Shiva and Elizabeth Nanda Graduate Scholarship in Economics

The endowment supporting the Shiva and Elizabeth Nanda Graduate Scholarship in Economics was established in 2021 through a generous gift from Shiva and Elizabeth Nanda. 

At least two scholarships (valued at a minimum of $7,000) will be offered annually in any term to students pursuing a graduate degree in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences in the Department of Economics, who are in excellent academic standing, have demonstrated academic excellence and show promise of outstanding achievement with particular emphasis on research ability and originality.

2023 - Mahsa Ghahremani

In Fall 2023, Mahsa started her academic journey with SFU Economics, eager to advance her studies in one of Canada's leading PhD economics programs. With over 6 years of research experience, Mahsa's keen interest in environmental and energy economics is reflected in her two papers published in economics journals. At SFU, she's keen to deepen her understanding of economic theories while persistently exploring climate change and environmental economics.



About the Donor

Shiva Nanda is an SFU alumnus who graduated with a Master’s Degree in the Department of Economics in 1985. Although it has been more than 30 years since his time at SFU, Shiva still looks back at that period of his life with great fondness, most importantly for the colleagues and professors who left a lasting impact on him. Today, Nanda heads NCS Global in New Hampshire, United States. An entrepreneur at heart, Nanda established the company in 1995 which in the past 26 years, has grown to become a leading provider in E-waste recycling and asset recovery services.

SFU has had a very positive impact on Shiva’s professional and personal development—drawing in his experience forging his own path as a successful entrepreneur, Shiva and his wife, Elizabeth, decided to give back to SFU through the Shiva and Elizabeth Nanda Fellowship in Economics, to support outstanding PhD students at a critical moment in their development as scholars.

Dedicated to the memory of their parents Madhusudan Nanda, Sakuntala Nanda, and Penelope Stetson as well as Nanda's sister and brother-in-law, Sailabala Das and Dr. Suresh Chandra Das, the award is also a tribute to Nanda's late mentors professors Parzival Copes, Zane Spindler, Terry Heaps, and Don DeVoretz.