Senior Management

Arvind Mayaram, PhD, IAS(R) – (Former Finance Secretary of India) Chairman

Arvind Mayaram has a PhD in Finance. Presently he is an independent thinker and Chairman, CUTS Institute for Regulation & Competition. He has earlier held the positions of Finance Secretary and Special Secretary in Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India. He has also been the Alternate Governor for India on the Boards of World Bank, ADB and African Development Bank. He was India’s finance deputy in G20 and BRICS. He was also on the Boards of the Reserve Bank of India and the Securities Exchanges Board of India. He was India’s chief negotiator for BRICS New Development Bank and Asian Infrastructure Development Bank, and co-chair of the Framework Working Group of G-20. He spearheaded the establishment of the framework for mainstreaming Public Private Partnership in India and designed the first PPP module for delivering infrastructure in the rural areas. He was Vice President of the World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA), formed under the aegis of UNCtAD, UNIDO, FIAS and MIGA for two terms in early 2000. He has been an investment promotion expert with the UNCTAD for several years and his expertise in the area of PPPs is internationally acknowledged. Read More

Pradeep S Mehta – Secretary cum Treasurer

Pradeep S Mehta is the Secretary cum Treasurer of the CUTS Institute for Regulation & Competition (CIRC). Mr. Mehta is the founder Secretary General of the Jaipur-based Consumer Unity & Trust Society (CUTS International), a leading economic policy research, advocacy and networking, non-governmental group in India, with offices in Nairobi, Lusaka, Accra, Hanoi and Geneva. CUTS was established in 1983 and has completed 30 glorious years. He has studied commerce at the Calcutta University and law at the Rajasthan University, Jaipur. In April, 2012, Mehta has been nominated to the High Level Stakeholders Panel of WTO on Defining the Future of Trade. He has been Honorary Adviser to the Commerce & Industry Minister of India and NGO Adviser to the WTO Director General from 2002 to 2005. Recently he has been a Member of the Planning Commission’s Steering Committee on Industry and Chairman of its Task Force on National Competition Policy.Further,he has also Chaired Ministry of Road Transport and Highways’s Working Group on Road Safety Education. He serves on several policy-making bodies of the Government of India and Inter Governmental Organisations related to trade, investment, competition, environment and consumer affairs. He chairs the advisory committee of the South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment(SAWTEE), Kathmandu. In the past, he has served on the governing boards of the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ITCSD); Geneva, Consumer Coordination Council, New Delhi and on the Global Policy and Campaigns Committee on Economic Issues of Consumer International, London. A prolific writer, gifted speaker, skilled trainer and organizer in the social science field, Mehta has been named as one of the 30 most famous columnists in India by a leading newspaper in India. He has published/edited several books and papers on trade, investment, competition and development. Read More

Nidhi Maheshwari – Chief Operating Officer

Nidhi Maheshwari holds an MBA degree with distinction, specializing in the stream of International Business. She has proven expertise in research, brand building, networking, compliance and corporate negotiations, with a rich experience of over 18 years in the Financial Services Industry. A top management strategist, planner & executor who has successfully managed pan India and overseas businesses and large teams, with complete business operations. Has been actively writing research articles for industry journals. She has built a positive brand environment in market place by networking with Government bodies, top managerial persons of corporate houses and UHNIs. She also has has a hands-on experience in the area of economic governance and capacity building. She has actively assisted policy-making bodies in investment, trade and finance.She has been a policy advocate and a influential speaker in several national and international conferences. She is now keen to take a break from the business world, and work actively in a research organisation for a few years to contribute to the society in a not for profit environment and for personal growth. Read More

Team Research

Radha Krishna Tripathy – Senior Fellow

Radha Krishna Tripathy is a Senior Fellow at CUTS Institute for Regulation & Competition (CIRC). At CIRC, he is responsible for conducting policy-oriented research and writing research papers on competition and regulations. In his more than 12 years of experience, he has worked with various organizations including development consulting firms, research bodies and think tanks in various capacities from project management to business development. Prior to joining CIRC, he has worked with firms like Athena Infonomics, Infraline and InfraInsights and led various research, analytics and consulting projects. He has authored various articles and research reports in energy and infrastructure sector. His current areas of interests include regulatory reforms, competition policy, sustainability and Public Private Partnership. He holds an MBA degree in power management from National Power Training Institute (NPTI) under Ministry of Power, Govt of India and a B.Tech degree in production and industrial engineering from VSSUT, Odisha. Currently, he is pursuing his PhD in energy management from RGIPT, Noida. He is also a life member of prominent coal forums like Indian Coal Forum and Coal Preparation Society of India. Read More

Vivek Tyagi – Associate Fellow

Vivek Tyagi is a Associate Fellow at CUTS Institute for Regulation & Competition (CIRC). His research and area of interest is critically analyzing business cases. He holds a post graduate diploma in management and a B. Tech. degree in computer science. Currently, he is pursuing PhD in business sustainability at TERI University. His research work has been published in various reputed international journals. His prior experiences in business development and managing business operation opens up a new avenue to the CIRC’s research team. He also brings aboard vast experience in event management and has successfully organized a variety of educational events such as workshops, conferences and seminars. Read More

Lakhimi Sarmah – Research Assistant

Lakhimi Sarmah is a Research Assistant at CUTS Institute for Regulation and Competition (CIRC). Her research area focuses on sustainable infrastructure by doing secondary, qualitative and quantitative research. She holds a post graduate in M.A in Sustainable Development and Practice from TERI School of Advanced Studies, Delhi and B.A in Political Science from Duliajan College, Assam. Lakhimi has also worked with various reputed organisation like KPMG, Foundation of Ecology Securities etc. in various project as a researcher in the research team. Read More

Akriti Jain – Associate Fellow

Akriti Jain is an Associate Fellow at CUTS Institute for Regulation & Competition (CIRC), Delhi. She received her Ph.D. on economics of Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) from the Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi. Her current research interests include (1) identifying the role of academic patenting in university-industry technology transfer in developed and developing countries (2) impact evaluation of the start-ups’ policy and innovation policy of developing countries (3) Empirical examination of the knowledge flows within and between innovation clusters using patent citation data, and (4) patent pools and Standard Essential Patents (SEPs). Akriti Jain has published research papers/chapters in international peer-reviewed journals/books of repute and has presented her work in many national and international conferences. In 2016, she received ‘Best Paper Award’ for her paper titled “Measuring Relative Research Efficiency of Indian Higher Academic Institutions: A Malmquist Productivity Index Approach” in the International Conference on the Management of IPR and Strategy held at NITIE, Mumbai. In 2013, she received travel grant from Industrial Research & Development (IRD) unit of IIT Delhi to present her research on “Publication and Patenting Profile of Indian Universities and Technical Institutions” at the Oxford University, UK. Previously, she has held the teaching and corporate communication positions in Science and Technology institutes in Delhi NCR regions.She gained MBA (distinction) in finance and BBA (gold medal) in HR+Finance from Uttar Pradesh Technical University and VBS Purvanchal University, India respectively. Read More

Team Operation

Amit Kumar Singh – Manager(Web & IT),

Qualification-M.Sc. in Computer Science

Experience & About – 8+ years experience with the primary technologies HTML,HTML5 JS, Jquery, CSS, ASP, and Sql Server, PHP and MySQL, programming is more about understanding the logic of process than the specific language, utilize and advocate web standards like CSS and XHTML as much as possible and changing the Internet. Read More

Rahul Kumar Accounts Officer

Qualification-B. Com
Experience :5 years’ experience in Accounts.
Specialization:Prepare Voucher of Cash Transaction, Bank Transaction, and Other expenses daily and enter it into Accounting Software and keep all the record in safe place. Bank Reconciliation. Preparation of Trading & Profit & Loss & Balance Sheet. Preparation of Income Tax Return in the Web-e-Tax. Filling Sale Tax, Income Tax, Service Tax Returns, TDS.
Strengths: Problem-solving, reliability, initiative, discretion, multi-tasking, prioritizing, positive attitude and communication and interpersonal skills
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Helen Victoria Saldanha Manager, Administration & EA to Chairman

Helen Victoria Saldanha is Manager, Administration & EA to Chairman at CUTS Institute for Regulation & Competition (CIRC) . At CIRC, she is responsible for the entire administrative and functional point person for the Chairman’s corporate, community, and official matters to ensure smooth functioning of activities and processes in multiple lines of business. Required full time availability with flexible hours. Prior to joining CIRC, she worked with Maulana Azad National Academy for Skills (MANAS) , Ministry of Minority Affairs, New Delhi as a Consultant, MANAS is an ambitious and over-arching skill development architecture, aimed at providing an all India Level training framework, based upon tie-ups with National/International training organizations (on PPP mode) for imparting training to the minority population, for skills that are currently in demand. And also she has more than 23 years of working experience including in Bureau of Investment Promotion (Govt. of Rajasthan) Read More

Ram Kumar Office Assistant


Prasanna Venkatesh Srinivasan Senior Advisor

Mr. Prasanna Venkatesh Srinivasan is a management consultant. He has expertise in multiple sectors; having multi-functional exposure built around a core in project finance and business planning, in India. His work includes integrated regional development that is commercially sustainable. He has hands on exposure in enterprise development and innovatively structured Public Private Partnerships. Previously, he has worked in projects including PURA (Provision of Urban Amenities in Rural Areas), a national programme being implemented by the Ministry of Rural Development, and The Integrated Tourism Development Programme (supported by the Asian Development Bank), both PPP programmes that converges business goals with national economic priorities. He had also worked for international corporations, Indian business, not-for-profits and think tanks in areas of strategy, planning, operations, finance and policy/regulation. He is a MBA graduate from IIM, Ahmedabad and previously served as senior vice president of IL&FS and head of consulting of EIU India. Read More

Amitabh Mehta Senior Advisor

Mr. Mehta is the Director for Innovative Finance at Indus Blue Consulting, which advises on raising financing from non-traditional and new sources of funding, particularly capital markets. He brings with him international experience in the field of Innovative Financing Mechanisms in Healthcare and Green & Smart Cities, having worked with GAVI (a Gates Foundation, UNICEF, WHO and World Bank PPP) and several investment banks such as Deutsche Bank London and development banks over a 20 year period. As one of the few “cross-over” individuals from the investment banking world in the United Nations advisory arena, he has been developing structures and models for innovative finance including in the areas of blended finance, Islamic financing, R&D Financing, social impact and performance instruments, securitization and structured finance for various international organisations(UNIDO, GIZ, AUC, UNECE, UNITAID, WHO). His focus remains on leveraging public sector funding to build a portfolio based and life-cycle aligned product pipeline, in order to make projects bankable and attract cheaper funding. Read More

Harsh Kumar Senior Advisor

He comes with over three decades of experience of working in Govt, Public Sector Undertakings and Special Purpose Organizations. Have dealt with thousands of procurement cases during the career spanning over three decades, in the Govt of India and Public Sector organizations, as a member of the tender committee and/or the executive in charge of the project. Have also worked as a Financial Adviser to the department dealing with Public Procurement in Railways. A number of these cases dealt with externally funded projects. Had designed Shusha System in late 90s and offered as freeware to facilitate computerization in Indian languages (Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Gurmukhi and Bangla) and had championed computerization in Indian Languages. Has written a number of articles and papers and organized training in the domains of Public Procurement, Financial Management and Information Technology. Was conferred Lifetime Achievement Award by St. Stephen’s College, Delhi (2013) and Railway Minister’s Medal by the Railway Board, Ministry of Railways (1999). Read More

Bulbul Sen Senior Advisor

Ms Bulbul Sen, has focused on public procurement policy since 2012. Her publications for CUTS International, Jaipur (2012 -2015) supported by the British High Commission include ‘Government Procurement: Domestic Regulation and Trade Prospects’; ‘WTO Plurilateral Agreement on Government Procurement – Market Access Opportunities and Challenges for India’; ‘Public Procurement: Need for a National Policy in India.’ She was one of the Indian experts for UN Office on Drugs & Crime (UNODC), Delhi, on Public Procurement at the International Anti-Corruption Academy conclave at Laxenburg, Austria, in 2012 and 2013.During September 2015-March 2017 she was Consultant for a project for UN Global Compact India, producing a Report titled ‘Business Recommendations for Public Procurement Policy in India: White Paper’, released on 28 April, 2017. She been published in The Hindu Business Line, viz. ‘Public procurement rules are a maze’ (30.11.2016) and ‘Issues in Public Procurement’ (19.04.2017). She served as Independent Director, from 2013 -2016 on the Boards of Heavy Engineering Corporation Limited, Ranchi and Hindustan Copper, Kolkata. Currently she is Independent External Monitor for The Garden Reach Engineers & Shipbuilders Ltd., and was Course Director for the All India Services Training Program (December 11-15, 2017) assigned by Department of Personnel & Training, GOI to the CUTS Institute of Regulation & Competition, on public procurement policy. She is an MBA from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, with specialization in International Trade policy. Read More

Anand Chiplunkar Senior Advisor

Dr. Anand has a unique expertise of nearly four decades working in Central and West Asia, South and Southeast Asian countries as well as in the USA. His expertise is in developing projects through Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) across multiple sectors and he also has significant working experience in Integrated Urban Development, Water Supply and Sanitation, Environmental Management and Infrastructure Development. He retired in 2016 after a decade working in the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Manila, last as Director, Urban Development and Water Division in the Central and West Asia Department. He was the Chair, ADB Urban Community of Practice and Chair, Committee of Directors, ADB Urban Sector Group. He was a core member of the ADB PPP Thematic Group including a lead member in the preparation of the ADB PPP Operational Plan 2020, and has worked jointly with the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank and UNECE in organizing series of ‘PPP Days’ Conferences.Earlier he worked in IL&FS Infrastructure Development Corporation, New Delhi as Senior Vice President. While in IL&FS Infrastructure Development Corporation and in ADB, he has led teams in developing PPP projects in partnership with government agencies in urban, transport, industrial area development and tourism sectors. He has also guided initiatives in the ADB that focused on Inclusive, Competitive and Green Cities development with climate change and resilience perspectives for projects in water, wastewater and solid waste management, urban transport and other urban subsectors. He is an expert in Water Supply and Sanitation having worked on projects aided by multi-lateral agencies such as the ADB, KfW, SIDA, UNICEF, World Bank, USAID etc.. Earlier, he also has conducted numerous Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) studies for infrastructure sectors and industries. His experience covers country sector policy development in the context of millennium development goals (MDGs) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and a review of their achievement for ADB member countries under the Community of Practice; strategic planning, project development and implementation of municipal projects; development of innovative approaches; knowledge management including peer reviews and publications; and have proven managerial skills at senior level in handling multicultural teams with ability to multitask across different needs mentioned above. Currently, he provides senior advisory services to UN Economic Commission for Europe in People’s First Public Private Partnerships. He serves as a Member, Steering Committee on City Resilient Strategy for Pune, India, supported by 100 Resilient Cities, Rockefeller Foundation. He also is serving as an Economic and Financial Expert to Srinagar Municipal Corporation, Jammu and Kashmir, India, for Preparation of Zonal Plans of Srinagar Metropolitan Region. As a Strategic Adviser, he also is associated with Ernst and Young, India and other organizations. Read More