Saheel Chodavadia

London School of Economics Postgraduate Award, London School of Economics - Economics

Saheel was born and raised in Austin, Texas and graduated from Duke University with a B.S. in Economics and a Minor in Psychology. He is passionate about policy that empowers vulnerable populations, such as rural farmers and refugees, and has worked with the Ministry of Justice and Equality in Ireland, the Government of South Africa, the Government of Cambodia, and the World Bank to democratise opportunities for refugees and develop cash transfer programs targeted towards pregnant women and children. Saheel has also published research on the intersection of biometric identity and refugee rights. At Duke, he served as a Student Body Vice President, the President of the Hindu Students Association, the President of the Duke Impact Investing Group and a member of several university-level committees including the Advisory Committee on Investment Responsibility and the Library Council. At LSE, he will pursue an MSc in Economics and plans to later take this subject on to a PhD. He hopes to use his Fulbright to gain global exposure to development assistance and economics research in an effort to develop cross-cultural strategies of coordinated financing to improve outcomes for the world’s most vulnerable populations.