Dr. Pallavi Singh

2023 IVLP Impact Award Project: Digitally Skilling Women from Marginalized Communities to take up Entrepreneurial Activities in Healthy Food InnovationsIndia

Pallavi Singh has more than a decade's experience in science, technology, innovation and policy issues, analyzing socio-economic, techno-ethical, regulatory aspects of various cross-cutting technologies. She has led and implemented various government and international projects funded by bodies such as the European Union, the World Bank, the United Nations Environment Programme and others. In addition, she has worked extensively on access, equity and affordability in healthcare, water technologies, and biotechnology. Dr. Singh is passionate about gender equity and women's empowerment. She has volunteered with various NGOs for social development, and she has a number of research publications in various international journals. She holds an M.Phil and PhD in Science Policy from Centre for Studies in Science Policy, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India and has done her master's in Sociology and holds a degree in Commerce. 

Currently, Dr. Singh is a senior researcher with the Centre for Research in Environment Science and Technology Policy (CREST), where she is designing and implementing research projects about biomedical healthcare, climate change, and access and equity in healthcare. Prior to this role, she was working as a research scientist with DST-Centre for Policy Research, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India, where she provided policy recommendations to the Government of India on several policy matters related to science, technology and innovation.

IVLP Impact Award Project: Digitally Skilling Women from Marginalized Communities to take up Entrepreneurial Activities in Healthy Food Innovations

This project women empowered women from marginalized communities to take up entrepreneurial activities in healthy food innovations. The project successfully trained and empowered more than 100 women from rural and urban areas of Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. The program led to their socio-economic empowerment, increased awareness towards entrepreneurship, educated them on different aspects of running micro-enterprises and created mental wellness amongst women by raising their self-esteem and boosting confidence. Through in-person and virtual training capacity-building workshops, exposure, and field visits, and awareness generation sessions, the project trained women on the processes involved in starting micro-enterprises, operating and scaling up their micro-enterprises, achieving economic independence and mental well-being, and accessing regional, national, and international markets and funding. There have been several success stories to come out of this project. For example, because of the workshops, one participant started her Shri Jagdamba Swayam Sahayata Samooh (SHG), where she created a group of seven other women to create millet-based cookies, nutri-laddoos, nutri-bars, gluten-free flour, and more. They have made these food products for women, children, the geriatric population, diabetic patients, and arthritis patients, to cure and prevent various diseases.


"I am really thankful for giving this opportunity to me, my colleagues, and SHGs, to attend such informative training sessions. I really enjoyed and I believe that it is really motivating for SHGs to learn from your experience and apply such good ideas to expand their businesses or start new businesses." - Workshop participant

IVLP Exchange Experience 

Dr. Singh was a participant in the IVLP Project Promoting Biomedical Innovation and Entrepreneurship, organized by the U.S. Department of State and American Councils for International Education.

Dr. Singh's exchange experience led to the development of her IVLP Impact Award Project: "The IVLP program led to understanding and exposure of the whole process of entrepreneurship, startups, regulatory system, IPRs and funding mechanisms."

U.S. Communities Visited

San Diego, CA; Washington, DC; Kalamazoo, MI; Akron, OH; Philadelphia, PA

Country: India

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