RESEARCHERS


Nirupama Soundararajan - Senior Fellow & Head of Research

Nirupama Soundararajan currently works as Head of Research and Senior Fellow at Pahle India Foundation (PIF). She started her research career with the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER) where she co-authored the book titled 'Retail in India' (July 2009) published by Academic Foundation. She has worked extensively on the impact of organized retail on farmers. At Pahle India Foundation she undertakes policy research in the financial sector, commodities, gold ecosystem, retail and e-commerce, housing and housing finance, and ease of doing business. Prior to Pahle India Foundation she worked as Additional Director and Team Lead for the Financial Sector Division at the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) where she was the lead author on the landmark report on "Why India Needs a Gold Policy." She also worked as Assistant General Manager - Economist in the Department of Strategy and Economic Intelligence with Bank of India, Head Office, Mumbai. She obtained an MSc. in Financial Economics, an MBA (Finance) from Cardiff University, UK, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Finance and Financial Law from Centre for Financial and Management Studies (CeFiMS), University of London.

Nirupama Soundararajan can be reached at nirupama.soundararajan@pahleindia.org

Chidambaran Iyer - Senior Fellow

Chidambaran G. Iyer has a Chemical Engineering degree from Dr. B.A.T.University, Lonere, Maharsahtra. He later on completed his PhD from the Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai. He has authored the 'Bengaluru Urban District Human Development Report-2014' published by the Government of Karnataka. He has also co-authored studies on the Evaluation of MGNREGS (2011) and the Evaluation of the JnNURM (2013), both for the state of Karnataka. He has also coordinated numerous training programmes as well as international conferences. His work in the Consultancy industry includes a couple of market reports on the North American Specialty Chemical market (2007) and a report on the Indian Organic Chemical market (2009). As a teacher, he has taught multiple courses for post graduate students (PhD, MBA and MSc- Economics) and undergradute students (BBA and BCom). Through his research he tries to map and understand the process of technological change and innovation in the economy and society. Chidambaran has also worked in various roles in the Chemical and Biotechnology industry (1999-2003).

Chidambaran Iyer can be reached at chidambaran.iyer@pahleindia.org

Arindam Goswami - Fellow

Arindam has over 6 years of work experience in policy research and banking. Prior to joining Pahle India Foundation, he had worked with Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), CIANS Analytics and HDFC Bank Ltd. During his time at FICCI, he was the co-author of the report on “Why India Needs a Gold Policy?” He holds a master degree in business economics from Guru Nanak Dev University (Amritsar) and is currently pursuing his post-graduation in finance and financial law from University of London through SOAS. His areas of interest are financial services, gold and microfinance.

Arindam Goswami can be reached at arindam.goswami@pahleindia.org

Gunja Kapoor - Fellow

Gunja Kapoor has over 5 years of experience in financial research and analysis. Prior to joining Pahle India Foundation, she has worked with a real estate private equity fund and CRISIL Ratings. She is an MBA from XIM, Bhubaneswar and B.E from VTU, Karnataka.
Her broad areas of interest include financial inclusion, technology, and policies related to the SME sector.

Gunja can be reached at gunja.kapoor@pahleindia.org

Kannan Kumar - Associate Fellow

Kannan has over 6 years of experience in finance and economics research. Prior to joining Pahle India Foundation, he has worked with BNP Paribas, TCS, and IFMR. He completed his masters in economics from Madras School of Economics. His broad areas of interest include financial markets, electricity trade, Non-tariff measures and services sector.

Kannan Kumar can be reached at kannan.kumar@pahleindia.org

Dnyanada Palkar - Senior Research Associate

Dnyanada Palkar did her B.A. in Political Science and Economics from Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Canada. She has three years of experience in research and policy analysis. Prior to joining Pahle India Foundation she has worked with the Institute of Defense Studies and Analyses (IDSA), the Delhi Policy Group and the Public Policy Research Centre (PPRC) in New Delhi.

Dnyanada Palkar can be reached at dnyanada.palkar@pahleindia.org

Anupam Hazarika- Senior Research Associate

Anupam Hazarika has been working in the developmental sector for the last two and a half years. He has worked with Pahle India Foundation as a Research Associate. Prior to that he was working as a Research Associate for OneWorld South Asia. He has worked in different thematic areas under sustainable development and environmental issues such as urban transportation, waste management, responsible tourism, climate change. He also has valuable experience in working with international organizations like UNDP, World Bank. Anupam is a recent graduate in Tourism, Environment and Development from King's College London. Prior to this he has also done a Masters in Diplomacy, Law and Business from OP Jindal Global University and KU Leuven, Belgium. He also holds a BA Sociology (Honors) degree from Hindu College, Delhi University. His area of interest lies in Sustainable tourism, environmental conservation and renewable technology.

Anupam Hazarika can be reached at anupam.hazarika@pahleindia.org

Shagun Khurana - Senior Research Associate

Shagun Khurana currently works as a Senior Research Associate at Pahle India Foundation (PIF). She holds a Masters degree in Economics from Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, Pune. She is pursuing her M.Phil. in Planning and Development from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. Her broad areas of interest include macroeconomics, economic policy analysis, development and finance.

Shagun Khurana can be reached at shagun.khurana@pahleindia.org

Manuj Joshi - Research Associate

Manuj is currently working as a Research Associate at Pahle India Foundation. He holds a Masters in Economics from Ambedkar University Delhi. Prior to joining PIF he has worked as an Analyst in the commodity price forecasting team at The Smart Cube. His broad areas of interest are financial sector, commodities, health economics, and international trade.

Manuj Joshi can be reached at manuj.joshi@pahleindia.org

Prithu Sharma - Research Associate (On Sabbatical)

Prithu Sharma is currently working as a Research Associate at Pahle India Foundation. He holds a Masters degree in Economics from Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai. Prior to joining PIF he has worked as a Consultant in the financial risk and regulation advisory at PricewaterhouseCoopers, India. His broad areas of interest are macroeconomics, applied policy analysis and time series analysis.

Prithu Sharma can be reached at prithu.sharma@pahleindia.org

Karan Bhasin- Research Associate

Karan Bhasin is currently working as a Research Associate with Pahle India Foundation. He holds a Masters Degree in Economics from TERI School of Advanced Studies prior to which he completed his Bachelors in Economics from The University of London. His research interests are Law and Economics, Contract Theory, Regulatory Economics, Monetary Economics and International Capital Flows.

Karan Bhasin can be reached at karan.bhasin@pahleindia.org

Aakanksha Shrawan - Research Assistant

Aakanksha Shrawan is currently working as a Research Assistant with Pahle India Foundation (PIF). She recently completed her Masters in Development Economics from South Asian University, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi. Her areas of interest are international economics, trade issues and macroeconomics.

Aakanksha Shrawan can be reached at aakanksha.shrawan@pahleindia.org

Nikita Arora - Research Assistant

Nikita Arora is currently working as a Research Assistant at Pahle India Foundation (PIF). She holds a Masters degree in Economics from Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, Pune. Her broad areas of interest include macroeconomics, time series analysis and digital economy.



Nikita Arora can be reached at nikita.arora@pahleindia.org

Preshit Parihar -Intern

Preshit Parihar is a Research Intern at Pahle India Foundation (PIF). He completed his BBM (Business Studies) from Institute of Managementand Research, North Maharashtra University in 2017. He is currently pursuing a MA in International Studies from Symbiosis School of International Studies, Pune. His area of interest is Defence Economics.