Scholar Network

The Narotam Sekhsaria Foundation, to assess the students applying for its interest-free PG scholarship loan, follows a rigorous assessment system. The scholarship, each year, is awarded to a set of Indian students who have a consistently high academic record.

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Abhijeet Mishra

Abhijeet Mishra Columbia University MS in Mechanical Engineering

Abhijeet completed his BE in Mechanical Engineering from University of Pune. Following his graduation, he interned at Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and subsequently at Godrej & Boyce Pvt Ltd in 2018. He then pursued his Masters’ in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University with a specialization in robotics. He is currently working at a robotics startups, where he builds robotic solutions for the recycling industry. He hopes to return to India to pursue his ambition of developing products and services which can have a lasting impact on lives of people.

Abhilasha Sinha

Abhilasha Sinha Harvard Business School MBA

“Abhilasha is currently the Chief of Staff at Hike, India. Prior to this, she has worked as VP of Strategy and Operations at Elucidata, a Delhi & Cambridge based startup, building an AI-enabled platform for the biopharma industry to enhance drug developmenas and as Associate of Innosight, a strategy & innovation consulting firm advising Fortunate 100 clients in the healthcare sector. Earlier in her career, she was part of the founding team of Avanti Learning Centres, where she built and led teams across product and operations to deliver high-quality and affordable math and science programs across the country.
She graduated with an MBA from Harvard Business School and holds a Bachelors’ degree in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Delhi.

Abhinav Sekhri

Abhinav Sekhri Harvard Law School LLM

Abhinav has done his LLB from National Law School of India University, Bangalore where he graduated with Honours and completed his LLM from Harvard University. After completing his graduate studies he returned to India to teach and practice criminal law and procedure, and currently works as an associate in the chambers of Mr. Siddharth Aggarwal. Abhinav also runs a blog called ‘The Proof of Guilt’, which discusses issues of Indian criminal law and procedure in a simple and accessible manner to help create awareness. Besides the law, he loves to read fiction and history, listen to music and play football.

Abhishek Chari

Abhishek Chari University of Utah Masters in Biology

Abhishek completed his Bachelors’ in Biomedical Science from the University of Delhi followed by a Postgraduate Diploma in Molecular and Biochemical Technology from the same university. He then completed a Masters’ programme in Biology from the University of Utah, Salt Lake City in 2016. He is a co-founder and contributing editor for IndSciComm, a science communicative collective.

Adithya Rao

Adithya Rao Stanford University MS in Electrical Engineering

A Bachelors’ in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from BITS Pilani Goa Campus, Adithya has worked on research projects at the Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore and the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai. He completed his MS program in Electrical Engineering at Stanford. Currently, he is working as Lead Software Engineer at Magic Leap.

Aditi Shankar

Aditi Shankar Massachusetts Institute of Technology MBA

Aditi has done her BA in Biological Sciences from Barnard College, Columbia University and graduated with a full-time MBA, focusing on healthcare and entrepreneurship, from MIT Sloan in June 2019 where she was a recipient of the Shivan S. Subramaniam Fellowship and Henry DuPont III MBA Achievement Award. She aspires to develop innovative health technology products, with the hope of improving the lives of those at the bottom of the pyramid in India and abroad. In keeping with that, she is currently managing the India operations of DaytoDay Health, an acute care management company founded at MIT that aspires to provide holistic and virtualised surgical recovery to patients.  Her work experience prior to MBA includes strategy consulting roles at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The Boston Consulting Group and Archstone Consulting. She is an adventurous soul who loves yoga, swimming, running, and is a certified recreational deep sea diver.

Aditya Barve

Aditya Barve University of Wisconsin-Madison MS in Computer Science

Aditya’s mission is to give people more time for meaningful activities by creating scalable, accessible, time-saving technology. His past work includes swarm robotics research at the University of Southern California, two Japanese exchange projects with Tottori University, and developing algorithms for India’s first passively stabilized satellite, Swayam. His current focus is democratizing artificial intelligence with Microsoft’s cloud platform, Azure. He earned a Bachelor’s in Computer Engineering from the College of Engineering Pune and a Master’s in Computer Sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is currently working as Software Engineer at Microsoft in USA.

Aditya Gera

Aditya Gera Stanford University MS in Mechanical Engineering

Aditya is currently a final year Masters’ student at Stanford University in the department of Mechanical Engineering. His major interests lie in deep-learning, experiment design and analysis, mechatronics and analysis of Formula-1 races. He likes to devote time to the projects to tackle global issues like energy, climate, etc. with engineering. After graduation, he would like to explore his options and gain exposure in the industry. He likes to go for a swim or hang out with friends in free time.

Aditya Kulkarni

Aditya Kulkarni Carnegie Mellon University MS in Information Networking

After a BE in Electronics & Telecommunication from VIT, University of Pune, Aditya obtained his Masters’ degree in Information Networking from Carnegie Mellon in 2012.  Having worked at Yahoo!, WalmartLabs and LinkedIn, Aditya currently works at Apple on Foundational Data initiatives in Apple’s Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning org. Outside work, he enjoys theatre and works with several theatre groups here in the San Francisco Bay Area in the capacity of an actor and director.

Aditya Singh

Aditya Singh Stanford University MS in Financial Mathematics

Aditya did his Master’s in Financial Math from Stanford. Subsequently, he worked in Hong Kong and then in London at JP Morgan Investment Bank as a Vice President in Equity Derivatives Division. He moved back to Hong Kong a few years back into his current role as a trader, researching and implementing quantitative investment and trading strategies, at Citadel Securities.

Agneya Loya

Agneya Loya Stanford University MS in Sustainable Design and Construction

Agneya has a Bachelors’ in Civil Engineering (IIT Bombay ’16) and a Masters’ in Sustainable Design and Construction (Stanford ’18). At Stanford, he specialized in construction management, urban planning and industrialized construction. Agneya is currently working as a Business Analyst at DPR Construction. In this role his team investigates challenges with company wide processes, procedures and IT tools and drives continuous improvement. Agneya continues to be passionate about India’s infrastructure, education and environmental challenges, and plans to volunteer with an SF non-profit tutoring underprivileged children this year.

Aishwarya Kanakath

Aishwarya Kanakath University of Oxford MSc in Law and Finance

Aishwarya is currently working as a partner in the law firm Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas and holds a postgraduate degree in Law and Finance from Oxford University. She completed her undergraduate Law degree from National Law School University of India, Bangalore. Her areas of specialisation include mergers and acquisition and corporate law.

Akshat Rathi

Akshat Rathi University of Oxford PhD in Organic Chemistry

Akshat Rathi was awarded the NSF scholarship to pursue research in organic chemistry at the University of Oxford. After completing his PhD, Akshat became a journalist and worked at The Economist and Quartz. In 2018, he won the “Journalist of the Year” award given by the Drum in the UK and he was a finalist for the John B. Oakes award for distinguished environmental journalism given by Columbia University in the US. He is now a climate reporter for Bloomberg News,a global business publication.

Akshay Mandan

Akshay Mandan The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania MBA and MA in International Studies

Akshay completed his MBA from The Wharton School and MA in International Studies, from The University of Pennsylvania in 2016. Post MBA, Akshay joined Amazon in Seattle and currently works with the International Expansion team, focused on launching Amazon in new geographies. As part of that, he leads devising and building Amazon’s customer experience across each of these international market segments. Recently, Akshay led Amazon’s marketplace launch in Singapore in October 2019. Outside of work, Akshay enjoys playing Squash and traveling to and exploring new places.  

Akshay Rajwade Stanford University Masters in Management

Akshay currently oversees Product at as a member of the senior leadership team. He is responsible for defining and driving product vision, strategy and execution at Akshay is a Silicon Valley veteran with over 12 years of experience in the Consumer Internet and Technology space. He spent close to 7 years at Google where he worked on initiatives ranging across Global Computing Infrastructure, Google Cloud Platform, Analytics and Social. Prior to, Akshay served as the Director of Mobile Product at Flipkart where he led the product development across Flipkart’s consumer facing Mobile Applications through its exponential growth phase in the two years 2014-2015. Akshay holds a Masters’ Degree in Management from Stanford and a Bachelors’ in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Madras.

Akshina Mehta

Akshina Mehta University of Oxford Masters in Integrated Immunology

Akshina Mehta has a Bachelors’ degree in Biotechnology with excellent grades from Jai Hind College, Mumbai. She has also undergone training in renowned organizations like the National Facility of Biopharmaceuticals, R&D Department of Bharat Serums and Vaccines, Jaslok Hospital and Bhabha Atomic Research Centre. After her Masters’ in Integrated Immunology at Oxford University, she worked at UCL Centre for Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine and worked on developing a disease model of type 1 diabetes. For the past year she has been working in the capacity of a Research Fellow at Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in the field of developmental biology and disease modelling in zebrafish model organism. She is moved to Toronto, Canada this April’20 looking to connect with alumni and members of the foundation there.

Alok Kothari

Alok Kothari Carnegie Mellon University Masters in Language Technologies

Alok completed his dual degree in Mathematics and Computing from IIT Kharagpur in 2009. He followed that with Masters’ program in Language Technologies at Carnegie Mellon University, School of Computer Science. On completion of his course, he worked at Apple Siri for nearly 3 years. He then co-founded Harmony, a blockchain company in Silicon Valley in 2020. He is also the founder of Stealth Mode Startup in San Francisco. Alok likes hiking, traveling and has also co-authored a book called “Game Changers”.

Aman Singhal

Aman Singhal Virginia Tech MS in Electrical Engineering

Aman is a university valedictorian from UPTU, and holds a Masters’ degree in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech, with a passion for Networking Applications and System Software Development. Currently, Aman is working at Cisco Systems, San Jose, and is a vital contributor to the design & development of next-gen Modular-Campus and Fixed-Core Switching platforms under the Cisco Cat9k umbrella.

Amit Korde

Amit Korde ETH Zurich MS in Metallurgy and Materials Sciences

Amit graduated with a gold medal for being first in order of merit from College of Engineering, Pune in 2017 with a degree in Metallurgy and Materials Science Engineering. He is pursuing his Masters’ in Materials Science from ETH, Zurich. His long term goal is to be a researcher in the field of materials science in an academic setting.

Amita Katragadda Stanford University MBA

Amita completed her Bachelors’ in Law from NALSAR University of Law (Hyderabad) where she was awarded six gold medals including the best student for overall excellence. She also holds an MBA from the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University. She was listed in the prestigious “40 Under Forty India’s Hottest Business Leaders 2019” by the Economic Times. She was also recognized by Asian Legal Business in their “40 under 40” list (2019), which profiles 40 of the most accomplished lawyers in Asia under 40 years of age. She is a partner in Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas.

Amrita Ray Chaudhury

Amrita Ray Chaudhury University of Michigan, Ann Arbor PhD in Biomedical Engineering

After completing her Bachelors’ in Electrical & Electronics
Engineering from R.V. College of Engineering, VTU, Amrita joined University of Michigan Ann Arbor for a Masters’ programme in Electrical & Computer Science. She is now pursuing her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the same university.

Amrutanshu Dash

Amrutanshu Dash University of Oxford Bachelors' in Common Law

Amrutanshu is currently practicing law as a litigator in Delhi, at the Delhi High Court and the Supreme Court of India. Until recently, he was a litigator in London at Allen & Overy LLP with a focus on complex commercial and investor treaty arbitration and Intellectual Property litigation. He read law at University of Oxford and National Law University, Delhi graduating with Distinction and a gold medal from Oxford and as the overall topper and best all rounder from National Law University, Delhi

Anahita Mehta

Anahita Mehta University College London MSc in Audiological Science

Anahita has completed her MSc in Audiological Science at University College, London. After graduating in 2010 with a distinction, she worked as a research assistant at the Medical Research Council (MRC) Institute of Hearing Research in Nottingham. She then joined a PhD programme in Auditory Neuroscience for which she received the UCL Overseas Research Scholarship as funding for all three years. She has now completed her PhD at University College London and is working at the University of Minnesota as a Postdoctoral Associate.

Aniket Murhekar

Aniket Murhekar, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign PhD computer Science

Aniket Murhekar is currently a fully-funded Ph.D. student studying. Theoretical Computer Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he also works as a Teaching Assistant. He graduated with a B.Tech in Computer Science from IITBombay. His research work has been published at international conferences and his work while interning at Adobe has received a US patent. Aniket likes swimming, reading about philosophy and mythology, and classical Marathi songs. He is also passionate about teaching.

Anirudh Venkatesh

Anirudh Venkatesh Purdue University PhD Chemical Engineering

Anirudh is currently pursuing his PhD in Chemical Engineering at Purdue University. He completed his B.Chem.Engg. from the Institute of Chemical Technology in 2020. He is a receipient of Mrs SG Marve Award at ICT and he has also been a visiting research scholar at the University of Kentucky. He is a co-founder of ASHA, an app created to help individuals and address mental issues around COVID-19 that received multiple accolades. He is also an avid debater and a math fanatic who has published his research related to the Modal Analysis of Turbulence in a reputed conference, (AIAA SciTech)

Anish Morakhia

Anish Morakhia Texas A&M University MS in Electrical Engineering

Anish holds a Bachelors’ degree in Electronics & Communication Engineering from NITK, Surathkal and a Masters’ in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University specializing in Analog Circuit Design. He works for NVIDIA in Santa Clara, California designing high-speed circuits for serial communication. He was previously an Analog Design Engineer at Cadence in Bangalore.

Ankeeth Ved

Ankeeth Ved University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign MS in Aerospace Engineering and MS in Computer Science

Ankeeth graduated from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign with Masters’ in Aerospace engineering and Masters’ in Computer science. He is currently working as Product validation group leader at Cummins Inc, Columbus, Indiana and is involved in validation of next generation of fuel systems for all Cummins product lines. Prior to the current role, he was instrumental in developing performance recipes for next generation of fuel injectors and setting up fuel systems engineering labs in Pune, India and Wuhan, China.

Ankit Prasad

Ankit Prasad London Business School MBA

“Ankit Prasad is currently a Senior Associate at Norwest Venture Partners, Mumbai focusing on Growth Equity and Venture Capital investments in India. He completed his MBA from London Business School in 2017 and B.Tech from IIT Kharagpur in 2010 with a major in Civil Engineering. While at LBS, he also completed an MBA exchange at The Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania).
Prior to Norwest, he worked as an M & A Associate with Societe Generale, London. Previously, he was an Investment Analyst with International Finance Corporation (IFC), direct investment arm of the World Bank Group, focusing on financial services private equity and credit investments in India. Before IFC, he worked with Credit Suisse in Mumbai as an M&A analyst focusing on Financial Services sector.”

Ankur Ahuja

Ankur Ahuja London School of Economics MSc in Finance and Economics

Ankur pursued MSc in Finance & Economics at LSE. After graduating, he decided to start his career in Strategy Consulting and is currently a Senior Manager with Bain & Company in London. Ankur has also completed an MBA from INSEAD in 2017. Ankur is a passionate boulderer and mountaineer, and has completed three of the Seven Summits so far. He is also passionate about working with organisations in the social sector, and does a lot of pro bono consulting through Bain

Anshuman Tiwari

Anshuman Tiwari TU Delft MSc in Structural Engineering

Anshuman is currently working as a Structural Engineer in the Netherlands after graduating from Delft University of Technology, Netherlands. He did his undergraduate studies from NIT Jaipur and then later served as a Project Technical Assistant at IIT Bombay. He is passionate about the application of exponential technologies like Machine Learning, VR and AR in the learning process. Alongside his profession of Structural Engineering, he is currently working on his startup aimed at utilizing these technologies to revolutionize learning in schools, universities and companies by making immersive and customizable educational content based games and simulations. Besides, he is also working on his another startup aimed at utilizing parametric numerical analysis in parametric design of 3D printed structures. In the next few years he is also considering exploring the field of extra terrestrial  structural engineering for human settlements beyond earth. He believes in the power of collaboration and teamwork to make a remarkable contribution to the world and is therefore open for potential collaborative opportunities for his own startup.

Antariksh Bothale

Antariksh Bothale University of Washington MS in Computational Linguistics

Antariksh finished his Dual Degree in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Bombay. He worked as a consultant at A.T. Kearney. His interest in languages led him to pursue an MS in Computational Linguistics from the University of Washington, Seattle. He lives in the Bay Area and is working at Google. Antariksh has a keen interest in languages and linguistics, photography, cooking and writing. He maintains a blog Linguistrix and was a top writer on Quora.

Anu Venugopal Nair

Anu Venugopal Nair Georgia Institute of Technology MS in Computer Science

Anu completed his Masters’ in Computer Science from Georgia Institute of Technology. He has been mentioned in Georgia Tech’s medical circulation for his involvement with a health care delivery project. Anu is currently working with Facebook as an Engineer.

Anuja Mehta

Anuja Mehta Columbia Business School MBA

Anuja completed her MBA from Columbia Business School in May 2015 and went on to work at Bain and then Google in New York. At Google, she was fortunate to be able to work on mission-oriented initiatives, such as launching & managing the Google News Initiative: a $300M fund to support the news industry, and launching the Jobs Spot app in India that connects entry level workers to jobs. She recently transitioned back to India and is excited to spend all her time in Mumbai after 6 years away. 

Anupam Purwar

Anupam Purwar Indian School of Business MBA

Anupam is currently working as a Research Scientist with Amazon developing tech products for Amazon’s global network. He specializes in solving problems related to Natural Language Processing and Optimization. In his previous role at Amazon, he was credited with developing Railways as the third mode of transport which fetched him two awards from Global VP. Prior to this, Anupam worked as a Research Scientist at Indian Institute of Science (IISc). At IISc, he was part of multi-institutional effort which included IITs and ISRO to develop ultra-high-temperature materials and novel structures, which resulted in 20+ peer reviewed publications with Anupam as the lead author. He graduated among top 10% of the class from Indian School of Business and BITS Pilani. He is passionate about contributing towards education of kids from underprivileged backgrounds. He is an environment conservationist and takes pride in cycling every day for work as well as personal commute.

Anupriya Gagneja

Anupriya Gagneja Stanford University MS in Computer Science

Anupriya has done her BE in Computer Science (Gold Medalist) from BITS Pilani’s Hyderabad campus. She was working at Microsoft till 2016, after which she joined Stanford University for her MS in computer science and also worked as research assistant there. She has also previously interned with ISRO,eBay and PayPal India. She actively engages in community work through her workplace. She would like to work in research and development and may consider pursuing a PhD. Currently, she is working as Software Engineer at Apple, Seattle.

Anupriya Kumar London School of Economics MSc in Finance and Economics

Anupriya is a financial economist, and has consulting experience with the World Bank-EBRD and Big 4 firms. She joined the Masters programme in Finance and Economics at the London School of Economics (LSE) with a full scholarship from LSE. She has been invited as a judge and speaker at the Reserve Bank of India’s financial awareness events and has been featured in Outlook Business Women of Worth.

Anusha Kamath Manjeshwar

Anusha Kamath Manjeshwar University of Minnesota, Twin Cities PhD in Chemical Engineering

Anusha is pursuing a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota Twin-Cities. Through her work, she aims to be able to convert low-grade waste heat to electricity using phase transformations in ferroelectric materials. She hopes to build on the skills learned during her doctoral degree to increase the accessibility of technology and to improve the standard of living around the globe. Through her work in the industry, Anusha hopes to lead the revolution for design that offers both quality and affordability to further the cause of sustainable growth. She is also an avid reader.  

Archana Balan

Archana Balan Johns Hopkins University MS in Biomedical Engineering

Archana graduated with a Bachelors’ degree in Electronics and Instrumentation engineering from VIT University Vellore. She was the second rank holder in University and was awarded VIT’s Merit scholarship during all 4 years of her engineering program. She was a part of a project on “Development of Artificial Pancreas for Type 1 Diabetes Patients in India” at IISc, Bangalore. Archana is pursuing her Masters’ in Biomedical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. Upon completion of her Masters’, she wants to work in computational biomedicine. She aims to combine her engineering skill set with computational techniques for developing affordable diagnostic devices. She believes that her motivation to serve the society will drive her towards achieving her goal of “timely diagnosis of diseases for all”.

Arjun Shah

Arjun Shah ETH Zurich MS IN Chemical and Bioengineering

Arjun is currently pursuing a Masters’ in Chemical and Bioengineering at ETH Zurich and graduated from the Institute of Chemical Technology in 2019. His short-term goal is to work in innovative research groups that solve ubiquitous real-world problems. Eventually he aspires to assume leadership positions at Fortune 500 companies such as 3M or DOW, where he intends to lead efforts towards achieving leaner operations and reducing their environmental footprint. He scored a perfect 340/340 in the GRE which is a rare feat and has been named a prestigious Alfred Werner Scholar by the Swiss Chemical Society.

Arnold Paul Pereira

Arnold Paul Pereira, Carnegie Mellon University MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Arnold has completed his Masters’ in Electrical and ComputerEngineering from Carnegie Mellon University. He worked on making operating systems more secure and on distributed systems intended to provide large scale computing capabilities for corporate and government use at Microsoft. He is in the process of getting 2 patents for operating systems security and for an operating system productivity tracker. Currently, he is working as Software Engineer with Facebook on building a scalable and privacy aware machine learning platform. The platform supports keeping the platform safe and secure in addition to the business critical use cases.

Arundhati Nayadu Kona

Arundhati Nayadu Kona University of California Berkeley Law LLM

Arundhati graduated from UC Berkeley School of Law with a Master of Laws degree. She passed the California Bar exam and is currently working with an Immigration Law Firm in San Francisco. She is deeply compassionate towards stray animals and helps raise funds for an animal welfare organization, run by her Uncle in Bhopal, India.

Ashima Bhatnagar

Ashima Bhatnagar Delhi School of Economics MA in Economics

A graduate from Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University with BA (Hons.) in Economics, Ashima pursued MA in Economics at Delhi School of Economics. She is currently working with J.P Morgan as an Investment Banking Analyst and would like to make a career in investment banking. Ashima is also a violinist and a part of the Delhi Community Orchestra.

Ashutosh Singh

Ashutosh Singh Indian School of Business MBA

Ashutosh works on-ground and public policy to create more jobs, right skills, better wages and youth productivity. He works for the Ministry of Shipping for their Skills and Livelihood initiatives for port led prosperity under the GoI’s flagship Sagarmala programme. Prior to this, he was associated with the Committee for Sector Skill Council Reforms setup by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, GoI which suggested ways to make India the “Skills Capital of the World”. He has earlier worked for a Sector Skill Council( IASC SSC), a NSDC training partner (Empower Pragati), parliamentarian, a non profit foundation (Deshpande Foundation), Jameel Poverty Action Lab and TCS. He is an alumnus of Indian School of Business and Fletcher School.

Ashwin Paranjape

Ashwin Paranjape Stanford University MS in Computer Science

A Computer Science engineer from IIT Bombay, Ashwin Paranjape completed his Masters’ in Computer Science with specialization in Artificial Intelligence from Stanford University. His exposure to the research environment at Stanford spurred him to reapply for a PhD. He is currently pursuing PhD at Stanford in Natural Language Processing in the subject area of conversational systems. He is leading Stanford’s team as part of the the Alexa Prize Socialbot Grand Challenge.

Barun Patra

Barun Patra Carnegie Mellon University MS in Machine Learning

Barun completed his under-graduate studies at IIT Delhi, graduating with a B.Tech in Computer Science and Engineering with a departmental specialisation in Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence, and his Masters’ in Machine Learning from Carnegie Mellon University. He is currently working as an Applied Scientist on the Turing team at Microsoft, where his primary focus is on building multilingual models to support different scenarios in numerous languages. He’s been a TA for Machine Learning at CMU, and AI at IIT Delhi, and enjoys teaching, reading and playing racquet sports.

Bharan Giridhar

Bharan Giridhar University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MS and PhD in Electrical Engineering

“A B.Tech in Electronics & Telecommunication from NIT, Karnataka, Bharan has worked as Design Engineer with Texas Instruments. He went on to complete his Masters’ in Electrical Engineering (VLSI) and followed it up with a PhD at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Bharan has done an internship at Research & Advance Development
Labs at AMD in Colorado. He is currently working at Apple Inc., Cupertino CA in the Hardware Design Group that makes iPhones and iPads. “

Bhargav Patel

Bhargav Patel ETH Zurich MS IN Chemical and Bioengineering

Bhargav completed his  B.Chem Engineering at Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai  and is currently pursuing  Masters’ in Chemical and Bioengineering at ETH Zurich. His long term goal is to be an entrepreneur and set up his own industry from scratch. He would like to work with sustainable production in the fields of biotechnology, pharmaceuticals or agriculture. He is an avid reader and uses books as a means of learning about different subjects, especially literature, history and philosophy.

Bhavya Gupta

Bhavya Gupta University of Pennsylvania MS in Robotics

Bhavya has studied Engineering Physics at Delhi Technological University. His team’s Unmanned Aerial Vehicle secured the overall 3rd position at the Student Unmanned Air Systems Competition held annually at Webster’s Field, Maryland, USA. He has also been a part of the team that developed Aarush X1, an indigenous next generation urban UAS developed at DTU in collaboration with Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. Having graduated from University of Pennsylvania with a Masters’ degree in Robotics, he is currently working on autonomous driving at Aptiv Corporation.

Bhavya Gyan Mohan

Bhavya Gyan Mohan Columbia Law School LLM

An LLB from NLSUI, and a trained Hindustani vocalist, Bhavya has also been the editor of the Indian Journal of International Economic Law. She has completed her Masters’ programme in LL.M. from Columbia Law School and is a Harlan Fiske Stone scholar in the programme. Post graduation, she worked as Associate with AZB & Partners. Currently, Bhavya is an advocate with Artista Chambers.

Bhawesh Kumar

Bhawesh Kumar Harvard University MS in Health Data Science

Bhawesh is an Electrical Engineering graduate from IIT Kanpur and is currently working as a Data Scientist at Thales. He is heading to Harvard University for an MS degree in Health Data Science. He intends to pursue Ph.D. in Health Informatics and aspires to be a professor in the future, working on research problems that improve access to healthcare. Bhawesh is passionate about working at the intersection of healthcare and data science. He has been volunteering for labs at MIT and Harvard as an independent researcher mainly working on health informatics problems. He also writes a blog on health care and rural education.

Bindu Jagannatha

Bindu Jagannatha University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign MS in Aerospace Engineering

Bindu has completed her Bachelors’ in Mechanical Engineering from the NIT, Surathkal. She joined University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to pursue an MS in Aerospace Engineering and completed PhD in 2018 from UIUC, broadly in the field of Space Logistics Optimization. Bindu’s research work primarily focuses on Astrodynamics and Mission Design, but she is also involved with UIUC’s CubeSat projects as their Lead Software Designer. Bindu was also awarded the Amelia Earhart Fellowship by Zonta International for 2014 to continue and support her studies. Currently she is working at CU Aerospace as a Staff Scientist.

Chahat Chawla

Chahat Chawla Columbia University MS in Computer Science

Chahat is a graduate student at Columbia University in the City of New York, pursuing Master of Science in Computer Science. He aspires to become a Product Manager. He is interested in working on building products that users love using cutting edge technology. Chahat is currently pursuing and learning eclectic Computer Science technologies including Natural Language Processing, Cloud Computing, Large Scale Distributed Systems and Software Systems at Columbia. He plans to pursue MBA in the future from top B-schools in the US. He completed his Bachelor’s at the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi.

Chandresh Dubey

Chandresh Dubey New York University MS in Mechanical Engineering

Chandresh completed his MS in Mechanical Engineering from Polytechnic Institute of NYU (NYU Tandon SoE). He received Dean’s Research Scholarship for all the semesters during his Masters’. He published two book chapters and a journal paper based on his Masters’ thesis research. After graduating he worked at Beltran Technologies in NYC as Mechanical Engineer where he designed structural and electromechanical systems for wet electrostatic precipitation systems. He worked at Ocean Power Technologies in New Jersey as Sr. Mechanical Engineer where he was involved in designing and developing innovative WEC (Wave Energy Converters) systems that convert ocean wave energy into electrical energy. Currently, he is working as Staff Engineer at AP Mechanical.

Charag Avinash Krishnan

Charag Avinash Krishnan Kellogg School of Management MBA

Charag is an Associate Partner with McKinsey & Company in the New Jersey office and leads the Public and Social Sector Practice. He also led the setup and scale up of McKinsey Social Initiative’s Generation program operations in India to enable its spin-odd as an independent, non-profit entity. An Electronics Engineer from NIT Bhopal, he served as a primary school teacher with Teach for India and developed the CSR education roadmap for Bharat Petroleum before pursuing his MBA at Kellogg School of Management. Subsequently as a UNICEF Innovation Unit Fellow he worked on CHW Backpack Plus which was named among 10 game changing innovations in Global Health. He has also won the 2013 C.K.Prahlad Social Impact Case Competition, was named a “Youn” Impact Scholar in 2014 and graduated Kellogg as a recipient of the Deans Distinguished Service Award. He has co-authored a Harvard Business Review case study on Teach for India with Professor Julie Hennessy in 2014 and a McKinsey Quarterly white-paper on university transformations in 2019.

Charu Gupta

Charu Gupta Harvard School of Public Health MS in Public Health

After completing M.B.B.S from Lady Hardinge Medical College, University of Delhi, Charu joined Harvard School of Public Health, to pursue a Masters’ degree in Public Health. She is currently working with Children’s National Medical Center, as a Pediatric Nephrology Fellow and has received certification from the American Board of Pediatrics. Charu in an avid debater and has also served as the VP – Communications of the Social Enterprise in Health Group at the Harvard School of Public Health. She is now an Assistant professor in Pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine after completing her fellowship.

Chinmayi Kashyap University of California, San Diego MS in Bioengineering

Chinmayi completed her BE in Biotechnology from BMS College of Engineering. She has worked as Research Associate with Unilever R&D and is currently interning at Institute for Stem Cell Science and Regenerative Medicine, both in Bangalore. She is heading to University of California, San Diego to pursue MS in Bioengineering. Post her Master’s, she intends to pursue a PhD and return to India to become a scientist in the biomedical industry. Her vision is to develop novel, affordable therapeutics and put India on the global map in the field of regenerative medicine. Her paper on wound healing has been published in the Journal of the Indian Institute of Science. Chinmayi is a trained Hindustani classical vocalist and Kathak dancer and has performed at various platforms across the country. She enjoys reading, public speaking, creating digital art and engaging in yoga in her leisure time.

Chintan Dhananjaya Chandrachud

Chintan Dhananjaya Chandrachud University of Oxford BCL and Mphil

Chintan Chandrachud is an Associate at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP, London. He holds a law degree from the Government Law College (Mumbai), graduate degrees from Oxford and Yale and a PhD from Cambridge. He is the author of Balanced Constitutionalism: Courts and Legislatures in India and the United Kingdom” and “The Cases that India Forgot”. 

Chirag Mahapatra

Chirag Mahapatra University of California, Berkeley MS in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research

Chirag completed his Bachelors’ from NIT, Karnataka. He pursued his Masters’ from University of California, Berkeley in Industrial Engineering & Operations Research. After graduating, he worked at Amazon in the A9 Ads Analytics team. Post that, he worked as a senior software engineer at a startup called Trooly (acquired byAirbnb) which uses Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing to provide Trust and reputation scores. At Airbnb, he led two teams: Membership and Authentication Infra and drove towards a passwordless future realizing 100s of millions of dollars of booking value for hosts. Now, he is leading a team enabling better privacy controls for data sharing across the family of apps at Facebook.

Daattavya Aggarwal

Daattavya Aggarwal University of Oxford Masters' in Mathematical and Theoretical Physics

Daattavya is a Masters’ in Mathematical and Theoretical Physics student at the University of Oxford. He intends to pursue a PhD and work as a researcher in the future. Daattavya’s research interest lies in the intersection of geometry, quantum gravity and quantum information. He has participated in several robotics and quizzing competitions. He enjoys reading and listening to music.

Darshan Sunil Shah

Darshan Sunil Shah Imperial College London PhD in Bioengineering

“Darshan Shah, an Assistant Professor at the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, IIT Bombay, primarily focusses on research and teaching in orthopaedic biomechanics. With a strong background in engineering design, coupled with an avid interest in human anatomy, he delves into how joints of the body function. A close collaboration with surgeons, clinicians and the industry aids in translating his scientific research to benefit the community.
Darshan recently completed his postdoctoral research in biomechanics from the Institute for Orthopaedic Research and Training at KU Leuven, Belgium, where he led a team of engineers to quantify alterations on lower limb joint behaviour before and after surgical interventions. Prior to this, he received his PhD in Bioengineering at Imperial College London, where he developed a wrist simulator – a machine which could replicate motions of a normal wrist in dead specimens! He has also worked on novel implants for lower-limb amputees during his MSc at Imperial College London, and patented a knee arthroplasty implant customised for the Indian population during his dual degree (B.Tech, M.Tech) at IIT Bombay”

Deeksha Pandey

Deeksha Pandey London School of Economics MSc in Economics

A graduate in Economics from Hans Raj College, Delhi University, Deeksha finished her Master’s in Economics from LSE in 2015 and graduated with higher merit. Post that she has worked in Deloitte and KPMG in India and has helped to set up their economic consulting practice. After working in consulting for about 4 years, she in now going to pursue her MBA from Columbia University in New York.

Deeksha Sharma

Deeksha Sharma University of Oxford Bachelor of Civil Law and PhD in International Taxation

An LLB(Hons) from Amity Law School, GGSIP University, Deeksha is also a trained Bharatnatyam dancer. She completed her Bachelor of Civil Law and PhD in International Taxation from the University of Oxford. She now works with the magic circle law firm Slaughter and May.

Deepesh Gupta

Deepesh Gupta University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign MS in Civil Engineering

Deepesh was awarded the Narotam Sekhsaria Scholarship to study Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign. After graduating in December 2011, he took up a job as a Structural Design Engineer in New York. He is currently working with Leslie E. Robertson Associates, India as an associate.

Deepika Sharma

Deepika Sharma Columbia University MPA in Economic Policy

Deepika was awarded the Narotam Sekhsaria Scholarship for two years in Masters’ in Public Administration in Economic Policy at Columbia University. While she was awarded a Scholarship from the University for the first year, Deepika has also received a Teaching Assistant Fellowship in International Monetary Economics. She is currently working with Astor Investment Management as an Associate.

Deepti Nair

Deepti Nair Purdue University MBA

Deepti was awarded the Narotam Sekhsaria Scholarship to pursue her MBA from Purdue University. After graduating in 2012, she worked with A. T. Kearney as an Analytics Associate for 2 years. She currently works as a Senior Program Manager at Amazon.

Devang Mundhra

Devang Mundhra Stanford University MS in Electrical Engineering

Devang completed his Masters’ in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. After graduation he joined Oracle America working on cloud in a box data solutions, developing distributed high-performance storage servers. He returned to India in 2015 and is currently working at a fintech startup in Bangalore.

Devang Toshniwal

Devang Toshniwal The Wharton School of UPenn MBA

Devang Toshniwal is based out of Singapore and is currently working as a Senior Associate with Warburg Pincus. He joined the firm’s India team in 2018 and transitioned to Singapore in 2020 to help the firm scale up its investing initiatives in ASEAN. He has worked across multiple sectors, including TMT, Real Estate, Healthcare and Financial Services. Prior to joining Warburg Pincus, Devang has worked at The Boston Consulting Group and PwC. He is a Chartered Accountant and has received All India Rank-21 in CA-Final. He holds a B.Com from St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata and has also passed all levels of International CFA and Company Secretary. Devang is now heading to The Wharton School of UPenn for his MBA to work towards his aspiration of building profitable businesses that create sustainable solutions for low and middle-income communities. His long term goal is to launch an investment fund aimed at partnering with entrepreneurs and governments across emerging markets including India. Besides contributing capital, he will help entrepreneurs harness technologies, leverage networks and facilitate cross-country learning. He is passionate about mentoring underprivileged children and consulting startups / first-generation entrepreneurs. He is an avid swimmer, amateur runner and a long-time physics enthusiast.

Devina Malaviya

Devina Malaviya University of Cambridge LLM

Devina is a graduate from National Law University, Delhi. She completed her Master of Law (LLM) at the University of Cambridge. Devina’s interest lies in the area of criminal and constitution law. In law school, she worked as a researcher for the Death Penalty Research Project carried out by National Law University, Delhi. Upon graduation, she has worked as Law Clerk cum Research Assistant with Justice Kurian Joseph at the Supreme Court of India. Through her Masters’ education abroad, she hopes to acquire a nuanced understanding of her areas of interest and use the same to constructively contribute to the Indian legal system

Divya Iyer

Divya Iyer University College London, SOAS Masters in Human Rights Law

Divya has a BA (Hons) English degree from Hindu College, New Delhi and a Postgraduate Diploma in Mass Communication/Broadcast Journalism from Symbiosis Institute of Mass Communication, Pune. She also has a Masters’ Degree in Human Rights Law from School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. A seasoned journalist for over a decade, she started her career with Aaj Tak as a Reporter and thereafter joined CNN IBN as a Senior Special Correspondent. Currently, she is working as Director-Research Programme with Amnesty International.

Divya Punwani

Divya Punwani University of Oxford MSc in Immunology

After completing her BSc in Life-Sciences from St. Xavier’s college in Mumbai, Divya completed MSc and then PhD in Immunology at the University of Oxford, UK in January 2010. She worked as a post-doctoral scholar and then as a Development Specialist at the University of California, San Francisco, in the Department of Paediatrics, until February 2017. She joined Roche Diagnostics International Ltd in Switzerland in May 2017 as a Clinical Science Associate and currently holds the position of Clinical Evidence Leader, based in Malaysia.

Divyansh Kaushik

Divyansh Kaushik Carnegie Mellon University Masters in Language Technologies

Divyansh has earned his B.E in Computer Engineering from Thapar University, Patiala along with a Masters’ from Carnegie Mellon University. He is now a PhD candidate at Carnegie Mellon focusing on creating robust machine learning methods for natural language processing. His work received a Best Paper Award at EMNLP 2018 held in Brussels and he was also selected for a Spotlight talk at ICLR 2020 in Addis Ababa. He has served as the Director of Legislative Affairs for the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students, and is currently also serving as the Vice President for External Affairs for the Carnegie Mellon University Graduate Student Assembly. He has led multiple advocacy trips to Washington DC to meet with lawmakers regarding various issues impacting graduate students. In August of 2018, he was chosen by the American Association for Advancement of Science for a “Force for Science” spotlight.

Eeshani Godbole

Eeshani Godbole University of Minnesota, Twin Cities PhD in Chemical Engineering

Eeshani obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai and is currently pursuing a fully funded PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities under the guidance of Dr David Poerschke. Presently, her research is focused on the design and development of ceramic coatings used for gas turbines and jet engines. Her previous research project at ICT under the supervision of Dr P.K. Ghosh focused on improving water and detergent usage efficiency for household laundry machines. They have filed for an Indian patent for their work. After her PhD, she hopes to start her own industrial consultancy in India with an affiliated chain of laboratories. She wishes to make these labs accessible to graduate students to strengthen the industry-academics synergy. Eeshani is an avid reader, a Bharatnatyam dancer and enjoys travelling.

Gaurav Balhara

Gaurav Balhara Indian School of Business MBA

Gaurav is a B. Tech from IIT Delhi and MBA from Indian School of Business Hyderabad. He is passionate about real estate development and startup. He has worked with leading companies like EMAAR, and Piramal Realty. Before Piramal, Gaurav has worked with Mckinsey & Co and Unitech Group. He currently runs his consulting firm in logistics space taking care of complete development cycle of project from land acquisition, approvals, sales & marketing, CRM and PMC.

Gaurav Dubey

Gaurav Dubey Harvard Business School MBA

After completing his Bachelors’ in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Kanpur, Gaurav joined ITC Ltd. On completion of his MBA from Harvard Business School in 2010, Gaurav worked as VP Business Manager & Strategy with the CEO at Yes Bank and led the Corp FP&A and Treasury functions at Vectra, an Apollo Private Equity owned company. Currently, he is working as VP of Financial Planning and Treasury at Sunpower.

Gorish Aggarwal

Gorish Aggarwal Stanford University MS in Electrical Engineering

Gorish completed his MS in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University with a research focus in Computational Neuroscience and Artificial Intelligence. Suring his masters, he was the course instructor for the graduate course on Linear Dynamical Systems (EE 263) and also worked on Stanford Artificial Retina project under Prof. EJ Chichilnisky to develop an electronic implant that will restore vision to people blinded by incurable retinal disease. Currently, he is working as Virtual Software Engineer at Stanford University. He also has a deep-rooted interest in entrepreneurship and dabbles in multiple domains including retail, fintech, and education. An IIT Delhi graduate, he has co-authored various research publications and filed multiple patents. He is always excited about connecting with other people from the community and can be reached at his Gmail or Linkedin anytime.

Gourab Barik

Gourab Barik Purdue University PhD in Electrical and ComputerEngineering

Gourab is currently working as an Analog Design Engineer at Tagore Technology. He is a B.Tech graduate in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering from Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST)- Shibpur. Gourab is heading to Purdue for his Master’s as it gives him the flexibility to go for a Ph.D. program. Post his Master’s he intends to pursue his PhD and start a product- based semiconductor company in India. He aspires to be a part of the fabrication lab revolution in India. He is a sport enthusiast who enjoys playing cricket, table tennis, football and also likes fish keeping.

Guha Arunkumar

Guha Arunkumar University of Pennsylvania MS in Biotechnology

Having completed his Bachelor’s in Biotechnology from VIT University and Masters’ at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Guha is pursuing a PhD in Microbiology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York. Currently, he works on developing vaccines and therapeutics against influenza virus. With research experience gathered at the Indian Institute of Science, Penn, and Mount Sinai, Guha hopes to work in industry based vaccine R&D against emerging viruses and infectious diseases, to directly impact public health.

Gulika Reddy

Gulika Reddy Harvard Kennedy School Masters in Public Policy

Gulika Reddy is a human rights lawyer and the Founder & Director of Schools of Equality, a non-profit organization in India that runs activity-based programs in schools with the aim to shift social attitudes that perpetuate gender-based violence and other forms of identity-based discrimination. She has worked with lawyers and non-profits and academic institutions in India to prevent and respond to gender-based violence by representing women in court, conducting rights-awareness and sensitization programs, reporting human rights violations, leading advocacy efforts, and working towards mainstreaming human rights education in India. She is currently the Senior Clinical Teaching Fellow at Columbia Law School’s Human Rights Clinic

Hardik Machhar

Hardik Machhar University of Cornell MS in Operations Research

Hardik was awarded the NSF scholarship to study MS in Operations Research from the University of Cornell. Having completed the course in the year 2007, he also received the best Masters’ of Engineering project award in the same year for his exuberant project on School Bus Routing. This was followed by a job at Capgemini Consulting where he focused on delivering Telecommunication projects for clients. Currently he is a Senior Manager at Deloitte Consulting focusing primarily on public sector clients to improve public assistance for the masses across the country

Hardik Patil

Hardik Patil University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MSE in Structural Engineering

Hardik Patil is currently in the final semester of the MSE in Structural Engineering program at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and is awaiting admission offers for a Ph.D. in structural engineering research. He received his Bachelor of Technology degree (with Honors) in Civil Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. He wishes to pursue a career in industry research and has worked on various research projects on remote sensing, water resources, and analyzing structures under extreme load conditions like hurricanes. At present, his work focuses on the study of novel origami-inspired deployable and reconfigurable systems for the rapid fabrication of complicated surfaces like ship hulls. Outside of the classroom, he volunteered as a student-mentor and served as the Media-Marketing Head for the Entrepreneurship Cell of IIT Bombay. Hardik likes to engage in photography, cooking, books, gaming, and workouts in his free time.

Harish Sundaresh

Harish Sundaresh Massachusetts Institute of Technology Masters in Computation for Design and Optimization

Harish Sundaresh is a vice president and portfolio manager at Loomis, Sayles & Company. As director of the firm’s Systematic Investing group, he heads a team responsible for developing and managing systematic quantitative trading strategies in the multi-asset space. Prior to joining Loomis Sayles in 2010, he was a partner, director and portfolio manager at Armored Wolf, a global macro hedge fund based in Orange County. Previously, Harish was a quantitative analyst at Duff Capital Advisors, a global macro tiger cub hedge fund and at UBS Investment Bank, based in New York. He earned a BS in electrical engineering from Anna University, India and an SM in applied mathematics (computational engineering) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Harish also serves as an editor and reviewer for several quantitative financial conferences and journals, and has been quoted in leading financial publications including the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg and the Financial Times.

Harsh Vijay Singh

Harsh Vijay Singh Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs Masters in Public Administration

Harsh graduated with Masters’ in Public Administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, concentrating on Energy & Environment policy. While at SIPA, he worked as a consultant for World Bank’s Poverty Reduction global practice and did internship at World Resources Institute. His undergraduate degree is in Instrumentation Engineering from IIT Kharagpur. He has worked as a Senior Research Associate with Abdul Lateef Jameel Poverty Action Lab, where he undertook research on issues related to energy and environment and at GE Power&Water on strategy development in industrial and urban water and wastewater management. Currently, he is working with World Economic Forum in Geneva (Switzerland), Project Lead for the System Initiative on Shaping the Future of Energy

Harshet Lunani

Harshet Lunani University of Oxford MSc in Mathematics and Computers

An alumnus of the prestigious St. Stephen’s College, New Delhi, Harshet graduated from the University of Oxford with a Masters’ in Mathematics and Computers. He has worked with Merrill Lynch, Boston Consulting Group and Endeavor Global prior to joining Milvik (a Swedish startup involved in providing micro insurance in emerging markets through a mobile platform) where he served as the Country Director (Indonesia). He is the founder of Qaola, an insure-tech company.

Harshit Mehta

Harshit Mehta ETH, Zurich MS in Process Engineering

Harshit is pursuing his Masters’ degree in Process Engineering from ETH Zurich. After graduation, he wants to continue doing a PhD with a focus on defossilization of the chemical industry. Harshit’s ambition is to start a firm and lead India towards a defossilized and carbon-neutral economy. He enjoys playing badminton, jogging and watching movies.  Harshit graduated in Chemical Engineering from Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai

Ishita Mohanty

Ishita Mohanty London School of Economics MSc in Economics

A B.A. in Economics from Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi, Ishita was admitted to the Masters’ programme in Economics course at the London School of Economics. Currently, she is the Head of Finance and Commercial at The Kraft Heinz Company.

Janardhan Kodavasal

Janardhan Kodavasal University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MS and PhD in Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering

Janardhan is a 2007 Narotam Sekhsaria scholar. He obtained his MS and PhD in Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA in 2013. During his PhD, he interned at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (California) and Robert Bosch LLC (Detroit). Thereafter he worked as a scientist at the Center for Transportation Research at Argonne National Laboratory (Chicago) for five years, where he led program development efforts to apply supercomputing and machine learning to rapidly optimize internal combustion engine designs. His efforts led to a $750,000 grant from the US Department of Energy. He has over twenty five academic publications in conferences and journals, and has also authored a book chapter. His papers have been cited about 500 times by researchers from across the world. In July 2018, he moved to Cummins Inc. (based in Columbus, Indiana), the largest diesel engine manufacturer in the world. He is a technical manager at Cummins Corporate Research leading a team of engineers supporting various engine development programs. He also leads performance development for a high-impact diesel electric hybrid program, and previously led the performance development for North America and Europe medium duty diesel engines, and an Advanced Combat Engine for US Military tanks. Janardhan lives in Indianapolis with his wife and one-year old daughter.

Jay Shah

Jay Shah Carnegie Mellon University MS in Chemical Engineering

Jay obtained his Bachelors’ degree in Chemical Engineering from ICT Mumbai and has recently completed his Masters’ degree from Carnegie Mellon University in 2017. He is currently based in Houston, Texas and is working as an engineer at Aspen Technology. He is actively involved in the research and development of industry-leading planning & scheduling tools for the petroleum supply chain.

Jayant Rane

Jayant Rane, University of Bath MRes in Regenerative Medicine

Jayant completed his MBBS with distinction from Grant Medical College, Mumbai. He then joined University of Bath where he completed his MRes in Regenerative Medicine with distinction and was awarded Certificate of Merit. He also received the Marie-Curie Fellowship to pursue doctoral research in cancer and stem cells at the University of York. Following research stint, he started an academic clinical career, where he aims to continue basic research along with clinical medical career. His work focusses on cancer evolution and designing new treatments. Currently he is working in London.

Joby Swankutty

Joby Swankutty, University of Cornell MBA

Joby Swankutty is a Director in US Financial Performance Management at Royal Bank of Canada in New York. He has been with RBC for 5 years and worked on U.S Capital Management framework development, CCAR processes and analytics, Capital Policy, U.S ALCO, Balance Sheet Management, and Financial Performance Management. He received his MBA degree in Finance & Strategy from Cornell University, Ithaca and Electronics Engineering degree from National Institute of Technology Calicut, India. Prior to joining RBC, he was with Citibank for 3.5 years in North America Consumer Bank Business Treasury team, primarily working on Asset Liability Management, Funds Transfer pricing and Liquidity. Before joining the Consumer Business Treasury Team, he worked in various teams such as Citi Corporate Strategy and Citi Treasury FX & International Markets.

Jostin Dcosta

Jostin Dcosta Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint-Etienne (EMSE), University of Lyon PhD in Ultra-Flexible Organic Oximeter (UFOO)

Jostin Dcosta has a post graduate degree in Chemistry from Mangalore University and worked at the National Centre for Flexible Electronics, IIT-Kanpur as Senior Research Associate. He is at Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint-Etienne (EMSE), University of Lyon, France pursuing PhD in Ultra-Flexible Organic Oxymeter (UFOO). His dream is to pursue PhD and post doctorate in his field and start a lab in India eventually. Jostin has also worked at ISRO and has published an article on H2S gas detection sensors. He enjoys debating and quizzing.

Jyoti Narula Ranjan

Jyoti Narula Ranjan Indian School of Business MBA

Jyoti has an MBA from Indian School of Business (ISB, Hyderabad), and a MCA from University of Delhi, New Delhi. Currently she is working with Facebook, Mumbai as part of the Global Marketing Solutions team. She has earlier worked with Google, Star India (‘Hotstar’), Aricent, Embibe, InMobi and Netcore. She has also independently consulted with small to mid-sized companies. For 6 years, Jyoti was also the co-founder of SynTalk, a freewheeling interdisciplinary talk show with a philosophical approach to understanding the world from a long term perspective. SynTalk has released 161 episodes since 2014 & have hosted SynTalkrs from a multitude of disciplines. SynTalk is committed to creating a unique globally recognized platform for original long term conversations & thinking across disciplines.

Kaivan Wadia

Kaivan Wadia University of Texas, Austin MS in Computer Science

Kaivan completed his Masters’ from University of Texas, Austin in May 2016 and has joined Amazon as a Software Development Engineer. He has worked on various teams within Amazon including Amazon Business and Amazon Advertising. His work involves translating ads into various languages using Machine Translation systems.

Karan Kumar

Karan Kumar, Harvard Business School MBA

Karan is with Amazon in Seattle and is involved in building technology products for Amazon’s transportation partners across the world. He studied Commerce at the undergraduate level from Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University and worked for 7 years, including two and a half years as an early hire at Central Square Foundation before getting an MBA from Harvard Business School in 2016. He is returning to India in summer 2020

Karan Maini

Karan Maini University of Wisconsin-Madison MS in Computer Engineering

Karan has completed his bachelors in Electronics and Communication from PEC University of Technology, Chandigarh. He has worked with Nomura for two years as a software developer. He graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison with a master’s degree in Computer Engineering. He is currently working as a Software engineer at Cisco Systems in San Jose, California. Being a part of WAN Orchestration team, he has received numerous recognition awards for his phenomenal work on Smart Licensing development. He was a part of Cisco Crosswork Network Automation suite which provides real-time network optimization, allowing operators to effectively maximize network utilization as well as increase service velocity. Currently he is working with Crosswork Optimization Engine which fulfills the need for a closed-loop optimization to help automate bandwidth optimization and efficiently steer traffic with little operator intervention.

Karan Vikram Rao

Karan Vikram Rao Indian School of Business MBA

After graduating from H. R. College of Commerce & Economics, University of Mumbai, Karan worked with TresVista Financial Services Pvt. Ltd. as a Financial Analyst for 3 years. He then joined Indian School of Business (Hyderabad) to pursue his MBA in Finance and Strategy after which he took up a role with Deloitte as a Strategy Consultant. He spent 5 years in the US working with CFO organisations of Fortune 500 trying to optimise their operations. Given his passion for solving business problems, he is back to India working as VP of Business at Rocketium to help them optimise operations and scale their businesses. In his free time, he enjoys playing cricket.

Karishma Tiwari

Karishma Tiwari University of Oxford MPhil in Economics

Karishma completed her Bachelors’ in Economics from the School of Economics, NMIMS University (Mumbai) in 2013. Karishma went on to complete M.Phil in Economics from the University of Oxford in 2015. She has worked as a research assistant with the ILO whilst at Oxford. Her continued passion for Economics and Finance has been instrumental in her decision to join the Economic and Financial Consulting division of FTI Consulting where she worked as a Senior Consultant. Karishma is now a Manager at the Economic Advisory department of Deloitte, where she works on advising clients on a range of economic issues in both the public and private sector.

Karthik Vijayakumar

Karthik Vijayakumar Carnegie Mellon University MS in Robotics

With a B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from NIT, Trichy, Karthik pursued his Masters’ in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University in the field of Motion Planning for autonomous agents. After his studies, he intends to work in surgical robotics and then come back to India to start a company that uses robotics for health, agriculture and defence. He likes to play cricket and has also played it professionally.

Kartik M. Sivaraman

Kartik M. Sivaraman ETH Zurich MS in Micro-Nanosystems

Kartik pursued a Masters’ in Micro-Nanosystems from ETH Zurich. Subsequently, he completed his PhD in implantable medical devices at the Multi Scale Robotics Lab, ETH Zurich in June 2013. After working at MSRL till the end of 2013, he became one of the first employees in the quality engineering division of the newly formed medical device company, DePuy-Synthes, at Basel. He is currently a medical device platform leader working at Novartis Pharma in Basel.

Kartik Patekar

Kartik Patekar University of Cambridge MS in Mathematical & Theoretical Physics

Kartik is currently pursuing his (Masters’ of Advanced Studies) MASt in Applied Mathematical & Theoretical Physics from the University of Cambridge. He has finished his Bachelors in Engineering Physics from IIT-Bombay, and is very passionate about research in Theoretical Physics. Kartik is a recipient of the prestigious S.N.Bose scholarship for a summer research program at Harvard University. He has also undertaken a variety of research projects ranging from Quantum Information to Condensed Matter Physics. Kartik is enthusiastic about trekking and camping activities, and has completed the Mountaineering Adventure Course from Nehru Institute of Mountaineering.

Kedar Dabhadkar

Kedar Dabhadkar Carnegie Mellon University MS in Chemical Engineering

Kedar is a Data Scientist at Ketos, a startup that helps organizations solve operational challenges in water quality monitoring and management. Kedar develops data-driven solutions for Ketos’ partners to enable them to use their water resources smartly. He is interested in empowering stakeholders with data-driven and fact-based decision-making. Kedar earned his Bachelor’s degree from ICT, Mumbai, followed by a Master’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University, both in Chemical Engineering. While working on his Master’s thesis project, he worked in collaboration with Air Liquide to forecast the performance of chemical reactors using data-driven methods. In his free time, he takes drumming lessons and reading books about history.

Kishen Kudur Shastry

Kishen Kudur Shastry University of Cambridge MPhil in Economics

Kishen is a Ph.D. Economics student at the University of Cambridge. He holds an MPhil in Economic Research at Cambridge, in addition, he also holds an Economics degree from The Graduate Institute Geneva, where he was a Hans Wilsdorf Foundation scholar. Kishen was awarded a full scholarship to pursue Liberal Studies at Ashoka University as a Young India Fellow. He holds a Computer Science undergraduate degree from the National Institute of Technology, Karnataka. He was also sponsored by The Fund for American Studies to attend the Asian Institute of Political Economics at Hong Kong University. Kishen’s long term goal is to contribute towards politics and public policy discourse in India.  His subject interest lies in the intersection of economics and development policies. He is a regular participant in international conferences and writes for journals focusing on these subjects. He has previously worked at the investment bank Credit Suisse

Krithika Jeyaraman

Krithika Jeyaraman University of Indiana MBA

Krithika completed her Bachelors’ in Electrical Engineering from Anna University, Chennai and went on to join the MBA programme of the University of Indiana, Kelley School of Business. Currently, she is working as Director Business Process Consultant with United Services Automobile Association.

Kriti Gupta

Kriti Gupta Harvard Business School MBA

Kriti graduated with a Bachelors’ degree in Chemical Engineering from IIT Bombay and worked with IDG Ventures India (now called Chiratae Ventures) as a part of the Investment Team. She is currently pursuing MBA from Harvard Business School. She has also been an active member of various technology groups through college and beyond. After completing her Masters’ at Harvard, she plans to get hands on experience of building technology products in the US for a while and then return to India. Her long-term goal is to start her own company in India. She hopes to bring insights from her experience in the US back to India to help create new business opportunities.

Kshitij Saxena

Kshitij Saxena IIM Bangalore MBA

Kshitij Saxena is the CEO and co-founder of Autoninja, India’s largest Auto CRM. Kshitij started Autoninja in 2013, raised 2 rounds of venture financing, got the company to profitability and exited to ICICI Lombard in a rare all-cash deal in 2019. Autoninja was Kshitij’s second startup. Before this, Kshitij started a gaming studio, 5Shells, that did not pan out. Currently, Kshitij is a Vice President at ICICI Lombard. He is also a visiting faculty member at IIM Bangalore where he teaches Venture Capital & Entrepreneurship. He also invests in technology startups through Relentless VC, his angel fund. Kshitij has spent more than a decade in the venture capital ecosystem pitching and building his two startups. Kshitij has an MBA from IIM Bangalore, where he was on the Director’s Merit List, and has a BTech from IIT Kanpur. He is a programmer at heart and is also the father of a baby boy.

Kunal Saluja

Kunal Saluja, Johns Hopkins University MS in Robotics

Kunal is currently working as a computer vision scientist at Apple. He completed his MS in Robotics from Johns Hopkins University with a specialization in Artificial Intelligence. He has previously been in involved with numerous startups focusing on robotics and computer vision.

Kushal Bahl

Kushal Bahl University of Akron PhD in Polymer Engineering

A B.Tech in Polymer Engineering & Technology from ICT, Kushal joined the Masters’ program in Polymer Engineering at the University of Akron. After graduating in 2010, he continued to pursue his PhD in Polymer Engineering there. His interests are polymer compounding, structure property relationships, and product development of sustainable polymer materials. Currently, he lives in Brookline, Massachusetts and works as Technical Manager at Teknor Apex Company.

Madhav Malhotra

Madhav Malhotra University of Oxford MPhil in Economics

Madhav has received his formal education at Hansraj College, University of Delhi, and Worcester College, University of Oxford with a BA and MPhil degree in Economics, respectively. He has worked as a research assistant at the Centre for Economic Performance, LSE (alongside his Masters’) on several policy-relevant issues, with the purpose of understanding what are the policies that enable or support structural transformation in developing countries. Currently, he is working with the International Growth Centre in Myanmar on quantifying the spill over effects of Special Economic Zones (SEZs). Madhav wants to continue working at the intersection of academia and policy.

Madhu Yalamarthi

Madhu Yalamarthi Stanford University MBA

Madhu is a Vice President at GGV Capital – A global multi-stage, venture capital firm with $9.0 billion in assets under management. He works as an apprentice to Hans Tung (Forbes Midas list #10) to lead investments in technology startups making a difference in India, Latin America, and the US. Prior to GGV Capital, Madhu has worked in India and Africa at Dalberg (social impact management consulting firm), the Ethiopian government, and a startup that commercializes transformative technologies for social impact. Madhu has graduated with a Bachelors’ in Technology from IIT Kharagpur and an MBA and MS from Stanford University, with Arjay Miller Scholar distinction – Awarded to the academically top 10% of the class. He is also a first-generation high school graduate and comes from humble beginnings in rural India. The path from there to here taught him the importance of education, hustle, hard work, and mentorship. Hence, he gets energy from helping ideas, people, and companies reach their fullest potential. Madhu is especially keen on guiding and mentoring students who are the first in their families to graduate from college.

Madhubala Sriram

Madhubala Sriram London School of Economics MSc in Economics

An alumnus of St. Stephen’s College, Delhi, Madhubala has completed a two year Masters’ programme in Economics from London School of Economics and Politics. Madhubala who is a trained classical singer also performed on the Lion King Stage as part of LSE’s annual play. She represented LSE at the London regional round of the Voice Festival UK 2013. After graduating from LSE with a Distinction she joined RBS London as a graduate analyst. Currently, she is working as Analyst at J.P.Morgan.

Mahak Garg

Mahak Garg Stanford University MBA

Mahak is the co-founder of Udayy – A game-based digital learning platform for kids with live teaching ( She holds a degree in electronics from NSIT and an MBA from Stanford. Prior to her MBA, Mahak worked at Nomura where she launched the first equity structuring desk in Nomura India and later managed an equities portfolio. Additionally, she has worked in her family business of faux leather manufacturing where she headed sales and operations for the company. Mahak has been an avid meditation practitioner for over 9 years. 

Maithili Pai

Maithili Pai Harvard Law School LLM

Maithili graduated from National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS) with a B.A. LL.B.(Hons.) degree in 2017 . She served as a judicial clerk at the Supreme Court of India under Justice DY Chandrachud, where she assisted on landmark cases including among others the right to privacy as a fundamental right under the Indian constitution, the constitutional validity of euthanasia and living wills, the constitutionality of provisions criminalising homosexuality and adultery, the constitutionality of the Aadhaar project and the Sabarimala Temple entry prohibition. After graduating with an LL.M .from Harvard Law School in 2020, she was selected as a Harvard Public Service Venture Fund Kaufman Fellow in recognition of her commitment to public interest work. She currently works at the International Service for Human Rights in New York, assisting on strategic litigation and advocacy to support human rights defenders.

Manasi Sharma

Manasi Sharma Harvard University PhD in Public Health

Dr. Manasi Sharma is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Departments of Emergency Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medicine School, as well as in the Peace and Human Rights Data project at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, where she works on public health and peacebuilding in humanitarian settings. Her current research focuses on war-related violence, justice, resilience, and Ebola-related attitudes and behaviors in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She has a PhD from the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, where her research encompassed mixed-methods studies of trauma and mental health in South Sudan, Liberia, Somalia, and Sierra Leone; increasing adherence to antiretroviral treatment for HIV+ adolescents in Rwanda; and impact evaluations of hospital systems strengthening programs in Liberia. She has Masters’ in clinical psychology and human rights law, and her research interests include global mental health, complex interventions in humanitarian contexts, child and adolescent health, psychiatric epidemiology, psychometrics, human-centered design and medical anthropology.

Manish Chauhan

Manish Chauhan London Business School MBA

Manish is a co-founder and CFO of Arboreal Bioinnovations – an award winning global plant biotechnology platform. Arboreal is India’s first Industrial Scale Organic Producer of High Purity Stevia (the new generation zero calorie sweetener that comes from a plant source) out of India. A little earlier, he co-created and co-managed a top tier hedge fund out of London and earned his post graduation in Management from London Business School and a B. Eng. (First Class Honors) from BITS Pilani

Manisha Rajkumar

Manisha Rajkumar University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign MS in Computer Science

Post her B Tech from IIIT Allahabad, Manisha went on to do her Masters’ in Computer Science, from the University of Illinois, and successfully completed it in 2007. After getting recruited by Microsoft, during her Masters’, she worked in the Windows division, in Redmond, WA, for 7 years. She then shifted focus to developing software and services, for ‘A Place for Mom’ for 3 years. A Place for Mom is the largest senior living referral service in the United States. She is currently working as a Software Engineer, developing business systems software and services, for Tableau Software.

Manoj Ghuhan Arivazhagan

Manoj Ghuhan Arivazhagan Carnegie Mellon University Master of Computational Data Science

Manoj has completed his B.Tech in Computer Science from IIT Guwahati. He is working as a Research Associate at Adobe Research, India. He has 4 US Patent applications from work at Adobe. He wishes to pursue Master of Computational Data Science from the School of Computer Science at CMU to advance his skills and expand his horizons in the areas of Machine Learning (ML), Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Distributed Computing. He envisions himself as an Applied ML researcher working on real-life problems that can impact the lives of millions in future. Manoj is a very big cricket enthusiast. He regularly plays badminton, table tennis and also does a bit of cooking in his spare time.

Manoj Kumar Mahto

Manoj Kumar Mahto University of Essex MSc in Tropical Marine Biology

Manoj is a Biology postgraduate from Pondicherry University and completed his undergraduation in Zoology from Delhi University. He has previously worked as an aquaculture consultant with CPF India in Kakinada. Manoj is persuing his Masters’ in Tropical Marine Biology from University of Essex and post-completion wants to do a PhD focusing on Biofouling and larval ecology. His career goal is to be a Professor at Primer Institutes of India. His master thesis abstract has been selected for the International Indian Ocean Science Conference-2020. Manoj enjoys carrom, football, sketching and is a regular swimmer and freediver.

Mehfuz Basar Mollah

Mehfuz Basar Mollah London School of Economics LLM

Mehfuz specializes in subject matters that involve the interface of law and economics – and its application to policy making. He has a Masters’ degree in economics from Delhi School of Economics and a Masters’ degree in law from London School of Economics. In his past he has worked at PwC, ADB, LSE and Economic Laws Practice. He is currently working at Deloitte in its strategic consulting division as an Associate Director where he advises clients on policy and regulatory issues

Mihir Kulkarni

Mihir Kulkarni IIM Kolkata MBA

“Mihir is currently Head of Marketing at Tata Digital. He was previously Vice President and held various leadership positions at Pepperfry and was a part of the founding team. Primarily, he has been Head of Marketing responsible for scaling Pepperfry to become India’s biggest and most well-known Furniture brand over the last 7 years. Mihir completed his MBA from IIM Calcutta in 2007 post which he worked with Nokia for 3 years in Sales and Marketing. Mihir was also part of the key team which launched Hotstar in 2015 by setting up the Data analytics function at Hotstar.

Monil Singhal

Monil Singhal Stanford University MBA

Monil hails from New Delhi and graduated from Shri Ram College of Commerce with a BA (Hons) in Economics 2015. She enjoys macroeconomics and finance, and also pursued actuarial science along with her degree. After working with Deutsche Bank post graduation, she joined Central Square Foundation in 2016, where she took up various roles as a Program Manager. Her work focused on government-focused education projects in Delhi and Andhra Pradesh, supporting the strategic expansion of the foundation and venture philanthropy for early stage non-profits. She got accepted for her Masters’ at Stanford and Harvard, and joined Stanford given its focus on entrepreneurship and social impact. Post Masters’, she is setting up a venture studio, Meraki Labs, aimed at building impactful companies in India. She is also passionate about food – she loves cooking and writing culinary blogs, and is currently doing a project for a global food start-up, Deliveroo.

Mrinal S. Rammohan

Mrinal S. Rammohan The Bartlett, University College London MA in Architectural History

Having completed his MA in Architectural History from The Bartlett, UCL, Mrinal is now working as the Written Communications Manager at Foster + Partners in London. His research has been exhibited at various prestigious venues including the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Venice Biennale 2014. He is also the founding editor of LOBBY, the new architectural journal of the Bartlett School of Architecture.

Mukund Poddar

Mukund Poddar Harvard University MS in Health Data Science

Mukund is pursuing a Master of Science in Health Data Science from the Harvard School of Public Health.  Previously, he completed a B.Tech in Computer Science and worked as a software development engineer with Amazon Indian Development Centre. In the future, he wants to work on technology that will enable improved access for minority stakeholders in healthcare and better primary care. Mukund has won several inter-college quiz competitions. He also likes swimming, and playing badminton and board games.

Mustafa Bootwala

Mustafa Bootwala University of California, Berkeley MS in Chemical Engineering

Mustafa is a Chemical Engineer working at the cutting edge of climate change remediation technologies. He is currently scaling new lithium extraction processes at Lilac Solutions Inc., (named as the 2021 Cleantech Early stage company of the year). He has previously worked in the biotech space developing carbon neutral fuels and discovering a novel polymer recycling technology. He is based in the Bay Area and on the weekends you can find him hiking, biking or skiing.

Naga Lavanya Desiraju

Naga Lavanya Desiraju University of Chicago MA in Social Sciences (Economics Major)

Lavanya is a final year BA (Hons) Economics student at Shri Ram College of Commerce and is now heading to University of Chicago to pursue MA in Social Sciences (Economics Major).
Her long-term goal is to pursue PhD in Economics and become a Professor. Lavanya presented her paper on ‘IT trade between India and US’ at the 4th International Conference on Business, Management, and Economics, in Berlin. Her research paper, ‘The impact of US-China Trade War on SAARC nations’, was published in Strides, SRCC. Lavanya is trained in Kuchipudi dance, veena, Carnatic and Hindustani music. She also plays throwball and kabaddi. Her poems have been published in two books titled ‘The Great Indian Anthology’ and ‘Love, As We Know It’.

Namrata Maheshwari

Namrata Maheshwari Columbia Law School LLM

Namrata Maheshwari is a technology policy advocate. She works with policy organizations, technology companies and government representatives around the world towards strengthening data privacy, security, free speech and access in the digital age. Prior to this, she worked at a premiere corporate law firm in India where she specialized in mergers and acquisitions, and then as a litigator before Indian courts in the area of civil and commercial law. Namrata completed her LL.M. from Columbia Law School, New York, as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar in 2020. She received her BA., LL.B. (Hons) in 2016 from Jindal Global Law School where she was a recipient of the Shallu Jindal Scholarship for Outstanding Women. She is currently working for Access Now in India.

Nandan Phadke

Nandan Phadke The Ohio State University MS in Computer Science

Nandan graduated with a Masters’ in Computer Science, specializing in High Performance Computing, from The Ohio State University. He is currently working on building the next paradigm in computing with Amazon Alexa. Throughout his academic and professional journey, Nandan has been involved with and headed various social service organization with a personal focus on grass root development and environment conservation.

Nihar Mhatre

Nihar Mhatre University of Minnesota, Twin Cities MS in Electrical Engineering

After completing his B E Electronics from Fr. Conceicao Rodrigues College of Engineering, University of Mumbai, Nihar joined the MSEE course at the University of Minnesota. He is now working with Intel as Senior Software Engineer.

Niharika Satish

Niharika Satish University of Oxford MSc in Economics for Development

Niharika is in her final year of her undergraduate degree pursuing a BSc (Research) in Economics with minors in History and Mathematics at Shiv Nadar University. One of her semesters was pursued at the University of Bologna with 100% tuition fee waiver awarded jointly by Shiv Nadar University and the University of Bologna. She is currently interning at IFMR LEAD and has been promoted to the position of Research Consultant on graduation. She is heading to the University of Oxford this Fall to pursue an MSc in Economics for Development. She intends to complete a PhD and later work as a Professional Economist with international think tanks or various Government bodies while actively taking part in academia. Niharika enjoys cooking, baking and reading Jane Austen novels. She has recently taken up yoga.

Nikhil Rao

Nikhil Rao University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MS in Computer Science

A B.Tech in Computer Science from IIT Bombay, Nikhil went on to complete an MS in Computer Science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Thereafter, he joined Google in 2008 and is working as a Senior Staff Software Engineer with the Cluster Management Group. Nikhil has also started a company called IDO Technologies which is based out of Mumbai.

Nikita Khosla

Nikita Khosla University of Oxford MBA

Nikita currently works as a Senior Director at the Luminos Fund where she leads program development and expansion in sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East. She also manages relationships with key stakeholders and oversees aspects of financial and operations management at Luminos. She previously helped set up the India operations for STIR Education and worked closely with the CEO on issues of sustainability and financial oversight. Nikita holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from India and an MBA from the University of Oxford. She lives in New York with her husband and 4 year old son and continues to be passionate and optimistic about the education sector in India.

Niranjini Rajagopal

Niranjini Rajagopal Carnegie Mellon University PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Niranjini Rajagopal is a Research Scientist at Amazon. She got her PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. Prior to joining Carnegie Mellon University, she worked in industry for three years and received a Bachelors’ degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from the National Institute of Technology Trichy, India. Her research is in the area of wireless sensor networks, embedded sensing systems and cyber-physical systems. During her PhD, her work won the International Microsoft Indoor Localization Competition in 2015 and 2018. She is a Graduate Teaching Fellow at the Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence and Educational Innovation at CMU. She received the CMU William S. Dietrich II Presidential PhD Fellowship in 2015 and the Samsung PhD Fellowship in internet of things area in 2016. She was among the MIT EECS Rising Stars in 2018.

Niti Madhugiri

Niti Madhugiri University of North Carolina MS in Computer Science

Niti has an integrated dual degree in B.E. Electronics and M.Sc. Physics from BITS-Pilani (Goa Campus). She has worked on a remote project with University of Liverpool, UK and in the HCI Lab at National University of Singapore. She completed her Masters” in Computer Science from University of North Carolina Chapel Hill where she worked on a project related to autonomous navigation of micro-aerial vehicles and also received research assistantship for the first year. She has undergone a summer internship with the National Institute of Aerospace Langley Research Center and wants to pursue a PhD. Currently she is working as Senior Mission Systems Design Engineer at Pixxel.

Nitin Tanwar

Nitin Tanwar University of Cambridge Mphil in Engineering for Sustainable Development

After completing his MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development from University of Cambridge, Nitin joined Cargill Corporation’s European Power, Gas and Emissions Trading business in London where he invested in carbon mitigation projects. He then turned entrepreneur by founding, a data analytics website, that was later acquired by a US based financial consulting company. He then founded and ran his next venture, Climate Connect Technologies, applying Artificial Intelligence in renewable energy before it got acquired by NASDAQ listed Renew Power. He lives in London with his wife and lovely little daughter. 

Noopur Sen

Noopur Sen Harvard Kennedy School MPA in International Development and Juris Doctor

Noopur has completed her graduation from Shri Ram College of Commerce with a B.A in Economics (Honours) and completed post graduate combined degree in law and public policy (i.e. Juris Doctor & Master in Public Administration in International Development) from Harvard University. At present, she is an Research Assistant at Harvard Law School. She wants to forge a career that exploits instruments from both disciplines to attain a deeper understanding of why inequalities come to be and to improve policy responses – both in conception and execution. Upon graduating, she wants to work in international law and domestic policy. She has also interned at Asylum Protection Centre and worked as consultant at World Bank. In the long run, she aspires to work within Indian government to envision and enact evidence-informed policy towards the goal of a more equal society.

Omkar Mehta

Omkar Mehta University of Illinois Urbana Champaign MS in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research

Omkar completed his Chemical Engineering from Institute of Chemical Technology and is currently an Assistant Manager with Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd. He will be pursuing Masters’ in Industrial Engineering focusing on Advanced Analytics from University of Illinois Urbana Champaign (UIUC).  His dream is to work as a Data Scientist in the US and come back to setup his own consultancy services categoring to chemical engineering firms. Omkar loves reading different genre of books including fiction,non-fiction and autobiography. 

Padmini Patnaik

Padmini Patnaik Stony Brook University MS in CS

A B.E. in Computer Science, Padmini worked as a Research Assistant at IIT Bombay before she went on to do a Masters’ programme in Computer Science from Stony Brook University. After graduating in 2007, Padmini has been working as a Executive Director for Morgan Stanley and is working in the Prime Brokerage division at present.

Paridhi Maheshwari

Paridhi Maheshwari Stanford University Masters in Computer Science with specialisation in AI

Paridhi graduated from IIT Kanpur in 2018 with a Bachelors’ degree in Electrical Engineering. She is currently working as a Research Associate at Adobe Research, Bangalore where she focuses on identifying and solving impactful research problems and collaborating with product teams to understand their industrial use cases. She has also published her work in top-tier conferences like SIGIR, AAAI, PAKDD and IUI and filed 7 patents at USPTO. She is heading to Stanford University to pursue Masters in Computer Science with a specialisation in Artificial Intelligence. Paridhi is a recipient of Adobe Women Technology scholarship and has also received the Academic Excellence Award from IIT Kanpur. She enjoys music and travel.

Parth Shah

Parth Shah Universtity of California Santa Barbara PhD in Chemical Engineering

Parth has done his under-graduate studies from ICT Mumbai where he graduated with a Bachelors’ degree in Chemical Engineering. He is now pursuing a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is pursuing his Ph.D. in the area of microfluidics, developing novel techniques which can be used for transporting colloids in dead-end narrow pores which have applications in enhanced oil recovery and targeted drug delivery. After completing his Ph.D he would want to work for sometime in the US industry and then come back to India to start a business.

Piyush Pratik

Piyush Pratik Stanford University MBA

A gold-medalist from IIT Delhi, Piyush holds a B.Tech. & M.Tech dualdegree in Biochemical Engineering & Biotechnology. Piyush is a theatre-enthusiast and has written, directed and acted in several plays through college. He pursued his MBA from Stanford University, having gained admission and Fellowship offers from Harvard, Wharton and Kellogg business schools as well. Piyush started as a management consultant at Bain & Company and then led Product Marketing globally with InMobi, India’s first unicorn, rising quickly to become Director. Passionate about mobile technology, Piyush aims to use mobile-tech to bridge India’s digital divide, and has joined Apple post-MBA as a Product Manager for iPhone. He was the lead PM for iPhone SE (2nd generation)

Pradeep Dherendra

Pradeep Dherendra Newcastle University Masters cum PhD in Systems Neuroscience

Pradeep received his Bachelors’ of Technology in Electronics and Communication Engineering from National Institute of Technology Trichy (NITT). He then worked for an Indian Multimedia systems company in the field of audio signal processing which made him deeply interested in auditory neuroscience. He later worked with NIMHANS (Bangalore) to study epilepsy, and schizophrenia. He secured a position on a Masters’-cum-PhD program in Systems Neuroscience at Newcastle University, UK. In 2019, he was awarded his doctorate degree in Auditory Neuroscience. He now plans to use his expertise in MEG, EEG, and fMRI that he developed while working at UCL London to understand the neuropathophysiology underlying Schizophrenia spectrum disorder.

Pranav Sudhir Pandit

Pranav Sudhir Pandit Universtity of California, Davis Masters in Preventive Vetinerary Medicine

Pranav has completed his Masters’ in Preventive Veterinary Medicine from the University of California, Davis, and Ph.D. in veterinary epidemiology from the French National Institute of Agriculture Research. Currently, he is working as a Researcher in One Health Institute, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis. His research expertise lies in the mathematical modeling of infectious diseases of wildlife, livestock, and humans. Pranav’s recent research investigates environmental factors associated with the distribution of zoonotic pathogens in animal populations using innovative machine learning approaches. He also has experience in large-scale agent-based models to quantify mechanisms of transmission for livestock pathogens and optimize mitigation strategies

Prashanth Bhupendera Ramakrishnan

Prashanth Bhupendera Ramakrishnan University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MS in Mechanical Engineering

Prashanth is a gold medallist graduate in Mechanical Engineering from NIT Karnataka, Surathkal currently employed as a Packaging R&D Engineer in Intel Corp., USA. He received a Masters’ degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan (UoM), Ann Arbor, where he was a recipient of the William Mirsky Memorial Fellowship for academic and research excellence. At UoM, he worked on engineering laser-aided lightweighting methods for various applications. He hopes to leverage this experience to develop cutting edge manufacturing solutions for the semiconductor industry. He is also an accomplished tennis player and an avid aviation enthusiast

Prateek Gupta

Prateek Gupta London Business School MBA

Prateek holds a graduate degree in B.Tech Production and Industrial Engineering from IIT Roorkee. He worked as a Senior Research Analyst with McKinsey & Company and is currently pursuing MBA from London Business School for his Masters’ in Business Administration. Prateek is passionate about the technology sector and believes in its power as a force for good, thereby working extensively with technology startups and investment funds. Outside work, Prateek actively contributes in NGOs working towards solving learning disabilities, youth unemployment and bhopal gas tragedy rehabilitation. Because of his projects, he was amongst the youngest selected as One Young World ambassador from India.

Prathamesh Mandke

Prathamesh Mandke Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University MS in Computer Engineering

Prathamesh completed his Bachelors’ in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering from College of Engineering, Pune (COEP) in May 2019. During his 2nd year at COEP, he was selected for the Siemens Student Program, under which he worked in the Switch-gear digital factory at Siemens, Mumbai in the domain of industrial automation and robotics. He did a summer intern at Flytbase – an autonomous drones start- up in Pune. His interests lie in developing intelligent computing systems by leveraging the power of AI in edge computing devices. In addition to working on multiple projects during his Bachelors’, he served as the Technical Head at the COEP Amateur Radio Club and has also presented his paper on human posture recognition at the IEEE 8th International Advance Computing Conference. He graduated with a Masters’ degree in Computer Engineering from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Currently, he is working with Qualcomm as Software Engineer in US.

Pratyush Anand

Pratyush Anand ETH Zurich MSc in High Energy Physics

Pratyush completed his B.Tech in Engineering Physics from IIT-Madras. He is currently pursing his MSc in High Energy Physics which is a joint master’s degree from ETH Zurich and Ecole Polytechnique, Paris. He would like to pursue a PhD after completing his Master’s and be a part of a research group. Pratyush has worked as an undergraduate Research Assistant at the Institute of High Energy Physics, China. He has travelled to China for his Bachelors’ Thesis Project ‘Amplitude Analysis of D-meson decay modes’. His project at CERN was instrumentation based where he worked with the ATLAS Collaboration on the calibration techniques involved in the ATLAS Tile Calorimeter.

Pratyush Maini

Pratyush Maini Carnegie Mellon University Ph.D. in Machine Learning

Pratyush completed his B. Tech in Computer Science from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and will be pursuing his Ph.D. program in Machine Learning from Carnegie Mellon University. His career goal is to become a professor and wants to promote Artificial Intelligence among humans by making it more trustworthy. He is a recipient of the Khorana scholarship which funded his internship at CMU. Pratyush enjoys writing poems, reading couplets in Hindi, listening to music, public speaking and debates. Being a sport enthusiast he enjoys playing table tennis,tennis and cricket.

Preksha Jain

Preksha Jain Yale University MA in International and Development Economics

Preksha is working as a Research Associate at a poverty alleviation think-tank affiliated with MIT after completing her Masters in International and Development Economics from Yale University (part of the fortunate cohort that graduated during the peak of the pandemic). She completed her undergraduate studies in Economics from Hans Raj College, Delhi University and worked as an Associate at Bain & Company for two years before heading to Yale. Preksha’s interest lies in using data to provide innovative solutions to socio-economic problems faced by developing countries, and through her work, she would like to catalyze the shift towards evidence-based policymaking. She is currently working with Prof. Tavneet Suri on a long-running Universal Basic Income experiment in Kenya, primarily involved in data collection, visualization, and analysis; her Master’s thesis evaluated the impact of the alcohol prohibition policy on crime in Bihar and her earlier projects include the analysis of inflation trends in the Indian rural-urban context and a report on the state of infrastructure in India. Outside of academics, she dabbles in music, enjoys coffee, and finds time to go trekking in the Himalayas (lately exploring hiking trails in the Northeast US).

Prineeta Kulkarni

Prineeta Kulkarni Harvard Business School MBA

Prineeta is a native of Mumbai, India, and graduated from the MBA program at Harvard Business School in May 2020. She is currently part of the Business Leadership Development Program at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, a science-driven biotechnology company in New York, and supports New Product Planning for early-stage cancer immunotherapies. She previously earned an Integrated Masters’ degree in Biotechnology from the Institute of Bioinformatics and Biotechnology, Pune, and attended the Young India Fellowship at Ashoka University. She is excited to help bring cutting-edge scientific research to market, and aspires to catalyze innovations in health and wellness for emerging-market consumers in the long run.

Pritesh Chajjed

Pritesh Chajjed, University of Texas, Austin MS in Electrical Engineering

Pritesh graduated with Masters’ in Electrical Engineering from University of Texas, Austin. Currently he is working as GPU RTL DesignerApple Inc., Austin, Texas. Originally from Nashik, Pritesh completed his B.Tech, in Electronics and Telecommunication from College of Engineering, Pune. As an undergraduate, Pritesh was involved in development of “Swayam” student satellite which was launched in space by ISRO on 22nd June 2016. After his B.Tech, he worked as an RTL design engineer in semiconductor industry for two years. In future, he plans to develop a fabless semiconductor company in India. Pritesh is also a part of Guinness world record for maximum people solving the Rubik’s Cube at one time. He has organized blood donation drives and is fond of music and stargazing.

Rahul Singh Chauhan

Rahul Singh Chauhan London School of Economics MSc in Economics

Rahul completed MSc. Economics from the London School of Economics in 2019 with a distinction. After graduating master’s, he joined CAFRAL, Reserve Bank of India as a Research Associate and worked on research projects in banking, macroeconomics and monetary policy. He would be joining the Fama Miller Center for Research in Finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business as a Research Professional from June 2021. He seeks to pursue a PhD in Financial Economics in the future

Rajhansa Ramasubba Sridhara

Rajhansa Ramasubba Sridhara The Wharton School of Business MBA

A voracious reader and a great fan of P. G. Wodehouse, this dual degree holder in Aerospace Engineering from IIT Bombay completed a Masters’ in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford in April 2014. At Stanford, Rajhansa was a consultant for Stanford Consulting. He was also a member of the University’s Judicial Affairs panel and tutored learning-disabled students. It was at Stanford that he became interested in the use of technology in education, especially in the Indian context, and he would love to work in and contribute to this sector in the future. Rajhansa worked as consultant with the Berlin office of the Boston Consulting Group. He completed his MBA from Wharton Business School in 2019 and joined BCG as consultant again in San Francisco.

Ram Smaran Suresh

Ram Smaran Suresh London School Of Economics MSc in Economics

Ram Smaran is an MSc Economics candidate at The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from Shiv Nadar University. Although he is particularly interested in Development Economics, he is also keen on exploring and reading about other parts of the discipline. He has previously worked as a Research Intern at The Institute for Financial Management and Research (IFMR) LEAD, Chennai and the Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad. In his undergraduate thesis, he studies the distributional impacts of electoral quotas in India. He is a recipient of a 100% merit scholarship at Shiv Nadar University. He enjoys playing squash and teaching economics.

Raunak Singh

Raunak Singh Columbia University MS in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research

Raunak was awarded the NSF Scholarship to complete his Masters’ in Industrial Engineering from Columbia University, New York. He later joined Sabre Airline Solutions, an airline technology company. Raunak is currently working at Amazon, in their Seattle headquarters, as a Senior Manager. He builds mathematical models and algorithms to crunch Big Data and improve Amazon’s business efficiency, profitability and customer experience.

Rishabh Malhotra

Rishabh Malhotra London School of Economics MSc in Economics

Rishabh graduated with a B. Tech in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Delhi, where he developed an inclination for economics and social policy. Rishabh is currently pursuing MSc in Economics at the London School of Economics (LSE), where he is researching on Indian farm sector, labour laws and international coffee chains with different research teams at London. He is an avid film-enthusiast and has extensively participated in various film making, quizzing and appreciation events.

Ritika Mazumdar

Ritika Mazumdar University of Oxford MPhil in Economics

Ritika is currently working in London as an economic consultant. She has completed her MPhil in Economics at Oxford University and her Bachelors’ in Economics (B.A) from the University of Delhi. At Oxford, her research looked at  innovations in the field of micro finance.She is a keen badminton player, loves reading and enjoys debates.

Ritwick Chaudhry

Ritwick Chaudhry Carnegie Mellon University MS in Computer Science

Ritwick Chaudhry is currently working as an Applied Scientist at Amazon, Palo Alto. He completed his Masters’ in Computer Science at the Carnegie Mellon University and bachelors from IIT Mumbai with a degree in B.Tech (Hons.) in Computer Science & Engineering in 2018. He has earlier worked at Adobe Research for a year, with focus on understanding semantics of visual content. Being broadly interested in the field of Computer Vision and Machine Learning, he has worked in visual question answering and 3D reconstruction, with 9 publications in top conferences, 1 issued and 4 filed patents. He is especially passionate about improving how machines perceive the 3D world around us. Ritwick aims at pursuing a PhD, with the eventual goal of improving how machines comprehend the world around us visually.

Ritwika Sen

Ritwika Sen London School of Economics MSc and Diploma in Economics

Ritwika Sen is a PhD candidate in Managerial Economics and Strategy at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. She has previously worked as a Country Economist for the International Growth Centre in Uganda (2016-18), and as an Overseas Development Institute Fellow at the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources in Rwanda (2014-16). Ritwika holds a B.A. (Hons) in Economics from St. Stephen’s College (Delhi University), and an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Rohit Pandharkar

Rohit Pandharkar, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Masters in Media Technology

Rohit earned his BTech in Electronics & Telecommunication from College of Engineering, Pune. He went on to complete the Masters’ course in Media Technology, Media Lab at MIT and received the Starting Bloc Fellowship and the Center for Future Storytelling Fellowship. During his days in grad school, he founded the MIT Media Lab India Initiatives. He was later handpicked out of MIT by Anand Mahindra to join the Mahindra Group. He now leads new business development at Mahindra’s Cleantech business. Post that Rohit headed the Asia Pacific Business for a Google Ventures funded startup in Mobile apps space called “HeadSpin”. Presently, he heads Data Science at the Mahindra Group.

Romit Arun Mehta

Romit Arun Mehta University of Cambridge PG Diploma in Economics

Romit Mehta graduated with a B.A. in Economics from St. Xavier’s College Mumbai. He went on to graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma in Economics from University of Cambridge. He worked as a consultant at Dalberg Global Development Advisors advising governments, multilateral agencies, corporates and foundations on international development across India and Africa. He subsequently joined the Prime Minister’s Office in Ethiopia where he led priority projects from the PMO including accelerating cereal exports and national storage strategy for the country. He is currently an investor at LGT Lightstone Aspada, a leading impact investment fund where he tracks agri-tech, mobility, logistics and media space.

Ronak Mehta

Ronak Mehta The Wharton School of Business MBA

Ronak Mehta is currently a Vice President at Warburg Pincus where he is focused on investments in India. Previously, Ronak worked as an Associate at Saif Partners where he looked at early and growth stage investments in India. He started his career as a Consultant at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). Ronak holds a Dual Degree (B.Tech + M.Tech) in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, and he received an MBA from The Wharton Business School, where he was a Palmer Scholar.

Roshan Sumbaly

Roshan Sumbaly Stanford University MS in Computer Science

After completing his Computer Science degree from Stanford in data mining and systems, Roshan went on to work at LinkedIn and Coursera where he led various data products and infrastructure initiatives. He is now part of the AI group at Facebook, leading various teams focused on Computer Vision.

Sachin Jog

Sachin Jog ETH Zurich MSc in Process Engineering

Sachin, originally from Pune, completed Bachelors’ in Chemical Engineering from the Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT), Mumbai, in May 2019. During his Bachelors’ course, he completed three internships and also co-authored a review paper for risk assessment in the chemical industry. He joined the Process Engineering MSc course at ETH Zurich in September 2019, where he completed a semester project and the Masters’ thesis in the fields of Carbon Capture and Utilization (CCU) and Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS), respectively. He is now doing an industrial internship at a company in Zurich as part of his course. He has also completed German language training upto level B2 and is now preparing for level C1. Sachin intends to join the chemical industry after the completion of his Masters’ degree program.

Sadiah Zahoor

Sadiah Zahoor University of Cambridge Master of Advanced Studies (MaSt) in Pure Mathematics

After her undergrad in Mathematics from St. Stephens College and a Masters’ from University of Cambridge, Sadiah is currently pursuing her PhD in Mathematics from the University of Sheffield. Her research is primarily in Number Theory related to Elliptic curves and modular forms. She has also been a junior research fellow at TIFR, Mumbai and ISI, Delhi. She wants to be a research fellow in future and continue in academia.

Sagnik Dhar

Sagnik Dhar Stony Brook University MS in Computer Science

Sagnik was awarded the NSF Scholarship to study Master of Science in Computer Science at Stony Brook University in New York. He has worked at Honda Research Institute and Sportvision in Mountain View, California and is currently working at Volkswagen Group’s research lab in California

Saloni Goel

Saloni Goel London School of Economics MSc in Economics

Saloni completed her MSc. Economics at LSE securing a distinction. She then worked as a Consultant at Strategy& (formerly Booz & Co.) in their London office. At Strategy&, she led workstreams on projects for Fortune 500 clients and leading public sector organisations. Saloni is currently working with a global private equity and venture capital fund in Mumbai, Norwest Venture Partners, where she evaluates early to mid-stage startups across sectors. 

Santosh Chapaneri

Santosh Chapaneri University of Arizona MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Santosh has a Bachelors’ in Electrical & Computer Engineering from the University of Mumbai and has acquired a Masters’ in the same from the University of Arizona, a course he successfully completed in 2007. He then worked as software Development Engineer at Microsoft Corporation in Seattle till February 2011. Since May 2011 he is an Assistant Professor at University of Mumbai.

Sanyam Dugar

Sanyam Dugar London School of Economics MSc in Economics

“A BSc Economics (Hons) graduate from St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata, Sanyam secured a Distinction in MSc in Economics programme at LSE. Sanyam has been a LAMP (Legislative Assistant to a Member of Parliament) Fellow. Post his MSc, he interned with an early-stage tech VC (a UK-India cross-border fund) and worked in investment banking with BNP Paribas’ UK Corporate Broking and EMEA Equity Capital Markets teams. He is currently a BFSI sector and UK country specialist with Invest India, the Govt.’s National Investment Promotion Agency.  

Sarah George

Sarah George London School of Economics MSc in Economics

Sarah is passionate about Economics and has completed her undergraduate degree from St. Stephen’s College and Masters’ from LSE. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research is on how online auction markets work and using data to understand them better. In her free time she likes to read books and play tennis.

Sarath Venkatesh Kumar

Sarath Venkatesh Kumar University of California, Irvine MS in Electrical Engineering

Sarath leads product management of Smart Home Security portfolio at Amazon. Earlier, he worked in Apple’s Core iPhone Team that shipped iPhones 6S, 7, and X. He holds a Masters’ degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California Irvine, and a Bachelors’ in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Anna University.

Satish Polisetti

Satish Polisetti, University of California, Berkeley MS in Information Management and Systems

Satish holds a Masters’ in Information Management & Systems from the University of California, Berkeley. A Mayfield Fund Fellow, awarded 30 Under 30 by alumni of BITS, Pilani, credited for image-based human verification work in Google patents, started advertising software company that was bought by Walmart.


Saumya Kellogg School of Management MBA

“Saumya has been a social entrepreneur in India for the past 7 years. Saumya is currently the co-founder and Chief Program Officer of Kheyti, a social enterprise helping smallholder farmers in India overcome income variability through affordable, modular greenhouses bundled with services. She’s won various awards such as the CommonBond Social Impact Award, Kellogg Social Entrepreneurship Award and MassChallenge Israel Diamond Award for her work. She was also selected as a Forbes 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneur in 2019. Prior to Kheyti, Saumya spent three years in the vocational training sector in India through YellowLeaf and B-ABLE. Saumya has done her undergrad from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University and has an M.B.A. from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. Saumya has been selected as a StartingBloc Fellow 2014, an Ashoka Emerging Innovator 2016 and a Zell Fellow 2017.

Saurav Ghosal

Saurav Ghosal IIM Ahmedabad MBA

After completing a Bachelors’ degree in Chemical Engineering from D. J. Sanghvi College of Engineering in Mumbai, Saurav completed his MBA programme from IIM Ahmedabad in 2008. He subsequently interned with Lumis Partners. Currently, Saurav is based in Singapore working across the Greater Asia Pacific region with Oliver, a global management consulting firm in the Corporate and Investment Banking space.

Saurav Neel Patyal

Saurav Neel Patyal Harvard Business School MBA

Saurav is currently the Chief of Staff to the President of MSD Human Health Asia Pacific.  Prior to this, he served as an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company in Boston and New York, where he focused on biopharma and medical technology.  In the past, he has served as the Chief of Staff to the MD & CEO of Abbott India Limited, run Commercial Operations for Abbott India Limited’s Nepal business, and been a Business Analyst at McKinsey & Company in India.  He graduated from the Harvard Business School (with Distinction), received a B.E. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and an M.Sc. in Economics from BITS Pilani, and was also in the Founding Class of Ashoka University’s Young India Fellowship, where he studied Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Savni Dutt

Savni Dutt Stanford University LLM

Savni completed her LL.M. in Law, Science & Technology at Stanford Law School in May 2017. She is an Associate Partner at one of India’s leading law firm in Intellectual Property law, Saikrishna & Associates, based in Delhi. She handles litigations concerning intellectual property laws and technology laws. Her long-term goal is to play a part in the Indian IP and internet intermediary liability policy. Savni is registered to practice law in India and California. 

Shailee Jain

Shailee Jain University of Texas, Austin PhD in Computer Science

Shailee is a university gold medalist from NITK, Surathkal. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Computer Science at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research lies at the intersection of machine learning and computational neuroscience, specifically focusing on language processing in the brain.She frequently collaborates with Google research and Intel research, and recently organized the workshop on ‘Context & Compositionality in biological and artificial systems’ at NeurIPS’19 . Through her research, Shailee hopes to understand cognitive systems, both biological and artificial, and ultimately use them in tandem to build better, smarter AI. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering at blind schools, playing with rescue animals and contemplating the human condition.

Sharanya Subramaniam

Sharanya Subramaniam University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign MS in Mechanical Engineering

Sharanya holds a B.Tech degree in Mechanical Engineering from VJTI, Mumbai and has worked as a Senior Engineer at the R&D of Bajaj Auto Limited, Pune. She received an MS and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,  specializing in computational modeling of high speed re-entry flows. While at UIUC, she received the Amelia Earhart Fellowship from Zonta International in 2017 and has gotten a chance to present her research at numerous conferences. She is currently an RET Design Engineer at Intel Corporation, working on optimization of photomask designs for Silicon chip manufacturing”

Shashank Gowda

Shashank Gowda Universtity of California Los Angeles MS in Mechanical Engineering

Shashank hold’s a Bachelors’ degree in Mechanical Engineering from NITK Surathkal and a Masters’ degree in Mechanical Engineering from UCLA. He is currently pursuing his Doctorate degree in Mechanical Engineering at the Smart Grid Energy Research Center, UCLA with a focus on electric vehicles and renewable energy as well as their effects on the power grid and economy. He is also a recipient of the UCLA Graduate Division Fellowship and TOEFL India scholarship. He enjoys reading, cooking, travel and tennis

Shashank Nitundil

Shashank Nitundil University of Manchester MSc in Environmental Monitoring, Modelling and Reconstruction

Shashank is currently working as a Scientist-Engineer at the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (ISRO) and has worked on various projects in the field of experimental fluid mechanics, propulsion and thermal characterisation. He has completed his B.Tech in Aerospace Engineering from the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology. He will be pursuing MSc in Environmental Monitoring, Modelling and Reconstruction from the University of Manchester. He is deeply passionate about nature and goes on frequent hikes to observe birds, butterflies and dragonflies. His long-term goals involve the spearheading of nationwide research to better understand the changing climate as part of ISRO. He is a sports and outdoor enthusiast who loves open water swimming and basketball. Shashank is a well-travelled person who has been on expeditions to over 30 countries across all inhabited continents, often to off-the-grid locations. He is also a bibliophile who loves reading works on history.

Shashwata Sinha

Shashwata Sinha University of California San Diego MS in Nano Engineering

Shashwata graduated with distinction from BITS Pilani in 2018 with a major in Chemical Engineering. Following graduation,  she pursued research at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras under the guidance of Prof. Pushpavanam. Her work on the self-assembly of inorganic nano-crystals was selected for presentation at Elsevier’s International Colloids Conference in Sitges, Spain and was awarded second place in the poster-presentation competition at AIChE’s ChemPlus-’19 at IIT, Madras. At UC San Diego, she is  pursuing materials research geared towards semiconductor-device fabrication and development.


Shefalika London School of Economics MSc in Economics

Shefalika has completed MSc in Economics (2015-16) from London School of Economics and Political Science. She worked with the tax policy and budget unit at the Treasury in Vanuatu (2016-18) under Overseas Development Institute (ODI) Fellowship Scheme. Post her fellowship, she worked as an advisor to the Budget Unit in Vanuatu. Since 2019, she has been working with the Modelling and Research team at the New Zealand Treasury on macroeconomic and fiscal policy and modelling.

Shenaya Pochkanwalla

Shenaya Pochkanwalla London School of Economics Masters in International Employment Relation and Human Resource Management

“Shenaya completed her Masters’ in International Employment
Relation and Human Resource Management from the London School of Economics & Political Science. She graduated in December 2011 and attained distinction and high merits through the course. She is currently Associate Vice President – Career & Performance Management and Internal Communications at The Indian Hotels Company Ltd. (The Taj Group) where she is responsible for designing and driving core Talent Management processes and launching and developing existing communications channels to strengthen the corporate culture. Additionally, she supports the Global Vice President & HR Head in driving HR Strategic HR Initiatives across the organization with the primary focus being on Leadership Development and promoting a Performance Culture. She completed her graduation in Psychology from St.Xaviers’ College and also Masters’ in Organisational Psychology from University of Mumbai. She has won several awards in the field of Human Resource Management including The NHRDN & Prof Ram Charan Young HR Icon Awards and the Bombay HR 40 under 40 award”

Shree Shyamalee Vanmani Ramesh

Shree Shyamalee Vanmani Ramesh Johns Hopkins University Masters in Epidemiology

After graduating with a Masters’ in Epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Shyamalee is currently working in Collective Health, a smarter alternative to traditional health plans in San Francisco. She would like to work on abolishing the existing health inequity in our country. Shyamalee enjoys reading, travelling and volunteering.

Shreeyash Lalit

Shreeyash Lalit University of Cambridge LLM

Shreeyash is a litigating lawyer from New Delhi and is presently practising in the High Court and Supreme Court. He has completed his under-graduation in B.Tech from IIT Guwahati, LLB from Delhi University and LLM from University of Cambridge. At Cambridge, he was awarded the Pegasus Scholarship by Inner Temple and was the Editor of the Cambridge International Law Journal. Outside of work, he is a chess and football enthusiast.

Shreshtha Mishra

Shreshtha Mishra University of Oxford MPhil in Economics

Shreshtha graduated from the University of Oxford with an MPhil in Economics in 2020 (Merit). Prior to this, she completed a Bachelors in Economics from Miranda House, University of Delhi (Distinction). She is now working at Vivid Economics, an environmental economics consulting firm in London. She works in the Climate Strategy and Growth & Development pillars at the company. 

Shreya Jain

Shreya Jain Harvard Law School LLM

A graduate of National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore, Shreya received the Narotam Sekhsaria Scholarship to pursue her LL.M. at Harvard Law School in 2016-17. Her area of practice is domestic and international commercial arbitration, investment treaty arbitration and public international law. At NLSIU, Shreya’s team won the World Championship Rounds of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot (only the second Indian team to do so in the last 60 years). At Harvard, Shreya’s thesis on ‘Contributory Fault in Investment Treaty Disputes’ received an Honors citation. She was also a Submissions Editor of Harvard International Law Journal and member of Harvard International Arbitration Law Students Association. After completing her LL.M., Shreya passed the New York Bar Examination and worked as an international arbitration attorney at a New York law firm. She returned to India in 2019 and is presently working as a Senior Associate in the International Arbitration team at Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas, Mumbai. Shreya is also a visiting lecturer at Maharashtra National Law University, where she teaches a course on Investment Arbitration

Shreya Malik

Shreya Malik University of Oxford MS in Financial Economics

Shreya graduated with a BA in Economics and Statistics from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai. She was then admitted to the University of Oxford, where she completed her Masters’ in Financial Economics. After graduating, Shreya worked at a boutique consultancy specializing in corporate finance. She is currently based in London and is Senior Vice President in the investment team at Partners Group,  a global private markets asset manager headquartered in Switzerland

Shruti Jagirdar

Shruti Jagirdar Johns Hopkins University MS in International Relations and Economics

Shruti Jagirdar is an international development consultant with experience in research, strategy, advocacy, and monitoring and evaluation. She has been a Policy and Training Manager at J-PAL South Asia, a research network headquartered at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT),  and has worked closely with decisionmakers, donors and implementers to ensure policy is driven by evidence, and effective programmes are scaled up. Shruti has worked at the office of former Lok Sabha MP Baijayant ‘Jay’ Panda, at the Brookings Institution in Washington D.C. and wrote a daily update on politics and economics for Foreign Policy magazine. She currently lives in Mumbai, India.

Siddhant Dhingra

Siddhant Dhingra University of Oxford DPhil in Organic Chemistry

Siddhant is a BSc (Hons) Chemistry graduate from St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi. He is heading to the University of Oxford to pursue DPhil in Organic Chemistry with special emphasis on problems pertaining to chemical biology. He envisions employing protein-centric and synthetic approaches to explore newer avenues in the quest for therapeutics and diagnostics. Post course completion, he intends to work in academia and wishes to lead a research group of his own. From teaching science, mathematics, and IT to underprivileged students in slums, to encourage them for STEM-&-medicine, he has tried everything in his capacity as an educator to improve the existing health & poverty conditions in society. He firmly believes that education is the most powerful tool for removing social inequalities. Siddhant has been proactively involved in working for the disabled and the marginalized communities including the LGBTQ+. He is also fond of debates and dramatics.

Simran J. Singh

Simran J. Singh The Wharton School of Business MBA

Simran graduated from the Wharton School of Business in 2015 as a Palmer Scholar, the highest academic achievement at Wharton. His MBA specialised in Entrepreneurship and Non-profit Management. He has also started an initiative called the 22s to provide a platform for men who support women in business. He has a dual degree in Computer Science & Maths from IIT Delhi. Simran was hired as Senior Product Manager at VMware out of business school and was the Head of Business Development and Strategy at a fintech called Hyperwallet which was acquired by PayPal. Simran is currently the Global Chief Operating Officer of Green School – a chain of schools focused on education via sustainability. Simran also sits on the board of CodeChix, an advocacy group for greater participation of women in tech.

Smita Vijaykumar

Smita Vijaykumar Illinois Institute of Technology MS in Architecture

This Jerold Ruth Loebl scholar has completed her Masters’ in
Architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 2008. While Smita has the honour of being nominated for the Schiff Scholarship, she has the distinction of receiving the women’s architect honorary mention. This was followed by a completion in Green Building Certification LEED (AP) in 2009. She is currently the lead designer & co founder of A complete -hassle free-end to end interiors solution.

Sneha Rao

Sneha Rao Johns Hopkins University MS in Biotechnology

Sneha Rao was awarded the NSF scholarship for a MS in Biotechnology from The Johns Hopkins University. After obtaining her Masters’ degree, Sneha carried out her doctoral research in Neuroscience at Stony Brook University, New York. She now works at Columbia University as a Postdoctoral Research Scientist.

Sonali Deshpande

Sonali Deshpande Carnegie Mellon University MS in Robotic Systems Development

Sonali graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 2015 with a Masters’ degree in Robotic Systems Development. Since then she’s worked on self-driving cars with General Motors, adorable home robots with Mayfield Robotics and is currently working on indoor delivery robots at Savioke. She loves to read, dance and watch animation movies.

Sreyashi Sen

Sreyashi Sen London School of Economics MSc in Economics

Sreyashi is an Economist, having completed her Bachelors’ and Masters’ degree from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi and The London School of Economics and Political Science respectively. Following her Masters’, she worked at Credit Suisse, London in the Fixed Income Research division. She went on to work in the consulting sector after that as part of Deloitte, India. At present, Sreyashi is pursuing a PhD in Economics from the Institute for International Economic Studies (IIES), Stockholm University.

Srujana Katta

Srujana Katta University of Oxford Mphil in Development Studies

Srujana did her Bachelors’ in Economics from Lady Shriram College, University of Delhi. She completed her M.Phil programme in Development Studies in 2015 and MSc in Social Science of the Internet in 2019 at the University of Oxford. Srujana has a strong interest in research and wants to pursue a PhD. She was accepted to the Overseas Development Institute Fellowship Programme. Currently, she is the Head of Communications at Fairwork Foundation. Srujana is very passionate about photography and her work has been exhibited by the Delhi Photography Club. She has won many accolades in creative writing and has great interest in learning languages and speaks Spanish.

Subhadra Banda

Subhadra Banda Harvard Kennedy School Masters in Public Policy

On graduating in law NALSAR with excellent scores, Subhadra worked as a judicial clerk at the Supreme Court of India. While working as a Research Associate at the Centre for Policy Research, Subhadra has also been a Guest Faculty at TERI and a Consultant with the Ford Foundation. She completed her Masters’ in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, on a full tuition fellowship. On coming back, she was a specialist consultant with the Boston Consulting Group on issues of public health and education with the government of Rajasthan and NITI Aayog respectively. She has headed partnerships with Etsy’s India office which is focussed on becoming the platform of choice for creative micro and nano entrepreneurs. Currently, she is strategic partner manager at Facebook

Sudeep Tandon

Sudeep Tandon Stanford University Masters in Management Science and Engineering

Sudeep Tandon was awarded the NSF scholarship to pursue a Masters’ programme in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University. He was the recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Student Award in 2009. After graduating in March 2009, he joined DHL Consulting in Germany as a Management Consultant. He currently works as Vice President, Airfreight Product Development at DHL. He also is a visiting lecturer at International University of Bad Honnef, Germany.

Sudeshna Dasgupta

Sudeshna Dasgupta University of California, Berkeley MS in Industrial Engineering

Sudeshna gained a B.Tech degree from NIT, Nagpur. After working with Hindustan Unilever Limited as Supply Chain Manager, she joined University of California, Berkeley to pursue Masters’ Degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research. She graduated in May 2017 and joined Apple as a Worldwide Supply Demand Product Planner. Reading, writing, traveling and photography are what she enjoys. She also holds a ChitraVisharad, a 7 year diploma in fine arts.

Sujith Jose

Sujith Jose Universtity of California Los Angeles MS in Electrical Engineering

Sujith is currently working with Lucid Motors in the field of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) / Autonomous driving. Lucid Motors, located in Silicon Valley, is one of the Electric Vehicle (EV) startups that are challenging Tesla to deliver next-generation driver assistance systems. Sujith has more than 4 years of work experience in this field. He has held positions with Continental Automotive and Robert Bosch GmbH before Lucid Motors. He is a UCLA MS and NIT-Calicut BTech degree holder. His hobbies include chess, traveling, and photography. Sujith is an aspiring entrepreneur.

Sumeet Katariya

Sumeet Katariya University of Wisconsin-Madison PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering

A B.Tech in Electronics & Telecommunications from the College of Engineering, Pune, Sumeet completed his Ph.D in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Wisconsin, Madison. His research lies in the area of multi-armed bandits and its applications to learning user preferences. He is currently an Applied Scientist at Amazon Search in Palo Alto.

Supreet Jeloka

Supreet Jeloka University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Masters in Electrical Engineering

After a B. Tech in Electronics & Communication Engineering from NIT Warangal, Supreet joined the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor for pursuing a Masters’ in Electrical Engineering. After receiving his MS degree in 2013, Supreet successfully defended his PhD thesis in January, 2017 from the University of Michigan. Currently he is working as a Staff Research Engineer in Arm, Austin.

Surabhi Shastri

Surabhi Shastri Columbia Business School MBA

Surabhi completed her Bachelors’ in Computer Engineering from Sardar Patel Institute of Technology, Mumbai University. She advised private healthcare clients at Deloitte Consulting LLP after graduating. Subsequently, her passion for healthcare led her to join the Smokefree Mumbai Campaign, an initiative of the Tata Cancer Hospital and Bloomberg Philanthropies, as the General Manager. The campaign was instrumental in increasing compliance to the national smokefree law in Mumbai by over 80%. She completed her MBA from Columbia Business School with a focus on Technology and Social Enterprise. She headed the data product and reporting at the music-tech company Saavn, where she built analytical tools for teams and artists and algorithmic playlists. Currently, she is Product Manager at Instagram. Surabhi is a trained classical singer, a state level handball player and an avid reader.

Surabhi Shukla

Surabhi Shukla Universtity of California Los Angeles LLM

Surabhi completed her B.A.L.L.B (Hons) in Law from NLSIU, Bangalore. She went on to UCLA to pursue her LL.M. in Public Interest Law, Gender and Sexuality. While at UCLA, she interned with the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California.Thereafter, she worked at the Supreme Court of India before joining Jindal Global Law School as an Assistant Professor of Law and an Assistant Director of the Centre for Health Law, Ethics and Technology for three years. She was awarded the IASSCS- Ford Emerging Scholars’ International Research Fellowship 2014. Through this fellowship, she has conducted the first of its kind study on the experiences of queer students during their school life in India. This project has since won the Jack Collins Social Action Bursary of the Oriel College, Oxford in 2017. Currently, she is a PhD (law) student at the University of Oxford, U.K. She is admitted to the Bar in India and New York.

Surabhi Talele

Surabhi Talele University of Minnesota, Twin Cities MS in Pharmaceutics

Surabhi completed her M.S. in Pharmaceutics from the University of Minnesota in 2017 and Bacherlors in Pharmaceutical Sciences from ICT. She is currently pursuing her PhD working in the area of Pharmacokinetics to find effective drugs for the treatment of brain tumors.

Surya Kapoor

Surya Kapoor Georgetown University LLM

Having worked on several domestic arbitrations with a Delhi based law firm for a year and clerked with a Supreme Court judge for two years thereafter, Surya decided to pursue his LLM at Georgetown University Law Center in International Arbitration. Working, presently, as a Judicial Fellow with Judge Charles N. Brower (arbitrator), he plans on building his practice in the field of international commercial and investment arbitration

Suvrat Chakradeo

Suvrat Chakradeo Carnegie Mellon University MS in Computer Science

A CFA Charter holder, Suvrat was awarded the Narotam Sekhsaria Scholarship in the year 2005 for pursuing his Masters’ in Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. After graduating in 2007, Suvrat joined Citadel Investment Group in Chicago as a Quantitative Developer. He completed his MBA in Analytic Finance, Econometrics & Statistics, Managerial and Organizational Behavior from the Booth School of Business, University of Chicago. In 2019, he joined LSV Asset Management in Chicago as a Systems Analyst.

Tejas Yadav

Tejas Yadav University of Oxford MSc in Biology (Integrative Bioscience)

Tejas Yadav, Ph.D. was awarded the NSF Scholarship to pursue a M.Sc. in Biology (Integrative Bioscience) from the University of Oxford, UK in 2009. In 2011, he joined Weill Graduate School of Cornell University, New York, USA for a PhD program in Molecular Biology. He carried out his doctoral thesis research at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centre, New York. In 2017, he joined Institut Curie, Paris as a postdoctoral researcher.

Treta Purohit

Treta Purohit Johns Hopkins University Masters in Public Health

Treta completed her Masters’ in Public Health at the Johns Hopkins University. She then pursued an MD in Internal Medicine and the New York Medical College, followed by a fellowship in Gastroenterology. During her training she received various accolades for teaching and research and is now a well cited author. She is currently the Medical Director of San Jose Gastroenterology. She is a busy clinician in the community, helping solve and prevent gastrointestinal issues. She is also a medical advisor for a health care start up, BigDieta. The start up aims to use data analytics and machine learning to help people with chronic GI issues. She lives in the Bay Area with her husband and enjoys traveling , hiking and Netflix! She is looking forward to connecting with the future members of the Narotam Sekhsaria family, especially those who end up in SF Bay area.

Tushar Parashar

Tushar Parashar University of Cornell MSc in Mathematics

Tushar finished his undergraduate studies in India from IIT Roorkee. Since 2007, he is settled in the United States. He holds a Masters’ degree in Mathematics from Cornell and a JD-MBA from Northwestern University in Chicago. He currently works at Robert W Baird as an Investment Banker in Chicago. In his free time, Tushar likes exploring new restaurants in the city and biking along the lake.

Unnati Akhouri

Unnati Akhouri, University of Oxford MSc in Mathematical and Theoretical Physics

Unnati graduated from Miranda House College of Delhi University with a B.Sc. in Physics. Supported by the NSF scholarship she pursued an M.Sc. in Mathematical and Theoretical Physics from Oxford University (2017-18). After graduating, she briefly worked as a science communicator at Cactus communications where she pursued her desire to deciphering current research and sharing them with the world in creative and curious ways. She is now pursuing her Ph.D. in high energy theoretical physics as a Mildred Dresselhaus fellow at Penn State University to delve deeper into the mysteries of the universe, in particular, open quantum systems applied to early universe and extreme systems like black holes. Unnati has multiple educational films that are uploaded on YouTube and Physics-comics (Phymics) on her website – “Fatal Physics”. In the future, she hopes to contribute to the field of fundamental science as well as education; to use her knowledge and excitement to impart the same in others.

Unni Velachery

Unni Velachery Indian School of Business MBA

Unni is a Management graduate from the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad. After completing his postgraduate programme in Marketing, he joined Johnson & Johnson Medical India Ltd. as a Sales Manager and currently he is Regional Sales Manager there.

Utkarsh Saxena

Utkarsh Saxena Harvard Law School MPA in International Development

Utkarsh is a Consultant at the Boston Consulting Group’s Washington DC office. He holds a master in constitutional law from Harvard Law School and master in international development economics from Harvard Kennedy School. Before graduate school, he practiced law before the Supreme Court of India and worked as a Consultant to Dr. Arvind Subramanian when he was Chief Economic Adviser to the Government of India. Utkarsh plans to return to legal and policy practice at the intersection of law and development economics in a few years.

Utkarsh Yadav

Utkarsh Yadav University of California, Berkeley MS in Structural Engineering

Utkarsh completed his undergraduate studies in Civil Engineering at IIT Bombay and Masters’ in Structural Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. Currently, he is working in a structural engineering firm in the Bay Area. Utkarsh was a visiting researcher at Purdue University and worked with the research group on steel-concrete composites. He loves reading fiction, autobiographies, historical accounts and news snippets. A fitness enthusiast, he has won several medals in aquatics and is also a regular runner.

Uttara Gharpure

Uttara Gharpure Harvard Kennedy School MPA in International Development

Uttara leads strategy for Supr Daily – a grocery delivery startup based out of Bangalore. She is a former Engagement Manager with McKinsey & Company – where she worked with leaders in the technology, healthcare and development sectors. Uttara returned to India after completing her Masters’ in Public Administration and International Development from the Harvard Kennedy School in 2015. Passionate about public and social sector work globally, she has previously worked in urban development, education and health financing with the Fitchburg City Government (USA), Instiglio (Colombia), the Public Health Foundation (India) and Clinton Health Access Initiative (Malawi).”

Vaibhav Chidrewar

Vaibhav Chidrewar Stanford University MS in Electrical Engineering

Vaibhav has completed his B.E. in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering from PICT College, University of Pune. After his Bachelors’ he has worked with Cisco and also started his own startup. After graduating from Stanford University in Electrical Engineering, he worked at Citrix Systems, USA as a software engineer. Currently, he is working with Google.

Vaibhav Nangia

Vaibhav Nangia Stanford University MS in Mechanical Engineering

Vaibhav has completed his BE in Mechanical Engineering from PEC University of Technology, Chandigarh. He has graduated with an MS in Mechanical Engineering degree with a specialization in Mechatronics from Stanford University. He is currently working with Waymo as a Senior Systems Engineer on Self Driving Cars.

Varun Srivastava

Varun Srivastava Stanford University MS in Electrical Engineering

Varun completed his B.Tech Electrical Engineering at IIT Delhi. He is currently pursuing an MS in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. Post his Masters’ he aims to obtain a Doctoral degree and do state of the art research in the following subfields of Electrical Engineering i.e. information theory and deep learning, in a way that meaningfully impacts human lives. He has been a recipient of the Merit Award for all semesters at IIT Delhi and the Qualcomm Research Innovation Fellowship.

Vidul Goenka

Vidul Goenka Imperial College London MSc in Biomedical Engineering

Vidul graduated with B.Tech in Biotechnology from Vellore Institute of Technology and is currently interning at Viya Enterprise as an Executive assistant. He is heading to Imperial College London for his MSc in Biomedical Engineering. After graduating, he would like to join a research group focusing on tissue engineered organs and later have his own research group or organization that pioneers in lab-grown organ synthesis. He enjoys manga comics and marvel comics. He plays basketball, cricket and badminton.

Vidushi Vashishth

Vidushi Vashishth Georgia Tech, Atlanta MS in Computer Science

Vidushi is an IT graduate from Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology and currently is working with Adobe Systems as a software developer. She will be pursuing MS in Computer Science from Georgia Tech. Vidushi is very fascinated by computer networks and intends to pursue a PhD in the same field. Her dream is to develop industry standard intelligent software. She has several publications including Gaussian Mixture Model based routing in Elsevier’s Journal and has also presented a novel network security protocol at John Hopkins University. She plays table tennis, acoustic guitar and enjoys reading too.

Vidya Sukumar

Vidya Sukumar Georgia Institute of Technology MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering

“A B.E. in Instrumentation & Control from the Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology at Delhi, Vidya went on to complete a Masters’ Programme in Electrical & Computer Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. Vidya then joined Luton Electronics as a Senior Project Electrical Engineer. For the past 5 years, she has since moved to working with Apple in the Hardware Test Engineering group as a System Design Engineer.

Vignesh Sundaresh

Vignesh Sundaresh Massachusetts Institute of Technology Masters in Computation for Design and Optimization

Vignesh completed his Masters’ in Computation for Design and Optimization from MIT, Cambridge. He joined RGM Advisors LLC after completing the course in 2009. He worked as a Quantitative Researcher responsible for developing high frequency trading algorithms.  After working with RGM for a little over 7 years, he worked at Graham Capital Management a hedge fund based in CT working on short term alpha strategies for 3 years. He currently works in trade execution at Millennium Partners, NYC.

Vikram Khanna

Vikram Khanna University of California, Santa Barbara PhD in Chemical Engineering

“Vikram has a Bachelors’ degree in Chemical Engineering from ICT, Mumbai (formerly UDCT). He is doing a PhD in Chemical Engineering at University of California, Santa Barbara at Prof. Michael Doherty’s Lab. His current project is based on ‘developing in-silico techniques for crystal growth predictions’. He would like to be active in
both, research and development and academia. He also intends to have his own technology based startup.”

Vikram Srinivas

Vikram Srinivas Harvard Kennedy School MPA in International Development

Vikram is from Bangalore and holds a Masters’ in Public Administration in International Development from Harvard University, and a B.Tech in Electrical Engineering from IIT Madras. He currently works at the Boston Consulting Group in Washington DC, but his interest is in politics, especially in Bangalore, and in ways to build social and economic systems which enable people to flourish. Earlier, he has worked with the Accountability Initiative at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi. Vikram is a public transport enthusiast and tries to cycle everywhere. He reads a lot and is trying to read more books in Indian languages.

Vinod Kumar Ramchandran

Vinod Kumar Ramchandran University of Wisconsin-Madison MS in Electrical Engineering

A B.Tech in Instrumentation Engineering from Anna University, Vinod completed an MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin- Madison on a distinguished graduate fellowship. He completed his MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad in 2010. Currently, he is working as Software Engineer at Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company. Prior to this, he was Group Product Manager at Google.

Vishesh Vikram Singh

Vishesh Vikram Singh University of California, Berkeley MS in Civil Engineering

Vishesh completed his bachelors’ from Thapar University in Civil Engineering and then worked at Larsen & Toubro for two years. He has completed his Masters in Civil Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. He has been involved in several research projects related to Lean Construction funded by the Nation Science Foundation and Facebook. Vishesh is now continuing his research at Berkeley as a Ph.D. student, working on developing a data-driven approach to on-site construction production design and control using indoor localization technologies and lean production techniques. Apart from the AEC industry, he has interests in photography, filmmaking, and trekking. In the long run, he wants to improve the way the industry interacts with humans involved in constructing, operating, and utilizing the built environment.

Vishnu Prasad

Vishnu Prasad Massachusetts Institute of Technology MS in City Planning and International Development

Vishnu Prasad works with the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) on strengthening the housing, land, and property rights of stateless Rohingya communities in Myanmar. He was previously engaged with the Urban Research and Development Institute (URDI) based in Yangon, Myanmar on strengthening municipal capacity in three border towns in Myanmar focusing on a range of issues including land use management, financial access and planning, and disaster mitigation. Vishnu was also engaged in UN-Habitat’s first comprehensive mapping of informal settlements in Yangon, Myanmar. Before switching to urban planning, Vishnu worked on issues of financial sector regulation and social security for the unorganised sector at the IFMR Finance Foundation. He holds a Masters’ degree in City Planning and International Development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an Integrated Masters’ degree in Economics from the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras.

Vrinda Sharma

Vrinda Sharma Paris School of Economics Masters' in Public Policy and Development

Vrinda is an economics graduate from Kirori Mal College, Delhi and is currently pursuing Masters’ in Public Policy and Development from Paris School of Economics. She will soon start her summer internship with Prof. Karen Macours, an esteemed agriculture economist for her projects with CGIAR (a global agriculture think tank). In future, she wants to be social entrepreneur in the field of financial literacy. Vrinda did an on-ground study of Open Defecation Free (ODF) status of Ghaziabad city under the Swaccha Bharata Abhiyan program for Niti Ayog. Her research article co-authored with the then Deputy Advisor of the rural development vertical of Niti Ayog, Mr Padma Kant Jha, was published in the journal of the ‘International Conference on Solid and Liquid Waste Management’ and was also published by Springer Nature in the book titled ‘Solid Waste Policies and Strategies: Issues, challenges and case studies’.

Yash Malviya

Yash Malviya Stanford University MS in Electrical Engineering

Yash graduated from Stanford University with a Masters’ in Electrical Engineering. He is currently working with Apple Inc. Cupertino, as a hardware engineer in Power team at their Silicon Electronics Group (SEG). His work focuses on optimizing power for digitally designed sub-blocks in Apple’s chips.

Yashaswini Shekhawat

Yashaswini Shekhawat University of Bonn,Germany MSc in Economics

Yashaswini is a final year Economics student from St.Stephen’s College, Delhi and is now headed to University of Bonn to pursue MSc in Economics. Her passion is research and wants to do a PhD in Economics in the long run. She has worked as a research assistant for Dr Megha Patnaik and Dr Jeff Hammer for their paper titled “Who speaks for the Poor? Participatory Democracy in rural India” which uses World Bank data to analyze how closely preferences of Gram Panchayat members match with those of households in rural Karnataka. She also received the Goutham Krishna fellowship from Stephen’s College to conduct research from an economic perspective on caste discrimination in Northern India and has written a paper on the behavioral problem associated with the Monty Hall Problem, which was published in Miranda House’s journal Aapoorti (2020 edition). Yashaswini has a keen interest in theatre, having won the award for best actress in Intra- Rajpal, St. Stephen’s college; is a state level tennis player and also a Visharad in Hindustani Classical Music.