Ashwini Chhatre

Executive Director, Bharti Institute of Public Policy, Associate Professor of Public Policy, Chair - Intitutional Review Board

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.

Aarushi Jain

Associate Director - Bharti Institute of Public Policy

Aarushi Jain has wide experience and expertise in the Public Policy domain as a faculty, administrator as well as a project specialist. She is currently working as the Associate Director of Bharti Institute of Public Policy, Indian School of Business. She is Ph.D (Pub Admn), Double Post Graduate (Pub Admn and HR), UGC-NET/JRF/SRF and an Accredited Management Teacher (AMT) in Public Policy. She has been a visiting scholar at Duke University, USA.

She has previously worked as Chairman, Rural Development and CSR, International Chamber of Service Industry and at various institutions including the National Institute of Technology, Hamirpur, Indus International University and Himachal Consultancy Organization etc. She is a visiting faculty to various premier institutions including NCGG, LBSNAA, HIPA, IGNFA, IIAS, NACIN etc. She has had a long association with National Centre for Good Governance, LBSNAA, Mussourie, for research studies as state coordinator for Punjab and Himachal.

Dr. Jain has published a book on “Public Private Partnership and Corporate Social Responsibility” and has more than 40 publications in leading international and national journals. Her research interests include Public Policy and Governance, Corporate Social Responsibility, Rural Development, Education and Women and Girl Child issues. She has been a national level table tennis player and an international level quiz wizard. Dr Aarushi Jain takes keen interest in social work. Being the President of Redcross HWS in various districts of Himachal Pradesh,

she has worked extensively on social issues as women empowerment, save the girl child campaign, health and education etc. She has been honoured and acclaimed for her efforts on various occasions, both at the state and national level. 

Anjali Kohli

Project Associate

Anjali Kohli has completed B.A. Economics Hons. from M.C.M. DAV College Chandigarh and Masters in Economics from Department of Economics, Panjab University. She has also completed Bachelor's in Education from Chitkara University. She has 2 years of experience as an HR Professional at Indian School of Business.

She loves writing and has an immense interest in writing poems. 

Avik Sarkar

Visiting Associate Professor and Senior Research Fellow - Bharti Institute of Public Policy

Dr. Avik Sarkar is Faculty at Indian School of Business working in the areas of Data, Emerging Technology and Public Policy. Dr. Avik Sarkar was the former Head of Data Analytics Cell and Officer on Special Duty (OSD) at NITI Aayog (National Institution for Transforming India Aayog) premier policy think-tank of Government of India.  At NITI Aayog, Dr. Sarkar helped in  developing roadmap for use of data, analytics and artificial intelligence for Governance, Policy making across various sectors for India's inclusive growth and led efforts towards setting up the first High Performance Computing based Data Analytics Lab and Energy Modeling Unit at NITI Aayog.

Abhijeet Parmar

Research Assocaite

Abhijeet is an earth observation expert specializing in geospatial analytics and hazard models. The scope of his work ranges from learning representation, geoscience, computational neuroscience to social sciences. He has over seven years of experience comprising of teaching and research in higher education setup with interdisciplinary outlook. His academic and professional affiliations include Faculty of Geoinformation Sciences and Earth Observation, Netherlands and University of Delhi. He is an active contributor to open source initiative and self-taught ignorant physicist. 

Agnidhra Ghosh

Data Scientist

With a degree in Computer Science and Technology Engineering from IIEST, Shibpur, Agnidhra Ghosh has worked previously as a data scientist for companies such as Mu Sigma and TCG Digital and made a foray into banking by becoming a Probationary Officer at SBI. By the time he became a Deputy Manager, he knew that he wanted to get back to his true love: solving problems with data driven analytics. With exposure to various verticals, from building an early warning fraud detection system for an insurance giant to building a platform to help pharma companies identify patient matches for clinical trials, Agnidhra has worked mainly using Machine Learning in Python, as well as SQL and Excel for exploratory data analysis. Apart from work, he enjoys reading fantasy/sci-fi, playing video games, and watching stand-up comedy.

Amrita Chakraborty

Project Coordinator

Before joining the Bharti Institute, Amrita was working as a Sr. Academic Associate (Teaching Assistant) in ISB for the Management and Executive Programmes. Her previous association with IIM Bangalore as an Intern introduced and equipped her to the research areas of Finance and Accounting and have been strengthened with her experience at ISB. Amrita's interests are in the areas of Corporate Governance, Initial Public Offerings, Financial Modelling & Investment research, Financial Analysis and Valuation. She holds an MBA in Finance from School of Management, KIIT University. She likes to play tunes on her Sitar when not working.

Apurva N S Duddu

Research Associate

Apurva holds a Masters degree in Natural Resources and Governance from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) and has been associated with ISB as a Research Associate (RA) since the last one year. She has been actively working on Forest related datasets and currently is a part of the Forest Governance team. She has played an instrumental role in- Setting up of Socio-Ecological Monitoring System, Project Monitoring System and CFR.

Her work at IDP is to make the content available in a regional language (Telugu) and help in making visualizations for social media channels. 

Atif Zeya

Research Associate

Atif Zeya holds a master’s degree in Quantitative Economics from Indian Statistical Institute, Delhi, prior to this he has completed his Bachelors in Economics from Scottish Church College, Kolkata. Before joining ISB as a Research Associate, he has worked as a Data Scientist in RBL Bank.

Danish Ali Hakim

Research Associate

Danish has done graduation in Interior Designing from the Pacific Academy of Higher Education and Research and a Masters's in Economics with a specialization in Econometrics and Environmental Economics from Mohanlal Sukhadia University in Udaipur. 

His passion for analyzing and playing with data started at an early age when he worked as a Junior analyst in a stockbroking firm in Udaipur.

He has worked as a consultant in Govt. of Rajasthan Planning Dept. where he created rural development index to measure overall socio-demograhic performance at the Panchayat level. 

He was a co-founder and Head of R&D of a Bangalore-based startup where they implemented IBM Watson to help students to recommend courses based on their performances.

Last assignment was with NGO Seva Mandir in Udaipur where he was Monitoring and Evaluation manager indulged in monitoring of forest data and GIS Mapping of southern Udaipur forest land. 

He is a certified GIS Analyst from the Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, Dehradun in Health and Urban GIS. 

Apart from work He is mostly indulged in stock market analysis, metaphysics, astrology-astronomy, solo trips in mountains, and riding bikes. 

Deepti Soni

Communication Lead

Deepti Soni is Head Communications at the Bharti Institute of Public Policy (BIPP) at the Indian School of Business, Mohali. She has a post graduate in Advertising and Public Relations from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), New Delhi. With over 20 years of professional experience, her earlier assignments include Spokesperson and Head of Communications at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Regional Delegation covering India, Nepal, Bhutan and the Maldives; Head of Digital Diplomacy and Media and Communications Adviser at the British High Commission in New Delhi. Deepti loves movies, food, travelling and outdoor activities.

Gursharan Singh Dhanjal

Sr. Data Scientist

Gursharan is an experienced Programmer and a Data Professional holding a Master's degree in Information Technology. He is currently working as a Senior Data Scientist at the Bharti Institute of Public Policy, Indian School of Business (ISB), Mohali. Prior to ISB, he worked as a Team Lead & Manager in the AI Department of Netsmartz, Chandigarh. He has worked in a variety of roles in the software industry, healthcare, and taxation domain. A large portion of his work revolved around developing data-oriented solutions with involvement in the application's full-stack (front-end & back-end). He has experience in data modelling, architecting python backends, data Management (ETL), data wrangling, planning & execution of AI solutions. The specific fields of AI which he has worked in are predictive analytics, forecasting, computer vision, and natural language processing.

Hemanth Guthala

Research Associate

Hemanth Guthala holds a master’s degree in Quantitative Economics from Indian Statistical Institute, Delhi and Bachelors in Economics from St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata. He is currently working with the  Forest Governance team on the Project management tool and research on sustainability issues. Prior to this, he had worked as a consultant for Deloitte USI.

Pramit Gupta

Research Associate

Pramit holds a master’s degree in Marketing from Indian Institute of Social welfare and Business Management and a bachelor’s in Information Technology from West Bengal University of Technology. He is currently working as a research associate at Bharti Institute of public policy. Prior to ISB he has worked in TCS in the Banking sector and in a Bangalore based start-up named Celeriac Technologies as Product Marketing Specialist. He has also done a research internship from IIM Kozhikode. Pramit has published two research papers in peer reviewed journals and has research interests in Quantitative models in marketing, Choice Modelling, Consumer Analytics, Content & Inbound Marketing, Bottom of Pyramid Marketing, Brand Management.

Pramit loves photography, travelling and an avid football fan. He also has a unique interest in collecting fountain pens.

Preeti Kaur

Content Developer

She has joined ISB as a Content Developer at Mohali. She has worked as a Graphics Designer for 11 years. Her experience incorporated blending a myriad of typography, animation, audio, video and graphic designing techniques. She has also conducted sessions on multimedia software for international batches. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts (painting stream) and Post Graduate Diploma in Animation & Multimedia from C-DAC Mohali. Also, She is Post Graduate in English from Panjab University.

Her hobbies are lying in the area of design, photography and music. She is very much fond of music, dance and sports activities and have participated in a number of cultural programs during academic & job career.  

Sangeetha Hariharan


Sangeetha graduated with a Master’s degree in Information Management from University of Maryland, College Park. While pursuing her Masters she also worked as a Graduate Assistant in the Behavioral Lab, at the Robert H. Smith School of Business where she was responsible for end to end management of research studies starting from subject pool allocation to generating reports and capturing things such as participation rates, subject pool utilization, etc. . She started her Career in Clifford Chance LLP, a leading global law firm, where she worked for 4 years at various levels across India, Middle East and Europe in their finance division. Currently she is handling Prof. Ashwini Chhatre’s grants which broadly fall under the umbrella of Forest Governance.

Shahid Mohammed

Sr. Content Developer

For the last 15 years, he has been heading post production & creative communications of various films, television and digital media content, documentaries & promos. He has an enriched experience of content creation from ideation to execution in both broadcasting and non- broadcasting platforms. In academics Master Degree in Economics from C.C.S. University, Meerut (UP), & Bachelor Degree of Commerce from C.C.S. University, Meerut.

Sridhar Kundu

Sr. Research Analyst

Sridhar Kundu is a PhD in Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University. He has over 15 years of work experiences in research and teaching. He is double post-graduate in Economics and Environmental Economics and has qualified UGC NET in Economics.

At Bharti Institute of Public Policy (BIPP), ISB Mohali, he works as a Senior Research Analyst. Before joining BIPP, he worked as a Senior Research Officer at Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability for about six years and as an Assistant Professor at Symbiosis Institute of International Business, Pune for about 3 years. Along with this, he worked as a researcher in various research institutes such as, Observer Research Foundation, National Institute of Public Finance and Policy and taught undergraduate economics in various colleges under Delhi University as a non-permanent faculty.

His core areas of research are fiscal policies, poverty and inequality, and energy economics. He is good at large scale data management, management of unit level survey data in STATA. He likes to teach development economics, econometrics and public finance. He has publications in reputed journals, and edited book volumes.

Vipul Bhave

Research Associate

Vipul graduated with a master’s degree in Forestry from Forest Research Institute, Dehradun. His broad research interest is in applications of Remote Sensing & GIS in Agriculture & Forestry, Climate Change & Forests, and Forest-based livelihoods. Prior to joining Forest Governance team, he worked with Rythu Sadhikara Samstha, Government of Andhra Pradesh as Young Professional with the project Climate Resilient Zero Budget Natural Farming (ZBNF). He also has two post-Masters Diploma in Remote Sensing & GIS from Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, Dehradun and in Rural Development Management from National Institute of Rural Development & Panchayati Raj, Hyderabad.

His role is to explore, analyze and make visualizations from the open source datasets on IDP with special interest on Agriculture related datasets.

Snehal Bhartiya

Junior Data Engineer

Snehal holds a BSMS degree from the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune. In his Master's thesis, he worked on deep learning algorithms for detecting cervical cancer. Before joining ISB, he trained as a data scientist at Sabudh Foundation, Mohali. He now aims to build data processing workflows, create meaningful insights from data, and applying algorithmic decision making to help organisations make efficient decisions. His athletic life revolves around playing basketball, strength training and yoga. His alter-ego interests are quantitative finance, evolutionary biology and behavioural psychology.