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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.
Associate Director - Bharti Institute of Public Policy
Aarushi Jain has wide experience and expertise in the Pubic 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.
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 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.
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
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
Arun C M Murali
Arun holds Master’s degree in Geoinformatics from TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute) School of advanced studies, New Delhi. He worked in multiple research projects as Research intern, which involved intensive data handling and analysis. He joined Indian School of Business as a Research Associate and is currently working with Forest Governance team in information extraction and analysis of remotely sensed datasets.
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.
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.
Karishma is currently working as a Project Associate at Bharti Institute of Public Policy. She is a CFA level III candidate and has a bachelor's degree in Banking and Finance from the Singapore Institute of Management.
She has worked for more than 2 years as an Account Manager at Zomato Media Pvt Limited and in the Transaction Advisory department at Grant Thornton LLP.
Apart from work, she likes to read, watch sitcoms and travel. She also plays football, tennis and golf.
Leela has worked in multiple projects for over 26 years and has been associated with various State Governments, NIRDPR and UNDP. She worked as a visiting fellow at NIRDPR for more than 4 years and as Director of Social Audit Unit of Chhattisgarh. She also developed the SDG roadmap for Gujarat and Uttarakhand states when she was with UNDP and gained vast experience in conducting workshops and training besides research, monitoring, and evaluation of poverty alleviation programs. She is capable of developing networks of organizations for effective implementation of various policies. She did her Postgraduation in agriculture sciences and Ph.D in Rural Development. At present, she is working as a Project Specialist in the Tenure Facility project.
Nidhi Kalani, on the surface, is a graduate of Physical Planning course from School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi and is associated with Bharti Institute of Public Policy as a Research Associate. Before joining the institute, she has worked as an intern in HUDCO's HSMI, New Delhi and Urban Development and Housing Department, Namchi(Sikkim). During the course of her professional career, she has also written a research paper in association with her other team member in HSMI. She likes writing for professional magazines/ journals and create research-oriented info-graphics. As a professional, she likes to learn about spatial planning and policies affecting it. Other than learning new software and technologies, in her free time, she likes to watch TV-series and Harry Potter movies.
NNitisha is an experienced Project Associate with a demonstrated history of working organizations like Apple and Google. She has worked in different domains with skill sets spanning, General Management, Project Management, Customer Service and Microsoft Office. She has a degree in Aviation and Hospitality Industry.
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.
Shreya has a double Masters degree in Geography and Geographical information sciences and remote sensing. She is currently working on potential forest restoration mapping project where she is using her expertise of GIS and remote sensing skills to find how this project will overall impact the climate. She has always been involved in creation of maps and query analysis through maps for different projects, worked extensively on secondary datasets and also has been on the field for few projects. She has significantly contributed in creating a Rainfed atlas of India.
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 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