A graduate in Electronics and Communication Engineering and a post-graduate in Sociology, with work experience cutting across the government, corporate and NGO sectors, Rekha P S comes from an inter-disciplinary background.

Having worked on an action research project of the National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, with an objective of strengthening Gram Panchayats and enabling them to prepare quality Gram Panchayat Development Plans, she has acquired an in-depth understanding of the challenges and implementation hurdles at the grassroot level. She has supported the planning and convergence efforts of the district administration at Ramanathapuram, Tamilnadu with a focus on equity, efficiency and effectiveness. She has also contributed actively to the development of Monitoring and Evaluation Dashboard to assess project performance. Prior to Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, she worked in the skill development sector. Her experience as a development professional made her adept in the areas of primary and secondary research and analysis, monitoring and evaluation, stakeholder management, and training and capacity building. She has a keen interest in public policy research and analysis with an aim to produce actionable insights for evidence-based policy decisions. She holds a good proficiency in the languages of English, Hindi, Kannada, Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam. Her research interests and specialisations include Development Administration, Decentralization and Governance, Gender and Development.