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Area of Study: Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration

    Ms. Ira Singhal is the Deputy Commissioner, Revenue, in Delhi Government. She ranked first in the extremely prestigious and competitive Indian Civil Services Exam in 2014. As the National Brand Ambassador for various ministries, her role is to help accelerate India’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) performance, and ensure the inclusion of vulnerable and marginalized populations. Over the years, Ms. Singhal has worked in this capacity to address the plight of the 22 percent of Indians living in poverty, focusing on women-headed households, persons with disabilities, transgender people, and other marginalized groups. She was the first person to provide employment for transgender people in a government office, giving them visibility and paving the way to wider societal acceptance. Ms. Singhal is dedicated to designing SDG-based policies that provide more economic opportunities for the poor and marginalized. She hopes that the fellowship will equip her with tools to design policies with a human development lens, and give her an international perspective on developmental challenges facing her country. Ms. Singhal holds a bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering, an MBA from the University of Delhi, and a Masters of Public Policy from J.N. University.