Biography

Diva Dhar

Diva Dhar

DPhil in Public Policy Student (2018)

I am a doctoral candidate in Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford.  

I am also Deputy Director, Women's Economic Empowerment at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where I lead the foundation’s global strategy and work on data, research and evidence to advance women and girls’ economic inclusion and empowerment. Previously, I anchored research and evaluation portfolios for the foundation on nutrition, health systems, ICT, youth and gender in India. Prior to joining the foundation, I worked for over a decade in public policy research and design for J-PAL, Innovations for Poverty Action, World Bank, Planning Commission of India and other non-profit organisations in India, Morocco and Bangladesh.

I have a Master's in International and Development Economics from Yale University and a B.A. in Economics and International Relations from Mount Holyoke College.