Diya Nayar
Senior Communications & Marketing Manager
Diya works as part of the global Marketing and Communications team with a focus on India and Southeast Asia.

What is the job you do at Eight Roads? 

I joined Eight Roads to help grow the brand in India and Southeast Asia. It’s exciting because it allows me to creatively tell the story of our entrepreneurs and the bold businesses we help them build.

Looking back, what’s been the steepest learning curve on your career journey so far?

‘Change’ is uncomfortable and yet one instance taught me so much about how to see it as an opportunity rather than a threat. Back when I was in Singapore working for the Royal Bank of Scotland, we were working on a rebranding exercise across the region in 11 countries. My boss at the time was going on maternity leave, which meant it was going to be just me for the better part of a year working through the communications that supported the project. Never in a million years did I ever think I had it in me, but I learnt to be bold and trust that I could deliver it on my own.

If you could give one piece of advice to your 20-year-old self what would it be?

I’d say take more risks, be bold and daring. A leap of faith goes a long way. Unfortunately, the world we live in has taught us to fear failure and shy away from the unknown. But that’s what sets us apart from everyone else. How far we travelled, how often we failed and yet how we came out stronger on the other side.

How do you directly support our entrepreneurs/principal investments/portfolio companies? Can you give an example?

I bring opportunities to our entrepreneurs that would help throw more light on their brand. I’d like to think of it as an invisible brand facilitator.