Payal is Head of Community Programs globally for Standard Chartered. In this capacity, she oversees all programs related to education (financial and digital literacy, workforce development and employability), health (HIV/AIDS and avoidable blindness), and emergency response and disaster relief. She also oversees the Bank’s flagship program, Goal, which engages and empowers adolescent girls through sport. Payal joined Standard Chartered in July 2008 as the Head of Public Affairs for the Americas. 

With a professional background in international philanthropy and politics, Payal has worked for a wide range of public sector organisations including the World Affairs Council, the Global Philanthropy Forum and the Earth Institute at Columbia University. Payal also worked on foreign policy for the Office of President William J. Clinton. In 2014, President and Secretary Clinton appointed Payal to be a program advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative; her post was renewed in 2015. 

Payal has extensive experience in financial services as well. Prior to joining Standard Chartered, she worked on the launch of the AT&T Universal Savings and Reward Card for Citi. 

Payal also currently runs Spire Publications, a social enterprise aimed at building an international sisterhood of girls through media in her free time. She is currently writing a novel for girls aged 10-13 entitled the Hall of Heroes. 

A Texas native, Payal has an BA with honours from Stanford University and an MBA and an MPA from New York University.