Akshika joined DIAL in February 2021 as a Post-Graduate intern. She has since transitioned to the Associate role for the Principles Program. Shortly before this, she graduated with her master’s in International Affairs, with a concentration on Economic and Political Development, from Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs. While there, she focused on digital-economic development and public & private partnerships, with an intersectional lens. Prior to graduate school, she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Botswana.