Nikhil Dugal

Geographical Location: India
Area of Activity: Environmental Sustainability


Nikhil Dugal is a social entrepreneur with an interest in sustainability and economic development. Most recently Nikhil co-founded Aadhan, a social enterprise that makes eco-friendly infrastructure. They recycle old shipping containers along with other environmentally friendly input materials into eco-friendly buildings, emphasising a culture of sustainability. At Aadhan, his responsibilities include product ideation, business development, and research and need analysis.

Nikhil has a B.A. in Economics from New York University. He has worked in the US, Ghana, and India in the related fields of public policy, microfinance, and impact evaluation. Prior to Aadhan, he worked at IFMR-LEAD as a Policy Associate, where he was responsible for outreach to development sector stakeholders and handling policy research projects. He has published research on macroeconomics, microfinance as well as impact evaluation.

He’s always had a passion for working in the development sector and started Aadhan so he could switch from research to implementation, while fulfilling his love for fieldwork. Nikhil enjoys traveling, reading non-fiction, and thinking about ways to make the global economy more sustainable.