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NILEEMA PARGAONKER

Head of Financial Services, Real Estate, & Tax

Nileema Pargaonker serves as the Senior Director for the Council’s financial services portfolio. She works with both financial service providers and policy makers to build a dynamic financial services sector in India.

Nileema previously served at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (formerly NASD) (FINRA) where she spent more than 16 years as a regulator in a number of divisions including, Corporate Finance and Enforcement. For ten of those years, she was as a Director in FINRA’s International Department where she led FINRA’s relationships with foreign regulators in Europe and Asia. In this role, she delivered technical assistance to emerging markets on regulatory rule reform, oversight programs, and policy development.

Nileema earned her Bachelor’s degree from University of Chicago, a Master’s in South Asian Studies from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a JD/MA (International Law) from American University — Washington College of Law.