Vikas Birhma

2018 Cheng Fellow

Vikas Birhma is an MPP candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School. He comes from a village in northern India and has lived experiences about the livelihood struggles of small landholder farmers. Vikas is passionate about designing solutions that can increase the income of his agricultural community. As a Cheng Fellow, he is focusing on using real-time data analytics to optimize the agricultural supply chain in the New Delhi region. Through his effort, Vikas aims to minimize food loss and increase the income opportunity for the small farmers. Before coming to Harvard, Vikas has worked on agricultural issues with both government and non-governmental organizations in eight Indian states. He also worked in the Corporate Social Responsibility department of Gas Authority of India Limited, where he managed multi-million dollars projects on watershed management, agricultural supply chain, and skill building. For his commitment to social justice and inner values, Vikas is named as Dalai Lama Fellow 2018 – a one-year long leadership program that cultivates and supports a global movement of next-generation leaders. Vikas holds a Master’s degree in Livelihood and Social Entrepreneurship from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, and Bachelor of Engineering from Maharshi Dayanand University, India