Jyotsna Puri

Jyotsna Puri


Jyotsna Puri (or Jo) is the Director of the Environment, Climate Gender, Youth, Nutrition and Social Inclusion Division (ECG) at IFAD. She leads the team that is responsible for evidence-informed advice on programme designs and implementation, contributing to resource mobilization, and supporting IFAD’s global remit in providing state-of the art policy advice related to these topics. ECG is also responsible for ensuring that IFADs programmes build in social, environmental and climate safeguards while ensuring that IFAD’s investments generate benefits in these areas.

Puri has worked previously at the Green Climate Fund, 3ie, UNEP, the World Bank and UNDP. She is also adjunct associate professor at Columbia University, New York where she was also a research scientist. She has published in many academic journals and written for newspapers and provided advice as a board member to several development organizations.

She holds a PhD and MSc in Agriculture and Resource Economics and an MA in Development Economics. She is a national of India.

Kanti Prasad Bajpai

Kanti Prasad Bajpai


Kanti Prasad Bajpai is a Wilmar Professor, Asian Studies and Director of the Centre on Asia and Globalization, Lee Kuan Yew school of Public Policy, NUS.

Maya Tudor

Maya Tudor


Dr. Maya Tudor’s research investigates the origins of stable, democratic and effective states across the developing world, with a particular emphasis upon South Asia. She was educated at Stanford University (BA in Economics) and Princeton University (MPA in Development Studies and PhD in Politics and Public Policy). She has held fellowships at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Oxford University’s Centre for the Study of Inequality and Democracy. During the 2018-2019 academic year, she is a fellow at Stanford University’s Center for the Advanced Study of the Behavioural Sciences.

She is currently working on two manuscripts, a comparative study of nationalisms and democracy in Asia and a critical review of nationalism research (Cambridge University Press).  Her last  book, ‘The Promise of Power‘ (Cambridge University Press, 2013), was based upon her 2010 dissertation, which won the American Political Science Association’s Gabriel Almond Prize for the Best Dissertation in Comparative Politics.  The book investigates the origins of India and Pakistan’s puzzling regime divergence in the aftermath of colonial independence.  She is also the author of articles in Comparative Politics, Indian Politics and Policy, Journal of Democracy, and Party Politics.

Before embarking on an academic career, Maya worked as a Special Assistant to Chief Economist Joseph Stiglitz at the World Bank, at UNICEF, in the United States Senate, and at the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee. A dual citizen of Germany and the United States, she has lived and worked in Bangladesh, Germany, France, India, Kenya, Pakistan, the Philippines, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Neeti Shikha

Neeti Shikha


Neeti Shikha is Head of Centre for Insolvency and Bankruptcy at Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs, Ministry of Corporate Affairs. She is a Life Member of FORE Society, Parent Body of Fore School of Management. She is also on Academic Advisory Council of ISPP. She  serves on the board of Goeman Bindt HTO, a private non-profit international legal and policy advisory and research think-tank, as an  Expert and a Leader. Neeti is also the founding board member of Insolvency Research Foundation, an joint initiative of industry and government.

She has held academic positions at various law and business schools in India and Singapore. Previously, she was an associate professor and Head International cell at Symbiosis Law School Noida. She has been an Assistant Professor & Director, Centre for Corporate and Commercial Laws at National Law University Jodhpur, followed by her stint at Fore School of Management and IMT Ghaziabad. She has held visiting positions at IIM Rohtak and IIFT, New Delhi. She is a trainer and coach for various management development professional programs.

Dr. Shikha has completed her doctorate in corporate governance from National Law University Jodhpur, India. She holds LLM in International Business Laws from the University College London, UK. She is the recipient of prestigious Hague Scholarship where she attended Private International Law Course at the Hague Academy. She has given talks at National University Singapore, University of Indonesia and has many publications and 2 books to her credit. She is member of the prestigious European Corporate Governance Institute.

Gerard Alexander

Gerard Alexander


Gerard Alexander is Associate Professor, Department of Politics, University of Virginia.

His research began with a focus on the conditions of democratic consolidation in advanced industrial countries, especially in Western Europe. His first book — The Sources of Democratic Consolidation (Cornell University Press, 2002) — argued that the key, right-of-center political movements formed long-term commitments to democracy only when their political risks in democracy became relatively low as left agendas moderated across time.

In the Journal of Theoretical Politics (2001) he argued that formal political institutions in democracy cannot create the degree of predictability needed for consolidation. In Comparative Political Studies (2002) he argues that non-formal, social-structural characteristic of countries are more important causes of regime outcomes than the formal regime characteristics emphasized in prominent claims concerning the rule of law and “institutionalized uncertainty.” Related reasoning is the basis of an article in The National Interest titled: The Authoritarian Illusion(2004).

His current research concerns factors affecting the size and role of government in selected cases in Western Europe and also the United States, and how they influence conservative attempts at reform of welfare states.

Dr. Alexander is a Visiting Professor at the American Enterprise Institute. He earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University.

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