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EXECUTIVE TEAM

Bhavya Sudhir 

Research Associate.

Bhavya Sudhir is a Law graduate from Aligarh Muslim University. He holds an LLM in Access to Justice from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.
Bhavya Sudhir is a Law graduate from Aligarh Muslim University. He holds an LLM in Access to Justice from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. His research interest lies in the intersection of Law, Public Policy and Society.

Harish Narasappa

Co-Founder

Harish is a designated senior advocate. He was the founding partner of the law firm, Samvad Partners, headquartered in Bengaluru. Harish appears regularly before various courts and tribunals in India on a variety of matters.
Harish is a designated senior advocate. He was the founding partner of the law firm, Samvad Partners, headquartered in Bengaluru. Harish appears regularly before various courts and tribunals in India on a variety of matters. Harish also has extensive experience in advising on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, banking, corporate financing, private equity, projects, regulatory, and dispute resolution matters. Harish has a PhD and 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.

Harshita Kesarwani

Communications Associate

Harshita Kesarwani is a skilled professional in impact communication and media, adept at crafting seamless end-to-end content. Passionate about storytelling and design, she channels these skills to create a social impact.
Harshita Kesarwani is a skilled professional in impact communication and media, adept at crafting seamless end-to-end content. Passionate about storytelling and design, she channels these skills to create a social impact. She completed her MA from Christ University, Bangalore in 2019.

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.

Ninni Susan Thomas

Visiting Fellow

Ninni is a lawyer with a wide range of work experience in matters involving civil rights and criminal law. She is a graduate of National Law University, Jodhpur and Columbia University, New York
Ninni is a lawyer with a wide range of work experience in matters involving civil rights and criminal law. She is a graduate of National Law University, Jodhpur and Columbia University, New York which she attended as a Fulbright-Nehru Fellow (2021-2022) and was thereafter awarded the Pathways Public Interest Fellowship. Her areas of interest include legal aid and access to justice.

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.

Pratik Kumar

research fellow

Pratik is a law graduate from RMLNLU, Lucknow. His areas of interest are access to justice, affirmative action and technology law.

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.

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

Data Lead

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

Ritima Singh

Research Associate

Ritima is a lawyer by qualification and has undertaken diverse research work encompassing themes such as intersection of gender and competition law, measuring regulatory performance in India, data protection, regulatory challenges in the digital era, etc.
With her Master’s from Jindal Global Law School, she specializes in Corporate and Financial Laws. She has presented her multidisciplinary approach through authored and co-authored contributions in various publications.

Aishwarya K

Research Associate

Aishwarya is a dedicated legal professional with extensive experience in both academic research and practical legal work. Having served as a Research Assistant at the High Court of Karnataka,
Aishwarya is a dedicated legal professional with extensive experience in both academic research and practical legal work. Having served as a Research Assistant at the High Court of Karnataka,

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