Deepa Narayan is the author of the groundbreaking book, Chup: Breaking The Silence About India’s Women based on over 600 interviews with metro women, men and children. It is the first behavioral analyses of educated upper class women and men in Delhi and other metros. She organizes the behaviors into 7 habits. The book demonstrates why current approaches to women’s empowerment have little impact. Her moniker is Cultural Detective.
Previously she was Senior Adviser at the World Bank in Washington D.C. on poverty policies for 5 years and wrote the influential series Voices of the Poor based on 60,000 people in 60 countries. She has written 17 books. She is the recipient of many awards including being named as one of 100 most influential global thinkers by Foreign Policy Magazine as well as one of India’s 35 Great Thinkers by India Today in 2011. Her opinion pieces have been published in The Scroll, Hindustan Times, New York Times and The Guardian.