Soleil Nathwani is a New York and Mumbai based journalist, film producer and entrepreneur.
Soleil has written features and Op-Ed pieces covering film, technology, fashion, music, art, culture and travel for publications across the globe. She has discovered artists and creative entrepreneurs as well as profiling icons in their field such as designers John Varvatos and Tory Burch, artist Scott Campbell, Pulitzer Prize winner Siddhartha Mukherjee, music mogul Russell Simmons, Grammy Award winner Natasha Khan aka Bat For Lashes, spiritual guide Deepak Chopra and Oscar winner Sir Ben Kingsley. As a Contributing Editor for Rolling Stone India she writes a column on popular culture and the intersection between story and technology.
Soleil’s film projects have received wide acclaim. In addition to her current projects in development and post production, Soleil was the Director of Distribution on Difret which won the audience awards at Sundance and the Berlinale. She also ran distribution and partnerships for Girl Rising which continues to be seen as a standard bearer for social impact filmmaking. Both projects speak to her passion for building stronger communities through empowerment and education. Soleil is an Advisor to LA based film/tech start up, Gathr Films that has disrupted the distribution model by bringing films with a cause directly to communities that can affect change. She started her own production company, UpperCut Releasing, in 2014 to develop, produce and distribute episodic and feature length content focused on narrative features with a message, from emerging talent.
Soleil is the contributing editor of Mala of the Heart (2010) and Mala of Love (2016), the first two books in a series of compilations of spiritual poems seeking to propel readers towards positive change and compassion.
As a former VP at Goldman Sachs and hedge fund COO overseeing growth and strategy at two hedge funds in succession, Soleil has built numerous successful businesses in terms of people, assets and innovation.
Soleil has served on the New Wave Committee on the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York for close to a decade, is the youngest member of the Maharashtra State Women’s Council and is proud to be a Magic Bus Ambassador.
Soleil is a graduate of Harvard College and grew up between London and Mumbai.