Dhaval is Senior Fellow and Vice President in Observer Research Foundation’s Mumbai office. He started his career in Mumbai as a journalist, spending 13 years in both print and electronic media. He has 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. He later did a two–year stint with Hanmer & Partners (now Hanmer MSL), a public relations and communications consultancy, where he was part of a World Bank consortium handling communications for a consultant appointed by the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) to study and recommend ways to improve the city’s water distribution.
At ORF Mumbai, his spectrum of work covers diverse topics ranging from urban renewal to international relations. He is also involved with the Foundation’s outreach and media relations in Mumbai, besides heading administrative duties.