Our sr. board of advisors

Dr. samar verma


Dr. Samar is the Program Officer at Ford Foundation in Technology & Society, Future of Workers and Philanthropy.
He was the Global Head of Economic Justice Policy at Oxfam, Great Britain and an Hon. lecturer at Oxford University where he taught Developmental Economics and International Trade. He was also the Senior Program Specialist at the International Development Research Centre of Canada. Prior to that he was an expert at the World Trade Organisation and he led the formulation of India’s National Textile Policy & negotiating strategy at the WTO.  He is also the founding director of the Consortium of Trade and Development, a South Asian policy think-tank. His work on International trade and public policy has been published by Oxford University Press and Sage. He has a Phd in Economics, an MBA and an advanced fellowship in Trade Policy from Harvard Business School.

ritu  dewan

Ritu Dewan is the President of the Indian Association for Women’s Studies and the Vice President of the Indian Society of Labour Economics. She was the first-ever woman Director of the department of Economics, University of Mumbai for 30 years, and the founder-member of the first Centre for Gender Economics in Asia. She has over a 100 publications, including 30 books and monographs. She was a member of the Feminist Economists’ Group for Engendering the 12th and 11th Five Year Plans for the Union of INDIA as well as the ‘Gender and Macro-policies’ committee appointed by the Planning Commission, Government of India. She is a Consultant to UNDP, UN Women, ILO, World Wildlife Fund, World Bank, and various state governments on gender and labour issues.




Vishal was the Director of Citigroup Technology Investment Banking, NewYork and London for 9 years. He has advised global clients in the Technology sector on $15+ billion of M&A and capital raising transactions. In 2014 he founded foodtech start up iChef and scaled from the ground up to become India's largest company in its category. He has also worked in audit and advisory roles for JPMorgan and KPMG. He is a CFA Charterholder and a Chartered Accountant as well.