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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 industry leaders to look out for in 2022

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.


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Current Team

Mannat Sharma

Research Manager

Mannat Sharma is a Research Manager at Nikore Associates. She is a post-graduate in Economics from the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, Jawaharlal Nehru University. Prior to this, she pursued her graduation in Economics from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi. Issues pertaining to development intrigue her immensely and have motivated her to work in the field of gender and sustainable growth.

Vaanya Ranade

Research Associate

Vaanya Ranade is currently a Research Associate at Nikore Associates. She graduates from Ashoka University in 2024 with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Finance. She is interested in topics pertaining to Women empowerment and Growth, which is what drives her to work in the field of Gender and Development.

Gunjan Nagpal

Research Associate

Gunjan Nagpal is a recent graduate in economics from University of Delhi. She is passionate about gender economics and development theories. She also has keen interest in policy making and academic writing. She plans to pursue Masters in Economics and see herself working in economic research in potential future.

Vanshika Sirohi

Research Associate

Vanshika is a Research Associate at Nikore Associates. She is currently pursuing her masters degree in Diplomacy, Law and Business (M.A. DLB) from Jindal School of International Affairs (JSIA), O.P. Jindal Global University. Prior to this, she pursued her graduation in Political Science from Kirori Mal College, University of Delhi. She is also the Centre Coordinator at Centre for Security Studies, JSIA.

Swastika Mukherjee

Research Associate

Swastika Mukherjee currently holds the position of Research Associate at Nikore Associates, following her internship as a research analyst at the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce. She holds a Master's degree in Development Economics from the University of Sussex (2022) and a Bachelor's degree in Economics from St. Xavier's University, Kolkata. Swastika's primary interests lie in labor market dynamics and gender economics. Her academic and professional background demonstrates her commitment to contributing meaningfully to these fields.


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Ashruth Talwar


Ashruth completed his 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.

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Shivani Jain

Senior 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.

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Vidhi Narang


Vidhi completed her post-graduate studies in Public Policy from NLSIU and undergraduate degree in Economics from NMIMS University, Mumbai. She is currently working with Primus Partners as the Senior Consultant. She was previously an Associate at PWC India. Vidhi has great experience working with NGOs in the field of gender sensitization and skill development.

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Anusha Paul Choudhury


Anusha is a Senior Research Advisor at Nikore Associates. She holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Calcutta, and is a post-graduate student in Economics (specialising in Environmental & Resource Economics) at TERI School of Advanced Studies, New Delhi. She intends to pursue a career at the intersection of economic & policy research, focusing on developmental & environmental concerns.

Notable Alumni

Poorva Prabhu

Economic Consulting Analyst, Grant Thornton UK LLP

Poorva is an MSc post-graduate 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 splendid experience as an Analyst at NEF Consulting, London and is currently the Economic Consulting Analyst at Grant Thornton UK. Her research interests include gender and labor-related studies as well as infrastructure development in developing countries.

Khyati Bhatnagar

Senior Associate, PwC India

Khyati, a public policy enthusiast, worked at the Indian skill development and vocational education sector for two years. She is currently the Senior Associate at PwC India. 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.

Laboni Singh

Associate Consultant, The Bridgespan Group

Laboni is an Associate Consultant at The Bridgespan Group, Mumbai. She had 2+ years of transaction banking experience with Citi and was part 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.

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.

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