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OUR TEAM

LEADERSHIP

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Anup Roy
Founder

Anup is an experienced professional in the area of development research with a career spanning over 20 years with proven experience in executing and managing large-scale primary data collection (RCTs, Quasi-experiment, exploratory studies etc), while providing strategic, technical and operational oversight to Research Management, Data Quality Assurance & Improvement, Human Subject Ethical Principles and Dissemination of Findings for developing policy influence plan on varied issues in India, Nepal and Bangladesh.

Anup established DAI in 2020.

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Sitaram Mukherjee
Co-Founder

Sitaram is a seasoned development professional and survey expert with a passion for unlocking valuable insights. With more than 15 years of experience working in India, Nepal, Bangladesh and UAE, he specializes in designing and conducting surveys that deliver accurate and actionable data.

He thrives on helping organizations gather crucial information, analyze responses, and make informed decisions. Whether it's crafting survey questionnaires, implementing data collection strategies, or interpreting results, he brings a meticulous approach and a keen eye for detail.  By employing innovative survey methodologies and employing best practices, he strives to deliver meaningful results that drive growth and enhance decision-making. 

 

Sitaram co-founded DAI in 2020.

RESEARCH TEAM

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Allen Francis
Research Manager

Allen engages with multiple projects at DAI as a Research Manager, he also works closely with the founders in business and organisational development.  

 

Allen has over 9 years of experience in research, international development and social start-ups. He co-founded initiatives in sustainable agriculture and promoting sustainable consumption. He was a German Chancellor Fellow working on attitudes and behavioural motivations for sustainable consumption. Allen studied a B.E. in Civil Engineering from the Gujarat Technological University and a M.A. in Sustainable Development Practice at the TERI School of Advanced Studies.

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Sahil Pawar
Project Manager (GAP)

Sahil Pawar is the Project Manager at Global Action for Policy Lab (GAP) at Northeastern University, hosted at DAI. He has a Bachelor's degree in Economics from the Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, Pune. He has previously worked in the financial technology space as an Associate at Cambridge Wealth as well as interned with research institutions such as Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability, Policy Research Organisation and technology startups including Moonraft Innovation Labs and Evolve Inc.

Sahil's interests lie at the intersection of macroeconomics, international development, financial markets and decarbonization. Outside work he enjoys 70's metal music and playing football. 

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Azin Mir
Senior Research Associate

Azin is a dedicated development professional with a strong background in rural development and governance. With a Masters degree in Social Work, specializing in Public Health from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, Azin brings a comprehensive understanding of cross-cutting domains such as governance, rights, livelihood, health, and gender.

She also holds a Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering from the Islamic University of Science and Technology, demonstrating her ability to bridge technical knowledge with social development. She is currently working as a Senior Research Associate with DAI for a World Bank Project on digital literacy of migrant workers.

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Dibyajyoti Basak
Research Associate

Dibyajyoti is a postgraduate in Development Studies from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, and is currently working as a Research Associate for DAI Research and Advisory Services. He has worked with Indian Political Action Committee (I-PAC) as a Field Associate for the West Bengal Assembly Elections 2021. Post that, he worked as a Research Associate for IFMR LEAD.

 

He is keen to explore the interdisciplinary nature required to solve complex socio-economic issues. He pursued Science during his high school education, following which he studied English Literature at Jadavpur University.

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Aiushee
Research Associate

Aiushee holds a Master's Degree in Financial Economics from the Madras School of Economics and a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from Daulat Ram College, Delhi University. She is currently working with DAI Research and Advisory Services as a research associate.

Her research interests are focused on policy analysis and quantitative research. She hopes to use her expertise in areas that combine research, public policy, development economics, and macroeconomics.

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Swati Chauhan
Research Associate

Swati is a Research Associate at DAI. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Miranda House, University of Delhi. She has a research experience of more than two years wherein she has gained extensive insights into data collection, field management, analysis, and writing.

Her aim is to learn and understand the issues in the field of social and economic development. She enjoys reading, writing, and collecting poetry and quotes outside of work.

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G.S. Vishnu
Research Associate

G.S. Vishnu is a Research Associate at DAI, currently working projects in Andhra Pradesh. He has a keen interest in studying education as a means of development and economic growth. 

 

He completed his B.A. Economics (Hons.) from St.Stephen's College in 2023 and is  currently pursuing an diploma in Data Science from IIT Madras. 

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R. Shruthi Poornima
Research Associate

Shruthi is a Research Associate at DAI. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Ethiraj College For Women in Chennai and a Masters in Environmental Economics from the Madras School of Economics. 

Her areas of interest lie in Environmental and Ecological economics, Public Welfare Schemes & Policy, and report writing.

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Jisa Shaji
Research Associate

Jisa has joined DAI as a Research Associate. She holds a Masters's degree in Applied Economics from Christ University and a Bachelor's degree in Economics from St. Xavier's College Kolkata. She has worked as a Teaching and Research Associate in the Economics department at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore.

Her primary research interests lie in education, development economics and public policy. She has a keen interest in developing innovative, research-based, and experiential learning techniques, aiming to create impactful learning experiences on a larger scale.

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Palak Agarwal
Research Associate

Palak is a Research Associate at DAI. A postgraduate in Gender Studies, she is keen on experimenting with different research methodologies. She has previously worked with IEIC, J-PAL and KPMG.

She holds a deep interest in policy making. One of her favorite things is travelling and talking to people, about anything and everything.

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Shreya Padiyar
Research Associate

Shreya is a research associate at DAI. She holds a Master's degree in Public Policy from Columbia University and a Bachelor's degree in Economics from St. Xavier's College, Mumbai.

 

Her interests lie in development economics, labor economics, political economy, and experimental research methods. During her Master's degree, she worked with intergovernmental organizations and social enterprises across themes such as financial inclusion, rural development, gender policy, and economic diversification. Prior to that, she worked at Bain & Company as a project leader with the company's macroeconomic think tanks.

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Pratik Purohit
Research Associate

Pratik joins DAI as our new Research Associate. Pratik brings a rich background in economics, international business, and extensive experience in research and project management. Prior to joining DAI, he worked with Athena Infonomics and Mandeshi Micro Finance Bank. 

Pratik completed his MSc. in Economics and International Business from 
Loughborough University and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Mumbai. He has worked on various impactful projects, including evaluations for UNICEF's programs and GIZ's initiatives, showcasing a commitment to leveraging data for social and  economic development. His research interests lie in policy based interventions & development economics. 

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Vagisha Pandey
Research Associate

Vagisha joins DAI as a Research Associate. She completed her BSc Economics, Maths and Statistics from Christ University, and holds an MA in Economics from Ashoka University.

She is passionate about economics research spanning a range of development and environmental issues, and is keen on exploring community based Research Designs.  

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Sidra Ali
Research Associate

Sidra joins DAI as a Research Associate. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from NLSIU, Bangalore and a Bachelor’s degree in Statistics from MLB College,  Bhopal. Her previous experience at Development Solutions focused on gender and education projects.​

Her primary research interests lie in education, gender dynamics, development  economics and policy based interventions. Beyond research, Sidra is passionate about teaching and takes joy in imparting knowledge and skills to young minds.

ADMIN TEAM

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Sayan Bhattacharjee
Operations Manager

Sayan joins us as our new Operation Manager. Sayan brings over 12 years of rich experience in field survey management, with a proven track record of handling large teams across India and executing fieldwork in diverse thematic areas. His recent role was with Development Solutions, where he excelled in managing field team members, ensuring data quality, and maintaining strong relationships with project partners and donors. 
 
Sayan's expertise in project budgeting, team training, and administrative management, coupled with his involvement in impactful studies related to child education, women's health, and financial inclusion, will be invaluable to our operations and objectives.

FIELD TEAM

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Bhuvnesh Kumar
Research Assistant 

Bhuvnesh has joined DAI as a Research Assistant and his current engagements are in the thematic areas of Gender-based violence. Prior to his joining, he was working with LEAD at Krea University in research areas such as GBV, Education and Financial Inclusion on RCT based projects in Bihar, MP, Rajasthan and Delhi. He also worked with JPAL-South Asia and Socialcops as a Field Manager on government schemes and education in Maharashtra and UP.

Bhuvnesh holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and Master’s degree in English Literature from Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Rohilkhand University Bareilly. His main interests lie in Gender based violence, education and governance.

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Manas Samanta
Reasearch Assistant

Manas has joined DAI as a Research Assistant and his current engagements are in the thematic areas of Gender-based violence. Manas is an experienced professional in the area of Social Research with a career spanning over 16 years of handling and monitoring of team implementation in multiple Health, Agriculture, Environmental, Education and many other cross-sectors research project.

 

Manas holds a Master's degree in Bengali from Burdwan University. Manas wants to work in a challenging and dynamic environment and to keep adding value to the organization he represents.

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Deepa Imley
Project Assistant 

Deepa Imley has joined DAI as a Project Assistant and her current engagements are in the thematic areas of Gender-based violence. Prior to her joining, she was working with LEAD at Krea University in research areas such as FLFS, Education and Financial Inclusion on RCT based projects in Rajasthan and Delhi . She also worked with NCAER as a Monitor on government schemes and Economic Research (DMAS) in Rajasthan, Delhi, Haryana and UP.

Deepa Imley holds Dual Master’s degree in Chemistry From Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar University and a Master's Degree in Social Work from U.P Rajarshi Tandon Open University, Prayagraj. Her main interests lie in Gender based violence, economic growth and development.

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Anil Pandey
Research Assistant

Anil Pandey has joined DAI as a Research Assistant. His current engagements are in the thematic areas of Gender-Based Violence. Prior to his joining, he was working with LEAD at Krea University in research areas such as Women Empowerment, Education, Agriculture, Livelihood, Financial Inclusion, Women and Child Health based projects in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, MP, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Delhi. He was responsible to manage fieldwork for audit studies, randomized control trials and impact assessments.
 

Anil holds a Master's Degree in Political Science from R.M.L. University Faizabad. Anil has worked in both rural and urban areas and has extensive experience in training, piloting and actual administration of field based surveys.

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