Nidhi Goyal is the founder and executive director of the leading non profit organisation Rising Flame working for leadership and rights of persons with disabilities in India. She has been working on disability rights and gender justice for over a decade at the national, regional, and global levels, through research, writing, advocacy and art.
She has been appointed on core group of persons with disabilities by national human rights commission India, is on the diversity and inclusion task force of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, contributes to a community based grassroots organisation ADD india as the governing body member, , and sits on the advisory board of Voice- a grant making project by the Dutch ministry. She has led multistakeholder and cross movement work, influenced policies and systems, authored ground breaking research, all with a vision to foster inclusion of women and youth with disabilities within India and globally. She has steered a leading global women’s rights organisation – AWID- as the youngest and first ever disabled president, and made huge strides in inclusion as the former global advisor to UN Women’s Executive Director. Her leadership and work have been appreciated and awarded by the government of India, National Association for the Blind, ABP News and Sur Optimist Mumbai amongst others. Lastly, she is India’s first female disabled stand up comedian who uses humour to challenge stigma around disability, gender and sexuality.