Team

Vijay Mahajan, Director

Mr. Vijay Mahajan is an internationally known Indian rural development professional, social entrepreneur and a policy analyst. He is the founder of reputed organizations such as Pradan NGO and the Basix Social Enterprise Group.  He has also served on the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India Rangarajan Committee on Financial Inclusion and the Raghuram Rajan Committee on Financial Sector Reforms. He has published over 20 papers in prestigious Indian and international journals, contributed chapters in 15 academic books and has authored over 70 papers/articles in the area of rural development, livelihood promotion and employment, microfinance, financial inclusion, social innovations and entrepreneurship. He is an alumnus of IIM-A and IIT-Delhi, and a mid-career Fellow at the Princeton University, USA.

Dr Bhalchandra Mungekar, Eminent Sadbhavna Fellow

Dr Bhalchandra Mungekar is an Economist, Educationist, Social Worker and a former Rajya Sabha member. He specializes in agricultural economics and is an expert on Dr. B. R. Ambedkar. He has been a Vice-Chancellor of the Mumbai University and has served in the Planning Commission, the Agricultural Price Commission of India. Dr Mungekar has also been the Chairman and President of Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Simla.

Dr. Sushree Panigrahi, Senior Fellow

Sushree is a sociologist, specialised in cultural studies primarily related to gender, media and refugees. She did her graduation from Stella Maris, Chennai and moved on to JNU for her Masters, MPhil and Ph.D in sociology. Sushree has worked with national and international organisations and published articles on gender and media, media and minority and also refugee crisis. She also worked on several research projects on HIV and AIDS and women empowerment initiative with special emphasis on female foeticide and sex selection.

Prasanth Regy, Senior Fellow

Prasanth Regy is a Senior Fellow at RGICS. Previously, he has worked at the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India, the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, World Bank, and Indian Grameen Services (part of the BASIX group). He has worked on projects related to judicial system reforms, bankruptcy, warehousing, rural livelihoods, microfinance, SME credit, and health. He has also developed enterprise software at Oracle.

He is trained as a mechanical engineer from IIT Bombay, and as an economist (Masters in Public Administration and International Development) from Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Jeet Sanwal, Associate Fellow

Jeet is a post-graduate in Sociology and also has a PG Diploma in Journalism and Mass Communication. More than 11 years, he extensively worked on social mobilisation, networking, grass root advocacy, research and campaigns with different civil society organisations , NGOs and research organisations addressing issues of the poor and marginalised.

Jagmeet Singh, Research Assistant

Jagmeet Singh is a post-graduate in Economics from Madras School of Economics.

He has interned with National Council of Applied Economic Research(NCAER), a leading think tank & Rate Gain, a Travel Analytics firm.

He was also involved in a study with All India Ophthalmological Society(AIOS).

Neha Panchpal, Junior Policy Associate

Neha Panchpal is a graduate in BA.LLB (H) from Hidayatullah National Law University. Previously, she has interned with DSK Legal, with Senior Adv. Nitya Ramakrishnan, PRS Legislative Research and Teach for India. She has keen interest in interdisciplinary approach to research and advocacy.

Subhrali Kachari, Junior Policy Associate

Subhrali Kachari graduated with Economics Hons from Banaras Hindu University and pursued her post graduation in Modern History from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She has worked in Delhi forum as a campaigner.

Piyush Kumar, Junior Policy Associate

Piyush Kumar holds a master’s degree in Media governance from Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi. His research interests include media policy, political communication, electoral policy and policy advocacy.

Jasleen Kaur, Junior Policy Associate

Jasleen is a post graduate in Environmental Studies from Delhi University. Her Master’s thesis titled, “The life along the Ganges” focused on the environmental and sociological impact of the changing river course. Previously an intern with Kanpur Municipal Corporation, Jasleen’s research interests include Natural Resource Economics, Climate Change, Environmental Sociology, Environmental Policy and Governance.

Vinod Kumar Verma, Logistic Support

He has joined RGICS/ RGF in 1997 and provides logistic support.