Hemant Krishan Singh
Director General

Ambassador Hemant Krishan Singh served in the Indian Foreign Service from 1974-2010 and is a distinguished former career diplomat with extensive experience of geo-strategic and geo-economic issues as well as multilateral institutions which underpin international law and commerce. He has been India's longest serving Ambassador to Japan (2006-2010), Ambassador to Indonesia and Timor Leste (2003-2006), Ambassador to Colombia, Ecuador and Costa Rica (1999-2002), and India's Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva (1995-1999). He has held several significant assignments during his career, dealing with...Read More

Biren Nanda
Visiting Senior Fellow

Ambassador Biren Nanda served in the Indian Foreign Service from 1978 to 2015 and is a distinguished former career diplomat with extensive experience of working in East Asia. He has been India’s High Commissioner to Australia ( 2012-1015); Ambassador to Indonesia, Timor Leste and the ASEAN ( 2008-12); India’s Deputy Chief of Mission in Tokyo ( 2000-2004) and Consul General in Shanghai ( 1996-2000). Ambassador Nanda has also served in Indian Missions in Beijing, Washington DC and Singapore. He spent a total of ten years in China during his three terms as a diplomat in that country. His entire career as a diplo...Read More

Dr. Alwyn Didar Singh
Visiting Senior Fellow

Dr. Alwyn Didar Singh, author and former civil servant (IAS from 1976 - 2011) served as Secretary to Government of India (2009-11) and was Secretary General (2012-17) of India’s largest apex business chamber, FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry). He is associated with DPG as Senior Fellow, Delhi Policy Group (DPG) from March 2018. Dr. Singh has been a member of the Global Agenda Council on Migration (2011-15) of the World Economic Forum (WEF). He also served as a Member on the India-Indonesia Eminent Persons Group (EPG) nominated by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of Indi...Read More

Professor Kaushalesh Lal
Director Research and Training

Kaushalesh Lal earned his Masters’ degree in Physics from Kanpur University and Operations Research from University of Delhi. His Ph. D degree in Economics is from Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands. Prior to joining United Nations University (UNU-MERIT), Maastricht in 2003, Prof. Lal was with Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi for twenty-two years. He was supervisor of two Ph. D scholars during his stay at UNU-MERIT. He returned back to India after completing his full six-year term. Prof. Lal continues to be an affiliated scholar at UNU-MERIT. He has widely published in peer reviewed journals and has six...Read More

Dr. Shampa Paul, Associate Professor
Coordinator Research and Training

Shampa Paul earned her Ph.D degree from University of Delhi. Dr. Paul has published several research papers in international refereed journals. She was a first place winner in the international paper competition organized by American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) 2007, USA. Prior to joining Society for Development Studies as Associate Professor, Dr. Paul was with the Institute of Economic Growth. Her responsibilities at IEG included teaching to Indian Economic Service Probationers, Indian Statistical Services Officers, and participants of other training programmes organized by IEG. Her a...Read More