Nikki barua
board director
Ceo, beyond barriers

Nikki Barua is on a mission to unleash female leaders and accelerate their success. She is a serial entrepreneur, international keynote speaker, bestselling author and expert in helping people and organizations adapt to change. 

Barua is the CEO of Beyond Barriers, a global leadership platform that is on a mission to close the gender gap by helping women gain momentum with adaptive strategies, digital-age skills, and peer advisory cohorts.

Barua is also the founder of BeyondCurious, an award-winning digital innovation agency that partners with large companies to unlock innovation with agile processes, design thinking and diverse cultures.

Barua has won numerous awards, including Entrepreneur of the Year by ACE, named as an EY North America Entrepreneurial Winning Woman, recognized as LA Woman of Influence by The Business Journals and Women of Entrepreneurship by LA Lakers and Comerica Bank.

Barua’s inspiring story of turning barriers into breakthroughs has been featured in national media including Fortune and Forbes. Her successes have given her a global platform of influence as a fierce advocate for diversity. As a thought leader and expert, she is passionate about making the world more inclusive and innovative.

Barua graduated with three Masters degrees and is a deeply curious, lifelong learner. She is fluent in 5 languages and speaks from her heart in all of them. Barua believes that we are all limitless, and she leads her life committed to going beyond barriers.

Barua resides in Dallas, TX with her wife Monica and two attention-seeking dogs Coco and Luna.