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Amjad Ali Khan

Deputy Director

Mr. Khan serves as the Deputy Director of Esya Centre and is also the founding Director of the International Summer School, New Delhi. Moreover, he continually engages with other think tanks as part of their efforts to promote the exchange of ideas and people across borders, particularly in the South Asian region. His professional journey began at the Planning Commission where he was among the youngest Consultants to be under the direct employ of the Government of India.  He holds a Master’s degree from SOAS at the University of London and a Bachelor’s degree from Warwick Business School.

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Shohini Sengupta


Ms. Sengupta is a Research Fellow at the Esya Centre. Prior to this she was a Senior Resident Fellow at the Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy, and has also worked for the Government of India as an energy lawyer. She has assisted the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, financial sector regulators, and the Fifteeth Finance Commission on a number of socio-economic and legal matters. She has a Bachelor's degree in law from the National Law Institute University, Bhopal, and a Master's degree in Law and Finance from the University of Oxford on a leadership scholarship.

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Dr. Megha Patnaik


Dr. Patnaik is a Fellow at the Esya Centre and a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Economics and Planning Unit at the Indian Statistical Institute.  In 2017, she received her PhD in Economics from Stanford University in California, USA.  Her current research covers topics in labour, corporate finance, macroeconomics, entrepreneurship and the economics of innovation.  She has previously worked as a data scientist for a leading financial software firm in Silicon Valley and has also developed & conducted firm surveys with the US Census Bureau and the Atlanta Fed on management and uncertainty.  Earlier, she completed her BSc in Mathematics from St. Stephen's College in New Delhi, India and her MSc in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics from the London School of Economics in the UK.


aishwarya giridhar

Junior Fellow

Ms. Giridhar is a lawyer whose areas of interest include internet governance, free speech, and intellectual property. She also enjoys working on issues relating to competition, labour and technology. She has previously worked as an associate at Khaitan & Co. and is a graduate of the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata.


Khalid Jaleel

Program Coordinator

Mr. Jaleel serves as the Program Coordinator at the Esya Centre and is also the Deputy Director at the International Summer School, New Delhi. Prior to this, he served as the Program Coordinator for the Centre for Escalation of Peace, which is focused on establishing programs that focus on empowering young minds. Mr. Jaleel earned his Bachelor’s degree in International Studies from the University of South Alabama, USA and a Master’s degree in Political Science from Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.


Spandana singh

Non-resident Fellow

Ms. Singh is a Non-resident Fellow at the Esya Centre and a current Policy Program Associate at New America's Open Technology Institute in Washington, DC. She previously served as a Millennial Public Policy Fellow at New America, as the 2018 Young Professionals in Foreign Policy Cybersecurity and Technology Fellow and as a Public Policy Fellow at Twitter's headquarters in San Francisco. Ms. Singh holds a dual Bachelor's degree in international development and media studies from the University of California, Berkeley.