Sayli is a Senior Fellow with the ORF's political economy programme. She works on issues related to sustainable urbanisation with special focus on urban infrastructure planning, design and finance. Prior to working with ORF, Sayli was a journalist for 14 years with leading media houses where she extensively wrote on cities, urban policy, and its politics.
Her reports in ORF have led to formulation of policies related to green spaces in Mumbai, and even setting up an urban arts commission in the city. She was involved in helping the Mumbai local government chart out a policy for working women hostels in the city, and has worked with the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan on their women sanitation entrepreneurship programme.
She has championed several programmes that involve youth in urban governance processes by working with local governments. As a first in India, she curated an ideas platform that enabled students to give ideas and have a say in the development plan of Mumbai. This was followed by enabling students participation in designing the area outside the new metro stations of the Metro-3 in Mumbai. Sayli is the recipient of the Ramnath Goenka Award 2009, won the Savitribai Phule Award in 2010, and is a 2013 Kiplinger Fellow, which she won for her investigative work as a journalist .
- Senior Assistant Editor, Hindustan Times
- Senior Reporter (Civic and Infrastructure), The Indian Express
- MA International Journalism (Public Policy), University of Westminster
- MA Political Science, University of Mumbai
- MA Mass Media, Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication, Pune