Prof R. Ramakumar
Dean at School of Development Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences.
M.Sc. in Agricultural Economics (TNAU), Ph.D. in Economics (Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata)
Visiting Post-Doctoral Researcher, Centro de Estudios Economics, El Colegio de Mexico, Mexico City, 2004.
Visiting Scholar, Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum, from March 2005 till February 2006.
Assistant Professor, School of Social Sciences, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, from March 2006 till March 2010.
Associate Professor, School of Development Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, from April 2010 till March 2013.
Professor, School of Development Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, from April 2013.
NABARD Chair Professor, School of Development Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, from June 2016.
Non-ministerial Member, State Planning Board, Government of Kerala, from September 2016.
Dr. Girish Kumar
Associate Professor, Indian Institute of Public Administration.
Areas of Interest/Specialization: Democracy; Governance & Administrative Reforms; Government, Politics & Society; Social sector Reforms; Decentralisation;
Urban & Rural Development Management
Dayabati Roy is an independent researcher. She completed her postdoctoral study at the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies,
University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Her research interests include rural politics, postcolonial theories, social movements and governmentality.
Jagdeep S. Chhokar:
Jagdeep S. Chhokar is a teacher/trainer, researcher, adviser in management, a lawyer, a citizen activist, a bird-watcher and naturalist.
A Ph.D. in management and organisational behaviour from Louisiana State University (USA), an MBA from Delhi University, Graduate Engineer from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (London) and the Institution of Production Engineers (London), and LL.B. from Gujarat University, he taught at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, for 22 years from 1985 to 2006. He was also Director In-charge and Dean at this Institute. Before that, he worked with the Indian Railways in a number of engineering and managerial positions for 12 years; and as an international marketing manager in a public sector company for 4 years.
He has earlier taught at the Louisiana State University in the US from 1981 to 1984. He has also taught at the Murdoch University and the Curtin University of Technology in Australia for the academic year 1993, and at the Loyola Marymount University in the US during the summer of 1996. He was a visiting professor at the University of New Orleans, USA during the academic year 1997-98. During the summer of 2001, he was visiting professor at the Group Ecole Superieure de Commerce Et de Management (ESCEM) (Campus de Tours), France; and at the International University of Japan (Graduate School of International Management).
His professional interests are eclectic, covering all aspects of organisational functioing including management / organisational behaviour, organisational structure, design & development; management and development of human resources; in addition to cross-cultural management, international marketing & management, and strategic management. He is also interested in management in government, in public sector/systems, and industrial & occupational safety. His broader interests include electoral and political reforms, informed choice(Right to and freedom of information), bird watching (ornithology), and world affairs. His research has appeared in several national and international journals. He has also contributed chapters to several edited books and written several cases for teaching. His writing has also appeared in the business and popular press such as The Economic Times, The Times of India, The Hindu, The Indian Express, The Financial Express, The Tribune, The Pioneer.
Actively involved in cross-cultural research for the last few years, he is a Charter Member of the GLOBE Network of Cross Cultural Scholars set up in 1994 as part of the Global Leadership and Organizational Behavior Effectiveness Research Program (GLOBE), and is a member of the GLOBE Coordination Team. He is the lead editor of a volume titled Culture and Leadership across the world: The GLOBE book of in-depth studies of 25 societies published by Lawrence Erlbaum Associates (USA) in 2007, comprising chapters on the societal culture and leadership of these countries, written by researchers in these countries who participated in the GLOBE Research Programme. This book has been awarded the 2008 Ursula Gielen Global Psychology Book Award by the International Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association. This award is given every year to the authors of the book that makes the most significant contribution to psychology as a global discipline.
On electoral / political reforms and informed choice (freedom of information), he is one of the founding members of the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR). The stated objective of this group is to improve democracy and governance in India. It has worked for electoral reforms through the judicial system by filing Public Interest Litigation's in the High Court and the Supreme Court to get relevant laws improved, and on the ground by providing information to voters about the background of candidates contesting elections so that the voters can make informed choices while voting. It is now taking up deeper political process reforms such as internal democracy and financial transparency in political parties. He has also spoken about political and electoral reforms in several forums, and has also published articles on it in newspapers and journals including the Economic and Political Weekly, and Seminar