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Alia AliInvestment Associate

Alia joined Elevar in 2018 and is part of the India Investing Team at Elevar.

Alia has nine years of experience- ranging from impact investing to public finance, education and skill development. Alia started her career in the Office of Adviser to the Prime Minister of India on Skill Development, working with various Central Ministries and states to develop their policy, budgets and action plan for creating employment through skilling of their youth. Post her tenure with the Government of India, Alia joined Ernst and Young’s Public Finance team, where she worked with Self Help Groups and various state governments to improve their business processes and efficacy in the utilisation of budget allocations. Prior to joining Elevar, Alia worked at EkStep Foundation, where she was responsible for the state-level implementation and adoption of DIKSHA, a Government of India initiative to empower government school teachers with digital tools for teaching and learning. At EkStep, Alia built the partner ecosystem for content on DIKSHA.

Alia completed her Master of Science in Economics from University College London and BA Honours in Economics from Hans Raj College, Delhi University. In her free time, Alia enjoys reading to her daughter, taking long walks with her family, painting, and fixing things.

What kind of experiences did you have before Elevar?

Prior to working at Elevar, I had the opportunity to work for the Government of India, solving for skilling and employabilty in the youth segment. Broadly, this included working with Ministers, and Senior IAS Officers across various Ministries and State Governments and recommending solutions – collaborating with some, and negotiating with others. Over the span of my career, I have had the opportunity to travel and understand the issues and aspirations of people in both urban and rural areas as we solved for quality education and employability in the states of U.P., Gujarat, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh, and Telangana. My work has led me to study and understand the perspectives and needs of State universities, primary schools, universities, self help groups and NGOs alike.

Has working at Elevar changed your perspective on things?

Elevar has taught me to believe in my ‘inner voice’ and to always question the status quo. Another thing at Elevar that resonated very well with me was how all are expected to play to their own individual strengths – a strong value which reaps great dividends for people as well the organisation.

How is Elevar different to the jobs you’ve done before?

I came to Elevar with a desire to find more sustainable solutions for the underserved customer’s need – for quality education, access to finance, and market linkages. At Elevar, I have seen this come to life – through the Entrepreneurs we back and the magic these Entrepreneurs do in creating value for the customer, consequently creating impact.