Meera Kotak

Meera’s career in Professional Services stemmed from a University module on the 1967 and 1973 Oil Embargoes, where she learnt the art of diplomacy and power of natural resources in global and domestic policy.

She started her career as a strategy and management consultant at a Big 4 firm, advising a broad set of clients on how to reach their strategic goal before choosing to specialise in the energy and utilities industries. Meera now works at innogy Consulting, advising clients across the energy value chain on key strategic topics such as merger integration/deal strategy, digital transformation and go-to-market strategy, in Europe and the Middle East.

She has harnessed her position in Professional Services by using the platform to drive gender parity and future talent initiatives. Meera was the youngest Steering Board member for Women in Nuclear UK, driving to increase the ~22% female nuclear professional workforce to 40% by 2030, and the youngest Chair of the Nuclear Institute’s Investment Appraisal Panel, leading a team to ensure accurate budgeting and forecasting for investment proposals. After recognising the absence of consultants in the broader energy and utilities network, she became a Steering Committee member for the Young Energy Professionals to bridge the gap between Professional Services and industry.

Meera has received an Upper 2:1 BA in History from UCL, London, and the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting. Whilst completing her A-Levels, Bank of America Merrill Lynch selected Meera out of 5,000 applicants to be a UK representative for a global future leaders programme in Washington, USA. During University, she attended Spring Week and Summer Internship placements at a range of financial, professional services and communication firms, including the Royal Bank of Scotland, EY and Bell Pottinger.

She speaks intermediate German and Gujarati and is a keen fitness challenge enthusiast, having recently summited the highest peak in North Africa and completed the London Marathon. She is currently training for her first Triathalon in June. Meera is an avid reader, primarily on social psychology, geopolitics and Middle Eastern history, and has recently begun the process of writing a novel. She is an opinion editorial writer on politics, social norms, both on a personal medium and formerly for the London Globalist and Global News Hub. Meera is a volunteer in her local community, supporting initiatives that provide education to disadvantaged children in South Asia.