Nicolas Chikhani  

Nicolas Chikhani

Adjunct Faculty

Research Interests

Product Management, Data & Analytics, Product Design, Operations and Customer Experience

Nicolas Chikhani is an adjunct faculty member at Columbia Engineering where he teaches Product Management and Business Analytics. He covers concepts like Objectives and Key Results (OKRs), Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), and A/B testing, and puts them into practice in a variety of situations and industries to help facilitate data-driven decision-making.

He is presently the Chief Experience Officer at Gardyn, a company empowering anyone to grow their own produce at home in a convenient, friendly, and AI-assisted fashion. There, he oversees the end-to-end omnichannel customer experience. Previously, he spent three years at Feelmore Labs, makers of Cove, a mental wellness hardware device, where he was the Chief Product Officer and focused on everything digital. Prior to that, he spent six years at Weight Watchers, where he played a leadership role in the digital transformation of the company, with a focus on Product Management and Data, impacting both the consumer-facing experience and enterprise-powered tools for the organization. Prior to that, Nic spent four years at Morgan Stanley as a client-facing quantitative manager, focused on portfolio construction and asset allocation for Private Wealth Management.

Nic holds a M.Sc. in Engineering from ENSTA in Paris, France, and a M.Sc. in Financial Engineering from Columbia.


  • Chief Experience Officer at Gardyn (2022-Present)
  • Chief Product Officer at Feelmore Labs (2019-2022)
  • Weight Watchers (Product Manager to VP of Product) (2013-2019)
  • Morgan Stanley (Analyst to Manager) (2009-2013)


  • Adjunct Faculty at Columbia (2019-Present)
  • Board Member at BistroMD (2021-Present)