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Rishi Ahuja

Class of 2018-2019

About Rishi

(updated 2/2019) Rishi Ahuja graduated from Berkeley in 2015 as a Regents’ and Chancellor’s Scholar where he double-majored in Economics and Political Science.  He then completed a Masters of Science in Economics at Trinity College Dublin as a George J. Mitchell Scholar.  At school, he served as an elected official in the Berkeley student government and editor-in-chief of Trinity’s sole graduate research journal, and conducted field experiments measuring discrimination against same-sex couples on Airbnb to highlight the issue of fairness in technology.  Rishi interned with U.S. and Irish regulators focusing on emerging issues in consumer financial protection, and upon graduation joined the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) as part of the Director’s Financial Analyst rotational program. His interest in India was sparked during a year-long project with the CFPB exploring the potential for alternative data to expand access to responsible credit internationally.  As a Luce Scholar, Rishi is working with the fintech startup PaySense in Mumbai, India. At PaySense, Rishi is working in product management, strategy, and analytics and is helping lead a pilot-program to explore new ways of underwriting non-traditional Indian consumers.

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