Advisors

Lt. Gen. Dr. SP Kocchar

Lt Gen SP Kochhar is the CEO of Telecom Sector Skill Council (TSSC) after retiring as Signal Officer-in-chief.

The General Officer has had an illustrious career spanning almost four decades and has tenanted very prestigious Command and Staff appointments in the Indian Army. Lt Gen S P Kochhar was appointed as the 23rd Signal Officer-in-Chief on 01 Sep 2011.

Prior to taking over as the SO-in-C, the General Officer held the coveted appointment of additional director general of Personnel Services. During this assignment he undertook several innovative measures to empower the entire cadre of the Indian Army so as to facilitate a second career post retirement and to utilise their skills in the civil nation building process. Project ‘KSHMATA’ with Microsoft, Project ‘GYANDEEP’ with IGNOU, Project ‘SAMARTH’ and signing of MoUs with leading banks of the country are some of his major contributions towards this goal.

Ambassador Punchok Stobden

Ambassador P. Stobdan is a distinguished academician, diplomat, author and national security expert. He is a specialist on Asian affairs covering Central Asia and Inner Asia, including Xinjiang, Tibet, Myanmar and the Himalayan region. He has written extensively on a wide range of security-related subjects in a number of professional journals on strategic affairs, books and newspapers both in India and abroad. He has also served as Joint Director in the Indian National Security Council.

Professor Sumit Ganguly

Sumit Ganguly is a Professor of Political Science, the Director of the India Studies Program and holds the Rabindranath Tagore Chair in Indian Cultures and Civilizations at Indiana University, Bloomington. A specialist on the international politics of South Asia, he is the author, co-author, editor, co-editor of twenty books on the region. Professor Ganguly has been a Guest Scholar and Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC, a Visiting fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation, and a Visiting Fellow at the Center of Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law at Stanford University.

Ranjeet Rane

Ranjeet Rane is associated with ReBit, RBI’s research and policy arm and he is a distinguished professional in the digital and technology policy domain. He is an award-winning author and has published his ideas in leading Indian publications.

Ranjeet has a master’s degree in Political Science along with certifications in Public Policy, Cyber Laws and Ethical Hacking. He blogs and tweets as the Old Wonk. He is also a CPR South Young Fellow and leads research projects on open access, data protection, data privacy, cyber safety and security.

Shamnad Basheer

Prof (Dr) Shamnad Basheer is the Honorary Research Chair of IP Law at Nirma University and a visiting professor at the National Law School (NLSIU), Bangalore. He has founded IDIA, a project to train underprivileged students for admissions to leading law schools and Spicy IP – India’s leading digital platform on IP law and policy. He served as an expert on the IP Global Advisory Council (GAC) of the World Economic Forum (WEF) for two years. Prof Basheer has published widely and is the recipient of several awards, including, the Infosys Prize in Humanities, 2015, and those instituted by ATRIP, and the Stanford Technology Law Review. He serves on several government committees and is consulted widely by international organizations, industry and civil society.

Syed Nasim Zaidi

Mr. Zaidi is a retired IAS Officer of the 1976 batch of UP cadre and served as India’s 20th Chief Election Commissioner, previous to which he was the Aviation Secretary of India. Mr. Zaidi possesses a master’s degree in Public Administration from Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and has been a Mason Fellow for Public Policy at Harvard Institute for International Development.

Dr. Ramaswami Balasubramaniam

Dr. Ramaswami Balasubramaniam is a development scholar, author, public policy advocate, leadership trainer and activist, known for his pioneering development work with rural and tribal people in Saragur of Heggadadevana Kote taluk, near Mysore in Karnataka, India. He is the Founder & President of Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement (SVYM), a development organization and also the Founder & Chairman of Grassroots Research and Advocacy Movement (GRAAM). He was the Frank H T Rhodes Professor at Cornell University between 2012 to 2014, and continues to hold academic positions in other universities. His latest book ‘I, the citizen’ is a compilation of narratives and reflections of a development activist.

Dr. Badri Narayanan

Dr. Badri Narayanan is an economist, with three affiliations currently: Consultant, Global Economics Research, McKinsey Company; Economist, School of Environmental and Forestry Sciences,  University of Washington-Seattle; Co-founder and Partner, Infinite-Sum Modelling Inc.
His broad expertise lies in the area of policy and strategy analysis in relation to economic, management, industrial, labor, energy/environmental and health issues, both from economic and inter-disciplinary perspectives, employing a variety of quantitative models. Several of his models capture global supply chain economics as well as linkages among countries and industries from a holistic, dynamic perspective. These models employ data-founded and realistic approaches, involving a combination of optimization, applied mathematics, simulation and statistical regressions, to make futuristic predictions and forecasts.

Nirmalyo Banerjee

An Entrepreneur by heart and mind, he always look to try out something different. He has passion to provide solutions, build networks and really understand the human psyche and relationship complexities is his interest area. With a track record of developing and implementing strategy to drive revenues and service delivery within start-up and blue-chip businesses. With extensive international experience, key expertise includes: delivering operational capability across people, processes and technology; leading business development activity and contract negotiations to generate $multi-million revenue streams; leading multiple teams within both matrix and direct management environments; and managing relationships at CxO level with clients, suppliers and strategic partners.


About us

India is marred with a complex social, economic and political structure, which requires innovative solutions to solve the most difficult problems of today. India is also a land of opportunities despite its challenges, mainly due to its demographic dividend and cultural diversity. The Dialogue is founded with the vision of harnessing the opportunities present in India today by reinventing the policy and political discourse in order to drive a forward looking narrative for the country.