Sayli is a senior fellow at ORF Mumbai, working on issues of urbanisation, infrastructure and governance. She is particularly interested in the politics of infrastructure provisioning and the interplay of politics and urbanscape. Sayli was a reporter with the Indian Express and Hindustan Times for 13 years before joining ORF. She is a 2009 Ramnath Goenka Award recipient, and a Kiplinger fellow. Sayli has a masters degree in political science, international public policy journalism and mass media.