S.K. Shanthi is a teacher and a researcher in the area of Economics. She has taught microeconomics and macroeconomics at the Institute for Financial Management and Research (IFMR) and, later, at the Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai. Shanthi’s research interests focus on applied macroeconomics and macro econometrics, public finance and financial markets, market integration, development economics and policy; she has published papers in these areas. Apart from academic research, she worked as a consultant for the Harvard Institute for International Development (HIID), the State Finance Commission, Government of Tamil Nadu and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), (Southern Region), Chennai. Shanthi completed her Ph.D. in Economics from IFMR, Chennai in 1998.
Shubhashis Gangopadhyay is the Founder and Research Director of IDF. He is also the Professor of Emerging Market Finance, University of Groningen, Netherlands and Visiting Professor, Gothenburg School of Business, Economics and Law, Gothenburg University, Sweden. Shubhashis graduated in Economics from Presidency College, Kolkata, and got his PhD in Economics from Cornell University, USA in 1983. He joined the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) as a lecturer in 1983 and was promoted to full professor in 1991. In 2006, Shubhashis was awarded a doctorate (honoris causa) by the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
In 2008, the year of the global financial crisis, Shubhashis was appointed advisor to the Finance Minister, Government of India. He has been a consultant to various ministries including Finance, Planning, Industry and Rural Development. He has led important government research projects like the leading indicator of economic activity, the impact of steel de-control on SAIL, the optimum use of Hajira-Bijapur-Jagdishpur gas pipeline and on exit policy. As an advisor of PSFT Task Force on the plantation sector, he has developed a new financial instrument for reducing the impact of price volatility on plantation growers. He is currently on the board of IDE-I (International Development Enterprises – India).
Shubhashis has been a member of the South Asia Chief Economist’s Advisory Council of the World Bank, an advisor to the Competition Commission of India (CCI) and on the board of the Centre for Analytical Finance, Indian School of Business (ISB). He is the founder-President of the Society for the Promotion of Game Theory and its Application. He has served on the board of the Industrial Reconstruction Bank of India (IRBI), as a member on the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) Advisory Group on Bankruptcy Law and on the Bankruptcy Task Force of IPD (Initiative for Policy Dialogue), Columbia University.
Shubhashis has published widely in international journals, and has authored a number of books. His published books include: Law and Economics: Volume I: Theory, Volume II: Practice (co-authored), 2013; Waiting to Connect (co-authored), 2008; Economic Reforms for the Poor (co-edited), 2000; Counting the Poor: Where Are the Poor in India (co-authored), 1998; The Institutions Governing Financial Markets (edited), 1996; Enabling Financial Institutions (co-authored), 1997; Economic Theory and Development Policy (co-edited), 1992; and Economic Development and Policy (co-edited), 1991. He is the chief editor of IDF’s Journal of Infrastructure Development and the Review of Market Integration, as also, member on the editorial boards of Journal of Financial Stability and Review of Development Economics.
Professor M.R. Saluja has been in IDF since 2003. He has a Masters degree in Mathematics from Delhi University and a Masters in Statistics from the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), where he joined as faculty in 1960. Thereafter, he worked as a project consultant in the Planning Commission of India, then as a senior consultant at the National Council for Applied Economic Research (NCAER). Prof. Saluja has published papers in reputed journals relating to database, Input-Output techniques, Social Accounting Matrices (SAM), tourist satellite accounts and poverty. He has written four books: Employment Guarantee Programme and Pro-Poor Growth; Indian Official Statistical System; Input-Output Tables for India: Concepts, Construction and Applications; and Social Accounting Matrices (SAM) for the Indian economy (1994-95, 1997-98 and 2002-2003). Prof. Saluja constructed a 73-sector and 10 household expenditure level SAM for the year 2003-04 for the Planning Commission. He has been advisor to both the national and various state governments. He is member of the advisory committee on: National Accounts, Central Statistical Office (CSO); CSO's expert group and subgroup on ‘Estimation of savings and investment through household survey'; and the construction of Input-Output table for Madhya Pradesh (Directorate of Economics and Statistics, Madhya Pradesh).
Nishant is a development economist with a strong interest in the fields of political economy, governance issues and the economics of education. He has an M.A and PhD in economics from the University of British Columbia, Canada and a Bachelors of Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. He currently researches the impact of urbanisation on education, the market for private schools and the role of economic changes in shaping politics. He is also working on a UNU–WIDER sponsored project on between-group inequalities in India.
Arijit holds a PhD in experimental and environmental economics. His expertise lies in sampling design, setting up randomised control trials for evaluation. Presently he is working in multiple projects ranging from impact evaluation to urban development. His core interest lies in water management, energy policy and environment. Before joining IDF, Arijit worked at the Shiv Nadar University and TERI (The Energy and Resource Institute).
Soma Wadhwa is a specialist in qualitative research and evaluation, communications and media. At IDF since 2010, Soma has led qualitative study projects for the Dutch government, the UK government’s Department for International Development, UNICEF, UNDP, the IKEA Foundation and the state governments of Odisha, Madhya Pradesh and the National Capital Territory of Delhi. These assignments involved issues ranging from conditional and unconditional cash transfers to secondary schooling for girls to the Public Distribution System (PDS) to factors that contribute to civil society strengthening—and recommending design, implementing, monitoring strategies and policies on these. Before joining IDF, Soma worked in the national media, with a focus on development journalism, reporting and commenting extensively on Education and Gender. She held senior editorial positions in various publications including Open (newsweekly), The Hindustan Times, The Indian Express, Outlook and The Times of India. Soma received the Sanskriti Award for Journalism, Press Council of India Award for her reportage on Education and the British High Commission’s Chevening Scholarship which had her working at The Guardian in London. Soma is an alumna of St. Stephen’s College.
Bhupesh Yadav is a Commerce graduate from Andhra University, and has done his MBA in Finance and Marketing from SIES College of Management Studies, Mumbai. He worked for two years with the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE) before joining IDF in 2004. His areas of interest are construction of Social Accounting Matrix (SAM), Input-Output tables for India and the states, as also working with large data sets like census, NSS (National Sample Survey), ASI (Annual Survey of Industries) etc. Bhupesh has been involved in constructing a 73-sector all India SAM for the year 2003-04 for the Planning Commission of India and the Input-Output table of the Indian economy for the year 2003-04 for the Central Statistical Organisation (CSO). His work included analysing the impact of services sector exports on the economy as well as households using the SAM model for UNCTAD, estimating incidence of poverty at state level for the Planning Commission and studying the impact of NREGA through a village-level SAM in Gujarat. He was part of a pilot study on the impact of cash transfers in lieu of PDS in Delhi and has led other impact evaluation projects such as that of achieving MDGs in India for WOTRO, The Netherlands and women’s empowerment for IKEA-UNDP. Bhupesh has published papers in the Journal of Development Studies and the Economic and Political Weekly.
Devanand’s expertise lies in monitoring and evaluation and managing large scale experimental studies. He is well versed in mixed methods research with emphasis on impact evaluation. Presently, he has been assigned the role of Research Programme Manager in a DFID funded project titled the Odisha Girls Incentive Programme (OGIP). In this project, he is responsible for overall Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E), implementation and evaluation of various experimental pilots and grievance redressal. Devanand has also conducted various training and evaluation workshops for WOTRO (Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, The Netherlands) and the UNDP-funded Madhya Pradesh Unconditional Cash Transfer (MPUCT). He is currently engaged in a study on using unsupervised peer learning as an alternative tool to improve and enhance the learning achievements in schools through an experiment in Odisha.
Nalin Mehta is Associate Scholar at the India Development Foundation, Consulting Editor, The Times of India and Editor, South Asian History and Culture (Routledge) book series and journal. An award-wining social scientist and journalist, he has been Managing Editor and Channel Head, India Today Group (English TV Network), Adjunct Professor at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, and held senior executive positions with the United Nations and the Global Fund in Geneva.
Nalin has held several visiting appointments at universities and institutions in Australia, Switzerland, Singapore and India. These include senior fellowships at National University of Singapore, Australian National University, Canberra, La Trobe University, Melbourne, and the International Olympics Museum, Lausanne, Switzerland.
Nalin’s books include Behind a Billion Screens: What Television Tells Us About Modern India (longlisted Tata Literary Live, Business Book of the Year and national non-fiction bestseller), India on Television: How Satellite Channels Have Changed the Way We Think and Act (winner of the 2009 Asian Publishing Award for Best Book), the best-selling Sellotape Legacy: Delhi and the Commonwealth Games, and a critically acclaimed social history of Indian sport, Olympics: The India Story. He has edited Television in India: Satellites, Politics and Cultural Change and co-edited Gujarat Beyond Gandhi: Identity, Conflict and Society.
Monica is an Economics post-graduate from the Delhi School of Economics. Her research interests include development economics, environmental economics, energy, climate change, economic design, regulation and impact evaluation. She has training in data analysis, econometric modelling especially in the areas of development and energy economics. She is proficient in the use of statistical packages such as STATA, SPSS and E-Views. She has contributed to several published research articles in the field of energy economics, development economics and climate change. At IDF, Monica is involved in projects on impact evaluation and process mapping.
Vikash Kumar is an Economics graduate from Bihar University and has a diploma in Rural Management and Welfare Administration from Patna University. He is interested in research on governance reforms, primary education, healthcare, conditional cash transfers, and employment creation and poverty alleviation — and has worked on these in various projects at IDF. Before joining IDF in 2010, Vikash worked as a trainer at the Rural Development Foundation of PHD Chamber of Commerce. For three years, he organised training workshops on Panchayati Raj Institutions for women sarpanch in districts of Rajasthan. He then joined the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) where he carried out research on electoral and political party reforms. As a part of the National Election Watch team at ADR, he monitored Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha elections across India for five years and published several reports with the aim of strengthening the Indian democracy.
Robert has been in the field of social science research for the last twelve years. His research is broadly focused on the social, political and economic issues of tribals and other under-privileged classes of Odisha. As a research associate at IDF, Robert has performed a wide range of tasks, including coordination, documentation, data analysis, report writing and providing support in preparing project plans, progress reports and status reports. Before joining IDF, he was an ad-hoc assistant professor and guest lecturer at Motilal Nehru College and the School of Open Learning, Delhi University. He is currently also enrolled as a PhD research scholar at Delhi University.
Moumita’s role at IDF comprises analysing data, writing reports, documenting research findings. Additionally, she functions as the editorial assistant of IDF’s Journal of Infrastructure Development and also contributes to IDF’s quarterly, R.A.C.E. Before joining IDF, Moumita interned at the Centre for Policy Research (CPR), where she studied the spatial pattern of rural occupations. She has also interned at the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, where she undertook a study on foreign investment in India’s healthcare sector. During her Masters programme at the Shiv Nadar University (SNU), Moumita was teaching assistant for various subjects, and also conducted research on examining the effect of the 2008 recession on the use of external finance by Indian firms. Currently, she is working on devising a suitable environmental sustainability indicator.
Paroma has been working on development research for the last five years. She is trained in Political Science. For IDF, Paroma has worked on evaluating Dutch-funded Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) for their organisational capacities and their contributions to civil society strengthening; this project was undertaken in partnership with the Centre for Development Innovations (CDI), University of Wageningen, The Netherlands. Paroma was also involved in the impact assessment and documentation of a UNDP-IKEA-funded project on the empowerment of women in eastern Uttar Pradesh. Both these projects required intensive travelling to various parts of the country, interactions with CSOs, conducting of focus group discussions (FGDs) and workshops, process tracing, and triangulation of qualitative data and reporting from the field. Paroma has submitted her PhD thesis in July 2015 to the Centre for Political Studies (CPS), Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). Her doctoral thesis is an analysis of institutional changes in land rights in Haryana.
Ishan has a Bachelor of Science (Research) degree from the School of Humanities and Social Science, Shiv Nadar University (SNU). He is interested in Law and Economics and Market Design. At IDF, he is currently working on the economics of patent protection laws, technology standards and FRAND (Fair, Reasonable and Non Discriminatory) royalty estimation. He is also Editorial Assistant of the Review of Market Integration.
Satyaki has a Bachelors degree in Economics from Ramakrishna Mission Vidyamandira, University of Calcutta and Masters in Economics from Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics. His interests are in the field of Macroeconomics, Development Economics, Growth and Political Economy and various quantitative techniques such as Applied Econometrics and Mathematical Methods. He is involved in multiple projects at IDF which require data support through the use of National Sample Survey, Annual Survey of Industries, Census and other database.
Ashish has a Bachelors degree in Economics from University of Delhi and Masters in Economics from Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics. His primary interests are in the fields of Macroeconomics and Development Economics; he is also interested in Microeconomics, Input-Output Systems, Game Theory and allied areas. At IDF, Ashish is involved in multiple projects which use techniques like IO-SAM and Micro-simulations.
Niharika has a Masters in Development Studies from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai and Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from Indraprastha College for Women, University of Delhi. She is assisting with the concurrent monitoring and evaluation of Disha, a project aiming at creating employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for women in India. Niharika’s research interests lie in the fields of political economy, labour market, gender, demography and women empowerment.