|NILIMA GULRAJANI '95 |
Our 2016 Distinguished Alumna was honoured at the TOGA Reunion Dinner, Saturday, October 22, 2016.
Dr. Nilima Gulrajani ’95 is “an internationally-recognized expert on effective foreign aid management and public sector administrative reform in both developed and developing countries. She has fifteen years experience conducting research at leading academic institutions, including Cambridge University, London School of Economics and Oxford University.”
Nilima attended Trafalgar from 1990-1995 and was Head Prefect from ’94-’95. She earned an IB at the Lester B. Pearson United World College of the Pacific (selected as Quebec’s scholarship recipient) then a BA (First Class Joint Honours) at McGill University in Economics and Political Science. She attended University of Cambridge in 2001, graduating with Distinction and earning a MPhil in Development Studies. Then, as a Bill Gates Scholar, Nilima earned her PhD in Management Studies in 2005.
Dr. Gulrajani “is currently Research Fellow at the Overseas Development Institute, UK’s leading independent think tank on international development and humanitarian issues. In addition to her role at ODI, she is a Senior Research Associate at the Global Economic Governance Programme, University College, Oxford University. She has previously worked as an Assistant Professor at the London School of Economics, where she taught international public management and supervised graduate student research.” She has practical experience at the International Trade and Finance Group at the Canadian Ministry of Finance, the World Bank, and the International Development Research Centre.
A prolific writer, Nilima has published in leading academic and media outlets including The Globe and Mail and The Guardian. She is also Associate Editor of Public Administration and Development. She presents and lectures at policy conferences and universities worldwide.
Nilima writes, “I consider myself a conscientious “doer” who enjoys dealing with practical questions about organisational design, strategy and marketing, corporate governance and performance. I have the privilege of honing these skills in my role as a trustee of the charity Integrity Action.”
In 2012, Nilima was named one of the 125 Women of Trafalgar – Scholars & Explorers saying that her time at Trafalgar had a big influence on her, giving her “self-belief.”
On being named the 2016 Distinguished Alumna, Nilima, ever-modest, says, “I can’t help but feel it is undeserved, but I am truly honoured to have been nominated for this award.”
Sources: odi.org, globaleconomicgovernance.org
You can read more about Nilima in the 125 Women of Trafalgar: Scholars and Explorers Magazine.