K V Thomas
K V Thomas has over 36 years of distinguished service in the Intelligence Bureau, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. He has worked in various capacities in different parts of India including insurgency-affected areas of the North East, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala and is well-versed in the socio-economic, political and developmental issues in those states. He has vast experience in the fields of intelligence, national security, policing, human/civil rights, ethnic conflicts and left-wing extremism. As a Fellow of National Police Academy, Hyderabad, he had undertaken a research project on Policing and Human Rights in Andhra Pradesh during 1998.
Muraleedharan Nair has held various positions in the Government of India, including as the Indian Consul in China. His postings abroad include those in the Indian diplomatic missions in China (Shanghai & Guangzhou), Hong Kong and Singapore. After his studies at the University of Kerala, Mr Muraleedharan Nair did a post-graduate programme in Marketing and Advertising from Bhavan’s Rajendra Prasad Institute of Communication and Management, Mumbai. He has passed with distinction a degree-level course in Chinese language from the School of Foreign Languages, New Delhi.
Dr Rijo M John
Rijo M John is an economist and public health policy analyst who independently consults for Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids (CTFK), Washington, DC, Public Health Foundation of India, New Delhi and World Health Organization, New Delhi among others in the area of economics of tobacco control. He is also a Member of Tobacco Policy Research Program at the East Tennessee State University, TN, USA. He has a Masters in Economics from the University of Hyderabad and a PhD in Development Studies from Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai. He did a Post-Doctoral Fellowship from the University of California, San Francisco and has held full-time academic positions at the University of Illinois, Chicago and the American Cancer Society, Atlanta, USA.
Dr Anupama Ghosh
Senior Research Associate & Internship Coordinator
Dr Anupama Ghosh is a Senior Research Associate and Internship Coordinator at CPPR. Her current area of work involves studies and analysis of General Elections, 2019. She has completed PhD in History from the University of Delhi in 2015. Prior to joining CPPR, she worked with the National Maritime Foundation, New Delhi and has also contributed research articles for Vision Politic, an independent research forum based in Turkey. Anupama’s areas of interest include politics and political discourses. She is an avid reader.
Director of Operations
Ashish Alex works as Director (Operations) at CPPR. He has a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration with specialisation in HR from Symbiosis, Pune. He previously worked as Senior Manager (Programmes) with Bharti Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Bharti Enterprises, where he provided leadership to improve quality of various educational initiatives of the organisation with a special focus on child safety and compliance. Some of the key areas of his 13 years of work involved project management, monitoring and evaluation, organisational compliance, child safety, leading and managing teams and partnerships. Being a sports buff, Ashish enjoys watching any sport where there is an Indian participation.
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.
Senior Research Associate
Gazi Hassan is Senior Research Associate at CPPR. He is also a Research Scholar of International Studies at MMAJ Academy of International Studies in Jamia Millia Islamia University. Gazi’s area of work involves various policy-related issues and he has been contributing articles on international politics, foreign policy and security-related issues for think tanks, newspaper dailies in Jammu and Kashmir and online portals based in Delhi. He has also published an article in South Asia Democratic Forum (SADF), Brussels.
Madhu Sivaraman is a Research Scholar at CPPR and had earlier worked as the Centre Director (Research and Projects). He has been associated with CPPR for more than 10 years in a multi-disciplinary role engaging in projects spanning areas of transport, education, livelihood, dispute resolution, regulations and governance. With a background in law, Madhu was instrumental in developing policy strategies for local and state governments and supporting key initiatives of CPPR. He was instrumental in setting up ADR Centre, the dispute resolution centre of CPPR. He pursued a fully-funded master’s degree programme in Comparative Public Policy from the University of Edinburgh, UK under the Chevening FCO UK scholarship. He received Edinburgh Award for Public Engagement for his work on digital education policies in Malawi, Africa while working for Turing Trust, UK. He is a sports enthusiast and yoga practitioner, who also likes to explore new places.
Dr Martin Patrick
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
Assistant 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 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.
J Paul Zachariah
Manager for Development
J Paul Zachariah is Manager for Development 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.
Rahul V Kumar
Rahul V Kumar is a Research Consultant at CPPR. He is a postgraduate in Economics and has an MPhil in Applied Economics and International Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi). He has been associated with CPPR for the last six years in different capacities. Before being a full-time consultant, Rahul was the Director (Research) at the Centre and has guided several projects for the centre. His focus areas of research during this period were liberalisation of liquor industry and promoting private participation in higher education. Some of these works have received widespread media coverage at the national level. Before joining CPPR, Rahul was part of the Knowledge Management team at Ernst & Young (Technopark, Trivandrum, India). He has also worked as a researcher with International SOS (New Delhi). Currently, he teaches graduate students.
Raju T Mathews
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.
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.
Sherylene Shamina Rafeeque
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 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 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.
Policy Project Consultant for Delhi – NCR region
Manoj Mathew has been associated with CPPR as Policy Project Consultant for Delhi - NCR region. He is a graduate in both Commerce and Journalism and Communication. Being 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. 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. Manoj is well travelled, worked and lived in Manila and Paris engaged in global advocacy for addressing student poverty and peace building. He has 19 years of extensive experience in non-profit sector and volunteers for several initiatives.
Raj Cherubal is the Director-Projects for Chennai City Connect (CCC). At CCC, he has facilitated various projects on traffic, sustainable transportation and urban planning focused on pedestrians and pedestrianisation, Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and integrated, multi-modal public transportation, sustainable solid waste management, restoration of urban water bodies, sustainable financing of urban infrastructure, redevelopment of business district and regional planning. He has written and worked to promote decentralisation and good urban governance. Also to promote economic freedom for entrepreneurs, especially poor like street vendors and others in the informal sector and for their recognition as profit seeking entrepreneurs. He holds an MS in Physics from the University of Louisville and an MS in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has worked in the software industry in areas like computational physics, visualisation, telecom and finance.
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.
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.