RESEARCHERS


Nirupama Soundararajan - Senior Fellow

Nirupama Soundararajan currently works as Senior Fellow at Pahle India Foundation (PIF). She has set up the Financial Sector Research Unit at PIF. Prior to this 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 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. She obtained an MSc. in Financial Economics and is an MBA (Finance) from Cardiff University, UK. She is currently pursuing her Post Graduate Diploma in Finance and Financial Law from Centre for Financial and Management Studies (CeFiMS), University of London. Her broad areas of interest are related to macroeconomics, gold, finance and financial services, retail and e-commerce, commodities and education.

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

Arindam Goswami - Associate 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 - Associate 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

Ramneet Goswami - Associate Fellow

Ramneet Goswami is currently working as Associate Fellow at Pahle India Foundation. She holds a master degree in Economics from CCS University (Uttar Pradesh). She has over 14 years of experience in policy research. Her research areas of interest include trade in services, multilateral and bilateral foreign trade agreement (FTAs), foreign direct investment (FDI), logistics, audio-visual, and telecommunications. Prior joining PIF, she was associated with Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER). In ICRIER, she worked on various projects sponsored by Indian Government and international bodies such as European Commission, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS), Asian Development Bank (ADB), Italian Trade Commission, etc. She has also contributed on prospects of trade in services and negotiating strategies in bilateral trade agreements with different regions/countries such as the European Union, Thailand, Indonesia, Taiwan, etc., being negotiated by Indian government. She also worked in National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) for around five years.
She co-authored a book titled ‘Facilitating Trade and Global Competitiveness: Express Delivery Services in India’ published by Oxford University Press in 2012.She has also published several articles in referred journals, book chapters, reports, working papers and media articles.

Ramneet Goswami can be reached at ramneet.goswami@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

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

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

Akshay Popli - Research Assistant

Akshay Popli is currently working as a Research Assistant with Pahle India Foundation (PIF). He recently completed his Masters in Development Economics from South Asian University, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi. His areas of interest are related to Welfare Economics, Labour Economics and Infrastructure Development.

Akshay Popli can be reached at akshay.popli@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

Anupam Hazarika - Research Associate (on sabbatical)

Anupam Hazarika has done his Masters in Diplomacy, Law & Business from OP Jindal Global University and KU Leuven, Belgium. He finished his Bachelors in Sociology (Honors) from Hindu College, Delhi University. He has 2 years of valuable experience in the field of research and analysis in the developmental sector with specialization in environmental policy and research. Previously, he has worked as a Project Trainee in Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand for handling rehabilitation projects. He has also handled different projects of UNDP, and World Bank. His areas of interest are Sustainable development, Climate change, Renewable energy, Conservation, International politics.

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