Vijaya's passion lies in developing community based, pro-poor approaches for environmentally sustainable economic development in India. Before establishing UTMT, she worked as a development professional with the World Bank, KFW, European Commission, DFID, and the Aga Khan Foundation primarily on livelihood and natural resource management. Vijaya's competencies include community-based livelihood and poverty analysis and enhancement programming, strategic development analysis, capacity strengthening and communication.
She has a Bachelor's in International Relations and Women's Studies from Mount Holyoke College, USA and a Masters in Regional planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA. Besides helming UTMT, Vijaya tries to be the best possible mom to her twelve-year-old and catch up on her reading. She is also a foodie and tries the local fare wherever she is.