Thara Pillai | Harvard Innovation Labs
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Thara Pillai

Director, Alumni Programs & Engagement



Thara Pillai

As director of alumni programs and engagement, Thara pilots programs and extends the reach of the Harvard Innovation Labs – both to provide ongoing support to Harvard Innovation Labs’ alumni ventures, and to bring together Harvard’s global community of alumni entrepreneurs.

Thara is a veteran marketing and business development professional who has mentored and advised early-stage ventures in Boston and beyond. She is a former board member at TiE Boston, a mentor at Founder Institute, and the founder of a networking and mentoring group for female entrepreneurs, RebelWomen. Prior to joining the i-lab, she held roles at Harvard Business School’s Rock Center for Entrepreneurship, overseeing programs to support alumni founders, from building community to developing programs to advance their ventures.

Thara holds an MBA from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland; a master’s in journalism from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada; and a bachelor’s degree in broadcasting from Toronto Metropolitan University, Toronto, Canada.