Neha Mehra
Director, Applied Data Fellowship, International Innovation Corps, University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy

Neha is passionate about institutional reform and international development. These passions have guided her career that has spanned multilateral development banks, research organizations and social enterprises. Currently she heads social impact consulting program at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy. The Applied Data Fellowship embeds up young professionals from the UChicago in year-long technical advisory projects with governments, philanthropies, non-profits and start-ups. Prior to this role, she oversaw the management of the International Innovation Corps in India, a similar kind of social impact consulting program by the University of Chicago. From 2008-2012 Neha worked at the International Finance Corporation, the private equity wing of the World Bank. Here she served as an advisor to governments in South Asia seeking private sector financing for large impactful infrastructure projects as well as supported upstream activities to influence global infrastructure policy. Neha is also a budding screenplay writer and released the wildly successful and beloved “Ladies Room” in 2016 with Yash Raj Films digital film division. The show has over 50 million views and she has a few new projects in development. Neha holds a MPA in Finance and Urban Policy from Columbia University in the City of New York ('14), where she received multiple scholarships and awards to support her studies. She also holds a MA in International Political Economy from the University of Warwick and a BA (hons.) in Economics from Lady Shriram College for Women, University of Delhi. Neha is a proud Delhiite who currently resides in Chicago with her husband and her dog.