Sargam Shah

Consultant | Kaiwhiriwhiri
Auckland office

An economist with experience in evaluation and research, Sargam brings her infectious enthusiasm and curiosity to every piece of work. She loves deep-diving into projects to find the hidden stories.  

Sargam joined MartinJenkins in 2021 and has contributed to the firm’s work in many different sectors, including economic development, education, conservation, energy markets, primary industries, and telecommunications.

Her curiosity and her insights into various industries make Sargam a reliable resource for our clients across a wide range of our services, including literature reviews, research and evaluation, quantitative analysis, financial modelling, organisational design, and business cases.

Along with her technical data analysis skills, Sargam also has the people skills to peel back layers of information when working with stakeholders. She says the best part of this is learning of new perspectives that she wasn’t aware of when the day began.

Education and economic development are key interest areas for Sargam. Her Master’s paper looked at the efficacy of New Zealand’s fees-free policy, and earlier, as a volunteer in Mumbai, she taught core academic subjects to children from low-income communities.  She is also passionate about community development: as a volunteer she taught artisan skills to women workers in the villages of India to provide them with a sustainable way of earning a livelihood.

Sargam is fluent in four languages – English, Hindi, Gujarati, and Marathi – and she’s learning a fifth, te reo.

Examples of Sargam’s work

  • Reviewed literature and gathered international information as part of a gaps analysis for a socio-economic assessment for New Zealand’s fisheries industry 

  • Assessed systems and processes for emergency preparedness among New Zealand’s electricity generators, for the Electricity Authority

  • Obtained and analysed feedback from various primary-industry businesses, including in agriculture, construction, forestry, and mining, to support the development of a classification framework measuring New Zealand’s off-road fuel use, for the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority

  • Built financial modelling scenarios for a charitable organisation drawing on their objectives and financial goals, to provide solutions for their organisational challenges

  • Found evidence and reviewed literature to support submissions on draft decisions in the telecommunications sector. 

Sargam’s qualifications

Sargam has a Masters in Professional Economics from Victoria University. Earlier she gained a BA in Economics from Mumbai University and a BA in Design from Mod’art International in Mumbai.