“I grew up in an inequitable society with marked discrimination on the basis of gender, caste, religion, and class. My life, until now, is a story of passion and resilience towards improving people’s lives.”
Hometown: Munger, India
Fun Fact About Yourself:
- I am pursuing my MBA while looking after a 2-year-old baby!
- I have worked in the world’s largest trade union of informal economy women workers for 7 years.
- I have served as a resource person on gender and poverty issues at several seminars and events of the United Nations.
- Have published several articles and knowledge products on gender and energy access issues.
Undergraduate School and Major:
M.A in Social Work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India
B.A History from the University of Delhi, India
Most Recent Employer and Job Title:
Employer: SEWA Bharat
Job title: Manager- Renewable Energy
Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far:
- Created a clean energy product’s distribution company, operated and managed by grassroots women.
- Have enabled 10,000-plus women from poor communities in India to improve their livelihood and home through access to skills, finance, leadership, and basic services such as water and sanitation.
What quality best describes the MBA classmates you’ve met so far and why? Open-minded and sincere.
Largely, I have seen that the cohort is extremely respectful of others experience and are open to dialogue and conversation. Another trait is that people are very sincere, whether it is to do with group work or projects. My class-mates do prepare well and hold themselves accountable for their job. So you won’t see people free-riding or under-performing.
Aside from your classmates, what was the key part of the MBA programming that led you to choose this business school and why was it so important to you? Value for money. I have worked in the non-profit sector for years and didn’t want to take a huge student debt to fund my education. This is because I want to continue in the same sector which is not very high-paying. Warwick Business School was where I thought the value for money was the maximum.
What was the most challenging question you were asked during the admissions process? I don’t think there was any challenging question. Most of the questions asked were part of my own research process to select the business school. For example, why Warwick Business School? Why an MBA? What are my future goals? And so on. Since I had spent months thinking about these questions, it wasn’t difficult to answer the same ones during the interview process.
How did you determine which business schools best fit you? My priorities were a one -year MBA program in a highly ranked business school with reasonable tuition fees and pedagogy that emphasized sustainability. Warwick Business School clearly fits into all the criteria. The most critical factor was how the school aligned Sustainability into its curriculum. I have pursued an MBA to build my business acumen so that I can add more value to my work in the social impact sector and also look to create a social enterprise. I was particularly looking for a curriculum that had a strong business focus and also elements of social impact. Warwick Business School was ranked number one in the UK on Sustainability.