Rakhi Sahay

Senior Manager – Director’s Office | rsahay at iihs dot ac dot in

2000    MA, Social Work, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai
1998    BA, Geography (Hons), Miranda     House, University of Delhi, Delhi




Countries: India, Singapore, Indonesia
States: Rajasthan, Delhi-NCR, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Bihar, Jharkhand
Cities: Delhi, Muzaffarpur, Lucknow, Unnao, Kanpur, Jaipur, Udaipur, Pushkar, Ajmer, Beawar, Pali, Chennai, Gingee, Guwahati, Mumbai, Tuljapur
Languages: English, Hindi, Bahasa Indonesia

Rakhi Sahay is an international development professional with 16 years of experience in areas of sustainable development, financial inclusion, impact investing, gender issues and poverty reduction in India, Indonesia and Singapore. She is an alumnus of the US Department of State’s fellowship program – International Visitors Leadership Program that recognises leaders across a diverse range of sectors.


She has worked with several organisations ranging from non-profit to research and Consulting.  Her assignments have included research, business development, strategy, communications, knowledge management and training. She has worked closely in sectors like microfinance and impact investing where she was involved in developing practices and innovative learning platforms, and designing an online marketplace to support social enterprises working in lines of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Her work has helped multi-nationals and financial institutions to align their businesses and talent to build the social enterprise sector. She has worked extensively on community mobilisation in areas like affordable housing, advocacy for clean air campaign and livelihood promotion. She has worked on data reporting and transparency for World Bank’s portal in the area of financial inclusion and democratisation of data.


Rakhi has worked on knowledge portals and managed knowledge sourcing, partnerships and presentation for one of the largest online resources, funded by the World Bank. She has extensive experience in forging shared value partnership and designing programs focused on sustainable development and social enterprise.


She has worked on community based natural resource management, social audits and interventional plans to support communities dependant on agriculture and forests.


At IIHS, Rakhi helps build networks, develop partnerships, and represent IIHS and manage communications with both domestic and international forums. She also supports the research team in developing briefing notes and thematic papers.

Other Writing


2018 UNGA – SDG Costing Macroeconomics, USA
2017 Responsible Business Forum, Singapore
2014 Sankalp, Indonesia