The Team

Sugandha Mahajan

Manager - Public Policy

Sugandha Mahajan (Manager - Public Policy)

Sugandha has 9 years of experience in Public Policy advocacy, corporate strategy, marketing and brand communications.
At Chase India, Sugandha works with clients across sectors, ranging from healthcare and pharmaceuticals, to food and beverages. She has been instrumental in devising and implementing public advocacy strategies for various clients, helping them mitigate risks and develop positive, proactive engagements with stakeholders. Sugandha's expertise lies in initiating and driving multi-stakeholder discussions and consultations on diverse subjects in line with the client's focus areas.
Sugandha has authored some compelling public policy opinion pieces on trade relations, societal change and women empowerment for leading Indian publications. She holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Management from FORE School, Delhi and a Bachelors degree in Zoology from Delhi University.

Kaushal Mahan

Lead - Technology Practice

Kaushal Mahan (Lead - Technology Practice)

Kaushal has over 10 years' experience in spearheading Government Affairs & Public Policy campaigns for Fortune 500 companies in the technology and e-commerce sector, addressing stakeholders at the Federal and State level in India. Kaushal has a deep understanding of diverse aspects including data protection & localization, cyber security, consumer protection, cloud computing, electronics manufacturing, fintech and public procurement. Last your years, Kaushal has extensively consulted companies, on aligning their business priorities with the government's flagship programs such as Digital India, Smart Cities, Startup India, Make in India and Cashless India.
Kaushal has authored some compelling public policy articles on data localization, consumer behavior in digital era for leading Indian publications and enjoys moderating for policy debates on various forums.
Prior to his role at Chase India, Kaushal worked with ASSOCHAM, a leading industry association in the country. He holds an MBA in marketing, and Bachelor's degree in Chemistry.

Ujjwal Bakshi

Manager - Public Policy

Ujjwal Bakshi(Manager - Public Policy)

Ujjwal is a public affairs professional having worked extensively in the areas of government relations, media advocacy and stakeholder engagement.
He closely follows the Aviation sector and has a deep understanding of the issues and dynamics that define this sector. Besides that, he advises and drives policy advocacy campaigns for clients in the Technology and Energy space.
Ujjwal has diverse experience and has previously worked with an industry consortium, a leading public relations consultancy and a news portal. He was listed amongst one of India's top 30 under 30 communication professionals by PRmoment, for driving an advocacy campaign promoting the corporate aviation industry.

Suryaprabha Sadasivan

Practice Lead - F&B,
Tourism & Health

Suryaprabha Sadasivan(Practice Lead - Food & Beverage, Tourism & Healthcare)

Surya has over 12 years of experience as a Policy Advocacy and Communications professional. She has strong expertise in devising result-oriented advocacy and risk mitigation campaigns and driving thought leadership programmes for clients.
During her work at Chase, she has gained experience in a range of policy issues pertaining to new business categories such as ride-sharing and online travel aggregators. In addition, she has also worked closely on sectoral issues such as alcohol control policies, nutrition, blood safety among others. She has been instrumental in driving successful multi-stakeholder partnerships for clients, especially across North-Eastern States, Maharashtra and Gujarat, helping them build goodwill and equity in the market.
Surya graduated in Economics from Pune University and completed her post-graduation in public relations and corporate communications from Xavier Institute of Communications, Mumbai.

Satya N Gupta

Senior Advisor

Satya N Gupta (Senior Advisor)

In 1983, Satyan Gupta joined the IRSSE Cadre of Western Railway. Since August '94 he worked with Ircon International Ltd and was involved in the execution of option fibre and other projects dealing with modern telecommunication systems at a national and international level.
Till Nov. 2006, he worked as the Principal Advisor with the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), designated as a Additional Secretary to the Govt. of India and headed the Fixed Network Division. He also authored "Everything over IP. All you want to know about NGN in 2011. He was also deputed as an ITU expert on an UNDP assignment on Internet Exchange and International VOIP Gateway and IP based Interconnect Exchange for Bangladesh. Apart from that, he has also been a member of NGN regulation review group of ITU. He is the founder President of ACTO, an Industry body of dedicated Carriers and an Executive Member of National ICT Committees of industry bodies including ASSOCHAM, CII and FICCI.

Manash K Neog

Co-Founder and Director

Manash K Neog (Co-Founder & Director)

Manash is the Director of Chase India (AvianWE Group Company) and also a founding member of the firm. He has a rich experience of over 18 years spanning across government relations, policy advocacy and communications.
Manash has extensive knowledge of the regulatory environment and processes and deep relationships with stakeholders across diverse sectors. At Chase India, he specialises in the Security, Food & Beverage and Technology domain, providing counsel to the senior management across clients on engagement with the Federal and State Governments, public sector entities and other relevant agencies. He has actively engaged and advised clients on crisis management and issue resolution through well-positioned interventions with Government stakeholders. Prior to founding Chase, Manash has worked with leading global advocacy and communication firms in the country. He has also worked closely with Members of Parliament across the political spectrum and even served as the lead campaign manager for some of the MPs/ parties. Manash's close engagement with prominent law firms and senior counsels in India has helped him gain valuable insights into both the decision making procedures and nuances observed by the Indian parliament.

Avika Sood

Manager - Public Policy

Avika Soo(Manager - Public Policy)

Avika is an advocacy and communications professional with over 8 years of work experience across diverse set of companies, responsible for devising result-oriented campaigns ad overall programme management.
She brings in expertise in stakeholder management, government engagement, issue-led and media advocacy programmes for clients across diverse sectors like tourism, environment, public health and food and beverage. She has worked on engaging campaigns for corporates, not-for-profit organisations and multilateral agencies including stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV and AIDS; creating a category for early childhood care and education; advocating for the introduction of an action plan to combat air pollution in Delhi NCR; creating an ecosystem for e-waste management in India and cultural change programme for responsible service of alcohol.
In the past, she worked for a consulting firm, Technopak Advisors in the sphere of retail, education and health. She holds a MBA in Marketing from the School of Inspired Leadership and B.Com (Hons.) undergraduate programme from Bhagat Singh College, Delhi University

Mark Runacres

Senior Advisor

Mark Runacres(Senior Advisor)

Mark is the co-founder of the British Education Centre, Director at The Hearth Education Advisors, and Director for Executive Search at Sheffield Haworth (India). Mark has worked in India since 2002, first as a diplomat and since 2006 in different capacities, as a company promoter, director and advisor.
Over the course of his career, Mark served for over 25 years in the British Diplomatic Service, with postings in Paris, New York and New Delhi, where his last stint was as the Deputy Head of Mission, managing Britain's biggest diplomatic operation.
Mark is on the Advisory Board of Avian WE, among India's leading PR/ Public Affairs firms, as well as Public Affairs, based in Bangkok. Mark is also on the Boards of Elara Capital (Asia) and SQN Services Pte Ltd in Singapore and has also served on the Boards of Mindtree, G4S (India), Religare Capital Markets and A4e India. Mark was for many years the India Advisor to the Confederation of British Industry, the UK's leading trade federation, and chaired the British Business Group in Delhi. He is a Director at the Business and Community Foundation, a CSR-focused NGO.

Sudhir Gupta

Senior Advisor

Sudhir Gupta (Senior Advisor)

Sudhir has over three and a half decades of robust experience, having worked with Federal Government. He is a Senior Advisor at Chase India and his experience as a policy maker and regulator is valuable in formulating implementable government engagement and advocacy strategies for clients, especially for those in the IT and Electronics sector.
Prior to his association with Chase India, he was Secretary, Telecommunication Authority of India (TRAI). Having joined TRAI in 2003, he played a key role in the process of telecom privatization and also in the development of the regulatory regime for network development, spectrum management, licensing, and setting up of the National Do-not-call service. He was a crucial player in the growth of affordable mobile services in India. He was also deputed to countries including Sri Lanka and Nepal as an Expert consultant.
An electronics engineer and a post-graduate in IT and Management, he also holds an advanced professional course in competition law and market regulations

Shivank Agarwal

Sr. Associate - Public Policy

Shivank Agarwal(Sr. Associate - Public Policy)

Shivank is a member of the Technology practice at Chase India and specializes in the digital economy domain. He is actively engaged with developing policy advocacy strategies, focusing on issues including data protection, cyber security, consumer protection and regulations for e-commerce. He has co-authored reports and academic publications on these topics.
He has also helped companies build and drive partnerships with the government and civil societies, focused on areas including consumer awareness and internet safety.
A post-graduate in Advertising and Public relations from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication and a graduate in English Literature from Delhi University, Shivank is an avid gamer and an admirer of Virginia Woolf and John Osborne.

Saurabh Biswas

Lead - Energy & Infrastructure
Practice

Saurabh Biswas (Lead - Energy & Infrastructure practice)

Saurabh Biswas leads the Energy, Infrastructure, Sustainability and Development sector practice at Chase. He has extensive experience of advising Governments, Corporates and Foundations on policy, operations and strategy. Saurabh started his career in technology and operations consulting specifically in energy, infrastructure and manufacturing sectors. Over time, he moved on to the development sector where he worked in public health and school education reforms. He has built successful public private partnerships in multiple geographies and advised Governments on development issues.
Saurabh has a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.