Malavika is a lawyer with a background in policy-focused research on the impacts of digitisation on the lives of lower-income individuals in India. Her doctoral research at LSE focuses on the design of public digital infrastructures (specifically digital identity and welfare infrastructures) and their impact on the relationship of the State with individuals. She is supervised by Dr Edgar Whitley (Associate Professor of Information Systems) and Dr Orla Lynskey (Associate Professor of Law).
Malavika founded and headed the Future of Finance Initiative at Dvara Research in India until 2020, where her work addressed emerging issues at the intersection of technology, finance, and inclusion. Research that she led at Dvara Research was cited by India’s Data Protection Committee in its White Paper as well as its final report with proposals for India’s draft Personal Data Protection Bill, with specific reliance placed on such research on aspects of regulatory design and enforcement. She remains an Advisor on the Initiative’s International Advisory Board. Previously, Malavika has worked as a solicitor with the global law firm Allen & Overy LLP in the UK. During this period, she was also seconded to the Financial Markets Law Committee, established by the Bank of England. Her other experience includes projects for the social impact investors, Acumen and Big Society Capital.
Malavika was a 2018 fellow of the Chevening Financial Services fellowship at King’s College London, and a 2016 fellow of the On Purpose social enterprise leadership programme. She is also a member of the Asian Privacy Scholars Network. She holds an MPhil in Public Policy from the University of Cambridge, a B.A., LL.B.(Hons) degree from the National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR), Hyderabad.