I was raised, until my late teens, in Army Cantonments. Growing up, I studied in several different schools across the country, and had the wonderful opportunity of meeting Indians from all regions and all walks of life. When we sang our school songs and patriotic songs that celebrated 'unity in diversity' in India, we meant it, because we lived that reality.
After graduating from the prestigious Madras Christian College, I studied law at the Dr. Ambedkar Govt. Law College at Chennai, and then left India with the intention of returning immediately after completing my Masters in International Law with International Relations at the Brussels School of International Studies. Instead, I spent a further two years at the University of Kent at Canterbury assisting in the teaching of an exhilarating course on British Constitutional Law. After returning to India, I practiced law for five years, before co-founding and heading IP DOME Strategy Advisors, to provide niche IPR services.
My interest in science and technology has taken me into different domains where they interact, including Clinical Trial Ethics. I am currently the Chairperson of Apollo Biomedical Research Ethics Committee, and am Member-legal of the ethics committees of SIMS Hospital, Fortis-Malar and ICMR-National Institute of Epidemiology.
In 2020, I handed over the reins of the company to a new team and returned to legal practice, and to explore areas of policy and law. I am also the Legal and Policy Chair of the Tamilnadu - All India Professionals Congress (TN-AIPC) and the Convener of the INK forum launched on 23rd August 2020 to widen the space for debate and education on democracy, secularism, rationalism and integrity.
My husband Giridhar is also a lawyer. We live in Chennai with our children, and assorted pets.