BIPP Admin Staff

Nitisha Jaiswal


Nitisha is a graduate in Hospitality and Travel Management and is an experienced Project Associate. Prior to joining Bharti Institute of Public Policy, she has worked with Apple and Google across domains spanning General Management, Project Management, Customer Service, and Microsoft Office. Nitisha is known for her friendliness and enthusiasm for work. In her free time, she likes to travel, read and cook.

BIPP Research and Project Team

Aadithyan A

Marketing Analyst

Aadithyan completed his MSc in Marketing Strategy & Data Analytics from Paris School of Business making it to the high distinction Dean’s list. He did his Bachelor's in Business Administration from Mahatma Gandhi University. He has certifications in Strategic Management from IIM KASHIPUR, Growth Hacking from EAZL, Academic and Business Writing from University of Berkeley. He is also certified in Psychological First Aid from Johns Hopkins University. Prior to joining Bharti Institute, he worked as a Marketing Assistant in DNA5 Communications and interned at Fleksa, Frankfurt, Germany. With a keen interest in psychology and mental health, he co-created a start-up, UinU Private Ltd., an application focusing on mental health education. He is an ardent lover of sports, arts, and a voracious reader.

Abhijit Dutta


Having spent his entire childhood in Mumbai, Abhijit had no idea about the magic of the mesmerising natural world till he visited the Sal forests in his native place in Mayurbhanj, Odisha during school summer vacations. It was there that he developed his love for nature and thereafter honed professional skills at the Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal. He has previously worked on community-based conservation initiatives across the Indian landscape. He is interested in understanding cultures and relationships between people, nature, and development; and is deeply passionate about forests and the people who dwell within them. At Bharti Institute, he is responsible for project implementation with the Project Management Unit at the Department of Mission Shakti, Odisha. In his free time, he loves to write or watch football.

Abhijeet Parmar

Research Assocaite

Abhijeet’s academic and professional affiliations include the Faculty of Geoinformation Sciences and Earth Observation, Netherlands and University of Delhi.  He is an earth observation expert specialising 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 in teaching and research in higher education setup with interdisciplinary outlook. He is an active contributor to open source initiative and self-taught ignorant physicist.

Akanksha Naygandhi


kanksha is a research associate working with Prof Ashwini Chhatre on projects related to development initiatives in rural India. A detailed study was conducted on how Business Correspondents facilitate financial transactions using the AEPS (Aadhar Enabled Payment System) technology in remote villages. She is also working on the Indian Food System for Improved Nutrition (INFUSION) Project, to study how can intake of nutritious foods become more accessible and affordable to the most vulnerable communities.

She has done her B.Sc. in Economics from St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata and her M.A. in Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She has worked for 5 years at corporate like Infosys and HSBC as a data analyst. Her past experience of exploratory data analysis and building machine learning models comes in handy when dealing with anything related to data.

She loves to trek and do all sort of adventure activities.


Apurva N S Duddu

Project Specialist

Apurva holds a Masters degree in Natural Resources and Governance from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai.  In her six years of working at the Bharti Institute, she has been actively engaged with projects related to the governance of natural resources including the Forest Governance project, Initiative on Forest Economy in Himachal Pradesh, International Forestry Resources and Institutions (IFRI). She is also the co-editor of the book titled, “Lakhpati Kisan: Transforming Agriculture-Based Livelihood for Smallholder Farmers in India”. She has also been developing modules for capturing data on livelihood interventions in agriculture, livestock, and forests delivered through a network of community-based institutions in four states of Central India covering ~80,000 households across 17 districts. She has also been instrumental in designing the system for extracting variables of interest from satellite data products under the India Data Portal project. Apurva has a passion for various dance forms and is an avid dancer.

Bhumika Morey

GIS Specialist

Bhumika has a specialization in Environmental Planning from the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi. Her areas of expertise and deeper understanding include governance, human development, economy, infrastructure, heritage, transportation, and environment. Previously she was involved in projects such as “Impact Assessment of Nagpur-Mumbai Expressway on Wildlife and Proposal of Suitable Mitigation Strategies” and “Developing Urban-Rural Partnerships Framework for Food-Energy-Water Nexus Security of Nagpur Metropolitan Area”. She likes to sketch, and travel in her free time to explore different cultures and their settlement paradigms.

Chumki Behera

Cluster Coordinator

Chumki has been working with a host of NGOs working for women related issues as a volunteer. His field of work includes women education, prevention of violence against women. He has also been associated with several self-help groups before moving to Malkangiri. He worked as a Coordinator and worked on livelihood, health, child rights with different agencies such as Odisha Tribal Empowerment & Livelihood Program (OTELP), World Vision, Tata Trust, NACO, State Family and Health welfare Department, UNICEF, and Child Line. 

Ewan Nikhil Thomas

Research Associate

Ewan Nikhil Thomas has two years of research experience and is interested in Market Designs, Public Policy, Development Economics, and Energy Economics. Ewan holds a Master’s degree in Economics from University of Hyderabad. He is currently engaged in the Food Systems (INFUSION) project and India Data Portal. Prior to ISB, he worked as a research associate at University of Hyderabad.

Jayanti Baruda

Cluster Coordinator

Jayanti Buruda has a Masters in Journalism and mass communication from Central University Koraput, Odisha. She was the first tribal woman TV journalist from Malkangiri and continues as a freelancer. She focuses on stories from rural tribal landscapes on livelihood, health and social justice. She started working on the political economy of the forest to reclaim tribal justice and economic security. 

Lal Mani Pandey

Data Controller

Lal Mani Pandey has a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics and Statistics from Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar. Prior to joining BIPP, he worked as an expert at Asian Development Bank. He has a vast experience of collaborating with teams of data scientists and engineers in the development of datasets, data warehouses, and online monitoring and tracking systems. He is well-versed in developing inclusive results-based monitoring and evaluation framework for research and development projects. He has applied extensively the decision tools of benefit cost analysis including economic surplus in impact assessment of technologies, investments, and development policies.

Nitesh Saini

Full Stack Developer

Nitesh graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, and is a highly skilled full-stack developer with a passion for technology. Nitesh has acquired a diverse set of skills and experiences that make them a valuable asset in the field of software development. He possesses strong problem-solving abilities and a proactive approach to challenges. He thrives in fast-paced environments and excels at collaborating with multidisciplinary teams to achieve project goals effectively and efficiently. His hobbies are playing cricket, basketball and online games.

Padma Priya

Research Associate

Padmapriya. B is currently pursuing her PhD in Economics from the Centre for Economic and Social Studies (CESS) Hyderabad. She graduated from the University of Hyderabad with a five-year Integrated Master of Arts degree in Economics. Her technical skills include hands-on experience in STATA, SPSS, R and E-views. Prior to this, she worked as a Research Intern in the department of Centre for Analytical Finance (CAF). Her doctoral thesis explores service sector output, employment, and productivity growth analysis in India. Her primary areas of interest are developmental studies, labour economics, regional studies, and public policy. 

Ravindra Sudam Chunarkar

Project Specialist

Ravindra has completed his Graduation from Government College of Engineering. Prior to joining Bharti Institute, he has worked on Forest Governance Project of Tata Institute of Social Sciences (Mumbai) as a Research Officer. He also implemented the research study on Mendha, India’s first CFR recognition village, about their pre and post analysis of FRA. He has over five years of experience in the development sector. development sector. He has also worked with the government of Maharashtra as a Chief Minister Rural Development Fellow at MVSTF, in the domain of convergence of government scheme and acted as a catalyst between the administration and citizens. His working village won the ‘Smart Village’ award. He also worked with ‘AAA’ organisation for strengthening Gramsabha’s in Korchi.

Sanjoy Mondal

Research Coordinator

Sanjoy holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Burdwan. He worked as an intern for the RRAN project. In his current role, he has developed a polygon of more than 130 forests across states and created a land-use map of 20 villages of West Bengal.

Soumya Banerjee

Sr Research Associate

Soumya is a M.Phil. in Social Science Research from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai. Prior to joining Bharti Institute, he has worked as a policy researcher for the state governments of West Bengal and Odisha, as well as with organisations like Landesa-RDI, NABARD, and Grant Thorton-Bharat. An experienced researcher with skills to oversee qualitative and mixed-method research and evaluation projects pertaining to governmental policies and welfare schemes, he has been a member of the research team responsible for drafting the state action plan for Odisha's "Innovative Agro-forestry for Food and Nutrition Security". He has a strong interest in ‘ethnobotany of indigenous crops’ and ‘land policies for growth and climate change.’ He is a member of the research planning and ethics committee at the Government of Odisha's ‘Center of Excellence for Result-based Management and Good Governance’. His research publications include chapters in the training manual of policy administrations for OAS & IAS, articles in rural development published in news reach magazine of PRADAN, and publications in peer-reviewed academic journals in the area of land policy.

Surya Kandukuri

Sr Research Fellow

Surya Kandukuri is an engineer and an alumnus of ISB’s Advanced Management Program in Business Analytics (AMPBA). He has over seven years of experience as a Data Consultant and Project Lead in the realm of Databases, Data Mining, Data Acquisition – scraping, APIs and Web Services, Data Visualisation, Data Journalism, Statistical Modelling, Open Data, Government Partnerships and Relations. His key areas of work include implementation of Open Data Policy of IT E&C Department, Government of Telangana since its inception, various partnerships with government/quasi-government organizations, and private organizations. His research interests lie in agriculture, employment, history. He enjoys philosophy, photography, art, and music.

Sushma Kattamuri

Head – Strategic Initiatives

Sushma holds an MBA degree from the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, Delhi and is an alumnus of the Advanced Management Programme in Public Policy at ISB. Her experience, prior to this role, has been in the private sector across FMCG, mutual funds, and telecom sectors in product & project management, strategy and business operations roles. She co-owned, built and managed her startup, a portal that helped its users invest their money in mutual funds most suited to them. Her desire to do good work in the social impact sector is what brings her to her current role at Bharti Institute.

Sandip Chowdhury

Project Specialist

Sandip has an MBA degree from the Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal and has worked in the capacity of both a researcher and a practitioner with internationally renowned non-profits like the World Resources Institute (WRI)and global charity Oxfam. Sandip is passionate about forestry and climate change and has over six years of cross-functional experience in the areas of landscape restoration, forest-based livelihoods, community forest management, energy access, and climate justice. In his free time, Sandip likes to pen articles and blogs on environmental topics that are regularly published in the print media. He is a volunteer presenter with The Climate Reality Project and tries to raise awareness around climate change to the environmentally uninitiated.  Besides work, he likes to travel to new places and watch documentaries.

Sandhya Singh

Content Writer

Sandhya holds a Masters Degree in Economics from IGNOU and BSc (Mathematics Hons) from Delhi University. She has worked as a data- driven content writer with Getmyuni, Sygnific Careers, Writers4you, etc. She also did a six-month internship with the India Data Portal Project at the Bharti Institute of Public Policy. In her free time, Sandhya likes to travel, read, write, and is also a Yoga enthusiast. 


Content Writer

Yamini holds a Master's degree in Social Work with a specialisation in women-centered practice from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, and a Bachelors in Home Science with Development Communication and Extensions from Delhi University. She has worked with the Indian Political Action Committee as a Field Campaign Associate for West Bengal Assembly elections 2021 followed by a research fellowship with BIPP-ISB and Collectives for Integrated Livelihoods, Tata Trusts.