Brookings India Staff

Vikram Singh Mehta
Vikram currently serves as the executive chairman of Brookings India in New Delhi and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. Mehta started his career with the Indian Administrative Service in 1978. He resigned in 1980 to join Phillips Petroleum in London as their senior economist. In 1984, he returned to India to join the government company Oil India Ltd. as an advisor for strategic planning. He joined Shell International in London in 1988. He was appointed managing director of Shell Markets and Shell Chemical Companies in Egypt in 1991, and chairman of the Shell Group of Companies in India in 1994.


Commodore Kabir Vasudeva, Chief Operating Officer
Commodore Kabir Vasudeva served in the Indian Navy for 30 years. During his distinguished service as an Engineer Officer and a steam specialist, he held multifarious appointments afloat on warships and ashore including at the Dockyards in Mumbai and Visakhapatnam. Kabir is an alumni of the Defence Services Staff College Wellington. Prior to his retirement he was at the prestigious National Defence College for a period of five years. Kabir was the Executive Director of the Pacific Asia Travel Association just before joining Brookings India.

Krishan Kumar Sharma, Head of Finance
Krishan is a finance professional with over 19 years of experience in Government, MNC, Corporate & NGO sector. Krishan is responsible for coordinating finance, accounts and banking related matters between Brookings India, New Delhi and Brookings Institution, Washington DC.


K.J. Basskaran, Head of Admin
Mr. K J Basskaran is currently Head Admin, Brookings Institution India Center. Prior to this he was HR and Admin In-charge of the National Foundation for India.



Zehra Kazmi, Communications Associate
Zehra works on Brookings India’s communication and outreach. Prior to this, she was an Assistant Editor at Hindustan Times where she wrote and edited for the website. She has also taught journalism and communication at the AJK Mass Communication Research Centre in New Delhi.


Rohan Laik, Communications Assistant
Rohan looks after social media at the Brookings Institution India Center. Prior to this he was working as a journalist with He has a Master’s Degree in English Literature from the University of Calcutta.

Karanveer Singh, Graphics Designerkaran_Final
Karanveer looks after graphic designing and multimedia for Brookings India. Prior to this, he was working as an art director in M&C Saatchi February, New Delhi.


Preeti Vij, Administration Executive
Preeti Vij is the Administration Executive at Brookings India. Prior to this, she has worked at Shell India.

Shriya Patnaik, Development OfficerShriya
A graduate of History, Shriya has completed her Bachelors from Cornell University and a double degree Master’s from the Columbia University-London School of Economics dual degree program. She has worked with several ground-level NGOs in India, as well as international organizations such as Amnesty International and Save the Children.