Originally from New Delhi, Keya's research interests focus on the intersection of media, gender and social justice. She completed her undergraduate studies from the University of Delhi and studied her first MA degree in development communication from AJK MCRC Jamia Millia Islamia University in India. Curious to learn more, Keya studied her second MA degree in media studies from the School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC) at the University of Oregon. After graduation, she moved to Geneva, Switzerland to work with the International Labor Organization (ILO) and helped in designing digital strategies for the outreach of social protection unit. After a while, Keya returned to India to work for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and worked in the area of communication led innovations and advocacy for family planning, adolescent health and menstrual health management in the country. Additionally, she worked with UNAIDS India in documenting project case studies and advising on the national communication strategy to address HIV/AIDS.
Keya returns to SOJC for her doctoral degree and plans on exploring the role of creative methods and new media technologies acting as interventions in development programs, especially in context of gender in developing countries.