Mitali Nikore


Mitali Nikore is an economist and gender policy specialist. She is the founder of the youth-led research group Nikore Associates. She advises multilateral organisations such as ADB, UN Women and the World Bank as well as private sector consulting firms such as EY and PwC. She is a part of the Global Shapers New Delhi Hub (an initiative of the World Economic Forum). She is also an advisor to the Steering Committee of BRICS CCI Young Leaders. Focusing on infrastructure development, industries, MSMEs, economic corridors and gender mainstreaming, her work spans a wide range of sectors, both in South Asia and Africa, at the national and sub-national levels. She is also a widely published researcher and writer with The Times of India, World SME News, Indian Express, SheThePeople and EPC World. She has also been named one of the 22For2022 industry leaders by Forbes magazine and has provided her expertise On-Air on multiple news segments on BBC News, NDTV, and India Ahead amongst others. Mitali holds a master's in economics from the London School of Economics, and a bachelor's in economics from the University of Delhi.



Current Team


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Vidhi Narang

Research Advisor

Vidhi holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from NMIMS University, Mumbai, and is keen on working in the social development sector. She has experience in working with NGOs in the field of gender sensitization and skill development. She is pursuing a master’s in public policy from NLS, Bangalore, and wishes to be involved in formulating policies on gender-related issues and skill development.

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Samarpita Banerjee

Research Advisor

Samarpita Banerjee is an economics graduate from St.Stephen's College, Delhi University, and is currently pursuing a Master's degree in International Business Economics and Finance from Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, Pune. Her research interests include gender-based issues and development economics.

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Shruti Jha

Research Advisor

Shruti Jha is a Research Advisor at Nikore Associates. She holds an undergraduate degree in Business Economics from Gargi College, University of Delhi and is an incoming MA candidate in International and Development Economics at Yale University. At Nikore Associates she has supported research across several sectors including transport and logistics, economic corridor development, and MSMEs. Prior to joining Nikore Associates, she served as a Business Associate at KPMG.

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Mahak Mittal

Research Advisor

Mahak has completed her graduation in economics from NMIMS University, Mumbai. With a keen interest in infrastructure and gender development, she looks forward to pursuing a career in consultancy.

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Charmi Mehta

Research Advisor

Charmi Mehta is a Research Advisor at Nikore Associates and a Research Consultant at Finance Research Group, Mumbai. She holds undergraduate degrees in Economics and Law along with a Master's in Public Policy from the National Law School of India University, Bengaluru. Previously, she has worked with Asia Society India Centre, the Centre for Science and Environment and Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy. She was also a part of the NLSIU-Action Aid team that drafted the Slum Development Bill for the Government of Karnataka in 2018-19. Her research interests lie at the intersection of public finance, climate policy and regulatory governance.

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Shivani Jain

Communication Advisor

Shivani is currently working as a Social Media Manager with India's oldest political party and holds a Masters degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. Her strong vision and capability to lead a cause, led her to be one of the Young Leaders for Obama Foundation’s Townhall (India) in 2017 and Youth Delegate, India-China Youth Dialogue, Embassy of Republic of China in 2018. She has worked for Ms. Vasundhara Raje, Chief Minister of Rajasthan and with FleishmanHillard and Zeno Group. Her vision is to work for the world peace and develops her own space for discussions on the same.

Samiha Singh

Research Associate

Samiha Singh is a Research Associate at Nikore Associates, and an Economic Research Intern with the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER). She graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a double major in Quantitative Economics & Econometrics and Communication Studies. Samiha has a keen interest in leveraging research based evidence to improve policy efficacy in the field of development, specifically surrounding avenues of infrastructure development, education, and gender.

Ishita Uppadhayay

Assistant Manager

Ishita Uppadhayay is an undergraduate English Literature student at King’s College London with a sustained interest in economics and public policy. As Editorial Team Lead at Nikore Associates, she contributed to writing and editing research, as well as managing and coordinating the efforts of the editorial team. Ishita is also involved in youth journalism, holding the position of Co-Editor at The King’s Tab and Essays Editor at Strand Magazine.

Geetika Malhotra


Geetika is Research Manager at Nikore Associates. She is currently a Consultant with Global Alliance for Mass Entrepreneurship (G.A.M.E.) and Jagori. She holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from Indraprastha College for Women, University of Delhi. She is also a Global Shaper at the New Delhi Hub, part of the Global Shapers Community (an initiative of the World Economic Forum).

Akshay Kanikar

Senior Research Associate

Akshay Kanikar is a Research Associate at Nikore Associates. He is an associate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and holds an undergraduate degree in Commerce from Pune University, currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Financial Economics at the University of Hyderabad. He has led research projects with focus areas like infrastructure, logistics, economic corridor development, and MSMEs. His research interests lie in the fields of macroeconomics, banking, and financial markets.

Priyal Mundhra

Assistant Manager

Priyal is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Economics from Symbiosis School of Economics (SSE) and holds an undergraduate degree in Economics, Mathematics, and Statistics from CHRIST (Deemed to be University). Her areas of interest include sustainable finance, gender-based issues, and financial literacy for women.

Notable Alumni

Poorva Prabhu

Summer Research Intern, LSE

Poorva is currently pursuing an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science, London. She has obtained an undergraduate degree in Economics from St.Xavier's College, Mumbai. She has previously worked as an Analyst with a Gurgaon-based Management Consultancy firm. Her research interests include gender and labor-related studies as well as infrastructure development in developing countries. She wants to be involved in developing policies that are backed by rigorous economic research.

Khyati Bhatnagar

Assistant, India International Skill Centres

Khyati, a public policy enthusiast, has been working in the Indian skill development and vocational education sector for the past two years. She holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from St. Stephen's College, New Delhi, and a master’s degree in Public Policy from King's College, London. Previously, she has worked in the media advocacy space, handling pan India projects in sectors like Intellectual Property and Public Health. She is passionate about an in-depth analysis of policy interventions with regards to gender equality and wishes to develop structured domain and entrepreneurial skill development modules for enhancement of the Indian female labor force participation.

Ashruth Talwar

Associate, IDinsight

Ashruth is currently pursuing a Masters's degree in Economics from The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). Prior to this, he pursued an undergraduate degree in Economics from St. Stephen's College, New Delhi. He was awarded a Research Fellowship in his final year of under-graduation and undertook a study to examine the role of a financially included woman in her household's health outcomes. The findings of the study were presented to the Department of Economics at his college. Going forward, he is interested in exploring education and health-based issues and undertakes research in these fields to inform policy decisions.

Chandni Ganesh

Writer, The Daily Net

Chandni is the Editorial Team Lead at Nikore Associates. She is currently pursuing a BA in Economics, Political Science, and Sociology at St. Joseph's College, Bangalore. She also analyzes US politics for digital media houses based in North America and runs a social justice collective called Sabudana Things. Her interests lie in intersectional feminism and gender equity.

Manvika Gupta

Monitoring & Evaluation Officer, UNICEF

Manvika is currently a Monitoring and Evaluation Officer with UNICEF, New Delhi, and holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from Shri Ram College of Commerce, New Delhi. She has prior experience with a UK-based general insurer as an actuarial consultant in using statistical models to evaluate reserve bookings. She also has experience as a behavioral economist focusing on solving management problems using behavioral economics. She wants to use economic principles and data analytics to lead research inquiries in the social and economic space.

Laboni Singh

Associate Consultant, The Bridgespan group

Laboni is a Research Associate at Nikore Associates. She had 2+ years of transaction banking experience with Citi and will soon be joining the 2020 cohort of the Urban Fellowship at the Indian Institute of Human Settlements, Bangalore. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi.