Soumya Kapoor Mehta

  • Head
  • Initiative for What Works to Advance Women and Girls in the Economy

Soumya Kapoor Mehta is the head of IWWAGE and leads IWWAGE’s efforts to generate, leverage, and synthesize evidence on women’s economic empowerment. She has an experience of nearly 18 years in the development sector, spanning research around gender, women’s empowerment, poverty reduction strategies, social inclusion challenges and policy levers to alleviate them around the world. Prior to joining IWWAGE, she was working as an independent policy advisor for the World Bank, UNICEF, the Government of India, the Centre for Policy Research and the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA). She has co-authored several World Bank and UNICEF research outputs, including some of their flagship reports and has two widely acclaimed books to her credit. Soumya has a Tripos Degree from the University of Cambridge in Economics and a BA (Hons.) in Economics from St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi. She has also been a Visiting Fellow to the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.