Careers in the Social Sector

The Indian School of Public Policy is organising a webinar with Luis Miranda, Co-founder and Chairman, Indian School of Public Policy and Neera Nundy, Co-founder and partner at Dasra on the 5th of June from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM on “Careers in the Social Sector”

Speaker Bios:

Neera Nundy: Neera leads Dasra’s ecosystem-building initiatives in the areas of Adolescents, Urban Sanitation, and Democracy & Governance and facilitates collaborative platforms by engaging donors, non-profits, government and other stakeholders. In 2016, she initiated the Dasra Adolescents Collaborative, an impact-driven platform that has united institutional funders, technical experts, government stakeholders from Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and several social organizations to focus on four key outcomes for adolescent empowerment.

She initiated and led the launch of the Dasra Social Impact Leadership Program with Harvard Business Publishing, a first-of-its-kind executive education program for social sector leaders in India. Internally, she has supported the analysis of over 70 Dasra sector reports on education, health and livelihoods, enabling over USD 44 million in funding for hundreds of social enterprises.

Neera holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Harvard Business School and is an Indian Leadership Fellow with Anantha-Aspen Institute. She is a recipient of the Canadian Governor General’s Medallion for her dedication to addressing India’s critical development challenges, and the Forbes Philanthropy Award in the Crossover Leaders.

Luis Miranda: Luis is the Co-founder and Chairman of the Indian School of Public POlicy. He started IDFC Private Equity and was earlier a part of the start-up team of HDFC Bank. Luis has invested in and has been on the boards of companies like GMR Infrastructure, L&T Infrastructure, Delhi International Airport, Gujarat Pipavav Port, Gujarat State Petronet, and Manipal Global Education. He is Chairman of CORO and Centre for Civil Society and Managing Trustee for Collective Good Foundation. Other organisations include Take Charge, 17000 Ft Foundation, SNEHA, Sunbird Trust, Operation ASHA and Educate Girls. Luis graduated with an MBA from Chicago Booth and is a Chartered Accountant.

Please use the link below to register for the event. The zoom link details will be shared shortly.

Life After a MPP

The Indian School of Public Policy (ISPP) in collaboration with the Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago is organizing a webinar with Arpit Chaturvedi, Academic Coordinator at the Indian School of Public Policy, Cornell University and Madhavika Bajoria, Nutrition Integration Manager at Sight and Life,Columbia University, Class of 2016

Session Brief: The session will touch upon the following topics:

  1. Doubts and anxieties before an MPP
  2. MPP VS MBA decision dilemmas – how to navigate through them
  3. How to make the best do your MPP program – how to use your time effectively there
  4. How to build effective networks while in an MPP program
  5. What opportunities does an MPP program open for you

Date – 2nd June , 2020
Time – 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Speaker Bio:

Arpit Chaturvedi: Arpit Chaturvedi is the Co-founder and CEO of Global Policy Insights and is currently the Academic Coordinator at the Indian School of Public Policy. He was also a lecturer at the San Francisco State University where he taught Comparative Perspectives in Public Service to graduate students.

A graduate of the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs, Arpit holds an MPA degree (phi alpha alpha) with a focus on Governance, Politics, and Policy Studies. He was also the first non-US citizen to hold the position of the Editor-in-Chief of the Cornell Policy Review. He is the author of the book “Our Egalitarian Universe?” and has been the editor of “Not Without her: Communal Harmony” – a monograph printed by the National Foundation for Communal Harmony, Government of India, with essays from the top civil servants of the country. He has published articles in various prestigious journals on the themes of democracy, governance, systems thinking, game theory, history and politics.

Madhavika Bajoria: Madhavika (Maddy) Bajoria is the Nutrition Integration Manager at Sight and Life, bringing significant experience in multi-sectoral partnerships, program management and advocacy to advance knowledge and implementation in nutrition. She has been driving the organization’s market-shaping work for prenatal multiple micronutrient supplements in South Africa, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Tanzania and Madagascar and has also supported the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) to gain multi-stakeholder buy-in for the implementation of large-scale staple food fortification across the country. In her current role, she has led the creation of India’s first ever platform to engage private sector, IMPAct4Nutrition, in the government’s National Nutrition Mission, along with UNICEF, Tata Trusts and other key partners.

Driven by Sight and Life’s commitment to science-based innovation in product development and delivery, she has documented the organization’s work in family food models for Sizanani Mzanzi, a social business in South Africa and the cost-effective continuous blending model for large-scale rice fortification in India. She holds a Master in Public Administration from Columbia University and has previously worked with J-PAL, CARE and the ILO on policy and programmatic assessments in a variety of sectors.

Please use the registration link below to sign up for the event. The zoom link will be shared with you shortly.

The Politics of a Pandemic: Dissecting the Government’s Response to a Crisis

The Indian School of Public Policy (ISPP) is organizing a policy webinar by Sanjaya Baru, Director for Geo-Economics and Strategy, International Institute of Strategic Studies, London; and Honorary Senior Fellow, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi on “The Politics of a Pandemic: Dissecting the Government’s Response to a Crisis”. Registration is FREE of cost. However, we have limited seats. Therefore, pre-registration is mandatory.

About the Speaker: Sanjaya Baru is Director for Geo-Economics and Strategy, International Institute of Strategic Studies, London; and Honorary Senior Fellow, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi. He was Media Advisor and Principal Speechwriter to former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in 2004-08. Dr. Baru has also been Chief Editor, Business Standard and Financial Express; Editorial Page Editor, The Times of India; and Associate Editor, The Economic Times. Earlier, he has taught at Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and Institute of South Asian Studies in Singapore, as well as at the Indian Council for Research in International Economic Relations.

He is presently on the Governing Board of Centre for Policy Research, Bharat Yuva Shakti Trust and India Habitat Centre. He is a prolific author with books like Strategic Consequences of India’s Economic Performance (Routledge, 2006), The Political Economy of Indian Sugar (Oxford University Press, 1990) and most recently, The Accidental Prime Minister: The Making and Unmaking of Manmohan Singh (Penguin/Viking, 2014) to his name.

Date: 16 May, 2020
Time: 4 PM – 5 PM
Register: https://bit.ly/2WiR0KP

Making things happen in the Government

The Indian School of Public Policy (ISPP) is organizing a policy webinar by Anil Swarup, Retired Indian Administrative Service officer of Uttar Pradesh,1981 batch, Founder, Chairman, Nexus of Good, Former Secretary, School Education (2016-2018) & Coal (2014-2016), Govt of India on “Making things happen in the Government”. Registration is FREE of cost. However, we have limited seats. Therefore, pre-registration is mandatory.


About the Speaker: Anil Swarup is the author of “Not Just A Civil Servant” and is an experienced public servant with a demonstrated history of working in the Coal and School Education sectors. He reformed the Coal Sector that led to a transparent auction of natural resources and an unprecedented increase in Coal production. Fostered public-private partnerships to improve the quality of school education by involving NGOs. He is also responsible for having formulated and administered one of the largest social sector health insurance scheme for more than 30 million poor in the country.

Date: 9 May, 2020
Time: 4 PM – 5 PM
Register: https://bit.ly/2zUOYb1

This event is exclusively online. The link for attending the webinar will be shared with you 1 day before the event.

Why Huawei must not be allowed into India’s 5G Infrastructure: 6 Policy Contexts

The Indian School of Public Policy (ISPP) is organizing a policy webinar by Gautam Chikermane, Vice President, Observer Research Foundation (ORF) on “Why Huawei must not be allowed into India’s 5G Infrastructure: 6 Policy Contexts”. Registration is FREE of cost. However, we have limited seats. Therefore, pre-registration is mandatory.

Session Brief: China’s Huawei, a global leader in providing equipment for fifth-generation (5G) mobile technology, is attempting to enter the Indian market. However, in light of China’s proclivity for state interference in corporate operations and the critical infrastructure Huawei deals in, the firm poses a security threat for countries with its presence. This threat gets amplified for India when seen in the context of China’s anti-India stance on a range of issues, a Chinese law that binds corporations to collect and share intelligence, and the 3,488-km-long volatile India–China border. Leaning on a recent paper by the author, this webinar analyses the legal, geopolitical, strategic and technological risks of allowing Chinese firms such as Huawei into India’s critical infrastructure. Weighing the transformative force of 5G against India’s national security requirements, it provides six policy contexts within which to examine this complex issue.


About the Speaker: Gautam Chikermane is Vice President at ORF. His area of research is international and Indian economic policy.

 A Jefferson Fellow (Fall 2001) at the East-West Center, Honolulu, Gautam has written four books:70 Policies that Built India: 1947 to 2017, Independence to $2.5 Trillion (ORF, 2018), Tunnel of Varanavat (Rupa, 2016), The Disrupter: Arvind Kejriwal and the Audacious Rise of the Aam Aadmi (Rupa, 2014), Five Decades of Decay (Rupa, 1997)

Date: 25 April, 2020
Time: 4 PM – 5.30 PM
Register: https://bit.ly/34NVn3f

This event is exclusively online. The link for attending the webinar will be shared with you 1 day before the event.

The Strategically Autonomous Superpower – India in a Multipolar 2020

The Indian School of Public Policy (ISPP) is organizing a policy webinar by Tanya Spisbah, Director, Australia India Institute, New Delhi on ” The Strategically Autonomous Superpower – India in a Multipolar 2020″. Registration is FREE of cost. However, we have limited seats. Therefore, pre-registration is mandatory.

Session Brief: Coronavirus has helped to sharpen the image of the world and its nations through a new lens – that of capability. This webinar session will provide an overview of:

  • India’s strategic choices in economic liberalisation
  • India’s engagement in multilateral institutions
  • India’s domestic economic agenda – Make In India
  • Crisis management and capability – relativity on a global stage.


About the Speaker: Tanya Spisbah is a strategist, negotiator and advocator, passionate about impact for a sustainable planet. She is renowned for her work on Australia-India relations, particularly with respect to inclusive sustainable development. As director of the Australia India Institute in New Delhi, she promotes bilateral research collaboration for sustainable development and sheds light on contemporary Indian foreign and public policy in a multipolar world. A former career diplomat with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for more than a decade, Ms Spisbah served from 2014-17 at the Australian High Commission, New Delhi, specialising in health and technology diplomacy and sustainable economic growth. She developed and led the health agenda culminating in the Australian and Indian Prime Ministers exchanging an MoU for Health and Medicine. Other areas of policy leadership include climate policy, sustainable infrastructure, governance and education. Previous roles in the Department include placements in Moscow and Baghdad. Ms Spisbah has negotiated free trade agreements with a number of economic partners, including China, South Korea and ASEAN. She led Australia’s intellectual property agenda and environmental goods agenda in the World Trade Organization. Ms Spisbah was formerly a lawyer with Minter Ellison, specializing in IP and technology.

Ms Spisbah holds tertiary qualifications in philosophy, economics and law (LLB (Hons) ANU, LLM from UniMelb) and was awarded the prize for ethics in her Graduate Certificate of Legal Practice, Griffith University. In 2018 Ms Spisbah was selected as a guest of the French Government (the esteemed PIPA Program) to engage on climate, health and renewable energy. She has published a number of articles and opinion pieces and has spoken in a wide array of fora about climate, health, education and good governance.

Date: 22 April, 2020
Time: 11 AM – 12.30 PM
Register: https://bit.ly/2K8NNGM

This event is exclusively online. The link for attending the webinar will be shared with you 1 day before the event.

Why Public Policy Matters: Reflections from the COVID-19 Emergency

The Indian School of Public Policy (ISPP) is organizing a policy webinar by Shiben Banerji, Assistant Professor at the Art Institute of Chicago on “Why Public Policy Matters: Reflections from the COVID-19 Emergency”. Registration is FREE of cost. However, we have limited seats. Therefore, pre-registration is mandatory.

Session Brief: Every society has economic and social goals, but how are they to be implemented? And who pays for the implementation? This is where public policy steps in. In this webinar, Shiben Banerji highlights three techniques of public policy: institutional analysis; legal history; and comparative study. These techniques uncover cases of policy innovation that can be strengthened and replicated. They also reveal facets of cultural life that offer hope in the darkest of circumstances. Focusing on responses to the COVID-19 emergency in India and the United States, the webinar will delineate an agenda for public policy.


About the Speaker: Shiben Banerji is an Urban Designer, historian, and author of Lineages of the Global City. Recognized for his contributions to the study and practice of equitable urban development, Shiben received a Mellon Junior Fellowship in the Humanities, Urbanism, and Design from the University of Pennsylvania, and is presently a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for the Humanities at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is a former Associate Director of the Urban Design Research Institute in Mumbai, a Research Fellow at the Urbanization Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Short-Term Consultant to the World Bank. Shiben earned a PhD in Architecture and a Master in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his BA from Columbia University. He is an Assistant Professor at the Art Institute of Chicago, and is also a Visiting Faculty at the Indian School of Public Policy.

Date: 16 April, 2020
Time: 4 PM – 5.30 PM
Register: https://bit.ly/3c6lLHV

This event is exclusively online and will be facilitated via the Zoom. The link for attending the webinar will be shared with you 1 day before the event.

ISPP Webinar Series: Meet The Leadership

The Indian School of Public Policy (ISPP) is organizing a webinar (online session) with Shubhashis Gangopadhyay, Dean ISPP & Parth Shah, Co-Founder ISPP. Registration is FREE of cost. However, we have limited seats. Therefore, pre-registration is mandatory.

Session Brief: ISPP’s leadership team will walk you through the tenets of India’s first one-year, full-time programme in public policy and answer all your questions around it. The session will cover the history of ISPP, its unique proposition along with details on academics, placements & admissions.

Date: 08 April, 2020
Time: 5 PM – 6 PM
Register: https://bit.ly/2WZxjZi

This event is exclusively online and will be facilitated via the Zoom.

Essential People Skills for Good Governance

The Indian School of Public Policy (ISPP) is organizing a policy workshop by Mr Vivek Atray on Essential People Skills for Good Governance. Registration is FREE of cost. However, we have limited seats. Therefore, pre-registration is mandatory.

Session Brief: With the advent of increasing technology in public service delivery, it is still incumbent upon Governments to ensure that the people skills of their personnel are up to the mark. The workshop intends to give you a detailed insight into the essential skills required to work in governance.

About the Speaker: Vivek Atray is an Indian author, TEDx speaker, and ex- Indian Administrative Services Officer. He is the author of two books, titled “Move on Bunny!”[ and “Dubey Ji Bounces Back” Having worked as an Indian civil servant for 25 years, he took voluntary retirement to pursue his passion for speaking and writing as a full-time profession. He is a motivational speaker too and he addressed via TedX talks, namely “Being Indian in a Global Era”, “Life and its real goals”, “The Ingredients to be an all-rounder, “Living simple but superb life.”[ Atray is also a mentor at the Shoolini University of Biotechnology and Management Sciences.

Date: 07 March 2020
Time: 10.30 AM – 1 PM
Venue: ISPP Campus, B-35, Kiwani’s Limb Centre, 4th Floor, Near Medeor Hospital, Qutub Institutional Area

Register: http://bit.ly/2x2bgWU

ISPP Info-Session: Meet The Leadership

The Indian School of Public Policy (ISPP) is organizing an information session by the leadership team. The info-session will be presented by Dr.ShubhashisGangopadhyay (Dean, ISPP) and Swati Vasudevan (Chief Executive Officer, ISPP).

The session will cover important information about ISPP’s one year, full-time, Post Graduate programme in Policy, Design & Management. Information will be provided ranging from the curriculum to placements to admissions and student life. Grab this opportunity to meet the leadership team up, close and personal and get your questions answered by them. The info-session will be followed by high tea and a break-out session with the ISPP team.

Registration is FREE of cost. However, we have limited seats. Therefore, pre-registration is mandatory.

About the Speakers:

Swati Vasudevan: Chief Executive Officer, ISPP and former Deputy Director, Bill and Melinda Foundation.

ShubhashisGangopadhyay: Founding Dean, ISPP, Founder and Research Director of the India Development Foundation and former advisor to the Union Finance Minister.

Date: 04 March 2020
Time: 4 PM – 6 PM
Venue: UChicago Centre in India, Connaught Place

Register: http://bit.ly/2PpRBq5