Aarya Nijat manages CIPE’s programs in South Asia. In this role, she is responsible for the overall program design, partnership development and program management throughout South Asia, with a thematic focus on democratic governance, enterprise eco systems, anti-corruption and business advocacy. Nijat’s portfolio projects are mostly implemented through partnering with business associations, civil society organizations and think tanks to strengthen the role of the private sector and non-governmental organizations and mobilize local networks of small and medium enterprises, civil society and policy think tanks for constructive policy reform in South Asia. She works closely with local program partners to ensure progress towards stated results, and travels throughout the region to monitor outcomes and meet with partners, stakeholders and beneficiaries.
Nijat is a skilled international development professional with over a decade of experience in developing national policies and conceiving, implementing, monitoring and evaluating programs in South Asia. Previously, Nijat was the Executive Director for the University of California San Diego, where she provided technical assistance to financial digitization reform in the civil service sector. Nijat is a published policy author on governance and women’s leadership and has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School of Government, a Master’s degree in International Relations from Quaid-i-Azam University and double bachelors in Law and Political Science from Punjab University.