Executive Team

Aakanksha Mishra
Research Associate

Aakanksha Mishra is a dual qualified lawyer eligible to practice in India and New York. She holds a master of laws degree in International Legal Studies, from Georgetown University Law Center. She completed her undergraduate law degree from Gujarat National Law University in 2016. Aakanksha takes keen interest in reading and writing about international economic law and policy.

Gaurav Banerjee
Data Analyst

Gaurav has a BE in Computer Science Engineering and dual certification in data science and analytics. He has experience working with statistical tools and machine learning algorithms. He works as a Data Analyst at DAKSH


Harish Narasappa

Harish is a lawyer and founding partner of the law firm, Samvad Partners, headquartered in Bengaluru. Harish has extensive experience in advising on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, banking, corporate financing, private equity, projects, regulatory, and dispute resolution matters. Harish is a trustee of the Singamma Sreenivasan Foundation and the Punarchith Collective. He is also a member of the Karnataka Election Watch and National Election Watch. Harish has a BA, LLB (Hons.) from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore, a BCL from the University of Oxford (where he was a Radhakrishnan Scholar), and a BA (Philosophy) from the University of London.


Kishore Mandyam

Kishore is the Chief Executive Officer of PK4 Software, Bengaluru, a market leader in cloud and mobile business solutions for non-Western markets. He has over 24 years of experience in the software industry. He is the technology mastermind for all DAKSH’s initiatives.

Kishore has a degree in electrical engineering from Bangalore University.


Research Manager

Leah is a lawyer and social scientist with wide-ranging work experience in corporations, nonprofits and political campaigns across India. She is a graduate of Columbia University and National Law School of India University.

Sandhya PR
Senior Research Fellow

Sandhya PR is a graduate of ILS Law College and University College London. Her areas of interest include civil justice and judicial reforms. She is currently a Senior Research Fellow at DAKSH.


Shruthi Naik
Senior Research Fellow

Shruthi Naik is a graduate of the National Law School of India University, Bengaluru. Having a keen interest in studying access to justice in India, she is a Senior Research Fellow working on the rule of law project.

Shruti Vidyasagar
Lawyer and Editor

Shruti is a lawyer and editor. She has pursued a varied legal practice in Bengaluru for several years, advising clients on matters ranging from contracts, employment, intellectual property, foreign investment and corporate compliance, to women’s rights and matrimonial law. She consults with several Indian and multinational companies on dealing with workplace sexual harassment. She also edits books and journals on law, society, development, business and management.  

Shruti has an undergraduate degree (B.A.L., LL.B.) from Bangalore University and a post-graduate degree (BCL) from the University of Oxford.


Siddharth Mandrekar Rao
Research Associate

Siddharth Mandrekar Rao is working on research on Political Economy and the Judiciary. He has an MSc in Political Science from LSE and Political Economy and a BA in Economics, Political Science, and Sociology from Christ University.

Surya Prakash B S
Fellow and Programme Director

Surya Prakash is a chartered accountant and lawyer with more than 14 years of experience in handling tax functions of large global IT companies.