Ekta Jhaveri works as a research associate for the William Davidson Institute’s (WDI) Base of Pyramid (BoP) initiative. Her work at WDI has largely focused on Impact Sourcing. Through her research, she has evaluated the potential of Impact Sourcing as an opportunity for job creation and livelihoods improvement for people living in the BoP markets. She was the lead researcher and co-author of the Rockefeller Foundation funded research report, “Impact Sourcing: Assessing the Opportunity for Building a Thriving Industry”. She also worked at WDI’s Globalization of Services (GoS) initiative in 2006 where she explored the potential of China and South Africa as offshore destinations for IT-ITeS services.
She has extensive background in international development most notably through her work at the World Bank. Her work at the bank primarily focused on education and social protection issues in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and East Asia and Pacific (EAP) regions. Her professional experience also includes working at Meritor, Inc., a leading automotive supplier company, where she was part of the Emerging Leaders Development Program.
Ekta is passionate about seeking market-based solutions towards alleviating social and economic problems. In addition to her work at WDI, her research interests include ICT4D, Agribusiness, and mHealth. She holds an MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and a Masters degree in Economics from Tufts University.
She can be followed on twitter @_EktaJhaveri.
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