Meet Our Team

Staff

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, 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 Hussain 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)

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.

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 is a post graduate from Delhi University. After completing his post-graduation, he worked as a freelancer for a project on Formal and Informal Business Economy in Delhi, and thereafter was associated India-China Economic and Cultural Council (ICEC Council) as a research associate.

Kuntal Roy Senior Research Associate

Kuntal Roy holds a Master’s degree in Economics with specialization in econometrics and environmental economics. He is working as a Senior Research Associate at BRIEF since 2015. He has also been associated with RG Foundation in the past. He has more than 10 years of experience in the primary as well as secondary research and data analysis.

Priya Arora Senior Research Associate

Priya Arora is a Senior Research Associate at BRIEF. Prior to joining BRIEF, she worked with Econ One Research on merger assessments and cases involving alleged cartels in various industries.

Advisors

Shakti Sinha

is the head of Policy Research Group at the Bureau of Research in Industry and Economic Fundamentals (BRIEF). He is also the Chairperson of an upcoming think tank, South Asian Institute for Strategic Affairs (SAISA). He has a Masters in Public Policy from George Mason University, along with a Masters in Indian and Chinese history from Delhi University.

Mr. Sinha was a member of India’s higher civil service – the Indian Administrative Service – from 1979 to 2013. He has held positions in different capacities at the federal, provincial and local levels, including as Private Secretary to the former Prime Minister, Shri A.B. Vajpayee, as head of Delhi’s power utility, Finance Secretary in Delhi Provincial Government, and as Chief Secretary (Chief Executive) of the Andaman government, among others. Internationally, he has headed the United Nation’s governance & development team in Afghanistan (2006-09) coordinating donor support to the Afghan government, and was earlier a Senior Advisor to Executive Director on the World Bank board (2000-2004).

 

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NiCK ROBBINS

 is Head of the Climate Change Centre of Excellence at HSBC in London. The goal of the Centre is to analyse the strategic implications of climate change for investors and the Group as a whole. After joining HSBC, Nick has co-authored research on carbon risks for coal miners (Coal and Carbon, June 2012), fixed income financing for environmental infrastructure (Bonds & climate change: state of the market, May 2012), long-term energy prospects (Energy in 2050, March 2011), the investment opportunities in low-carbon growth through to 2020 (Sizing the climate economy, September 2010), and the links between climate change and fiscal stimulus (Building a green recovery, May 2009). He manages a team in Bangalore, which has published pioneering research on the implications of resource constraints including, Sizing India’s climate economy (January 2011).

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.

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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.

Shawahiq Siddiqui

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.

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Tridivesh Singh Maini

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:

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