Indicus Foundation is a highly regarded change-maker. It was set up in 2011 and builds on the heritage of Indicus Analytics known globally as India’s premier research and analytics firm. Indicus seeks to catalyse change towards a more inclusive and sustainable world. It does so by building common spaces of well-informed dialogue and conducting a range of activities aimed at a three-pronged approach of better monitoring, greater knowledge, and improved awareness. This is done through newsletters, workshops, analytical reports, and different forms of digital and monitoring technologies. Indicus is led by Dr. Laveesh Bhandari and brings together highly respected academics, policymakers, thought-leaders, and managers through its deep global networks.



Ajay Chibber

Dr Ajay Chibber is the Chief Economic Advisor of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), supervising its economic policy research. He has been a visiting scholar of Elliot School of International Affairs, Washington DC and a distinguished professor of National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, New Delhi. He holds a PhD from Stanford University. Dr Chibber worked with the World Bank from 1983 till 2008. He was also the Director-General, Independent Evaluation Office, Government of India. Chhibber has published widely, including five books on economic development and many articles in international journals and in major newspapers.


Anantha Nageswaran

Anantha Nageswaran serves as a non-permanent member of the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council. He served as the dean of IFMR Graduate School of Business (Krea University) from October 2018 to December 2019. He helped co-found Aavishkaar Venture Capital (Venture Capital Investor in Social Enterprises) and the Takshashila Institution (a public policy think-tank cum teaching institute). He held several leadership roles in macro-economic and capital market research for several private wealth management institutions in Switzerland and in Singapore between 1994 and 2011. Anantha obtained a doctoral degree in Finance from the University of Massachusetts in 1994 for his work on the empirical behaviour of exchange rates.


Anumita Roychowdhury

Anumita Roychowdhury is the Executive Director – Research and Advocacy and the head of the air pollution and clean transportation programme at the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE). She has been deeply involved in building the public campaign, Right to Clean Air at CSE. The campaign is aimed at improving the decision-making process related to air quality planning and mobility management, and raise public awareness in India. Anumita is also a strong campaigner for public health and has researched and published widely on these subjects, including the series in Citizens Report on the State of India’s Environment. Her co-authored book, ‘Slow Murder: The deadly story of vehicular pollution in India’ catalysed the clean air campaign in CSE.


Monika Halan

Monika Halan is well-known media personality, striving to make a fair marketplace for all participants in India’s retail financial sector. She is the author of the bestseller, Let’s Talk Money and Seven Steps to Financial Freedom. Having worked across media organisations, Monika is currently a consulting editor at LiveMint. She has run four successful TV series around personal finance adviceon NDTV, Zee and Bloomberg India and is a regular speaker on financial literacy, regulation, inclusion and consumer issues in retail finance. She also has extensive public policy experience working with Government of India as an expert member of various committees and was chosen as the Yale World Fellow in 2011.


Nitin Desai

Dr Nitin Desai is a distinguished economist and sustainable development advocate. Currently, he is the Chairman of the Governing Council at The Energy and Resource Institute (TERI). Dr Desai was a part of the Planning Commission (1973-88) and served as the Chief Economic Advisor and Secretary in the Ministry of Finance (1988-90). He was also the Senior Economic Advisor for the World Commission on Environment and Development (the Brundtland Commission). He was the Under-Secretary General for Economic and Social Affairs in the UN. He oversaw the creation of the Commission on Sustainable Development in the UN, and was the first Under Secretary General for Policy Coordination and Sustainable Development.


R Gopalan

R. Gopalan has experience in both government and business sphere. He served in various capacities in the ministry of Finance and Ministry of Commerce. He contributed to the creation of various schemes like Swabhiman for Financial Inclusion, Swavalamban for Insurance for people from the unorganized sector, Central Registry for deduplication of documents of property purchase and establishment of Infra Debt Fund. He was part of government teams in trade negotiations in WTO and FTAs. In Tamil Nadu, he was Chairman of Tamil Nadu Industrial Development Corporation Ltd and TIDEL Park Ltd. Post-retirement, R. Gopalan is serving on the boards of automotive, power, and finance companies. He chairs an Asset Reconstruction Company and Zee Entertainment Enterprises.


Rakesh Mohan

Dr Rakesh Mohan is one of the most reverent Indian economists and the former Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India. He is the Vice Chairperson of Indian Institute of Human Settlements, before which he held positions of Executive Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Non-Executive Director of Nestle India. He has been an advisor to many ministries in the Government of India and his report under the Rakesh Mohan Committee on Infrastructure is still considered a landmark document in the evolution of thinking on economic policy issues. He earned his PhD in Economics from Princeton University and has to his credit three books on urban economics and development and numerous other articles.


Ravina Raj Kohli

Prior to being a leading environment activist, Ravina was the President of Star News India, Country Head of Channel 9 and Senior Vice President at Sony Entertainment Television. Being a strong crusader for clean air in India, she founded MyRightToBreathe (MRTB), a concerned citizen’s network. As its chief spokesperson, she represented this movement at the World Health Organisation’s global conference on Air Pollution and Health. Ravina currently leads MRTB’s work on amplifying the digital presence of a common citizen’s voice against air pollution and environmental apathy. The movement facilitates behaviour change through school-based programmes, provides evidence for policy making and implementation of solutions at the grassroots that will help improve overall environmental health in India.



Sumita is a financial and macro-economist. She works extensively on financial inclusion as well as tracking the Indian economy. Sumita has an MPhil in Economics of Developing Countries from the University of Cambridge and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Pune. She has worked at various reputed institutions such as Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, National Insurance Academy, and the Department of Economics, University of Pune.


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