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.

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.

Manjali
Arora
  • Stakeholder Management
  • Strategy and Execution
  • Ownership and Accountability
  • Teamwork
  • Relationship Building
  • Critical Thinking

Manjali works as a Senior Manager with C-LOP on building state capacity. She comes with a deep understanding of implementing competency frameworks and aligning them within the capacity building model. Before C-LOP, Manjali was associated with the National Institute of Urban Affairs, leading the capacity building unit at CIDCO under the Smart City project.

She has a background in knowledge management, change management, organisational restructuring, competency assessments, benchmarks and content curation. She's an advocate of leveraging technology to create learning opportunities. Manjali holds a post graduation in Human Resources from XLRI.

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.

Bhumika
Malhotra
  • Stakeholder Management
  • Partnerships and Collaborations
  • Project Management
  • Strategic Thinking
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Bhumika is a Senior Manager: C-LOP with J-PAL, South Asia. She comes with over 14 years of work experience in Edtech, skill development and the social sector. In her previous organisation, National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), she contributed to the Government of India's Skill India Mission through multiple initiatives that focused on improving quality in the skill development value chain. These included improving governance mechanisms to developing frameworks for career pathways, quality training and assessments, amongst others. Bhumika led the capacity-building program for trainers and assessors at NSDC and created impact through collaborations with national and international partners.

Bhumika is passionate about developing quality-based frameworks for ensuring sustainable impact. During her free time, she enjoys traveling and loves to fiddle with paints and brushes. 

Ziaul
Hoda
  • Team Management
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Organisational Development
  • Project Management
  • Human Capacity Development-Design and Facilitation
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Ziaul Hoda works as the Engagement Lead for the Capacity Building Commission at C-LOP. Prior to this, he worked with GIZ India in the area of human capacity development, competency framework, and institutional development. With over 19 years of experience, Zia led the institutional development process for the National and State Mission for Clean Ganga and was instrumental in shaping the competency framework for the Department of Economic Affairs, Government of India. He also co-created and rolled out leadership modules on leadership with institutions like Lal Bahadur Shastri Academy of Administration and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy and has facilitated over 500 learning processes covering over 10,000 learners from across the country.

He has a Master’s degree in Extension Education from Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi.

Simi
Mishra
  • Multi-shore Content Design
  • Competency Mapping
  • Design Thinking
  • Organisation Effectiveness
  • Pre-sales and Vendor Management
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Simi is a Senior Manager at C-LOP, and works closely on the conceptualisation of instructional design modules. She is an IBM-certified learning professional and comes with two decades of experience in talent transformation and organisation effectiveness.

Using her consulting, learning and design skills she has driven multi-shore projects with clients in the US, UK, Europe, and South Asia across a variety of industries including automotive, logistics, healthcare, pharma and renewable energy. She started her professional journey as a content designer with NIIT, and has since worked in L&D projects, product management and consulting roles with IBM, Accenture and Thomson Reuters. In recent years, she has become an advocate of using human-centred design thinking for solving complex problems in the social and development sector. Her previous experience in the social sector has focused on enabling India's youth to become change makers and localise Sustainable Development Goals in their own communities.

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.

Rameshwara
Jha
  • Systems Thinking
  • Public Narrative
  • Research & Data Analysis
  • Stakeholder Management
  • Team Building
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Rameshwar is Programme Manager, Capacity Building Commission at C-LOP. Prior to this, he has worked with Kudumbashree NRO in establishing systems and processes for the flagship entrepreneurship programs under National Rural Livelihood Mission, Ministry of Rural Development across multiple states.

Rameshwar holds an M.A in Public Policy from the University of Chicago, an M.A in Development from Azim Premji University, and a B- Tech in Mechanical Engineering from Vellore Institute of Technology.

Nupur
Ghuliani
  • Research
  • Data Analysis
  • Data Storytelling
  • Writing
  • Editing
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Nupur Ghuliani is a Manager 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.

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.

Yash
Bajaj
  • Project Management
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Problem Solving
  • Communications
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Yash is a Manager with J-PAL South Asia's C-LOP team, where he assists in the identification of public officials' competencies and associated learning needs. Prior to joining J-PAL, Yash worked for three years at the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) on improving programme delivery at the state level by extensively engaging with state governments to build institutional capabilities to adapt to the country's new skilling paradigm. He has also worked as a Project Manager in the State Reform team at Central Square Foundation, where he executed critical workstreams of the NIPUN Bharat Mission for the Haryana government to improve early-grade learning outcomes in public schools.

He is a commerce graduate from Shri Ram College of Commerce and a former LAMP Fellow.

Suvi
Jain
  • Policy Formulation
  • Legislative Research
  • Public Service Delivery
  • Policy Advocacy
  • Stakeholder Management
  • Strategic Communications

Suvi Jain is a Senior Policy Associate at C-LOP. She is a qualified public policy researcher and advisor with experience in working with Union Cabinet Ministers and Members of Parliament on national and international advocacy projects. Suvi is a lawyer by training from Aligarh Muslim University and has worked extensively in the fields of policy formulation, public service delivery and good governance. She has also been trained as a Legislative Assistant to Members of Parliament (LAMP) Fellow.

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.

Mehr
Pasricha
  • Data Analysis & Visualisation
  • Writing & Editing
  • Creative Thinking
  • Desire for Knowledge
  • Behaviour Science
  • Strategic Thinking

Mehr Pasricha is a Senior Associate with the C-LOP (Creating Learning Opportunities for Public Officials in India) team at J-PAL South Asia. She and her team work closely with the Government of India's Department of Personnel and Training to evolve the frameworks and processes for offering high quality learning and development opportunities within the government ecosystem.

Formerly, she worked at the National Skill Development Corporation under the aegis of the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, on improving the quality of training and assessment offered within the vocational education landscape in India.

Mehr has been a Young India Fellow at Ashoka University, and has graduated with a Bachelors in Psychology from Sophia College for Women, Mumbai.

Nabajit
Malakar
  • Illustrating and Cartooning
  • Photo and Video Production
  • Branding and Identity
  • Social Campaigns
  • Communication Design
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Nabajit is Senior Designer at C-LOP. He breaks down concept-heavy ideas and strategies into a range of compelling audio-visual collateral. This includes the conceptualisation and designing of reports, illustrations, artworks, social media graphics, and videos. 

He has a background in communication design for various non-profit organisations, social movements and start-ups. His skills lie in illustration/cartooning, advertising, photo and video production, and branding. Before C-LOP, he was at ActionAid India, an organisation that works for the social and ecological justice of marginalised communities. Nabajit holds a Masters in Social Work (MSW) from Jamia Millia Islamia.

Nishtha
Vengurlekar
  • Project Management
  • Capacity Building
  • Outreach and Advocacy
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Knowledge Management
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Nishtha works as a Senior Associate at CLOP with J-PAL, South Asia. Prior to joining CLOP, Nishtha worked at the National Skill Development Corporation on a project between the Governments of India and Japan to promote bilateral ties through skill transfer. She was also in charge of implementing flagship skill development and entrepreneurship programmes in North-Eastern states and insurgency-affected districts. Nishtha has extensive experience working at the grassroots level through her association with the National Rural Livelihood Mission under the Ministry of Rural Development. She holds a Master's degree in Development Policy from South Korea's KDI School of Public Policy and Management and a Master's degree in Social Work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences. Her key areas of research interest are education, women's economic empowerment, and workforce development.

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. 

Sanchita
Jain
  • Writing, Editing, Proofreading
  • Campaign Management
  • Social Media Campaigns
  • Designing Creatives
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Sanchita is Communications Associate at C-LOP, supporting the Communications Manager in driving the communications strategy for the initiative. Her work involves creating compelling content for the website, campaigns for social media and working with the design team to translate complex concepts into easy-to-understand audio-visual collateral.

Prior to J-PAL, she worked as a Media and Communications Consultant with the Ministry of Education. She managed a slew of campaigns for flagship schemes like Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat, Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav schemes. She has also worked as a journalist with Zee News, and her specialities lie in content development and digital media. She has a Masters in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism and a Bachelors in English Literature from University of Delhi.

Anima
Kerketta
  • Public Narrative
  • Stakeholder Management
  • Creative Writing
  • Storytelling
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Anima is a Senior Associate at C-LOP. Prior to this, she worked for Kudumbashree National Resource Organisation, an institution recognised by the Ministry of Rural Development, (Government of India) in the domain of Poverty Eradication, Institution Building and Livelihoods through Entrepreneurship among rural community women. For a year she worked in Jharkhand for implementing state projects at the grassroots level after which for three years she worked on the capacity building of stakeholders for 18 states. She has completed her graduation in the subject of Sociology and postgraduation in Social work in Livelihoods and Social Entrepreneurship from Asutosh College (Calcutta University) and Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai respectively.

Preksha
Dugar
  • Strategy and analysis
  • Research methods
  • Stakeholder management
  • Data analysis
  • Project management
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Preksha is a Senior Associate with the C-LOP team. She previously worked for London-based economic development firm, Legatum Institute, and Mumbai based think tank, Gateway House, focusing on various issues ranging from international development, macroeconomic challenges, geopolitics, and geoeconomics, across sub-Saharan Africa, West Asia, and Latin America. She holds two Master’s degrees; an MPA in Public Administration and Management and International Relations from University College London (UCL) and the University of Durham, respectively. She aims to use her knowledge of international development and multi-disciplinary academic background to address capacity-building issues on a government level. She continues to be passionate about macroeconomic and development economic-related challenges, and using data and research to guide policy.

Kamlesh
Vishvkarma
  • Software development
  • Research and analysis
  • Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning
  • Implementing programming
  • Production's bug resolver
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Kamlesh Kumar Vishvkarma is a Web Technology Associate with J-PAL South Asia. Currently, he is working on supporting the website and technology-based solutions built by C-LOP Team. Kamlesh holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Application from Lovely Professional University. He also holds a Master's degree in the same field with a specialisation in Programming from Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Technical University Lucknow, India. His research interests lie in various technologies with a focus on Web development, Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning.

Tipu
Sultan
  • Visual Storytelling
  • Video Production
  • Writing
  • Content Creation
  • Video Editing
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Tipu Sultan is an Associate Video Producer for J-PAL South Asia at IFMR in India. He works in the video strategy and production team for Creating Learning Opportunities for Public Officials (CLOP) initiative. Prior to joining J-PAL, Tipu worked in advertising and journalism. Besides working in both broadcast and digital news media, he has also directed and executed numerous brand campaigns, digital films, and television commercials for national and international clients. Tipu holds a Master's degree in Mass Communication from AJK MCRC, Jamia Millia Islamia, and he did his Engineering in Computer Science.