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. She has Board-level experience at international charity Integrity Action, and is a seasoned senior consultant and evaluator to international organisations, philanthropic foundations and national governments.
Nilima has published at the intersection of public management, development and global governance in leading peer-reviewed journals, and regularly responds to international media enquiries. She currently serves on the editorial board of peer-reviewed journal Public Administration and Development. Nilima obtained her BA in Economics from McGill University and her PhD from Trinity College, Cambridge, where she was a Gates Scholar.