Nilima is a senior researcher and policy consultant specialising in the governance and management of official development assistance and bilateral development cooperation. She has fifteen years experience teaching, investigating and resolving complex problems of organisational effectiveness in international development
She is a recognised authority on the management of official development assistance and bilateral development cooperation. She regularly responds to international media enquiries on foreign aid, especially its governance and reform.
She is a seasoned senior consultant and evaluator to international organisations, philanthropic foundations and national governments. She is recognised for her ability to translate in-depth research into concrete organisational policies and practices. She has led policy dialogues and steered decision-making at the highest political levels.
Before joining ODI, Nilima was Assistant Professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science where she taught international public management and global development. She has also previously worked as an international economist within the International Trade and Finance Group at the Canadian Ministry of Finance, the World Bank and the International Development Research Centre.
Nilima publishes extensively in peer-reviewed, policy and media outlets and currently serves as editor of the journal Public Administration and Development. She obtained her PhD from Trinity College, Cambridge, where she was a Bill Gates Scholar.