Meet our Chevening Research, Science, and Innovation Leadership Fellows (CRISP) 2024-2025

This programme enables fellows to understand the UK science field, innovation management processes, and the interactions between research, innovation, and economic development. The programme also covers wider issues including global challenges, politics, and international relations.

CRISP Fellow

Ayushi Mishra

COO, DronaMaps

Forbes 30 under 30 (Asia) tech entrepreneur specialising in the use of emerging tech for impact. Ayushi co-founded 2 startups: Marigold Health, a mobile platform to scale peer support and therapy (backed by NIH) and DronaMaps, a decision support system with drones and AI.

CRISP Fellow

Malini Nagulapalli

Project Coordinator, IIT Delhi

Malini is an innovation policy professional with a dedication to advancing health and gender equity. She holds a Ph.D. in Computational Biology from the University of Florence, Italy, and has over 13 years of experience in innovation and policy. She received various fellowships and awards for her contributions.

CRISP Fellow

Jitesh Choudhary

Director, CDAC Centre in Northeast

An executive with 18 years of product design, development, and project management experience. As Northeast CDAC Centre Director, Jitesh assesses needs, builds hardware and software, qualifies products, manages change, and launches them. He has a B.E. and MS in Software Systems.

Trupti Biplabketan Jain

Founder Director

Trupti Jain is a social entrepreneur passionate about women's empowerment. Founder of Naireeta services, she advocates for gender equality and provides skill development programs for underprivileged women. She is recognised for her impactful work on gender and climate change.

CRISP Fellow

Shashanka Radyadurga Huliraj

Manager, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited

Shashanka RH is currently driving digital manufacturing initiatives in aerospace. Starting his career in helicopter manufacturing, he has since led multiple successful projects across various aircraft and allied domains. He is keen on industry-academia collaborations and has started multiple joint research initiatives.

CRISP fellow

Devendra L Deshmukh

Professor, IIT Indore

Prof. Deshmukh is a distinguished researcher and academician with a strong background in the fields of combustion and alternative fuels, automotive engines, waste heat recovery, and hybrid electric vehicles. He has demonstrated leadership in various administrative roles at IIT Indore.

CRISP fellow

Ravi Gadepalli

Founder, Transit Intelligence LLP

Ravi is a consultant with the World Bank and Asian Development Bank advancing policy, regulatory, institutional and funding reforms for public transport service improvement and electric mobility adoption. He also builds analytical tools to deliver demand oriented public transport systems in developing countries.

CRISP fellow

Abhinav Mishra

Head, Strategy and PMO, Innovations Businesses

Abhinav currently leads strategy and programs for innovative businesses at Dr. Reddy's, a global pharmaceutical firm serving more than 650 million patients. His interests lie in understanding healthcare innovation, specifically in addressing patients’ unmet needs & addressing public health inequities.

CRISP fellow

Muhandiramge Lonali Rodrigo

Managing Director/Head of Design, House of Lonali

Lonali Rodrigo is a designer who leads House of Lonali, a conscious designer brand and social enterprise that creates uncompromising style while caring for people and planet. She is dedicated to creating a positive impact on circularity, creativity and entrepreneurship with a vision to 'Design a Better Future'.

CRISP fellow

Nadeem Shabir

Senior Assistant Professor, Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir

Nadeem is an academic entrepreneur and Wellcome Trust-India Alliance fellow (2018) at SKUAST-Kashmir. He founded PouLAR Biologicals, specializing in safe poultry vaccines, and represents the Indian subcontinent in the UK-International Coronavirus Network. His research is widely published and cited.

CRISP fellow

Shivani Gupta

CEO, Inochi Care

A medtech entrepreneur with PhD from BITS Pilani & Biodesign Fellowship from AIIMS New Delhi. She has received global recognition including Forbes Ignite Change maker, TiE Global women entrepreneur, MIT Technology Innovator Under 35. In her free time she enjoys exploring new places.

Shveta Suneja

Academic Entrepreneur, University of Michigan

With an MBA from Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, Shveta has over 12 years of experience at the intersection of advanced technology and sustainability. From supply chain optimisation to waste reduction strategies, Shveta is dedicated to developing innovative solutions across the value chain spectrum.

CRISP Fellowship

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