Ajay Shah studied at IIT, Bombay and USC, Los Angeles. He has held positions at Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE), Indira Gandhi Institute for Development Research (IGIDR), Department of Economic Affairs at the Ministry of Finance and National Institute for Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP). His research is at the intersection of economics, law and public administration. His second book, co-authored with Vijay Kelkar, "In service of the republic: The art and science of economic policy", featured in Bloomberg's global "2020 Best Books on Business and Leadership". His work can be accessed on his home page (http://www.mayin.org/ajayshah). He is the founder and chief editor of The Leap Blog (https://blog.theleapjournal.org/).
Land markets, Government contracting, Water and sanitation
Diya leads the research work on land markets at XKDR Forum. Her interests are in the areas of regulatory governance, state capacity and access to finance. She has worked on projects with the National Council for Applied Economic Research; the Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, the Department of Economic Affairs at the Ministry of Finance (Government of India) and the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development. She is also visiting faculty at the Tata Institute of Social Science in Mumbai, and has previously been an associate at leading law firms in India including Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas.
Government contracting, National Highways and roads, Climate and energy strategy
Mithila A. Sarah
Households and finance, Financial inclusion measurement, Gender and development
Households and finance, Financial inclusion measurement, CPHS data guru
Financial inclusion measurement, Open source systems development
Susan Thomas has studied at IIT Bombay and the University of Southern California. She has been faculty at the Indira Gandhi Institute for Development Research. Her research lies in the areas of finance, markets and the economy. She worked in the design of the NSE-50 ("Nifty") index and the risk management systems of the Indian equity derivatives markets. Her policy engagements with the Ministry of Finance included being a member of the Standing Council of the competitiveness of the Indian Financial Sector (2013), and the Bankruptcy Legislative Reforms Committee (2014). She led the research team that designed and drafted the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (2016) and worked with the Ministry of Corporate Affairs on the organisational structure of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India and the National Companies Law Tribunal.
Alternative data analysis and development, Open-source software developer for Julia
Ayush Patnaik studied Physics, Computer Science and Economics at the Australian National University, and he continues to work at the intersection of these subjects. His current research is in analysing satellite imagery such as nighttime lights for making economic inferences. He actively contributes to open-source software projects, mainly related to the Julia Programming Language. He worked at ThePrint and Crypto Assets Platform before joining XKDR.
Government contracting, City metro railways, Court metrics
Government contracting, Public finance administration, Government budgeting
Government contracting, Court metrics
IT infrastructure support, data management and support