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
Divya Sebastian
Divya Sebastian
Research Analyst,
CTIER
Vaishnavi Dande
Vaishnavi Dande
Research Analyst,
CTIER
Dipti Singhania
Dipti Singhania
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
Smita Srinivas
Dr. Smita Srinivas
Founder Director,
Technological Change Lab
Aradhna Aggarwal
Dr. Aradhna Aggarwal
Professor,
Copenhagen Business School
Subash Sasidharan
Dr. Subash Sasidharan
Associate Professor,
Indian Institute of Technology
Dinar Kale
Dr. Dinar Kale
Senior Lecturer in Innovation and International Development,
Open University
Abrar Ali Saiyed
Dr. Abrar Ali Saiyed
Assistant Professor,
Amrut Modi School of Management, Ahmedabad University
Megha Patnaik
Dr. Megha Patnaik
Research Economist,
Indian Statistical Institute, Delhi

Bio in Detail

Naushad Forbes

Dr. Naushad Forbes

Naushad is Co-Chairman of Forbes Marshall, India's leading Steam Engineering and Control Instrumentation firm. He is also the Chairman and Founder of CTIER. Naushad was the President of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in 2016-17. He was also a member of the Task force on Innovation established in 2016 by the Minister of Commerce and Industry, Government of India.

Between 1987 and 2004, Naushad was a part-time Lecturer and Consulting Professor at Stanford University where he developed courses on Innovation and Technology in Newly Industrializing Countries. A recent publication is ‘India’s National Innovation System: Transformed or Half-formed?’ (2017) in Rakesh Mohan (ed) India Transformed: 25 years of Economic Reforms. In 2002, he co-authored (with David Wield) ‘From Followers to Leaders: Managing Innovation in Newly Industrialising Countries (Routledge, London).

Naushad is on the Board of several educational institutions and public companies and has chaired CII National Committees on Higher Education, Innovation, Technology and International Business.

He received his Bachelors, Masters and PhD Degrees from Stanford University.

Farhad Forbes

Mr. Farhad Forbes

Farhad is Co-Chairman of Forbes Marshall. 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.

He is presently Chairman and Board member of Family Business Network - International (FBN-I), an association of 3500 family businesses from 65 countries with 16,000 individual members.

He is also currently Chairman of the CII National Committee on Affirmative Action, and is a past Chairman of CII western region and a past Chairman of the CII-FBN India chapter.

He is a past 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 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 CTIER and has been leading CTIER’s research efforts. He is a member of the CII National Committee on Technology and has been part of working groups constituted by NITI Aayog to rank national R&D laboratories and develop the India Innovation Index. Janak has previously worked as an Economist and Investment Strategist in the private sector in Singapore. His experience also includes two years with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Belgrade, Serbia. Besides his research interest in innovation and technology policy, Janak also researches and writes on India’s macroeconomic policies.

He holds an MSc in 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 (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.

Smita Srinivas

Dr. Smita Srinivas

Dr. Smita Srinivas is Founder Director of the Technological Change Lab, a research platform originally established at Columbia University. She is a frequent global keynote speaker and has over two decades of consulting and high-level advisory invitations. She holds appointments as Visiting Professor in Economics and Innovation, Knowledge, Development Centre, The Open University UK, and as Honorary Professor University College London, Department of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Public Policy (STEaPP). She is Senior Research Fellow at CTIER.

Prof. Srinivas’s research focuses on theories and measures of economic development, technological learning, innovation, and science, technology and industrial policies. Building on a wide portfolio of funding, her research involves intra- and cross-industry patterns and institutional analysis. Industries include health, oil & gas, waste, energy, and product, process, and services, at the intersections of human health, agriculture, food, and environment areas. Her research and leadership has been recognized in diverse global awards and grants.

Dr. Srinivas was awarded the 2015 biennial Myrdal Prize from the European Association for Evolutionary Political Economy (EAEPE) for her book on the health industry, "Market Menagerie: Health and Development in Late Industrial States" (Stanford University Press Economics & Finance 2012).

She holds a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), has held numerous Fellowships at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and has prior training in economics, physics, and mathematics. A longer profile of engagements, keynotes, journals, awards, and clients/collaborators, is available here.

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.

Dinar Kale

Dr. Dinar Kale

Dr Dinar kale is a Senior Lecturer in Innovation and International development at the Open University, UK. He is co-Director of the Innogen Institute and visiting lecturer in the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh.

His research interests include technology strategies of healthcare technology firms from developing countries, dynamics of innovation and issues of knowledge transfer. His current work focuses on challenges of inclusive healthcare in developing countries and concerns with resolving issues that hinder innovation and development of the healthcare industries from developing countries. He has published in leading and highly respected international journals such as Research Policy, World Development and British Journal of Management.

He is currently external assessor at the University of Sussex and academic expert reviewer for the Newton Fund. He is on the editorial board of International Journal of Intellectual Property Management and Efil Journal of Economic Research.

He holds an MSc in Organic Chemistry (University of Pune), an MBA in Marketing Management (University of Pune) and a PhD in innovation management from the Open University.

Abrar Ali Saiyed

Dr. Abrar Ali Saiyed

Dr. Abrar Ali Saiyed is currently faculty at Amrut Modi School of Management of Ahmedabad University, Ahmedabad. Abrar earned his Fellowship in Management from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA) with specialization in strategic management, entrepreneurship and international business.

His research interests are studying innovation and internationalization in Small and Medium Enterprises, Family Businesses and Entrepreneurial Firms. He is also interested studying entrepreneurial practices in traditional business communities and marginalized communities in India. He has published his research in many peer reviewed journals and has presented at numerous conferences. He won the best paper award in IIMA Doctoral Colloquium in 2013.

Abrar has taught courses at various institutes like Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, Indian Institute of Management, Indore, Center for Environment and Planning Technology and Nirma Institute of Management. He has worked as a consultant to Industrial Commissioner and Industrial Extension Bureau (Government of Gujarat), ASL Logistics, Qua Nutrition, I-Tiffin, SEWA Handicraft, CCRT, Kobe Sizzlers, Serene Global and others. He also serves as subject expert for the MSME Panel of Confederation of Indian Industries Gujarat Chapter.

Megha Patnaik

Dr. Megha Patnaik

Dr. Megha Patnaik is a research economist currently at the Indian Statistical Institute where she joined after graduating from Stanford, California. She has also worked as a data scientist at a leading financial software firm in Silicon Valley. Her current research covers topics in labour, corporate finance, entrepreneurship and the economics of innovation.

She has developed and conducted firm surveys with the US Census Bureau and the Atlanta Fed on management and uncertainty and is currently implementing a similar survey in India with CTIER and CII. She has previously been part of designing pension policy with the Ministry of Finance and Invest India Economic Foundation, and has worked as a consultant with the World Bank evaluating the Gram Swaraj Project in Karnataka.

Megha has taught at the Indian Statistical Institute, the Indian School of Business, and Chennai Mathematical Institute. She helps organise various coding workshops and runs a data science reading group over summer.

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.

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.

Vaishnavi Dande

Vaishnavi Dande

Vaishnavi Dande is a Research Analyst at CTIER. She is currently assisting in CTIER Innovation in Manufacturing Survey and has also helped in developing the ‘CTIER Handbook: Technology and Innovation in India 2019’. Vaishnavi has previously worked on projects with the State Election Commission of Maharashtra. Her interests lie in Macroeconomics and Econometrics.

Vaishnavi has a MA and BA in Economics from Fergusson College, Pune.

Dipti Singhania

Dipti Singhania

Dipti Singhania is a Research Analyst at CTIER. She is currently working on the CTIER Innovation in Manufacturing Survey. She has previously worked on the prevalence of complementary alternative medicines in India using the NSSO database. Her interest areas are Health Economics, Economics of Money & Finance and Economics of Industry.

Dipti has an MSc in Economics from the University of Calcutta and a BSc Economics from Lady Brabourne College, University of Calcutta.