Averi is from Kolkata, India where she studied Political Science (at Presidency College) and International Relations (at Jadavpur University). Subsequently, she obtained a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University. While in school, Averi gained exposure to anti-sex trafficking efforts, refugee resettlement and microfinance through various internships. Before coming to UNC, Averi spent two years working with the South Asia branch of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL). At J-Pal, Averi worked on an impact evaluation study that sought to compare the effectiveness of different models of school meal delivery on child health and education outcomes. Her research interests are in development, particularly women and child health and the community management of natural resources.