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Dr. Eswaran Sridharan
Academic Director and Chief Executive

Eswaran Sridharan is the Academic Director and Chief Executive of the University of Pennsylvania Institute for the Advanced Study of India (UPIASI), (in New Delhi), from its inception in 1997, and was earlier with the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi. He is a political scientist with research interests in the party systems and coalition politics, political economy of development, and international relations theory and Indian foreign policy. He is the author of The Political Economy of Industrial Promotion: Indian, Brazilian and Korean Electronics in Comparative Perspective 1969-1994 (1996); and has co-edited (with Zoya Hasan and R. Sudarshan), India’s Living Constitution: Ideas, Practices, Controversies (2002; 2005); co-edited (with Anthony D’Costa), India in the Global Software Industry: Innovation, Firms Strategies and Development, (2004); co-edited (with Peter de Souza) India’s Political Parties (2006); and edited The India-Pakistan Nuclear Relationship: Theories of Deterrence and International Relations (2007), International Relations Theory and South Asia, Vols. I & II (2011), Coalition Politics and Democratic Consolidation in Asia (2012), Coalition Politics in India: Selected Issues at the Centre and the States (2014) and Eastward Ho? India's Relations with the Indo-Pacific (2021). He has published ninety journal articles and chapters in edited volumes. He has held visiting appointments at the University of California, Berkeley, London School of Economics, Institute of South Asian Studies of the National University of Singapore, and Institute of Developing Economies, Tokyo. He is the Editor-in-Chief of India Review, a refereed Routledge journal, and is on the editorial boards of Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, International Studies Review, and Millennial Asia. He earned his Ph.D. in political science at the University of Pennsylvania.


Pia Singh
Director, DLF Ltd.

Sanjay Labroo
Managing Director & CEO, Asahi India Glass Ltd.


The Founder Members of UPIASI are also Life Members and are on the General Body:

Professor Emerita Francine Frankel
Founding Director, CASI (1992-2006)
Professor of Political Science and South Asian Studies, University of Pennsylvania

Keshub Mahindra
Chairman Emeritus, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., Mumbai, India
CASI IAB Honorary Life Member


Pankaj Chandra
Vice-Chancellor and Chairman, Board of Management
Ahmedabad University

Emily Hannum
Professor of Sociology and Education, and Associate Dean for Social Sciences
University of Pennsylvania

Rishikesha T. Krishnan
Professor of Corporate Strategy and Policy, and
Director, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore

C. Raja Mohan
Director, Institute of South Asian Studies
National University of Singapore

Rahul Mukherji
Professor and Head, Dept. of Political Science
Deputy Executive Director, South Asia Institute
Centre for Asian and Transcultural Studies
University of Heidelberg

Tariq Thachil
Director, Center for the Advanced Study of India and
Associate Professor of Political Science
Madan Lal Sobti Chair for the Study of Contemporary India
University of Pennsylvania

E. Sridharan
Academic Director and Chief Executive
University of Pennsylvania Institute for the Advanced Study of India


Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan (1928-2020) was a Founder-member and Life member of UPIASI and former Vice-President of the UPIASI Governing Council, 1995-2011. She was also on the CASI International Advisory Board (IAB) from 1992 to 2006 and made an Honorary Life Member in 2006. She was a distinguished scholar of the Indian arts and an institution builder and prominent public figure, having been a founder-director of the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, a former member of the Executive Board of UNESCO, and a former Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) to name a few of her past positions. She played a major role in UPIASI’s growth during her years on the Governing Council.

Ambassador S. K. Singh (1932-2009)  was the Founding Secretary-General of UPIASI. The President of the Governing Council, Mr. Keshub Mahindra, Chairman, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., the Vice-President, Dr. Vinay Bharat-Ram, Managing Director, DCM Ltd, and Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan, Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) retired on March 31, 2011, after serving on the Governing Council from the inception and building up UPIASI as an institution. UPIASI appreciates their enormous contribution to its growth.