Chandrika Bahadur, Chair of the Lancet COVID-19 Commission India Task Force

Chandrika Bahadur, Chair of the Lancet COVID-19 Commission India Task Force

Chandrika Bahadur currently serves as the Chair of the Lancet COVID-19 Commission India Task Force. She is a non-resident fellow with the Center for Sustainable Development in the Global Economy and Development program at the Brookings Institution.  Formerly, she was  President of SDSN Association. She has also served as the Founder-Director of the SDG Academy and former Vice-President, Education at the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). Chandrika has worked for over two decades across multilateral institutions, foundations, non-profit, and with the government, in over 20 countries. She began her career at the United Nations as a policy specialist working on issues of international trade, poverty reduction, and budgeting and planning for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as part of the Millennium Project leadership team. Chandrika’s policy interests lie at the interface of education, sustainable development, inequality, poverty reduction, and since 2020, in ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic intersects with Agenda 2030.In India, Chandrika helped set up Reliance Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Reliance Industries, India’s largest private sector entity. She has worked closely with the Indian Institute for Human Settlements, Columbia University, and Pratham Education Foundation in various capacities. Chandrika has prior teaching experience at Harvard and Columbia universities and has held visiting and guest faculty positions at the Vedica Scholars Program in Delhi, the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, Harappa Education, and the Indian Leaders for Social Sector Program, and the SDG Academy. She holds a Masters in Public Administration and International Development from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, a Masters in Business Administration from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in Economics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University.