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DR. RADHA KUMAR
(Director General, Delhi Policy Group and Former Interlocutor for Jammu & Kashmir)

Dr. Radha Kumar, Director General of the Delhi Policy Group, is a specialist in ethnic conflicts, peacemaking and peace-building. Formerly Director of the Mandela Centre for Peace at Jamia Millia Islamia Univeristy (2005-10), Dr. Kumar has also been Senior Fellow in Peace and Conflict Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York (1999-2003), Executive Director of the Helsinki Citizen's Assembly in Prague (1992-4), Associate Fellow at the Institute for War and Peace Studies at Columbia University (1996-8) and was a member of the Council on Security and Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific (CSCAP India). She is currently on the Board of the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), the Foundation for Communal Harmony (India, Ministry of Home Affairs) and an Associate Fellow of the Asia Society in New York.

From October 2010 to October 2011, Dr. Kumar served as one of the three-member Group of Interlocutors appointed by the Government of India for Jammu and Kashmir.

Dr. Kumar holds a PhD from Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi and an MA and BA from Cambridge University, UK. She is the author of 5 books and over 100 journal articles & book chapters, as well as several dozen op-ed and about 30 reports. Dr. Kumar also appears frequently on T.V. and radio.

Her publications include –
 
·         Negotiating Peace in Deeply Divided Societies: A Set of Simulations, Sage, 2009
·         Making Peace with Partition, Penguin India, 2005
·         Divide and Fall? Bosnia in the Annals of Partition, Verso Books, 1997, 1999
·         A History of Doing: An Illustrated Account of Movements for Women's Rights and Feminism in India,
         1800-1990, Kali for Women and Verso Books, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2002, Zubaan, 2004.
          Marathi edition 2000, Hindi edition 2002

A full list of her articles can be accessed here.
 
LT. GEN. ADITYA SINGH PVSM, AVSM** (RETD)
(Advisor, National Security Program)

Lieutenant General (retd.) Aditya Singh was formerly a member of India's National Security Advisory Board. Currently, he is the Security advisor to the National Security Program being carried out at the Delhi Policy Group. General Singh retired in Sep 2007 as GOC-in-C of the Southern Command - the largest and senior-most Command of the Indian Army.

Prior to this he had been Commander-in-Chief(C-in-C), Andaman & Nicobar (A&N) Command - the only Joint Command of India from Jan 2005 in the aftermath of the Earthquake and Tsunami of 26 Dec 2004. In this capacity, he was also the Vice Chairman and Operational Head of the Integrated Relief Command responsible for the emergency relief and successful rehabilitation of the ravaged Islands.

A fourth generation Army Officer he volunteered as a continuum of the family legacy which dates back to 1859. He completed his education from Mayo College, Ajmer, and was commissioned into the Indian Armoured Corps in 1967 at the top of his batch. A graduate of Staff College, Camberly (UK) in 1978, he obtained a Masters Degree in Military Science in 1990 and is an alumnus of the Indian National Defence College. He is a three times recipient of the highest national awards for distinguished service and a former Aide de Camp to The President of India.

He now devotes time to strategic and national security issues, looking after educational establishments and building institutions.
 
Sabnam Gafoor
(Research Associate)

Sabnam graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras in 2014 with an Integrated Masters in Economics (with a minor in Development Studies). She has worked as a Research Intern at the Economic and Political Science Research Foundation, Mumbai studying the impact of the medical attention at the time of delivery on the prevailing infant mortality rates in India. Her Masters dissertation maps out a composite model for the determinants of infant mortality in the Empowered Action Group States in India. She has also interned with the Institute of Financial Management Resources, Chennai, the Times of India, Kochi and the Advanced Business Consultants, Sultanate of Oman.
 
Her research interests include gender, policy and public economics.
 
Dnyanada Palkar
(Junior Research Associate)

Dnyanada graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada) in 2013 with a Bachelors in Political Science and Economics. Her research interests include peace and conflict, foreign and defence policy analysis as well as geopolitical strategy. She is associated with the Peace and Conflict Studies program at Delhi Policy Group and is currently working on Afghanistan in the context of post-2014 strategies for the region.   
 
ADMIN TEAM
 
Uma Malhotra
(Executive Secretary)

Uma Malhotra has recently joined DPG as Executive Secretary to the Director General. Earlier she has worked with Indian Petrochemicals Corporation Limited (a GoI Navratna PSU) for 25 years where she served as Personal Secretary to the Top Management. After taking VRS in 2007, she joined Best Food International – a rice manufacturing company and then Asian Centre for Organisation Research and Development (ACORD), a not-for-profit Society (Oct 2008- Feb 2014).

Besides secretarial work, she is good at handling HR/personnel, admin and project-related work (online data search, telephonic surveys, translations, proof-reading/editing etc.). She has learned the ropes of the trade through sheer perseverance and hard work and believes in working as a team.
 
Sivadasan K
(Office Secretary)

Mr. Sivadasan K has successfully served in the Indian Army (Remount Veterinary Corps) for 24-years, where he was recommended for Chief of Army Staff Commendation Card. He was awarded best service certificate by the Commandant Defence Services Staff College Wellington (Nilgiris). He retired as Nb Ris (Clerk). His career experience includes two successful tenures with the Integrated HQ within the Ministry of Defence and a single tenure with Defence Services Staff College Wellington (Nilgiris)

He joined DPG initially as Administrative manager under General VR Raghavan, the then Project Director Delhi Policy Group during 1998. Currently, he handles all logistical and administrative arrangements for various national, international conferences, Round Table Meetings besides Secretarial and DPG Trust related work.
 
Mr. C.P. Venkatanathan
(Secretary)

Mr. C.P. Venkatanathan has over 36 years of experience working in various administrative positions across different industries. He has worked in Central Scientific Instruments Organization (1978-84), Industrial Finance Corporation of India (1984-2008), Reliance Infrastructure Ltd. (2008-11) and ETA Engineering Pvt. Ltd. (2011-14). He is well versed in planning, organizing and managing events.

He has joined the Delhi Policy Group as Secretary and would be handling logistics and administration related work.
 
Babu Lal
(Office Assistant)

After successfully completing 15 years at SIEL, Mr. Babu Lal joined the Delhi Policy Group as an Office Assistant. At DPG, he co-ordinates the activities of conducting various international and national seminars and conferences to be held, arrangement of transportations, despatching official emails and other day-to-day activities of DPG.
 

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