Alumni limelight: Mahak Agrawal

by Sophie Capshaw-Mack
| October 15, 2021

Mahak Agrawal

Mahak Agrawal is a tested leader in sustainability. As an alumna of the Master of Public Management in Environmental Scientific Research and also Plan (MPA-ESP) program, Mahak is presently operating at the Columbia Fixate Global Power Plan on the Carbon Monitoring Research Study Campaign. She has substantial training as a metropolitan organizer as well as likewise collaborates with the Switzerland-based International Tunneling and also Underground Area Organization (ITA) to advertise lasting below ground growth. Prior to going to Columbia, Mahak made her very first master’s level concentrating on metropolitan events from the New Delhi Institution of Preparation and also Design.

Acknowledged for her achievements in speeding up the Lasting Advancement Objectives (SDGs) in India with tidy water and also hygiene, Mahak has actually been chosen for the Goalkeepers Global Goals Honor 2021 led by the Expense and also Melinda Gates Structure. Mahak has actually likewise operated in numerous capabilities with the International Culture for Urban and also Regional Planners; the Intergovernmental Panel on Environment Modification, Urban and also State Preparation Company, Federal Government of India; and also the Institute of Transportation Business Economics, Oslo, to name a few.

2 years ago she established The Spatial Point of views as a system to transform our sight of pushing urban-regional obstacles. In her spare time, Mahak explores lasting artworks that illustrate India’s social heritage together with worldwide ecological stories. She is presently looking into the power of art treatment with her mom, that is recuperating from COVID.

In the adhering to meeting, Mahak clarifies her time at Columbia, reviews her occupation course in sustainability and also encourages present trainees.

What influenced you to obtain your Masters of Public Management in Environmental Scientific Research and also Plan (MPA-ESP) from Columbia?

It had not been a straight roadway to the Columbia MPA-ESP. The factor I claim this is due to the fact that I was learnt metropolitan preparation and also lasting growth and also operated in this area for greater than 4 years prior to involving Colombia. Throughout my job, I had actually wished to do a PhD on the crossway of environment scientific research and also lasting metropolitan growth, yet destiny had actually allowed me to get a Masters in Public Law from the College of Oxford and also a Masters of Public Management in Environmental Scientific Research and also Plan was supplied in Colombia.

There are 2 primary factors that led me to go after MPA-ESP at Columbia while the globe remained in a lockdown circumstance. Initially, the MPA-ESP is a MINT level which was a huge plus for me. The 2nd factor was that as a result of my previous operate in lasting growth, I was supplied 2 scholarships, that made the journey a great deal less complicated economically. So I would certainly claim there were numerous factors that at some point brought me to Columbia.

What abilities did you establish with the program? Just how have these rollovered to your expert life?

I believe among one of the most essential abilities I have actually obtained is recognizing exactly how public law is in fact established at the government degree. It was actually a substantial discovering possibility for me. Doing a 3 term program at Columbia and also seeing in the numerous workshops exactly how an expense might impact individuals and also exactly how we can in fact make modifications in regards to public law or management was an actually fantastic possibility for me. In my previous experience, I functioned extra on public law enforcement, so I recognized exactly how government and also global plans influenced areas and also countries worldwide. Learning which stars in fact affect a government plan prior to it is applied was an essential discovering minute that I can likewise carry out in my expert life.

What are you most curious about in the location of sustainability?

For me, sustainability has actually constantly been an extremely individual worry and also I claim that due to the fact that my daddy benefits the public service in India. When you matured there must be days when you take your kid to function so they can see what their moms and dads depend on. My daddy really did not take me to the workplace and also allow me rest there simply to see what he was doing. He led me to the area. I experienced exactly how he engaged with individuals and also numerous civil slaves to find out exactly how growth plan actually works with the ground, what influence public law carries individuals, and also exactly how federal government organizations contribute at various degrees. For me it was something I might always remember to enjoy thoroughly exactly how growth plan – or any kind of various other plan – influenced culture and also the atmosphere. As a result of this, I have actually constantly been encouraged to do something favorable for culture and also the atmosphere and also to be a person that makes modifications in the location of sustainability.

What’s your perfect occupation?

My perfect occupation will certainly transform periodically relying on the details business I intend to help. Among my desire work would certainly be to operate in the technology market in the area of sustainability or social influence. There is big untapped possibility that innovation can harness to in fact drive favorable modification, not simply for the atmosphere, however, for culture and also federal government organizations worldwide. So whenever we speak about carbon administration or ESG administration, I believe the innovation sectors have enough sources to drive and also make considerable modification. Inevitably, it would certainly be an excellent occupation due to the fact that I might be component of this modification – as a sustainability ninja in the innovation market.

What would certainly you encourage present trainees to do?

I believe trainees must bear in mind that there are various courses when it pertains to ecological scientific research or ecological plan. Along with classifying the federal government, the economic sector, and also nonprofits, there are different methods of discovering your means around the landscape. You require to believe past these sorts of companies to seek your rate of interests whether you intend to enter lasting arts or power or metropolitan growth. There are numerous points that are relocating in the direction of lasting growth in addition to ecological scientific research and also plan. Lasting financial investments circulation right into virtually every fire. I believe trainees require to maintain their search network rather wide when it pertains to task openings.

I desire I had not paid a lot focus to task searching due to the fact that MPA-ESP is just a one year program. Naturally, you need to search for a work, particularly if you are a global trainee wanting to operate in the United States and also have a pesky time clock on your visa. In retrospection, I would certainly have liked to commit a lot of the moment I invested trying to find a work to joining tasks around the school, particularly if I were to experience it currently, as the course isn’t all separated. So appreciate it, value it and also make great links with your pals and also not simply in regards to networking.

You can comply with Mahak’s trip on LinkedIn, Twitter, and also Instagram.


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