Kaushalya Gupta

Policy Program Manager

Kaushalya leads the program management of the Contract for the Web, including its flagship initiatives the Tech Policy Design Lab, the benchmarking framework, and the accountability framework. These initiatives intend to facilitate collaboration among tech companies, policymakers, regulators, and civil society to develop concrete, evidence-based solutions to the challenges facing the web. 

As an international development and public policy professional, Kaushalya brings diverse policy experience of working with international NGOs, the private sector, media, academia, think tanks, and governments. Her multi-sectoral background and expertise in catalyzing partnerships enables her to navigate complex interdisciplinary policy ecosystems to find collaborative solutions.

She has most recently worked with the Partnering Initiative Oxford, the UK Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), and the Oxford Covid-19 Government Response Tracker. At DCMS, Kaushalya co-created the Digital Skills Partnership Strategy with the public, private and charity sectors. This was to further the UK Government’s ambition of building a digitally inclusive economy. Thereafter, at The Partnering Initiative, Kaushalya was a part of the core team delivering on the UK Government’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) program for building partnering capacities of 13 diverse consortia. Previously, as a Researcher to a leading Member of the Indian Parliament, Kaushalya advised policymakers on their policy positions for Parliament to improve governance, reform public services and strengthen participatory mechanisms. She campaigned with Oxfam Ireland and then led humanitarian communications and advocacy for six disaster and conflict responses at Oxfam India. 

Kaushalya holds a Master of Public Policy from the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford where she was a Public Service Scholar. She also holds an MSc in International Development from University College Dublin, where she was an Erasmus Mundus Scholar. As a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, she works to address global challenges.