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.

Research Team

Management Team


Sagnik Chakraborty

Manager, Management Office & Researcher, Cybersecurity Studies Programme

Sagnik Chakraborty is a Researcher in Cybersecurity and Manager of the Management Office at Gateway House. His work focuses on technology and national security. A software engineer by profession, with more than nine years’ experience in the IT industry, he was with Tata Consultancy Services prior to joining Gateway House. He has held various roles in his IT career, starting from software developer to consultant to an operations and product manager. He is a graduate in physics from Fergusson College, Pune. His areas of research interest are cyber security, digital black markets, digital payment systems, messaging platforms, business analytics and disruptive technologies. Read more


Aliasger Bootwalla

Media and 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.

Kunal Thakkar

Research Associate

Kunal Thakkar has a master’s degree in international relations and consultancy from Coventry University. He graduated from the London School of Economics, (UOLIP) with a Bsc. in Economics and Management in 2017. He has previously worked as a business development executive for two startups. He has an interest in geoeconomics, geopolitics, foreign policy analysis and international relations.

Asha Rani

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.



Celine D’Silva

Office Manager

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

Administration Associate

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.