Leadership

The India Lab is made up of highly committed faculty and students. Below you can find personal descriptions for our fellows. 

 
Nooruddin_Irfan.HiRes_.jpg

Irfan Nooruddin

Director of the India Initiative and the Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani Professor of Indian Politics in the Asian Studies Program in the SFS. Expertise in economic development, democratization, and civil conflict in the developing world.

unnamed.jpg

NANDINI MULLAJI

Graduate of the Georgetown University (SFS’17) and Stanford Business School (MBA’21). Alongside Professors Nooruddin and Giordano, Nandini developed the lab in Summer 2016 and taught its first iteration. She continues to be involved in the design and strategy of the lab, while working as a Business Analyst at McKinsey and Company and running Make Her Space. Her passion for edtech, women’s right and equal access underlies her long term aspirations to disrupt the Indian education system.

 

Profile-photo-Giordano.jpg

mark giordano

Director of the Program in Science, Technology and International Affairs, Professor of Environment and Energy. Research focuses on natural resource problems, particularly as related to water.
 

14918851_1161680567213442_3049548701727238053_o.jpg

Madison Pravecek

Madison is currently serving as the lab manager of the studio course; she is a junior in the School of Foreign Service majoring in Science, Technology, and International Affairs and is pursuing a self-design certificate in South Asian Affairs. This past summer she interned with the International Water Management Institute, assessing the impact of Jalyukt Shivar. Madison is currently the TA for the current India Innovation Studio, this year focusing on Public Health. She is interested in studying the intersection between public health and climate change.

Tithi-Patel-Headshot.jpg

TITHI PATEL

Tithi is a Senior in the School of Foreign Service majoring in International Economics, with a concentration in Growth, Development, & Transition. She has worked closely with several DC non-profits to develop sustainable fundraising strategies. This past summer, she interned at the Office of the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, primarily conducting research on public infrastructure project implementation methods. Her interests lie at the intersection of human development and technology in order to promote equitable growth.

Copy of IMG_8080.jpg

Navneet Vishwanathan

Navneet is senior in the School of Foreign Service majoring in International Economics. He has previously worked with a microfinance firm in India and is currently the COO of Georgetown Global Consulting, a student-run non-profit consulting firm that specializes in international development projects for NGOs. He is personally interested in the intersection between data, sports, and international trade.
 

Jaclyn_Lee_Headshot.jpg

Jaclyn Lee

Jaclyn is a junior in the School of Foreign Service majoring in Science, Technology & International Affairs with a concentration in Energy & Environment and pursuing a certificate in International Development. She is currently the Vice President of Natangue-Senegal USA, the US arm of a Senegalese-based nonprofit that works towards improving the lives of mothers and children in Senegal through schools, health, and sustainable development. She is particularly interested in the legal aspects of natural resource and project development.

IMG_8116.JPG

Mia Vanderwilt

Mia is a junior in the School of Foreign Service majoring in Science, Technology & International Affairs, with a concentration in Energy & Environment. Mia also interned with the International Water Management Institute in Anand, Gujarat this past summer, performing field research across rural Maharashtra. She is interested in climate and population modeling, environmental data analysis and environmental diplomacy.

Headshot-46 (1).jpg

ANYA BHARADWAJ

Anya is a junior in the School of Foreign Service majoring in Comparative Regional Studies with a focus on the Middle East and South Asia. Her work experience on campus spans the Retail and Luxury Club, Hilltop Consultants as well as the India Initiative. She has worked at the Ministry of Eternal Affairs in India, focusing on the development of sustainable smart cities. This past summer, she interned at Invest India to author a strategy document focusing on foreign direct investment into India. She is interested in the role of technology and finance in facilitating development.

GA7A0063.JPG

KELSEY HARRISON

Kelsey is a senior in the School of Foreign Service majoring in Science, Technology, and International Affairs with a concentration in Business, Growth and Development and pursuing a certificate in Diplomatic Studies. She is currently working on communications for the World Bank. Kelsey is particularly interested in sustainable water management, agricultural development, and building community resiliency to natural disasters.

 

Headshot (1).jpg

Max Fiege

Max is a senior in the School of Foreign Service, majoring in Science, Technology, and International Affairs, with a minor in International Development. His work experience has spanned both the European government and private sectors, technology and infrastructure-oriented consulting, and the DC think tank space. He sees sustainable electrification and financial inclusion as the keys to facilitating economic development.
 

Passport picture.jpg

Naomi Kasbekar

Naomi is a junior in the School of Foreign Service, majoring in Science, Technology, and International Affairs and is a Global Business Fellow. This last summer she worked with startups in India focusing on financial technologies and AI. Her work experience includes the DC think tank space and the Indian private and public sectors. Naomi's areas of interest include sustainable energy, emerging financial technologies and blockchain. 

 

 

IMG_8380.jpg

Signe Stroming

Signe is a junior in the School of Foreign Service, majoring in Science, Technology, and International Affairs with a concentration in energy and the environment, and pursuing a certificate in international development. Signe also interned with the International Water Management Institute in Anand, Gujarat, last summer. She is particularly interested in sustainable development and climate change resilience at the community level.