Vivan Sharan


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 Visiting Fellow at ORF, Member of the National Committee on Media & Entertainment constituted by the CII and of the ICT and Digital Economy Committee at FICCI.

Raghav Priyadarshi


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.

Varun Ramdas


Varun is a lawyer who focuses on regulations relating to information technology and analyses the role of such regulation in addressing the phenomenon of convergence of digital infrastructure and services.

Pawani Dasgupta

Research Assistant

Pawani focusses on macroeconomic and econometrics research. Her interests include: studying the role trade, productivity, employment and fiscal and monetary policy on long-run growth across advanced and emerging market economies.

Vijay Kumar

Administrative Assistant

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

Dr. Rishabh Kumar


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

Narendra Nag


For the last twenty years, Narendra has used a unique combination of communication ability, coding skills and strategic thinking to deliver. In his last role as Chief Digital Officer at Xynteo, Narendra led digital transformation for some of the world’s largest companies. He now runs his own data-driven firm which collaborates closely with Koan.

Rajrishi Singhal


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


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


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.

Rajeev Kher


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.