Sameer Kochhar, Editor-in-Chief and Chairman
Sameer Kochhar, the author of best-seller ModiNomics: Inclusive Economics, Inclusive Governance (2014)is a foremost expert on Narendra Modi’s policies. He has been observing and studying Gujarat and him, since time he was Chief Minister, for over a decade now. ModiNomics has been the result of this decade-long effort and association. He has been documenting the contemporary economic history of India since 1991 and has authored eleven books on the subject. In 1997, after spending 15 years in the corporate world, he decided to follow his inner calling and become a development thinker. The Skoch Group – which has a think tank, media and consultancy arms – was established as part of his vision. He is a passionate advocate of social, financial and digital inclusion and has done the maximum documented field reports related to these areas creating possibly the world’s largest knowledge repositories. Important government schemes introduced in the past as well as present have been greatly influenced by his work. He is an invited columnist with leading national dailies and is a regular speaker on national and international television. As a best known voice, his expert opinion is regularly sought by the government and has been invited to be a member of several Expert Committees of Government of India relating to areas of his expertise including advocating a case for strengthening Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) through use of technology, constituted by the Ministry of Panchayati Raj. In his thinking, writings and activities, his profound admiration for India’s economic reforms – and in extension, those outstanding personalities who strive to make these reforms more meaningful and broad-based – comes out clear and unambiguous.
In addition to authoring highly acclaimed Speeding Financial Inclusion (2009), he has edited Infrastructure and Governance (2008); Financial Inclusion (2009); Urban Renewal: Policy and Response (2009); India on the Growth Turnpike: Essays in Honour of Vijay L Kelkar (2010); Building from the Bottom: Infrastructure and Poverty Alleviation (2010); Growth and Finance: Essays in Honour of C Rangarajan (2011); Policymaking for Indian Planning: Essays in Honour of Montek Singh Ahluwalia (2012); and, An Agenda for India’s Growth: Essays in Honour of P. Chidambaram (2013). His research interests include, financial inclusion, inclusive growth, economic and financial sector reforms, digital inclusion, decentralisation, rural development, federalism and social inclusion.
Dr Gursharan Dhanjal, Editor & CEO
Dr Gursharan Dhanjal, MA, M.Phil, PhD from Delhi University and an expert in strategic affairs is Editor of INCLUSION—a quarterly publication that focuses on development and addresses inclusive growth related issues. He has over 20 years of work experience ranging from academics to research and business journalism to consulting. He started his career as a Lecturer and taught at Delhi University for five years before joining Asia Business News (India)—Dow Jones, a premier broadcaster of business and financial news during mid-90s. He also worked for CNBC for over three years during the late 90s. He has led various research projects, impact assessments and field studies in financial inclusion, e-governance and ICT for development that included traversing across the country, collecting citizen voices for over a decade now. A prolific writer, Dr Dhanjal has contributed over 200 columns in leading national dailies including The Hindustan Times, The Times of India, The Financial Express and The Pioneer. He has published research papers in several journals of repute in addition to authoring a widely acclaimed book entitled Tarapur: The Politics of Nuclear Age. He has recently published another book in association with Sameer Kochhar entitled Infrastructure and Governance. He has contributed papers that have been published in various books, e.g., An Agenda for India’s Growth: Essays in Honour of P Chidambaram, Policymaking for Indian Planning: Essays in Honour of Montek Singh Ahluwalia edited by Sameer Kochhar; and, Building from the Bottom: Infrastructure and Poverty Alleviation, edited by Sameer Kochhar and M Ramachandran. He was member of the Working Group on ICT in Higher Education constituted by Planning Commission for the 12th Five Year Plan. He is a regular speaker at various public fora and institutions including IIT-Delhi and Delhi University where he is also a visiting faculty. He is Member, Course Preparation Team for Master’s Programme, School of Social Sciences, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU). His research interests include, nuclear non-proliferation, political systems, governance, financial inclusion, education, public administration, urban development, conflict resolution and peace building.
Rajiv Jayaram, Deputy Editor
Rajiv is an editor and writer with over 24 years of experience in journalism at different levels. He joined Skoch Media as Resident Editor in 2012, and currently he is our Deputy Editor. Earlier in his career, he had worked with two prominent business dailies of India — The Economic Times and The Financial Express.
Rajiv is an incisive writer and editor, and actively follows national business and economic policy as well as international affairs.
Gyanendra Keshri, Executive Editor
Gyanendra Keshri is an editor and writer w?ith over 12 years of experience in journalism at different levels. He is Executive Editor of INCLUSION and responsible for Skoch Group’s online presence.
An expert in political economy Keshri has worked with virtually all media streams - news agency, newspaper, magazine, television and the Internet.
He was Assistant Editor, Indo-Asian News Service (IANS) handling business and economic policy between 2010-13. He was Principal Correspondent, Qatar Tribune, Doha, between 2006-10. Prior to that he was Correspondent Asian News International (ANI) and Enadu Television.
He is MA in Mass Communication, Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and BA (Honours) Economics. He holds Diploma in Financial Management (DipFM) from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), London and Post Graduate Diploma in English Journalism from Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), New Delhi.
He has worked abroad for four years and travelled widely across the world.
Atul K Thakur, Sr Associate Editor
Atul K Thakur is a Journalist, Writer and Policy Practitioner, with specialisation in the interface of politics and economics. His interest of writing and research is quite diverse and reaches to the areas of international affairs, with special focus on South Asia.
As an author/editor, his latest book is India since1947:Looking Back at a Modern Nation/Niyogi Books, an anthology on modern India. Now, he is editing the next volume with keeping in mind, India in future -- and writing a book that will have bearing on the contemporary political and social history of South Asia. His profile has been featured in The Economic Times, The Financial Express, The Hindu, The Kathmandu Post, The Friday Times, The Asian Age, The Times of India, Down to Earth,among others.
As a journalist/columnist, he wrote for publications include: The Hindu, The Pioneer, The Kathmandu Post, The Daily Star, Businessworld, Governance Now, Tehelka, The Friday Times, The Himalayan Times, Mainstream, Seven Sisters Post, The Financial World, India Quarterly, Strategic Analysis, Warscapes, NewsYaps, IBN Live, India America Today, INCLUSION, New Spotlight, Rising Kashmir, The Kashmir Monitor, The Kashmir Walla, Kashmir Reader, Kashmir Dispatch. He is also a literary critic, having reviewed hundreds of books for leading publications in India and abroad.
He is an alumnus, inter alia, of Banaras Hindu University and has worked across the sectors, spanning consultancy, policy research and media.