Dr. Latha Pillai is an educational administrator with more than three decades of experience in the field of higher education. Her areas of professional interest include quality assessment and evaluation, promotion of women in governance and academic leadership. She has worked in institutions related to different aspects of higher education, Policy and Planning - University Grants Commission (UGC), Open and Distance Learning - Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) and Youth Development - Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD), and is presently working as Adviser, National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bengaluru. Dr. Latha Pillai is associated with NAAC since 1994 and has made significant contributions towards institution building. She is the recipient of Endeavour Australia Cheung Kong Research Fellowship, by the Australian Government, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia; USIA International Visitors Programme, USA; International Resident Fellow, University of Calgary, Canada and Jawaharlal Nehru Birth Centenary Award for 2012, instituted by the Indian Science Congress Association. She has participated in many national and international conferences / seminar as an invited speaker. Her contributions in the spheres of capacity building of women administrators in Higher education and mainstreaming vocational education have received academic acclaim. She has been nominated to various Committees of UGC; MHRD; FICCI and CII, to name a few.