Nisa Malli

Senior Policy Analyst

Nisa is a Senior Policy Analyst with the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship, where she leads research on innovation economies and inclusive growth. She brings a social policy and social services lens to the team, having worked on employment and training, poverty reduction, entrepreneurship, and other issues for the federal and municipal governments and the nonprofit sector.

In her work, she seeks to build communities and forums that create space for collaboration across sectors, disciplines, and jurisdictions. She was part of the team that founded the Privy Council Office’s Innovation Hub, a policy lab at the heart of the federal government, and a former member of the Deputy Ministers’ Committee on Policy Innovation. In 2016-2017 she was a City of Toronto Urban Fellow, working on skills training and job-readiness programs for social assistance recipients and improving access to housing. Prior to joining the public service, she ran digital literacy courses for seniors, newcomers, and job seekers. She has been an invited speaker on public sector innovation in Canada and abroad and was a program advisor for the Banff Leadership Centre’s Alt/Now Economic Inequality incubator.

Nisa holds an MA in Public and International Affairs from the University of Ottawa, where she researched how open government is redefining and digitizing civic virtue and citizen engagement, and a BFA in Writing from the University of Victoria. Most recently, she attended a Banff Centre Emerging Writers Residency.

10 Contributions


Jan 29, 2019

Find out why we’ve assembled a group of leading thinkers to write about building inclusion and equity into the innovation economy
Letter from the editor

Dec 7, 2018

Innovation can boost the economy and improve quality of life. Yet, the benefits are not accruing equally. This series invites experts to explore an innovative, inclusive and more equitable economy.
Building inclusion and equity into Canada’s innovation economy

Sep 21, 2018

Opinion: Community initiatives are still needed to bridge the digital literacy divide. This op-ed was originally posted on Apolitical.
Canada’s coding classes prepare kids for the future — but many are left behind

Aug 20, 2018

Seeking to understand what digital literacy is, who has access to it, and why it’s important for civic, social, and economic participation
Digital Literacy: A research series
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