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Mekhla Jha Profile 2023

Mekhla Jha




NUS Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
Master in International Affairs, Class of 2022


Inclusive Trade Specialist
World Economic Forum, Switzerland

“The scholarship will give me the financial support and knowledge required to pursue my goal of solving global challenges with sustainable global trade.”

Alumni background

Mekhla is an experienced professional with experience in business strategy development, management consulting, public policy, research and international relations. She currently works as an Inclusive Trade Specialist for the World Economic Forum in Switzerland.

Previously, Mekhla's worked as a management consultant at a Big Four consulting firm and as a policy and communications professional at the United Nations. She has also worked on short-term projects with the Indian government. Just prior to joining the World Economic Forum, Mekhla was the Research Manager at the Hinrich Foundation. She managed external partnerships with media outlets, corporations, researchers and trade experts. Additionally, she conducted original research on a range of topics to promote sustainable international trade.

Mekhla holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a focus on Finance from the Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies in Mumbai, India. She also earned a Postgraduate Diploma in Liberal Studies from Ashoka University in Haryana. In 2022, she completed her Master of International Affairs at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, thanks to a Hinrich Global Trade Leader Scholarship.

Personal statement

Sustainable global trade based on mutually acceptable terms and balanced economic outcomes ensures that the huge potential of global trade is used for maximizing benefits for all its participants and ensuring minimal negative impact on the environment.

My interest in advancing sustainable global trade is in working towards creating well-balanced trade practices which advance the realization of sustainable development. By pursuing a Master in International Affairs at Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at NUS, I aim to deepen my understanding of international economic development and global environment policy to contribute meaningfully towards development of economically and environmentally sustainable trade practices. I hope to leverage my exposure to the United Nation’s system and the sustainable development goals (SDG) framework at the national level as well as my finance background towards making the realization of SDGs a reality using the tool of sustainable global trade.

Access to the financial and social capital provided by the Hinrich Foundation in the form of the awarded scholarship puts me in a strong position to take a step closer to my goals and advance the pursuit of sustainable development using sustainable global trade.