Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Aashna has been born and brought up in New Delhi, India. She is an Economics major from Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC), Delhi University and has pursued the Young India Fellowship (YIF) at Ashoka University. At YIF, she worked with Yunus Social Business and the University’s Centre for Entrepreneurship and was a Teaching Assistant for the course Economic Reasoning and Public Policy. Post the fellowship, she joined Sattva Consulting, a social impact consulting firm in India, that works at the intersection of research and strategy to achieve scalable and sustainable solutions for impact. At Sattva, she worked on various projects with stakeholders including the Government, corporates and non-profit organizations; across verticals such as program design, project management, impact assessment and strategy design. She was also a part of the team at Sattva that worked on publishing a secondary research study on “Implications of Covid-19 on the funding landscape of Anti-Human Trafficking in India”. With over three years of work experience in the social impact sector, Aashna has joined SPIA as a graduate student and research assistant to pursue her MPA and leverage her learnings from the program to become an effective policy practitioner.


Young India Fellowship | Ashoka University | 2019 | Post Graduate Diploma in Liberal studies

Bachelor of Arts (BA) | Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) | 2018 | Economics

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Educational Experiences

Aashna completed her under graduation degree in Economic Honors from Delhi University’s prestigious Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) in 2018, post which she immediately went on to pursue the Young India Fellowship, Ashoka University’s flagship program in Liberal Studies in 2019. She is currently a first year graduate student at SPIA for the MPA program.

Career Goals

Post MPA, Aashna aspires to build her capacity as a researcher and undertake evidence-based policy research. In the long run, she aims to develop affordable, accessible, systemic and sustainable community driven interventions, which are linked to economic and social policy.

Relevant Work Experience

Program design, implementation and evaluation; research; project management; strategy formulation

Areas of Expertise

Program design and implementation, program management, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Advisory

Research Interests

Economic and Social inequities, technology for impact, gender-focussed policy research