Ach has a PhD in economics from Yale. He leads innovation for GBL and serves as a principal investigator on research projects. He is also an Associate Professor at the University of Michigan.
Chief Development Officer & Co-Founder
dad, economist, & fearless wielder of bad puns
Anant holds a B.A. in political science from the University of Pennsylvania. He is the CEO at GBL & the head of Organizational Development at Shahi Exports, a company started by his grandmother which is now India’s largest apparel exporter.
CEO & Co-Founder
Exporter of beats, garments, & good business
Anant holds a Ph.D. in economics from Yale. He helps to set overall strategy and often serves as a Principal investigator on research projects. He is also an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan.
Chief Strategy Officer & Co-Founder
baby wrestler, jive talker... renaissance man
Ankita holds a B.A. (Hons) & PG diploma in political science and sociology from Ashoka University. At GBL, she works on strategic partnerships and designing research interventions.
Partnerships & Design Associate
Learning by unlearning everyday
You will find Arvind observing - people, places, and interactions. A believer in experientialism, Arvind holds a master’s in strategic design management from the National Institute of Design.
Design and Program Manager
Good by design, better by intent!
Bopanna holds an MBA in CSR, and loves coffee, basketball and cars. At GBL he works on implementing and monitoring field operations.
Senior Field Associate
Adventures / Basketball / Coffee (ABC)
A development economist from Universite Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne, Darshana has prior experience in monitoring and evaluating CSR programs in India. Her research interests include development economics, shared-value business, and livelihoods. In her free time, she puts on Ella Fitzgerald and experiments with traditional recipes from across the country.
Trying to grow a green thumb
Debasmita holds a bachelor's in Electro-Homeopathy Medicine and Surgery. She has worked closely with numerous slum communities across Odisha for more than seven years. Her interest lies in community mobilization, women empowerment, youth counseling, health, and sanitation development.
Music boosts positive energy
Freshly graduated and curious about what makes this world tick.
Full Stack Developer
Intellectually curious/History buff
Live music, festival and theatre enthusiast, Dia studied environment & development and psychology. She cares about equality and the environment, and dreams of a world without borders.
Senior Funding Manager
navigating the world of a working mother
An engineer-turned-social science researcher, Eshan holds a master’s in development studies (TISS, Mumbai). His interests revolve around labor, urbanization, and migration.
Wandering through disciplines, cities & life
Eshika holds a bachelor's in Political Science and a Diploma in Conflict and Peace Studies. She has a keen interest in business sustainability, labor, and gender. At GBL, she works on building strategic partnerships.
Senior Partnerships Associate
Living in a sitcom
Estefanía holds a bachelor's in Economics from Universidad EAFIT, Medellín, Colombia. Her research interests include health and development economics. At GBL, she works on data mining and implementation of economic models
Estefanía Saravia Gómez
Cat mom, economist
Harish holds a B.A. in sociology and a master’s in social work. Involved in survey training, he works on the implementation of projects in rural Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
Let's be better humans
Jagannath holds an M.A. in Public Policy from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore, and has a background in economics. Jagan's research interests are survey measurement, response bias, and gender-based violence. If not riding his motorcycle, you will find him experimenting in the kitchen.
Observing the world through my motorcycle
Karan holds an M.A. in Sociology from the Delhi School of Economics. He is a lover of history, films, and good British comedy.
Observer of society & comedy panel shows.
Karla holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration and is currently fighting her way through a master’s in international development at The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). She is a foodie who loves the beach, movies, and baby Yoda.
Grants & Finance Coordinator
Adventure chaser and scars collector
Karthik holds a master's in social work specializing in Human Resources Management and a bachelor's in Computer Applications from Kristu Jayanti College, Bangalore. At GBL, he works on the implementation of projects across factory units. Prior to GBL, he was an HR Executive at D1 Fortification. When not working, you'll find him playing cricket or riding a bike.
The freedom of mind is the real freedom.
Kusha is a labor and gender economist, who holds a graduate degree in economics from UCL. Sound evidence, good governance and beautiful poetry are all that keep her alive.
Talk data to me
Always thinking about making GBL a thriving space, Lavanya holds an M.A. in international & development economics from Yale University. She truly believes that fairy lights and poetry make the world a better place.
Chief of Staff, Senior Strategy & Development Manager
History walks and cat talks
A food and movie enthusiast who spends her free time exploring the city, Madhu holds an M.A. in international development and wishes to someday work for the UN.
elephant's memory for trivia
Madhukari holds a master's in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics. Her interests vacillate between identity, and aspiration and Bangla poetry, and Man Utd.
Can't stop, addicted to caffeine
Mamta holds an M.A. in Applied Economics from the University of Michigan. She works on scaling GBL’s impact by turning evidence-based solutions into marketable products.
Senior Ventures Manager
Economic gender equality is another 217 years away, ceteris paribus
Writer of thoughts, player of keys, natural with rhymes, and M.A. in development studies. You’ll see her drinking chai, with ideas on the fly, always looking for something new, something fresh to try.
Senior Marketing and Transformation Manager
Take my advice. I’m not using it.
Medha is a postgraduate in economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University. At GBL, she works to make sure data is accurate and usable. Watch out, she hugs.
Compensating for not being an engineer
Nicolas holds a master’s in Economics from Universidad EAFIT, Medellin, Colombia. He believes in knowledge as a tool to become better human beings. His interests include the organization of employees inside firms, crime, and health.
Nicolas Arturo Torres Franco
Nikita completed an M.Sc. in Economic History from the London School of Economics. Her interests include education and economic empowerment of women, and using interdisciplinary research methods.
Big reader with no friends
A journalist first, Nirupama believes in the power of stories. She’s a mental health evangelist constantly questioning herself and the world, with a master’s in development studies.
Pomegranate peeling pro
A Young India Fellow with a Political Science degree from Hindu College, Pallavi is an aspiring nerd. With pop culture references for almost every situation, she's a meme aficionado and believes in the power of humor to make academics more accessible.
Marketing & Grants Associate
Cat mom and professional over-thinker
Holding an MPhil in economics, Piyush works on design and impact evaluation of labor welfare programs. A cricket aficionado, his interests revolve around education & gender issues.
Senior Research Associate
Loves to be on the field, for Research & Sports
Pooja's idea of happiness is dogs, dance, music, travel, and smile. She holds a master's degree in social work and works as a field assistant at GBL.
Let's dance, drink coffee and pet doggies
Preetha holds an M.A. in International and Development Economics from Yale University. She spends her free time surfing about the world and political history.
Silent political observer
Priota holds a master’s in social work. Her commitment to minimalism is tested by her love for cute stationery. At GBL, she oversees the ins and outs of field operations.
Senior Field Associate
Trying to be a minimalist!
Purushottam holds an M.Sc. in Economics from the Paris School of Economics and aspires to become a computational social scientist. At GBL, he works on the evaluation of worker welfare programs, algorithm design, and data wrangling tools. He spends the rest of his time trying to convince people to switch to R.
All things data
Rajneesh holds a master’s in political science from Delhi University. Always looking to learn new things, his work comprises field visits to execute & monitor surveys across factory units, recruitment, training & production data.
Rochak holds a P.G.D in Economics from Ashoka University. His interests include development economics, fantasy football, Manchester United, and making obscure vine references.
At GBL, he works on building strategic partnerships
Talk film, music, art, food & space with the same excitement as research to Saswati. She holds a master’s in economics from Ashoka University and has a keen interest in labor & gender studies.
Senior Research Associate
Finding my interest in almost everything
A sworn history buff, Saumya holds an M.Sc. in economics from the University of Amsterdam. She spends her free time appreciating (the) irony & digging into development policy research.
Senior Research Associate
To PhD or not to PhD?
Storyteller, management consultant, explorer, and biochemist by education. Shalin is on a mission to align passion with profession and improve his golf game.
Marketing and Transformation Manager
Focused on having fun
A Mechanical Engineer with the zest to travel. When not working, Shreepad likes to read history and management books. At GBL, he works as a Project Coordinator, overseeing the implementation of different projects.
Engineer by profession, cricketer by soul
A computer science engineer with Bachelor's in Engineering, Siddharth loves to develop and design applications that scale-up. He's working as a full-stack developer to make better every side of an application.
Full Stack Developer
code, coffee & chess
Simar holds a bachelor's in business administration from O.P. Jindal Global University. When she isn't working, she's most likely listening to Kanye West, petting dogs or preparing her favorite meal.
People Operations Associate
When not thinking about data and economic models, Smit is poring over history and monuments. He holds an M.Phil. in economics from Oxford, and looks after Data & Research at GBL.
Senior Data & Research Manager
Economist by day, Biryani vigilante by night
An Electrical Engineer keen to know the mechanism and change for the better version. Fond of walking at any time anywhere.
Let’s do it.
A designer with a background in Sustainability and Systems Thinking, Sushmita works on intervention design at GBL. She is always looking for trouble and for ways to brew coffee.
Senior Design Associate
Nature's Rules and Broken Tools
Umesh holds master’s and bachelor's degrees in social work and is currently pursuing his PGDNGOM from Annamalai University. At GBL, Umesh works on the implementation of different projects across factory units.
Confuse them with your silence and shock them with your results
Physicist-turned-social scientist, Varun holds an M.A. in development. He has worked at the Behavioral Development Lab, JPAL SA. His research interests are gender, behavioral econ & mental health.
Senior Research Associate
Life-hack junkie. Will work for car parts
Varun is pursuing a Ph.D. in cultural ecology from the TISS Mumbai, holds a master’s in social work from St. Joseph’s College and a B.A. in industrial relations, sociology and economics from St. Joseph’s College. At GBL he works on on-ground research operations.
Senior Field Manager
To chill and chai
Vasudeva holds a master's in economics, a B.A. in history, economics & sociology and a B.Ed in history. At GBL, Vasudeva's work lies in the implementation of projects.