Team

Vivan Sharan

Partner

Vivan steers our advocacy initiatives. Previously, he has served as the CEO of the Global Governance Program at the Observer Research Foundation (ORF), and as Business Head of a sustainability company. He is a Visiting Fellow at ORF, and a Member of the National Committee on Media & Entertainment, constituted by the Confederation of Indian Industry.

Raghav Priyadarshi

Partner

Raghav steers our investment mandates. Previously, he served as Director at a merchant bank, handling corporate finance mandates and as a strategic advisor to a large infrastructure firm. Raghav started his career in the financial services industry in Switzerland, and has experience of structuring cross-border investments.

Dr. Vikash Gautam

Lead Economist

Dr. Gautam steers our economic research. He has extensive research and teaching experience at the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Indian Institute of Management, Institute of Capital Markets, and Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research.

Nikhil Goveas

Head of Special Projects

Nikhil leads our social responsibility initiatives and helps clients tailor CSR projects. Previously, he worked with the National Institute of Urban Affairs, subsequent to garnering experience working with farmer’s organizations in rural Rajasthan.

Sanskriti Goel

Associate

Sanskriti is an economist who specialises in Natural Resource and Environmental Economics. She has previously worked in the field of Health Economics Outcomes Research (HEOR).

Mohit Kalawatia

Associate

Mohit works on several emergent areas at the intersections of technology and law. A lawyer and commerce graduate by training, his interests include digital payments, financial markets, and corporate governance.

Trishi Jindal

Associate

Trishi is a lawyer, whose work focus includes intellectual property and competition. She is interested in Constitutional Law and legal theory, and their intersections with emerging technologies.

Priyesh Mishra

Associate

Priyesh monitors legislative reform and parliamentary activities. He previously served as Legislative Assistant to an Indian Member of Parliament, and drafted India's first comprehensive legislation on Genocide.

Shivangi Mittal

Associate

Shivangi is an economist with a keen interest in Microeconomics and Behavioural Economics. She enjoys working on issues in healthcare, energy markets, and applied micro-econometrics.

Sidharth Deb

Associate

Sidharth is a lawyer who works on areas relating to information technology, and the future of convergence regulations. Previously he has been associated with the Centre for Communication Governance and the Centre for Internet and Society.

Yamini Jindal

Associate

Yamini is an economist who specialises in International Economics. She has previously worked at the Department of Economics and Policy Research at the Reserve Bank of India. She currently handles trade and investment related research.

Akshat Agarwal

Analyst

Akshat's work focuses on internet and technology regulation. A lawyer by training, he is interested in technology's intersection with and impact on Constitutional Law and human rights jurisprudence.

Vijay Kumar

Administrative Assistant

Vijay is an indispensable part of our team, and renders administrative support to various projects and programmes.

Dr. Rishabh Kumar

Consultant

Dr. Kumar is Assistant Professor at California State University, San Bernardino. His work has appeared in various academic journals and policy forums such as Economic and Political Weekly, Ideas for India and developingeconomics.org.

Prachi Arya

Adviser

Prachi steers some of our long-form legal research. She has prior experience practicing at the High Court of Delhi and the Supreme Court of India. She has worked on seminal cases including M.L. Sharma v. Union of India and Shreya Singhal v. Union of India. Previously, she worked at the Centre for Internet and Society.

Aditya Agarwal

Adviser

Aditya is an investment banker, currently leading investments and corporate affairs for the Hinduja Group, a US$ 35 billion conglomerate. He has previously worked at Lehmann Brothers, UBS, Barclays Capital and Kotak Mahindra Bank.

Rajrishi Singhal

Adviser

Rajrishi is a senior journalist, a former banker and a public policy analyst. He was Executive Editor at The Economic Times, Head of Policy, Research & Strategy at a bank and Senior Fellow at a Mumbai-based think tank. He has served on two government committees on financial services reform.

Dr. Samir Saran

Adviser

Dr. Saran is President at the Observer Research Foundation and a frequent commentator on issues in Cyber Security and Governance. He chairs ‘CyFy’, India’s dedicated conference on cyber security and internet governance and is Commissioner, Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace.

Dr. Pushpendra Rai

Adviser

Dr. Rai was a member of the IAS for more than 21 years. He has also worked as the National Project Director - UNDP/WIPO; Member Secretary, Foreign Investment Promotion Council; National Negotiator at WTO/WIPO; and Secretary General, Quality Council of India. Subsequently, Dr. Rai worked at the WIPO for 16 years.

Pranav Kumar

Adviser

Mr. Kumar is the head of International Trade Policy at the Confederation of Indian Industry. He engages closely with industry members to build positions on International Trade Policy which feed into relevant negotiation processes for the Government of India. He has over 22 years of experience in teaching, research, project management and policy advocacy.

Rajeev Kher

Adviser

Mr. Kher superannuated as Commerce Secretary in 2015 after a career of 35 years in the IAS. He then worked as a Member in the Competition Appellate Tribunal for two years. He is now a Distinguished Fellow at the Research and Information System for Developing Countries.