Inakshi Sobti, Chief Executive Officer
Inakshi is the Chief Executive Officer of the Asia Society India Centre. With extensive experience in education, research and business she is responsible for leading Asia Society’s mission and mandate in India and building a greater engagement across business, foreign policy and the arts between India, the rest of Asia and the US.
Prior to joining Asia Society she spent seven years with Harvard Business School’s India Research Centre leading Community Initiatives for them in South Asia. In this role she worked closely with HBS faculty, its South Asia Advisory Board and alumni to shape & implement the school’s strategy in the region and to deepen linkages with leaders in business, government and academia in South Asia. She curated and convened a series of conversations, conferences, research roundtables and led alumni delegations across South Asia making the HBS South Asia Centre an intellectual hub for academic and global expertise in the region. While at HBS, she also co-authored the center’s first case on Nepal, Chaudhary Group: Re-building Nepal as also a case on family business on the engineering company Thermax Ltd: Changing of the Guard.
Previously, she spent over 15 years with Citigroup India in its Corporate and Investment bank supporting senior corporate relationships over a spectrum of industries developing a comprehensive understanding of banking, credit and financial markets.
An alumnus from The Lady Shriram College, Delhi University and the London School of Economics, she is an avid reader and has a keen interest in art and aesthetics. Committed to inclusion and social enterprise, she serves as a mentor for a not for profit called Katalyst and has supported Ummeed and the Akanksha Foundation.
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Prof. C Raja Mohan, Senior Fellow, Asia Society Policy Institute
C Raja Mohan is Senior Fellow, Asia Society Policy Institute, New Delhi — a division of the Asia Society India Centre. He is a Visiting Research Professor at the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS), National University of Singapore and was previously the Director of ISAS.
Mohan was the founding director of Carnegie India in Delhi, the sixth international center of Carnegie Endowment for Peace. He has been associated with several Indian think tanks, including the Institute of Defense Studies and Analyses and the Observer Research Foundation and served on India’s National Security Advisory Board from ’98-2000 and 2004-06. He also served as the Henry A. Kissinger Chair in Foreign Policy and International Relations at the Kluge Center, US Library of Congress, Washington DC, during 2009-10 and convened the India chapter of Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, during 1995-2005. Earlier, Mohan was a Professor of South Asian Studies at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and the Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Singapore. He has published widely on India's foreign and security policies, Asian geopolitics, arms control, and global governance of new technologies. In his most recent, Mohan co-authored the Adelphi Book, The New Asian Geopolitics: Military Power and Regional Order published by the International Institute of Strategic Studies, London in 2021. He writes a column on international affairs for the Indian Express and the Foreign Policy.
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Radha Mahendru, Director, Strategic Initiatives and Development
Radha is the Director, Strategic Initiatives and Development at the Asia Society India Centre. She has vast experience in arts management, curating and programming, and she leads development and outreach at Asia Society India Centre.
For the last ten years, Radha has worked with cultural organizations, furthering their mandate through conceptualising and executing their public programmes, exhibitions, and special events and has lead fundraising initiatives, collaborations and partnerships for grassroots and global art-based initiatives. She was the senior programmes manager and curator at Khoj International Artists Association unti 2019 and a curatorial member of the Norient Film Festival, Switzerland, Abr Circle and Art Chain India.
An alumnus of Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore, she is the co-author of The Horizon is An Imaginary Line, an ethnographic graphic novel about a young Somali woman’s encounter as a refugee in India.
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Ketaki Varma, Associate Director - Programmes
Ketaki is Associate Director, Programmes at Asia Society India Centre. She leads programming at Asia Society India Centre, and has previously worked as a manager, researcher and writer with various cultural organizations in India and abroad.
Ketaki has previously worked with Serendipity Arts Foundation and Critical Collective.She is interested in the visual cultures of South Asia, specifically popular cinema and contemporary art. She is particularly keen to explore the ways in which visual culture intersects with other disciplines of work.
Ketaki graduated with a Masters in Art and Cultural Management from King's College London.
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Rachna Shah, Manager: Operations and Finance
Rachna is the Manager: Operations and Finance at Asia Society India Centre. She is responsible for carrying out tasks involving finance, operations, human resources and administration for the India Centre and Asia Society Policy Institute, New Delhi.
Rachna has been working with the India Centre for more than 15 years. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Arts from the University of Mumbai.
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Taarini Savara, Programme Manager
Taarini is the Programme Manager for Arts and Culture at Asia Society India Centre. She leads Arts and Culture programming at the India Centre, and has extensive administrative and research experience in the arts sphere.
In the past, she has worked as an Administrator and Researcher with multiple art organisations including the Rubin Museum of Art (New York) and Serendipity Arts Foundation (New Delhi). While her interest in the arts spectrum is dynamic, her research has revolved around art accessibility and education initiatives. Taarini holds a Bachelors in Fine Arts from LaSalle College of Arts, Singapore and recently graduated with a Masters in Museum Studies from the University of San Francisco.
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Ankita Ghosh, Programme Officer
Ankita is the Programme Officer for Arts and Culture at Asia Society India Centre. Her prior work experience includes assisting several organisations with design, documentation, creative communications, curation and research within the arts.
Ankita's postgraduate degree is in Media and Cultural Studies from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) Mumbai. Drawn to the arts because of its ability to creatively engage people, she is driven to contribute towards a public-oriented programming in the arts. Her last assignment before joining Asia Society India Centre was with Angus Montgomery Arts (India) and she was the Digital and Communications Manager for India Art Fair 2023.
Her work is motivated through in-depth research, creative programme development and strategic communications. Ankita’s research interests include exploring visual culture via everyday human experiences, gauging the state of the artisan economy in India and grasping the politics of documentary photography and filmmaking.
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Shreya Ramachandran, Programme Manager: Business and Policy
Shreya is Programme Manager: Business and Policy at Asia Society India Centre. She leads Business and Policy programming, and her previous work experience includes extensive research on leadership.
Shreya has undergraduate and master's degrees in South Asian Studies, and her past work experience includes research at Harvard Business School and communications at Banyan Academy of Leadership in Mental Health (BALM). She is also a writer, and her first novel, 'The Worlds Within You' (Penguin India) came out in 2022.
Nikita Gupta, Programme Officer
Nikita works as Programme Officer: Business and Policy at Asia Society India Centre. Her previous experience includes working at the intersection of education, gender and policy.
Nikita has worked as a Research Consultant at Aparna Bhasin Consulting, Research Assistant at the International Development Research Centre, Canada and Indiana University, Bloomington and Research Reviewer at the International Journal of Policy Sciences and Law.
Nikita has a Master's Degree in Public Policy from St. Xaviers College, Mumbai and a Bachelor's Degree in History from Sophia College, Mumbai.
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Aradhana Dwivedi-Verma, Programme Officer
Aradhana is the Programme Officer for communications and social media at Asia Society India Centre. She is responsible for communications strategy and social media.
Aradhana studied history at Delhi University. She has previously worked as an editor and a researcher. She briefly ran a bookstore in Mumbai.
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Shhreyaa Mande, Development and Outreach Officer
Shhreyaa Mande is the Development and Outreach Officer at the Asia Society India Center. She works with Radha Mahendru on outreach, development and membership.
Shhreyaa has completed her bachelor’s in political science (summa cum laude and with honors) from University of Toledo, Ohio, USA, and her master in political science, specializing in international relations from McGill University, Quebec, Canada. Her master’s research essay assessed the reasons for India’s partial engagement with the Women, Peace, and Security Agenda.
Dr. Rishi Gupta, Research Fellow, Asia Society Policy Institute
Dr. Rishi Gupta is a Research Fellow at the Asia Society Policy Institute in New Delhi – a division of the Asia Society India Centre, Mumbai. He is a Visiting Fellow at the Asian Institute of Diplomacy and International Affairs (AIDIA), Kathmandu, Nepal.
Rishi was previously associated with the Vivekananda International Foundation and Center for Air Power Studies, New Delhi. He holds a PhD from the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, India, MPhil in Foreign Policy Studies from the Institute of Foreign Policy Studies, Kolkata, and MA in South Asian Studies from the UNESCO Madanjeet Singh Institute for South Asia Regional Cooperation (UMISARC) at Pondicherry University, Pondicherry. He was an Exchange Fellow at the Institute of South Asian Studies, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China. His areas of research interest include the Indo-Pacific, South Asian Regional Security, Himalayan Politics and India’s National Security. His research writings regularly appear on various national and international platforms.
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Rahul Jaybhay, Research Assistant
Rahul Jaybhay is a Research Assistant at the Asia Society Policy Institute, New Delhi. He is currently specializing in International Relations theories and Middle Powers’ strategies to manage the great power competition. He holds a Bachelor's in Economics from Fergusson College, Pune; and completed his graduate studies in Politics with Specialization in International Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University.
Previously he has worked as a research assistant with Centre for Land Warfare Studies for a period of 6 months, focusing on the role of Artificial Intelligence in International Relations and the Indo-Pacific International Affairs. He has also published on platforms like Australia Outlook (AIIA), The National Interest, 9dashline, Lowy Institute (The Interpreter), CLAWS Issue Briefs.
Nishtha Singh, Associate Director - Climate
Nishtha Singh is Associate Director - Climate at the Asia Society Policy Institute in New Delhi. Her expertise is in carbon markets, with a background in social entrepreneurship and consulting.
Starting her career at Deloitte Consulting, Nishtha honed skills in strategy and management for three years before embarking on a career in sustainability. Equipped with a deep-rooted commitment to sustainability and a vision to bridge the gap between business and the environment, she pursued an MBA from the prestigious Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow. She then transitioned to social entrepreneurship, working closely with Indian artisans at the grassroots level. This experience allowed her to witness the power of community-driven initiatives and the profound impact of sustainable practices on livelihoods. Artisan community works very closely with the agricultural community. During her engagement with the artisan community, she realised that climate change was one of the biggest threats facing them and the agricultural sector at large.
To further her expertise in climate change, she earned an MSc. in Carbon Management from the University of Edinburgh. The masters programme armed her with a comprehensive understanding of carbon markets, emissions reduction strategies, and sustainability principles. Nishtha continues to be a driving force in the Indian carbon market landscape, leveraging her experiences to help achieve decarbonisation goals.