Executive Lead, Innovation Office
Victorian Health Promotion Foundation
Nithya Gopu Solomon is the Executive Lead of Innovation at the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth) and shapes the organisation's agenda to discover how to accelerate health outcomes for Victorians. This includes stewardship over flagship Innovation initiatives based on practices such as behavioural insights, participatory democracy and collective impact. In particular VicHealth's Leading Thinkers Initiative is in its sixth year of applying behavioural insights to aspects of health promotion, such as healthy eating, alcohol culture change, physical activity and gender equality. Nithya has 20 years of international leadership experience in Australia, USA and Latin America, gained through roles at NIKE, Inc., Ernst & Young, Accenture and ANZ Investment Bank. As the Nike Foundation's Director of Strategy, Operations & Finance she managed a multi-million-dollar venture philanthropy engine to provide adolescent girls a clear path out of poverty. In 2010 Nithya was appointed by Nike to lead the production of the Designed to Move Framework for Action, an unprecedented collaboration with 70+ multi-sector organisations and a catalyst for a global movement to increase worldwide physical activity. Nithya holds a Masters of Administration degree from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management and Bachelor degrees in Chemical Engineering and Performing Arts from Monash University.