ORF Mumbai Centre
NKM International House, 5th Floor,
178, Backbay Reclamation,
Babubhai Chinai Marg,
Mumbai 400020, INDIA
Phone: +91 022 61313800
Fax: +91 022 22886264
Abha Narain Lambah
Abha Narain Lambah is a conservation architect with a master’s degree in architectural conservation from the School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi. She has been awarded the Sanskriti Award, Eisenhower Fellowship, the Attingham Trust Fellowship and Charles Wallace Fellowship, wherein she undertook intensive training in conservation techniques. She has authored various books on architecture and has been a consultant to ICCROM, UNITAR, World Monuments Fund, Global Heritage Fund and Archaeological Survey of India. Abha is a member of the jury for selecting candidates for the Sharada Dwivedi Scholarships for Research on Mumbai’s Heritage and Urban Renewal, instituted by ORF Mumbai in February 2015.
Abhishek Sharma holds a graduation degree in Electrical Engineering from SCET,Surat, and a post-graduation in Sound Recording and TV Engineering from FTII, Pune. After completing his post-graduation, he has worked as a free-lance sound designer in many short films, documentaries, and PSAs. At ORF Mumbai, he is primarily involved with the audio-visual department that makes short films and documentaries – both as standalone projects as well as ones that accompany several ORF’s publications. He is also interested in utilising his skills in different departments of the social sector, having keen interest in renewable energy.
Ameya graduated as a Mechanical Engineer from Maharashtra Institute of Technology, University of Pune, in 2011. He worked as a Graduate Engineer Trainee at Kirloskar Oil Engines Ltd., where he looked after special projects at the Large Engines Plant. He completed his Masters in Sustainable Energy Engineering from the University of Nottingham, UK, in 2013. His master’s dissertation was a case study on Residential Photovoltaic Integration for Nottingham City Council Houses. member of the Western Railway-ORF joint working group to study the implementation of the concept of Cyclic Timetable for WR’s suburban services. His key interests are in Renewable Energy, Sustainability and Energy Efficiency.
Dhaval D. Desai
Dhaval D. Desai started his career in Mumbai as a journalist, spending 13 years with both print and electronic media. He worked with The Daily and The Indian Express before switching over to television news, working in senior editorial positions in Zee News and Sahara Samay. He quit active journalism in 2006 as the Chief of Bureau of Sahara Samay Mumbai for a two–year stint with Hanmer & World Bank consortium handling communications for a global consultant appointed by the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai to study and recommend ways to improve the city’s water distribution. At ORF Mumbai, he works as Senior Fellow and Programme Coordinator, contributing to research in the areas of housing, sanitation, public transportation. He also oversees the rollout of the many diverse activities and events of ORF in Mumbai. He is involved with outreach and media relations and also serves as the admin head for the Mumbai Chapter.
A medical doctor from South India and a public health management graduate from Yale, Dr. Deepesh brings insights from varied health scenarios starting his public health work in rural districts with SHARE India and WHO, humanitarian relief work in Africa and Dantewada region in Central India with Medicines Sans Frontiers and in his latest technical assistance role for urban health issues in Mumbai. Well-travelled across India and abroad, Dr. Deepesh is interested in the intersection of health, development, technology and entrepreneurship. He also serves as a public health advisor for multiple organisations including a voluntary organization, DMF India, that he started to reach out to the country’s unmet health needs.
Leena Chandran Wadia
Dr. Leena received her Ph.D in physics from IISc Bangalore. Her post-doctoral work was at ETH Zurich, Switzerland. She has been a researcher at several places in India and abroad including NCST Mumbai (now CDAC), EPFL and CERN in Switzerland. More recently she has served as Senior VP and CTO at Netcore Solutions Pvt. Ltd., a start-up company in the space of Mobile Value-Added Services. She left Netcore to pursue her passion – the use of ICT to bring about societal change. At ORF she is doing research and advocacy in the areas of Education, Public Health and Sustainable Agriculture.
After completing his M.B.B.S from Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, Dr.Sumedh started working as a full-time researcher-filmmaker. He combines his expertise in medicine and film-making to work in the field of Health Education and Communication. He has also worked on translations of books in Public Health. In the field of non-fiction, he has made several documentaries and Public Service Announcements for various organisations on various issues. He has worked on various awareness campaigns. In fiction, he has made several short films, written plays, songs and Hindi-Urdu poetry. He heads ORF’s filmmaking division in Mumbai and has produced documentaries that accompany various ORF’s publications and also made short films and radio jingles for public education and awareness for the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai and for the Mumbai Police.
A graduate in Life Sciences and a post graduate in Environmental Sciences from the University of Mumbai, Gautam began his career with the All India Institute of Local Self Government (AIILSG), Mumbai, where he worked as a programme officer with the Solid Waste Management Cell of the state government. Through AIILSG, he was deputed to work in Yokohama, Japan, with CITYNET. Returning home, he worked with the Mumbai Transformation Project, monitoring the progress of infra projects being executed by various agencies. He also worked with Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd. in the Infrastructure Development Sector and was a member of the Corporate Sustainability Cell. Returning to the AIILSG, Gautam led a project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for the development of data collection formats and indicators related to Water Supply, Sanitation, Sewerage and Solid Waste Management for all cities in Maharashtra state. At ORF, he is working on placemaking.
Kashish Parpiani is an Associate Fellow at Observer Research Foundation Mumbai. He holds a masters in International Relations from S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Singapore. Kashish is also a documentary photographer. 'Sons in Exile' and 'Tales from Merwans' are some of his most notable bodies of work. As a freelancer, he has been associated with companies such as Percept Pictures, MTV India, Nokia India, and Vogue India.
Nilesh has been a journalist for more than 12 years, with experience in both print and digital media. He is Economics graduate and a post graduate in Journalism. At ORF, he works for the ‘Maharashtra Adhyayan Kendra’ an initiative dedicated to researching various challenges confronting the state through publications and communication in Marathi. Before joining ORF, Nilesh led the content team of Times group’s maharashtratimes.com, a leading news site in Marathi. His subject of interest is the importance of new media and the changing scenario of mass communication. Nilesh’s main focus is to promote regional language communication for social change. At Maharashtra Times, he wrote the column ‘Marathiweb’, under the pen name of ‘Neel Weber’ to highlight the importance of Marathi on the Internet. Nilesh has contributed to various workshops and seminars for language communication, including Wikipedia. At ORF, he steers research and activities of the foundation’s Maharashtra Abhyas Kendra.
Radha Viswanathan graduated in Political Science and International Relations and acquired her B.Ed. degree from Loreto College, Kolkata University. She has a Post-graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management from Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Pune. She passed the combined Civil Service Examination conducted by the UPSC and was appointed to IOFS. After a brief stint in the government, Radha served in the private sector for several years. She is a keen observer of current events around the globe and has a deep interest in history and culture. Her work experience in human resource development and business management in the private sector spans 15 years. Radha’s focus is on supporting research and advocacy in Education, Health, International Cooperation, and Gender Studies. In her free time she trains in classical vocal music. She also runs the half marathon.
A graduate in economics from Mumbai University, Rishi has been a passionate votary for environmental and urban issues in Mumbai since the late 1990's involved with a number of issues such as mangroves and coastal ecology, urban planning, sustainable transportation and clean energy, spearheading and working with numerous public campaigns. A firm believer in citizen participation he authored his first short book called "The futility of Aam Aadmi Party versus the Promise of Active Citizenship." At ORF, he is convening the activities of the Mumbai Transport Forum and the Mumbai Solar Mission. He has also been appointed, through ORF, as a member of the Western Railway Committee formed by the Ministry of Railways to reduce overcrowding in suburban trains.
Sanchayan is a mass media graduate from KC College University of Mumbai. He then completed his Masters in Journalism from the University of Mumbai, following which he was an education and communities’ reporter at Zee Media. During his stint there, he covered stories for Zee's online platform, and the digital and print publications of the Daily News and Analysis (DNA), Mumbai. At ORF his areas of interest are education, foreign affairs and technology. He is a sports enthusiast.
Sayli is a commerce graduate has a post-graduation in journalism with a specialisation in public policy from the University of Westminster, UK, and in mass-communication from the Symbiosis Institute of Mass Communication. She is currently pursuing another degree in political science and Mandarin studies. She has completed a 13-year stint in print journalism with leading dailies such as The Indian Express and Hindustan Times, where she covered public policy and politics. During her journalism career she has won the prestigious Ramnath Goenka Award in 2009 for her civic reporting coverage, and is a 2013 Kiplinger Fellow. She has travelled extensively to several countries including China, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Rome, UAE, USA and UK on fellowships and exchange programs. Sayli has a special interest in issues related to urban affairs, education and international relations.
Shaheeda is a Pharmacology & Toxicology Honours graduate from the University of Toronto, Canada. She began her career as an associate and consultant in Research, Strategy & Business Development at two pharmaceutical companies, namely UCB (Union Chemique Belge), a multinational biopharmaceutical and Mylan Inc., a global generic and specialty Pharmaceuticals Company. Shaheeda believes that access to affordable and quality healthcare must be the right of every citizen. At ORF her main interest and area of work is in public health and policy, especially in the areas of non-communicable medical conditions like diabetes and obesity, emergency medicine and hearing impairment in India.
Shoumeli Das is an Associate Fellow at ORF Mumbai and her areas of interest are public health and education. Shoumeli is an economics graduate from Kamala Nehru College, University of Delhi. She then studied Mass Communication at the Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication, Pune, following which she was a copy editor on the news desk at the Hindustan Times, Mumbai, for about three years. At ORF, besides handing her own research responsibilities, she contributes handsomely to editing reports and is actively involved in the rollout of other activities and events.
Siddharth Ramesh Haralkar
Siddharth Haralkar has been a journalist in Mumbai for more than 15 years, with experience in both print and electronic media. At ORF, he works for the ‘Maharashtra Adhyayan Kendra’ and on issues of sanitation. Before joining ORF, he worked with Loksatta, the Marathi daily of the Indian Express group. Siddharth has also worked with the daily Tarun Bharat. While working as a sub-editor at ETC News, he was responsible for editing news for a daily news bulletin Saaransh, and a weekly news bulletin, Maagova, on DD Sahyadri. Siddharth has a diploma in Marathi Journalism from St. Xavier Institute of Mass Communication and Journalism in 1997. He graduated in political science from the University of Mumbai in 1999.
Smruti is an Associate Fellow at ORF and has completed her B.Tech and M.Tech in Energy Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. Her research interests include education, energy and gender issues.
Swarup Pandit is a Mathematics graduate. He did his post-graduation in Political Science and presently he is pursuing his masters in Defence and Strategic Studies. At ORF, he works for the ‘Maharashtra Adhyayan Kendra’ on research, publications and communication in Marathi. He was part of a team that framed the Anti-Terrorist Citizen Training Programme, in 2009. Primary education, agriculture, promoting Marathi and Indian classical music are his key areas of interests. ‘Varshavedh’ – the first ever Marathi diary of current events, published by Loksatta, the Marathi daily of the Indian Express group, was conceptualised and single-handedly executed by him.
An Indian Railway Traffic Service Officer of 1973 batch, Vivek Sahai superannuated from the post of Chairman Railway Board and ex-officio Principal Secretary to the Government of India in 2011. Prior to that, he had held several key posts on Indian Railways, such as member Traffic Railway Board, General Manager of Northern Railway, General Manager of North Central Railway, Additional Member – Traffic Railway Board, Chief Operations Manager of Western Railways, etc. He has extensive experience in suburban train operations in Mumbai, having worked as Divisional Railway Manager Mumbai Division of Central Railway and Additional General Manager Western Railway, where he also handled the aftermath of the serial bomb-blasts of 2006. He has been trained in US Rail Roads and SNCF (French Railways) under UNDP project. He was also part of an Indian delegation which was sent to study the privatisation of the British Railways in 1996. He also participated in advanced leadership programme, held at the Stern Business School of New York, USA, in 2007.
Sudheendra Kulkarni is Chairman of the Observer Research Foundation Mumbai. A senior journalist, columnist and a political commentator, he served as an aide to India’s former Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee in the PMO between 1998 and 2004. His is the author of MUSIC OF THE SPINNING WHEEL: Mahatma Gandhi’s Manifesto for the Internet Age (Amaryllis, p. 725).
Having experience in the secretarial divisions of diverse companies for the past nearly 35 years, Mr. Kalyanaraman is currently the PS to the Chairman, ORF Mumbai.
P. G. Darji
Mr. P. G. Darji has been associated with the Observer group in the organisation’s various avatars as an accountant, gradually rising up the ranks to become the Chief Manager of ORF’s Finance and Accounts department. Besides day-to-day coordination with the office of ORF in New Delhi, Mr. Darji is in charge of giving all logistical support to the multidimensional events and activities of ORF Mumbai. His current duties also include overseeing all administrative, secretarial and legal matters pertaining to Observer (India) Pvt. Ltd.
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Anasua Basu Ray Chaudhury, Ph.D in International Relations (with South Asia as her specialization) specializes on Regional Cooperation in South Asia, Energy Politics, issues related to Forced Migration and Women and Conflict Situations in South Asia. As the recipient of the Public Service Broadcasti.
Ashok Dhar is Director of Kolkata chapter of Observer Research Foundation and is steering its activities since it moved to its own campus in Rajarhat.
Dr. Konar has completed his Ph.D. from the Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics (AEDE) Department at The Ohio State University (OSU). He concluded his undergraduate studies from Presidency College Kolkata, before finishing the Master of Science in Quantitative Economic (MSQE) from.
Mihir Bhonsale is a graduate in mass media from Mumbai University. He worked as a journalist in leading newspapers in Mumbai and Kolkata besides also working with the making of television serials and films. Mihir who is in Kolkata since 2008, completed MA in Comparative Literature with a focus on cu..
Dr. Nilanjan Ghosh is Senior Fellow (Professor) at Observer Research Foundation (ORF), Kolkata Chapter. He is also Senior Advisor - Environmental Economics at World Wide Fund (WWF) for Nature, New Delhi, India.
Pratnashree Basu has completed her M.Phil in International Relations from Jadavpur University. Her thesis dealt with - 'Photographic Rhetoric: Political, Social and Cultural Constructs in the Language of an Image.' She has worked as a Guest Lecturer at Gurudas College (University of Calcutta) and ha.
Preeti Kapuria is an Associate Fellow at ORF Kolkata. Her research focuses on studying the dynamics of human-environment interactions in both rural and urban landscapes, where she attempts to investigate the factors that determine resource harvest and human wellbeing.
Professor in Political Science, Calcutta University (Retired 2008). Formerly Dean, Faculty of Arts, Calcutta University; Visiting Fellow in Political Science and Associate, Committee on South Asian Studies, University of Chicago; Visiting Fellow in Political Science at the University of Michigan
Swagata graduated from St. Xavier's college with B.A.(Hons) in Political Science. She pursued her M.A. in Political Science with specialization in Research Methodology. Her dissertation as a part of her special paper was entitled, 'Tribal Identity in Flux in the 21st Century: a study of tribal life.
Sreeparna Banerjee has graduated from St. Xavier's College, Kolkata in Sociology and secured master's degree in the same from Calcutta University with a specialization in sociology of crime and deviance.