People

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Naushad Forbes
Dr. Naushad Forbes
Co-Chairman,
Forbes Marshall
Farhad Forbes
Mr. Farhad Forbes
Co-Chairman,
Forbes Marshall
Janak Nabar
Mr. Janak Nabar
Chief Executive Officer,
CTIER

RESEARCH ADVISORY COUNCIL

Pankaj Chandra
Dr. Pankaj Chandra
Vice Chancellor,
Ahmedabad University

Dr. Sunil Mani
Director,
Centre for Development Studies

Dr. Rakesh Basant
Professor,
Indian Institute of Management,
Ahmedabad

Mr. Anjan Das
Executive Director of Technology,
Confederation of Indian Industry(CII)

OUR TEAM

Janak Nabar
Janak Nabar
Chief Executive Officer,
CTIER
Swati Joshi
Swati Joshi
Consultant,
CTIER
Mehak Malhotra
Mehak Malhotra
Research Associate,
CTIER
Divya Sebastian
Divya Sebastian
Research Analyst,
CTIER
Mihir Baxi
Mihir Baxi
Research Analyst,
CTIER

AFFILIATED RESEARCHERS

Pankaj Chandra
Dr. Pankaj Chandra
Vice Chancellor,
Ahmedabad University
Sunil Mani
Dr. Sunil Mani
Director,
Centre for Development Studies
Rakesh Basant
Dr. Rakesh Basant
Professor,
Indian Institute of Management
Ahmedabad
Aradhna Aggarwal
Dr. Aradhna Aggarwal
Professor,
Copenhagen Business School
Subash Sasidharan
Dr. Subash Sasidharan
Associate Professor,
Indian Institute of Technology

Bio in Detail

Naushad Forbes

Dr. Naushad Forbes

Naushad is the Co-Chairman of Forbes Marshall, India's leading Steam Engineering and Control Instrumentation firm. He is also the Chairman and founder of the Centre for Technology, Innovation and Economic Research(CTIER).

Naushad was a Lecturer and Consulting Professor at Stanford University from 1987 to 2004 where he developed courses on Technology in Newly Industrializing Countries. He received his Bachelors, Masters and PhD Degrees from Stanford University.

Naushad was the President of Confederation of Indian Industry 2016-17. He was a member of the Task force on Innovation established by Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman, Commerce and Industry Minister, Government of India.

His recent research work includes ‘India’s National Innovation System: Transformed or Half-formed?’ (Link), published in Rakesh Mohan’s (Editor) ‘A Quarter Century of Transformation: The Indian Reforms Story’. In 2002, he co-authored ‘From Followers to Leaders: Managing Innovation in Newly Industrialising Countries (Routledge, London) along with David Wield. Naushad is on the Board of several educational institutions and public companies and has chaired a number of CII National Committees on Higher Education, Innovation, Technology and International Business

Farhad Forbes

Mr. Farhad Forbes

Farhad Forbes is Co - Chairman of Forbes Marshall and is responsible for the automation and control group of the company. He has been at Forbes Marshall since 1982. Previously, he was a member of the R&D technical staff of Hewlett-Packard Company in Palo Alto, California.

Mr. Forbes is currently Chairman of the Confederation of Indian Industry's (CII) National Committee on Affirmative Action. He is a past chairman of CII Western Region, and the CII-FBN-I Family Business India Chapter. He was conferred the CII President's Award for outstanding leadership to CII's western region and for furthering the overall CII agenda.

He has previously served on the Executive Committee and is presently Vice Chairman and a Board member of Family Business Network - International (FBN-I). Mr. Forbes is also a member of the Advisory Council of the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University, and a member of the Advisory Board of the MSx Program (formerly known as the Sloan Program) at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business. He is a recipient of the Sloan Distinguished Alumni Service Award.

Mr. Forbes received his B.S. in 1977 and his M.S. in 1979 in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. He received his M.S. in Management in 1991 from the Sloan Master's Program at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.

Janak Nabar

Mr. Janak Nabar

Janak is CEO of the Centre for Technology, Innovation and Economic Research (CTIER), and has been leading CTIER’s research efforts. He was recently invited by NITI Aayog to be on the working group for the development of the India Innovation Index. Janak is a member of the CII National Committee on Technology and the Expert Group on Technology.

He has previously worked as an Economist and Investment Strategist in the private sector in Singapore. Janak was until the end of December 2014, a Senior Investment Strategist at BSI Bank Ltd, Singapore, having assumed responsibility for the Bank's macroeconomic and asset price outlook for Asia in December 2013. He was a member of BSI Bank's Global Asset Allocation and Investment Opportunities Committees. Janak’s work experience includes two years with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Serbia where he worked on the performance and financial monitoring of UNHCR’s NGO partners.

Janak holds an MSc (Econometrics and Mathematical Economics) from the London School of Economics and Political Science, MA (Mathematics) from Balliol College, University of Oxford (as a Radhakrishnan Scholar), and BA (Mathematics) from the University of Pune, India (ranked first in the University).

Pankaj Chandra

Dr. Pankaj Chandra

Dr. Pankaj Chandra is on the Board of Management of Ahmedabad University and has previously served as Director of IIM Bangalore.

He has taught at various institutions such as McGill University in Montreal as a tenured faculty, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and IIM Ahmedabad. Prof. Chandra holds a Bachelor of Technology degree from the Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University and a Ph.D. from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Prof. Chandra has been conducting the national survey on Competitiveness of Indian Manufacturing since the last 20 years. His research and teaching interests include Manufacturing Management, Supply Chain Coordination, Building Technological Capabilities, higher education policy, and hi-tech entrepreneurship. He has published extensively in international refereed journals and has edited a book titled “Technology Practices, and Competitiveness: The Primary Textile Industry in Canada, China and India”. Much of his recent work is on understanding how firms build technological capabilities as part of firm level competitive strategy and building models at the industry level.

He has served on various key Government of India committees focusing on higher education and industry including the Yashpal Committee and the Committee on the Autonomy of Central Universities. He has also been a consultant to large Indian and multi-national firms and serves on the Boards of several firms like Mindtreeand institutions like NID, FTII (Academic Council), IIIT Bangalore and Dharwad, Shristi School of Design and Technology, IIT Jodhpur, National Innovation Foundation etc.

Sunil Mani

Dr. Sunil Mani

Dr. Sunil Mani is Director and NITI Aayog Chair Professor at the Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum, Kerala, India. Earlier he has been a visiting professor at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, Tokyo, Japan, Bocconi University, Milan, Italy, the University of Toulouse-Jean Jaurès, Toulouse, France and the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, Kolkata, India and has also worked at the United Nations University- MERIT, Maastricht, The Netherlands as a researcher and head of graduate studies.

He holds a PhD in Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and has done post-doctoral research at University of Oxford.

Prof. Mani is specialized in the economics and policy studies of innovation and one of his most recent publications include a book with Professor Richard Nelson of Columbia University , TRIPS Compliance, National Patent Regimes and Innovation, Evidence and Experience from Developing Countries, Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, Mass, USA., 2013. He is a member of the Research Advisory Council at CTIER.

Rakesh Basant

Dr. Rakesh Basant

Dr. Rakesh Basant is a professor of Economics at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. He has taught at universities abroad and worked as a consultant to several international organizations.

Prof. Basant's current teaching and research interests focus on firm strategy, innovation, intellectual property rights, entrepreneurial business models, public policy & regulation. His recent research has focused on capability building processes in industrial clusters, Foreign Direct Investment in R&D, innovation-internationalization linkages, competition policy, inter-organizational linkages for technology development (especially academia-industry relationships), incubation models in higher education institutions, emerging entrepreneurial patterns and eco-system in India, strategic and policy aspects of intellectual property rights, linkages between public policy and technological change, economics of strategy, the small scale sector in India and policy issues in higher education.

His sectoral focus of the research in the aforementioned areas has been on Pharmaceutical, IT, Electronics and Auto-component industries. He was also a member of the Indian Prime Minister's High-Level Committee (also known as Sachar Committee) that wrote a report on the Social, Economic and Educational Conditions of Muslims in India. In continuation of this work, a part of his current research focuses on issues relating to Muslims, especially affirmative action in higher education. He is a member of the Research Advisory Council at CTIER.

Anjan Das

Mr. Anjan Das

Mr. Anjan Das is the Executive Director of Technology at the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). Anjan heads CII's work in the areas of knowledge-economy that focuses on effectively realizing economic benefits in terms of value added manufacturing, high technology exports and ownership of critical technologies from the investments made in knowledge ecosystem through public private partnerships.

Anjan has been the architect of conceptualising and implementing many innovative PPP vehicles including Global Innovation & Technology Alliance (GITA) – a PPP Section 25 Company to manage fund and implement globally collaborative industrial R&D programs. He has been involved in Policy Framework & Advocacy in the areas of Industry's investment in R&D, technology acquisition and commercialization; Industry-academia collaborations; creation-protection-exploitation of IPR; Infusion of design in manufacturing; Innovation promotion and Entrepreneurship development.

Before joining CII, Anjan worked with CMC Limited, Mumbai; Ministry of Science & Technology, Govt. of India, New Delhi; Hindustan Motors Limited, Kolkata. Anjan has been a consultant to World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) and National Expert of UNIDO for delivering assignments. Anjan has a Post Graduate (M. Tech.) degree in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur.

Aradhna Aggarwal

Dr. Aradhna Aggarwal

Dr. Aggarwal is the Chair Professor in Indian Studies at the Copenhagen Business School and has over three decades of experience in University teaching and research.

Aradhna is keenly interested in industry, technology, international trade and investment related issues and has published extensively in leading international and national journals, and newspapers on these issues. She taught Economics at the University of Delhi from August 1982 to January, 2014. During this period she also had an opportunity to serve at various prestigious think tanks including the Institute of Economic Growth (IEG), ICRIER, and NCAER on a full time basis.

She worked as an external consultant to prestigious international agencies like UNESCAP, ADB, UNDP, World Bank, GIZ, UNCTAD, Swedish Board of Trade; and the Ministries of Commerce and Information Technology, Government of India and RIS, the Ministry of External Affairs, among others. She is the author of Kerala Perspective Plan 2030 launched by Kerala Government in January She has authored two monographs both published by the Oxford University Press and has published several book chapters. She has presented her research in seminars and conferences in many countries across the globe. Prof. Aggarwal holds a PhD from the Delhi School of Economics.

Subash Sasidharan

Dr. Subash Sasidharan

Dr. Subash Sasidharan is an Associate Professor of Economics at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. He has previously been a researcher with institutions like the Madras School of Economics, Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum and United Nations University Institute-MERIT, Maastricht, The Netherlands. His research interests include Innovation, Technology change and studying the impact of Foreign Direct Investment and Multinational enterprises. He has also appeared in journals like World Development, Research Policy, Economic Systems, Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, Developing Economies etc

He holds an MPhil in Planning and development and a Ph.D. in Economics from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.

Swati Joshi

Swati Joshi

Swati is a Senior Research Associate at CTIER. She has extensive experience working with state governments and funding agencies such as the UNICEF and the World Bank across different development sectors like education, WASH, public health, social security and participatory planning. Swati has been part of several teams working on monitoring and evaluation, pilots to test state level frameworks and is well versed with the demands of project management and execution that such projects demand.

She holds a MSc with Distinction from Newcastle University and a BSc with Distinction from Pune University.

Mehak Malhotra

Ms. Mehak Malhotra

Mehak is a Research Associate at CTIER. She is part of CTIER’s core team researching on frugal technology in healthcare as well as industry-academia research collaborations and has been the project liaison officer for both projects. She has also assisted with planning and executing the logistics of the DEIP workshop for policymakers and industrialists.

Mehak has a Masters in Applied Economics from the Centre for Development Studies(affiliated to the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi) and a B.Sc. in Economics from Symbiosis School of Economics, Symbiosis International University, Pune.

Divya Sebastian

Divya Sebastian

Divya Sebastian is a Research Analyst at CTIER. Her interests lie in the areas of International Trade and Development and Economics of Innovation and Technology. She is currently assisting with CTIER’s work on the India Innovation Index and is also involved in analysing India’s technology trade data.

Divya has an MA in Applied Economics from the Centre for Development Studies (affiliated to the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi) and a BA (hons) Economics from St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi.

Mihir Baxi

Mihir Baxi

Mihir Baxi is a Research Analyst at CTIER. He is currently assisting in developing the Science and Technology Indicators annual publication, an industry centric determinant which aims to capture data on R&D activity in the Indian economy. Mihir has previously worked on research projects that included the analysis of debt in the Eurozone, and consumer behavior in regard to tobacco consumption.

With an interest in global macroeconomics and country analysis, he regularly published articles and essays on these,and related topics. Mihir has a BS in Economics from the Ohio State University.