People

ORF brings together leading and young experts from the government, academia, business and civil society circles across the world who provide high-quality research, recommendations and analysis on a wide range of policy matters.

Abhijit Singh

A former naval officer, Abhijit Singh, Senior Fellow, heads the Maritime Policy Initiative at ORF. A maritime professional with specialist and command experience in front-line Indian naval ships, he has been involved the writing of India's maritime strategy (2007). He is a keen commentator on mariti>>

Abhijnan Rej

Abhijnan is a Fellow at ORF working on multilateral economic relations, strategic dimensions of economic policies and computational economics.

Akhilesh Sati

Akhilesh is a Programme Manager for the ORF Energy Initiative. He provides and interprets data on energy, and is involved in organisational work for the intiaitive.

Anasua Basu Ray Chaudhury

Anasua Basu, PhD, is a Fellow with ORF's Neighbourhood Regional Studies Initiative. She specialises in South Asia, energy politics, forced migration and women in conflict situations in South Asia.

Anita Sengupta

Dr. Anita Sengupta is a Visiting Fellow at ORF. She is an area-studies specialist and has been tracking the Eurasian region, with Uzbekistan functioning as her area of special interest. She has also worked extensively on Turkish politics and on the Syrian refugee crisis in Turkey.

Anupam Ghosh

- Designation at ORF and which programme /initiative you are working for at ORF: RESEARCH ASSISTANT, Working on an Urban Water availability and quality in the KMC area project. - Any specific, current project(s) you lead at ORF: NA - Areas of research: Resource econom>>

Aparajit Pandey

Aparajit is an Associate Fellow with ORF’s Climate, Energy and Resources programme. His research focuses primarily on incentivising institutional investor and international debt financing for climate action projects, domestic policy changes to encourage local investmen>>

Aparna Roy

Aparna Roy is an Associate Fellow working with the Climate Change and Development Initiative. Her current research explores the impact of and vulnerability to climate change with potential for adaptation.

Arka Biswas

Arka is currently pursuing projects on India’s nuclear weapons policy and doctrine, and India's membership to the export control groups. His research areas include nuclear weapons policy, non-proliferation, disarmament and security.

Arun Mohan Sukumar

Arun Sukumar heads ORF’s Cyber Security and Internet Governance Initiative and is the Co-Chair of CyFy: The India Conference on Cyber Security and Internet Governance. He is the elected Vice Chair of the Asia-Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum. By invitation fr>>

Ashok Dhar

Ashok Dhar is Director of ORF's Kolkata centre and has been steering its activities since it moved to its own campus in Rajarhat.

Ashok Malik

Ashok Malik is a Distinguished Fellow, and Head of ORF's Neighbourhood Regional Studies Initiative. His work focuses on Indian domestic politics and foreign/trade policy, and their increasing interplay, as well as on the broader process of globalisation and how it is influencing policy choices in no>>

Atul Chandra

Mr Atul Chandra, a Petroleum Engineer, joined India’s National Oil Company, ONGC and reached the board level at a very young age. Besides managing oil field operations and establishing a technical research and development institute, he was responsible for the successful implementation of multi->>

Avantika Deb

Avantika Deb is a Research Assistant at the Observer Research Foundation, working on the Indo-Pacific & ASEAN Initiative, as well as the Japan Programme. Her core areas of interest include Japanese Foreign and Security Policy, international relations of East Asia, selected issues in the Indo-Pac>>

Bedavyasa Mohanty

Bedavyasa Mohanty is a Junior Fellow with ORF's Cyber Initiative. A lawyer by training, he is interested in the jurisprudence of privacy law and the constitutionality of the state surveillance. His current research focuses on global internet governance, cyber security and encryption. He has a keen i>>

Britta Petersen

Britta Petersen has been a Senior Fellow with ORF since 2014 and works on the Foundation’s outreach and development. Britta also tracks India-Europe relations.

Chetan Khanna

Chetan Khanna works as a Digital Research Assistant at ORF. He is part of the outreach team to step up the online presence. His other areas of interest are internet , sustainability and rural sector.

Deepak Sinha

Brig Deepak Sinha (Retd) is a second generation paratrooper with over three decades of service in the army. He has an M.A. and M.Phil. in Defence and Strategic Studies from the University of Madras. In addition, he has also attended the Armed Forces Certificate Course on Business Management from MDI>>

Falguni Sen

Ph.d from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. Awarded the Gladys and Henry Crown award for excellence in teaching. Consulted with firms in the U.S., India, Switzerland and Ireland. Expert in semiconductor, computer and pharmaceutical industries. Conducted in depth studies in the area of innova>>

Falguni Tewari

Falguni Tewari is a Research Assistant with the Centre for Strategic Studies at ORF. Her research at the Foundation focuses on Indian foreign policy, paradiplomacy in Indian states, domestic (electoral) politics in India, climate change and governance, and issues pertaining to global development.

Gaurav Sharma

Gaurav Sharma is responsible for the business development and outreach activities of ORF. He coordinates and supervises the new initiatives, dialogues and workshops of the Foundation.

Gautam Chikermane

Gautam Chikermane is a Vice President at ORF. His area of research is international and Indian economic policy.

Gayathri Iyer

Gayathri Iyer works with the ORF Maritime Policy Initiative. She tracks ocean governance policies and international maritime trade sustainability for global development.

H. H. S. Viswanathan

Earlier, he was a member of the Indian Foreign Service for 34 years. He has a long and diverse experience in International relations and Diplomacy. His foreign assignments include Belgium, Zaire, Czechoslovakia, Germany, China, Italy, Cote d' Ivoire, USA and Nigeria. He was the Head of Mission (Amba>>

H. K. Dua

Mr. H K Dua is a member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha); Nominated by the President.He has been Media Advisor to two Prime Ministers-Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee and Mr H.D. Deve Gowda, both belonging to different parties. He is former Ambassador of India to Denmark.He is a Member of the Standing Com>>

Harish Venugopalan

Mr. Venugopalan currently work as a Research Assistant at ORF. His area of specialization is conflict management and he is studying conflicts in Africa at the moment.

Harsh V. Pant

Professor Harsh V Pant is a Distinguished Fellow and Head of ORF’s Strategic Studies programme. He holds a joint appointment with the Department of Defence Studies and King's India Institute as Professor of International Relations. He is also a Non-Resident Fellow with the Wadhwani Chair in US-Ind>>

Himani Pant

Himani Pant is a Research Assistant at ORF’s Strategic Studies Program. Her research focuses on Foreign Policy of Russia and the European Union.

Indra Badan Jha

Indra Badan Jha is an associate fellow at ORF, New Delhi. His research focuses primarily on contemporary domestic and global economic issues including fiscal policy framework for building resilient economy, policy issues in development sector like health and education, g>>

J. M. Mauskar

Spending more than 34 years as a Public Servant as an officer of the Indian Administrative Service he has had ’hands on’ experience of International Trade, Investment Promotion, Overseas Investments, International Contracts, Dynamics of Petroleum Sector and Environmental issues, especially Clima>>

Jaibal Naduvath

Jaibal is a communication professional, and, in a career spanning close to two decades, has aided corporations better align their public persona to their core purpose for better business results. He is a keen observer and commentator on cross cultural representation, particularly identity formation,>>

Jayadev Parida

Jayadev Parida is a Research Assistant with ORF’s Cyber Security and Internet Governance Initiative. He tracks and analyses developments in cyber security, cyber terrorism and cyber geopolitics. He is currently working on issues related to cyber warfare, data protection, cyber terrorism and Islami>>

Jayanta Bandyopadhyay

Jayanta Bandyopadhyay is a Visiting Distinguished Fellow. He is a researcher and author on science and the natural environment. He received his Ph. D. in engineering from IIT Kanpur in 1975. He then joined the Centre for International Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, >>

Jayati Chakraborty

- Designation at ORF and which programme /initiative you are working for at ORF: RESEARCH ASSISTANT, Working on Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) project.

- Any specific, current project(s) you lead at ORF: NA

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Jayshree Sengupta

Jayshree Sengupta is a Senior Fellow working with ORF's Economy and Development Programme. Her work focuses on the Indian economy and development, regional cooperation related to the SAARC, BRICS, ASEAN and EU groupings, social sectors like health, education and unemployment, and women and developme>>

Joyeeta Bhattacharjee

Joyeeta Bhattacharjee is a Fellow with ORF's Neighbourhood Regional Studies Initiative. She specialises in India’s neighbourhood policy, especially the eastern arch; Bangladesh’s domestic politics and foreign policy; border management; conflict and conflict resolution in India’s northeast; and>>

K. K. Nayyar

He is a former Vice Chief of the Indian Navy and has the rare distinction of having commanded both the Western & Eastern fleets of the Indian Navy, having served as Commander-in-Chief, South. He has been closely connected with planning the growth of the modern Indian Navy, having served as Direct>>

K. V. Kesavan

K.V. Kesavan is a Distinguished Fellow at ORF. He is one of the leading Indian scholars in the field of Japanese Studies and obtained his doctoral degree from the Indian School of International Studies, New Delhi. He was on the faculty of the Centre for East Asian Studies, School of International St>>

K. Yhome

K. Yhome is a Research Fellow with ORF's Neigbhourhood Regional Studies Initiative. His research interests include India’s regional diplomacy, regional and sub-regionalism in South and Southeast Asia, the Bay of Bengal region and China’s southwest provinces. Of late his research has focused on d>>

Kabir Taneja

KabirTaneja is an Associate Fellow with Strategic Studies programme. His research focuses on India’s relations with West Asia, specifically looking at the domestic political dynamics, terrorism, non-state militant actors and the general security paradigm of the region.

Kanchi Gupta

Kanchi Gupta is a Visiting Fellow at ORF, New Delhi. Her research focuses on India's West Asia policy, and the political and security dynamics in the region through the prism of extra-regional stakeholders.

Kartik Bommakanti

Kartik Bommakanti is an Associate Fellow with the Strategic Studies Programme at the ORF. He is currently working on a project centered on India’s Space Military Strategy vis-à-vis China. Bommakanti broadly specializes in space military issues, and more specifically t>>

Kriti M. Shah

Kriti Shah is a Research Assistant with ORF. Her research focuses on Afghanistan and Pakistan's foreign and domestic policy, their relationship with each other, the United States and the Taliban. Her other areas of interests include civil-military relations in Pakistan, the Quetta Shura and United S>>

Lydia Powell

Ms Powell has been with the ORF Centre for Resources Management for over eight years working on policy issues in Energy and Climate Change. Her most recent paper ’Climate and the Clash between the Diversely Developed’ was published in the December 2010 volume of the Journal of the Indian Ocean R>>

M. Ashraf Haidari

Mr. M. Ashraf Haidari is the Director-General of Policy & Strategy of the Ministry of the Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan. From 2012-2015, he served as the Deputy Chief of Mission (Minister Counselor) of the Embassy of Afghanistan in New Delhi, India. From June 2011 to July 2012, he served as the Dep>>

Madhulika Srikumar

Madhulika Srikumar is a Junior Fellow with ORF’s Cyber Security and Internet Governance Initiative.

Mahendra Kumawat

Mahendra L. Kumawat is a former Director General of the Border Security Force (BSF), the border patrol agency of the Government of India. On August 1, 2009 he was succeeded by Raman Srivastava. He has also served as a Special Home Secretary. Kumawat was an IPS Officer of the Andhra Pradesh Cadre in >>

Malancha Chakrabarty

Ms Malancha Chakrabarty is an Associate Fellow in ORF. Prior to joining ORF, she was working as an Associate Fellow in The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). In TERI, she worked on a number of projects related to energy demand forecasting, green economy, urban transport and sustainable developme>>

Manish Vaid

Manish Vaid is a Junior Fellow at ORF. His research focuses on energy issues, geopolitics, crossborder energy and regional trade (including FTAs), climate change, migration, New Silk Road, urbanisation and water issues. His research work has been published widely - The National Bureau of Asian Resea>>

Manoj Joshi

Manoj Joshi is a Distinguished Fellow at the ORF. He has been a journalist specialising on national and international politics and is a commentator and columnist on these issues. As a reporter, he has written extensively on issues relating to Siachen, Pakistan, China, Sri Lanka and terrorism in Kash>>

Manoj Kumar

Mr. Manoj Kumar, an alumnus of the Harvard Business School and the National Law School of India University, has expanded and led the transformation of the Hammurbai & Solomon Corporate legal practice over the past few decades.

Max Abrahms

Dr. Max Abrahms is a professor of political science and public policy at Northeastern University. He researches on terrorism and counterterrorism.

Maya Mirchandani

Maya Mirchandani is a Senior Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi. She currently heads the ‘Countering Violent Extremism’ project (CVE) that looks for ways to build counter narratives to prevent extremism through dialogue and community intervention; >>

Mihir Bhonsale

Mihir Bhonsale is a Junior Fellow with ORF’s Neighbourhood and Regional Studies Initiative. He is currently working on a research project titled, “Understanding Events on the India-China Border (2003-2015)”. He is the coordinator of ORF’s South Asia Weekly monitor and a regular contributor o>>

Mihir Swarup Sharma

Mihir Swarup Sharma was born in Delhi, and grew up mainly in Bombay and Calcutta. He was trained as an economist and political scientist in Delhi and in Boston. From 2008, he edited and wrote a column for the opinion pages of The Indian Express and Business Standard, both based in >>

N. K. Singh

Mr. Singh did M.A. (Economics) from Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University. He was a Professor of Economics in St. Stephen's College, Delhi. Former Special Assistant to Union Commerce Ministers, Undersecretary /Deputy Secretary, Trade Policy Division, Ministry of Commerce, 1981 to 1985, Mini>>

N. Sathiya Moorthy

A double-graduate in Physics and Law, and with a journalism background, N. Sathiya Moorthy is at present Senior Fellow & Director of the Chennai Chapter of the Observer Research Foundation.

Nandan Unnikrishnan

Nandan Unnikrishnan is a Vice President and Senior Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi. He joined ORF in 2004. He looks after the Eurasia Programme of Studies. An alumnus of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), he began his career as a journalist with the Press Trust of India (PTI). >>

Nikhil Raymond Puri

Nikhil Puri is an independent researcher and risk analyst. His research interests include religious education and state-led madrasa reform efforts, militant radicalisation and disengagement, and threats to business continuity in South Asia. Dr. Puri has conducted extensive fieldwork across India and>>

Nikhila Natarajan

Nikhila Natarajan is a Visiting Fellow at ORF. She works as Senior Editor with Firstpost/ Network 18 and specialises in avant-garde video stories on niche social media platforms. A global editorial resource, Nikhila, a British Chevening scholar, has worked in print, broadcast and now gone totally>>

Nilanjan Ghosh

Nilanjan Ghosh is Senior Fellow (Professor) and Head of Economics with the Economy and Development Programme at ORF Kolkata. He is also Senior Economic Advisor at the World Wide Fund for Nature, New Delhi.

Niranjan Sahoo

Niranjan Sahoo, PhD, is a Senior Fellow with ORF’s Governance and Politics Initiative. With years of expertise in governance and public policy, he now anchors studies and programmes on democracy, human rights, federalism, electoral reforms (particularly issues related to political funding), and cr>>

Nisha Verma

Ms. Nisha did M.Lib, B. Lib and B.Sc. from Jammu University in the year 2001. During the M.Lib Sc course, the subject of her dissertation was application of Information Technology in the library of the Regional Research Laboratory (CSIR), Jammu.

Oommen C. Kurian

Oommen C. Kurian is a Fellow at ORF working on public health. He is a researcher trained in economics and community health from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He has worked on issues of healthcare, nutrition, gender and poverty with various organisations such as Oxfam India, Action Aid Indi>>

Pinak Ranjan Chakravarty

Pinak Chakravarty is a Distinguished Fellow with ORF's Regional Studies Initiative, where he oversees the West Asia Initiative, Bangladesh and selected ASEAN-related issues. He joined the ORF in October 2014.

Pratnashree Basu

Pratnashree Basu is a Junior Fellow with ORF's Neighbourhood Regional Studies Initiative and Maritime Initiative. She is currently part of the project ‘Proximity to Connectivity: India and its Eastern and Southeastern Neighbours,’ of which the first project report, "India-Bangladesh Connectivity>>

Preeti Kapuria

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. Using models that integrate bot>>

Preety Bhogal

Preety works as a Junior Fellow in the Economy and Development Programme at ORF. Presently, she is working on projects relating to agriculture and international trade. Her areas of research pertain to international trade and economics, WTO and agriculture.

Priyanka Shah

Priyanka Shah is a Junior Fellow at ORF. She is a part of the health program in the development and society initiative. Her research focuses on the politics of health. She is interested in the complex relationships that lie at the heart of the development-security nexus in the Global South.

Pushan Das

Pushan is a Junior Fellow working for the ORF National Security Programme. He tracks and analyses developments in Indian foreign and security policies. He is currently working on issues related to Indian military modernisation. He is also the coordinator for the ORF-led Raisina Dialogue 2016, India>>

R. Ashok

R. Ashok has held top management positions at the telecom and railways’ sectors in India. He has also held senior positions at the Central Vigilance Commission, Government of India.

Raghu Raman

Raghu has possibly one of the most unique career profiles spanning over 25 years. He spent eleven years as an officer in the Indian Armed Forces, followed by another eleven years in the corporate sector before joining the Government as CEO of the National Intelligence Grid. He currently serves as th>>

Rajan Gupta

Dr. Rajan Gupta is a theoretical physicist at Los Alamos National Laboratory and a Laboratory fellow. He obtained his Masters in Physics from Delhi University, India, and earned his Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from The California Institute of Technology in 1982. The main thrust of his research is t>>

Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan

Dr. Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan is Senior Fellow and Head of the Nuclear and Space Policy Initiative at the Observer Research Foundation (ORF), New Delhi. Dr. Rajagopalan joined ORF after a five-year stint at the National Security Council Secretariat (2003-2007), where she was an Assistant Director>>

Rakesh Kumar Sinha

Mr. Rakesh kumar has done PGDCA (Post Graduation Diploma in Computer Application) from CMC, Delhi Centre and CIC(certificate in Computing) from IGNOU, Delhi Centre. He is a Graduate in Statistics from Jodhpur University, Rajasthan. He has worked Under Late Dr. Sanghamitra Das and Dr. Abhiroop Mukhop>>

Rakesh Sood

Ambassador Rakesh Sood is a Distinguished Fellow at ORF. He has over 38 years of experience in the field of foreign affairs, economic diplomacy and international security issues.

Rakhahari Chatterji

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 (An>>

Ravi Joshi

Mr. Ravi Kumar S Joshi, (prefers Ravi Joshi), after doing his Masters in Political Science (Mysore University, 1972-74) and M Phil on Chinese Studies, (School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, 1974-76) joined the Government of India, in January 1978.

Rhea Colaco

Rhea Colaco is a Research Intern at ORF working on the Health team under the Development and Society Initiative. She holds a Bachelors degree in Economics from St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi. She has previously interned with the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation and Lim>>

Ritika Passi

Ritika Passi is Project Editor and Associate Fellow at ORF. Her research focuses on issues of connectivity, security and development. She is currently working on the Belt and Road Initiative and the International North-South Transport Corridor. In an editorial capacity, she is in charge of ideating,>>

Rohit Bansal

Rohit is an alum of Harvard Business School and St Stephen’s College. He is a British Chevening scholar and has undertaken short professional programmes at University of Westminster, The Times Centre for Media Studies, and The European Journalism Centre, Maastricht. Rohit has served on the board o>>

Rumi Aijaz

Rumi Aijaz is Senior Fellow at ORF, where he is responsible for the conduct of the Urban Policy Research Initiative. He conceived and designed the programme in 2007. Since then, the programme has grown and gained recognition both in India and abroad.

S. D. Dave

Justice S D Dave was elevated to the bench of the High Court of Gujarat in the year 1990 and retired after 9 years of sterling service. He worked as Chairman, Gujarat State Law Commission and the Chairman of the Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission. He advises ORF on several legal matters and h>>

S. Paul Kapur

S. Paul Kapur is a professor in the Department of National Security Affairs at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School and a faculty affiliate at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation. Previously, Kapur was on the faculties of the U.S. Naval War College and Claremont M>>

Saikat Datta

Saikat Datta is a Visiting Fellow with ORF's National Security Programme. He has been a journalist for over 19 years as an editor and an investigative reporter with several news organisations. He has been a defence correspondent with The Indian Express, an assistant editor with the Outl>>

Samir Saran

Samir Saran is Vice President of the Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi. He spearheads ORF's outreach and business development activities. He curates Raisina Dialogue, India’s annual flagship platform on geopolitics and geo-economic, and chairs CyFy, India’s annual confere>>

Sandeep Bamzai

Sandeep Bamzai is Visiting Fellow at ORF. He is a media professional having held editorial leadership positions through his 32 year career.

Sanjeev Ahluwalia

Sanjeev S. Ahluwalia is Advisor, Observer Research Foundation. He remains affiliated with The Energy Research Institute (TERI), New Delhi, where he worked for three years and the CUTS Centre for Infrastructure Regulation and Competition (CIRC), New Delhi in an honorary capacity.

His cor>>

Satish Kumar Tezaa

Satish Tezaa is a Data Analyst at ORF. He works on energy and infrastructure, and offers assistance for the Energy News Monitor, collects and tabulates information, and helps organise roundtables, seminars and conferences.

Satish Misra

Satish Misra has done PhD from Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany in International Affairs. He has done MA (Western History) from Lucknow University. Before joining ORF he has worked with various English Newspapers and Magazines as Assistant Editor, Designation: Chief of Bureau, Special Correspond>>

Sean Kanuck

Sean Kanuck is Distinguished Fellow at ORF. As a globally recognised cyber expert, he advises governments, corporations, law firms, and entrepreneurs on the nexus between technology, law, and security.

Sebastian Paulo

Sebastian Paulo is a Fellow at ORF. He works on global development issues. His research concentrates on how international development cooperation and global governance contribute to achieving development objectives, in particular the United Nation’s Sustainable Develop>>

Sergey Kurginyan

Dr.Sergey Kurginyan, is the President of the International Public Foundation "Experimental Creative Centre"; Editor-in-chief of the journal "Russia XXI"; and an Academician at the National Academy for Social Technologies. He laid the foundation of the Experimental Creative Centre in 1990, and also >>

Shaheli Das

Shaheli Das is a Junior Fellow at ORF's Institute of Strategic Studies in the East Asia Program. Her research focuses on the rise of China, the strategic priorities in China's foreign policy agenda and China's security strategy. Her other areas of interest are geopolitics of East Asia, China's domes>>

Shalini Rudra

Shalini Rudra is Associate Fellow with the Health Initiative. Her research spans across disciplines, including social demography, health economics, development studies and data-driven research. Her core research interest lies at examining the gender relations in health a>>

Shubh Soni

Shubh Soni is Programme Coordinator at ORF and supports the organisation's business development and outreach activities. His scope of work cuts across sectors, including global governance, foreign policy, development finance, climate change, and domestic politics.

Somnath Sengupta

Somnath holds a Masters in Social Anthropology from SOAS, University of London. His thesis was on the Indian middle class, wherein he observed the creolization in middle class identities post 1990s business restructuring and new economic reforms. He has worked at the CNN International in New Delhi o>>

Sonali Mittra

Previously, she has worked as a Junior Research Associate at the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), India. She was the principle investigator for the report on 'Collective Action for achieving water security' which highlighted the challenges associated with bringing different stakehold>>

Sreeparna Banerjee

She is associated with Neighbourhood Regional Studies Initiative - areas of research: India’s neighbourhood. She is currently part of the project ‘Proximity to Connectivity: India and its Eastern and South eastern Neighbours. She is a team member and weekly contributor towards South Asia Weekly >>

Srinath Sridharan

Srinath Sridharan is Visiting Fellow at ORF. Srinath has been a strategic counsel for nearly two decades with leading corporates across diverse sectors, including automobile, e-commerce, advertising, realty and financial services.

Sunjoy Joshi

Sunjoy Joshi has a Master’s Degree in English Literature from Allahabad University, India, as well as in Development Studies from University of East Anglia, Norwich. He also studied Upstream Economics and Risk Analysis at the Petroleum Economist, Woking, UK.

He joined the Madhya Prad>>

Surendra Singh

Surendra Singh joined the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) in 1959 and retired in 1996 as Cabinet Secretary to the Government of India. During a distinguished career spanning nearly four decades, he held a number of important positions in the Government of India, i.e. Secretary (Industry) and >>

Sylvia Mishra

Sylvia Mishra is working for the ORF Strategic Studies US Initiative. She tracks India's foreign and defence policies, India-US relations as well as US policy in the Asia-Pacific. Sylvia’s research projects focus on US domestic and foreign policies and the security architecture in the Asia-Pacific>>

Talmiz Ahmad

Talmiz Ahmad joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1974, and served as Indian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia (2000-03; 2010-11); Oman (2003-04), and the UAE (2007-10). He was Additional Secretary for International Cooperation in the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas in 2004-06. In 2006-07, he was Dir>>

Tanoubi Ngangom

Tanoubi Ngangom is a Junior Fellow with the Climate Change and Development Initiative.

Uma Shankar Sharma

Uma Shankar has an engineering and business background and has worked in the Indian oil and gas sector for over 20 years. During his deputation in the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Government of India, he was actively involved in policy formulation for accelerating exploration of oil and ga>>

Urvashi Aneja

Urvashi is a Fellow at ORF, working on ORF's Global Governance and Climate & Development Initiatives. Her research focuses on southern partnerships for humanitarian and development assistance, India's role in global development processes, the politics of refugees and forced migration, and normative >>

Vidisha Mishra

Vidisha Mishra is a Junior Fellow at ORF. As a technical expert on gender, her primary responsibilities include mainstreaming gender dimensions across ORF's programmes on G20, BRICS and their place in global governance; the impact of digital economy on society; and the I>>

Vidya Sagar Reddy Avuthu

Vidya Sagar Reddy is a Research Assistant with ORF's Nuclear and Space Policy Initiative. His research interests are technological capabilities of major space-faring nations, civilian and military applications of space assets, human spaceflight and planetary exploration. He is also interested in ass>>

Vidyadharan M. P.

Vidyadharan completed his MCom from Rajasthan University and BCom from Kerala University. He has a Diploma in Journalism from the International Institute of Journalism, Budapest. He is also a diploma holder in Journalism from Edatatta Narayanan.

Vijay Latha Reddy

Vijay Latha Reddy served in the Indian Foreign Service from 1975 to 2011. During her diplomatic career she served in Lisbon, Washington DC, Kathmandu, Brasilia, Durban, Vienna and Bangkok. She served as Ambassador of India to Portugal (2004-2006) and to Thailand (2007-2009). She was Secretary (East)>>

Vijay Seth

Vijay Seth holds an MBA in Business Administration from Sikkim Manipal University. He is also a Software Engineer at Aptech Computers Limited. He holds an undergraduate degree in Botany (Hons.) from Sambalpur University.

Vikram Sood

Vikram Sood is Advisor at Observer Research Foundation.

Vikrom Mathur

Vikrom Mathur has 15 years of professional experience, straddling research and policy advice, at the interface of social and environmental change. His diverse research interests include: political, cultural and social influences on the production and use of scientific knowledge about nature/envir>>

Vindu Mai Chotani

Vindu Mai Chotani is a Visiting Fellow at Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi. Her research focus is on Japanese foreign policy, with particular emphasis on Japan’s growing economic, connectivity and security ties in South Asia and the Bay of Bengal region. Vindu a>>

Vinia Datinguinoo Mukherjee

Vinia obtained her MSc in Environment and Development from the University of Reading, United Kingdom, under a full grant from the Chevening Scholarships of the UK government. She finished her undergraduate degree in History at the University of the Philippines, and worked as a journalist for the Phi>>

Vinod Kumar Tomar

Vinod Kumar has an MSc (Statistics) from Ramjas College, Delhi University, and a BSc (Physics, Mathematics and Statistics) from M. M. College Modinagar, CCS University, Meerut. He also has an NSS Certificate from M. M. College Modinagar & National Hindi Gyan Pratiyogita Certificate from the U.P. Boa>>

Vishal Nigam

Vishal Nigam is a Delhi University graduate. He holds a postgraduate degree in International Business Strategy from Indian Institute of Foreign Trade; and a postgraduate degree in Personnel Management and Diploma in Management from Fu Hsing Kang College, National Defence University, Taipei. He is>>

Vivan Sharan

Vivan Sharan likes to describe himself as a 'deep generalist.' Having formerly headed ORF's Global Governance Initiative, he has been working closely with the Indian government on strategic areas, such as the BRICS, G20, IORA and IBSA groupings. He has also worked with a number of private sector and>>

Yogesh Joshi

Yogesh Joshi is an associate fellow at the ORF’s Strategic Studies Program. His research at ORF looks at how India’s nuclear policy interacts with its foreign policy. His research interests include nuclear policy and strategy, Asia’s emerging balance of power, Indi>>