Shikha is an investment adviser at Omidyar Network where she focuses on the firm’s education strategy and investments across Africa.
Over the last 16 years, Shikha has worked across the development and private sector. Prior to joining Omidyar Network, she worked at the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) where she led investment and management of programs to improve basic literacy and numeracy for children in India and sub-Saharan Africa. She was responsible for a portfolio of over $60 million including CIFF’s investment in Early Learning Partnership (a multi-donor trust fund with the World Bank), Educate Girls India (the world’s first education development impact bond), and Tayari (a low cost, early childhood education model across 1,500 schools in Kenya).
Before CIFF, Shikha was at Accenture advising European utilities on M&A strategic due-diligence, operational improvement, and regulatory strategy. She started her career as an R&D engineer in an energy meter manufacturing start-up in India where she designed the company’s first digital meter.
Shikha is a board observer for Spark Schools and Ubongo, and sits on the investment committee for Innovation Edge and on the steering committee for Global Schools Forum.
Shikha received a bachelor's degree in Electronics & Communication Engineering from Thapar Institute India and an MBA from INSEAD France.