Executive Management


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.


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.

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Satish Kamat


Satish Kamat is a Chartered Accountant with over thirty eight years of corporate experience in finance and general management functions. His significant employments have been with Glaxo India as its Corporate Treasurer, with Cargill Inc. as a member of its founding and leadership team in India as a Director of Cargill India. He has held senior positions in various businesses of Mahindra Group. Read more.

Research Team


Aashna Agarwal

Aashna Agarwal

Content Coordinator

Aashna Agarwal is the Content Coordinator at Gateway House. She graduated from the London School of Economics with an MSc degree in International Political Economy, prior to which she completed her Bachelor’s of Arts with a major in Economics from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai. She has interned with KPMG, the International Center for Research on Women and Global Relations Forum. She has an interest in Chinese politics & foreign policy and political economics. 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. 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.



Aliasger Bootwalla

Outreach Associate

Aliasger Bootwalla graduated from the University of Mumbai with a BA in economics. He has worked with the Mullen Lowe Lintas Group where he managed communications for brands in corporate and finance practice. Ali has an interest in public policy, international relations and financial markets.



Nikhil Dasari

Management Associate

Nikhil Dasari is a Management Associate at Gateway House. He has over seven years of experience working in Banking and the Energy sector in India. He has freelanced as a writer and has been published in Madras Courier, a UK based on-line magazine. He graduated as an Electronics and Communications Engineer from JNTU, Hyderabad. He has an MA in Human Resources Management from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. Recently, he acquired a Master’s in International Studies and Diplomacy from SOAS, London. His research interests include India’s national security, applying cognitive approaches to foreign policy analysis, and great power politics.


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.


Carmen Rodrigues

Assistant to Office Administrator

Carmen has graduated from the University of Mumbai with a B.A. degree in Psychology & Sociology.  She has worked with Tata Autocomp Systems Limited, a company promoted by the TATA Group and was a secretary to the General Manager – Corporate Planning.