People

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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 >>