Aastha provides technical and management leadership and supports 3ie’s women's empowerment and livelihoods programs, including 'Swashakt: Empowering Indian Women's Collectives', the 'Sanitation-linked Livelihoods Program' in India and the PeaceFIELD project in South Sudan. Her work focuses on conducting gender-responsive evaluations by examining critical questions on changes in women’s empowerment outcomes and gender relationships. She also supports business development and project bids.
Prior to joining 3ie, Aastha worked at various organizations, including NITI Aayog, BBC Media Action, Alexander Associates, and Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Lucknow. In the policy space, NITI Aayog credits Aastha for drafting India’s report for Voluntary National Review on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the SDG Baseline Index. Her work, published in collaboration with IIM Lucknow, has contributed to the theme of workplace-related discrimination faced by women professionals.
Aastha holds a bachelor’s degree from St. Stephen's College, a Master's in Sociology from Delhi School of Economics, and an MPhil in Gender Studies from Ambedkar University, Delhi. She has completed her PhD in Gender Studies from Ambedkar University, Delhi.