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Senior Research Associate

Ajay Porus

Ajay Porus is a cybersecurity enthusiast, with experience of more than 10 years in various aspects of cybersecurity. His major focus areas inc]ude privacy, cyberpsychology, information warfare, Cyber Espionage and open-source Intelligence. He has worked in various prestigious organizations and delivered services globally in various industries like IT, life science, Health care, defence, and aviation. He holds bachelor’s degrees in Genetics and Law. He also has a master’s degree in Information security and currently pursuing another Master’s in Psychology. He holds more than 20 certifications in various areas of cybersecurity and future technologies like blockchain and quantum computing. He contributes to various NGO initiatives in the field of Cybersecurity like Information Security Research organization and Cyber Research and Innovation Society. He loves to read and analyze issues related to Geopolitics, information warfare, and cyber diplomacy.

Senior Research Associate

Anandha Karthik

Ms Anandha Karthik, Assistant Professor in the Department of Visual Communication at Kumaraguru College of Liberal Arts and Science, Coimbatore has a Masters in Communication. She is a graduate in Media and Communication (TV Production), Micro Masters (Marketing Management from IIM-B), CCSS (Soft Skills and Communication, UGC-NET qualified has an industry experience for over 8 years in graphic designing. She is a filmmaker specialised in 360-degree brand marketing. She has been working with the United Nations (UNDP and UNFPA) as an Individual Consultant, on design and video projects for over 7 years. She was also the recipient of the prestigious ‘Juhi Memorial Award’ from the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington.  Anandha is a winner of ‘Excellence Award’ for her Outstanding Contribution to the Media & Communication Department at Manipal University, Dubai. She has directed and edited 6 short films and 5 documentary films, and her latest project is an augmented reality design for ‘Platinum Chronicles’, a book published by Harper Collins in April 2020. She designed, Authored and Published 5 Coffee Table Books for the Indian Airforce & Ministry of Defence, including a book about 20 years of Aero India.

Senior Research Associate

Lakshmi Mini

Lakshmi Mini, a Global Shaper from Coimbatore hub (an initiative of World Economic Forum), is a passionate writer, start-up enthusiast/mentor. A graduate in Electrical engineering, she worked for corporates like Infosys, SocialPulsar, Hashtag Inc, Sourcegain, Altaire innovations and has also mentored a series of startups. She is an active volunteer who focuses on women empowerment, Skill up India (youth employability), Education of the underprivileged, farmer welfare, Go Green initiatives, Animal welfare, and lots more. She was one of the panellists for’s Global Parents Day Utsav this year. She has led many highly impactful initiatives in various organizations and has even bagged second prize for her innovative ideas in a global level competition called IdeaEdge. To add on, she led the team that rewrote the history of Trivandrum Infosys by making it grab the Most Innovative DC award in 2013. Her creative writing works were published by the Australian times and various other established websites. She is also into scriptwriting, ideation, lyrics writing and lots more for upcoming films and other platforms. She is currently associated with various NGOs and NPOs

Senior Research Associate

Dr Rupesh Kumar

Dr Rupesh Kumar is a Naval Architect & Ocean Engineer currently working as a Postdoctoral Researcher at GET-Future Research Center, Ulsan, South Korea. His research work involves the design and development of “Floating Offshore Wind Farm” in the east sea of Korea. He received his PhD from the University of Ulsan, where he designed and carried out experiments for a Novel Stationkeeping System of a floater in waves using ocean wave renewable energy. Also, he is representing Korea in the OC6_CFD research group led by NREL, USA which is responsible for validating the use of CFD in the design of Floating Offshore Wind turbines.

Senior Research Associate

Dr Suja Karthika

Dr. Suja Karthika, an academician, celebrated trainer, and cine artist is a post-graduate in commerce and is a first rank holder in PGDM from SCMS. A Certified Investment Adviser, a recipient of UGC- JRF, she is a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) from Cochin University of Science and Technology in Commerce, under the Faculty of Social Sciences, in the area of Turnaround Management.  She also holds a certificate in Qualitative Research Methods from the University of Amsterdam and is a Certified Specialist in Data Science and Analytics from ICT Academy. With an academic career spanning over ten years, she has experience as Assistant Professor for four years at various leading academic institutions. She was a full-time research scholar at SMS, CUSAT, and has also served as a Part-Time faculty in many prestigious institutions. She has published several research papers of international repute and presented papers at prestigious conferences. She has been awarded best paper, case, and presenter awards at various conferences like SIMSARC 2018, International Case Conference 2016, etc. She is also a trainer in soft skills and Theatrics and is presently the Founder and Chief Trainer of Exceller Training. She is a regular participant in various news channels on a plethora of discussions ranging from Budget to Women Safety and Emancipation. 

Senior Research Associate

Dr Apurva Joshi

Dr. Apurva Joshi is an R&D Engineer at 301 Labs, which is engaged in developing autonomous and multi-agent systems. His work as a Research Scientist at IIT Bombay (’19 – ’20) involved the design and fabrication of unmanned aerial vehicles and onboard intelligence systems. He received his Ph.D. from IIT Bombay and Monash University, where he designed and conducted experiments in the modeling and control of multi-agent systems. He received the University Silver Medal for MTech. in Robotics (’12 – ’14) from UPES, Dehradun. He is a B.E. graduate in Electrical and Electronics Engineering. His research has been published in several international journals.

Senior Research Associate

Divya Malhotra

Divya Malhotra, assistant Professor at Rashtriya Raksha University Gujarat is pursuing her Ph.D. from the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University and is a non-resident fellow at Middle East Institute, New Delhi where she monitors Pakistan-Middle East relations. She completed BA Economics Hons from Panjab University, Chandigarh, MA Economics from Christ University, Bangalore, and MPhil from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She was associated with Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis, New Delhi as a research intern, and has visited Pakistan, Afghanistan, Israel, Nepal, and the USA for academic conferences and study trips.

Senior Research Associate

S Balaji

Dr. S. Balaji is alumni of Sainik School, Amaravathi Nagar. He has completed Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering at DMI College of Engineering, Chennai, Master of Engineering in Energy Engineering at Kumaraguru College of Technology, Coimbatore, and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Mechanical Engineering at Vellore Institute of Technology, Chennai. Currently, he is working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Kattankulathur. He is also an academic advisory board member of Vision Defence Institute, Tambaram. His area of research interest is alternative fuel and energy, hydrogen production through electrolysis, emission and combustion reduction in Internal combustion engine and automobile air pollution and policy and laws. He has also published few research articles in international journals in the field of hydrogen energy and engine.

Research Associate

Mohan Babu

Mohan Babu R is an Electronics and Communication engineering graduate from Anna University, Chennai, and holds a Masters in International Studies from Symbiosis International University, Pune. He is currently a Senior Research Associate, at ‘Polstrat’ a political consultancy firm. He has previously worked at the office of incumbent MoS for Home Affairs – G.Kishan Reddy as a political researcher and has gained professional experience at other prominent places such as IDSA, Pinkerton, and I-PAC. The expertise accrued from his academic and professional experience range from Futuristic defence platforms, Asian geopolitics, Intelligence, and Public communications to Psephology. With a passion for geopolitics, on one hand, he wishes to be the instrument of change in the discourse of Indian politics and is planning to run for office in the future 

Research Associate

Ariit Sengupta

Mr Ariit Sengupta is an MBA graduate from IIM Jammu. He is currently employed in the Financial Services industry wherein he specialises in Private Equity. He also holds a degree in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering from Indian Maritime University. He was engaged in R&D activities for three years at the Indian Register of Shipping. He is deeply interested in Economics, Supply Chain and International relations. With diverse experience and interests, he understands that research is the prime mover for effective decision making.

Research Associate

Ajay Rathore

Ajay Rathore is an experienced security professional with over 04 years of experience in physical security operations and investigations. A certified SRA (Security Risk Assessment) expert, a recipient of UGC-JRF, he is a Masters in Criminology from Sardar Patel University of Police, Security and Criminal Justice, with strong interpersonal and communication skills. During and post-academic programs, he has been engaging in various research and publication sponsored by numerous Criminal Justice Agencies across the country. He is skilled in Physical Security, Security Operations, Security Threat and Risk Assessment, Intelligence Analysis, Command and Control, Loss Prevention, Resolving Problems, Driving Overall Operational Improvements, Public Speaking, and Research & Publication. Currently, he is working as a Senior Threat Analyst with one of India’s leading corporate. He is currently associated with various national and international societies like ASIS (American Society of Industrial Security), International Security Organisation (ISO-SEC), Toastmaster International.

Research Associate

Pritanshu Shrivastava

Pritanshu Shrivastava has graduated from National Law University (Gujarat) in 2012. He has been awarded two gold medals for academic excellence by the University, presented by Hon’ble Prime Minister Modi. He has been enrolled as an Advocate with the Bar Council of India and is also under the process of requalifying as Solicitor in UK and Australia. He has worked with law firms in the realm of corporate laws and international arbitration in India, Malaysia, Singapore, UAE and other countries. He received many international scholarships for attending courses in Macau, Paris, Hong Kong and other countries. His interest mainly lies in the field of international trade laws, WTO law and policies, public international law, international dispute resolution, geopolitics, international relations and Indian Foreign Policy.

Research Associate

Muhsin P P

Muhsin Puthan Purayil is currently pursuing his PhD in Political Science at the University of Hyderabad where he has completed his Masters in Political Science. He is a former Intern at the National Human Rights Commission, New Delhi and a recipient of the Junior Research Fellowship by UGC India. His research interests include international relations, India’s foreign policy, South Asia, Iran, soft power, public diplomacy, and public policy. Apart from academic journals, he is a regular contributor to leading publications like The Diplomat, USC Center on Public Diplomacy (CPD), East Asia Forum, South Asian Voices, Geopolitical Monitor, Geopolitics, South Asia Monitor, Global South Colloquy and the New Indian Express (Online).

Research Associate

Vaibhav Chaudhary

Vaibhav Chaudhary is a young scientist working with CGIAR, a global research partnership focused on ‘science for humanity’s greatest challenges. He is currently exploring the intersection of Big Data, International Development, and Policy. Vaibhav is also interested in topics related to Climate Action, Environment, Gender, and Health & Nutrition. In the past, he has worked as a RA at IIT Bombay, Mumbai and at IE Business School, Madrid, and as a visiting faculty at NMIMS, Mumbai. Vaibhav holds a BSc. (Hons) in Mathematics from the University of Delhi, New Delhi and a Master’s in Applied Statistics & Informatics from the IIT Bombay, Mumbai.

Research Associate

Mohit Vashisth

Mohit Vashisth is an engineering graduate in Electronics and Communications. He has experience of around 3.5 years in the renewable energy sector. Mohit is currently pursuing an M.A. in Political Science and also pursuing a diploma in International Affairs and Diplomacy from the Indian Institute of Governance and Leadership. He works as a part-time researcher with the Centre of Security and Strategy Studies. His interest areas comprise of ‘India-China-Pakistan power triangle’, ‘South-Asia’, ‘Middle-East’, and ‘Directed Energy Weapons’, ‘Recent developments in Weapon Tech.’ and ‘Nuclear Deterrence.’

Research Associate

 Namitha Sudhakar

Namitha Sudhakar, currently pursuing PhD at Vellore Institute of Technology -Chennai is interested in Behavioral Finance and the Indian Stock market. She is an MBA Postgraduate from NIT Warangal. She holds a B-Tech in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Cochin University of Science and Technology. She is a classical dancer, candidate of CCRT-New Delhi in the field of Dance. She has a collection of Malayalam short poems that got published as a book named ‘Anubavangal Vilkkappedum’. Namitha has presented a paper at an international conference on emerging trends in smart grid technology and done studies on Micro-influencers and pricing tactics affecting the buying behaviour of women. She is involved in activities focusing on women empowerment, sustainable development and social responsibility. She is a writer, blogger and traveller.

Research Associate

Anna Sinha

Anna Sinha is currently pursuing her PhD in Economics from Ambedkar University, Delhi from where she also did her Masters in Economics and Bachelors in Arts degree from Ramjas College, University of Delhi. She is a UGC-JRF awardee in Economics. Holding a deep interest in world affairs and strategy, she holds the position of Advisor on the panel of Internationalism, and South Asian Journal of International Law. She was the Founding President of the Model United Nations society of her college and has been an active debater. She has variously been involved as a Research Associate at BRICS International Forum, Ministry of Commerce and Industry and Indian Chambers of Commerce, and has been a Fellow at World Mediation Organisation. She has also served as Editor for University Express, previously India’s largest youth media network.

Research Associate

Pintu Kumar Mahla

Pintu Kumar Mahla is pursuing his PhD from the School of National Security Studies, Central University of Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir. He is a post-graduate in Political Science from the University of Rajasthan, Jaipur and has graduated in Social Sciences from the Sardar Patel University of Police, Security, and Criminal Justice, Jodhpur. He was associated with ‘Observer Research Foundation’,  New Delhi, and ‘The Kootneeti’ New Delhi as a Research Intern. His major focus areas are India’s foreign policy and security policies, hydro-politics in the trans-Himalayan region.

Research Associate

Nikita Vats

Nikita Vatsa, a Graduate from Delhi University and Postgraduate in Chemistry from Panjab University is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Political Science and International Relations from IGNOU. She is also pursuing a diploma in International Affairs and Diplomacy from the Indian Institute of Governance and Leadership. She is currently working in the education sector. She is a Research Intern at the Centre for Security and Strategy Studies (CESCUBE). Her areas of interest are ‘South-Asia’, ‘Security Issues’, ‘Climate Change Diplomacy’, ‘Nuclear Deterrence’ and ‘Chemical and Biological Disarmament.

Research Associate

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Farheen Hussain

Farheen Hussain is a journalist by profession and is a senior correspondent at the Times of India. Prior to joining TOI, she was sub-editor at Deccan Herald and reporter at Bangalore Mirror. She holds a masters in political science and IR is a very seasoned content creator and writer. He has wide experience in handling social media and has done a remarkable job in digital marketing at Deccan Herald. An excellent writer aspiring to venture into research writings and defence reporting.

Research Associate

Poornima Balasubramanian

Poornima Balasubramanian has recently completed her postgraduation in Geopolitics and International Relations from Manipal Academy of Higher Education. She is also a Psychology graduate. Her research interest includes geopolitics of West Asia and North Africa, India’s foreign policy and national security, conflict, peace and negotiation studies. She aspires to hone her skills and knowledge of geopolitics and psychology to contribute to the policy-making community at her best capacity.

Research Associate

Megda Bharadwaj

Megda Bharadwaj is an International Affairs graduate from Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University specializing in Security and Asia. She completed her bachelors from Delhi University in Political Science. She is currently interning with the United Nations Department of Peacebuilding and Political Affairs – Department of Peace Operations. Her area of focus is mainly South Asia, Defense and Security, Foreign Policy, Economic policies, Peacekeeping and Development.

Research Trainees

Pranay Shome

Ashima Singh

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Praranjay Sharma

Yadhu Krishna Menon

Swaraj Gangaram Kariya

Upamanyu Basu

Eshan Bajal

Swati Nair

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Madhura Chanda

Sauro Dasgupta

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Niharika Tarneja