Chhatre, Ashwini
Academic Director, Bharti Institute of Public Policy & Associate Professor of Public Policy Ashwini Chhatre is an Associate Professor of Public Policy at the ISB.  As the Academic Director of the Bharti Institute, Prof. Chhatre is responsible for identifying research priorities and setting the overall direction of the institute. His research interests broadly centre on the interactions between democratisation, economic development, and environmental governance. Know more
Devadoss, Robin I R
Research Fellow Robin is currently working as a Research Fellow with Bharti Institute of Public Policy at ISB.

He has more than seven years of work experience in a range of settings including IT industry, NGO, Government and Academic Institutions. Prior to ISB, he was associated with organisations such as Indian Institute for Human Settlements, MICA, National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management, and Initiatives for Development Foundation. He has a Master’s degree in Development studies from Azim Premji University. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer science and engineering from Hindustan College of Engineering affiliated to Anna University, and has worked with Tech Mahindra after completing his bachelor’s. His research interests include Development economics, Public policy, and Technology. Apart from work, he loves to play badminton, cricket, and kabbadi. He likes to improve on his photography skill as well.
Garg, Sachin
Visiting Assistant Professor and Senior Research Fellow Sachin Garg is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Public Policy and a Senior Research Fellow at ISB's Bharti Institute of Public Policy. His other affiliations include Policy Fellow at the Schar School of Policy and Government and Research Fellow at the Digital Identity Research Initiative (ISB).  His broader research interests lie at the juncture of technology and public policy, particularly the role public policies play in defining how technology is used for sustainable human development.

His doctoral work in Public Policy at George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government has looked at the duality of “big data for policy” and “policy for big data”. With the rapid rise of digital technologies, new data sources have emerged that can be combined to create rich big data. This big data can be “mined” to get insights and evidence for  public policy making and analysis which was not possible earlier. However, as all data creation is circumscribed by the policy environment, we also need to have “policies for big data” that can help in using “big data for policy”.

Prior to joining the doctoral programme, he worked as a technologist for more than 15 years in the Information Technology sector, with various organisations like HP, Wipro and Yahoo!

Sarkar, Avik
Visiting Associate Professor and Senior Research Fellow
Dr Avik Sarkar is Visiting Associate Professor and Senior Research Fellow (Data, AI and Public Policy) at the Bharti institute of Public Policy, ISB. Dr Sarkar was previously heading the Data Analytics Cell at NITI (National Institution for Transforming India) Aayog, a premier policy think-tank of the Government of India  developing roadmap for use of data, analytics and artificial intelligence for Governance, Policy making and India's inclusive growth and led efforts towards setting up the first High Performance Computing based Data Analytics Lab at NITI Aayog.
Dr Sarkar has over 18 years of experience across different aspects of data analytics, statistical modeling, data/text mining across companies like IBM, Accenture, Nokia, NASA, Persistent Systems, etc. In his last role at Accenture Consulting (Singapore), Dr Sarkar contributed to various data and analytics related engagements with Singapore Government. Dr Sarkar developed the Monte Carlo Simulation component in IBM SPSS and was the analytics architect for IBM solution on Predictive Maintenance and Quality (PMQ).  Dr Sarkar holds a PhD from The Open University (UK), Masters from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay and Bachelors from Calcutta University. Dr Sarkar has authored several technical publications and technology patents.
Dr Sarkar has been nominated among the "Top 10 Data Scientists in India" in 2017 by the Analytics India Magazine and nominated as "LinkedIn Influencer" in the Technology space in 2015 for contribution and engaging discussions on the LinkedIn platform in areas related of Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, etc.
Sinha, Meenakshi
Research Fellow, Hyderabad
She is working as a research fellow with Prof. Ashwini Chhatre. Currently, she is involved in studying the necessity and potential for promotion of nutri-cereals in the Scheduled Areas of Maharashtra and the potential contribution it can have on health and nutritional outcomes. Her other areas of research interests include infrastructure development and land use polices, comparative politics and governance  

Prior to this, her doctoral research project focused on the role of new governance actors, Special Purpose Vehicles or SPVs, in shaping urban governance and resource allocation processes, particularly land, in India. To this end, her research project using a comparative state level analysis engaged with two urban transport projects in India, viz. Bangalore metro project and Kochi metro project, to map the processes surrounding land acquisition for the two projects. The study makes a key contribution to the understanding of governance and ownership patterns of large-scale urban transport projects in developing countries. Simultaneously, the study aptly maps the issues surrounding land use planning for urban transport projects in India. 

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