Biography

Shruti Lakhtakia

Shruti Lakhtakia

DPhil in Public Policy Student (2018)

Growing up in rapidly changing India, I've always been fascinated by the question of how states can become more effective. I have sought to answer this question from different perspectives through my work in government and research. As an ODI Fellow, I worked on public financial management and macro-fiscal policy at the Ministry of Finance in Timor-Leste. Thereafter, I undertook research in public finance (taxation and inequality in developing countries) and macroeconomics (commodity prices and exchange rate interventions) at the Kennedy School of Government, where I received an MPA in International Development. During my time at the Blavatnik School of Government, I seek to pursue questions at the intersection of public finance and political economy in developing countries.

I previously served as a consultant in the Macroeconomics, Trade and Investment Global Practice of the World Bank in the Caribbean, and the East Asia-Pacific regions. I also hold an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics.