Nikki Barua
President & CEO, BeyondCurious


A born entrepreneur, BeyondCurious CEO Nikki Barua is driven by her purpose of empowering people and inspiring them to create extraordinary impact. She guides BeyondCurious – an award-winning innovation agency – on the quest for transforming clients’ businesses with digital.

A curious, creative thinker with 3 Masters degrees in the arts, science and business, Nikki brings over 15 years of experience in managing highly profitable businesses achieving significant year over year growth. She founded BeyondCurious in 2011, growing the business exponentially year over year with a portfolio of award-winning work for leading brands. Recently awarded Boutique Agency of the Year by thinkLA and National Minority Supplier of the Year by NMSDC, BeyondCurious helps large businesses innovate like startups and become more agile and adaptive.  

Nikki is the Global Ambassador and Co-Author of the book – Innovating Women: Past, Present & Future – supporting women’s participation in Innovation, Science and Technology and their impact in the innovation economy. Recognized as a role model across diverse communities, Nikki is actively involved in promoting entrepreneurship and innovation through diversity-focused organizations such as WBENC, NMSDC, NGLCC and ABA. In addition to being a guest lecturer at UCLA and USC, she has been instrumental in supporting incubators developing technology products for healthcare and education. 

Nikki has been featured across global media in publications such as Fortune, Forbes, Fox, CNBC and others. She was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year by ACE in 2014, recognized as Top Woman Entrepreneur in North America by Ernst & Young in 2015, and as LA Woman of Influence by The Business Journals in 2016.

Believing that greatness comes from passion and persistence, she has a gift for discovering what motivates people and unlocking their limitless potential.