BIPP Admin Staff

Deepti Soni

Associate Director

Deepti Soni has over two decades of professional experience in the field of communications, media and external and internal stakeholder management. With a PG in Advertising and Public Relations from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), New Delhi, she is presently working as the Associate Director at the Bharti Institute of Public Policy at the Indian School of Business. Previously she has worked as a 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 & Communications Adviser at the British High Commission in New Delhi; and The Times India. As an outreach specialist she has trained multiple groups on digital communications and using data & visualisations.

She has worked extensively in the field of diversity and inclusion, education of girl child, prevention of maternal mortality and respectful maternal care, inclusive and progressive agriculture, climate change, new and renewable energy to name a few. She is also an experienced crisis communicator.

Srikanta Kumar Naik

Senior Manager - Grants

Srikanta holds an MBA (with specialisation in Finance) from Sambalpur University, Odisha and is a Commerce Graduate from Utkal University of Odisha. He has over 18 years of extensive hands-on experience in the field of finance, compliance, and grants management in the not-for-profit sector in India. Before joining Bharti Institute, Srikanta was working as Assistant Manager – Grants Management with Save the Children, in Gurgaon. His hobbies are playing cricket, cooking, and reading spiritual books.

Nimisha Jain

Manager - Research

Nimisha Jain is currently pursuing her PhD in Economics from Panjab University, Chandigarh. Skilled in Quantitative research methods, she is passionate about Development and Environmental Economics. She is a recipient of University Gold Medals for securing first position in graduation and post-graduation from Panjab University. Before joining as Manager-Research, Nimisha worked as a Teaching Assistant cum Analyst with the Bharti Institute of Public Policy for over a year. Previously, she worked as an Assistant Professor of Economics at Rayat Bahra University, Mohali. An ardent believer of hard work and self-belief, she is an awardee of Shri Chander Prakash Memorial Gold Medal, Gadgil Gold Medal, and Attar Chand Kapur Silver Medal for her outstanding academic performance. Nimisha is passionate about exploring new cultures through travel and finds both yoga and strength training great ways to stay healthy. Alongside her hobbies, she treasures spending valuable time with her family.

Himani Gupta

Assistant Manager

Himani completed her B.Tech in Information & Technology from Kurukshetra University. Before joining the ISB, she worked with Shri Guru Gorakhnath Polytechnic College, Ambala, Haryana, as a lecturer of Computer Science for two years. Prior to that, she worked as a 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 loves to face challenges and always strives for more. During her free time, she loves to play badminton and spend time with her family.

BIPP Research and Project Team

Aparna Pandey


Aparna is pursuing her Ph.D from Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar, in Competition Law. Her area of expertise is Corporate Law, specifically Mergers and Acquisitions and Competition law. She has three years of work experience as an Academic Associate in Strategy at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and as a Research Associate at Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar. She is an avid traveler and loves to bake in her free time. She has a keen interest in watching movies, reading novels, listening to music, and spending time with family.  

Aastha Kaura

Research Assistant

Aastha graduated from Punjab Technical University with a bachelor's degree in Computer Applications. She works as a Research Assistant at the Bharti Institute of Public Policy. She is keen on projects at the intersection of technology and public policy. 

Amrita Chakraborty

Project Lead

Amrita is an MBA in Finance from the School of Management, KIIT University. She interned at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, which introduced and equipped her to research areas in finance and accounting. Before joining the Bharti Institute, Amrita was working as a Senior Academic Associate (Teaching Assistant) for the Management and Executive Programmes at Indian School of Business. She has a keen interest in the areas of corporate governance, IPOs, financial modelling and investment research, financial analysis and valuation. In her free time, she likes to play tunes on her Sitar, and is an avid photographer, capturing wildlife and nature.

Ayushii Balutia

Research Associate

Ayushii Balutia holds a M.Sc degree in Public Policy and Management from the University of Glasgow. She works as a Research Associate at the Bharti Institute and actively volunteers with Women’s Enterprise Scotland, focusing on policy and research initiatives. A passionate advocate for Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) principles, Ayushii loves to read the works of roman philosophers, enjoys creative writing and dancing.

Gursharan Singh Dhanjal

Principal Data Scientist

Gursharan holds a Master's degree in Information Technology and is an experienced programmer and data professional. Prior to joining Bharti Institute, he worked as a Team Lead and Manager, AI at NetSmartz, Chandigarh. He has worked in various capacities in software development, healthcare, and taxation. His work in previous roles revolved around developing data-oriented solutions with involvement in the application's full-stack (front-end & back-end). He is adept at data modeling, architecting python backends, data management (ETL), data wrangling, planning & execution of AI solutions. The specific fields of AI in which he works include predictive analytics, forecasting, computer vision, and natural language processing. His hobbies include wildlife photography.

Harmanpreet Kaur

Junior Data Engineer

Harmanpreet Kaur holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science & Engineering from Chitkara University. She interned at the Bharti Institute of Public Policy, where she gained invaluable experience working with large datasets. This internship provided her with practical insights into the world of data engineering, strengthening her skills in data processing and management, and fueling her passion for leveraging data to drive insights and make informed decisions. During her spare time, she enjoys watching sitcoms and thrilling series.

Jagriti Chhabra

Senior Project Associate

Jagriti is a graduate in History (Hons.) from Miranda House, Delhi University. Previously she worked for the Goldman Sachs 10k Women programme at the Indian School of Business (ISB) for over 4 years, and had a short stint with the Admissions department at ISB. In her free time, she likes to listen to music, read and enjoys travelling and spending time with her family.

Kanika Rana

Graphic Designer and Visualizer 

Kanika Rana holds a B. Tech degree in Computer Science from DCRUST (Murthal), where she honed her technical skills and nurtured her creative abilities. With over 5+ years of professional experience in Graphics Designing and UX/UI, she has worked on diverse projects and collaborated with various clients. One of her notable experiences was as a Visualizer in the National Clean Air Project (NCAP) under the Environmental Science (EVS) department at Panjab University. In her free time, she loves traveling to new places and going for treks in mountains.

Karan Khatke

Data Scientist

Karan holds a Bachelors in Technology degree (Mechanical) and Masters in Technology (Thermal) Engineering from RGPV University. Previously, he worked at the Prestige Institute of Engineering Management and Research, Indore, as an Assistant Professor for seven years. Prior to that, he was associated with FDS Global as a Design Consultant reviewing engineering/design changes & resolving quality-related problems. Karan is enthusiastic and always ready to learn something new. During his free time, he loves to spend time with his family.

Motika Sinha Rymbai

Teaching Assistant cum Analyst

Motika Sinha Rymbai hold a masters degree in Philosophy (MPhil) and is a Ph.D. in Economics from North–Eastern Hill University Shillong, Meghalaya. Her Ph.D. thesis is on “Macroeconomic Instruments, Public Healthcare Spending and Health Outcomes in the North-Eastern States of India”. She has authored and co-authored about 10 publications in national and international journals. Prior to her research, she was an assistant teacher in Sein Jait Tuber Higher Secondary School and an assistant lecturer at Kiang Nangbah Government College, Meghalaya. During her Ph.D. she was selected as a Meghalaya Legislative Research Fellow, a unique legislative research programme initiated by the Government of Meghalaya in collaboration with the Bharti Institute of Public Policy, ISB. She has keen interest in understanding the intersectionality between political economy, macroeconomic structure, and spending patterns of the North-Eastern States. In her free time, she loves to spend time with her family and enjoys cooking. 

Nitish Kumar

Full Stack Developer

Nitish is a skilled full-stack developer with expertise in Next.js and Node.js. He holds a Master's degree in Cyber Security from Bennett University, Greater Noida. With a passion for programming, Nitesh is dedicated to building robust and secure web applications and is also adept at creating APIs in Flask using Python. He is proficient in crafting dynamic front-end interfaces with React and Next.js. In his free time, he likes to dance and play cricket.

Nikhat Khalid

TA cum Analyst

Nikhat Khalid has submitted her Ph.D. thesis at the Department of Economics, Jamia Millia Islamia Central University, New Delhi. Her doctoral research work is at the intersection of trade, technology and regional economic integration. She completed her Masters in Economics and Bachelors in Economics (Honours) from Panjab University, Chandigarh. Her primary areas of research include international economics, macroeconomics and development economics. She is passionate about researching key public policy and developmental issues in South Asia. She is skilled in the application of quantitative and econometric techniques through statistical softwares. A keen researcher, she has published more than 10 research papers in several prestigious international and national journals/edited book volumes, including journals/book volumes indexed in Scopus and Web of Science, and has presented research work at numerous conferences. She is a member of The Econometric Society, New York; the Indian Economic Association and the Society of Economics and Development. In her free time, she likes to listen to music and read. She is also passionate about traveling and exploring diverse cuisines.


Analyst and Teaching Associate

Pallavi holds a Ph.D in Environmental Science from the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Mohali, Punjab. Prior to that, she completed an integrated Master’s programme with specialisation in Mathematics from IISER, Mohali. She has worked with the Indian School of Business in the past as an Analyst before joining Bharti Institute of Public Policy. Her areas of interest include Air Quality, Source Apportionment Modelling and Environmental Policy Research.

Ritwick George

Research Assistant

Ritwick George holds a bachelor’s in economics from Azim Premji University. He has previously worked at Sportz Interactive, Mumbai, and the business editorial vertical at The Times of India, New Delhi. His research interests include financial inclusion, behavioural economics, rural development, and technology. He loves information design and visualising data in creative ways. Outside of work, he can be found playing football or copiously researching whatever has struck his fancy that week.

Sagnik Banerjee

Teaching Assistant cum Analyst

Sagnik holds a Masters degree in Political Theory, focusing primarily on Continental Philosophy and Psychoanalysis, from the University of Essex, U.K. He also holds MPhil degree in Political Science from the University of Delhi. He is aspiring to be a serious academic, with his inter-disciplinary training in Humanities and Social Sciences. His research interests include policy, politics, structuralism, philosophy of language, metaphysics and film theory. Sagnik is an amateur photographer and a passionate schismatic.

Siddharth Pawan Valecha

Social Media Specialist

Siddharth brings a global perspective to the team. After completing his bachelor's degree from California State University, East Bay, Siddharth worked as a Marketing Assistant at Chartwells Higher Education. He then pursued his passion for blending marketing and healthcare by earning a Master of Science in Global Marketing Management with a focus in healthcare at Boston University. Post his Master’s, he gained diverse experience as a Digital Marketing Specialist for a Chicago-based management consulting firm, a Teaching Assistant at Boston University, and a freelance marketer. In his free time, Siddharth enjoys reading a book and sipping an iced latte at a local coffee shop, experimenting with vegan cuisine, and planning solo adventures.

Smriti Sharma

Lead - Communications and Content

Smriti holds a Masters degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Punjabi University and a Bachelors in Science (Computer Applications) from Panjab University, Chandigarh. She has also done a short-term course in television production at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune. A trained journalist, Smriti brings with her an experience of reportage, extensive writing and editing in four national newspapers: The Tribune, The Indian Express, Deccan Herald and The Statesman, across three different cities over a period of 13 years. She has also worked with a multi-national strategic communications firm as a Consulting Associate, besides freelancing for India Today, Tehelka and Dinamalar. Prior to joining Bharti Institute of Public Policy (BIPP), Smriti worked with the Centre for Learning and Management Practice (CLMP) at ISB as a Senior Content Writer. Smriti is passionate about fitness, traveling and reading fiction.

Shahid Mohammed

Sr. Content Developer

Shahid holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce and Master’s degree in Economics from C.C.S. University, Meerut (UP). Prior to joining Bharti Institute, he has worked as head, post-production and creative communications of various films, documentaries, promos for television, and digital media productions. Shahid is an avid photographer.

Vijay Kumar

Data Engineer

Vijay Kumar is Commerce graduate from Panjab University and a highly skilled data engineer with experience in designing and implementing decentralised web applications that utilise private blockchain networks like Ethereum and Polygon. He has a background in building real-time, fault-tolerant distributed applications using Elixir. Additionally, Vijay has experience in creating serverless web applications using infrastructure as code and has a strong interest in computer architecture and systems programming. His curiosity in digital computers led him to pursue a career as a software engineer. In his free time, Vijay delves into the world of philosophy, with a particular focus on epistemology and cognitive psychology.