Mitali Nikore is an economist, focusing on infrastructure development, public private partnerships and sustainable development. She completed her master’s degree in Economics at the London School of Economics (LSE) in 2012, and has advised the United Nations (UN), the World Bank (WB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Some of her key projects include:
- As an economic consultant, Mitali contributed to the formulation of ADB’s India Country Partnership Strategy 2018-22, as part of the team identifying priority infrastructure sectors and states, where ADB’s contribution would be most impactful for furthering India’s sustainable growth
- As a consultant with PwC, Mitali led a strategic project, advising the Ministry of Railways on how the Indian Railways and Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation could improve services and incentivise a shift from road to rail, in an effort to promote green transportation
- During her time in Southern Africa, Mitali worked on several water supply and sanitation projects in rural and urban areas to identify sources of innovative financing, and optimise the combination of water tariffs, government budgets, international aid, and private sector contributions for project viability
Mitali has a regular column called ‘Irrational Economics’ on the Times of India, and her articles have also been featured by leading news portals such as the CNBC, Indian Express and the Quint, as well the South Asia Centre of the LSE. Mitali writes on the intersectionality between gender and sustainable development, with a special focus on infrastructure and urban development. In each of her articles, she uses statistical analysis and best practices from around the world as evidence to back her solutions.
Mitali is also a Global Shaper with the New Delhi Hub, an initiative of the World Economic Forum. She is currently leading two community projects, one to promote digital literacy amongst young women and girls in Delhi, and another to promote research and knowledge creation on how cutting-edge technology can be harnessed to reduce traffic congestion in Delhi.