Executive board


Manjeet Kripalani

Executive Director

Manjeet Kripalani is the former India Bureau chief of Businessweek magazine. During her extensive career in journalism (BusinessWeek, Worth and Forbes magazines), she has won several awards, including the Gerald Loeb Award, the George Polk Award, Overseas Press Club and Daniel Pearl Awards. Kripalani was the 2006-07 Edward R. Murrow Press Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, New York, which inspired her to found Gateway House. Read more.

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Neelam Deo



A distinguished diplomat, Neelam has been the Indian Ambassador to Denmark and Ivory Coast with concurrent accreditation to several West African countries. She has also served in Indian embassies in Washington D.C., Bangkok and Rome. Her last assignment was as Consul General in New York. Her most challenging mission was liaising with the U.S. congress on strategic issues in Washington D.C. Read more.


Shashi Kalathil

Chief Executive Officer


Shashi Kalathi is the Chief Executive Officer at Gateway House. He is a corporate veteran with 33 years’ experience in sales, marketing, general management and leadership positions, spread over Consumer Goods, Telecom, Beverages, Media and Entertainment. He has worked at some of India’s largest multinational and local conglomerates. Additionally, he has been involved with high profile start-ups across the industries mentioned. Read more.

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Satish Kamat

Member, Executive Board

Satish Kamat is a Chartered Accountant with over thirty years of corporate experience in finance and general management functions. He has been associated with Gateway House from its inception and is a member of its Executive Board. He is with the Mahindra Group since 1999 and previously held senior positions as Director of Cargill India and Corporate Treasurer of Glaxo India.

Akshay Mathur

Director, Research and Analysis, and Fellow, Geoeconomics Studies

Akshay worked with Fidelity Investments in Boston for over 7 years as a Principal Architect in the Strategy and Architecture group of the multi-billion dollar Institutional and Retail Brokerage division where he was an expert in Research and Strategy Formulation. Read more.


Aashna Agarwal

Website Associate

Aashna Agarwal graduated from the London School of Economics with an MSc degree in International Political Economy. She has interned with the International Center for Research on Women, Global Relations Forum and KPMG. She has an interest in political economy and currency markets.

Rajni Bakshi

Gandhi Peace Fellow, Democracy and Nation-building Studies

Mumbai-based author Rajni Bakshi has a BA from the George Washington University and an MA from the University of Rajasthan. She is the author of Bazaars, Conversations and Freedom: for a market culture beyond greed and fear (Penguin, 2009), which won two Vodafone-Crossword Awards. Read more.

Amit Bhandari

Fellow, Energy and Environment Studies

Amit has worked in the business media and financial markets for over a decade. He started his career with Economic Times, where he tracked the energy sector. He was a part of the start up team of ET Now, the business news channel. Amit was responsible for setting up India Reality Research, a new research outfit within CLSA India, a stock broking firm. He has also worked with Deccan Chronicle Group as the business editor for their general dailies. He holds an Masters degree in Business Administration from IIM- Ahmedabad and a Bachelors degree in Technology from IT-BHU. Read more.


Arjun Chawla


Arjun Chawla is a Researcher at Gateway House. He graduated from the University of Delhi in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in economics. He holds a post-graduate diploma in conflict studies from the University of Delhi, and a post-graduate diploma in international law and diplomacy from the Indian Society of International Law. Previously, he has worked with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in New Delhi as a research intern. He also volunteers as a citizen historian for the 1947 Partition Archive.

Celine D’Silva

Office Administrator

Celine D’Silva has previously worked at a regional channel called TARA (Television Aimed at Regional Audience) as well as at Millipore India Ltd, a company that produces filters.

Tanya Keswani

Outreach Associate

Tanya Keswani is an Outreach Associate at Gateway House. She graduated from Royal Holloway University of London with a BA (Hons.) in Politics and International Relations. Along with an internship at Gateway House, she has also interned in the consultancy department of a conflict resolution company and the advocacy department at Janaagraha, centre for citizenship and democracy.

Luis Miranda


Luis Miranda founded IDFC Private Equity and served as the president and CEO from 2002-2010 and as chairman until 2011. Miranda was also a member of the founding team of HDFC Bank and has held various roles in finance, sales and trading at ChrysCapital, HSBC, Citibank, KPMG and Price Waterhouse. Miranda is currently involved with various non-for-profits including Centre for Civil Society, Society for Nutrition, Education and Health Action (SNEHA), Muktangan and Human Rights Watch.


Purvaja Modak

Researcher and Assistant Manager, Research Office

Purvaja Modak is a Researcher and Assistant Manager for the Research Office at Gateway House. She holds a Masters degree in Economics (MA) from the University of Mumbai with a focus on international trade, finance and regional monetary arrangements. She finished her Bachelors in Economics (BA) from Jai Hind College. Purvaja has previously held Research Assistant and Research Associate positions in her academic departments at both Bachelors and Masters levels. She has also interned at Reliable Investments, an exclusive franchisee of Motilal Oswal Securities Ltd.

Sameer Patil

Fellow, National Security Studies & Director, Centre for International Security, Gateway House

Sameer Patil was previously the Assistant Director at the National Security Council Secretariat in Prime Minister’s Office, New Delhi. Sameer has interned at the Indian Pugwash Society and the M. L. Sondhi Institute of Asia Pacific Affairs. He has written extensively on various aspects of national security for various magazines, journals and newspapers. Read more.

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Aditya Phatak

Senior Researcher

Aditya was previously a journalist for over eight years and has worked at reputed global media companies such as Reuters and the Agence France Presse (AFP). In his journalistic career, Aditya has written on U.S. capital markets, India’s bond and foreign exchange market as well as its monetary policy and major businesses developments. He has an abiding interest in matters related to security and holds a Masters in Defense & Strategic Studies. Read more.

Anushka Pinto

Membership Manager

Anushka heads Membership and Strategy at Gateway House. With almost a decade of experience as a lawyer and consultant. She has practiced law in India and the UK, working at Ince & Co in London in 2004 and at Dutt Menon Dunmorr Sett in Mumbai. Anushka has also worked in environmental education, leading the Indian initiative of U.S. Vice President Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project. She then went on to do her Masters in Environmental Policy and Regulation at the London School of Economics in 2011. Before Gateway House, Anushka was the Chief Operating Officer and Business Manager of a niche sustainability consultancy GIST Advisory in Mumbai.

Asha Rani

Librarian and Information Specialist

Asha Rani is responsible for data collection, archiving, and coordinating the Gateway House library. Prior to this, she was the Reference Librarian at the American Library in Mumbai for 13 years, and taught at Isabella Thoburn College in Lucknow for five years. She holds a Masters in Library and Information Services from the University of Toledo, Ohio.

Lina Sonne

Innovation Policy Fellow

Dr. Lina Sonne is the Innovation Policy Fellow at Gateway House. Lina was previously with Okapi, where she has built a research and consulting portfolio on innovation and entrepreneurship and undertaken projects in multiple South Asian countries across a number of sectors. Prior to Okapi, Lina co-led research at Intellecap, Mumbai, on entrepreneurship and development. She has also been a faculty member at Azim Premji University, Bangalore, where she was part of a core team, setting up an MA course in Development. She holds a PhD in economics of innovation from UNU-MERIT and Maastricht University, the Netherlands, with which she continues to be affiliated.


K. N. Vaidyanathan

Advisor and Adjunct Senior Fellow, Geoeconomics Studies

KN ‘Vaidy’ Vaidyanathan is the Executive Vice President and Chief Risk Officer of the Mahindra Group.  Prior to this, he was the Executive Director at SEBI in charge of institutional investors portfolio, including domestic (MF) and foreign (FII). Vaidy has over 25 years experience in financial services, primarily in the realm of asset management.  He is an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad and holds a Bachelors’s Degree in Commerce from the University of Madras.   Vaidy is on the Finance Board of IIM Ahmedabad and on the Board of Center for Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship of IIMA.  Read more.

Virpratap Vikram Singh

Manager – Content
Digital & Interactive Media

Virpratap Vikram Singh graduated from the Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts in 2015, having majored in Media Studies and minored in International Relations. Before joining Gateway House, he interned at Firstpost.com, ECONET India and Hansa CEquity.