Yamini Aiyar is a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Policy Research and director of the Accountability Initiative (AI), a research group that focuses on tracking government planning, budgeting, and decision-making systems in key social sector programs. She has worked with the World Bank’s Water and Sanitation Program and Rural Development unit in Delhi, where she focused on action research aimed at strengthening mechanisms for citizen engagement in local government. She was also a member of the decentralization team at the World Bank that provided policy support to strengthen Panchayati Raj (local governance) in India. Her current research focus is on understanding conditions under which social policy reform can be embedded and sustained. Yamini is a TED fellow and a member of the Open Society Foundation's fiscal governance program advisory board. She was also a founding member of the International Experts Panel of the Open Government Partnership and a member of the World Economic Forum’s global council on good governance. Yamini is a regular participant in public debate on social policy in India. She writes regularly in national newspapers and has participated in several government committees and policy dialogues. Yamini has an M.Sc. in Development Studies from the London School of Economics, an M.A. in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge, and a B.A. in Philosophy from Delhi University.