Who Are We?

AI Policy Exchange is the brainchild of a small group of graduate students of the Institute of Public Policy (IPP) at National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore. We are a group of driven individuals who firmly believe in the primacy of wide-ranging discourse as a mandatory precondition for crafting an effective and just policy framework.

Managing Editor To edit and prepare articles for publication on AI Policy Exchange.

Raj Shekhar

Raj holds an integrated Bachelor’s degree in Law and Humanities from Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University (Lucknow), where he was the editor of the Law Review and the RMLNLU Journal on Communication, Media, Entertainment and Technology. During his time as an undergrad, Raj also founded The RMLNLU Law Review Blog, which was recently ranked by Feedspot as one of the top law blogs in the country. Raj’s editorial proclivities later motivated him to start JurisOpen Network Publishing, a scholarly publishing venture through which he hopes to build an open access knowledge repository service for people who cannot afford high-quality legal research facilities. Raj was smitten by the intellectual property bug during his stint as a research assistant under the MHRD-IPR Chair at Indian Institute of Technology (Madras) — Professor Feroz Ali Khader. Raj’s dissertation work at IPP explores the interface between intellectual property rights and artificial intelligence technologies.

rajshekhar@nls.ac.in | +918933870934 | Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn

Media Editors To manage the outreach of AI Policy Exchange and work closely with authors who are commissioned by AI Policy Exchange to blog on topical issues concerning AI policy and governance. 

Antara Vats

Antara received her multidisciplinary education from Ambedkar University (Delhi) in Political Science, Sociology and Psychology. Her multidisciplinary lens has enabled her to explore the inter-relationships between machine learning and social learning. At IPP, Antara is working on the utilization of digitalized land records for planning smart cities in India. Professionally trained in theatre and painting, Antara hopes to bust the notion of gender binaries completely one day.

antaravats@nls.ac.in | +919650935671 | Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn

Raghuvir Raghav Das

Raghav holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Chemistry from the University of Delhi and a Master’s in Environment and Development from Ambedkar University (Delhi). Raghav is a technology enthusiast with a passion for the environment and renewable energy. He fervently believes in the power of artificial intelligence to model disruptive changes in materials science, energy, and climate change mitigation.

raghuvirdas@nls.ac.in | +918076953254 | Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn

Technical Experts To make the editorial processes more robust, the policy editors and media editors receive constant support from a group of technical experts who specialize in disciplines ranging from AI research and development to AI ethics and law.

Pranav Shyam, OpenAI, San Francisco

Pranav studied Computer Science at RV College of Engineering (Bangalore) where he worked extensively on machine learning and deep learning. During this time, he also interned at the Indian Institute of Science (Bangalore) and published a paper at the International Conference of Machine Learning (ICML), arguably the most prestigious venue for publishing AI research. He then worked with Juergen Schmidhuber, the father of modern AI and his team at Nnaisense, Switzerland where he continued his research. Currently, he is a researcher at OpenAI, San Francisco.

T. Ramakrishna, MHRD-IPR Chair, NLSIU Bangalore

T. Ramakrishna is Professor of Intellectual Property Rights Law at National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore. He also holds the Intellectual Property Rights Chair of the Ministry of Human Resources and Development at NLSIU. He is also a member of various expert committees constituted by Indian Intellectual Property Office, National Biodiversity Authority, Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Authority, and Copyright Office.

Avik Sarkar, Visiting Professor, Data, Technology & Public Policy, Indian School of Business (Mohali)

Dr. Sarkar is Visiting Professor of Data, Technology & Public Policy at the Indian School of Business in Mohali (Punjab). Dr. Sarkar is the former Head of Data Analytics Cell at NITI Aayog and was named as one amongst the Top 10 Data Scientists in India by Analytics India magazine in 2017. In the past, Dr. Sarkar has advised various government committees like the Bureau of Indian Standards for setting standards for Artificial Intelligence, the Analytics Advisory Committee for setting up Government e-Marketplace (GeM), and the Technical Advisory Committee of Census 2021.

Designated Bloggers To timely inform readers on AI Policy Exchange about the major trends emerging at the interface between various disciplines and artificial intelligence.

Thieß Petersen, Senior Advisor, Bertelsmann Stiftung (Gütersloh) and Lecturer, European University Viadrina (Frankfurt/Oder)
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At Bertelsmann Stiftung, Thieß studies macro-economic trends as a senior advisor with the project Global Economic Dynamics. Thieß is also lecturer at European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder), where he teaches micro and macro economics.