Spotlight: Noopur Sen (Associate)
What was your background before joining IDinsight? Why did you decide to join?
I joined IDinsight shortly after completing my undergraduate education at Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University, where I received a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. IDinsight offered a glimpse into a new world that combined two of my strongest interests – a commitment towards reducing social injustice and pursuing work that would be challenging and stretch my capabilities.
During your time at IDinsight, where have you been based and what kind of projects have you worked on?
I’ve been based in Patna, Bihar for my time at IDinsight with extensive opportunities to travel and work in different parts of the state. I’ve worked on an evaluation for the Department of Education, Bihar to test the impact of a pedagogical intervention on children’s learning levels, and currently work on an evaluation of technological interventions designed to improve nutrition service delivery in the Integrated Child Development Services.
What do you feel you have gained from working at IDinsight? What about the experience has been the most rewarding?
My time with IDinsight has given me exposure to a set of skills, contexts, ideas, and conversations that have contributed immensely to the development of my perspective. I’ve had the chance to ground a lot of my beliefs in tangible experience, alter others, and discard some to make way for newer ideas. Undoubtedly the most rewarding element of my experience has been the opportunity to work with a team of incredibly talented, thoughtful, empathetic individuals whose diverse backgrounds and skills have contributed much to my learning.
How would you describe the culture at IDinsight?
The culture at IDinsight is one of my strongest motivations to work here. The environment seeks to foster open and equal conversations between people across the organizational hierarchy; I find it immensely valuable to work for an organization where everybody is encouraged to offer their perspective and there is a strong emphasis on the ability to learn from each other.
What’s your favorite book that you’ve read this year?
Plato and a platypus walk into a bar