BIPP Admin Staff

Sangeetha Hariharan

Senior Manager

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.

Sharique Hassan Manazir

Senior Manager

Sharique is a Science Technology and Society Scholar, and his research area is Digital Inclusion, Democracy & Tech-Policy Regulations in South Asia. He has done his Ph.D. from Centre for Studies in Science Policy, School of Social Sciences at the Jawaharlal Nehru University. The title of his dissertation was ‘Digital Democracy and Policy Formulation in India: A Study of Government enabled e-Participation Platforms’. He has done his MBA from ICFAI Business School, Hyderabad and Bachelor of Engineering from Visvesvaraya Technological University. He is 2013 UN Volunteer Award Recipient and is member of The Science and Democracy Network at the Harvard University; The Internet Society, New Delhi Chapter and Founding Member of The Digital Inclusion Research Forum. He has previously worked for 5 years under teaching, research, academic administration and corporate sales & operations roles on designations like Deputy Registrar at the Al Karim University, Bihar; as Teaching Assistant at the Centre for Studies in Science Policy, JNU where he was teaching ICT and Governance component in the course ‘Science Technology and Social Interaction’ under Prof Govind at CSSP,JNU ; as Assistant Manager – OEM Sales at the Hettich India Private Ltd.

His research publications include book chapters, publications in peer reviewed journals and research blogs mostly in area of Tech Policy, Digital Inclusion and Democracy Studies. In past he has delivered guest lectures at various reputed institutions in India and abroad including The Humboldt Institute of Internet Studies, Berlin; Dublin City University’s Law and Tech Research Cluster and The Science & Democracy Network at the Harvard University.

He is passionate about theorizing and linking social and digital financial exclusion from Digital Constitutionalism perspective.

Himani Gupta

Senior Associate

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. 

BIPP Research and Project Team

Aadithyan A

Marketing Analyst

Aadithyan is an MSc holder in Marketing Strategy & Data Analytics and a High Distinction Dean’s list member from Paris School of Business. After completing his bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Mahatma Gandhi University, he worked as a Marketing Assistant in DNA5 Communications, an Advertising and Marketing Agency based in Kerala.

He joined as a Growth and Marketing intern at Fleksa, Frankfurt, Germany after his masters. He was responsible for building and managing rich content in the digital space, optimizing marketing automation, and lead nurturing. His interest in psychology and mental health inspired him to co-create a start-up, UinU Private Ltd., an application focusing on mental health education.

His love for learning results in achieving various certifications and licenses. This includes Strategic Management Executive Certificate from IIM KASHIPUR, Growth Hacking Certificate from EAZL, Academic and Business Writing Certificate from University of Berkeley, and more.

He is also Certified in Psychological First Aid from Johns Hopkins University.

Apart from work, he is an ardent lover of sports and arts and a voracious reader.

Adarsh Balan

Project Associate

He is a  B.Com Graduate from Government College of Commerce and Business Administration(GCCBA) Sector 50 Chandigarh and a CMA Finalist. He is also currently enrolled in the AMPBA Batch 19 Program at ISB. In the past He has worked full time as a Cost Accountant at Max Healthcare Mohali and have worked as Industrial Trainee at IOCL and as Cost Assistant at Khurana & Co.

Avantika Sharma

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.

Akhilan J R

Research Associate

Akhilan is a public policy graduate with a special interest in impact evaluation for development projects. He worked as an international development cooperation consultant with The Asia Foundation, where he prepared action reports to help with program design. Beyond development cooperation, he is interested in governance, clean energy, disaster risk resilience and climate-smart agriculture. 

He studied Journalism in Bangalore and has brief experience working in print and broadcast newsrooms. He is interested in photography, painting and woodworking

Amrita Chakraborty

Project Coordinator

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.

Anshi Rajkhowa

Outreach Coordinator

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.

Deepti Soni

Senior Consultant

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 Singh Dhanjal

Sr. Data Scientist

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.

Murchana Hazarika

Teaching Assistant cum Analyst

A recent Public Policy Postgraduate from St Xavier's College Mumbai, Murchana Hazarika works under the Bharti Institute of Public Policy as a Teaching Associate cum Analyst. Within academic research, Murchana's interests range from Public Policy in Education, Women, Health, Data Protection & Privacy, Climate, Technology to Psychology, Mental Health Legislation in India, et al. A Political Science Honours undergraduate from the University of Delhi, Murchana is also a professional Indian Classical & Folk Dance artist, an avid advocator of mental health awareness, gender sensitisation & inclusivity and the performing arts. 

Nimisha Jain

Teaching Assistant cum Analyst

With a Bachelor’s degree in Economics (Hons.) from M.C.M DAV College, Chandigarh and a Master’s degree in Economics, from Department of Economics, Panjab University, Chandigarh, Nimisha Jain is currently pursuing her PhD in Economics from Panjab University. Skilled in Quantitative research methods, she is passionate about International and Monetary Economics.

Before joining BIPP, Nimisha worked as an Assistant Professor of Economics at Rayat Bahra University, Mohali and taught as a research scholar at Institute of Social Science Education and Research, Panjab University.

On the academic front, she holds the UGC-NET Qualification and has been awarded with University Gold Medals for securing First position in Graduation and Post-graduation. 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.

Nikhat Khalid

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.).

Pooja Chopra

Project Associate

Pooja is a Post Graduate Diploma holder in Advertisement and Public Relations from the K.C. College of Management Studies, Mumbai. While being an experienced professional; she is always keen to keep learning, and is currently pursuing her MBA in Human Resource Management from NMIMS School of Business Management, Mumbai.

She has an experience of working with the British Deputy High Commission, Chandigarh for more than 4 years in the Corporate Services department handling the administration and finance. She has also worked as a customer care representative with HDFC Pvt. Ltd, Mumbai

She has a deep interest for intricate designs and loves to create Mandala in her free time.

Saurabh Harak

Data Engineer

Saurabh Harak is a Data Engineer at Bharti Institute of Public Policy (BIPP), ISB Mohali. He holds an Executive PG in Machine Learning and AI from International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore and is Pursuing a Master’s in Machine Learning & AI from Liverpool John Moores University, UK. He also has a Bachelor’s in Computer Engineering from Savitribai Phule Pune University.

Saurabh has worked in various industries in multiple AI and Drone domains and has demonstrated excellence as a full-stack developer involved in Software Development and Project Implementation. He has successfully owned and executed numerous end-to-end Data Science/Data Engineer projects.

He has a keen interest in AI and Deep Learning and has worked on object detection algorithms on Edge platforms like Raspberry Pi and RockPro64. His core areas of expertise can be summed up as Deep learning & MLOPs.

Sagnik Banerjee

Teaching Assistant cum Analyst

Sagnik is aspiring to be a serious academic, with his inter-disciplinary training in Humanities and Social Sciences. He had done his MA in political theory, focused primarily on Continental Philosophy and Psychoanalysis, from the University of Essex. Prior to that he did his MPhil in Political Science from the University of Delhi.

His research interest ranges from Policy, Politics, Structuralism, Philosophy of Language, Metaphysics, Film Theory.

Smriti Sharma

Senior Content Writer

A trained journalist, Smriti brings with her an experience of reportage, extensive writing and editing in four national newspapers across three different cities over a period of 13 years. Starting with The Tribune and later with The Indian Express in Chandigarh, she worked with Deccan Herald in Bangalore, and The Statesman in New Delhi in various capacities. 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.  

A science graduate from Panjab University, Chandigarh, she has a Master’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Punjabi University, Patiala, Punjab. She has also done a short-term course in television production at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune. 

In her free time, she is either working out, running marathons, binge-watching OTT content or reading fiction (not necessarily in that order!) 

Shahid Mohammed

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.

Sridhar Kundu

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.

Vijay Kumar

Data Engineer

Vijay Kumar is a highly skilled data engineer with experience in designing and implementing decentralized web applications that utilize 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 also has a strong interest in computer architecture and systems programming. 

Despite being a commerce graduate from Panjab University, his curiosity in digital computers led him to pursue a career as a professional software engineer. In his free time, Vijay delves into the world of philosophy, with a particular focus on epistemology and cognitive psychology.