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With a degree in Computer Science and Technology Engineering from IIEST, Shibpur, Agnidhra has worked as a data scientist for Mu Sigma and TCG Digital and had also served as a Probationary Officer in the State Bank of India. However, he switched back to data analytics after becoming a Deputy Manager at SBI. 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, and SQL and Excel for exploratory data analysis. Apart from work, he enjoys reading fantasy and sci-fi books, playing video games, and watching stand-up comedy.
Akshaya Ramesh holds a Master’s in Science degree in Media and Communication Studies from Pune University. She completed her Bachelor's degree in Computer Applications from Symbiosis International University. Her research interests sit at the intersection of technology, law, and media. She is passionate about knowing more on and analysing government policy, especially in the domain of data, technology and e-governance. She is focussed on exploring these aspects in the context of the Indian ecosystem, and help contribute to policy research framework in the country. Akshaya is an avid reader and is fond of reading anything and everything under the sun which enhances horizons of knowledge and give insights into unexplored perspectives.
Sr Content Developer
With a Bachelor’s degree in English from Panjab University, and a Master’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Guru Jambeshwar University, Avantika has worked with Rediffusion as a filmmaker; Creative Director in a Media Education institute; Content Developer for a Canadian company, and as Language Learning Specialist creating blended learning softwares for government and private stakeholders. Having studied film and television direction from New York Film Academy, London, and Whistling Woods International, Mumbai, she learnt the nuances of Screenwriting from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London, and of Cinematography from the Asian Academy of Film and T.V., Noida. She had also been associated with several Punjabi and Hindi feature films as an Assistant Director. Avantika enjoys travelling and singing, apart from psychology, which she has pursued for five years with enthusiasm.
Before joining the Bharti Institute, Amrita was working as a Senior Academic Associate (Teaching Assistant) in ISB for the Management and Executive Programmes. Her previous association with the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, as an intern, had introduced and equipped her to research areas of finance and accounting. Amrita's interests are in the areas of Corporate Governance, Initial Public Offerings, Financial Modelling and Investment research, Financial Analysis and Valuation. She holds an MBA in Finance from the School of Management, KIIT University. When out of office, she likes to play tunes on her Sitar, and have also been an avid photographer, capturing wildlife and nature.
Anjali completed her Bachelor’s degree in Economics (Hons.) from M.C.M. DAV College, Chandigarh, and Master’s degree in Economics from the Department of Economics, Panjab University. She then went on to pursue Bachelor’s degree in Education from Chitkara University. She joined ISB as a Human Resources professional and served in the capacity for two years, before aligning with the Bharti Institute as a Project Associate. In her previous work experience as an HR, she was responsible for onboarding new members, managing employee engagement events, database management and induction programmes. For her hobbies, she is passionate about writing and has an immense interest in composing poems. She also loves reading books in her free time and some binge watching.
Anshi Rajkhowa has a master’s degree in Agricultural communication from GB Pant University of Agriculture and Technology in Pantnagar and a diploma in Video Editing & TV Production from AAFT, Noida. At Bharti Institute of Public Policy (BIPP), ISB Mohali, she works as an Outreach Coordinator. Prior to joining BIPP, she worked with some of the top TV News channels in India like Zee News, Aaj Tak, CNN-IBN and India Today in various positions in TV Programming and Assignment desk. Her core areas of expertise can be summed up as forward planning, political events, socio-economic causes and amplification of productivity.
Danish Ali Hakim
Danish holds a graduation degree in Interior Designing from Pacific Academy of Higher Education and Research, and a Master's degree in Economics from Mohanlal Sukhadia University, Udaipur. Before joining ISB, he had worked as a consultant in Department of Planning, Government of Rajasthan where he helped creating rural development index to measure overall socio-demographic performance at Panchayat level. He also co-founded and led the R&D division of a Bangalore-based start-up and had also worked with NGO Seva Mandir as Monitoring and Evaluation Manager to supervise forest data and GIS mapping of forest land in southern Udaipur. He is a certified GIS Analyst (Health and Urban GIS) from Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, Dehradun. Apart from work, he is mostly indulged in stock market analysis, metaphysics, astrology-astronomy, solo trips to mountains, and riding bikes.
Deepti Soni is Senior Consultant 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 is an experienced Programmer and a Data Professional holding a Master's degree in Information Technology. Prior to ISB, he has worked as a Team Lead and Manager in the AI Department of NetSmartz, Chandigarh. He has worked in a wide 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 is good at Data modeling, 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.
Himani has done her B.Tech in Information & Technology from Kurukshetra University. Before joining the ISB, she had worked in Shri Guru Gorakhnath Polytechnic College, Ambala, as a lecturer of Computer Science and other IT-related subjects, for two years. She also has a two-year experience as an IT Executive (Team Leader) at Franciscan Solutions Pvt Ltd, where she was also involved in the maintenance of IT and AV Infra at school sites and working on ERP Solutions. She describes herself as someone who loves to face challenges and always strive for more. During her free time, she loves to play badminton and sped time with her family.
TA cum Analyst
Mohit holds a Master’s degree in Psychology from the Department of Psychology, University of Delhi. He had keenly focused on understanding power perception during his post-graduation. He research interests lie in observing policy advocacy dialogues in various domains from close proximity and mapping intersections between public policy and psychology. Before joining ISB, Mohit had worked with Chase India, New Delhi. He had worked in the Technology Practice on client mandates of global tech giants in the domain of AI, Cloud Computing, Financial Management and Online gaming. He has an undying love for the sport of Table Tennis which he has been playing for over 15 years now.
TA cum Analyst
Nikhat Khalid completed her Bachelor’s degree in Economics (Hons.) from MCM DAV College, Chandigarh, and pursued her Master’s in Economics from the Department of Economics, Panjab University. She is also pursuing her PhD at the Department of Economics, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. Her primary areas of interest include International Economics and Trade, with focus on South-East Asian countries, and Development Economics. She has cleared the UGC-NET (Economics) thrice. Nikhat has published three research papers in reputed peer-reviewed, indexed national and international journals and has presented papers in three national/international conferences in India. She has the honour of being a member of The Econometric Society, New York; Indian Economic Association and the Society of Economics and Development (Regd.).
Pramit holds a Master’s degree in Marketing from the Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management and a Bachelor’s in Information Technology from the West Bengal University of Technology. He worked in TCS in the banking sector and in a Bangalore-based start-up named Celeriac Technologies as Product Marketing Specialist, before joining the ISB. He had also pursued 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 and Inbound Marketing, Bottom of Pyramid Marketing and Brand Management. Pramit loves photography, travelling and is an avid football fan. He also has a unique interest in collecting fountain pens.
Teaching Assistant cum Analyst
Poorvi Anchalia holds Master’s in Economics degree (Integrated) from Andhra University. Before joining ISB, Poorvi had worked with Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad; Chegg India, and has interned with The Hindu. She is skilled in STATA, Data Analysis, and Econometric Modelling, and has been researching on the application and repercussions of decentralised finance while framing monetary policy. Her her primary areas of interest include Monetary Economics, Real Estate Markets and the future of Education industry. Poorvi had been awarded the Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Pratibha Puraskar for Academic Excellence by the State Government of Andhra Pradesh. Besides being curious about her academic interests, she loves reading, sketching and travelling. She is also a fan of basketball sport.
Pranav Prakhyat Garimella
Teaching Assistant cum Analyst
Pranav completed his Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Sydney where he focussed on climate policy, especially climate change-induced migration, for his post-graduation thesis. He holds a B.A.LLB. degree from Christ University, Bangalore, after which he had practised law at the High Court of Bombay for a short time. He had worked with Ernst & Young in its Government and Transaction Advisory Services on projects for the State Governments of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. He has also worked with IndiaSpend.com in Mumbai writing on varied issues relating to child labour and custodial deaths. Pranav spends his free time by reading ancient and contemporary history, or by cooking Indian and Italian cuisines. He is a fish parent with a small aquarium comprising of three Widow Tetra fishes.
With a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts (painting stream) from Panjab University and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Animation and Multimedia from Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), Mohali, Preeti has worked as a Graphic Designer for 11 years at C-DAC. Her experience incorporated a blend of varied typography, animation, audio, video and graphic designing techniques. She also holds a Master’s degree in English from Panjab University, and had had conducted sessions on multimedia software for international participants under the ITEC/SCAAP scheme of the Ministry of External Affairs. Out of office hours, she is fond of photography and music. She has been a dance and sports enthusiast and have participated in various cultural programmes during her academic journey and also at workplace events.
Sr Data Specialist
Rahul Dubey holds a degree in International Banking, Finance and Risk Management from GCU London, a Master’s in Computer Application from Christ University, Banglore and a Bachelors in Commerce (Computer Application) from Dr GR Damodaran CAS, Coimbatore. At Bharti Institute of Public Policy (BIPP), ISB Mohali, he works as a Senior Data Specialist. Before joining BIPP, he worked in various industries in India and the UK in multiple AI and cloud computing domains. He has a keen interest in IoT and has worked on various consulting and IT project management. His core areas of expertise can be summed up as image processing (OpenCV), conversation UI.
Ripunjaya K. Chauhan is currently working as TA cum Analyst at Bharti Institute of Public Policy, ISB.
She has over 4 Years of experience in teaching and research. Her research interests include Development Economics, Governance and Public Policy. She is a post graduate in Economics and UGC NET qualified. To delve deeper into Development studies, she did a short-term course in Development Economics from the London School of Economics & Political Science. She likes learning new data science software and techniques; currently working on Python. Apart from work, she likes reading, painting, baking and gardening.
Sangeetha completed her Master’s degree in Information Management from the University of Maryland, College Park, USA. While pursuing her Masters, she had also worked as a Graduate Assistant in the Behavioural 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. She started her career in Clifford Chance LLP where she worked for four years at various levels across India, Middle East and Europe in the finance division. At Bharti Institute, she manages administrative execution of project lifecycle of all grants, communicates with stakeholders, organises marquee events, and works in close collaboration with researchers to align internal and external activities. Sangeetha loves to cook, paint and explore new places during her leisure time.
Sr. Content Developer
For the last 15 years, he has been heading post-production and creative communications of various films, television and digital media content, documentaries & promos (details reqd.). He has an enriched experience of content creation from ideation to execution in both broadcasting and non- broadcasting platforms. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce and Master’s degree in Economics from C.C.S. University, Meerut (UP). Please add about interests and hobbies, and some details on kinds/names of documentaries/film/content/projects made, i.e elaboration on previous work experience.
Sr. Research Analyst
Sridhar Kundu is a PhD in Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University. He is a double post-graduate (Economics and Environmental Economics) and holds the UGC-NET qualification. With over 15 years of experience in research and teaching, Sridhar has worked as a Senior Research Officer at Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability for nearly six years and as an Assistant Professor at Symbiosis Institute of International Business, Pune, for three years. He was also associated with Observer Research Foundation and National Institute of Public Finance and Policy as a researcher, and as faculty at Delhi University. Fiscal policies, poverty, inequality and energy economics are his research interests, while he likes to teach development economics, econometrics and public finance. He has publications in reputed journals and edited book volumes.
Junior Data Engineer
Snehal holds a Bachelor’s- Master’s in Science (BS-MS) degree (dual) from the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune. In his Master's thesis, he created deep learning algorithms for detecting cervical cancer. Before joining ISB, he got his training as a data scientist at Sabudh Foundation, Mohali, and now aims to build data processing workflows and work on creating meaningful insights from data. He wants to focus on applying algorithmic decision making to help organisations make efficient decisions. His athletic life revolves around playing basketball, strength training and yoga. His research interests include quantitative finance, evolutionary biology and behavioural psychology.
While pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication at DAV College, Jalandhar, Sukhmani worked as a freelance writer and reporter for The Times of India. With more than hundred by-lines to her credit and a Master’s degree in Journalism from Guru Nanak Dev University, she has worked with The Tribune, Chandigarh, as a Sub Editor (English). She has diverse internship experiences from The Indian Express, Doordarshan, and Radio Mirchi, and has also worked as an Announcer with All India Radio, and as scriptwriter and production manager for award-winning short films by Sikhnet International. On academic front, she holds the UGC-NET-JRF qualification, and worked as a Senior Research Fellow, Guru Nanak Dev University, before joining ISB. She is pursuing her PhD in a hybrid domain of film-documentary studies and environmental communication.
Vedarshi holds a Master’s degree in Arts (Economics) from Ashoka University, and a Bachelor’s in Science degree from the Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai. He is working in the field of applied microeconomics and development economics and has a keen interest in the areas of agriculture, health, education, and inequality. He looks forward to pursuing a Doctorate degree in Economics and being engaged in an academic career as a Professor of Economics. In his free time, Vedarshi enjoys reading philosophy and pursuing his interests in computer science and astronomy. He is always keen on detailed, intellectual discussions on topics of interests.