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.

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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

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.

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.

Nandini Bhaskaran


Nandini Bhaskaran works as editor with Gateway House. A journalist with over 15 years of full-time experience, she has been with the Times group and Business India magazine, among other publications. She has also edited books, including biographies and fiction, and research papers on the environment and sustainable architecture.

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.

Preksha Dugar

Preksha Dugar

Programmes Associate

Preksha Dugar is a Programmes Associate at Gateway House. She holds an MA in International Relations from the University of Durham. She graduated from St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata with a degree in Business Administration and Management. She has previously interned with the Research and Policy Planning division of the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India and with Conservative Party MP, Bob Blackman, in Harrow. She also volunteered at the Nka Foundation as Project Coordinator to build a vocational training programme for youth in Ghana.

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Kartik Jaishankar


Kartik Jaishankar is a Researcher at Gateway House. He has a Post Graduate Degree (PGDP) in Economics from the University of Mumbai and Bachelors Degree (BA) in Economics, from Jai Hind College, Mumbai. He previously interned with the Research department at Gateway House. He has been involved in setting up a start-up in the F&B space, where he handled supply chain, strategy planning, and business development.

Chandni Jindal


Chandni Jindal is a Researcher at Gateway House. She holds an MSc in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. She graduated from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai in 2015 with a BA in Economics. Previously, she has interned with the Debt and Capital Markets Department of Standard Chartered Bank in Mumbai.

Rozina Mithani

Assistant Manager, Business Support

Rozina Mithani is Assistant Manager Business Support with the CEO’s office at Gateway House. She holds a post graduate degree in Finance from University of Mumbai and comes with more than 10 years of experience in project management within the development and corporate sector. Previously she has been associated with the Responsible Baking unit at YES Bank, engaged in environment sustainability and climate finance.

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, Geoeconomic Studies and Assistant Manager, Research Office

Purvaja Modak is a Researcher for Geoeconomic Studies 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.


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.

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

Fellow, Innovation Policy

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 is Content Manager for Digital & Interactive Media. He graduated from the Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts in 2015, having majored in Media Studies with a minor in International Relations. Before joining Gateway House, he has interned at Firstpost.com, ECONET India and Hansa CEquity.