About Us

We bring together academic research and real world insight, to test interventions that have the potential to improve the lives of workers and deliver measurable financial returns to firms. Our work focuses on three major themes: unlocking female labor, closing the skill gap, and improving job quality. These are the people that have come together to make this vision a reality.

Achyuta Adhvaryu

Chief Research Officer and Co-Founder

Ach holds a Ph.D. in economics from Yale University (2009) and a B.A. in mathematics and economics from the University of Pennsylvania (2004). At GBL he is the Principal Investigator on research projects and works on overall strategy. He is also an assistant professor of economics and public policy at the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business and a Faculty Research Fellow of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Anant Nyshadham

Chief Research Officer and Co-Founder

Anant holds a Ph.D. in economics from Yale University (2012) and a B.Sc. in economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania (2006). At GBL he is the Principal Investigator on research projects and works on overall strategy. He is also an assistant professor of economics at Boston College and a Faculty Research Fellow of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Anant Ahuja

CEO and Co-Founder

Anant holds a B.A. in political science from the University of Pennsylvania (2012). He is the CEO at GBL and works on overall strategy, marketing, and partnerships. He is also the head of Organizational Development at Shahi Exports, a company started by his grandmother which is also India’s biggest apparel export house and a part of the Niti’s Ayog’s “Champions of Change” initiative.

Lavanya Garg

Senior Policy and Outreach Manager and Chief of Staff

Lavanya holds an M.A. in international and development economics from Yale University (2016) and a B.A. in economics from Lady Shri Ram College for Women (2015). At GBL she works on partnerships, communications and marketing, HR, and overall strategy. She is also a co-founder at Asmat, a student-run NGO in Delhi and a co-founder at SUSS (Sustainable Style Speak) an India-based community around sustainable fashion.

Varun Jagannath

Senior Research Manager

Varun is pursuing a Ph.D. in cultural ecology from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (Mumbai) and holds a master’s in social work from St. Joseph’s College (2010) and a B.A. in industrial relations, sociology and economy from St. Joseph’s College (2008). At GBL he works on the on-ground research operations. Prior to this he was an assistant professor in the department of social work at St. Joseph’s Arts and Science College, Bangalore.

Smit Gade

Data and Research Manager

Smit holds an M.Phil. in economics from the University of Oxford (2016), an M.Sc. in economics from the Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (2012), and a B.Tech. in mechanical engineering from the College of Engineering, Pune (2009). At GBL he focuses on research design and data related work. He is also a visiting assistant professor at the Indian School of Business and Finance. Prior to GBL he worked at the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL).

Mansi Kabra

Research and Marketing Manager

Mansi holds an M.A. in development studies from IHEID, University of Geneva (2017) and a B.A. in economics from the Shri Ram College of Commerce (2014). At GBL she works on strategizing and maintaining the quality of project design, implementation, and marketing. Prior to joining the lab, she worked in livelihood projects in Odisha and Burkina Faso and is a board member of Just innovate, a student-run NGO based in Geneva.

Harish PM

Field Assistant

Harish holds a B.A. in sociology from Davangere University (2015) and a master’s in social work from Bangalore University (2017). At GBL he works on the implementation of projects primarily in rural Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. He is also involved in survey training and implementation across factory units.

Sadish Dhakal

Data and Policy Manager

Sadish holds a master's in development economics from the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague (2017) and a B.A. in mathematics and statistics from Grinnell College (2010). At GBL he works on maintaining the quality of data and research design. Prior to joining the Lab, he worked on several impact evaluations in India and Nepal.

Bopanna Changappa

Senior Field Assistant

Bopanna holds an MBA in corporate social responsibility (2012) and a bachelor's in commerce (2016) from Mysore University. At GBL he works on field operations across factory units and rural locations across Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. He also handles the recruitment, training, and capacity building of field staff. 

Priota Paul

Senior Field Assistant

Priota holds a master’s in social work from Christ University (2018) and a bachelor’s in social work from Assam University (2015). At GBL her work comprises of field visits to execute and monitor surveys across factory units, recruitment, training, and supervision of the field staff, and preparatory and administrative tasks for all projects. 

Baba Prasad Nath

Research Associate

Baba holds B.A. in economics (2017) and a P.G. Diploma in advanced studies (2018) both from Ashoka University. At GBL he works on field research implementation, project design, and data cleaning and analysis. Prior to joining the Lab, he interned with J-PAL on a project based in Mirzapur, Uttar Pradesh. 

Mamta Pimoli

Policy and Outreach Manager

Mamta holds a master’s degree in applied economics from the University of Michigan (2017) and a B.A. economics from the College of Vocational Studies (2015). She focuses on the partnerships and funding operations at GBL. Prior to joining the Lab, she worked as a Research Coordinator for Ach Adhvaryu at the University of Michigan.


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