Professor Shamika Ravi – Professor, Indian School of Business

Professor Shamika Ravi specializes in development economics. Her research concentrates on a range of issues related to public policy which include corruption, health, farmer suicides, employment guarantee, women in politics, impact of technology on development and entrepreneurship in MSMEs. She collaborates with microfinance institutions, commercial banks and NGOs to scrutinize the role of financial literacy, credit history and product design of financial instruments including savings and health insurance. In addition, she works with government departments to study the impact of NREGA on poverty, food security, migration and urbanization.

Professor Ravi is on the technical advisory group of UNICEF and is a Fellow of the Microfinance Management Institute, Washington D.C. She has been a consultant with the development and research group at the World Bank, a Visiting Research Scholar at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, USA, and Expert Advisor in the National Disaster Management Authority, Government of India. She has served on the boards of leading microfinance institutions and NGOs including, Spandana Sphoorthy, Swayam Krishi Sangam NGO and KBS-Local Area Bank.

She is recipient of a number of research awards from Open Society Institute, New York, Ford Foundation, and IFMR Trust. Her research papers have been published in leading journals including The Journal of International Development, The BE Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy, World Development and MIT Press Journal.

She teaches courses in Managerial Economics, Game Theory and Microfinance at Indian School of Business, Hyderabad and has taught Microeconomics, Econometrics and Statistics at the New York University. She received her PhD in economics from New York University in 2006 and Masters in Economics from Delhi School of Economics in 1998.