Ms Panchali Saikia joined SIWI as a Programme Officer in April 2018. She has a Masters in Political Science from University of Delhi (India), with 8+ years work experience. Her expertise lies in international relations, institutions and gender in water governance and transboundary rivers.

Prior to SIWI, Panchali worked for 5 years with the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) regional office in New Delhi. She has worked on research projects across South Asia, Southeast Asia and Central Asia, along with field work in these regions. As a qualitative researcher, her project experiences range across areas of natural resource management, feminization of agriculture, gender and institutions in water management, governance and policy analysis. Panchali has a number of research publications in edited volumes.

An Indian national, she speaks English, Hindi, Bengali and Assamese.