Dr. Kanchan Mukherjee

Dr. Mukherjee joined TISS as a faculty in 2001 and is currently Professor and Chairperson of the Centre for Health Policy, Planning and Managament (CHPPM) in the School of Health Systems Studies (SHSS) at TISS. He has completed 12 research and field action projects in the area of public health funded by various agencies like GOI, WHO, European Union, World Bank, BMGF, DFID, USAID, FHI, UNFPA , TISS etc. He has till date over 30 publications in peer reviewed international journals and books.

Kanika Chawla

Kanika Chawla is a Junior Research Associate at the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), India. Prior to her association with CEEW she has worked at the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) Secretariat in Paris. She has worked extensively on distributed renewable energy in developing countries, urban energy policy and investment in sustainable energy. Kanika specializes in international cooperation and sustainable energy policy.

Himani Pant

Himani is a Research Assistant with a top Indian think-tank, the Observer Research Foundation (ORF). She did M Phil from the Centre for European Studies at the School of International Studies in JNU. Her fields of interests include peace and conflict resolution, identity and security issues

Richa Sekhani

Richa is working for the ORF International Trade and Economy Initiatives. Her research focuses on Indian economy, trade and regional FTAs. She completed her Masters in International Trade from Symbiosis International University. Richa is also working as a Research associate with the Former Commerce and Industry Minister of India –Mr. Anand Sharma and was involved in the support team of the Book titled “Remembering Jawaharlal Nehru”.

Smera Chawla

Smera is a public affairs professional and primarily works in the energy sector for clients across the value chain. During her career she has advised clients on government affairs and helped develop strong links between the business and governments alike. She is a Science graduate from Hansraj College, University of Delhi. She is currently pursuing Masters in Business Laws at the National Law School, Bangalore. Smera has also been a student of Globalization at Department of Continuing Education, Oxford University.

Ghazal Gulati

Ghazal is an education professional working in the grassroots level. She is a former Teach for India fellow. Her interests lie in the affordable private schools sector as well as in the use of administrative data in education research. Ghazal holds a Master’s in Education from Harvard University and is a Chartered Accountant as well.

Brig. Narender Kumar (Retd)

Brigadier Narendra Kumar is a Senior Fellow with the Centre for Law and Warfare Studies (CLAWS). He is an expert on war studies and security. Brig Narender Kumar is an Infantry Officer with close to 15 years’ experience in counter insurgency and anti-terrorism operations having served in Sri Lanka (Operation PAWAN) J&K and North East. He has been part of UN Mission in North Africa and had a tenure in Indian Training Team in a foreign country. He has served as Brigade Major in Western Theatre, Col Administration of a Division and Brig General Staff of an Area responsible for Northern Border. Commanded a Rashtriya Rifles battalion in J&K and Assam Rifles Sector in North East.

Samridhi Bimal

Samridhi Bimal is working as a Consultant at the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), New Delhi. She has over four years of experience in conducting policy oriented research; particularly on South Asia in the areas of trade, investment, non-tariff barriers, transport facilitation, informal trade and regional integration. She has worked extensively on various aspects of India-Pakistan trade, India-Nepal trade and India-China trade. She has been closely associated with ICRIER’s flagship project on India-Pakistan Trade Normalization and Sub-regional Cooperation between India, Myanmar and Bangladesh

Reshmi Kazi

Reshmi Kazi is an defence expert writing on strategic affairs for The Dialogue. Her doctoral thesis was on Evolution of India’s Nuclear Doctrine: A Study of Political, Economic and Technological Dimensions. She worked as a Research Fellow in the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, New Delhi, from December 2003 till September 2007. During this period she worked on a project titled Weapons of Mass Destruction in South Asia, which was funded by the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI).

Manish K Thakur

Associate Professor at IIM Calcutta (Public Policy Group ). He is a Recipient of the Indian Sociological Society’s (ISS) Prof. M. N. Srinivas Memorial Award for Young Sociologist, 2007 and the Indian Social Science Association’s (ISSA) Prof. Radha Kamal Mukherjee Memorial Award for Young Social Scientist, 2002. His work is regularly published in some the country’s top journals. He also has two renowned books to his credit.

Dr. Dhrubajyoti Bhattacharjee

Dr Dhrubajyoti Bhattacharjee is a foreign policy expert with a leading Indian think-tank. Dr Bhattacharjee was an Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science, Siliguri College, University of North Bengal for ten years (2005-2015). He received his M. Phil and Ph.D. from Jawaharlal Nehru University working extensively on Pakistan’s foreign policy decision making under civilian and military leaderships. His interest also includes Terrorism, Human Security, Foreign Policy Decision Making, India and Myanmar, South Asian politics and political and strategic development in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Dr. B.R.Deepak

Prof. B. R. Deepak is Professor of Chinese and China Studies at the Centre of Chinese and Southeast Asian Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. He is a recipient of many scholarships and awards including the prestigious Nehru and Asia Fellowship, and India-China Cultural Exchange fellowship for his doctoral and advanced studies in the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and Peking University, Beijing, respectively. He is the author of India and China 1904-2004: A Century of Peace and Conflict (2005), India-China Relations in first half of the Twentieth Century (2001); China: Agriculture, Countryside and Peasantry (2010), and Chinese Poetry: From 11th Century BC to 14th Century AD for which he has won China Special Book Award in 2011; India-China Relations: Civilizational Perspective (2012); India-China Relations: Future Perspectives (2012).

Dr. Rajiv Ranjan

Dr. Rajiv Ranjan is an Assistant Professor at Shanghai University, China. He was awarded China Government Scholarship and trained in Chinese language at College of International Education, Shandong University.

He completed his PhD in Chinese Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He did M.A. in Politics (with specialization in International Relations) and M.Phil. in Chinese Studies, JNU, New Delhi. He was a recipient of Junior/Senior Research Fellowship from University Grant Commission, New Delhi to pursue his research.

Dr. Krishnendra Meena

Dr. Krishnendra Meena is Assistant Professor at the Centre for International Politics, Organization and Disarmament, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He teaches courses on Geopolitics and Political Geography at the Centre. His research interests include Borders, BRICS, Indian Ocean and the Indo-Pacific Region.

Pavneet Singh Chadha

Pavneet Singh Chadha is a Research Assistant at Centre for Land Warfare Studies (CLAWS). He finished his Masters in Economics with specialization in International Economics. He completed his Bachelors Degree in Economics from Sri Venkateswara College, Delhi University. He has interned with Research and Information Systems for Developing Countries (RIS) where he worked on International Trade and Economic Cooperation issues. His current research interests

Sourabh Bhattacharjee

Sourabh Bhattacharjee is presently working as the Technical Consultant (M&E) with the SBCC (Social Behavior Change Communication) cell of State IEC Beaureau, RCH Namkom, Ranchi. Further, he was a Prime Minister’s Rural Development Fellow (PMRDF) under the Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) and worked in Purulia district of West Bengal. He has been engaged in extending professional assistance to the District Administration for effective planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the flagship programmes as envisaged by the District Magistrate & District Collector in Purulia.Sourabh holds a B.Sc. degree with Honors in Mathematics, and a post graduate diploma in Rural Development (with distinction) from the Xavier Institute of Social Service, Ranchi. Prior to PMRDF, he has worked with Development Support Agency of Gujarat, Tribal Development Department, Government of Gujarat as a Development Consultant. He has also worked with ITC Limited under its Corporate Social Responsibility head.

Dr Rahul Mishra

Dr Rahul Mishra is a Research Fellow at the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA), Sapru House, New Delhi. He has been a Visiting Fellow at Australian National University (Canberra), Curtin University of Technology (Perth), Monash University (Melbourne) and University of New South Wales (Sydney). Dr. Mishra specialises on politico-security and economic affairs of the Southeast Asian region. His areas of interest include: Major power interests in/policies towards/relations with Southeast Asia especially in the context of China’s rise; India’s Look East Policy; ASEAN and the regional security and economic architecture; political developments in Myanmar, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore. He also takes a keen interest in Australia’s foreign policy.
include strategic concepts related to Terrorism, Energy Security and Defence.

Nilesh Bane

Nilesh Bane is Research Fellow in Observer Research Foundation Mumbai. He has been a journalist for more than 12 years, with experience in both print and digital media. He is Economics graduate and a post graduate in Journalism. At ORF Mumbai, he works for the ‘Maharashtra Adhyayan Kendra’ on research, publications and communication in Marathi.

Amit Basole

Amit Basole is Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Duke University. His current areas of research include poverty and inequality, structural change, and the political economy of knowledge. His writings are available at Twitter feed: @amitbasole.

Rahul De

Rahul De is a senior lecturer in the School of Liberal Studies at Azim Premji University. He is involved in developing the curriculum for the economics major. He received his Mphil and PhD in Economics from the University of Hyderabad. His PhD dissertation argues that capitalism developed in a different form in India, and policies which aided development in the west cannot be uncritically implemented in India. His research argues that informal institutions of enterprise, labor and money are crucial to the future development of India. His research is committed to making economics accessible. His research interests range from macroeconomics, political economy, informal labor, pedagogy and mass media. He has also worked as a research associate at Pratham (a primary education based NGO) and traveled extensively in rural parts of Uttar Pradesh and the North East.

Dr. Sampa Kundu

Dr. Sampa Kundu is a Researcher at the Southeast Asia and Oceania Center, IDSA, New Delhi. She works on regional affairs in Southeast Asia, regional cooperation, India-Myanmar bilateral relations, BIMSTEC, ASEAN and India’s approach to Southeast Asia. She completed her PhD from JNU, New Delhi on ‘India and Myanmar in BIMSTEC: Implications for Northeast India’.

Arnab Roy Chowdhury

Arnab Roy Chowdhury is an Assistant Professor in the Public Policy and Management Group in the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta (IIM-C). He received his PhD (Sociology) degree from the National University of Singapore (NUS) in May 2014. Prior to joining IIM-C, he was a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Communications and New Media at the NUS. He was previously a University Grants Commission-Junior Research Fellow in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and Indian Institute of Technology –Delhi (IIT-D). His research and teaching interests include Extractive Industries, Forced Migration, Social Movements, Sociology of Development, State-Society Relations, Environmental Sociology, Political Ecology etc

Dr. Natasha Agarwal

Natasha Agarwal is co-promoter of 9N International Economics Researchers Consortium and research economist at World Education Foundation

Mathew John

Mathew John works as a consultant with The Times of India. As a public policy professional he has worked on numerous issues such as drug trafficking, health policy and law enforcement. Over the course of his professional career, he has worked with several IGOs including The World Bank, INTERPOL, CITES, UNEP and WCO.

Anuradha Saha

Anuradha teaches Economics at the Ashoka University. She did her graduation from St. Stephen’s and Masters from the Delhi School of Economics. Professor Saha’s research interests include Macroeconomic Theory, Growth Theory, and Development Economics. Her thesis focused on sectoral growth with emphasis on services sector dynamics.

Rohit Dhankar

Prof. Dhankar is Director School of Education in Azim Premji University, Bangalore and Academic Advisor, Digantar, Jaipur.

Dr. MH Suryanarayana

Dr. Surayanarana is a Professor with the Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai

Vinod Kumar Sharma

Prof. Sharma is based with the Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR), Mumbai. He is the Chief Editor of Savitarka, and E-Magazine on development issues.

Gaurav Bhattacharya

Gaurav Bhattacharya is a rural development fellow on a fellowship programme hosted by State Bank of India. He is working with a local NGO on a National Health Mission project to effectively implement a Malnutrition Treatment Centre in the Community Health centres in the tribal blocks of south-eastern Rajasthan in India. He completed his masters from the University of Oxford, and has been active in the study of rural economics to analyse social inequalities and exclusions of the rural poor.

Bappaditya Mukhopadhyay

Bappaditya Mukhopadhyay is currently the Program Director of Post Graduate Programme in Business Analytics (PGPBA) at Great Lakes Institute of Management, Gurgaon. He holds aPh.D degree in Economics from Indian Statistical Institute. he serves on the editorial board of various journals and has published widely in the areas of Financial Economics. His area of interest is in Public Policy and development Issues. Dr. Mukhopadhyay is also a visiting faculty at Universitaat Ulm and also serves various boards and committes of reputed organizations

Rushva Parihar

Rushva Parihar is a development professional working with the United Nations University – Merit, Maastricht.

Devyani Deshpande

Devyani holds her MA in Sociology and Public Administration along with a Certificate in Human Rights. She is a NET Qualified Assistant Professor, currently working as a lecturer of Sociology in SP College, Pune. She is also panel member of an adhoc committee on Sociology of Sports (Indian Sociological Society)

Chandrahas Rao

Chandrahas Rao is working as a Brand Manager in Pidilite Industries Limited. He holds a MBA degree from Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Pune, and a B.E in Instrumentation from Vishwakarma Institute of Technology, Pune.He has interests in Strategic Affairs, Foreign Policy, Indian Army and Marketing

Dr.Amna Mirza

Dr.Amna Mirza is an alumini of Delhi Public School (Mathura Road), St.Stephens College (Bachelors Degree- BA Program), Hindu College (Masters Degree in Political Science), M.Phil & PhD from University of Delhi & Master of Business Administration (Human Resources) from United Business Institute (Belgium). She is currently Assistant Professor of Political Studies at Shyama Prasad Mukherjee College. An avid traveller, voracious reader & vegan, her academic initiatives took her to University of Duisburg Essen (Germany), University of Fribourg (Switzerland) amongst others. She is recipient of ‘Godfray Philips Golden Ovary Award’, St.Stephens College Centenary Medal for ‘character combined with learning’, amongst others. She has been associated with art & culture festivals and regularly contributes columns to several newspapers and magazines. She has three books to her credit which were well received by academic, media and others alike.

Dr. Prashant Kumar Singh

Dr. Prashant Kumar Singh is an Assistant Professor at Department of Policy Studies, TERI University, New Delhi. He is a trained demographer whose work focuses on social determinants of health and survival, maternal and child health and gender. He teaches population and development, public health, epidemiology and health policy. He has been involved in the conceptualization, design and execution of research studies concerning the broad themes of strengthening health systems, service delivery models, maternal and child health, and public health nutrition. Dr. Singh did his PhD from IIPS, Mumbai and Post-doctorate from Max Plank Institute of Demographic Research, Germany. He is recently awarded Max Plank-India Mobility Fellowship from Max Plank Society, Germany. He has published several research articles, opinion pieces and commentaries in reputed national and international journals.

Dr.Ashish Aggarwal

Dr Ashish Aggarwal works as a senior researcher and faculty at The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). He has more than15 years of experience in research and implementation of environment and development projects related to climate change, watershed, forestry, water resources, agriculture and rural development. He has worked with government, non-government (NGOs) and research organisations and has advised center and state governments on issues related to natural resource management. He was member of the drafting committee of National Mission for A Green India. He has a deep interest in policy and politics of natural resource management and climate change.He has a PhD in climate change and development from University of Manchester, UK; an M.Phil in Environment and Development from Cambridge University, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Forestry Management from Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal.

Aashish Chandorkar

Aashish Chandorkar is a Management Consultant based in Pune and working in Mumbai. He holds diverse interests across politics, economics, sports and Bollywood. He tweets at @c_aashish.

Dr. Antra Bhatt

Dr. Antra Bhatt is a Masters in Public Policy student at the University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from University of Rome – ‘ Tor Vergata’. Her current areas of research are economic and social policy for women. Prior to her current affiliation, Antra has worked with the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai and Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations on a variety of development policy related issues.

Hrishikesh Utpat

Hrishikesh Utpat is a serving Indian Revenue Services (Customs, Central Excise, Service Tax and Narcotics) officer. Having finished his graduation in Computer Science from the University of Pune, he is currently posted as Assistant Commissioner, Bangalore Central Excise. Simultaneously pursuing a Master’s Degree in Economics and IPR Law, he has been associated with various educational and media organisations. He enjoys reading, classical music, teaching and travel.

Dr. Vinayak Ramesh Nikam

Scientist, National Institute of Agricultural Economics and Policy Research, New Delhi.

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.