Meet Our Team


Mohammed Saqib CEO

Mohammed Saqib has over 30 years of experience with Government think tanks like Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Contemporary Studies (RGICS) and Indian Council for Research in International Economic Relations (ICRIER).

Subrata Bandyopadhyay Director

Subrata Bandyopadhyay, Masters in Economics, has more than 15 years of experience in socio-economic research. He was associated with National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) for more than three years in various capacities wherein he worked on various household and industrial surveys.

Afaq Hussian Director

Afaq has wide experience in the areas of International Trade and Development Policy. He has conducted and supervised a number of studies for government bodies and various institutions including The World Bank, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI)

Nikita Singla Associate Director

Nikita’s engagements span Regional Cooperation, International Trade and Logistics, Economic Integration and Overseas Development Assistance, and Women Empowerment with a focus on South Asia.
Prior to joining BRIEF, she worked with the World Bank Group’s South Asia Regional Integration unit, based in Washington DC.

Samit Chakraborty Manager (Projects)

Samit’s prior experience includes business and investment research as well as fund raising activities, focused on areas such as preparation of research reports, building business proposals, deal origination and screening, preparation of documents such as teasers, IMs and business plans, industry analysis, company analysis, financial statement analysis, comparables analysis, etc.

Anjani Kumar Jha Manager (Projects)

Anjani Kumar Jha’s expertise lies in the areas of socio-economic and marketing consultancy projects. He has been associated with BRIEF for close to 4 years and has successfully worked on projects for The World Bank, Dun & Bradstreet, The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Limited (IL&FS), National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) and more.

Raj Shree Singh Senior Consultant

Raj Shree has 15 years of rich and varied experience in the Socio-Economic sphere in areas such as Health, Education, Women and Child Development, Adolescents, Disability, Empowerment & Leadership and Community Development. She has been associated previously with NITCON Limited, British Council, EdCIL (India) Limited, Jamia Hamdard, NIPPCD and different N.G.O.s such as ActionAid International and Action for Ability, Development, and Inclusion (AADI).

Sita Ram Garg Research Assistant

Sita Ram is a Postgraduate in Economics with specialization in international economics, growth & development models and econometrics. He has expertise in data analysis, STATA, IBM SPSS Statistics, MS PowerPoint, Advance MS Excel, report writing, proposal building, report structuring, fixed effects statistical modelling as well as energy policy analysis and economic principles to foresee demand and prospective behaviour.



is the Professor in Practice for Sustainable Finance at Grantham Research Institute. He leads the finance platform for the Place -Based Climate Action Network and is the co-chair of the International Network for Sustainable Finance Policy Insights, Research and Exchange (INSPIRE). He is also the co-founder of Financing the Just Transition Alliance. Prior to joining Grantham University, he was the head of the Climate Change Centre of Excellence at HSBC in London. Nick has co-authored Road to Net Zero Finance for the UK’s Climate Change Committee (December 2020).


is a retired Additional Secretary, Government of India. He steers the Global Development Centre at the Research and Information System for Developing countries (RIS) and is the Vice- President of the Committee for Advanced Trade Research (CATR) of the Trade Promotion Council of India (TPCI). He was India’s negotiator for international trade and climate change, and India’s lawyer to the World Trade Organisation in the Permanent Mission of India in Geneva.

Atul has delivered trade capacity building projects in Africa and an Indo-U.S. Triangular Development Partnership program in New Delhi. His co-edited books include “Reflections from the Frontline: Developing Country Negotiators in the WTO” published by the Academic Foundation, and “Transforming India – Governance for Aatmanirbhar Bharat” by the Government of India, and has contributed chapters in several books and articles in various journals on trade, environment, IPRs, development cooperation and e-governance.

Atul advises BRIEF on international trade and climate change.


Dennis Pamlin

is an entrepreneur and founder of 21st Century Frontiers. He works with companies, governments and NGOs as a strategic economic, technology and innovation advisor. His background is in engineering, industrial economy and marketing. Pamlin worked as Global Policy Advisor for WWF from 1999 to 2009. During his tenure, Pamlin initiated WWFs Trade and Investment Programme work in the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) and the link to key emerging regions such as the GCC. He also led the work with ICT companies as solution providers. Pamlin is currently an independent consultant as well as Director for the Low Carbon Leaders Project under the UN Global Compact, is a Senior Associate at Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and a visiting research fellow at the Research Center of Journalism and Social Development at Renmin University.

Dr. P D Kaushik

has wide experience of working in the Indian public and private sector, and also exposed to working in multicultural working environment in Europe, South Asia and South East Asia. Dr. Kaushik has a decent record of publications in international and national journals. Additionally, he has been a prolific commentator and writer on variety of contemporary issues. Some of the major research projects independently handled in the past includes- Research project on “Bankruptcy: Laws and Status of SMEs”, for the Federation of Indian Small and Micro-Enterprises. This was part of the larger project on fair competition and competitiveness of SMEs funded by the SIDBI to FISME.



works on policy and regulatory issues on environment, energy and climate change. He worked as a principle researcher for drafting the Renewable Energy Law for the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India and is widely quoted in national and international literature for his critical appraisal of the National Solar Mission.

He is currently engaged in developing a model national institutional framework for setting up a National Bureau of Water Use Efficiency in the Ministry of Water Resources.

Shawahiq is an advisor and consultant with BRIEF India Pvt. Limited.


is a New Delhi based Policy Analyst. He is an Assistant Professor with The Jindal School of International Affairs, OP Jindal Global University, Sonepat, Haryana. He is a former SAV Visiting Fellow (Winter 2016) with the Stimson Center, Washington DC. Maini was also an Asia Society India-Pakistan Regional Young Leaders Initiative (IPRYLI) Fellow (2013-2014), and a Public Policy Scholar with The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy, Chennai (November 2013-March 2014). His research interests include; The role of state governments in Indian Foreign Policy, The India-Pakistan-China triangle (specifically in the context of CPEC), India’s Act East Policy and Changing nature of Indian Federalism. Maini is a regular contributor for a number of publications including The Diplomat, South Asia Monitor, IPP Review and Global Times.


Arun Goyal

is the Director of Academy of Business Studies, a think tank on trade and investment based in New Delhi. With BA (Hons) in Economics, he did his MBA from IIM- Ahmedabad. Some of his key achievements include: