Core Team


Dr. Radhika Iyengar

Radhika is the Director of Education, Center for Globalization and Sustainable Development, at the Earth Institute, Columbia University. She is also the Chair for the South Asia Special Interest Group at CIES (2013-2015). She received her Ph.D. in Economics and Education (with distinction) from Teachers College, Columbia University on her dissertation Social capital as a determinant of schooling in rural India: A mixed methods study. Previously, she earned a Master¹s in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics, India. Her professional experience includes working in an India-based non-profit organization, Pratham, for multiple years. Her research interests are educational program evaluation and international educational development.


Huma Kidwai 

Huma is a doctoral (EdD) candidate in the Department of International and Transcultural Studies at Teachers College-Columbia University. She is researching on the state-madrassa partnerships for educational reform and development in India. In 2013, she was awarded the American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) fellowship to conduct her data collection in India. Huma graduated from Harvard University with a Masters degree in International Education Policy. She also holds a Masters degree in Child Development from Delhi University where she focused on Early Childhood Care and Education.  Huma has worked at the World Bank in New Delhi as a research analyst with the Poverty Reduction Group. She has also worked on projects related to health, education and other civil rights at the Praxis Institute for Participatory Practices in New Delhi. While conducting her dissertation work, up till recently, Huma worked as a Research Associate at Columbia Global Centers for Model Districts Education Project overseeing the center’s educational programs and research in India.

MaulshreeMaulshree Gangwar 

Maulshree is a Masters (EdM) student in the Department of International and Transcultural Studies specializing in Human Rights Education at Teachers College Columbia University. She is a Research Assistant for a Columbia Business School and Earth Institute collaborative project to asses teacher motivation factors in India. She is also working on a analytical project to monitor the proceedings of United Nations General Assembly 69th Session and Third Committee at United Nations Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights (UN-OHCHR). Maulshree has received an MS in Biology from University of Alabama at Birmingham and has several years of teaching experience in India.