Nishit Shukla, the co-founder of ReHive, is among the fifth cohort of Obama Foundation Scholars, the Chicago-based nonprofit announced Aug. 30. He is one of 30 emerging leaders from around the world who will study at Columbia University or the University. of Chicago for the 2022-2023 academic year. Shukla is currently pursuing a master’s degree at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy.
“Scholars will participate in a unique set of activities conducted by each academic institution and will jointly participate in a foundation-led leadership development program that aims to provide training, networking and one-on-one support as they learn more. ‘strive to expand their efforts after graduation’. says the foundation. Additionally, the program will give “emerging leaders from the United States and around the world who are already making a difference in their communities the opportunity to take their work to the next level through an immersive program that brings together academic, skills and hands-on learning.”
Shukla co-founded ReHive, a powered fundraising platform that helps climate adaptation innovators raise capital. The company aims to “accelerate the world’s transition to a climate-resilient reality for underresourced communities,” the foundation said.
He is also a community builder at The Climate Ark, a climate change portal and internet search tool that provides access to news and reviewed information on climate change and renewable energy, according to his LinkedIn page. He is dedicated to promoting public policies that address global climate change through reducing carbon dioxide and other emissions, renewable energy, energy conservation, and ending deforestation.
Prior to moving to the United States, he worked at SME Consultant at Billion Lives Business Initiatives in Bangalore, Senior Research Associate at Energy, Environment and Climate Change team in Pune and as Fellow and Program Manager at Teach For India, an India-wide enterprise. movement of leaders dedicated to providing an excellent education for all children. He holds a BE from the Manipal Institute of Technology.