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). Her research interests are in development economics, with a focus on human capital and gender issues.