Aakash Mehrotra

Senior Analyst

Aakash Mehrotra is a Manager in the Data and Innovation domain of MSC India. He is a Management and Development Research professional with experience in leading the market and consumer research studies in several countries.

Aakash Mehrotra is a Manager in MSC’s Data & Innovation Domain. He has been working in the research domain for over eight years with experience in designing formative research, impact evaluation studies, designing feasibility studies and undertaking long-term research studies. He has worked on projects with governments, think-tanks, funding agencies, development banks, commercial banks, and other financial service providers across Asia and Africa. In his current role, he plays an active role in leading policy research and advisory studies. Earlier he led multi-country research on agent networks and emerging financial inclusion models in ten countries in Asia and Africa. He has also led impact evaluations and policy research studies and worked as a technical consultant for a Vietnam bank trying to establish the mobile money and agency banking vertical. In addition, he has worked on consultancy assignments on market researches, value chain analysis, business estimations, designing forecasting models, designing scale-up plans for business and conducting business assessments. He is also well versed in evaluation technique - social returns on investment (SROI). Aakash has also led workshops on ‘impact evaluation’ and taken lectures in universities on the same. He is also a published author, and widely published travel blogger, and has written extensively on social and environmental issues on leading media portals, and has also led dialogues on ‘diversity and inclusion’ in various colleges, and social platforms.

Posts by Aakash Mehrotra

Philippines: Impact of COVID-19 on Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs)

The extended community quarantine imposed by the government to contain the spread of COVID-19 has adversely affected MSMEs in the Philippines. This report outlines the impact of the pandemic on MSMEs and provides recommendations for policymakers to support their recovery.

Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on CICO agents- Uganda report

This report explores the impact of COVID-19 on CICO agents in Uganda. It also highlights the strategies agents adopted to stay afloat during the pandemic and provides recommendations for policymakers and financial service providers to support these agents better.

India: Impact of COVID-19 on Business Correspondents

This report highlights the impact of COVID-19 on business correspondent (BC) agents in India and the issues they faced while delivering financial services in the wake of the pandemic. It also offers policy recommendations to help BCs offer uninterrupted services.

Impact of COVID-19 pandemic on Micro, Small, and Medium enterprises (MSMEs): India report

MSMEs in India have been adversely affected by the lockdown announced as a measure to contain the spread of COVID-19. This report outlines the impact of the pandemic on MSMEs and offers policy recommendations to support their recovery.

Indian DFS landscape is changing: Insights from State of the Agent Network India, 2017 (ANA) Wave II Research

The note highlights the evolving Indian DFS landscape by discussing the insights from MicroSave’s State of the Agent Network India, 2017 (ANA) Wave II Research.

Agent Network Accelerator Research Survey – India Country Report 2017

MicroSave conducted the second wave of the ANA survey India in 2017. This wave of ANA builds on the findings of the first wave undertaken in 2015.

Agent Network Accelerator Research: Indonesia Country Report 2017

The second wave of the ANA survey in Indonesia builds on the findings of the qualitative assessments of Indonesian agent networks completed in 2014.

Agent Network Accelerator Survey: India Country Report 2015

Based on over 2,600 mobile money agent interviews carried out in 2015, the survey report highlights findings on the mobile money agent landscape in India covering agent profitability, transaction volumes, liquidity management and other important strategic considerations.