Shalin Deshmukh

Born and raised in Mumbai she holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Ramnarain Ruia Autonomous College – Mumbai University. Being an enthusiast, she was part of college dance and sports group and won accolades at various inter-college festivals. She has been learning Bharatnatyam from past 11 years and performed at various national and international dance festivals. She also been working with non-profit organizations. She has a keen interest in econometrics, marketing, and public policy as well.

Ashish Hamza

A graduate in BSc. Economics from the Symbiosis School of Economics, Pune. His skills lie in the domain of report writing, creative writing, data analysis, interpretation of financial data and solving math problems. He has a keen interest in subjects that deal with graphs, logic, intuition, reasoning, numerical and analytics.
Besides academics, he enjoys exercising, staying fit, running and very basic gymnastics. One of his goals is to participate in running races of distances less than 3km.
Career wise, he would like to land up a job in the area of financial and economic analysis. His secondary preferences are in consulting and advisory.

Nandita Rajhansa

She has completed her Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Fergusson College, Pune. A dog person and having a knack for making people believe in almost everything she says.She has a real passion for finding actual solutions to the real-world problems. Apart from her interest in wide-ranging subjects in social science such as politics and psychology, sheis also a trained Bharatanatyam dancer, an amateur violinist, and can speak German fluently. Powered by caffeine, she can take up almost any task and complete it without a single hiccup.

Manissha Kiran

Manissha has completed a B.A. (hons) degree in Economics with a minor in statistics from University of Delhi. She has an exploratory mindset and a keen interest in the pure science subjects, which she studied at the high school level. A logical thinker, she has won many accolades including gold medals for her performance in NSO and IMO. Once an NCC cadet, Manissha has taken part in multiple sporting events playing volleyball, basketball, and badminton; and has been member of a multitude of talent clubs ranging from music and drama, to chess and pottery. She has also attended a public speaking workshop conducted by Sanjay Pinto and is a socially active person. She is culturally sensitive; a skill she acquired from her range of volunteer work for National Association for the Blind, Can Support, National Heart Institute, Baby Steps (A learning center for children with special needs), and The Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, Harvard University. In her free time, Manissha enjoys reading, swimming, and solving puzzles.

Krishna Mohan

Krishna is a graduate in Commerce from Mumbai University, ranking 2nd in Mumbai University in Accounts in the third year. She is also a CA Final candidate of ICAI, Mumbai and has completed 3 years of articleship in the Assurance department of PwC. She aims to develop a deeper understanding of finance and data analytics and pursue a career in these fields. At the Academy, she is a member of the Placement Committee. Actively interested in teaching, she has taught underprivileged children Mathematics and English. She is an enthusiastic traveler and is currently training in Carnatic vocals and violin.

Manasvi Iyer

Manasvi is a BSc. Economics and Finance graduate from the University of London. At college she has topped the Strategy course in her third year and has received an academic achievement award from the University of London for the 2017-18 examination period. She has cleared 2 levels of the CFA examination and will appear for the third next year. She also holds an ATCL diploma in Communication Skills from Trinity College, London. In addition to academics, she interned, in the summer of 2016 in the Corporate Economics Cell headed by one of India’s leading economists, Dr Ajit Ranade who works with the Aditya Birla Group. She is also an avid reader, plays squash and paints in her free time. Going ahead, she wants to delve into the realm of Data Analytics and Behavioural Economics and Finance.

Aarushi Lunia

Aarushi is a recent graduate from Sophia College for Women (Autonomous), Mumbai University. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics as a single major. She has a keen interest in the field of public policy. Having completed an online certificate course in Finance and Stock Markets offered by The Climber in collaboration with IIM Bangalore she has developed interest in the field of finance as well. She also secured first position in the Applied Component (Investment Analysis) category in her second year. She is also enthusiastic about maths. Being one of the organisers for the Security Team during Kaleidoscope, an annual inter-collegiate fest of Sophia College has helped her develop teamwork and time management. Apart from academics, she was also an active member of the organising committee of various ANANYA activities conducted by Economics Department of Sophia College which helped her in learning leadership skills and handling people. She has a keen interest in Economics because of her deep-seated curiosity to know how Economics runs the nation

Shagun Mandhania

Born and bought up in Mumbai itself. She has recently completed her undergraduate in Bachelors of Accounting and Finance from Thakur College of Science and Commerce. She has been a part of her college cultural committee and also organized Summit’19 for BAF Department of her college. She has done an internship at a CA firm for about 4 months. having no background in economics, her ever-curious mind has always been intrigued by how the economic system works around us and how finance and economics plays an important role. She wants to pursue a career in finance. She has always been interested in clothing(fashion) industry and aspires to have a brand of her own.
Apart from this, her hobbies are driving around and traveling solo and exploring new cultures.

Rucha Bedekar

Graduated from Ramnarain Ruia College in March 2019, with a degree in Economics. She has a minor in History and Political Science. She has a background of Science as well(10+2 level)
She has been a student of the French and German language for the past 4 years and has recently taken up learning Japanese as well.
She has been very involved in the extra curricular activities of her college as the head for the public relations team of her college, and the marketing head for the Economics department.
She worked as a tour guide in Mumbai for 3 years while pursuing her undergraduate with Raconter Tours, which gave her an excellent opportunity to interact and network with people from different walks of life.
She has been a volunteer for Teach for India for 3 months from October 2015-January 2016 and worked closely with underprivileged kids and student with learning disabilities.
She is fond of travel and photography.
Economics and the intersectionality of the subject excites her and would like to pursue my studies and work in the field of international political economy.

Arushi Chadha

Having done an Honors in Economics from the hallowed Shri Ram College of Commerce, she wished to take up the course at MDAE to delve further into the subject and do justice to it. She has a penchant for reading, primarily Indian authors. Some of her favourite authors are Anuja Chauhan, Jhumpa Lahiri and Chitra Banerjee.

Ishu Jaswani

Highly progressive and synergic individual who has a strong work ethic.
Has graduated in Bcom(Accounts and Finance) from H.R College of Commerce and Economics Successfully completed Level 1 of CFA(Chattered Financial Analyst).
Currently Studying at Meghnad Desai’s Academy for a Post Graduate Diploma in Economics.Interested in the financial markets where I keep investing my personal money from time to time .
He also ran 10k marathons as he enjoys running and feels Levelheaded after it.
He also fancy’s watching and playing Soccer.Fascinated by human phycology and behavior.Therefore, likes to read about it.
His objective is to be an investor in financial markets, Data Analyst and a venture capitalist.

Ayush Gandhi

Recently completed his graduate programme in Economics & Finance under the University of London, with academic direction from the London school of economics (LSE). His goal is to be an accomplished analyst and believes that financial economics and data analytics are two essential tools for achieving it in the new era. His inclination towards financial markets drove him to intern with the CLSA equity research team where he gained some valuable insights of the financial services industry. His flair for finance has led him to pursue a financial modelling course and learn R-programming. He is also an enthusiastic writer and runs his personal blog ‘ayushgandhiblog.wordpress’. He has a strong passion towards sports, especially towards chess, in which he had participated in state & National level competitions, and often uses the game to develop a connection with people.

Bhargav Varma

A graduate of commerce from SRM university chennai. He is currently pursing a post graduate diploma in economics. Being an enthusiastic learner has enabled him to develop a strong understanding of various subjects. His undergraduate degree has aided him to build a strong and funnel approach to problem solving as well as critical outlook on social and economic issues. Bhargav also presented three papers in international conferences on business, economics and knowledge management. He was a co- founder of ottoman’s royally served turkish restaurant in chennai. He sold the centralised kitchen with two restaurants and made good profit. His other interests of reading articles from different subjects as astronomy, psychology, technology and science made immense help in understanding in future evolution of economics.

Aravind Kshemendranath

A Triple Major graduate in Economics, Industrial Relations and Sociology from St. Joseph’s College (Autonomous), Bangalore. He was the Class Representative in his first year. He has also served as the General Secretary and the Vice-President of the Economics Forum of his college in the second year and third year. Additionally he was also the College Ambassador (Josephite Ambassador) for two years in succession. He has presented a paper in an International Conference in Sunway College, Malaysia on “Artificial Intelligence as a Business Disruptor: Opportunities and Challenges for the Indian Economy”. He believes in the long term potential of Data Analytics and choose to create his career in this field. He loves travelling and hiking. Loves to play soccer and tennis in addition to listening to music.

Supriya Maheshwari

A graduate in Bachelors of Arts with specialization in Economics from SIES College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Mumbai.
She holds a certificate of merit from the CBSE board for outstanding performance in History in the 12th board examination. She has successfully completed an online certificate course on Globalisation and Culture from NPTEL. To up her skills in computers she has completed a certificate course on Advance Excel.
She has actively volunteered in college literary fest (Utkarsh) and other activities conducted by the economics department.
She is deeply interested in learning languages and has learnt French for 6 academic years and holds certificates for the same. She has been taking French tuitions for 3 years. In her free time she likes sketching, reading fiction, listening to old Hindi songs and travelling to places having rich historical and cultural relevance.
Coming from a family having business background also followed by her father’s passion for stock market helped her connect to the world of finance. Studying economics in college made her realise that many historical events had some or the other economic reasons. She has joined Meghnad Desai Academy of Economics to bridge the gap between the theoretical knowledge and their real-world application along with quantitative techniques with respect to price and risks in the field of finance.

Neha Chavan

She has completed her Graduation with a Bachelors in Arts majoring in Economics with econometrics, with a minor in statistics and psychology from the DG Ruparel college. She has completed her internship with a startup firm Robocapital. She has also been vigorously involved with the economics department of her college Economica, organizing the inter collegiate festival Arthotsav where she was the department head of Logostics and head of the events “X marks the spot” and “looking for Pleiades”.

Ketaki Kulkarni

A student of applied economics, in the MeghnadDesai Institute of Economics, at the world trade center. She was fascinated by the applications of economic theories and thoughts to the real world problems…. hence took up the course (2019 to 2020). She aims to learn finance and data analytics through this course and continue her further education in the same direction, abroad. For an additional dose of learning, she prefers websites like “coursera” and “edX”.
In her school days, she has participated in several of languages and drawing and painting competitions (at maharashtra level). She took coaching of classical dance form- katthak. She has performed acting and dance on- stage at school and local functions. She also has a lot of passion for understanding the roots and the uniqueness of our culture and so learnt Sanskrit and vedic maths. During leisure time, she finds solace in playing harmonium, painting and cooking a variety of Indian and inter continental cuisines. She regularly indulges in cycling and jogging. Playing Sudoku puzzles gives her fun.

Priya Murali

Priya, a graduate from Mount Carmel College, Bangalore, has done a B.Sc triple major in Economics, Mathematics and Statistics. She has held many positions of responsibility throughout her school and college. She has been an active participant and core member of the economics association of her college and helped in conducting various economic discussions, seminars, events and panel discussions for students. She has done projects on sensitive topics consisting Menstrual Hygiene of Women, Women in Politics, water awareness among different individuals and households and use of MLA LAD funds of different constituencies in Bangalore. While working on different platforms and meeting different people she realized her liking towards the field of data and analytics and is keen on pursuing it further. Priya has interned with Bangalore Political Action Committee (BPAC) and Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC) and has enhanced her skills of using basic statistical tools and MS Excel. Priya has also been trained in Carnatic vocal music and classical dance, and enjoys sketching, painting, and doing adventurous activities.

Shruti Vasudevan

Shruti Vasudevan is a graduate from Ethiraj College for Women, Madras University. She holds a bachelors degree in Economics. She represented her department as the Association secretary, the role taught her greatly on leadership and organisational skills. She has also interned at STEP, The Hindu. Additionally she has completed a course on financial markets from Finmark Trainers and on Digitalisation from Concordia College, New York. Her main goal to join Meghnad Desai Academy of Economics is to develop her skills in economics. Shruti is keen on learning aspects of economics that studies human behavior. Apart from academics she is a trained vocalist and plays multiple instruments. In her free time Shruti enjoys reading books on genealogy, developments in science and western civilization.

Shaily Bhansali

Born and brought up in Raipur, she has completed her Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the Narsee Monjee College of Commerce and Economics (Mumbai University). An integral part of the co-founding team of Insight’17 (A Pan-Asian Business, Finance and Economics meet), she was one of the foremost members who laid the foundation stone of the fest in its inception year. Through her marketing and influencing skills, she brought on board one of the main sponsors of the event. Her experience didn’t just focus on the assigned marketing department but ranged from administrative to creatives team. She further explored her skills by taking the role of Campus Ambassador of Dineout and British Council Study. Shaily’s main purpose of joining Meghnad Desai Academy of Economics was to gain in-depth knowledge in Economics and Finance. She is also pursuing an online certification in “Foundational Finance for Strategic Decision Making Specialization” by University of Michigan. She is intrigued by the world of finance and wants to make a place for herself in it. Going forward she envisions herself making positive contributions in the field of Finance.

Nikhilesh Jha

An engineering graduate from Birla Institute of Technology Mesra. He has worked with John Deere for 3 years as Territory Manager in the India Branch Marketing where his portfolio included Farm machinery and equipment. His last stint was in a healthcare startup where he worked closely with the co-founders as a Product Development Consultant. Currently he is pursuing his post graduation in Economics to supplement his understanding of the subject, develop industry relevant skills and build a career as a professional economist.

Sheel Kanodia

A graduate from St. Xavier’s College, Ahmedabad with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and minor as Statistics. Hard work and dedication add on to her strengths. She got 1st Rank in the first year of Graduation. She has been a part of the Core committee of various college fests and in the Prefectorial body of the school. Also, she has worked with various NGO’s on projects such as Youth Development and Training, Campaigns such as Mere mat se mera mat and Be a Jagrik. She considers herself as a good leader, efficient at managing people and co-ordinating teamwork. Apart from this, she is interested in doing theater and exploring new places.

Eashaan Nair

Has completed his Bachelor of Arts with majors in Economics and Commerce from RamnarainRuia College (Mumbai). He was the Department of Commerce topper in his final year of Bachelor of Arts.
He has a diploma in counselling from the Institute for Behavioral Management Sciences (Andhra Pradesh).
He has participated in various Model United Nations and also won an award in the annual college festival ‘Commercium’.
He is a classical carnatic violinist and is interested in Fusion music. He is an ardent sports follower.
He enrolled at Meghnad Desai Academy of Economics mainly for their corporate insights as he believes that the institution prepares an individual for his corporate life ahead
Eashaan comprehends the importance of big data in the field of Finance. By studying combination of Economics, Finance and Data Analytics, he believes that applying analytics in the field of business opens whole new avenues of insights and understanding of the business, the market, their performance, their growth, new trends or discern anomalies and plethora of other such functions.
He has contributed to society with social services such as Interning at Greenpeace where he brought into notice the issues faced by the environment to people at various places in Mumbai. He also volunteered for a teaching programme with an NGO called CACR where he taught underprivileged children the basics of computers so that they could be computer literate.

Rahul Shekar

A graduate of St Joseph’s College, Bangalore, Rahul holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and International Relations. With a mind set to making a future in International Relations, Michael Lewis’ ‘The Big Short’ made me an Economics convert. He is particularly partial to monopolies and their detrimental effects on society. An avid reader of non fiction, particularly Military History.

Shailesh Kumar

Shailesh holds a Bachelors degree in Engineering from KIIT University, Bhubaneshwar. Following which he pursued a role of a Programmer Analyst at Cognizant Technology Solutions. From his graduation days, the bug of curiosity and the desire to understand the world around, led him to immerse into the study of Economics, Philosophy, International Politics and Governance. This journey culminated with the realization of his deep seated desire to make an impact on the world at large,when in 2017 he took a plunge to prepare for the Civil service examination. Now, while pursuing his post-graduation in Economics he looks to upgrade his Data Analytics skills and be trained to be a real world Economist, working on economic research,relating to the areas of his interests. He is very keen to pursue a career in the Development sector. During his graduation years, he worked actively with ENACTUS, a student run, global entrepreneurial organization. His association with the organization as a production head, to implement projects at the grass root level, significantly honed his organisational and leadership skills. He runs a personal blog where he critically analyses the current developments in the economy, and also pens down few poems and short stories. Apart from academics, Shailesh finds his sweet escape in the midst of nature, trekking and cycling in the hills of the Sahyadris and The Himalayas. He is also a big time foodie.

Yash Rathi

A graduate in economics from Jai Hind college, Yash has developed a keen interest in the intersection of business, agriculture and behavioral science to help solve real world economic problems. His role as managing editor of ‘The Contrarian’ helped build his skills to manage a large team with individuals performing different roles. In college, he started a company called Farmkonnect with the mission to ensure that farmers are directly connected to end consumers. He interned at a Third party inspection French MNC called Bureau Veritas (BV) and did extensive research on smart cities and opportunities for business expansion for BV in these cities. Further, he has also authored a paper titled ‘Parallel Economies Beyond Taxes: A study of Institutional Quality, Bureaucracy & Trust’ which won the second prize in Narsee Monjee college economics research paper competition. He is also a peripatetic with two intermediate level trekking journeys under his belt.

Anukriti Tiwari

A Commerce graduate from Delhi University. After completing her graduation in 2017, She went on to pursue a master’s in the same field. During her under graduation, she was a part of the National Service Scheme and helped the organisation in carrying out a lot of social-service events. She is also an active member of an NGO called the Rotaract club of Delhi. Her main purpose behind joining Meghnad Desai Academy of Economics has to do with her fascination with the disciplines of Economics and Finance. She expects to gain an in-depth knowledge of the field in order to asses and solve real world problems. Other than academics, she is extremely fond of singing and has received 5 years of formal training in Indian classical music.

Sukant Sindhwani

He has done his bachelor in commerce from Jai Hind College, Mumbai. An active member of the student council of the college and has completed two internships at Coca Cola and AIESEC respectively. He enjoys playing video games and watching movies. He also enjoys looking at art and reading literature. In the near future he sees himself at a place where he is constantly learning, growing and most importantly, happy.

Manasvita Dubey

A keen researcher, an active observer and problem solver. She has completed her graduation in Social Sciences from Tata Institute of Social Sciences. Being pragmatic and inquisitive has helped her develop a better and more nuanced understanding of the world and its issues. She wants to strike the right balance between academic and empirical knowledge to form institutions and policies that help people shape and enhance their lives everyday.

Dhruv Jhunjhunwala

Dhruv is an under-graduate in Economics with a minor in Finance from Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University. He played a crucial role in organizing several college events. He has also interned in Project Finance at Srei Infrastructure Finance Ltd. Upon graduation, he worked as a trainee at VPJ Group (a manufacturing firm). Dhruv spent 8 months at VPJ, where he worked with various departments such as human resource, internal audit, manufacturing and export. Dhruv has a keen interest in finance, equity markets and follows corporate news very closely. With his time at the academy he wishes to study finance and pursue his career further in the subject. Dhruv likes running, cooking and solo traveling. In his free time he loves watching interviews of successful entrepreneurs and reading non-fiction.

Aanchal Dusija

Aanchal holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Applied Statistics & Analytics from NMIMS. Duringher course she has become proficient in several coding languages and softwares like Microsoft Excel,C, SQL, Scilab, Minitab, IBM’s SPSS and R. She has always been been lured by Economics, Mathematics and Statistics, ever since she has been introduced to these subjects and makes sure to find out the applicability of these subjects in her day to day life. During her time at NMIMS, she actively took part in the Research Department of The Entrepreneurship Cell and in the Core Committee of NMIMS’s Chancellor’s Challenge where students are given a platform to transform their Start-up Ideas into Business Ventures. In order to gain extensive expertise in the financial realm, she is taking the CFA Level 1 Examination. Her passion and zealousness are evident when it comes to Photography. She was The Head Photographer for The Mumbai Art Collective, a community which organises workshops, events, poetry slams and helps upcoming writers to publish books. She has also covered several events in NMIMS.Amidst her lineups, she uses swimming as a stress buster.

Adit Thakkar

He holds a undergraduate degree from the reputed Mithibai college in bachelors of commerce. Adit is a focused individual with great passion of gaining knowledge in the fields of finance and conomics. Through Meghnad Desai Academy of Economics, he wishes to acquire skills required in the competitive world and develop a deeper understanding of finance economics and data analytics. Along with his friendly, helping nature and loyalty, he also has the ability to lead a team and can manage to complete the task provided on time. Being a sport enthusiastic, he is very passionate about football and cricket, never misses a chance to play or follow the game.

Gaspar D’Souza

Graduated from St.Xaviers college in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in economics and statistics. He has worked at Think Analytics as an associate data analyst (2017-2018) working with insurance organizations and pharmaceutical manufacturers through which he has developed a deep understanding of the US healthcare market. Gaspar was also a trainee in the Treasury Economics and Strategy department of Reliance industries (2018-2019), writing thematic reports on a range of topics for the chairman’s office.
In his free time he plays the cello and the double bass for the Bombay Chamber Orchestra and is currently a volunteer at welfare for stray dogs (WSD).

Jinal Bhanushali

An Economics graduate from Symbiosis College of Arts and Commerce. She has done 2 years internship with S.D Mishra & Co., Goa. Where she was heading the GST team and also was a part of Audit and Assurance team of the firm. A nature lover, she likes to trek and run marathons.

Madhura Kaledhonkar

Madhura has bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Garware College, Pune. She recently completed her diploma in Geo-Politics and International Relations.
The geoeconomics module motivated her to explore more into economics and politics, on national and global levels.She has a flair for Art and has successfully participated in Charcoal Painting Exhibition at Balgandharva Natya Mandir, Pune. She aspires to study Public Policy and further work in the field of policy making.

Niharika Agrawal

Niharika has completed her Bachelors in Business Administration from NMIMS University
with a specialization in finance. She has an affinity for the French language and has completed three levels of specialization in it. She has been a mentor at Saturday Art Class, an NGO which teaches children values through art. She has won several medals at the World Scholars Cup. During her graduation, she was an active participant in the inter college festivities. She is a staunch advocator of health and fitness and has been practicing her
CrossFit regime regularly. With continued perseverance and curiosity, she hopes to become an Economist and
contribute her share to the economy.

Hritika Parekh

Hritika has completed her Bachelors in Arts with a specialisation in Economics from KC College- Mumbai University. When she was first introduced to Economics in school,she found the idea of solving real world problems using theory and logic intellectually stimulating.
The bigger picture aspect to the subject allowed her curiosity to grow and played a very crucial role in taking up the subject. She has been a part of the cultural club of her college that has organised a number of events while simultaneously being the head of the Music Dept.
She has successfully completed 3 grades of Elocution and Drama from Trinity College of London and has been a part of the organising committee of an independent Tedx event.
Being a student consistently striving for growth, she interned at a budding startup taking up the role of Marketing and Business operations which gave her a taste of the corporate culture.
Besides her love for economics, she is an avid reader and a travel enthusiast who believes in healthy eating and blogs her food journey on ‘CleanEatsIndia’

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