AIF W.J. Clinton Global Fellow
Mehar is serving as an American India Foundation W.J. Clinton Fellow with the Institute for Sustainable Communities in Pune, Maharashtra. In her role as a Fellow, she focusses on accelerating the adoption of energy efficient technologies in India as well as South-East Asian countries through the development as well as dissemination of innovative business and financial models.
Growing up in various locations across India and exploring diverse cultures, Mehar believes in the importance of communication and adaptability for understanding the needs of different groups and strengthening them through sharing ideas, knowledge and creating cooperative communities. Through her interactions with vulnerable groups in conflict regions, she recognises the value of empowering communities and building their resilience to adversity by developing systems for sustainable livelihoods. Mehar began her career as a Policy Analyst at Swaniti Initiative with a focus on bridging the gap between the community, civil society organisations and parliamentarians, as well as delivering development solutions to strengthen democratic institutions. Over the past years, she has facilitated the policy engagement efforts of a network of grass-root organisations across India on issues surrounding human trafficking and protection of migrant workers. She has also conducted capacity building workshops for women artisans in North India with an aim to increase their market linkages. Her recent project gave her the opportunity to assist the State Government of Jharkhand to strengthen climate change resilience within the state and assess the absorption of returning migrant workers into large-scale employment programs such as MGNREGA.
Mehar holds a Bachelor in Management Studies from the University of Delhi and is keen to learn and foster innovative approaches that create synergies between the goals of economic growth, environmental preservation and sustainable development.