Neha has worked for over a decade at the intersection of communication and stakeholder management, public policy as well as programme strategy and management. Having lived and worked in the United States, India, Singapore and Bangladesh, Neha has an in-depth understanding of development sector opportunities and changes, especially in the South-East and South Asia region. Neha’s work focuses primarily on sustainable supply chains and environmental safeguards and how these interact with human development and public policy. Through her previous roles at PRS Legislative Research, the Centre for Policy Research, the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Charities Aid Foundation, and the Worldwide Fund for Nature, Neha has worked at the intersection of communications, programme strategy, and management. She has been a part of pioneering teams working to mainstream the understanding of CSR and sustainability in the Indian context. Neha also writes regularly for publications including LiveMint, The Wire, Huffington Post (India), and others.
Shiv’s interests in surveying and data collection and prior experience with C-Voter, a polling and data-creation firm in Aceh, Indonesia, and some of India’s poorest districts drive him to build expertise in political strategy and perception building. He worked with the Conservative Party (Cardiff North) in 2012 and assisted Steve Jarding, lecturer in public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, during the run-up to Uttar Pradesh’s state elections in 2017. Shiv has been working on a political consultancy and management ever graduating from Cardiff University with a background in law and politics, specialising in international law. Shiv has also played cricket for Uttar Pradesh, India representing it in the Under-19 and Under-23 categories.
Mr. Ramesh Abhishek is a 1982 batch member of the Indian Administrative Service, where in roles both within India and abroad, he has over 37 years of experience especially in the fields of governance, designing and implementing public policy as well as large-scale reforms at national/sub-national levels. Most recently, he led the team that spearheaded Prime Minister’s Flagship programmes such as Ease of Doing Business, Make in India and Start-Up India. He also developed and nurtured Invest India into the most awarded Investment Promotion agency of the world.
Additionally, he worked on Immunization, Literacy, Child Development and other development and welfare programs in the state of Bihar. Mr. Abhishek has Masters Degrees in Public Administration, Business Administration, and International Politics from the Harvard Kennedy School, Sikkim Manipal University and Jawaharlal Nehru University respectively.
Akshita holds a Master’s degree in Economics from Ambedkar University Delhi and a Bachelor’s degree in the same from Delhi University. She wants to break into the field of public policy design and implementation with a focus on gender, public health and technology. She is keen to connect data-driven policy research with behavioural insights, to craft better policies and programmes that drive deeper impact and inclusive economic development. When she isn’t busy, you’ll find her in a quiet corner playing guitar/ukulele and singing to herself.
Deepesh Sangtani is a graduate architect from the Faculty of Architecture and Ekistics, Jamia Millia Islamia, and a designer by choice. He keeps himself busy with explorations and creative collaborations. His interests lie in urban design, planning, community initiatives, cartography, graphics, and music. He has co-founded a non-profit organisation, The Multilogue Collective, and also runs his own design studio by the name of Studio Ink Effect.
Jitendra holds a Master’s in Conflict Analysis and Peace Building from Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi and a Bachelor’s in Psychology from University of Delhi. He has been working at the confluence of development practice and policy research in India for half a decade and was previously engaged with organisations such as the International Committee of the Red Cross and CARE India. He has published work on critical issues like Climate Change, Agriculture, Urbanisation, Unemployment, and Climate-induced conflicts. When he is not busy reading papers on climate change and non-traditional security, he can be found raving about Mississippi Delta Blues, Amir Khusrau, and Nihari, among other things.
Kavita has more than 13 years of experience in the media and publishing industries, including roles in television production, digital management, content creation/editing, and commissioning. Her previous position was as the Commissioning Editor at Firstpost Print. Before that, she worked as a News Editor for Business Insider India and as the Blogs Editor of HuffPost India. She has also enjoyed a two-year-long stint in book publishing, where she served as the Commissioning Editor and Digital Manager of Lonely Planet India.
Chief Corporate Relations & Administrative Officer
Lakshamanaswamy’s experience with office management, corporate communications, and administrative support with SGT University, Gurgaon; Indo Gulf Hospital, Noida; RIL, New Delhi; Network 18 Media & Investments Ltd., Noida; India TV, Noida; and several others makes him an indispensable asset for internal operations and managerial support. He continues to remain associated with multiple networks and public forums, such as the All India Management Association, Public Relations Society of India, Alliance Française de Delhi, India Islamic Cultural Centre, and others.
Assistant Manager - Finance and Accounts
Manish has a B.Com (Hons) from Shaheed Bhagat Singh College, Delhi University. He also completed a Diploma in Finance Banking from F-Tec Skill Development. Before joining SPRF, Manish worked at The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of South Asia as Finance Assistant Manager.
Associate Manager - Digital Media and Communications
Michelle is a Marketing graduate from Symbiosis Centre for Media and Communication. Previously, she has worked full time with a PR organization and has also done internships with NGOs like Goonj and Teach for India. Michelle is keen on finding the right balance of using her skills in communication and marketing to pursue a personally and socially more fulfilling career in the space of Public Policy.
Nikhil Varghese Mathew
Nikhil holds a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering and a Master’s degree in Development and Labour Studies. Having started off as a research intern at the office of a Member of Parliament, Nikhil now hopes to develop as a public policy professional focusing on forms of labour insecurity.
Editorial and Communications Intern
Priyamvada completed her undergraduate degree this year with a major in Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic, Maine, USA. She spent most of her time studying through the lens of art and design, to explore social, political and historical concerns. Having lived part of her life in the UK, and the other part in India, she loves working on collaborative projects that bring a diverse group of voices to the table and contribute to building platforms for the same.
Siddharth, a graduate of Cardiff University, is currently practising his trade as a litigator and dispute resolution specialist. He holds diplomas from the National Law University, Delhi as well as the Indian Law Institute. As a dispute resolution practitioner, he guides companies, organisations as well as individuals on establishing best practices and standard operating procedures with risk mitigation at their core. Siddharth, being an avid advocate for the use of alternative dispute resolution methods, encourages his clients to mediate at the first instance and to litigate only as the last resort.
Research and Editorial Coordinator
Riya Singh Rathore
Riya is a political science enthusiast who is passionate about gender, security, and queer rights. She is an International Relations postgraduate from University College Dublin and a Delhi University alumni. Prior to SPRF, she worked as a research assistant in the Irish Parliament. She is a proud ally and founded Gargi College’s formalised queer collective, the White Rose Club. When she is not working, you can find her painting and trying to keep her two plants from dying.
Consultant - Photoarchive
Poshali holds a Bachelor’s degree in fashion design from Pearl Academy. Her journey in visual documentation began when she worked with craft clusters of Uttarakhand for an academic project. After graduation she worked as a visual media consultant for Katha India. In 2018-19, she was one of the fellows for WaterAid India’s Photo Project. As an independent photographer, she has been involved in projects with UnLtd India, Sewa Bharat, IEG, SSE India, Netflix India among others.
Raashid is a final year undergraduate Economics student at Jamia Millia Islamia, where he also studies Sociology as his undergraduate minor. His primary fields of research interest include inequality, poverty and exclusion. He intends to analyze the intricacies of socioeconomic issues through an interdisciplinary approach, involving both theory and praxis. As part of his volunteer research engagements, he is studying the Political Economy of Exotification.
Soumya is pursuing her Bachelor’s of Arts with Honours in Political Science and a minor in Sociology, along with a diploma in Conflict Transformation and Peace Building from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi. Her interests include peace and conflict studies, and political sociology. She is also one of the founding Presidents of Girl Up Rise under the aegis of the Girl Up Campaign by the United Nations Foundation. When not working, she can be found trying to comprehend Foucault or organising her coursework in Google sheets.