Dr Vijay Sakhuja
Hon. Distinguished Fellow
Dr Vijay Sakhuja is former Director, National Maritime Foundation, New Delhi. A former Indian Navy officer, Vijay Sakhuja received MPhil and PhD degrees from the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. He has published over 40 books, edited volumes and monographs, and specializes in issues of national security and public policy, particularly in the context of ocean affairs, geopolitics, Climate Change, Arctic, Blue Economy and 4th Industrial Revolution Technologies. He has been on the research faculty of institutions like RSIS, ICWA, ORF and IDSA and is currently associated with Cambodia Institute for Cooperation and Peace, The Peninsula Foundation, India Strategic and Kalinga Foundation.
Dr Vijay Sakhuja is a member of the international editorial board of Journal of Indian Ocean Region (Taylor & Francis) and Journal of Greater Mekong Studies. He regularly teaches and lectures at defence and civil universities and colleges in India and overseas.
Commander Jayakrishnan N Nair (Retd)
Senior Fellow (Defence and Military Analysis)
Commander Jayakrishnan N Nair (Retd), Indian Navy, is an electronics engineer by profession, specialised in Aerospace and Avionics. He has served the Indian Navy for 25 years as an Aviator and was responsible for the successful planning, execution and delivery of several projects and assignments across diverse segments.
Cdr Nair was associated with many DRDO projects while in service and has been selected as a technical expert by DRDO-TDF programme under the ‘Make in India’ initiative. Presently, he is a pro-bono Defence and Aerospace consultant.
Cdr Nair has a wide experience in aircraft quality assurance as well as aircraft airworthiness certification, and has accumulated a wealth of knowledge in defence electronics and associated systems during his illustrious career. He plans to focus his research on bringing Artificial Intelligence in embedded military systems.
He is a Fellow of Institution of Engineers, Kolkata and a life member of Aeronautical Society of India; All India Management Association, New Delhi; Computer Society of India, Mumbai and the Indian Society of Training and Development, New Delhi.
Dr Jose Sebastian
Senior Fellow (Finance)
Dr Jose Sebastian is Chairman and Director of Institute for Enterprise Culture & Entrepreneurship Development, Thiruvananthapuram. He retired as Senior Faculty in Public Finance from Gulati Institute of Finance and Taxation. An expert in Public Finance and Taxation, Dr Jose Sebastian writes for Economic and Political Weekly, IUP Journal of Public Finance, Asian Economic Review, among other well-known journals and magazines. He has also been contributing articles on Kerala’s finance and development issues to leading Malayalam newspapers.
Dr Sebastian earned his PhD and Masters in Economics from the University of Kerala and started his academic career with Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India, Ahmedabad. Some of his notable books are Evaluation of Entrepreneurship Development Programmes (second author) and Commodity Tax Performance: A Study in the Context of Fiscal Federalism. Dr Sebastian has been a member of important Committees constituted by the Government of Kerala, like the Sales Tax Advisory Committee, Expert Committee on Improving Statistical System in Kerala, among others.
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
Senior Fellow (Health Economics)
Dr. John is an economist and public health policy analyst who independently consults for the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), the World Health Organization (WHO), New Delhi and the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids (CTFK), Washington, DC and few other research institutions in the area of economics of non-communicable diseases. He also teaches at the Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode (IIM-K) as an adjunct faculty. Previously, he was a full-time faculty of economics at the Indian Institute of Technology Jodhpur (IIT-J). He has a Masters in Economics from the University of Hyderabad and a PhD in Development Studies from the Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR), Mumbai. He holds a Post-Doctoral Fellowship from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and has held full-time academic positions at the University of Illinois, Chicago and the American Cancer Society, Atlanta, USA.
K V Thomas
Senior Fellow (Internal Security & Extremism)
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.
Research Fellow (Urban Eco-system and Skill Development)
B Chandrasekaran has been working in the area of public policy for the last 14 years. He has diverse experience working with the Central and State Governments, corporate sector, NGOs and academia on various issues related to public policy. While working with the Central Government, he was involved in framing of policies and programmes in the area of school, technical and higher education as well as vocational education, training and skills development. He has also played a key role in setting up of the National Skill Development Agency and National Skills Qualifications Framework.
Chandrasekaran has published research articles on development economics—economics of education, vocational education and skills development, economic reforms, liberal vision for India, water management, regional development, city development, etc. and on history of Indian economic thoughts. He has also published research articles in Tamil language on education, history of economic thoughts, thoughts of Tamil Scholars and political economy. He has authored a chapter in Routledge Handbook of the History of Global Economic Thought, 2014. He has a master’s degree in Economics from the University of Madras and an MPhil in Social Sciences from Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya University, Indore.
Research Fellow (International Trade and Disruptive Technology)
Swapna Nair is an economist with extensive experience in public policy, international trade, restructuring of conflict economies, macroeconomic impact assessment across sectors and the impact of disruptive technologies on international trade and domestic policy. She has been an in-house economist/external consultant with international organisations such as the United Nations, World Bank and Asian Development Bank; policy institutes like ICRIER, New Delhi, Overseas Development Institute (ODI-London); national governments and corporate houses. Swapna has lived and worked on projects across Europe, MENA, Afghanistan, Central Asia, Iraq, India, the UK and North America. She has also taught Economics at St Stephens, Delhi University, Middlesex University, Dubai and Amity University, Dubai. She holds an MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and an MA in Economics from the University of Hyderabad, India.
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 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.
Angela Cicily Joseph
Angela Cicily Joseph is a Research Associate at CPPR. She is a postgraduate in Sociology and has worked on research projects Livelihood of the Naka workers, and Nationalism and the Education System as part of her postgraduate programme. 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. Her other research interests include Diaspora Studies and Social Demography.
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 involved in research on Asia-Pacific, particularly exploring the geopolitical dynamics, blue economy, developments related to trade and terrorism, 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), The Quint, The Median and newspapers Rising Kashmir, Kashmir Reader, Greater Kashmir among others.
Goutham K A
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.
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.
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- Operations and Chairman's Office
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.
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.
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.
Senior Project Associate (CPPR Academy)
Shana Shihab is a Senior Project Associate ( CPPR Academy ) where she coordinates the academic activities. She has worked as a Programme Manager in Additional Skill Acquisition Programme (ASAP) under the Department of Higher Education, Government of Kerala. She started her career as a Journalist and worked with a few online and print media organisations. Shana is an engineering graduate in Computer Science from T K M College of Engineering and later pursued Post Graduate Diploma in English Journalism from Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC, Kottayam). She is interested in Education and Gender Development.
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.
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
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.