Shaiyra Devi is a 2015 Breakthrough Generation Fellow. She joined Breakthrough after graduating from Amherst College in 2015 with a double degree in Environmental Studies and French. In her senior year, she travelled to Kerala, South India, to collect data for her honor’s thesis exploring tribal women’s empowerment through participatory conservation regimes. She grew up in New Delhi, Hong Kong, Mumbai, and Singapore, and was lucky to spend a semester studying in Paris as well. Shaiyra has worked with the Singapore Economic Board, identifying Singapore’s value proposition to its ASEAN neighbors, and with Carbon Conservation, identifying clients for an REDD+ project based in the Congo.
Shaiyra worked as an analyst at Breakthrough Institute in energy for development. She is primarily interested in finding durable, pragmatic solutions to environmental conservation simultaneously with economic development.