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Vandinika Shukla

Fellow, Practicing Democracy Project, Harvard Kennedy School

Vandinika Shukla has over a decade of experience in gender and human rights policy, movement building and emerging technology. She has designed national gender policies at the United Nations, built civic engagement AI products and partnerships at MIT Media Lab, launched a community organizing portfolio at Harvard, and founded organizations to amplify unheard stories for stronger democracies. For her work she has been recognized as a young leader by the G20 and the European Commission.

Vandinika is a Reporting Fellow at Tech Policy Press. She writes on technology and democracy, movement building, gender justice, women’s political participation, and international relations. Her work has been featured in Slate Magazine, Huffington Post, Tech Policy Press, All Tech Is Human, Indian Express, and other Indian national dailies. As a Belfer Fellow, she has published her research on platform policy to mitigate online harm against journalists and served as the Editor in Chief of the Harvard Kennedy Review.

Vandinika holds a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics. She graduated with a B.A. (Hons) in History from Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University. She currently teaches movement building for marginalized communities and democratic leadership and works at the intersection of democracy and technology.


  • –present
    Practicing Democracy Project Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School


  • 2020 
    Harvard Kennedy School, Master in Public Policy