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Shrayana Bhattacharya is currently a Senior Economist at the World Bank’s Social Protection and Jobs Practice for South Asia. In her role, she is responsible for providing design and policy reform guidance to various state governments and national government agencies on safety nets and public insurance programs in India. She leads a series of projects financed by the Bank to strengthen the outreach and delivery of state level social protection programs in Kerala, West Bengal and Odisha. Shrayana also led the Bank’s multi-billion-dollar development policy loan and dialogue to support India’s COVID-19 relief welfare measures, in partnership with the Ministry of Finance, Government of India. Her writings on social protection issues have appeared in the Indian Express, Hindustan Times and the Economic and Political Weekly. Prior to joining the Bank in 2014, she worked on issues related to informality and social security at the Centre for Policy Research, SEWA, ILO and the Institute of Social Studies Trust. She has a Masters in Public Administration and International Development from the Harvard Kennedy School and studied economics at Hindu College, Delhi University. Her first book of non-fiction Desperately Seeking Shah Rukh: India’s Lonely Young Women and the Search for Intimacy and Independence was published by HarperCollins India in November 2021. In her free time, she is trying to write her next book.