Shikha supports our business intelligence practice for South Asia, based in New Delhi. She has more than six years of experience in working on both proactive and reactive investigative assignments, including integrity due diligence exercises, complex problem solving cases, whistleblower investigations and business intelligence assignments. She has supported clients in South Asia across a range of sectors.
Recent tasks that Shikha has worked on include:
An intelligence-driven, independent assessment in relation to a high-profile incident at a copper factory in Southern India, where security forces fired at labour groups and civil society activists that were protesting the company’s practices. The team outlined the background of the events leading to the incident and assessed the roles and reactions of various stakeholders, including the factory owners, government media and the civil society.
A reputational assessment of a global organisation working with underprivileged communities in Asia, Africa and Latin America, which is alleged to have engaged in serious financial and unethical malpractices, including money laundering and human rights abuse.
A multi-jurisdictional reputational due-diligence exercise to assess the commercial track record and reputation of a large telecommunications company. Shikha led the exercise in South Asia, wherein the team conducted a comprehensive risk assessment with a focus on the company’s regulatory, commercial, ethical and human rights track record.
A risk assessment for an India-focused not-for profit organisation (NPO) working with underprivileged communities in education and livelihood training, that was considering expanding operations to the erstwhile northern Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. As a lead investigator on the project, Shikha assessed the key political, operational and security risks for NPOs operating in the state.
Before joining Control Risks, Shikha worked as a researcher on a wide variety projects and papers of Asia-based geopolitical, foreign policy, socio-cultural and developmental issues for a Delhi- based think tank and an India-focused Japanese institute. Prior to that, she worked at the Delhi Bureau of a German newspaper and in a variety of other research-based roles.
Shikha has a degree in philosophy from the University of Delhi, and also attended a course in development studies from B.R. Ambedkar University, also in Delhi. She speaks fluent English, Hindi and Punjabi.