Meet Our Experts

CORE TEAM

Uday is the Founder & Director of AI Policy Labs and Co-Founder and Executive President of Global Policy Insights, a centrist policy think tank. He combines leadership and experience in technology and policy with a deep interest and understanding of emerging technologies and their impact on policy and governance. He also heads the Commonwealth Project at GPI as the Chair. The first event on the Commonwealth that Uday convened in 2018 December was mentioned in the UK Parliamentary Question Hour on International Trade. He led a conference in Sep 2020 as the Chair & Convener bringing together 70 thought leaders discussing AI and Emerging Technologies for Youth and The Commonwealth. He holds a Masters in Computer Science from Oxfordbrookes University, the UK a Bachelors in Computer Technology from Nagpur University, India, and is pursuing a Development, Technology and Innovation MPA from University College London(UCL).

Uday Nagaraju

Founder & Director

Swati is currently heading the programmes and partnerships at the AI Policy Labs. Prior to joining here, Swati has worked at United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). She was the lead analyst for all economic and policy matters related to Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) & New Development Bank (NDB) at the Multilateral Institutions Division of Ministry of Finance, Government of India. Swati has notable experience of working on international policy issues including on finance, climate change and sustainable development. She has been instrumental in forming government views and represented at various international negotiations including the UNFCCC, Montreal Protocol and the meetings of the Board of MDBs. She is an economist by background and is also a member of the Government Blockchain Association. Swati has co-authored climate change and energy chapter at the Economic Survey of India and has published numerous articles online. She was awarded fellowship by the Netherlands Government in 2015 to pursue executive programme on climate policy and clean energy.

Swati Agarwal

Head – Programmes and Partnerships

Bhanu is the Founder & CEO of Green Hats Innovation Labs. He is an alumni of LBS Sloan Fellow and TEDMED Research Scholar. Prior to starting his own organisation Bhanu has had years of experience with Cisco Systems and Nokia Corp.

Bhanu Ghantasala

Head- Innovations

Elizaveta holds a BA in International Relations and War Studies from King's College London and MA in International Affairs at the Graduate Institute in Geneva, Switzerland. She previously worked with the UN Office in Vienna and is currently engaged in the field of security sector governance, based in Geneva. Her international background in upbringing and studies helped Elizaveta develop a passion for security and diplomacy, with specific interest in conflict prevention and mediation, with a focus on Europe and Asia.

Elizaveta Chymkh

Policy Researcher & Programme Officer

Sreeram is an EPSRC funded PhD scholar at University of Exeter, working on cost-effective manufacturing techniques of Perovskite solar cells. Prior to that he received Commonwealth Shared Scholarship from DFID (Department for International Federation), UK, for pursuing his Masters in Renewable Energy engineering. He also holds a B-Tech degree from CUSAT in Electrical and Electronics Engineering. He has worked with various startups and NGOs in the clean energy sector.

Sreeram VS

 Research Assistant

Krutika is currently working as a Data Scientist at Fractal. She holds a Masters in IT for Business- Data Analytics Track from Singapore Management University (SMU).Her interests include application of AI for social good and Ethical AI.

Krutika Choudhury

Research Assistant

Shilpita completed her Master’s in Governance, Development, and Public Policy at Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex in 2020. She pursued her graduation in Agricultural Science and also a Masters in Business Administration from India. She worked for corporations like Facebook, Newschecker, and for a short stint in the fertilizer industry. Her recent work was on how the lack of AI governance is impacting the digital trade agreements between major AI economies and developing countries. Presently, she is working on the role of state and business in framing regulatory policies for platform firms. She was also instrumental in implementing Mobile Fertilizer Monitoring System (mFMS) in India, and in framing community operation guidelines for a few platform firms.

Shilpita Das

Policy Researcher

Currently undertaking hos postgraduate education in MSc Human Resource Management and Organisations at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE). He deliberated on AI’s role in organisations, Change and People Analytics previously. He completed his BA in Politics and International Relations from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), where he focused on specialising in South Asian Domestic and Foreign affairs. His research interests include Security Studies, conflict and International Developmental Economics across the globe.

Abrar Agboatwala

 Research Assistant

Rukmini Kota is a Software Professional with about 12 years of diverse experience in the industry. She holds a Masters degree in Computer Science with a specialisation in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence. She believes that the digital transformation of the world would have a great impact on Global development and is passionate to expand her knowledge and expertise in Business Architecture and Strategy Making.

Rukmini Kota

Technology Consultant

Luigi is a policy analyst and International Relations researcher. Having recently graduated from Sciences Po's Doctoral School, he focuses his efforts on the impact of AI on the future of Education

Luigi Fiora

Research Associate

ADVISORS

Nero Ughwajabo

Former Special Advisor To UK Prime Minister Theresa May

Ivana Bartoletti is an award-winning privacy and data protection practitioner, public speaker, author and media commentator. She was awarded ‘Woman of the Year’ (2019) in the Cyber Security Awards in recognition of her growing reputation as an advocate of equality, privacy and ethics at the heart of tech and AI. She is co-editor of the Fintech Circle’s AI Book on how AI is reshaping financial services, and author of ‘An Artificial Revolution: on Power, Politics and AI’, published in 2020 May by Indigo Press. www.ivanabartoletti.co.uk @IvanaBartoletti

Ivana Bartoletti

Co-Founder, Women Leading in AI Network Visiting Policy Fellow, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

She was formerly Pro-Director at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and as Pro-Warden for Academic Affairs at Goldsmiths College, University of London. She took her PhD from the University of London. Nirmala has extensive experience of public service and served as an advisor to a range of bodies including the UK Audit Commission and the UK Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM). Nirmala was elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in 2003 and awarded an OBE for services to scholarship in Queen’s honours 2011. She is currently Honorary Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge, a member of Governing Body of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and a Trustee of United World Schools. She has published extensively in the field of urban politics and some of her books include Reshaping City Governance; Cities in Transition; Governing London; and Transforming Local Political Leadership.

Dr Nirmala Rao, OBE

Vice-Chancellor, Asian University for Women (AUW)
Honorary Fellow, Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge

Edson is heading the Phi Robotics Research Group at Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Edson is Member of the UNESCO Ad Hoc Expert Group for the Recommendation on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence; Member of the United Nations Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation; South America Ambassador at IEEE TechEthics; Member of UNESCO IFAP Information Accessibility Working Group; Member of the MIT/IEEE Global Council on Extended Intelligence and Past Associate Vice President on the IEEE RAS Industrial Activities Board.

Prof. Dr. Edson Prestes

Member, UN Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation

Dr. Avik Sarkar is Faculty at Indian School of Business working in the areas of Data, Emerging Technology and Public Policy. At ISB, Dr Sarkar is heading the development of India Data Portal (www.indiadataportal.com), one stop portal for analysis and visualization of government data. Dr. Sarkar was the former Head of Data Analytics Cell and Officer on Special Duty (OSD) at NITI Aayog (National Institution for Transforming India Aayog) premier policy think-tank of Government of India. At NITI Aayog, Dr. Sarkar helped in developing roadmaps for use of data, analytics and artificial intelligence for Governance, Policy making across various sectors for India's inclusive growth and led efforts towards setting up the first High Performance Computing based Data Analytics Lab and Energy Modeling Unit at NITI Aayog.

Dr Avik Sarkar

Professor Data, Technology and Public Policy, Indian School of Business
Former Head, Data Analytics, NITI Aayog, Government of India

Dr. Jérôme Duberry is a Senior researcher at the Dusan Sidjanski Centre of Excellence in European Studies, Global Studies Institute, University of Geneva, and a Research associate at the Albert Hirschman Center on Democracy, Graduate Institute. His current research activities focus on how artificial intelligence can foster the participation of civil society in policy-making processes at national and international levels.

Dr Jérôme Duberry

Senior Researcher, University of Geneva
Lecturer, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva

Nishtha Satyam was appointed as the Deputy Country Representative for UN Women, the entity of the United Nations that is dedicated to working towards Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment, in India in January 2018. As the youngest woman to represent UN Women amongst 193 countries, Nishtha Satyam is an unapologetic feminist, a trained economist with a keen interest in applied macroeconomic and fiscal policy. In her long standing career in the United Nations, she manages the UN Women Office for a geo-politically diverse group of countries including India, Bhutan, Maldives and Sri Lanka. Nishtha has also served as the Private Sector Partnerships Specialist with the Office of the Resident Coordinator of the United Nations and UNDP. Prior to her career with the UN, Nishtha worked with leading firms such as KPMG and American Express as an Economist. Nishtha holds a Master's Degree in International Business from the University of Nottingham, UK and a Bachelors in Economics from Delhi University.

Nistha Satyam

Deputy Country Representative, UN Women India, Bhutan, Maldives & Sri Lanka
Youngest Country Representative to represent UN Women

Soenke Ziesche holds a PhD in Natural Sciences from the University of Hamburg, which he received within a Doctoral Program in Artificial Intelligence. He has worked since 2000 for the United Nations in the humanitarian, recovery and sustainable development fields as well as in data and information management. In addition to UN Headquarters in New York he has been posted to Palestine, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Sudan, Libya, where he was temporarily the highest UN representative during the revolution, South Sudan, Bangladesh and Maldives. Currently he is a consultant, mostly for the UN, for disaster information management as well as AI. He has published various peer-reviewed articles about AI safety and ethics and also related to the SDGs. He is based in New Delhi.

Dr Soenke Ziesche

Fellow

Consultant, United Nations & AI
Author on AI Safety, Ethics, SDGs

Arpit Chaturvedi is the Director of the Global Policy, Diplomacy, and Sustainability Fellowship. He is the CEO of Global Policy Insights, a centrist thinktank based in India, USA, and the United Kingdom. Arpit is the author of the book - Our Egalitarian Universe and has served as the Editor in Chief of the Cornell Policy Review. He also serves as the Senior Expert Editor of International Political Economy and Governance at the Defense and Intelligence (journal) Norway.

Arpit Chaturvedi

Co-Founder &CEO, Global Policy Insights
Co-Director, Global Policy, Diplomacy, and Sustainability Fellowship

Bhanu is the Founder & CEO of Green Hats Innovation Labs. He is an alumni of LBS Sloan Fellow and TEDMED Research Scholar. Prior to starting his own organisation Bhanu has had years of experience with Cisco Systems and Nokia Corp

Bhanu Ghantasala

Founder & CEO, Green Hats Innovation Labs
TED MED Research Scholar

Dr Rao is a senior advocate of the Supreme Court of India with 34 years of practice. His specialisation areas are Constitution, Taxation, International, Corporate, Intellectual Property,Cyber, Telecom, Economic offences, Shipping and Banking. He is also associated with World Peace Congress, Nakhonayok Thailand, Global Education Law Forum (GELF) Amsterdam. And in such positions been a representative to several UNESCO and U.N. Conferences. He has been a recipient of numerous Awards and Honours like the ‘Best Citizen of India’ Gold-Medal, ‘Bharat Gaurav Award’, ‘Protector of Democracy Award’ ‘National Bar Award’, ‘Best Faculty Award’. He is a Fellow of the Rhodes Oceans Law & Policy Institute - Greece, Georgetown University-USA, Salzburg Institute of American Studies, Austria.

Dr G Venkatesh Rao

Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India

Mirra is the Global Head of Technology Risk at Schroders with over 13 years of experience in technology risk and assurance within the financial services industry. Her key focus is to embed a culture of risk awareness within technology functions that enables faster pace of change and adoption of new technologies to achieve business objectives whilst ensuring security, stability and resilience of business operations. Mirra is a member of the Next Generation Leadership Council at TheCityUK which is an advocacy group that enables members to shape engagement with the highest level of governments, with policymakers and other leading stakeholders on issues relating to the industry. She champions Diversity and Inclusion initiatives and was featured in Financial Times - Top 50 Empower list of Ethnic Minority Future Leaders 2018 and UK’s top 100 most influential Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic leaders in Technology sector. More recently, Mirra was recognised as the finalist for the WeQual Award which recognises senior women who have the potential to become C-suit leaders.

Mirra Sondhi

Global Head of Technology Risk, Schroders
Top 100 BAME leaders in Tech Sector, UK
EMpower future leader

Technical leader experienced in driving R&D for digital transformation within Healthcare and Energy sectors. Expert in techno strategy, innovation and product development , with a solid track record of building high-performance teams.

Sharath Sirivolu

Director – Software, Schneider Electric

Oniel Cross is a Principal at Deloitte Consulting LLP. He currently leads the Cloud Integration offering for Deloitte Government and Public Sector practice. He specializes in advising clients to achieve IT Modernization and Digital Transformation by leveraging an API Led approach to Integration and creating a scalable architecture for integrating application and data. He also focuses on harnessing the power of Cloud, Cyber, and AI to enable our clients to leverage emerging technology to drive modernization. Oniel’s career spans over 20 years, serving as a trusted advisor to Government and Public Sector clients, and helping his clients to harness the power of technology to meet their strategic goals

Oniel Cross

Principal at Deloitte Consulting LLP

Edson is heading the Phi Robotics Research Group at Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Edson is Member of the UNESCO Ad Hoc Expert Group for the Recommendation on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence; Member of the United Nations Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation; South America Ambassador at IEEE TechEthics; Member of UNESCO IFAP Information Accessibility Working Group; Member of the MIT/IEEE Global Council on Extended Intelligence and Past Associate Vice President on the IEEE RAS Industrial Activities Board.

Edson Prestes

Member, UN Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation

INTERNS

Jiaqian is a postgraduate student of MA public policy at King's College London and participated in a number of urban safety policy research activities during her undergraduate period. Research interests include international relations and democratic policy.

Wang Jiaqian

Policy Analyst

Mohammed is currently pursuing an MA in Public Policy at King's College London. Prior to this he worked in events management, with an Undergraduate degree from the University of Warwick in Ancient History and Classics. He has a particular interest in AI and future technology policy management.

Mohammed Taher

Policy Analyst

Zhuohong is currently studying MA in Public Policy at King’s College London, undertaking subjects such as policy process, political economy and quantitative methods. He is interested in economic development, game theory and artificial intelligence. He has previously interned with government of Guangdong Province in China

Li Zhuohong

Policy Analyst

Aniruddh is a BSc Business with Law student at Queen Mary, University of London. He has an immense passion for politics, technology, academia and debating. Originally from Nainital, Uttarakhand in India; Aniruddh has been a member of GPI since April 2020

Aniruddh Singh

Policy Analyst

I am an engineering student from Indore passionate about education and sustainable development. I hope to become an entrepreneur one day. My hobbies are reading and doing illustrations

Rubi Jain

Graphic Design & Communications Intern

Naman Singha is a recent Political Science graduate from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She has previously interned with Global Youth as the Chairperson of the India-Russia Youth Forum. Her interests range from poverty, gender, and political and social inequality.

Naman Singha

Policy Analyst

Ruchi is a postgraduate student of MA Diplomacy, Law, and Business at O.P. Jindal Global University. Prior to this she interned with UN Global Compact Network- India, with an undergraduate degree in Economics from Fergusson College. Her interests lie in economic policies, social and gender equality.

Ruchi Yemul

Policy Analyst

Udit Malik is a researcher and human rights expert. He worked on various national & international projects and judged countless debates. He has worked with the United Nations, Human Rights Watch and now with an international NGO.