Shai Panjwani is a consultant and core member in Spencer Stuart’s Education & Social Impact Practice based in Spencer Stuart’s Stamford and New York offices. With more than two decades of global executive search experience, Shai focuses on advising and supporting mission- and purpose-driven organizations to build strong and impactful senior leadership teams. Shai has worked across the nexus of social impact and business more broadly in North America, as well as advised clients at the regional and global levels in financial services in Asia and Europe. More recently, Shai has been engaged in leadership searches in higher education, nonprofits, foundations, global development and other social impact organizations. She brings her professional expertise to recruiting presidents, CEOs, EVPs and CFOs.


Shai has specialized experience in:

  • Functional searches (COOs and CFOs) for major foundations, research universities, independent research institutions and other nonprofit institutions
  • President, provost and dean searches for major research universities
  • CEO and board searches for organizations with an international orientation and global operations

Previous Experience

  • Prior to joining Spencer Stuart in Europe, Shai held roles with other big five global executive search firms in Singapore, Hong Kong and London.
  • Shai began her career in banking with Deutsche Bank in India.


Shailaja is a graduate of the University of Bombay, where she earned a Bachelor of Commerce and an MBA in finance. She speaks English and Hindi.

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