CRISP Fellows

Randinee Wijesinghe

Project Manager at IoT Solutions

In her current position, Randinee’s responsibilities see her involved in the management and delivery of a solution which combines 'internet of things' and 'pay as you go' micro-payments for improving off-grid solar energy affordability. She conducts the technology and business research for steering IoT product development and liaises with investors. She applied for this fellowship as a way of getting up to date with the latest knowledge and best practises in technology innovation management with the hope of applying it to her work enabling her to advance her career. Alongside this, she can’t wait to conduct business research at a world class university, build up her professional network, and get global business exposure.

Prerna Mukharya

Founder of Outline India

Prerna is the Founder of Outline India - a for-profit social enterprise in India that stands for creating social impact through data.

Her research start-up has changed the way data is collected and utilised for social schemes and programmes by academics, policymakers, private stakeholders and the Indian government. Founded in 2012, with a strong presence across rural India, Outline India has worked across 23 states, over 4,000 villages, and interviewed over 3 million stakeholders with an indirect reach over 30 million offline people.

Prerna is currently focusing on building Track Your Metrics (TYM) - an assessment tool for small NGOs and big funders to enable building of impact metrics and to bring in accountability across the development world, thereby changing the way we track and finance social programmes. TYM recently won at an accelerator programme and Prerna hopes to raise funds for it in the coming year.

Prerna was featured on Fortune magazines’ 40 under 40 list for her disruptive work with ground level data in 2017 and again in 2018. She was recently featured among the top 25 businesswomen in India by Forbes magazine, in their annual issue featuring women leaders running profitable companies. She is a 2017 Raisina Fellow (awarded by Ministry of External Affairs and ORF), a 2016 Australia India Youth Dialogue Fellow, and a TEDx speaker. She has prior research experience working at the Centre for Policy Research and holds an MA in Economics from Boston University.

Anthony Vipin Das

Associate Director at L V Prasad Eye Institute

Anthony’s key responsibilities are acting as a consultant ophthalmologist at L V Prasad Eye Institute. He is excited about the programmes opportunities to explore and learn new perspectives in a variety of fields in particular technology and innovation. During his time here he hopes to travel when feasible and explore British culture whilst possibly opening up new collaborations with members of his fellow cohort.

Kamesh Gupta

Senior VP - Strategic Collaborations & Programs, Tata Sons Ltd

Kamesh has multi-sectoral global exposure across strategy and business development, operations, exports, strategic sourcing, new product development, strategic collaborations, start-ups, technology, and innovation management.

He has aggregated India Inc.’s capability and global competencies to create and deliver unique technology solutions. He has created a skills and competencies development programme for young people to be A&D industry ready.

He has extensive experience in aerospace & defence, industrial and automotives, public affairs (policy & diplomacy), global co-operation, technology collaboration, and in creating opportunities for both business and societal causes.

Kamesh is a mechanical engineer from Visvesvaraya Regional College of Engineering Nagpur, and was selected for the Carnegie Mellon Fulbright Scholarship (2005).

Rajesh Parishwad

External Relations Manager, India - Royal Society of Chemistry

Rajesh has been working with the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), a leading learned society for chemical sciences. As an external relations manager, his responsibilities are focused on developing and managing the RSC’s strategic objectives and activities in India to advance chemical sciences. It includes working with the Indian chemistry community, professional societies, policy-makers and industry, and strengthening the UK-India research collaborations.

He previously worked as a Senior Science and Innovation Advisor at the British High Commission in India, a role in which he worked on policy-related matters and facilitating research collaborations. He was a technology and business journalist for The Week - a national magazine, and Deccan Herald - a leading newspaper in Bangalore, and tracked the phenomenal growth of India’s technology sector. He still writes for RSC’s Chemistry World, a scientific magazine, which is circulated among its 50,000 members across the world. Rajesh has a degree in Science and an MA in Mass Communication and Journalism.

Dr Nitin Shukla

Senior Scientist, intellectual property group/ NCL innovations, CSIR-NCL

Dr Nitin Shukla holds a doctoral degree in biomedical research and is a registered Indian Patent Agent. Dr Shukla has been awarded the Women Scientist-C Scheme from the Department of Science and Technology for training in intellectual property rights. She is a DST-IUSSTF Khorana Tech Transfer Fellow trained at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Currently, she is working as a Senior Scientist in Intellectual Property Group of CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory/NCL Innovations.

She has over ten years of experience in advising on IP protection, IP portfolio planning, management and value addition. She has been working at the intersection of science, law and policy, advising on IP-related issues for project agreements and licensing/ PPP negotiations. She is also into research, scholarly opinions and policy prescriptions relating to IP law, innovation and technology policy. Through the CRISP program she wants to explore the best practices of institutions in and around the UK and adapt them in Indian settings to improve the technology commercialisation ecosystem and close the gaps therein. She expects to be exposed to key success stories of UK organisations and the challenges they initially faced. She is keen to build upon all learnings acquired from the faculty and other fellows participating in the programme.

Dr Anagha S Sabnis

Assistant Professor, Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai

Anagha has a doctorate in Polymer and Paints Technology from the University of Mumbai and is currently Assistant Professor at the Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai. She has held the positions of R & D Head (Phiroz Sethna Pvt Ltd) and Product Specialist for the International Business unit (Pidilite Industries, Mumbai) prior to her academic career.

Currently her research is in the area of bio-based polymers and green chemistry for polymer and coating applications. She has published her work related to anti-corrosive coatings based on hybrid sol-gel technology, bio-based renewable functional materials, polymer recycling, non-isocyanate polyurethanes, flame retardant coatings etc. in various scientific journals of international repute. To date she has 562 citations to her credit with i10 index 15.

Anagha is a recipient of ‘Super Achiever Award for Excellence in Research in Polymers and Paint Technology’ by the Indian Chapter (WISE) of International Network of Women Engineers and Scientists, which is an official NGO partner of the operational type with UNESCO. She is member of various professional bodies including the American Chemical Society, the Committee for Raw Materials for Paints, Varnishes and related Products Sectional Committee.

Sreedevi Devireddy

Chief Executive Officer, SR Innovation Exchange, Hyderabad/ Warangal, India

Sreedevi Devireddy is a credible thought-leader in the entrepreneurship ecosystem of India and an accomplished female leader. She has an MA in Strategic Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode. She is an inspiring leadership evangelist. She has previously worked as Executive Director of TiE Hyderabad. She has championed various initiatives focused on women's empowerment, the latest being the US Mission to India sponsored AIRSWEEE (All India Road show for Women Empowerment through Entrepreneurship). She was conferred with the Women Excellency Award 2018 by the National Institute for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (NI-MSME), Government of India.

Sreedevi is the founding member of SR Innovation Exchange, a unique technology business incubator focused on manufacturing and design excellence. SR Innovation Exchange is located in Warangal, India. She is on the board of Kakatiya Angels, an angel network focused on investing in cleantech, IoT, and agri-businesses. She is driven towards building sustainable businesses and igniting young minds to unleash their maximum creative potential.

Tushar Vyas

Chief Strategy Officer, GroupM South Asia

Tushar is part of GroupM South Asia ExCo and in his current role Tushar helps GroupM’s transformation journey by harnessing digital, data and content. Tushar has 20 years of experience in digital, media, advertising and technology. He also serves as a board member of WPP India CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) Foundation.

Tushar had launched the Digital Media Agency Business Unit (Interaction) for GroupM India, built up a 600+ member team and expanded services in areas like content, search and programmatic buying, mobile, digital activation, social, insight and digital analytics. GroupM digital media practice is today the largest digital media solution provider with more than 300 active clients and has been consistently a best performer across all the media and digital awards. Tushar was also part of the SureWaves start-up team focused on media technology.

Tushar manages WPP Stream India/Asia – a conference bringing together industry thought-leaders from digital, marketing, technology, creative and communications businesses.

Kaushik Bose

Co-founder and CEO at SustLabs

Kaushik is co-founder and CEO at SustLabs, a SINE (IIT Bombay) incubated data analytics company leveraging big data on electricity and water. He is working on affordable smart-metering and usable analytics in the electricity distribution space and leads on strategic planning, general management, business development, and investor interactions.

Kaushik has studied in IE (Madrid) and London Business School. He has also briefly served at the UN (Department of Economic and Social Affairs) and at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.

Through the Chevening Rolls-Royce program, he would like to explore the role of market forces in enabling end-consumer choice of energy utilities and introducing transparency for energy transactions. He would also like to explore product development, and partnership and investment opportunities in the United Kingdom and Europe.

Michael Jayawardana

Business Head, Mitsubishi Corporation Sri Lanka

Michael heads commercial business for Mitsubishi Corporation’s Sri Lanka operations. His responsibilities range from expanding the trading business of the company to evaluating investment and joint venture opportunities in emerging and fledgling economic sectors. His scope of work includes trading activities in petroleum products, chemicals and commodities, while investment activities focus on infrastructure, ports, transportation, urban development and energy sectors.

A key aspect of his role is to foster collaboration with state and private sector organisations for projects with a large development mandate for the country. Michael has a keen interest in understanding viable economic models that facilitate public-private partnerships and joint venture formulation. He was previously employed at MAS Holdings – the largest apparel exporter in Sri Lanka, setting-up one of the country’s first privately owned industrial zones.

Michael is a recipient of the GSE Scholarship to the UK from Rotary International and has received executive education in professional leadership development from INSEAD. He is a certified project management professional, and a graduate of the University of London with an MBA from the University of Leicester. He also has a post-graudate diploma in Conflict and Peace Studies from the University of Colombo. His favourite sport is karate in which he holds a second-degree black belt.

Siddharth Aryan

Associate Director for Energy & Infrastructure at USIPF

Siddharth has nearly eight years of energy and infrastructure experience in India, the Middle East, Africa and the United States. He has worked with Baker Hughes in the oil and gas sector as an engineer, project manager, and strategy consultant.

Prior to USIPF, Siddharth worked with the US India Business Council (USIBC) where he designed, developed and executed policy advocacy programmes to mitigate political risk for leading energy and infrastructure companies in India and the United States.

Siddharth earned his master’s in International Business from the Fletcher School, Tufts University. He graduated with a degree in Engineering from Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal University.

Meghna Apparao

Director, Amazon India

Meghna Apparao has over 17 years of consumer goods industry experience. She is currently General Manager and Category Director at Amazon. She has previously worked at Unilever on various assignments - leading disruptive innovation globally and heading marketing, sales and strategic initiatives. Her work has involved setting up new businesses, creating new categories and launching brands across more than 14 countries.

She is passionate about driving sustainability through innovation and has successfully launched multi-billion global projects in this space. She completed her MBA from the Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi, and has also received the All India Best NCC Cadet award from the President of India. Meghna volunteers as a mentor with the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women and supports various initiatives to improve gender balance.

Through the CRISP programme, she expects to meet leaders from public and private institutions in the UK and Brussels and get exposure to key challenges, effective leadership, and innovation strategies to bring sustainability into the 'heart' of all innovation. She also aims to drive gender balance by supporting more women to actively participate in this fascinating journey.

Dr Shilpa Pandit

Head monitoring and evaluation, Hand in Hand (India)

Shilpa Pandit is a trained psychologist and has two decades of cross-sectoral experience in psychology and development sector practice, research, and evaluation. She has served as an expert evaluation and research person, leading teams in organisations and has worked with several national and international development organizations. Recently, she has worked with the team in Hand in Hand (India), on an exciting project for SHG women entrepreneurs, to increase their business, using digital technology. One of her other recent work engagement was with the UNDP (India), where she was placed in the Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) for research and policy work on the implementation of Mahatma Gandhi NREGA - the world’s largest workfare program for the rural poor, during which she visited over 10 states and approx. 30 districts in rural India. Over the last 10 years in particular, she has worked on poverty, gender, health, nutrition, education, skilling, youth development, and livelihoods and most recently, social accountability as well as increasing the use of digital and mobile technology in the development sector.


Shilpa has co-founded an NGO - Dreampath Foundation, which works with adolescents and youth on work, careers and livelihoods. CRISP provides her an opportunity to expand, learn and grasp the amazing entrepreneurial and leadership energies that humans across the world possess.