Aishwarya Narayan is a Research Associate with the Social Protection Initiative. She holds a Master of Applied Economics from the National University of Singapore. Her Master’s coursework involved extensive study of South-East Asian models of growth and development, and program evaluation methods. Previously she has worked as a Graduate Research Assistant at the Asia Competitiveness Institute at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore. Her research interests include Development Economics, Public Policy, Poverty and Inequality. She is passionate about building welfare systems which are equitably accessible by all.