About Us

Founded by Ach Adhvaryu (University of Michigan), Anant Ahuja (Shahi Exports), and Anant Nyshadham (Boston College), GBL brings 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.

Achyuta Adhvaryu

Chief Research Officer and Co-Founder

Ach holds a faculty appointment in business economics and public policy at the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business, where his research and teaching focus on topics in development economics. He is also a Faculty Research Fellow of the National Bureau of Economic Research. Ach’s research interests center around the role of the private sector in improving the wellbeing of low-income individuals. He received his Ph.D. in economics in 2009 from Yale University, and was also on faculty at Yale prior to his current appointment at Michigan.

Anant Nyshadham

Chief Research Officer and Co-Founder

Anant is currently an Assistant Professor in the economics Department at Boston College, and also a Faculty Research Fellow of the National Bureau of Economic Research. His decade long research portfolio focuses on enterprise, firm, and worker characteristics and decision-making (e.g., labor contracting, worker training, managerial quality) and the resulting performance dynamics, particularly in developing countries. On these topics, he has both on-going and completed field experiments in Mexico, Kenya, Tanzania, and India. He received his Ph.D. in economics in 2012 from Yale University.

Anant Ahuja

CEO and Co-Founder

Anant Ahuja leads the organizational development team at Shahi, an apparel export company based in India. With a focus on development, he is eager to address business challenges around worker welfare and sustainability, such that the industry can be a strong force of development in times to come. Anant graduated with a degree in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania.

Lavanya Garg

Senior Policy and Outreach Manager and Chief of Staff

Lavanya works on building GBL's external partnerships, communications, PR, and overall strategy. Working at GBL helps her bring together her interest in women's socio-economic development, writing, economic research, responsible businesses, and sustainable fashion. She is also the co-founder of Asmat, a student-run NGO based out of Delhi, that brings together college students to work in rural Rajasthan and Haryana. She holds a B.A. in economics from Lady Shri Ram College, and an M.A. in international and development economics from Yale University.

Varun Jagannath

Field Research Manager

Varun oversees the implementation of the research projects in Bangalore. His areas of interest include subaltern studies, cultural ecology, community development, and rural and tribal spaces. For over six years he worked as an Assistant Professor in the department of social work at St. Joseph’s Arts and Science College, Bangalore. He holds a master’s degree in social work and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in cultural ecology from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.

Smit Gade

Data Manager

Smit looks after research design and field implementation. Prior to GBL, he worked as a Research Associate at the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), focusing on Early Childhood Development projects with the governments of Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu. His research interests include child malnutrition, economics of corruption, and political economy. He holds an M.Phil. in economics from Oxford University.

Mansi Kabra

Field Research Manager

Mansi is responsible for strategizing and maintaining the quality of project design and implementation at the Lab. Prior to this, she worked with women on rural livelihood projects in Burkina Faso and India honing her interest in human centered design approach to problem solving. She is also a board member of Just innovate, a student-run NGO based in Geneva, that seeks to inspire and facilitate the creation of social innovations within student communities. She holds a B.A.(Hons) in economics from SRCC, university of Delhi and an M.A. in development studies from IHEID, university of Geneva.

Harish PM

Field Assistant

Harish oversees the implementation of GBL projects primarily in rural Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. He is also involved in training and implementation across factory units.

Sadish Dhakal

Data and Policy Manager

Sadish is responsible for maintaining the quality of data and research design. Prior to joining the Lab, he worked on several impact evaluations in India and Nepal. He holds a master's in development economics from the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague.

Bopanna Changappa

Research Assistant

Bopanna oversees GBL 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. He holds an MBA degree in corporate social responsibility from Mysore University and a bachelor's degree in commerce.

Priota Paul

Research Assistant

Priota's work comprises of field visits to execute and monitor surveys across factory units and other project locations. Apart from being responsible for the field tasks, she also handles recruitment, training, and supervision of the field staff, and works with the Research Managers on preparatory and administrative tasks for all projects. She holds a bachelor's and a master's degree in Social Work, with a specialization in human resource development management.

Baba Prasad Nath

Research Associate

Baba handles research, data and team management at GBL. Prior to GBL, he interned with J-PAL on a project based in Mirzapur, Uttar Pradesh. He has worked as a Teaching Assistant at Ashoka University with the Media Studies Department. Baba holds a degree in economics and a PG Diploma in Advanced Studies from Ashoka University.

Mamta Pimoli

Policy and Outreach Manager

Mamta is responsible for the policy and outreach efforts at the Good Business Lab. She has worked with Ach Adhvaryu, University of Michigan and extensively contributed to the lab before transitioning to a full time role. She earned her master’s in applied economics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and her bachelor’s in economics from the College of Vocational Studies, Delhi University.


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