Team

Guiding Principles

The work we do at C-LOP, whether it’s building a model for assessment, creating varied frameworks or facilitating discussions, we are guided by the tenets of our guiding principles.

Collaboration

Collaborations encourage us to think, articulate and work with clarity. Using a variety of knowledge and skills we are able to solve problems and leverage one anothers competencies.

Commitment to Learning

Continuous learning to acquire skills individuals need to enhance their contribution to the project, team, and organisation. Creating a culture that supports an open mindset, an independent quest for knowledge, and shared learning. 

Sense of Possibility

A spirit of possibility encourages all team members to share their ideas and perspectives, and increases the potential for innovation. Approaching conversations, collaborations and projects with curiosity.

Commitment to Excellence

Strive to contribute to a climate of excellence by holding oneself accountable for assigned responsibilities and commitments. Reliably completing tasks to a high standard and progressively working with autonomy and taking greater responsibilities.

Advisory Team

Iqbal
Dhaliwal

Iqbal Singh Dhaliwal is the Global Executive Director of J-PAL. He works with the Board of Directors to develop the organization’s strategic vision, and with the leadership of the six regional offices to coordinate J-PAL’s worldwide research, policy outreach, capacity building, and operations. He is also the Co-Scientific Director with Esther Duflo of J-PAL’s South Asia regional office, Co-Chair with Abhijit Banerjee of the Innovation in Government Initiative (IGI), and Co-Chair with Shawn Cole of the Innovations in Data and Experiments for Action Initiative (IDEA). He is a board member of J-PAL and the NGO Noora Health. He is also a member of 'Group of Experts' convened by the Chief Minister of Punjab, India to develop the post-COVID economic strategy for the state.

Based at the economics department of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Iqbal has held a number of positions at J-PAL, including Deputy Executive Director (2013–2017), founding Director of the Policy and Communications group (2009–2017), interim Director of the Research, Education, and Training vertical (2016–2017), and Co-Chair of the Governance Initiative (2010–2014). He is the co-author with Rema Hanna (Harvard) of a very large, five-district randomized evaluation on improving health outcomes and service provider attendance in rural India.

Before joining J-PAL in 2009, Iqbal was a director in the economic analysis practice of a consulting firm in Boston where he managed numerous engagements involving antitrust issues, regulation, and strategy; and before that an analyst in a strategy consulting firm outside of Washington D.C. He began his career in public service as a member of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), in which he served as a Deputy Secretary in a state government, director of a statewide welfare department, and CEO of a publicly owned company. As the sub-collector of one of the state’s largest administrative divisions, he led a large bureaucracy that implemented numerous development programs in the field.

Iqbal stood first in the nationwide Civil Services examination and also received the Director's Gold Medal at India's National Academy of Administration. In 2019, the Government of Punjab, India awarded him the Guru Nanak Devji Achievers Award for his "contributions to the field of economics and poverty alleviation." He received the Dean's Fellowship at Princeton University and the gold medal for standing first in the college in his undergraduate program. He has a BA in economics from the University of Delhi, an MA in economics from the Delhi School of Economics, and an MPA in international development from Princeton School of Public and International Affairs.

Shagun
Sabarwal

Shagun Sabarwal is Director of Policy, Training, and Communications at J-PAL South Asia, and Director of CLEAR South Asia.

She leads J-PAL South Asia’s engagements with governments, donors, and civil society organizations to initiate new research, disseminate policy lessons, and scale up evidence-based programs. As Director of CLEAR South Asia, she promotes the center’s mission to strengthen the monitoring, evaluation, learning systems, and data use of decision-makers in the region through capacity building and advisory services.

She provides technical and strategic direction to J-PAL South Asia’s partnerships with state and central governments, including the Development Monitoring & Evaluation Office (DMEO) at NITI Aayog, the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), and the State Governments of Odisha, Tamil Nadu, and Punjab.

She advances J-PAL South Asia’s work as a catalyst for government scale-ups of evidence-based programs, and as a technical and knowledge partner for building monitoring and evaluation systems that ensure quality at scale.

She is currently leading J-PAL South Asia’s role as a knowledge partner to the Government of Bihar for the scale-up of the Graduation approach, and is a principal investigator for a process evaluation and a randomized evaluation on the adaptation of the Graduation approach by governments.

Prior to joining J-PAL, Shagun was an Evaluation Specialist with 3ie and a Postdoctoral Fellow at Population Council. She completed her doctorate in public health from Harvard University.

Core Team

Siddharth
Pandit
  • System Thinking
  • Social Innovation Management
  • Storytelling
  • Measuring Social Impact
  • Theory of Change
  • Donor Management

Siddharth is Project Director at C-LOP. Prior to joining C-LOP, Siddharth worked at the National Institute of Urban Affairs in New Delhi where he led the 100 million Euro CITIIS program to drive investments in education, housing, transportation and eGovernance. He has led the development of capacity building programs for CIDCO Maharashtra 1600 staff across engineering, planning, finance and administration verticals. Siddharth has been part of the National Smart City Mission and has also delivered urban education programs for municipal schools in Mumbai through his stint at UDRI Mumbai.

He has a background in technology, data and public policy with graduate education in Computer Science and Geography from University at Albany, and in urban planning from NYU Wagner School of Public Policy.

Avantika
Dhingra
  • Stakeholder Management
  • Large Scale Project Management
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Writing and Editing
  • Theory of Change
  • Team Management

Avantika Dhingra is a Senior Manager at C-LOP. Prior to joining C-LOP, Avantika worked as a Senior Project Manager at Central Square Foundation. Through her five plus years at CSF, she managed the human capital development vertical with a specific focus on the middle management bureaucracy in Education, as well as spearheaded the team working on improving classroom instruction and practice for foundational learning (Grades 1-3). Avantika is a Piramal Fellow and initiated her stint in the development sector by working with marginalised artisans across India and helping them gain access to city markets.

Avantika holds a MA in Public Policy from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, NUS and has pursued her graduation in Political Science from Jesus and Mary College, Delhi University.

A
Rabindranath
  • Technology Roadmapping
  • Product Architecture
  • Client Service Orientation
  • Organisation Design
  • Managing Ambiguity
  • Strategic Thinking

A Rabindranath is an Advisor at C-LOP. He provides thought leadership for the programme and has been closely associated with the DoPT for the last few years, having been the project lead on a research assignment that led to the creation of the behavioural competency dictionary in 2014. The current architecture of iGOT Karmayogi takes off from this dictionary to embed learning systems in myriad ways. He has been a key member in the development of the functional architecture of iGOT Karmayogi through the development of the FRAC and PIAA methodologies.

Rabi has been an HR consultant for over 30 years. He has worked with premier firms like Andersen, Mercer, and Hay Group across various functional areas with a particular focus on organisation design and talent management systems like Competencies and Organisational Learning Architecture. His experience of working with a wide array of organisations – large MNCs like ABB, EDF, GE and highly reputed Indian organisations like Maruti and DMRC -- brings valuable insight into the workings of Mission Karmayogi. Rabi holds an MBA from XLRI.

Shikha
Kumar
  • Writing and Editing
  • Communication Strategy
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Storytelling
  • Team Management
  • Stakeholder Management

Shikha Kumar is Communications Manager at C-LOP. She leads the communications strategy for the program, supporting the Indian government's Department of Personnel and Training in empowering government officials to build the requisite skills and competencies for their work.

Formerly, she worked at Jhatkaa.org, a digital advocacy organisation driven towards building an equitable, sustainable and inclusive society. As Campaigns Manager, she led the organisation's air pollution and climate change initiatives, working on major campaigns like Save Aarey, draft EIA notification, Save Mollem, and more. She has a background in journalism, having worked with leading national dailies in the country like Hindustan Times, Indian Express, and DNA. She holds a Master's degree in Print Journalism from the Indian Institute of Journalism & New Media.

Shubnit
Mehra
  • Data Analysis
  • Program Management
  • Operations and Logistics Management
  • Strategy Formulation
  • Research & Planning
  • Stakeholder Management

Shubnit Mehra is a Manager at C-LOP. He works closely with Government of India’s Department of Personnel and Training on a range of tasks related to capacity building needs of the 20 million government officials in India. He is a data enthusiast and he contributes keenly on data related tasks at C-LOP.

Before joining C-LOP, Shubnit was associated with Teach For India in Hyderabad for five years where he undertook various roles. He has a PGP certificate in Business Analytics and Business Intelligence from McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin and holds a Master’s degree in Bioinformatics from Amity University.

Alok
Arunam
  • Societal Platform Thinking
  • Behavior Change Facilitation
  • Social Policy Implementation
  • Program Design
  • Problem Solving
  • Volunteer Partnership

Alok is Senior Associate at CLOP. Alok brings the unique perspective of grassroot and scale in his approach towards development, governance and public policy. 

Prior to CLOP, he has worked with the Government of Rajasthan, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh at the district and state level for flagship missions such as Swachh Bharat Mission-Gramin, Aspirational Districts Program and Sewapuri Vikas Abhiyan respectively. He developed strong partnerships with several Civil Society Organizations while leading the education and community sports vertical at Parivartan, Bihar. 

He holds B.Tech and M.Tech in Design Engineering from IIT-Madras, PGP Certificate in Liberal Arts and Leadership (Young India Fellowship) from Ashoka University (YIF) and most recently PGP Certificate in Public Policy from Indian School of Public Policy. He envisions using technology and data to address organizational capacity constraints within government and impact space.

Nitika
Jain
  • Research
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Data Analysis
  • Writing and Editing
  • Program Management
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Nitika is a Senior Associate at C-LOP. She is an educationist with broad expertise in curriculum development, lifelong learning, and qualitative research. At C-LOP, she is a floater, providing various forms of assistance to the many stakeholders involved in Mission Karmayogi. 

Prior to C-LOP, Nitika worked as a Curriculum Development Advisor with the Myanmar Mobile Education (MyME) Project (Yangon) that provides out-of-school working children with non-formal learning opportunities. She has also spent two years with UNESCO MGIEP (New Delhi) where she was in charge of managing the development of 'Rethinking Schooling for the 21st Century' (a 22-country review measuring the extent to which ESD/GCED concepts are embedded in policy and curricula documents).

Nitika holds a B. A. in English (University of Exeter), an M. Ed in Comparative and Global Studies in Education and Development (University of Hong Kong), and an M. A. in International Development and Policy (University of Chicago).

Nupur
Ghuliani
  • Research
  • Data Analysis
  • Data Storytelling
  • Writing
  • Editing
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Nupur Ghuliani is a Senior Policy Associate at C-LOP. C-LOP is currently working with the Government of India’s Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) on the creation of a platform that will provide lifelong learning opportunities to public officials in India by helping them build skills and knowledge across a wide range of domains.

Prior to joining C-LOP, Nupur worked with a civic-tech organization based in Bangalore which enables young people to solve civic and environmental issues. Nupur was also a Youth for India fellow by virtue of which she spent a year working on clean energy in rural Rajasthan.

Nupur holds a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Chicago and a Bachelors in Commerce from the University of Delhi.

Nidhi
Misra
  • Strategic Communication
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Communication for Development (C4D)
  • Storytelling
  • Analytics
  • Editorial Management

Nidhi is a Senior Communications Associate at C-LOP. Her work lies at the intersection of development and research. She has over seven years of experience in bringing together stakeholders, unpacking and communicating research to a wide audience. At C-LOP she leads strategic communication for the project, ideating and creating communication for more effective dissemination of the project's vision. 

Nidhi has also worked in research and advocacy with non-governmental organisations that defended the rights of waste workers, the homeless, and slum dwellers, to access social benefit schemes, formal employment, and affordable housing. 

An alumni of the Asian College of Journalism, Nidhi  strives to empowering those on the ground with more effective ways of telling their stories. 

Ramsha
Alam
  • Visual communication
  • Multimedia Production
  • Photography
  • Cinematography
  • Editing
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Ramsha Alam is a Senior Associate Video Producer at C-LOP.

Prior to joining C-LOP, Ramsha worked extensively across different visual and aural communication projects for broadcast media, corporates, government bodies and social sector clients.

Ramsha holds a Master’s degree in Mass Communication from Jamia Millia Islamia and has pursued her graduation in Journalism from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Delhi University.

Shashwata
Nova
  • Corporate communication
  • Branding & Identity design
  • Advertising
  • Event management
  • Packaging design and Fashion marketing
  • Production

Shashwata Nova is a Graphic Designer at C-LOP. She has extensive experience of more than 14 years in the social development sector as well as with reputed FMCG brands. She is skilled in corporate communication, advertising, branding and identity design, event management, packaging design, fashion marketing and production. 

Prior to C-LOP she was working with Breakthrough India, an organisation working to create a cultural shift and make discrimination and violence against girls and women unacceptable. She was leading the designing of the campaigns, events, photo shoots and was taking care of all the in house production requirements. 

She has completed an MBA in Design Management with specialisation in Fashion Retailing and Visual Merchandising from INIFD and a Master’s degree in Social Work.

Anognya
Parthasarathy
  • Research
  • Writing
  • Survey Design
  • Team Management
  • Active Listening
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Anognya is an Associate at C-LOP. She is a policy professional with experience in government engagement across sectors. At C-LOP, she supports the team on different projects through research, communications, and operations.  

Before joining J-PAL South Asia, Anognya worked as a Legislative Assistant to Member of Parliament where she contributed to policymaking through parliamentary interventions. She also has experience working on issues of social protection and public service delivery. Anognya has a Master's in Public Policy from the National Law School India University, Bangalore and a Bachelors in Global Studies from Colby College, USA.

Sachin
Dubey
  • Leadership and Team Management
  • Strategy
  • Project Conceptualisation and Implementation
  • International Qualifications
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Sachin is a Consultant at C-LOP, working on PIAA (Proctored Independent Authorised Assessments). An alumnus of the Indian Institute of Forest Management (IIFM), he is associated with social development especially in the area of education, vocational training, rural development and corporate social responsibility. With over 20 years of experience, primarily in leadership roles across industries and sectors, Sachin has worked with a range of organisations including governments, International NGOs and corporates. Sachin’s passion for working with communities particularly youth is well exhibited in a range of projects undertaken for all major departments and ministries as well as with bilateral and multilateral agencies dealing with education and vocational training in India, including ILO, UNDP, DFID UK, European Commission, etc. 

In his previous role, Sachin worked with Pearson Plc heading their International Qualifications and Vocational Training businesses in India, where he oversaw training of more than 100,000 youth towards gaining skills and employment. 

Sanjana
Anand
  • Research
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Writing
  • Communication
  • Data Analysis
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Sanjana Anand is an Associate with C-LOP. She is a policy and communications professional with experience in research, stakeholder engagement and content resource mobilization.

Prior to joining J-PAL, Sanjana worked with the Centre for Civil Society, a policy think-tank organization based in Delhi. She holds a BA. (Hons) in History from Delhi University and an MSc. in Public Policy and Management from King's College, London. 

Pranay
Bhardwaj
  • Web architecture designing
  • Web development
  • AWS / Web Server management
  • API solutions
  • Database architecture
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Pranay is a Web Manager at C-LOP. With a background in computer applications he has a keen interest in 'web architecture' and 'development solutions' that enable a better web experience for users.

In the past Pranay has worked across themes of urbanisation including urban resilience, sustainable cities and smart cities to create technological solutions for project management and data driven dashboards. Pranay is adept in API development, Amazon Web Services and Linux Server Management. In his free time he likes contributing to various development communities like Drupal.org, StackOverflow and HackerRank creating open source modules, troubleshooting and helping other developers. Pranay holds a Master's degree in Computer Applications.