Ranu’s Story

“I was born in Patna, Bihar but emigrated to the US at the age of five. Twenty years later, I began a journey back to India, so I could personally get involved in development in India and South Asia.  For more than eight years, I have been working in the development sector in South Asia, focusing on helping the poorest segments of society address pressing water and natural resource management concerns.

Prior to Oxford, I worked as a water resources consultant with the International Financial Corporation (IFC) and with the World Bank in India on projects related to water sector reform in the irrigation, agriculture, and rural development sectors in the states of Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu.

Prior to this, I was the Deputy Director of the International Growth Centre (IGC), a global research and policy centre, in Patna, Bihar.  There I designed and led a study on the institutional reform of the Government of Bihar Water Resources Department in flood management and the steps needed to reorganize and strengthen the Department. Prior to the IGC, I worked full time for the World Bank in New Delhi, starting in 2007. My interest in global development challenges began in 2004, when I attended the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) for a Masters in Public Administration in Public & Economic Policy.  My Masters thesis on Information Communication Technology: Reform of Organisational Crisis Management during Natural Disasters was published in the International Journal of Management Practice in 2008.

The Indira Gandhi Scholarship at Somerville College is a once in a lifetime opportunity that enables me to fulfil my dream of pursuing an MSc in Water Science, Policy Management at Oxford University.  This will give me valuable technical skills in the practice of water management and strengthen my background in the policy of water management. I aim to use my learning to contribute to global solutions to address today’s pressing water challenges, particularly those facing India.”

Thesis: Pathways to Water Security: Evaluating the Impacts of Irrigation Investments in Madhya Pradesh, India