Yamini Aiyar

UNU Council Member; President and Chief Executive, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi

UNU Centre

Ms Yamini Aiyar is the President and Chief Executive of the Centre for Policy Research (CPR) in New Delhi, India.

In 2008, she founded the Accountability Initiative at CPR, which is credited with pioneering one of India’s largest expenditure tracking surveys for elementary education.

Ms. Aiyar’s work sits at the intersection of research and policy practice. Her research interests span the fields of public finance, social policy, state capacity, federalism, governance, and the study of contemporary politics in India. She has published widely in academic publications and the popular press, and writes regularly on current affairs and policy matters in mainstream Indian newspapers.

Ms Aiyar serves on a number of government and international policy committees as well as boards of nonprofits and think tanks. Her recent policy commitments include Commissioner and Chair, governance working group, Lancet Commission on Reimagining India’s Health System; Member, State Advisory Council, Government of Punjab; Member, Technical Advisory Group, National Data and Analytics Platform, Niti Aayog.

Ms Aiyar is an alumna of the London School of Economics, St. Edmunds College, Cambridge University and St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University.