Arghya is the Founder and Research Director at Vidhi. He is an alumnus of National Law School of India University Bangalore and the University of Oxford where he was a Rhodes Scholar. While, at Oxford, he completed his D.Phil. on Independence and Accountability of the Indian Higher Judiciary and was a Lecturer in Administrative Law. His areas of specialisation are constitutional and administrative law. He has a number of academic publications on the Supreme Court, Parliament, fundamental rights and federalism and writes regularly for The Hindu, The Times of India and the Economic and Political Weekly.
Debanshu leads the Corporate Law and Financial Regulation vertical. He has advised the Department of Economic Affairs in the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, the Reserve Bank of India, and the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India on several projects on corporate law, bankruptcy and financial regulation. Debanshu graduated from Hidayatullah National Law University in 2008 at the top of his class, and also served as President of its Student Bar Association in 2006-07. He completed his postgraduate studies in law from the University of Oxford, where he graduated with Distinction in the BCL. Before joining Vidhi, he was a lawyer with AZB & Partners, a full-service law firm. Debanshu was recently awarded the Fulbright Scholarship for further studies in bankruptcy law and financial regulation at Harvard Law School. He was also selected for the Hauser Global Scholarship by New York University. He will be on academic leave from August,2017 to June, 2018 at Harvard.
Dhvani leads the Health, Environment and Law Team. She has supervised research projects on the functioning of the National Green Tribunal, on grievance redressal mechanisms at public health establishments, and on the withdrawal of medical treatment from terminally-ill patients. She has assisted the Indian Council of Medical Research with regulatory reform on clinical trials and has provided legal research and drafting assistance to the Ranjit Roy Chaudhury Expert Committee constituted to suggest reforms to the Medical Council of India. Dhvani has a D.Phil in Law from Magdalen College, University of Oxford. Her doctorate explores the idea of an environmental rule of law in the Indian context and analyses the role of the legislature, executive and judiciary in strengthening or weakening it. Dhvani also has an M.Phil and BCL from Oxford and a B.L.S; LL.B from Government Law College, University of Mumbai.
Sumathi is a Senior Resident Fellow in the Judicial Reform vertical. She works at the intersect of law and policy, and has undertaken projects for various bodies, including the Ministries of Law & Justice; Finance; Petroleum & Natural Gas; the Unique Identity Authority of India (Aadhaar); and the United Nations Development Programme. She was a core member of the research team to the Financial Sector Legislative Reforms Commission (2011-2013), and has also been a consultant to the Twentieth Law Commission of India (2015). She has also co-authored Create, Copy, Disrupt: India's Intellectual Property Dilemmas (OUP, 2017). Sumathi graduated in English literature from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, and in law from the Faculty of Law, University of Delhi. She also has a double masters' degree in public policy and public affairs from the National University of Singapore and Sciences PO Paris.
Pallavi is a Senior Resident Fellow with the Education Initiative. She is currently focusing on strategic interventions to ensure effective implementation of the Right to Education Act. She also advises government departments and statutory authorities on dispute resolution. Pallavi graduated in law from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore in 2008. She started her career in August 2008 as a junior Advocate in the chambers of Dr. Rajeev Dhavan, Senior Advocate, and has been practicing in different courts since then. Before joining Vidhi, Pallavi was handling regulatory litigation at J. Sagar Associates with a focus on disputes in the areas of Electricity, Oil & Gas and Environment law.
Shankar is a Senior Resident Fellow and leads the Public Law vertical. He graduated in law from the National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata in 2008. Between April 2008 and May 2011, he practiced as a junior Advocate in the chambers of Raju Ramachandran, Senior Advocate. He subsequently worked for 3 years in the chambers of Gaurav Agrawal, an Advocate on Record in the Supreme Court. In 2016, Shankar completed an LL.M from University College London.
Neha is a Senior Resident Fellow in the Judicial Reforms vertical. She has previously headed the Law Reform and Social Change Initiative at Vidhi. Neha graduated with a B.A.LLB (Hons.) from National Law School of India University, Bangalore in 2008 and did her Masters in Criminal Justice from the University of Kent, Canterbury in 2010. She was empanelled as a Legal Aid Lawyer in the Juvenile Justice Board in Mumbai from 2012-2013. She worked at the National Law University, Delhi for two years, where she was the Deputy Director of the Death Penalty Research Project and taught Legal History and Human Rights.
Shreya is a Senior Resident Fellow in the Corporate Law and Financial Regulation vertical. She has advised and worked with various government ministries and regulators, including the Reserve Bank of India, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Law Ministry and the Insolvency & Bankruptcy Board of India. She worked on the amendments to the Companies Act and Rules. Presently, she is working on the implementation of the insolvency code, and other corporate law related issues. Shreya graduated with a B.B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) from the National Law University, Jodhpur in 2012 and subsequently worked with Luthra & Luthra Law Offices, New Delhi.
Shohini is a Senior Resident Fellow in the Corporate Law and Financial Regulations vertical. At Vidhi, she has worked on several projects including the Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2016, and the Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance Bill, 2017. She graduated with a BA LLB (Hons) from the National Law Institute University, Bhopal in 2012. She subsequently worked with Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd. in Mumbai for a year, before being sent on deputation to the Directorate General of Hydrocarbons, Ministry of Petroleum. In 2014, she was awarded the Weidenfeld Leadership Scholarship to read for the MSc in Law and Finance at the University of Oxford.
Debadityo is a Senior Resident Fellow in the Health, Environment and Law vertical. At Vidhi, he is working on air pollution regulations and environmental clearance process in India. He graduated in 2009 with a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Zoology from the University of Delhi, and thereafter in 2012, completed M.Sc. (Tech.) in Environmental Science and Technology from Banaras Hindu University. Before joining Vidhi, Debadityo has worked with the Legal Initiative for Forest and Environment as Program Officer and has also done independent projects on environment and wildlife protection in collaboration with WWF-India and Environment Equity and Justice Partnership. He is founder and trustee of Vindhyan Ecology and Natural History Foundation, Board Member of EKOenergy network and is a recipient of Duleep Matthai Nature Conservation Fellowship.
Joyjayanti is a Research Fellow in the Corporate Law and Financial Regulation vertical. During her time in Vidhi, Joyjayanti has advised the Ministry of Corporate Affairs on the drafting of the Companies Amendment Bill, 2016. She has also been providing research and drafting assistance to the Ministry of Finance on the Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance Bill, 2017. Joyjayanti graduated with a BB.A. LL.B. from Symbiosis Law School in 2011, after which she worked with CPA Global, an intellectual property management specialist for around two years. She subsequently obtained an LL.M. from Columbia Law School in 2014 where her coursework concentrated on antitrust law, corporate law and intellectual property law. Before joining Vidhi, she was an associate in the competition law practice in Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co.
Rav P. Singh
Rav is a Senior Resident Fellow in the Public Law vertical. He graduated in law from Panjab University, Chandigarh in 2009 and completed his Masters in Law (Business Laws) from National Law School of India University, Bangalore in 2011. He subsequently worked for 1 year with Tuli & Co. In 2017, he submitted his PhD thesis in Tax and Investment Law at the University of Cambridge. He is currently advising the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Home Affair.
Sakshi is a Research Fellow with the Public Health and Environmental Justice Initiative. She graduated with a B.A. LLB (Hons.) from National Law School of India University in 2014. She subsequently obtained the BCL from University of Oxford in 2015. Her areas of specialisation have been Criminal Law, Medical Law and Ethics and Environmental Law.
Nivedita is a Research Fellow with the Public Health and Environmental Justice Initiative. She graduated from the W.B. National University of Juridical Sciences in 2015 with a B.A. L.LB. (Hons.). She subsequently worked in the HIV/AIDS Unit at the Lawyers Collective, and was a Consultant to the Research and Information System (Ministry of External Affairs) and WHO (SEARO) on clinical trials and the right to health. Before joining Vidhi, Nivedita has interned with the Public Health Foundation of India and PRS Legislative Research, where she has worked on the Mental Health Care Bill and issues of access to medicines and healthcare.
Akriti is a Research Fellow in the Education Initiative. She graduated with a Bachelor in Policy Science LL.B (Hons.) from National Law University, Jodhpur in 2015. Prior to joining Vidhi, she interned at the Planning Commission of India where she assisted the High Level Committee on Infrastructure Finance; the National Human Rights Commission and Chambers of Mr. Soli J. Sorabjee. She has also led student policy research groups in making recommendations to the Parliamentary Standing Committee and concerned ministries on Insurance laws and the Road Transport and Safety law. Her main areas of research at law school were in the field of corporate law, food law, arbitration and constitutional law.
Ameen is a Research Fellow in the Judicial Reforms vertical. At Vidhi, Ameen works on independent research projects, as well as collaborative initiatives with different stakeholders of judicial policy reforms. He has worked on the issues of judicial backlog, streamlining of government litigation, and simplification of procedural laws in India. He also co-authored a White Paper for the Department of Justice on strengthening mediation frameworks in India. Ameen graduated from the W.B. National University of Juridical Sciences [B.A. LL.B. (Hons.)], in 2012, with distinction in Election Law and Advanced Constitutional History. Before joining Vidhi, he worked with J. Sagar Associates, as an Associate Attorney at the firm's New Delhi Office. He worked as a litigator handling commercial litigation, arbitrations, and matters involving complex regulatory and policy issues. He has practised in the Supreme Court of India, the Delhi High Court, and numerous tribunals.
Nitika is a Research Fellow with the Judicial Reform Initiative. She graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Humanities from Yale University in 2016, where her concentration focused on postcolonial theory, religion and the law. She has previously interned with Vidhi and organizations such as the National Human Rights Commission and Human Rights Law Network, working on research related to nuclear liability laws, penal reform, and legislation for protecting acid attack survivors.
Shalini is a Research Fellow in the Judicial Reforms vertical. Her focus areas have included judicial delays, the role of technology in court justice delivery design and judicial accountability. Prior to joining Vidhi, Shalini was a Research Fellow at Centre for Communications Governance at National Law University, Delhi and worked primarily on issues at the intersect of internet crime and international law. Shalini graduated from the Jindal Global Law School with a B.A., LLB. (Hons) in 2015 and in law school, she worked extensively on public health, human rights, development and governance issues. She also independently authored a policy brief on artificial reproductive technologies and effectuating good surrogacy practices that was presented at the Karnataka Legislative Assembly in 2015.
Namrata is a Research Fellow in the Public Law vertical. She graduated from the National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS) with a B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) in 2016. At NUJS her areas of engagement included human rights, labour law, inter-disciplinary research, gender, sexuality and the law, and philosophy. Prior to joining Vidhi, she interned with advocates as well as in organisations such as the Alternative Law Forum and Centre for Equity Studies.
Arpitais a Research Fellow with the Judicial Reforms initiative. She is researching on the alternative dispute resolution mechanisms in India. She has previously worked with the Law Reform and Social Change Initiative (LARSCI) at Vidhi, on the laws concerning drug trafficking and addiction, and assessing the application of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act in Punjab. Arpita graduated with a Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the Centre for Criminology (Faculty of Law), University of Oxford. She has previously completed her undergraduate studies in Sociology from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi. Her research interests include transnational crimes and youth justice in post-conflict societies.
Arijeet is a Research Fellow with the Judicial Reforms initiative, Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy. After completing B.A. LL.B (Hons.) from Gujarat National Law University in 2015, he went on to pursue an LL.M with specialism in Human Rights from University College London and has successfully completed the same in 2016. Before joining Vidhi, he was employed as a Consultant to the 21st Law Commission of India and assisted in the various projects undertaken by the commission; particularly in the drafting of the 266th Report on the Advocates Act, 1961 (Regulation of Legal Profession). His areas of interest include Human Rights, Gender and the Law, International Criminal Law and Constitutional Theory
Vedika is a Research Fellow in the Corporate Law and Financial Regulation vertical. She is currently working on projects pertaining to the Non-Performing Assets crisis confronting the Indian banking industry. Prior to joining Vidhi, she worked in the Chambers of Mr. Dayan Krishnan, Senior Advocate. She has also worked as the Khaitan & Co. Research Fellow for Mergers and Acquisition at Gujarat National Law University and as an associate in the Capital Markets team at Amarchand Mangaldas, Mumbai. Vedika completed her B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) from Gujarat National Law University in 2011 and an MCL from University of Cambridge in 2014 where she was ranked 2nd in her cohort.
Sunetra is an Associate Fellow in the Public Law vertical. Her current projects at Vidhi include reforms in the area of Digital Economy, Privacy law and Data Protection. Sunetra graduated with B.A, LL. B (Hons) from NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad in 2012. Subsequently, she worked at AZB& Partners, Bangalore for two years, where her work primarily involved general corporate matters, employment law and litigation. Thereafter, she obtained her LL.M in Intellectual Property Law from George Washington University, Washington D.C. in 2015.
Lalit is a Research Fellow in the Public Law vertical. He is involved in the development of a data protection framework in India apart from other short-term assignments in public law. Lalit graduated with a B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) from Gujarat National Law University in 2016. Prior to joining Vidhi, he worked as a consultant with the 21st Law Commission of India (2016-2017), assisting with reports on food adulteration and the regulation of the legal profession. He previously interned with Supreme Court judge TS Thakur, J., Senior advocate KK Venugopal and firms such as Kachwaha & Partners. His areas of interest include Law & Economics, Constitutional Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution and ethical philosophy.
Shehnaz is a Research Fellow in the Corporate Law and Financial Regulation vertical. She graduated with a B.A.LL.B. (Hons.) from Dr. RML National Law University in 2011. Prior to joining Vidhi, she worked as a Partner at Zeta Law Chambers, Noida. She has also previously worked as an associate with J. Sagar Associates, New Delhi and the Financial and Regulatory practice team at Amarchand & Mangaldas & Sures A. Shroff. A & Co, Mumbai, wherein she worked on mergers and acquisitions in the financial sector and was also actively involved in advising some of the leading ‘payment systems’.
Antara is a Research Fellow in the Corporate and Financial Regulation vertical. She is currently engaged in work relating to corporate insolvency and personal bankruptcy laws. Prior to joining Vidhi, she worked with the private equity practice at Trilegal, a leading Indian law firm, where she helped Indian and foreign investors structure their equity investments in India. She graduated from the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata in 2015.
Anuj Goel is the Chief Financial Officer under the Accounts & Finance Division. As a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, Anuj has nearly three decades of diverse experience in the corporate, consulting, government and voluntary organizations. He specialises in areas of Finance, HR & Administration, Management Assurance & Compliance, MIS & Control Systems, Procurement & Contract Management.
Bhavya is presently handling the accounting profile, Vidhi Common Service Group. His role includes statutory compliances, budgeting, and MIS reports. At Vidhi, he has handled statutory returns, the statutory reports of utilisation certificates, cost center, and investment tracking. Before joining Vidhi, Bhavya has graduated in Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com) from the University of Delhi in 2014, and completed the CA (IPCC) accounting technician course. He has headed a team for statutory audit of Delhi University (Shaheed Bhagat Singh College) for two consecutive years. Bhavya's other project engagements include finalisation of a balance sheet, Income tax, Service tax, Sales Tax, TDS, Due Diligence reports, and internal audit of numerous entities. He is currently pursuing Master of Commerce (M.Com) and is well versed with statutory return (vat, service tax, TDS and income tax) and Tax Audit 3ca, 3cd.
Archana is presently working as the Account Executive in the Finance Department, Vidhi Common Service Group. At Vidhi, she has worked in areas concerning general accounting, HR Docs, payroll processing, cash flow, reimbursements of retainers' expenses, MOU update, Grants update, among others. She is a graduate in Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com) from the University of Delhi in 2013 and is currently pursuing Masters of Commerce (M.Com) from IGNOU. Her previous experience includes general accounting, TDS, Income Tax, and banking-related work.
Anjali is an Associate Fellow in the Public Law vertical. At Vidhi, she is currently assisting the High Level Committee constituted by the Government of India to review the institutionalisation of arbitration mechanisms in India. She assisted in the drafting of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code 2016 and related secondary legislation for the Ministries of Finance and Corporate Affairs, and the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India. Anjali has a B.A., LL.B (Hons.) from National Law School of India University, Bangalore and an LL.M. from the University of Cambridge. Before joining Vidhi, she worked as a Legal Adviser (admitted in India) at Clifford Chance LLP, London. She is qualified as an Advocate and as a Non-Practising Solicitor (England and Wales).
Shyamal Mukherjee is the Chief Administrative Officer. He looks after all administrative work at Vidhi. Shyamal completed his graduation in B.A (Hons) Economics from the University of Delhi. Before joining Vidhi, he worked in ABP (P) Ltd in the capacity of Circulation Manager as well as Chief Manager Administration for 36 years. After his retirement, Shyamal joined the PA/PS to Dr Ashok S Ganguly - Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha (2012-2015).
Rahul Malik is the Office Manager and leads the front function at Vidhi. He is responsible for the entire gamut of people-oriented processes. Rahul’s experience spans across a wide range of expertise in client management and operations delivery. He also has extensive hands-on experience in heading diverse HR initiatives – these include policy design, managing administration, training and recruitment in various industries.
Kailash Chandra Pant
Kailash Chandra Pant is working as an Office Assistant at Vidhi. Prior to Vidhi, Kailash was working as a pantry assistant at Central Administrative Tribunal.
Amit Chindaliya is working as an Office Assistant at Vidhi. Prior to Vidhi, he worked as an office assistant in the Delhi Railway Services.
Raju is working as an Office Assistant at Vidhi. Prior to Vidhi, Raju worked in German Embassy as a pantry and housekeeping assistant.
Samraat is a Research Fellow in the Public Law vertical. At Vidhi, he is working on structuring and creating a legal framework for virtual currencies such as Bitcoins. He graduated from Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab with a B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) in 2017. Prior to joining Vidhi, he was the Editor-in-Chief of RGNUL Student Research Review 'Special Edition on Law & Technology' and 'Special Edition on Trade & Investment Law'. He has interned with firms such as Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas and Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas. His areas of interest include comparative constitutional law, law & technology and intellectual property law.
Param is a Research Fellow in the Corporate Law and Financial Regulation vertical. Prior to joining Vidhi, he worked in the General Corporate team at Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, Mumbai (CAM), a leading law firm. His areas of interest include banking and corporate governance. He graduated with a B.Com. (LL.B.) (Hons.) from the Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar in 2015.
Shreya is a Research Fellow in the Corporate Law and Financial Regulation vertical. At Vidhi she has worked on various projects including drafting Rules and Regulations under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 and drafting Rules under the Companies Act, 2013. She graduated from National Law School of India University with a B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) in 2016. Her previous research and academic engagements focused on corporate governance, commercial remedies and taxation.