Nishita Henry, the Chief Innovation Officer of Deloitte U.S., joined the company two years after earning her MBA from the University of Virginia. The daughter of an engineer father and medical technologist mother who emigrated to the U.S. from India in the 1960s, Henry has spent her entire career in the technical world. In her current role, she works with startups developing technologies that could be turned into practical solutions for Deloitte’s long list of clients. Among her areas of expertise, Henry is especially focused in the fields of artificial intelligence, cloud technologies, and cybersecurity. Additionally, she is a member of the executive committee in charge of the company’s new business innovation efforts.
During her time at the consulting giant, Henry has held a wide variety of positions, while also enjoying opportunities to meet some truly inspirational people. For instance, while at Deloitte, she has served on a panel with Nelson Mandela’s daughter; and participated in a CIO event that was hosted by Michelle Obama.
Previously, Henry served as Deloitte’s Federal Technology Leader. In that position, she led more than 3,000 practitioners as they assisted federal agencies in transforming into more efficient, effective organizations. For Henry, this included being responsible for providing advisory, implementation, and operations services to every cabinet-level agency in the U.S. government.
In terms of achieving career milestones, in early 2019, she helped spearhead the development of an entirely new business arm for Deloitte: Deloitte Catalyst, which works with startups and VCs to source innovative tech and create unique assets. She also played a major role in Deloitte's work with the Marine Core, guiding the organization's transformation for new vehicles from 10 years to 10 months, simply by rethinking how they applied legacy technology.
Before she joined Deloitte in 2005, Henry spent five years as a systems engineer at Centurum, a New Jersey-based defense company that specializes in cybersecurity, systems integration, communications, software engineering, and information operations.
Henry, who also holds a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, is a strong advocate for young women. Outside of the office, she is a Lifetime Girl Scout member and has been a member of Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital Board of Directors since 2018. She is a member of the Major Gifts Society; and the Investment and Grievance committees. Previously, she served as a member of the Strategic Planning Ad Hoc Committee and STEM Advisory Group.