Class of 2024
Meghana grew up in India and studied Statistics for her undergraduate degree. She felt that the numbers were fascinating, but there was always a sense of disconnect when the numbers were not used to understand the evidence-based policy in her classrooms. She then decided to pursue a Master’s degree in Social Work, orienting her to the challenges in the field of development.
The time in academia and on the field has been imperative in bridging the gap between theory and praxis and shaping her understanding of the various facets of the development sector.
After graduating, Meghana has had diverse experiences working with different state governments in India. As a part of the Chief Minister’s Good Governance Associates in the North Indian state of Haryana, she led a team of 25 young professionals, driving the implementation of flagship government schemes and positively impacting millions of citizens. Meghana’s multi-sectoral work with the government has centred around creating a positive impact for the marginalised through projects on gender-based violence, COVID relief, and the universalization of education.
Through her professional career, she has been able to comprehend impact at scale by working with varied stakeholders, diagnosing policies and designing innovative solutions for development challenges in India. At GHD, Meghana hopes to understand the nuances of the development sector further and work on pressing global challenges. She wishes to equip herself with an interdisciplinary academic and practitioner-oriented understanding of development and looks forward to being part of the vibrant community at Georgetown.