OUR MENTORS

Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain (Retd)

Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain (Retd)

Through most of his 40 year illustrious career General Hasnain has served in turbulent environment and hot spots. From Sri Lanka to Siachen Glacier, from the North East to Jammu & Kashmir (J&K), and in UN operations from Mozambique to Rwanda, he has seen it all in crucial appointments.

Yamini Aiyar

Yamini Aiyar

Yamini Aiyar is the President and Chief Executive of the Centre for Policy Research. An alumnus of Cambridge University, her research areas include social policy, state capacity, and public finance.

Prof. C. Raja Mohan

Prof. C. Raja Mohan

Prof. C. Raja Mohan is a visiting research professor at the Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore. He was also the Founding Director of Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, India.

Amb. Rakesh Sood

Amb. Rakesh Sood

Amb. Rakesh Sood is veteran of the Indian Foreign Service, having held posts including India’s Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament, and the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Disarmament and Non – Proliferation.

Dr. Bec Strating

Dr. Bec Strating

Dr. Bec Strating is the Executive Director of La Trobe Asia and a Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations, in the Department of Politics, Media and Philosophy at La Trobe University in Melbourne.

Lieutenant General Raj Shukla

Lieutenant General Raj Shukla

In a career spanning over four decades in the Indian Army, Lieutenant General Raj Shukla has seen extensive service in the field - he commanded a Medium
Regiment in the Eastern / Desert Theatres, an Infantry Brigade in Counter
Insurgency Operations, an Infantry Division along the Line of Control in the
Kashmir Valley and a Pivot Corps along the Western Borders.

Adm. Anil Kumar Chawla (Retd.)

Adm. Anil Kumar Chawla (Retd.)

Adm. Anil Kumar Chawla (Retd.) served as the 28th Flag Officer Commanding- in-Chief, of the Southern Naval Command. He also served as the Indian Navy’s Chief of Personnel in 2016-18.

​Dr. Toby Dalton

​Dr. Toby Dalton

​Dr. Toby Dalton is Co-Director of the Nuclear Policy Program, and Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He has formerly been a staff member in the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Dr. Christian Wagner

Dr. Christian Wagner

Dr. Christian Wagner is a Senior Fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, Berlin. Formerly, he was also a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Development Research, University of Bonn.

Amb. Shivshankar Menon

Amb. Shivshankar Menon

Amb. Shivshankar Menon served as India’s Foreign Secretary in 2006-09 and subsequently as its fourth National Security Advisor. A career diplomat, he is among India’s foremost foreign policy experts.

Dr Rajeswari Rajagopalan

Dr Rajeswari Rajagopalan

Dr. Rajeswari (Raji) Pillai Rajagopalan is the Director of the Centre for Security, Strategy &; Technology (CSST) at the Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi. Dr. Rajagopalan was
the Technical Advisor to the United Nations Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) on Prevention of Arms Race in Outer Space (PAROS) (July 2018-July 2019). She was also a Non-
Resident Indo-Pacific Fellow at the Perth USAsia Centre from April-December 2020.

Lt. Gen. D.S. Hooda (Retd.)

Lt. Gen. D.S. Hooda (Retd.)

Lt. Gen. D.S. Hooda (Retd.), served as an Officer in the Indian Army, and retired as Northern Army Commander in 2016. He has vast experience in counter-insurgency and crisis-management at the strategic level.

Prof. Anne-Marie Brady

Prof. Anne-Marie Brady

Prof. Anne-Marie Brady teaches Political Science at the University of Canterbury, and is an expert on Chinese politics. A fluent Mandarin speaker, she is also a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Centre in Washington DC.

Dr. Sinderpal Singh

Dr. Sinderpal Singh

Dr. Sinderpal Singh Senior Fellow and Coordinator of the South Asia Programme at the Nanyang Technological University. He was formerly also a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore.

Nitin Pai

Nitin Pai

Mr Nitin Pai is co-founder and director of the Takshashila Institution, an independent centre for research and education in public policy based in Bangalore. His research includes cyber and space power, Indo-Pacific geopolitics, and defence economics.