Chandrika Tandon

  • Chair, NYU Tandon Board

  • Chair, NYU President’s Global Council

  • Chair, Tandon Capital Associates


Chandrika Krishnamurthy Tandon is a business leader, Grammy-nominated artist, and humanitarian. She is a former partner of McKinsey & Company, and as founder and chair of Tandon Capital Associates, Ms. Tandon focuses on measurable transformation of institutions. She has worked with over 40 companies globally, on projects involving major financial and operational restructuring, global and domestic strategy, organizational redesign, core process/performance improvement, and broad-based culture change. Ms. Tandon is the Chair of the Krishnamurthy Tandon Foundation, whose mission is to elevate human happiness through economic and emotional empowerment. 

She is a Trustee of New York University, Chair of the Board of NYU Tandon School of Engineering, Chair of NYU’s President’s Global Council, and a Trustee of NYU Langone Health. Ms. Tandon is also a member of Yale University’s President’s Council of International Activities. Her Foundation has established faculty Chairs at Yale and Harvard Universities. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences Investment Committee and serves as a Governor of the New York Academy of Sciences.

Ms. Tandon has received numerous awards for integrity and leadership, including the Gallatin Medal, NYU’s highest honor, the Walter Nichols Medal, and the Polytechnic Medal, in recognition of her contribution to science and engineering. She has received the BCA Leadership Award from Americans for the Arts and was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. Ms. Tandon has been inducted into the Horatio Alger Society of Distinguished Americans and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AMACAD). She has also been profiled in print, on radio, and television, including in CNBC’s The Brave Ones series. 

Ms. Tandon has recorded five albums, under her not-for-profit label, Soul Chants Music, including Soul Call, which was nominated for a Grammy, and her newest Ammu’s Treasures, a global music album for families. She has conducted numerous benefit concerts on world stages to sold-out audiences, including the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Berlin’s Olympiastadion, Lobkowicz Palace in Prague, and Washington, DC's National Mall for hundreds of thousands of attendees of the World Culture Festival.

Chandrika and Ranjan Tandon

Engineering Transformed

Learn more about Chandrika and Ranjan Tandon's $100 million gift for engineering at NYU.