Karuna completed her Master of Professional Studies in International Development in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University. She also holds a master’s degree in Social Entrepreneurship from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) in Mumbai, India. She is currently an associate researcher at the TCI-TARINA Center of Excellence. Before joining Cornell University, Karuna worked with TISS and TCI, where she was part of the team that designed a case study on BAIF Development Research Foundation – one of the largest organizations working in the field of agriculture and livelihoods in India. As a program officer at TCI, she was associated with the community-based flour fortification program in Gujarat state. She was actively involved in the capacity building of the program stakeholders, awareness campaigns, and data management of the program. Karuna has extensively worked with women’s Self-Help Groups. She is also interested in studying the linkages between women’s empowerment and the household-level nutrition status among the marginalized communities.