Niken holds a master's degree in economics and public policy from Sciences Po Paris in France, and an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Indonesia.
Prior to joining SMERU, Niken worked as a research assistant with Central Bank of Indonesia. She also worked as a teaching assistant in economics at the University of Indonesia.
In 2009, Niken was awarded the Top 10 Best Graduate of Faculty of Economics, University of Indonesia. Niken is a 2010–2012 TOTAL Master Scholarship awardee from TOTAL E&P Indonesia for her postgraduate study at the Sciences Po, Paris. In 2012 she received the best thesis award for the Master of Economics and Public Policy program. Her thesis, titled ‘Migration, Money, and Education’, examines the impact of migration and remittance on children's schooling in Senegal by applying the propensity score matching (PSM) to correct for potential selection bias among migrants and remitters.