Dr. Ramgopal Agarwala - Chairman

Dr. Ramgopal Agarwala did his B.A. and M.A. in Economics from Presidency College, Calcutta University in 1961 and his Ph.D. in econometrics from Manchester University in 1966.He taught in the post-graduate Department of Economics of Calcutta University from 1961 to 1963. After doing macro-modeling for India, UK and Canada during 1963-1971, he joined the World Bank in Washington DC in 1971. He worked in various senior positions in the World Bank for 25 years with his last posting to Beijing as the chief economist of the World Bank in China. Since retirement in 1996 he has been working as consultant for the World Bank and Asian Development Bank and is a Distinguished Fellow at Research and Information System (RIS) for Developing Countries in New Delhi. He has written several books covering the subjects of econometric model for India, rise of China, labor markets and social security in Asia.

He has written more than two dozen articles in learned journals which cover issues, among others, of reforms of international financial architecture. He has been an active participant on issues relating to the global financial crisis of 2008 and the national, regional and global measures needed to minimize the adverse effects thereof. He is currently working on developing a vision for India 2050. The theme is that for sustained growth to an affluent India in 2050, we need decent capitalism which emphasizes not only efficiency but also inclusiveness and low-carbon lifestyle.

Dr. Vineeta Shanker - Director

Dr. Vineeta Shanker did her M.A. in Economics from Lucknow University in 1975, M.Phil from IIT Kanpur in 1978 and Ph.D from Institut d' Etudes du Developpment Economicque et Sociale, Sorbonne, Paris in 1982. She has worked as a consultant with several multilateral organizations like ILO, UNDP, UNICEF and World Bank on issues like Equality and Protection of women workers in formal sector, Regional Impact of Financial Crisis, Gender Mainstreaming and Corruption and Governance. She acted as the project Director for World Faiths Development Dialogue, University of Birmingham from 2003 to 2005. Since 2006, she has been the Executive Director of Sasakawa India Leprosy Foundation.

Mr. Arun Seth – Executive Chairman

Arun Seth took early retirement from his corporate career to focus on bringing the benefits of IT/Telecom to real world businesses in energy, health, fintech, medtech, education, hospitality etc. via a vibrant entrepreneurial system and give back to society. He is currently an independent Director on the board of Jubilant Foodworks (Dominos), Jubilant Life Sciences, Narayana Health, Sify Technologies (Sify), Centum Learning (a Bharti Group company), Usha Breco Ltd, and Serviont Global Solutions Ltd. He is also an active advisor to Avendus Capital, Nutanix USA, United Technologies (Eco Energy Division) for energy savings through IOT, MMTC PAMP for driving its Digital gold strategy and InMobi (a global ad tech platform) which he incubated in 2007.

He co-chairs the Nasscom Product Conclave and the Nasscom Product Council. He has been an active angel investor over the past two decades, having incubated companies like Avendus InMobi, Tonetag, Ezetap, and HealthifyMe. As a founding Charter Member of TiE Delhi and Indian Angel Network, he has been part of angel funds and mentors a number of start-ups in the tech space in India and USA. He is an alumnus of IIT Kanpur and IIM Calcutta and remains actively involved in Alumni Affairs.He has worked in senior commercial positions in BT, HCL, Usha Martin and the UB Group, in a career spanning four decades. He is also a Governing Member on the Helpage India Board, in SPIC-MACAY, NCPEDP (Employment for Disabled people) and Nudge Foundation.

Nirupama Soundararajan - Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Nirupama Soundararajan currently works as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) 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

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, commodities and precious metals, domestic trade and development of North East Region (NER)

Arindam Goswami can be reached at

Anil Kumar - Assistant Manager (Administration and Project)

Anil Kumar is Assistant Manager - Administration and Project at Pahle India Foundation. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Arts from Delhi University and has over 17 years of work experience in MIS, database management and graphics designing. He also handles seminars, conferences and workshops at Pahle India Foundation. Prior to joining, Anil had worked with various organisations such as FICCI, ICRIER and NCAP to name a few.

Anil Kumar can be reached at