Vandinika Shukla is a gender policy specialist, civic technologist, and educator activating youth to bridge divides and solve our biggest challenges together. She has spent the last decade designing national gender policies and advocacy campaigns at the United Nations as the youth focal point for UN Women, building civic engagement products and partnerships at MIT Media Lab, and founding organizations to amplify unheard stories for stronger democracies.
Most recently, she led the launch of the Practicing Democracy Project at Harvard Kennedy School – a research, teaching and practice center on leadership, storytelling, and movement building– with world renowned community organizer Marshall Ganz. Vandinika was the Indian Ambassador to G(irls)20 at the 2014 G20 Summit and went on to serve as a Vice-Chair of the Steering Committee mentoring 400+ young female leaders from G20 countries. For her work she has been recognized as a young leader by the G20, European Commission, and Fora Network for Change.
Vandinika holds a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics. She graduated with a B.A. (Hons) in History from Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University.