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South Asian Executive Directors

India is a vast country with different needs and requirements. Think tanks have diverse approaches to the political decision making processes, although there are certain commonalities in these approaches. This diversity stretches to the huge variety of topics and issues that research organisations address. In this series of interviews from think tanks' Executive Directors we draw comparisons and similarities on the challenges institutions face and how these are overcome, the role and relationships with Board members, building research agendas, and understanding the activities of some of these think tanks.
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    Professor Mustafizur Rahman, Executive Director of the Centre for Policy Dialogue

    Professor Mustafizur Rahman is the Executive Director of the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), a leading centre of excellence in Bangladesh. He discusses his career at CPD, the challenges he faced, CPD’s impact, and the role that funders and the think tank’s leadership and staff have played... Read full article
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    Suresh Raghavan, Director of Public Affairs Centre (PAC) India

    Suresh Raghavan is the Director of Public Affairs Centre (PAC), based in Bengaluru, India. He was interviewed by Dr. Annapoorna Ravichander, On Think Tanks' South Asian Editor. Annapoorna Ravichander: Can you tell us a few things about yourself? Suresh Raghavan: I have a background in... Read full article
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    Khalida Ghaus, Managing Director of Social Policy and Development Centre

    Prof. Dr. Khalida Ghaus is the Managing Director of Social Policy and Development Centre (SPDC) in Karachi, Pakistan. She is the former Director of the Centre of Excellence for Women Studies. Annapoorna Ravichander: Please tell us a bit about yourself; about your background.  Khalida... Read full article
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    Ajaya Dixit, Executive Director of ISET-Nepal

    Ajaya Dixit is the Executive Director of ISET-Nepal a non-governmental and not-for-profit organisation and a think tank. It primarily studies and analyses developmental issues of rapidly changing social and environmental context that demand new insights into the emerging challenges to manage... Read full article
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    Sanjay Kumar, Director of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies

    Sanjay Kumar is currently the Director of CSDS. It is one of India’s leading institutes for research in the social sciences and humanities. Annapoorna Ravichander: Could you tell us about yourself? Sanjay Kumar: I am the Director at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS)... Read full article
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    Dr. Abid Qaiyum Suleri, Executive Director of Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI)

    Dr. Abid Qaiyum Suleri is currently the Executive Director of Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI). SDPI was founded in August 1992 on the recommendation of the Pakistan National Conservation Strategy (NCS), also called Pakistan's Agenda 21. Dr. Annapoorna Ravichander, editor at large... Read full article