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 Affaits, 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.

Arvind Panagariya

Arvind Panagariya


Arvind Panagariya is Professor of Economics and the Jagdish Bhagwati Professor of Indian Political Economy at Columbia University.

In March 2012, the Government of India honoured Dr. Panagariya with the Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian honour in the country, bestowed in any field.

From January 2015 to August 2017, he served as the first Vice Chairman of the NITI Aayog, Government of India at the rank of Cabinet Minister. During these years, he also served as India’s G20 Sherpa, and led the Indian teams that negotiated the G20 communiqués during the presidencies of Turkey (2015), China (2016) and Germany (2017).

Dr. Panagariya is a former Chief Economist of the Asian Development Bank and was a faculty of the Department of Economics, at the University of Maryland, at College Park, from 1978 to 2003. During these years, he also worked with the World Bank, IMF and UNCTAD in various capacities.

Dr. Panagariya has authored more than fifteen books. His book – India: The Emerging Giant (2008, OUP, New York) was listed as the top pick of 2008 by The Economist and described as the “definitive book on the Indian economy” by Fareed Zakaria of the CNN. The Economist has described his book – Why Growth Matters (with Jagdish Bhagwati) – as “a manifesto for policymakers and analysts”.

Scientific papers by Dr. Panagariya have appeared in top journals. He writes a monthly column in the Times of India and his guest columns have appeared in the The Financial Times, Wall Street Journal and India Today.

He holds a Ph.D. degree in Economics from Princeton University.

Sanjiv Misra

Sanjiv Misra


Sanjiv Misra has been Non-Executive (Part time) Chairman of Axis Bank Ltd. since July 18, 2016, and has also been the Company's Independent Director since May 12, 2016. He also serves as a Director of AKZO Nobel India Ltd. and Hindustan Unilever Limited.

Dr. Misra was a member of the Indian Administrative Service for over 35 years during which period he held a wide range of key positions in the Federal and State governments, including as Managing Director of the Gujarat Industrial Development, and stints, at senior levels, in the Government of India, namely in the Cabinet Office, the Ministry of Petroleum and the Ministry of Finance. He was Secretary in the Ministry of Finance till his superannuation in 2008. Subsequently, he served as a member of the 13th Finance Commission, a constitutional position, with the rank of Minister of State.

Dr. Misra has been a member of the Advisory Council of the Asian Development Bank Institute, Tokyo; Board of Governors of the Indian Council on Research in International Economic Relations (ICRIER), an internationally reputed think tank; and Committee on Fiscal Consolidation (Kelkar Committee) set up by the Finance Minister in August, 2012 to chart-out a road map for fiscal consolidation for the Indian economy.

He graduated in Economics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi and holds a Masters in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics, in addition to a Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School, USA; Dr. Misra earned his Ph.D. from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.