Age:
Home Town: Dehradun, Uttarakhand
Education: MSc in Development and Rural Innovation (Wageningen University & Research), Bachelor of Architecture (Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology)
Specific Field Interests: Inclusive Sustainable Development, Social Innovation
Placement: YUWA in Ranchi, Jharkhand (Sports/Gender)
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Fellowship Project: Access and improve Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning system across 3 programs for empowering adolescent girls. Design methods to externally share new data and stories of impact.

Highlights: After finishing her undergraduate in architecture, Vaishali worked in a non-profit trust that specializes in designing and building dignified housing for the urban and rural poor. She created a development plan for rehabilitating a village destroyed by a 100-year flood through a collective decision-making approach, making her realize the importance of dialogue between various stakeholders and the value of everyone’s contributions. She then served as a fellow at the Charles Correa Foundation in Goa, where she developed a system of unified signages for the historic downtown of Panaji. In initiating the signage plan, she realized the value of taking a multi-disciplinary approach and how the application of that wide-reaching knowledge ultimately comes down to effective communication and organization. Mastering the strategies for maintaining and improving communication channels with larger scale projects became her primary motivation when she applied for graduate program in the Netherlands. She then worked on multiple European Union funded projects at the Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Science, consulting on inclusive strategies for societal and environmental challenges. She also designed and facilitated over ten sustainability and social justice focused events, webinars, and workshops with policy makers, government officials, and social entrepreneurs.

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