Experts

Vikram Singh Mehta Chairman, Brookings India
Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
Expertise: Oil, energy, corporate sector

Shamika Ravi Director of Research, Brookings India
Senior Fellow, Governance Studies, Brookings Institution
Expertise: Ravi’s research is in the area of Development Economics with focus on gender inequality and democracy, financial inclusion, and health. She is also a part-time member of the Prime Minister Economic Advisory Council.

Rakesh Mohan Non-Resident Distinguished Fellow, Brookings India Mohan is currently Distinguished Fellow, Brookings India. He was, until recently, Executive Director at the International Monetary Fund, Washington, D.C., representing India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Bhutan from November 1, 2012 October 31 2015.
Expertise: Banking, NPAs, financial sector, railways, infrastructure, macro-economy

Shivshankar Menon Distinguished Fellow, Brookings India
Menon’s long career in public service spans diplomacy, national security, atomic energy, disarmament policy, and India’s relations with its neighbors and major global powers.
Expertise: Arms Control, India, China, National Security, Pakistan

Rahul Tongia Fellow, Energy and Sustainability, Brookings India
Expertise: An expert in technology, policy, and design of infrastructure, Tongia’s research focuses on energy, electricity, and sustainable development, with additional expertise in IT and telecom.

Dhruva Jaishankar Fellow, Foreign Policy, Brookings India
Expertise: Jaishankar’s areas of expertise include India’s foreign relations, Asia-Pacific security, U.S. foreign policy, international politics in theory and practice, and technology and societies. His recent research has focused on India-Japan security relations, Internet freedom in South and Southeast Asia, resilience and power in international politics, and India’s intelligence history.

Constantino Xavier Fellow, Foreign Policy, Brookings India
Expertise:  Xavier researches on India’s foreign and security policies as a regional power, with a focus on institutions and decision-making processes. His areas of expertise include Europe, India, international affairs, South Asia and democracy.

Rajesh Chadha Program Director, Natural Resources, Brookings India
Rajesh Chadha has worked extensively on regional and multilateral issues pertaining to international trade. His other areas of interest include foreign direct investment and agricultural markets.

Bhaskar Chakravorti Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Brookings India
Bhaskar Chakravorti is the Senior Associate Dean of International Business & Finance at The Fletcher School at Tufts University. Chakravorti is a regular writer and columnist on a variety of issues ranging from innovation to digital transformation to sustainable development.

Richard K. Green Senior Visiting Fellow, Economics, Brookings India
Richard Green is also Director of the Lusk Center for Real Estate, University of Southern California. He also has been principal economist and director of financial strategy and policy analysis at Freddie Mac.
Expertise: Cities & Regions, Developing Economies, Housing Markets & Finance

Sahil Gandhi Visiting Fellow, Brookings India
Sahil Gandhi is Post-Doctoral Scholar at the Lusk School of Real Estate, Universtiy of Southern California.
Expertise: Urban economics, Housing and land markets, Urban Governance

Anit Mukherjee Non-Resident Fellow, Brookings India
Mukherjee is also an Assistant Professor in the South Asia Programme at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University. Formerly, he served in the Indian Army. He is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy (NDA), Khadakwasla.
Expertise: Defence reforms

                                     Prachi Singh
Associate Fellow, Development Economics prachi
Prachi Singh specialises in health and development studies. Her research covers India and Bangladesh. She has researched on effect of air pollution due to crop burning and forest fires on child health, market structure of pharmaceutical industry in India and has evaluated policies related to arsenic contamination in Bangladesh. At Brookings her focus is on health care take-up and evaluation of health policies in India.  She has presented her research in various development related conferences in India and abroad. Prachi has a Master’s Degree in Economics from Delhi School of Economics and she is currently completing her PhD in Quantitative Economics from Indian Statistical Institute, Delhi.

 

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Associate Fellow, Development Economics
Dweepobotee Brahma has a PhD in Applied Economics from Western Michigan University. She also has an M.A. in Economics from the State University of New York at Buffalo and an M.Sc. in Economics from the University of Calcutta. Her research focuses on the applications of cutting-edge data-mining and Machine Learning techniques to pursue policy-driven research in development, health and labour economics.

 

Sahil Ali
Associate Fellow, Energy & Sustainability
Sahil Ali specialises in systems-level modelling and analyses of energy and material flow and its linkages with sahil_Finaltechnology, policy, economy and environment. He has contributed to several energy and emissions scenario modelling exercises at the state and national level, reflecting directly in official policies and action plans. He has also represented the Indian research community on important platforms for SDGs and green growth, and has advised NITI Aayog on its national energy security model. He has a Master’s Degree in Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and a Bachelor’s in Arts from St. Stephen’s College, New Delhi.

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Consultant, Oil & Gas
Swati’s core competence is in the area of energy transition, fossil fuels and climate change mitigation. Her research focuses on policy analysis along the supply chain via multiple perspectives: economic, financial, institutional and regulatory governance and geopolitical analysis of fossil fuel flows. At Brookings, she handles work on the oil and gas sector and is managing a project on framing a long-term policy for natural gas in India. Swati has a Master’s Degree in International Studies and Diplomacy from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.

 

Chanmeet Singh Syalchanmeet
Consultant, Energy, Natural Resources and Sustainability
Chanmeet Singh Syal is a Consultant for the Discom study at Brookings India. He is an Electrical Engineer (B.Tech) and holds a MBA (Power Management) from NPTI, Faridabad (Ministry of Power, Govt. of India).  He has prior experience (approx. 10 years) of working in utilities and consulting domain. His research interests include policy and governance issues in energy sector, regulatory impact, and sustainability and consumer interests.

 

Prerna Sharma
Research Associate, Development Economics
Prerna is an economic researcher with a special interest in promoting research and results-driven policy design and has an interest in health, gender, innovation and financial inclusion. She is a graduate of Columbia University’s School of International & Public Affairs where she obtained a Masters in Public Administration and has an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Warwick in the UK. 

 

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Research Analyst, Development Economics
Geetika Dang is an applied econometrician and holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from Barcelona Graduate School of Economics.  Interested in the area of evidence-based solutions to challenging questions of public policy— especially in the domain of health, education, gender and sustainability— she intends to explore the combined rigors of these areas of competence to contribute towards the goals of inclusive development and gender equity.

 

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Puneet Kamboj
Research Analyst, Energy, Natural Resources and Sustainability

Puneet Kamboj specialises in techno-economic and policy analysis in power, renewable energy and transportation. He has previously authored a study on the estimation of rooftop solar potential for the Varanasi city, and spent six months at KAPSARC, Riyadh, where he studied and standardised Indian road and railway freight transport as per the World Input Output Database. He has an M. Tech in Renewable Energy Engineering and Management from TERI University, New Delhi.

 

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Geetika Gupta
Research Analyst, Energy, Natural Resources and Sustainability
Geetika Gupta is an experienced electrical engineer with a Master’s degree in Regulatory Governance and a gold medallist from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai. She has experience of working on diverse regulatory issues in power sector in India (with Central Electricity Regulatory Commission and Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited). Her research interests include policy and governance issues in energy sector, regulatory impact, and sustainability and consumer interests.

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Nidhi Varma
Research Assistant, Foreign Policy
Nidhi Varma is a Research Assistant for Constantino Xavier at Brookings India. She works on India’s foreign policy in the neighborhood and in the larger South Asian region. Her research interests include multilateralism, global governance, and conflict studies.

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Programme Assistant, Foreign Policy
Nitika coordinates all foreign policy activities at Brookings India. She pursued the Young India Fellowship at Ashoka University. Her research interests are in the fields of Sino-India relations, South Asia, Democratisation, and Human Rights. 

 

 

Riya Sinha
Research Consultant, Foreign Policy_MG_4711
Riya Sinha is a Research Consultant with Foreign Policy at Brookings India. She has over four years of experience in research on regional integration in South Asia, particularly in the area of trade, investment and building supply chains. She has also worked on Cross-Line of Control Trade in Jammu and Kashmir and conducted time-release studies across various ports for Ease of Doing Business in India.

 

Muhammad Tabish Parray
Research Analyst, Energy, Natural Resources and SustainabilityTabish
Tabish works with energy systems at the intersection of energy, policy and data. He holds a Masters degree in Sustainable Energy Engineering from KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm and a diploma in Liberal Arts from Ashoka University. He has prior experience of working with utilities in India and Sweden. His research interests include grid integration of RE, hydropower, and electric vehicles.


Neelanjana Guptaneelanjana

Research Analyst, Development Economics
Neelanjana is a researcher with an academic background in economics and quantitative analysis. She is interested in conducting evidence-based research to inform policy decisions. Previously, she has served at NITI Aayog’s Development Monitoring and Evaluation Office. She has a Masters Degree in International Affairsfrom Columbia University.

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Data Analyst, Development Economics

Sikim Chakraborty is a Data Analyst in the Development Economics vertical. Previously, he worked at Johnson Controls International Plc with the Digital Solutions team. His areas of interests are Machine Learning, Data Analysis, Data Visualisation and Software Development.

Shaonlee Patranabis
Research Assistant, Development Economics
Shaonlee is a Research Assistant in the DeveShaonleelopment Economics vertical. She holds a Master’s degree from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, where she specialised in Urban Policy and Governance – issues related to land titling, planning, housing and the political economy of space. She is passionate about Institutional Economics, Development and Policy Making – especially in the context of the Urban.

AhanaAhana Advani
Program Assistant, Energy, Natural Resources and Sustainability
Ahana Advani is a Program Assistant in the Energy and Sustainability vertical at Brookings India. She does policy research and manages all the activities in this vertical. She holds a degree in Chemistry and Environmental Science from St. Xavier’s College, Autonomous. Her research interests include Climate Change, Natural Resources and Energy Policy.

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Research Assistant, Energy, Natural Resources and Sustainability
Ganesh Sivamani is a Research Assistant in the Natural Resources vertical, working with Professor Rajesh Chadha. He holds a Master of Engineering degree from the University of Cambridge, with a specialisation in Energy, Sustainability, and the Environment. His current research project is on the Minerals and Mining sector in India, and he also has an interest in Renewable Energy.