Tarun Sharma

Tarun Sharma brings ten years of experience in the domain of policy research and advisory. He led the urban division at Ecorys, a research advisory firm and has previously worked with Deloitte, Indicus (now Nielsen-Indicus) and McKinsey. He has managed and implemented various government and donor-funded projects on issues related to urban renewal, housing, livelihoods, mobility and land titling. He has also worked with the Ministry of Urban Development and the Ministry of Housing on their flagship projects.  He has been responsible for strategic business development activities as well as research, knowledge management, review and drafting of policies relating to urban local development. He is passionate about urban institutions and cultures. He holds a Masters in Public Policy from National University of Singapore and Bachelor in Economics from Delhi University. He grew up in Rishikesh, a small town in Uttarakhand.


Yutika Vora

Yutika brings several years of valuable experience in policy research, management, and development. She has worked with multilateral agencies including The World Bank, The United Nations, and ERIA. At the World Bank, she works with the Social Protection and Governance teams on projects related to delivery of social protection and skilling programs, public administration, center of government reforms, and public sector pay reform across Asia. She is passionate about issues related to poverty and migration. She has a Masters in Public Policy and in International affairs from National University and Columbia University respectively with a focus on Urban and Social Policy. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor in International Political Economy and Global Poverty and Practice. She grew up in Panchgani, a small town in Maharashtra.


Arun Kumar Misra

Mr Misra is the former secretary of Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Government of India.  He had been responsible for major policy initiatives and guidelines during his time at the Ministry including affordable housing, livelihoods and others. He is a senior urban policy advisor to us.

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Laveesh Bhandari

Dr. Laveesh Bhandari is a renowned economist and entrepreneur. He is the director of Indicus Foundation. He regularly  advises governments, civil society, and businesses. He is our research and analytics advisor. 


Shahana Sheikh

Shahana is our Research Advisor and also a Doctoral Student at Yale University. Her research interests include urban governance and public finance. She also holds a dual public policy degree from London School of Economics and Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.


Pallab Deb

Pallab is a Research Associate at Nagrika. He did his Bachelors in English from Kirori Mal College and his Masters in Sociology from Delhi School of Economics, both under Delhi University. He was a part of the Urban Fellows Programme at Indian Institute for Human Settlements, Bangalore. His interests lie in urban policy, housing, infrastructure, and governance. Pallab is from Silchar, Assam.


Mukul Asher

Prof. Mukul Asher is an illustrious public policy economist. He is a Professorial fellow at Lee Kuan Yew School at National University of Singapore. He was also the Chairman of the State Finance Commission of Haryana. He is a mentor and public policy advisor to us.

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Shailesh Gandhi

Shailesh Gandhi is a first generation entrepreneur and a distinguished alumni of IIT Bombay. He was an RTI Activist and has served as a Central Information Commissioner. He advises us on citizen empowerment issues.


Aishwarya KS 

Aishwarya is a Project Associate at Nagrika. She holds a Master's degree from TERI School of Advanced Studies and has been an Urban Fellow at the Indian Institute for Human Settlements. She believes in the importance of integrating environmental sustainability issues in every sector. Aishwarya is from Bhubaneswar, Odisha.


Radha Karmarkar

Radha is a Research Associate at Nagrika. She did her Bachelors in Economics from Fergusson college and her Masters in Economics from Symbiosis International University. She has worked at a social enterprise called Haqdarshak Empowerment Solutions for more than a year. Her interests lie in local governance, urban policy, participatory budgeting and citizen engagement. Radha is from Pune, Maharashtra


Nagrika Guild


Garima Ahuja (Summer 2016) has a Masters from Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics. She has Bachelor's in Economics (H) from Delhi University.
@Nagrika: Migration in Small Cities; Declining Cities

Manishankar Madishetty (Jan - May 2016) recently completed his Masters in Urban Development and Management from TERI University. He has a B.Tech. in planning from the School of Planning and Architecture, Hyderabad.
@Nagrika: Public Transport Systems

Nisha Koppa (Summer 2016) is a student of Economics at Shiv Nadar University. 
@Nagrika: Economic and social institutions in urban villages; Community engagement in Cities

Nayanika Kandula (Jan-May 2018) is a is a student of Economics at Shiv Nadar University. 
@Nagrika: Content writing and social media engagement

Prathmesh Jaiprakash Gupta (Summer 2017) is a master's student in Sustainable Systems from University of Michigan, USA. He has a B.Engg Mechanical from Mumbai University.
@Nagrika: Sustainable Development in small and mid-sized cities

Sakshi Hallan (Summer 2016) is a student of Economics at Delhi University.  
@Nagrika: India's higher education policy; Benchmarking of ULB level information disclosures across state.

Shikha Matas (Summer 2016) is a Masters student at Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics. She has Bachelor's in Economics (H) from Delhi University.
@Nagrika: Typology of economic indicators of cities; Urban Development programs in India;  City Classification in India

Shiva Kumar Gurijala (Jan - May 2016) recently completed his Masters in Urban Development and Management from TERI University. He has a B.Tech. in planning from the School of Planning and Architecture, Hyderabad.
@Nagrika: Road Safety investment patterns

Shreya Ramann (Aug - Dec 2016) has a B.A. LLB. student at National Law University, Delhi. 
@Nagrika: Legal aspects of Urban Municipal Structures; Rental Housing Policies; 

Sireesha Vinnakota (Summer 2016) completed her Masters in Economics from University of Warwick. She has Bachelor's in Economics (H) from Delhi University. 
@Nagrika: Demand based management of urban services