This energetic leader built a highly successful career based on her love of science and passion for helping people. She started with a bachelor’s degree in molecular and cellular biology from University of Bath and a master’s degree in Molecular Biotechnology from University of Sydney.
“Early in my career, I would get questions from very well-intended people who would ask what I was doing to find a spouse, or there would be assumptions that since I’m a single woman, I have more bandwidth,” Nivi remembers. “I was also cautioned against being a workaholic. The thing is I have never been against getting married or having a family. I just don’t see these as being mutually exclusive.”
At GSK, Nivi grew from being a clinical research associate to medical scientific liaison. Happily ensconced in the world of science, she was fulfilled and content with her career.
Little did she know, a move was on the horizon.
“I was asked to join the vaccines marketing team. I was terrified and said no three times. I’m a scientist, I didn’t have any marketing training or experience,” recalled Nivi.