About  Us

Women in Econ/Policy was set up in June 2020 with the aim of creating a free and inclusive space for women interested in econ, policy & development to learn and grow together.


Our vision for the organisation is for it to disrupt the status quo in favour of a culture of empathy, co-learning, and democratized access to knowledge, industry insights, skills, and people. We aim to be a professional and personal community- to provide support, share learnings and usher in a culture where the fabulous women in Economics and Policy across the world have a safe space to learn together and openly share their challenges that are unique to being a woman in the field and help each other grow.

 

We seek to make economics and economics-adjacent fields more inclusive by highlighting work by female researchers, expanding economics beyond elite colleges and networks, and creating avenues for networking and mentorship.

Who we are

Prerna Kundu

Co-founder

Prerna Kundu is the co-founder and also leads the curation of the Newsletter as the Chief Editor. As the Chief Editor she is responsible for writing, researching and coordinating with the Newsletter team to ideate and produce high quality written content for the fortnightly newsletter. She also oversees the general activities of the group, guiding new ideas and impact.

 

She is currently a Research Associate at J-PAL South Asia, where she is working on interventions in child and maternal health in Jharkhand with the Payments and Governance Research Program. 

She holds a Master's in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics, and a Bachelor's degree in Economics from the Shri Ram College of Commerce. She is interested in development economics and political economy. She hopes to pursue a PhD in Economics, and continue to learn from and support women in the field.

Prashansa Srivastava

Co-founder

Prashansa Srivastava is the co-founder and coordinates different work streams of the group and leads its strategic outreach by engaging academic and broader community supporters in the working of the group as the Head of Strategic Outreach. She also oversees the general activities of the group, guiding coordination and communication.

 

She is currently a Research Associate at J-PAL South Asia, where she is working on interventions in child and maternal health in Jharkhand with the Payments and Governance Research Program. 

She holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Kamala Nehru College, University of Delhi. She is passionate about gender, social protection schemes and the human side of data collection. She sees a future in the development space and is passionate about the big impact that simple ideas can have! 

 

Ayushi is the Head of General Operations and coordinates within the group to ensure smooth functioning of the group and monitor the group's mission and impact. She also facilitates initiatives within the group to maintain communication and collaboration and works towards building a strong community within the members of the group. 

 

She works as an Associate at 60 Decibels - a social impact measurement company that provides insights to social enterprises to help them maximise their impact. Prior to 60 Decibels, Ayushi worked as a Research Associate at Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab and led randomized evaluations focusing on employment, gender, and agriculture across India. She holds a Bachelor's in Economics from the University of Delhi. 

Head of General Operations

Ayushi Srivastava

 

Anahita Karandikar

Anahita is the Head of Events and is responsible to coordinate and organize webinars and research presentations for the group with eminent female economists and policymakers. 

 

She is currently a Research Associate at the Behavioral Development Lab, housed at J-PAL South Asia. She works on projects that deal with questions at the intersection of behavioral economics, development and mental health. 

She holds a Master's degree in Economics from Ashoka University and a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Fergusson College, Pune University. She is interested in development economics, particularly questions pertaining to gender and labor.

Head of Events
 

Saumya Singla

Saumya is the Head of Professional Development and is responsible for conducting capacity building sessions with the group to facilitate learning and sharing of knowledge.

 

She completed her graduation in Economics from Lady Shri Ram college in 2017, followed by a post graduation from JNU (CESP) in 2019. During her education, she got deeply interested in the application of decision theory, behavioral theory and data analytics in answering development questions. She    worked as an analyst at Wells Fargo but transitioned to the development sector  to pursue her research interests. She is currently working as a research consultant for the impact evaluation division of the World Wildlife Fund.

Head of Professional Development
 

Smriti Saini

Smriti is the Head of General Operations and helps to conduct capacity building sessions and facilitate readings groups to create a space to critique, review and discuss fascinating work. 

 

She works in agriculture research at International Food Policy Research Institute. From the fields of Haryana to Nepal, she can be found scouting for worms and immersing herself in agriculture practices.
She loves to explore the tangible and intangible heritage around her,  and excels at being an amateur at everything. Her life is a pursuit towards creating a world where every girl's birth is celebrated.

Head of General Operations
 

Radhika Kaul

Radhika is the Head of Professional Development and is responsible for conducting capacity building sessions with the group to facilitate learning and sharing of knowledge.

 

Radhika did her Bachelor's in Economics from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, after which she did the Young India Fellowship at Ashoka University and is a recent Master's in Public Policy graduate from Georgetown University. Her research interests mostly lie at the cross-section of gender, education and social policy. She is currently a consultant at the World Bank.

Head of Professional Development