Preeti Sahai

Preeti Sahai

MC/MPA Mason/India
Research proposal: Nonviolent solutions to communal polarization in India
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Preeti has experience of over 15 years in public service on social, economic and political inclusion in India. At the BASIX Social Enterprise Group, her work on financial inclusion in urban slums provided the testing ground for the development of a company that offers financial services to over a million customers using technology. Over the past decade, she has worked on the restructuring of grassroots political organizations, planning and executing election campaigns and leadership training for political workers. Her work has focused on democratic politics and how it can deliver social and economic development for the largest number of people. Preeti has extensive experience of working with large teams and across issues such as poverty alleviation, livelihood promotion, and inclusive finance. In her work with the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, she has managed scholarship and psychosocial support programs for children affected by violence in conflict areas. She is deeply interested in social and political institutions and processes and has been a keen observer of communal and other social conflicts in India. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and a Masters in finance. She is currently pursuing a mid-career Master’s in Public Administration at the Kennedy School, Harvard University.

Her research proposal will study nonviolent approaches to conflict resolution and distill lessons for nonviolent solutions to contemporary conflicts that are fueled by the right-wing politics in India.