People

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M. Ashraf Haidari

M. Ashraf Haidari is a Visiting Fellow at ORF. He also serves as the Director-General of Policy & Strategy at the Ministry of the Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan.

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

Dr. Malancha Chakrabarty is an Associate Fellow with the Climate Change and Development Initiative. Her research interests encompass issues related to economic and social development in Africa and India, and the links between climate change, agriculture, and food securit>>

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.

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; >>

Mayuri Banerjee

Mayuri Banerjee is a Research Assistant with ORF Kolkata. She is currently working on the project: Public Perception of China.

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>>