Vivek’s professional journey spans 16 years in retail and consulting....

VIVEK ABRAHAM

Director, Business Development
 

VIVEK ABRAHAM

Position: Director, Business Development
Categories: Business Development

Vivek’s professional journey spans 16 years in retail and consulting. He brings a decade of leadership expertise, successfully overseeing both people and projects. His diverse experience encompasses roles in organiations such as Bhume, Thoughtworks, Target and Infosys.

Sreelakshmi holds an MSc in International Development from the University...

Sreelakshmi Harilal

Executive Assistant to Chairman (Research & Projects)
 

Sreelakshmi Harilal

Position: Executive Assistant to Chairman (Research & Projects)
Email: [email protected]
Categories: Operations

Sreelakshmi holds an MSc in International Development from the University of Birmingham and BA Honors Economics from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi. She has worked as Academic Coordinator at a Cambridge International School.

Nikhil Ali is an Associate, Research at the Centre for...

Nikhil Ali

Associate, Research
 

Nikhil Ali

Position: Associate, Research
Email: [email protected]
Categories: Research

Nikhil Ali is an Associate, Research at the Centre for Public Policy Research. He Holds an M.Plan from Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science and 3 years of experience as a Civil Engineer. Specializing in projects such as Local Area Plans, Master Plans, Development Plans, and Regional Plans. Expertise includes land use planning, suitability analysis, and growth models. Academic focus on water-sensitive planning practices like Sponge City and WSUD for urban flooding mitigation, utilizing tools like AutoCAD, ArcGIS, and Photoshop. Currently, serving as an Urban Mobility Researcher at CPPR, analyzing policies impacting India’s public bus transport system, with a particular emphasis on private sector integration.

 

Publications by Nikhil

Binumol is Admin Associate at the Centre for Public Policy...

Binumol V B

Admin Associate
 

Binumol V B

Position: Admin Associate
Email: [email protected]
Categories: Operations

Binumol is Admin Associate at the Centre for Public Policy Research. She completed her MA in History from Maharajas College, Ernakulam, and her B Ed in Social Science from Mahatma Gandhi University College of Teacher Education, Ernakulam. She has seven years of teaching experience at Toc H (Residential) Public School.

Asif is a Senior Associate at CPPR. He possesses over...

Asif Muhammed

Senior Associate, Public Relations and Social Media
 

Asif Muhammed

Position: Senior Associate, Public Relations and Social Media
Email: [email protected]
Categories: Communications

Asif is a Senior Associate at CPPR. He possesses over 5 years of expertise in Journalism and Public Relations. He obtained a Postgraduate degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Madurai Kamaraj University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism from Kerala Media Academy. Additionally, he holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Applications (BCA).

Jishnu Ravindran earned a zoology degree from Parvatibai Chowgule College...

Jishnu Ravindran

Associate Strategic Relations & Business Development
 

Jishnu Ravindran

Position: Associate Strategic Relations & Business Development
Email: [email protected]
Categories: Business Development

Jishnu Ravindran earned a zoology degree from Parvatibai Chowgule College of Arts and Sciences before going on to Goa University for his postgraduate studies in biotechnology.  His post-graduation project was centered around the production of plant-based protein from algae byproducts and the use of algae as a biofuel.  He worked as a microbiologist for a pharmaceutical company after completing his studies. He made the decision to switch careers in project management and development in the middle of 2022 and used CPPR as a launchpad for his new career after working here as an international relations research intern.

Shilpa completed her Btech in Electronics and Communication Engineering from...

Shilpa S

Associate, Research & Strategic Relations
 

Shilpa S

Position: Associate, Research & Strategic Relations
Email: [email protected]
Categories: Research

Shilpa completed her Btech in Electronics and Communication Engineering from FISAT, Angamaly. While pursuing she completed internships with organisations like BSNL and afterwards volunteered in the NGO sector with ‘Make a Difference’. She also worked in freelance educational content development for various institutes after completing her engineering. At CPPR, she interned with the IR Research team initially as a research intern and worked in International conferences. She is also passionate about writing and enthusiastic about India’s rich art and crafts. Apart from her academic interests, she also loves watching movies, cooking and styling clothes.

 

Publications by Shilpa

Lizbeth is a Senior Associate Research at Centre for Public...

Lizbeth Godwin

Senior Associate, Research
 

Lizbeth Godwin

Position: Senior Associate, Research
Categories: Research

Lizbeth is a Senior Associate Research at Centre for Public Policy and Research (CPPR). She has completed her graduation in Economics from Govt. College for Women, Trivandrum where she received the title of ‘All Rounder of the Year’ and post-graduation in MSc. Economics with specialization in Urban Development from Symbiosis International University. She did her dissertation on ” An Analysis of Customer Satisfaction from Public Bus: A Case Study of KSRTC Bus Services”. She has interned with various organisations in the research field such as International Institute of Corporate and Social Responsibility, OSG Analytics and Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy.  She also worked with Stories Worth Sharing Organization, Delhi as their Associate Partner and was the City head of Trivandrum.  Her key areas of research interest include Urban Mobility, Urban Governance and Behavioural Economics. She has also volunteered in making audiobooks for visually impaired students and initiated a social media campaign ‘Why Not Dark” to fight against colourism.

 

Publications by Lizbeth

Neelima completed her Post Graduation in MA Geopolitics and International...

Neelima A

Associate, Research
 

Neelima A

Position: Associate, Research
Email: [email protected]
Categories: Research

Neelima completed her Post Graduation in MA Geopolitics and International Relations from Manipal Academy of Higher Education. While pursuing her masters she has done her 3 months Internship from the Middle East Institute, New Delhi. After completion of the course she worked for 2 months as IR project Intern at Centre for Public Policy Research, Kochi. She is passionate about research and writing in the field of International Relations. Her Interest areas include West Asia, Indo-pacific, Multilateralism, Global and National Security.

Publications by Neelima

He holds a Post Graduation in Applied Economics from Cochin...

Kannan P R

Associate, Academy
 

Kannan P R

Position: Associate, Academy
Email: [email protected]
Categories: Academy, Research
He holds a Post Graduation in Applied Economics from Cochin University of Science and Technology and BA in Economics from St Alberts College, Ernakulam. He is an emotionally intelligent person who is constantly on the move to improve myself. He loves content creation, research and constant experience building and learning new things is always on my plate.

April had joined CPPR as a Research Intern for 2...

April Suzanna Varkey

Senior Associate, Strategic Communications
 

April Suzanna Varkey

Position: Senior Associate, Strategic Communications
Categories: Communications

April had joined CPPR as a Research Intern for 2 months, progressed to become a full-time Researcher for over a year, and then advanced to a new role as Senior Associate, Communications & Events. As a researcher, she worked on projects relating to Governance & Law, and Urban Transport. She is a Chartered Accountancy finalist and BCom graduate, and she has completed 3 years of articleship at Sankar and Moorthy Chartered Accountants, Trivandrum. April is passionate about creating a social impact and has been involved in projects such as audio recording for the Kerala Federation of the Blind and editing a book on online abuse of children and cyber security laws for the Kerala Police Academy.

Anu Anna Jo is a Senior Associate, Research at CPPR....

Anu Anna Jo

Senior Associate, Research
 

Anu Anna Jo

Position: Senior Associate, Research
Categories: Research

Anu Anna Jo is a Senior Associate, Research at CPPR. Anu, by qualification holds an M.sc. in Economics (specialised in Environmental Economics) from Madras School of Economics and B.A. Honors Economics from Jesus and Mary College, Delhi University. She has been associated with Madras School of Economics as a Research Assistant since 2018 on various projects. She has also interned with Dept. of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Government of India in 2014.

 

Publications by Anu Anna

Anu Maria Francis works as a Senior Associate (Research and...

Anu Maria Francis

Senior Associate, Research and Project Management
 

Anu Maria Francis

Position: Senior Associate, Research and Project Management
Categories: Projects, Research

Anu Maria Francis works as a Senior Associate (Research and Project Management) at the Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR). She received her law degree from the National University of Advanced Legal Studies in Kochi. She has worked as a UPSC exam teacher and mentor for several coaching schools in Kerala.  Her scholarly interests include legal and urban governance, as well as concerns of livelihood. She won the 2022 Think Tank Shark Tank Award by Atlas Network USA.  She spoke on the topic “Economic rights of women in Asia” at the Asia Liberty Forum 2022 in Manila, Philippines, and the Liberty Forum 2022 in New York. She has also interned with the Kerala State Information Commission, ACTIONAID India, Ceat Tyres Ltd, Biocon Pharma Ltd, Khaitan and Co Law Firm, and others.

 

Publications by Anu Maria

Diana is a Human Resource Consultant. She graduated with a...

NAOMY DIANA JOHANAN

HR Consultant
 

NAOMY DIANA JOHANAN

Position: HR Consultant
Categories: Operations

Diana is a Human Resource Consultant. She graduated with a Master’s degree in Social work (HR) from Madras School of Social Work and has experience working for NGOs like World Vision India.

Former Executive Director of Kerala State Literacy Mission, Special Private...

Dr Gopinath Panangad

Consultant, Projects
 

Dr Gopinath Panangad

Position: Consultant, Projects
Categories: Projects

Former Executive Director of Kerala State Literacy Mission, Special Private Secretary to Minister for Tourism, Fisheries and Excise, Government of Kerala, Project Chief at Kerala State Women’s Commission and Deputy General Manager of Kerala State Fisheries Federation. Dr Gopinath started his career in All India Radio, where he bagged National Award in Broadcasting followed by an overseas training programme in Advanced Communication by visiting England, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands and Switzerland. He holds MSW and PhD degrees.

 

Publications by Dr Gopinath Panangad

Mr Antony retired from the service of the Government of...

Antony B J

Consultant, Projects
 

Antony B J

Position: Consultant, Projects
Categories: Projects

Mr Antony retired from the service of the Government of Kerala as the Senior Deputy Transport Commissioner for the MVD of Kerala. He steered the motor vehicles mobility sector with strategic vision and regulatory prowess. His tenure as a top official with the Government of Kerala marked a dedication to effective governance. Post-retirement, he had lent his expertise as a consultant advisor to Kochi Metro Rail Ltd and played a key role in the formulation of the Kerala Metropolitan Transport Authority Act (KMTA). Antony also worked with the GIZ, the German development funder, on their e-auto project for Kochi Municipal Corporation. Presently as the Managing Director of a public limited bus company set up for the augmentation of public transport of private operators, he continues to shape the landscape of sustainable and green transit solutions. His journey encapsulates a lifelong commitment to the advancement of public transport and fostering environmentally conscious practices.

Jithin is a renowned lawyer whose expertise is in Banking...

Jithin Paul Varghese

Consultant, Legal
 

Jithin Paul Varghese

Position: Consultant, Legal
Categories: Operations

Jithin is a renowned lawyer whose expertise is in Banking laws, Civil laws and Constitutional matters with over 10 years of experience. He holds a BA LLB (Hons.) degree from the National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi, Kerala and an LLM from M G University, Kottayam, Kerala.

Manoj Mathew is the Secretary of the Association for Public...

Manoj Mathew

Consultant (Strategies & Partnerships)
 

Manoj Mathew

Position: Consultant (Strategies & Partnerships)
Categories: Business Development, Operations

Manoj Mathew is the Secretary of the Association for Public Policy Education (APPE) and Affiliate Advisor and Strategist at the Acton Institute, a think based in US. He has served in various senior roles at Indian and international non-profit organisations. He also volunteers for several local and global initiatives for institution building and communication strategy.

He is the former Chief Operating Officer of Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR) and former Director of Centre for Civil Society (CCS); two of India’s prominent think tanks. He was instrumental in scaling the programs for filmmakers, journalist and students on livelihood freedom. He championed the policy reforms in the Bamboo sector in India during his engagement as the Festival Director of Jeevika: Asia Livelihood Documentary Festival.

Manoj was involved in various international consultations and facilitated workshops/trainings in Africa, Asia, Europe & Middle East. Manoj is the former Secretary General of the International Young Catholic Students (IYCS) movement. He is well travelled, worked, and lived in Manila and Paris, engaged in global advocacy for addressing student poverty and peace building.

He studied Commerce, Journalism & Communication, and Public Policy in India. He holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Jindal School of Government & Public Policy at the OP Jindal Global University. Manoj was born in Kerala, grew up in West Bengal and currently lives in New Delhi with his wife and two children.

J Paul Zachariah is Programme Officer (Chairman’s Office) at CPPR....

J Paul Zachariah

Programme Officer (Chairman's Office)
 

J Paul Zachariah

Position: Programme Officer (Chairman's Office)
Email: [email protected]
Categories: Business Development

J Paul Zachariah is Programme Officer (Chairman’s Office) at CPPR. He works with the Chairman on the strategic development of CPPR and building partnerships. Paul is a blogger and writes for CPPR blog on topics like international relations and security. A graduate in Economics, he has also undergone training in NGO management at the Department of Training, YMCAs of India and International YMCA University of Applied Sciences in Germany. Before joining CPPR, he was the General Secretary and CEO of YMCA Thrissur for over 7 years. His interests are international relations, libertarian thought, reading, travelling and photography.

 

Publications by J Paul

Raju T Mathews has been working with CPPR since 2008....

Raju T Mathews

Chief Accounts Officer

 

Raju T Mathews

Position: Chief Accounts Officer

Email: [email protected]
Categories: Operations

Raju T Mathews has been working with CPPR since 2008. He has an MBA degree (with specialisation in Financial Management) from Berhampur University in 1988. He has more than two decades of experience working with various business organisations.

Salahuddin Ayyub is a Research Consultant at CPPR and has...

Dr Salahuddin Ayyub

Consultant, Research
 

Dr Salahuddin Ayyub

Position: Consultant, Research
Categories: Research

Salahuddin Ayyub is a Research Consultant at CPPR and has more than 10 years of research and teaching experience. He holds both graduate and postgraduate degrees in Economics and MPhil and PhD degrees in International Trade. He specialises in International Trade Policy research, International Relations and Islamic Studies. He has worked with Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, Centre for WTO Studies (Ministry of Commerce, Government of India), National University of Educational Planning and Administration (NUEPA) and Evalueserve – a multinational research firm. Salahuddin has published several research papers in renowned journals and books and regularly writes for magazines and newspapers on economic and social issues. He has an extensive list of presentations in esteemed national and international conferences. He has a good command of Urdu, Arabic, Hindi and English languages. He has worked for PwC, DFID (UK), Spices Board of India, APEDA, NITI Aayog, Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Textiles, Ministry of MSME, World Bank, UNICEF and TNT.

Sherylene Rafeeque has been associated with CPPR as Consultant Editor...

Sherylene Shamina Rafeeque

Consultant, Editor
 

Sherylene Shamina Rafeeque

Position: Consultant, Editor
Categories: Communications

Sherylene Rafeeque has been associated with CPPR as Consultant Editor since 2016. She has also managed media relations and programmes for the organisation briefly. A trained editor and author of several children’s books, she resides in Kochi. Sherylene earned her postgraduate degree in Visual Communication from Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham headquartered in Coimbatore, India.

Dr Swapna Jambhekar is a Research Consultant at CPPR and...

Dr Swapna Jambhekar

Consultant, Research
 

Dr Swapna Jambhekar

Position: Consultant, Research
Categories: Research

Dr Swapna Jambhekar is a Research Consultant at CPPR and is closely involved in the research studies undertaken by CPPR. She graduated as Bachelor of Homoeopathic Medicine and Surgery (BHMS) from Mumbai University. After completing Post Graduate Diploma in Hospital Administration (PGDHA) from All India Institute of Local Self Government, she pursued Master of Hospital Administration (MHA) from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai (TISS). Swapna is also a Fellow of Insurance Institute of India (FIII) and has worked with well-known bilateral and multilateral agencies in the areas of microinsurance and public health. Her work experience encompasses working at the grassroots level community mobilisation and training, implementation, administration, research, documentation and consulting.

Publications by Dr Swapna Jambhekar

Vivek has a master’s degree in Marketing from Dayalbagh Educational...

Vivek Singh

Senior Associate, Strategic Engagement
 

Vivek Singh

Position: Senior Associate, Strategic Engagement
Categories: Operations

Vivek has a master’s degree in Marketing from Dayalbagh Educational Institute(Deemed University) and a PG certification in Data Analytics from MICA, Ahmedabad. Prior to joining the CPPR, he worked with a Political Consultancy. He has a total of five years’ experience in the areas of capacity-building, nutrition, sustainable development and Business Development. His desire to contribute meaningfully to Public Policy prompted him to join CPPR.