Aiswarya Krishnan

Project Associate

Aiswarya Krishnan is a Project Associate for Centre for Urban Studies at CPPR. She is a postgraduate in Urban Development and Management from TERI School of Advanced Studies. She has interned with National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA), New Delhi, and Pune Smart City Development Corporation Limited. Aiswarya’s postgraduate research was on “Identification of future thrust areas for capacity building under Swachh Bharat Mission.” She was part of the Management Development Fellowship organised by the Institute of Sustainable Development and Governance (ISDG), Trivandrum, in association with Trancivic International.

Akanksha Borawake

Research Associate

Akanksha Borawake is a Research Associate at CPPR. She is a postgraduate in Economics from Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics and has worked on research projects like ‘Voting patterns of people’ and ‘Environmental awareness among citizens of Pune’ for the annual college magazine Veritas. She has done her research internship at PricewaterhouseCoopers Pvt. Ltd. where she worked on monitoring and evaluation projects, assessing the impact of Maharashtra Agriculture Competitiveness Project and Agri Business Promotion Facility on its beneficiaries. Her broad areas of interest are Gender Studies, Education, Agriculture, Environmental Sustainability and Macroeconomics.

Aliya Nazeer

Manager – Strategic Planning & Operations

Aliya Nazeer is Manager – Strategic Planning & Operations at CPPR. She is a technology graduate with multi sectorial experience spanning across education, public health and technology. Prior to joining CPPR she was a fellow with Teach for India (Delhi) where she worked in an under-resourced government school in the capacity of Teaching Fellow. In this role, she has mastered the skill of resource management and optimal resource utilisation as part of her fellowship experience. She had also worked with Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) for a Pan India Health System strengthening project with NACO (National AIDS Control Organisation). She started her career with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) working in quality assurance and client servicing. Her areas of interest include multi sectoral partnerships and social impact investments

Angela Cicily Joseph

Research Associate

Angela Cicily Joseph is a Research Associate at Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR). She completed her graduation in Sociology from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai and her postgraduation in Applied Sociology from Christ (deemed to be) University, Bengaluru. Her postgraduation dissertation focused mainly on the Construction of Masculinity. During her studies, she worked on research projects in the fields of Livelihood, Education and Disaster Studies with the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. Prior to joining CPPR, Angela was with Affluenz Financial Services India Private Limited where she was involved in a research project on Financial Literacy and Inclusion. She also volunteers at schools to conduct gender sensitisation programmes. Her areas of interests include Diaspora Studies, Education, Livelihood and Social Demography.

Aravind Anand Shankar

Digital Media Specialist and Programme Coordinator

Aravind Anand Shankar is Digital Media Specialist and Programme Coordinator at CPPR. He is part of the team responsible for branding and communication of the organisation. As part of his job profile, he has worked closely in promoting different research findings and events organised by CPPR. He has been associated with CPPR since the last 5 years in different roles like Senior Associate (PR & Communication), Research Assistant, and Operations and Programme Associate. Aravind has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. He has a keen interest in web designing & development and he is also passionate about photography and travelling.

Deepthi Mary Mathew

Senior Research Associate

Deepthi Mary Mathew has been working as a Senior Research Associate at CPPR since 2018. She writes on topics related to education, public finance, financial markets and international trade and has published many articles and papers on these topics. Deepthi has done her post-graduation in Economics from the University of Kerala and is pursuing her PhD in Economics from Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, Pune.

Gazi Hassan

Senior Research Associate

Gazi Hassan is Senior Research Associate at CPPR. He is involved in research on Asia-Pacific, particularly exploring the geopolitical dynamics, blue economy, developments related to trade and terrorism, the role of various actors and security dynamics of the region. He has previously worked as a researcher at the Vivekananda International Foundation, New Delhi. He has been contributing articles to various online platforms like SADF(Brussels), Foreign Policy News (Washington), International Policy Digest (Washington), Money Control, The Quint and Greater Kashmir, among others.

Goutham K A

Project Associate

Goutham K A is a Project Associate at CPPR. He started his career as an Assistant Manager (Security) in South Indian Bank Ltd, dealing with security-related projects of the institution, submission of reports to the RBI and interdepartmental communication. He is a Computer Science and Engineering graduate from Government Engineering College, Thrissur and currently pursuing post-graduation in Political Science and International Relations from Indira Gandhi National Open University. Goutham is a frequent traveller, photography enthusiast and interested in regional, national and international political developments.

Harshit Rai

Research Assistant

Harshit Rai is a Research Assistant at CPPR. He holds a BA LLB (Hons) from Symbiosis Law School, Pune. He was previously with the India Centre for Migration, New Delhi—a research think-tank to the Ministry of External Affairs, where he worked on policy issues within international migration from India. He is also a Case Matrix Network (CMN) Fellow for the Centre for International Law Research and Policy, where he supports the Legal Tools Database as a public-interest service. His areas of interest lie within Human Rights Law, Policy and Governance.

Husna Abdul Kariem

Project Associate (CPPR Academy)

Husna is a Software Engineer with a master's degree in Human Resource Management. She has worked in different industries like Information Technology, Pharmaceuticals and Retail across India and in the UAE. Her role in CPPR is primarily Recruitment and other HR functions. She is also responsible for coordinating the CPPR Academy activities. She is fond of Literature, Music and also tries her hand at painting and crafting, among other hobbies.

Manoj Mathew

Chief Operating Officer

Manoj is a policy enthusiast having expertise in Coalition Building & Strategic Partnership Development, he has served in various senior roles at several Indian and international non-profit organisations. He is the founder and promoter of Policy Talks based in New Delhi and an advisory member to the Amity Institute of Public Policy at Amity University, Noida. He was also the Policy Project Consultant for the Delhi-NCR Region for CPPR for many years. Manoj was involved in various UN consultations and facilitated youth workshops in post-conflict societies in Africa & Asia. He was instrumental in championing the policy reforms in the Bamboo sector in India during his engagement as a key member of the senior management team at Centre for Civil Society. Manoj is well travelled, worked and lived in Manila and Paris engaged in global advocacy for addressing student poverty and peace building. He is a graduate in both Commerce, and Journalism and Communication and has 19 years of extensive experience in non-profit sector and volunteers for several initiatives.

Dr Martin Patrick

Chief Economist

Dr Martin Patrick secured his PhD in Applied Economics from the Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT), Kochi. He has worked as faculty of Economics in various government colleges. He received post-doctoral training at Tilburg University, Netherlands. He has won the award of Excellence in Education instituted by the Global Society for Health and Educational Growth, New Delhi in 2006. He has completed various projects for ICSSR, CDS, Planning Board (Kerala for UNDP), KILA and GIFT (for World Bank). He has served as the member of graduate and postgraduate board of studies of Calicut University, CUSAT, Kalady University and Kerala University. Presently, he is a Visiting Fellow at Indian Maritime Institute, Ernakulam and Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship, Ernakulam.

Neethu R Nair

Manager- PR and Communications

Neethu R Nair is working as Assistant Manager- PR and Communications at CPPR. She is a Young India Fellow and has completed her Post Graduate Diploma in Liberal Studies from Ashoka University, Sonipat. She began her journey in social impact sector as Senior Associate - Advocacy at Janaagraha Center for Citizenship and Democracy. Here, she worked on stakeholder communication strategy and was instrumental in advocating City-Systems framework through presentations to city leaders and public officials of Karnataka, handling media outreach through newsletters, policy briefs as well as social media handles and in contributing to the Bengaluru Blueprint report. Neethu is a Civil Engineering graduate from NIT- Durgapur and worked as Associate Manager in the Thermal Power Vertical of McNally Bharat Engineering prior to her venture into the public policy realm. She is a firm believer of inter-disciplinary learning and an urban policy enthusiast.

Nidhi Chandran

Resident Editor

Nidhi Chandran works as Resident Editor at CPPR. She is a postgraduate in Journalism and Communication and has over 7 years of experience working with various organisations in Qatar and India as Copy Editor, Editorial Assistant, Reporter and Junior Production Executive. She is interested in travel, books, music and cooking.

Nissy Solomon

Senior Research Associate

Nissy Solomon is a Senior Research Associate at CPPR. She has a background in Economics with a master’s degree in Public Policy from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore. After graduation and prior to her venture into the public policy domain, she worked as a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Analyst with Nokia-Heremaps. Her postgraduate research explored the interface of GIS in Indian healthcare planning. She is broadly interested in Public Policy, Economic Development and Spatial Analysis for policymaking.

J Paul Zachariah

Manager- Chairman's Office & Administration

J Paul Zachariah is Manager- Operations and 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 reading, travelling and photography.

Praseeda Mukundan

Senior Research Associate

Praseeda Mukundan is a Senior Research Associate at CPPR. She is an Architect, and Urban and Regional Planner from the School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal. Her current area of work includes studies related to the urban domain. Prior to joining CPPR, she was working as a Project Associate at IPE Global Limited for Thiruvananthapuram Smart City Project. Praseeda has also worked as a Young Professional (Consultant) for RURBAN Mission, Department of Panchayat and Rural Development, Government of Madhya Pradesh. She was involved in preparing Integrated Cluster Action Plan (ICAP) for Kirgi Cluster (Anuppur District, Madhya Pradesh). Her postgraduate research was on ‘Regulating Transit Oriented Development for Inducing Transit Friendly Housing: A Case Study of Kochi’. After graduation, she worked as an Architect at C-Earth Pvt. Ltd. Kochi. Her areas of interest are spatial planning, transport planning, economic development and sustainability in architecture.

Raju T Mathews

Finance Manager

Raju T Mathews has been working with CPPR since 2008 as Finance Manager. 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.

Sara John

Senior Associate (Business Development)

Sara John works as Senior Associate (Business Development) at CPPR. She conducts research, contributes to proposal writing and writes articles on various public policy-related aspects. She had earlier worked as a Senior Project Associate at CPPR and has published many articles and papers. Sara has a Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Management from Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA), Gujarat. She is an art and crafts enthusiast.

Sreya Vaidyan

Project Assistant

Sreya Vaidyan is an architect and urban manager from CEPT University, Ahmedabad. She has interned with Smart City Thiruvananthapuram Ltd and volunteered with Bhumi, an NGO in Chennai, for their initiative ‘Lakshya'-- a mentorship programme for ‘under-privileged kids’. Sreya is a passionate writer and has published a book My 200 Pound Diary, a collection of anecdotes. Her postgraduate research was on “EPR in Plastic Waste Management: A Policy Framework” which instilled in her an interest in public policy, urban governance and management, and civic initiatives.


Dr Gopinath Panangad


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.

Jithin Paul Varghese


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.

Lakshmi Ramamurthy

Market Analyst

Lakshmi Ramamurthy works as a Market Analyst with CPPR. She was involved in various projects such as Livelihood Project in Chennai, Slum Survey in Chennai, Study on Para-transit system in Chennai and Campus Democracy in India. She has a postgraduate degree in Econometrics from the University of Madras, Chennai. Lakshmi has over 13 years of data analytics experience working in IT, Retail, Insurance and Public Policy. At present, she is managing the data and analysis department for CBHS (Comm Bank Health Sector) in Australia.

Dr Salahuddin Ayyub


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 Shamina Rafeeque

Consultant Editor

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


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.

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