Guiding Principles

The work we do at C-LOP, whether it’s building a model for assessment, creating varied frameworks or facilitating discussions, we are guided by the tenets of our guiding principles.


Collaborations encourage us to think, articulate and work with clarity. Using a variety of knowledge and skills we are able to solve problems and leverage one anothers competencies.

Commitment to Learning

Continuous learning to acquire skills individuals need to enhance their contribution to the project, team, and organisation. Creating a culture that supports an open mindset, an independent quest for knowledge, and shared learning. 

Sense of Possibility

A spirit of possibility encourages all team members to share their ideas and perspectives, and increases the potential for innovation. Approaching conversations, collaborations and projects with curiosity.

Commitment to Excellence

Strive to contribute to a climate of excellence by holding oneself accountable for assigned responsibilities and commitments. Reliably completing tasks to a high standard and progressively working with autonomy and taking greater responsibilities.

Advisory Team


Iqbal Singh Dhaliwal is the Global Executive Director of J-PAL. He works with the Board of Directors to develop the organization’s strategic vision, and with the leadership of the six regional offices to coordinate J-PAL’s worldwide research, policy outreach, capacity building, and operations. He is also the Co-Scientific Director with Esther Duflo of J-PAL’s South Asia regional office, Co-Chair with Abhijit Banerjee of the Innovation in Government Initiative (IGI), and Co-Chair with Shawn Cole of the Innovations in Data and Experiments for Action Initiative (IDEA). He is a board member of J-PAL and the NGO Noora Health. He is also a member of 'Group of Experts' convened by the Chief Minister of Punjab, India to develop the post-COVID economic strategy for the state.

Based at the economics department of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Iqbal has held a number of positions at J-PAL, including Deputy Executive Director (2013–2017), founding Director of the Policy and Communications group (2009–2017), interim Director of the Research, Education, and Training vertical (2016–2017), and Co-Chair of the Governance Initiative (2010–2014). He is the co-author with Rema Hanna (Harvard) of a very large, five-district randomized evaluation on improving health outcomes and service provider attendance in rural India.

Before joining J-PAL in 2009, Iqbal was a director in the economic analysis practice of a consulting firm in Boston where he managed numerous engagements involving antitrust issues, regulation, and strategy; and before that an analyst in a strategy consulting firm outside of Washington D.C. He began his career in public service as a member of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), in which he served as a Deputy Secretary in a state government, director of a statewide welfare department, and CEO of a publicly owned company. As the sub-collector of one of the state’s largest administrative divisions, he led a large bureaucracy that implemented numerous development programs in the field.

Iqbal stood first in the nationwide Civil Services examination and also received the Director's Gold Medal at India's National Academy of Administration. In 2019, the Government of Punjab, India awarded him the Guru Nanak Devji Achievers Award for his "contributions to the field of economics and poverty alleviation." He received the Dean's Fellowship at Princeton University and the gold medal for standing first in the college in his undergraduate program. He has a BA in economics from the University of Delhi, an MA in economics from the Delhi School of Economics, and an MPA in international development from Princeton School of Public and International Affairs.


Shagun Sabarwal is Director of Policy, Training, and Communications at J-PAL South Asia, and Director of CLEAR South Asia.

She leads J-PAL South Asia’s engagements with governments, donors, and civil society organizations to initiate new research, disseminate policy lessons, and scale up evidence-based programs. As Director of CLEAR South Asia, she promotes the center’s mission to strengthen the monitoring, evaluation, learning systems, and data use of decision-makers in the region through capacity building and advisory services.

She provides technical and strategic direction to J-PAL South Asia’s partnerships with state and central governments, including the Development Monitoring & Evaluation Office (DMEO) at NITI Aayog, the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), and the State Governments of Odisha, Tamil Nadu, and Punjab.

She advances J-PAL South Asia’s work as a catalyst for government scale-ups of evidence-based programs, and as a technical and knowledge partner for building monitoring and evaluation systems that ensure quality at scale.

She is currently leading J-PAL South Asia’s role as a knowledge partner to the Government of Bihar for the scale-up of the Graduation approach, and is a principal investigator for a process evaluation and a randomized evaluation on the adaptation of the Graduation approach by governments.

Prior to joining J-PAL, Shagun was an Evaluation Specialist with 3ie and a Postdoctoral Fellow at Population Council. She completed her doctorate in public health from Harvard University.

Core Team

  • System Thinking
  • Social Innovation Management
  • Storytelling
  • Measuring Social Impact
  • Theory of Change
  • Donor Management

Siddharth is Project Director at C-LOP. Prior to joining C-LOP, Siddharth worked at the National Institute of Urban Affairs in New Delhi where he led the 100 million Euro CITIIS program to drive investments in education, housing, transportation and eGovernance. He has led the development of capacity building programs for CIDCO Maharashtra 1600 staff across engineering, planning, finance and administration verticals. Siddharth has been part of the National Smart City Mission and has also delivered urban education programs for municipal schools in Mumbai through his stint at UDRI Mumbai.

He has a background in technology, data and public policy with graduate education in Computer Science and Geography from University at Albany, and in urban planning from NYU Wagner School of Public Policy.

  • Project Management
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Problem Solving
  • Communications

Yash is a Manager within the CLOP initiative at J-PAL South Asia, where he assists in the identification of competencies and associated learning needs of public officials. He is a Commerce graduate from Shri Ram College of Commerce and a former LAMP Fellow. In his three years at NSDC, Yash worked on improving programme delivery at the State-level, by extensively engaging with State Governments towards building their institutional capabilities to adapt to the new paradigm of skilling in the country. At Central Square Foundation, he worked as a Project Manager in the State Reform team, and executed critical workstreams of the NIPUN Bharat Mission to improve early-grade learning outcomes in public schools for the Govt. of Haryana.

  • Research
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Data Analysis
  • Writing and Editing
  • Program Management

Nitika is a Senior Associate at C-LOP. She is an educationist with broad expertise in curriculum development, lifelong learning, and qualitative research. At C-LOP, she is a floater, providing various forms of assistance to the many stakeholders involved in Mission Karmayogi. 

Prior to C-LOP, Nitika worked as a Curriculum Development Advisor with the Myanmar Mobile Education (MyME) Project (Yangon) that provides out-of-school working children with non-formal learning opportunities. She has also spent two years with UNESCO MGIEP (New Delhi) where she was in charge of managing the development of 'Rethinking Schooling for the 21st Century' (a 22-country review measuring the extent to which ESD/GCED concepts are embedded in policy and curricula documents).

Nitika holds a B. A. in English (University of Exeter), an M. Ed in Comparative and Global Studies in Education and Development (University of Hong Kong), and an M. A. in International Development and Policy (University of Chicago).

  • Research
  • Data Analysis
  • Data Storytelling
  • Writing
  • Editing

Nupur Ghuliani is a Senior Policy Associate at C-LOP. C-LOP is currently working with the Government of India’s Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) on the creation of a platform that will provide lifelong learning opportunities to public officials in India by helping them build skills and knowledge across a wide range of domains.

Prior to joining C-LOP, Nupur worked with a civic-tech organization based in Bangalore which enables young people to solve civic and environmental issues. Nupur was also a Youth for India fellow by virtue of which she spent a year working on clean energy in rural Rajasthan.

Nupur holds a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Chicago and a Bachelors in Commerce from the University of Delhi.

  • Data Analysis
  • Operations and Logistics Management
  • Program Management
  • Research & Planning
  • Stakeholder Management

Shubnit is a Senior Associate at C-LOP. He works closely with Government of India’s Department of Personnel and Training on a range of tasks related to capacity building needs of the 20 million government officials in India. He is a data enthusiast and he contributes keenly on data related tasks at C-LOP.

Before joining C-LOP, Shubnit was associated with Teach For India in Hyderabad for five years where he undertook various roles. He has a PGP certificate in Business Analytics and Business Intelligence from McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin and holds a Master’s degree in Bioinformatics from Amity University.

  • Strategic Communication
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Communication for Development (C4D)
  • Storytelling
  • Analytics
  • Editorial Management

Nidhi is a Senior Communications Associate at C-LOP. Her work lies at the intersection of development and research. She has over seven years of experience in bringing together stakeholders, unpacking and communicating research to a wide audience. At C-LOP she leads strategic communication for the project, ideating and creating communication for more effective dissemination of the project's vision. 

Nidhi has also worked in research and advocacy with non-governmental organisations that defended the rights of waste workers, the homeless, and slum dwellers, to access social benefit schemes, formal employment, and affordable housing. 

An alumni of the Asian College of Journalism, Nidhi  strives to empowering those on the ground with more effective ways of telling their stories. 

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  • Visual communication
  • Multimedia Production
  • Photography
  • Cinematography
  • Editing

Ramsha Alam is a Senior Associate Video Producer at C-LOP.

Prior to joining C-LOP, Ramsha worked extensively across different visual and aural communication projects for broadcast media, corporates, government bodies and social sector clients.

Ramsha holds a Master’s degree in Mass Communication from Jamia Millia Islamia and has pursued her graduation in Journalism from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Delhi University.

  • Corporate communication
  • Branding & Identity design
  • Advertising
  • Event management
  • Packaging design and Fashion marketing
  • Production

Shashwata Nova is a Graphic Designer at C-LOP. She has extensive experience of more than 14 years in the social development sector as well as with reputed FMCG brands. She is skilled in corporate communication, advertising, branding and identity design, event management, packaging design, fashion marketing and production. 

Prior to C-LOP she was working with Breakthrough India, an organisation working to create a cultural shift and make discrimination and violence against girls and women unacceptable. She was leading the designing of the campaigns, events, photo shoots and was taking care of all the in house production requirements. 

She has completed an MBA in Design Management with specialisation in Fashion Retailing and Visual Merchandising from INIFD and a Master’s degree in Social Work.

  • Qualitative Research
  • Data Analysis
  • Field Management
  • Team Management
  • Report Writing
  • Survey Designing

Simranjeet is an Associate at C-LOP. She works on a diverse range of tasks with both the research and communication teams within the project. Prior to this, Simranjeet was a Research Associate with the Behavioral Development lab and J-PAL South Asia on projects in the Education sector (Lucknow) and Labour Markets (New Delhi). She has experience in managing research projects which use the experimental methodology of randomized controlled trials. In particular, she has worked on scoping, piloting, designing, refining, and testing survey instruments and program implementation processes. She has a Master's degree in Economics from Barcelona Graduate School of Economics, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, specializing in Development and Behavioral Economics. She holds a Bachelors in Commerce (Hons) and a Post Graduate Diploma from Pune University, focussed on finance and international business.

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  • Research
  • Writing
  • Survey Design
  • Team Management
  • Active Listening

Anognya is an Associate at C-LOP. She is a policy professional with experience in government engagement across sectors. At C-LOP, she supports the team on different projects through research, communications, and operations.  

Before joining J-PAL South Asia, Anognya worked as a Legislative Assistant to Member of Parliament where she contributed to policymaking through parliamentary interventions. She also has experience working on issues of social protection and public service delivery. Anognya has a Master's in Public Policy from the National Law School India University, Bangalore and a Bachelors in Global Studies from Colby College, USA.

  • Leadership and Team Management
  • Strategy
  • Project Conceptualisation and Implementation
  • International Qualifications

Sachin is a Consultant at C-LOP, working on PIAA (Proctored Independent Authorised Assessments). An alumnus of the Indian Institute of Forest Management (IIFM), he is associated with social development especially in the area of education, vocational training, rural development and corporate social responsibility. With over 20 years of experience, primarily in leadership roles across industries and sectors, Sachin has worked with a range of organisations including governments, International NGOs and corporates. Sachin’s passion for working with communities particularly youth is well exhibited in a range of projects undertaken for all major departments and ministries as well as with bilateral and multilateral agencies dealing with education and vocational training in India, including ILO, UNDP, DFID UK, European Commission, etc. 

In his previous role, Sachin worked with Pearson Plc heading their International Qualifications and Vocational Training businesses in India, where he oversaw training of more than 100,000 youth towards gaining skills and employment. 

  • Web architecture designing
  • Web development
  • AWS / Web Server management
  • API solutions
  • Database architecture

Pranay is the web manager at C-LOP. With a background in computer applications he has a keen interest in 'web architecture' and 'development solutions' that enable a better web experience for users.

In the past Pranay has worked across themes of urbanisation including urban resilience, sustainable cities and smart cities to create technological solutions for project management and data driven dashboards. Pranay is adept in API development, Amazon Web Services and Linux Server Management. In his free time he likes contributing to various development communities like, StackOverflow and HackerRank creating open source modules, troubleshooting and helping other developers. Pranay holds a Master's degree in Computer Applications.