Akash Mehta

MPA International Development

Class of 2020

Life will move on, but these memories will stay forever...

Akash is an Environmental Analyst for the World Bank.

Akash Mehta, MPA

I had the most wonderful two years of my life at LSE. What attracted me most towards the MPA at LSE was its curriculum and the diversity of students. I always felt that I was a part of something meaningful at LSE’s School of Public Policy. Building my technical expertise in policy design and implementation has empowered me to fulfil my ultimate objective to serve the Antyodaya (the last person in the society). 

Each one of my professors, colleagues, and friends have given me a unique sense of understanding and helped me continue to push myself for better. Life will move on, but these memories will stay forever. 

Having had the privilege of serving the LSE community as a Governor and Company Director as part of LSE’s Governing Council, I contributed to many initiatives to give back to the LSE community: these included a food loyalty scheme, facilitating online library access for alumni, access to menstrual products, and stress counselling.

Before beginning my journey at LSE, I worked at the Government of India at the Cabinet Minister’s Office as a Policy Analyst. I was involved in many initiatives to contribute to the betterment of quality of life for Indian citizens including rural electrification program, national smart grid mission, national solar mission, and national action plan on climate change. 

As I embark on my new journey at the World Bank, I reflect on the biggest takeaway for me after completing the MPA program at LSE. I am now equipped with the necessary theoretical and empirical skills to engage in rigorous analysis of public policies. I shall be working with the ENB Global Practice at the Bank as an Environmental Analyst and my work will be to support a number of activities with a broad theme of using disruptive technology to conserve the environment globally. 

One key wisdom which has always helped me all these years and which I’d love to pass on is the following Shloka from Bhagavad Gita. It says to focus on your actions rather than the byproduct:

 कर्मण्येवाधिकारस्ते मा फलेषु कदाचन।

मा कर्मफलहेतुर्भूर्मा ते सङ्गोऽस्त्वकर्मणि।।

‘Let not the fruits of action be thy motive; neither let there be in thee any attachment to inaction’.

Akash is happy to connect via LinkedIn.