Shikha started learning about recycling and pollution since she was 10 from her father who is into business of recycling metal waste. Furthermore, living in Ahmedabad- known as Manchester of the East owing to the prominence of its industrialization and textile industries also played its own charm. She has a Master's degree in Entrepreneurship and Leadership from the Babson College, Boston, USA, and studied business from the Nirma University. She has explored working since a young age in different structures ranging from family businesses, a film making start-up, a social impact NGOs to working in an MNC like Adani’s strategy and chairman team, with a couple of American and a European company.
Her sensitivity towards climate change and the prior experienced emerged as the foundation for AltMat. She has been the youngest to receive the Women Transforming India Award by the Vice President of India on behalf of the United Nations and Government of India. She has also been given Atal Innovation Medal, Rajeev Circle fellowship, and has spoken on stages like TedX, Lakme Fashion Week, TechStars, Etc