EXECUTIVE TEAM

Harish Narasappa

Co-Founder

Harish is a lawyer and founding partner of the law firm, Samvad Partners, headquartered in Bengaluru. Harish has extensive experience in advising on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, banking, corporate financing, private equity, projects, regulatory...
Harish is a lawyer and founding partner of the law firm, Samvad Partners, headquartered in Bengaluru. Harish has extensive experience in advising on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, banking, corporate financing, private equity, projects, regulatory, and dispute resolution matters. Harish is a trustee of the Singamma Sreenivasan Foundation and the Punarchith Collective. He is also a member of the Karnataka Election Watch and National Election Watch. Harish has a BA, LLB (Hons.) from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore, a BCL from the University of Oxford (where he was a Radhakrishnan Scholar), and a BA (Philosophy) from the University of London.

Anindita Pattanayak

Senior Research Fellow

Anindita is a lawyer with a B.A.LLB (hons) degree from National Law School of India University with work experience in corporate and technology law. Her areas of interest include constitutional law, gender justice and judicial reforms.

Kishore Mandyam

Co-Founder

Kishore is the Chief Executive Officer of PK4 Software, Bengaluru, a market leader in cloud and mobile business solutions for non-Western markets. He has over 24 years of experience in the software industry. He is the technology mastermind for...
Kishore is the Chief Executive Officer of PK4 Software, Bengaluru, a market leader in cloud and mobile business solutions for non-Western markets. He has over 24 years of experience in the software industry. He is the technology mastermind for all DAKSH’s initiatives. Kishore has a degree in electrical engineering from Bangalore University.

Leah Verghese

Research Manager

Leah is a lawyer and social scientist with wide-ranging work experience in corporations, nonprofits and political campaigns across India. She is a graduate of Columbia University and National Law School of India University.

Rohan George

Visiting Fellow

Rohan George is the head of the intellectual property and information technology practice at Samvad Partners. Rohan has a BA, LLB (Hons.) from NALSAR and an LLM from Columbia University, USA (where he was a Lawrence A. Wein Fellow)...
Rohan George is the head of the intellectual property and information technology practice at Samvad Partners. Rohan has a BA, LLB (Hons.) from NALSAR and an LLM from Columbia University, USA (where he was a Lawrence A. Wein Fellow). Rohan has extensive experience in the field of intellectual property, information technology law and media law and has been involved in a number of vital litigations relating to issues of key importance in intellectual property and law and technology. Rohan has also been actively involved in IP and technology policy, and has worked with several governmental and international departments, such as the DIPP and UNCTAD.

Saikrishna BVS

Consultant

An IIT Guwahati alumnus and an Indian Revenue Service Officer (2011 Batch) for 9 years with extensive experience in handling complex assignments. He has also served for 4 years in the National Critical Information Infrastructure Protection...
An IIT Guwahati alumnus and an Indian Revenue Service Officer (2011 Batch) for 9 years with extensive experience in handling complex assignments. He has also served for 4 years in the National Critical Information Infrastructure Protection Center (NCIIPC), the nodal agency for this purpose in India. He currently runs cyber security and machine learning startups – Pinaca Technologies and Saptang Labs in Chennai.

Sandhya PR

Senior Research Fellow

Sandhya PR is a graduate of ILS Law College and University College London. Her areas of interest include civil justice and judicial reforms. She is currently a Senior Research Fellow at DAKSH.

Shruti Vidyasagar

Consulting Editor

Shruti is a lawyer and editor. She has pursued a varied legal practice in Bengaluru for several years, advising clients on matters ranging from contracts, employment, intellectual property, foreign investment and corporate compliance, to women’s rights...
Shruti is a lawyer and editor. She has pursued a varied legal practice in Bengaluru for several years, advising clients on matters ranging from contracts, employment, intellectual property, foreign investment and corporate compliance, to women’s rights and matrimonial law. She consults with several Indian and multinational companies on dealing with workplace sexual harassment. She also edits books and journals on law, society, development, business and management. Shruti has an undergraduate degree (B.A.L., LL.B.) from Bangalore University and a post-graduate degree (BCL) from the University of Oxford.

Smita Mutt

Research Associate

Smita Mutt has a background in development consulting with a focus on public participation & accountability in public services. She is interested in leveraging data to assess performances of public institutions.
She is a graduate of the University of Chicago and National Law School of India University.

Sridhar Krishna

Visiting Fellow

Sridhar is a senior AI professional and till recently was a Managing Director at Accenture. He is concerned about access to justice for all and is working alongside passionate lawyers and researchers leveraging data and...
Sridhar is a senior AI professional and till recently was a Managing Director at Accenture. He is concerned about access to justice for all and is working alongside passionate lawyers and researchers leveraging data and analytics to solve systemic issues

Surya Prakash B S

Fellow and Programme Director

Surya Prakash B S is a chartered accountant and a law graduate with more than 14 years of corporate experience. He has been with DAKSH since December 2015

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