY in Advisory and Assurance. Chitra has a Certified Public Accountant designation, and is a graduate of Harvard Business School, Harvard University and Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.
Chitra has been involved in various leadership and philanthropic activities such as serving as an Adjunct Professor at Rutgers Business School, a Board and Faculty member of the PACE University COAP Program, Lincoln Center Women’s Leadership Council, Women’s Forum of NY, The Executive Leadership Council, and a team leader of researchers for a Social Competitiveness Index for the World Economic Forum.
Her passions include mentoring students and global entrepreneurs, music having studied and played several instruments, speaking French and floral artistry.