Our Team



Govindraj Ethiraj, Founder: Govindraj is a television & print journalist and founder of Boom, a fact-checking initiative. He anchors seasonal shows on Indian news television–the current one being Aegons of Business on Bloomberg Quint, and the most recent being Policy Watch on public service broadcaster Rajya Sabha TV. He also writes for newspapers such as Business Standard. Previously, Govindraj was Founder-Editor in Chief of Bloomberg TV India, a 24-hours business news service launched out of Mumbai in 2008 and a partnership between Bloomberg LLP and the UTV Group in India. Prior to that, he worked with Business Standard as Editor (New Media) with a specific mandate of integrating the newspaper’s news operations with its digital or web platform. He also spent around five years each with CNBC-TV18 and The Economic Times. He is a Fellow of The Aspen Institute, Colorado, and a winner of the BMW Foundation Responsible Leadership Award for 2014 and the 2018 McNulty Prize.


Email: govindraj@indiaspend.org


Samar Halarnkar, Editor: A journalist for 28 years, Samar’s last job was Managing Editor of the Hindustan Times. Samar holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia and has been a visiting lecturer at the University of California-Berkeley and a fellow at the Nieman Foundation, Harvard University. Samar is the author of two books: Nirvana Under the Rain Tree, an early chronicle of India’s Internet revolution; and The Married Man’s Guide To Creative Cooking And Other Dubious Adventures. He writes a column on cooking for Mint and another on national affairs for Scroll.in. He has written columns for the New York Times, the Globe and Mail (Canada) and Hindustan Times. He has been a reporter and editor at the Times of India, India Today, Business Today and Indian Express. Samar received the Polestar National Award for Technology Reporting in 2001 and the Asian College of Journalism Investigative Reporting Award in 2018.


Email: samar@indiaspend.org


Jyothi Shankaran, Associate Editor: Jyothi’s last role was as Senior Editor with the business news channel Bloomberg TV India. He also worked as News Editor at business-standard.com, the online version of the business newspaper Business Standard. Jyothi is a chemical engineer from the Regional Engineering College, Srinagar.


Email: jyothi@indiaspend.org


Alison Saldanha, Assistant Editor: Alison last reported for The Caravan. She was previously a correspondent with the Indian Express, primarily covering the municipal corporation and other governing agencies in Mumbai. On occasion, she also covered the courts and crime. She has worked with urban-sector non-profits Janaagraha (in Bengaluru) and the Urban Design Research Institute (in Mumbai). She is a post-graduate of the Asian College of Journalism, Chennai, and a history graduate of St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai.


Email: alison@indiaspend.org


Bhasker Tripathi, Principal Correspondent: For the last five years, Bhasker has specialised in development journalism, writing on environment, agriculture, energy and gender. He started his career with Gaon Connection, a rural-media platform. His last job was coordinating Land Conflict Watch, a non-profit data journalism project that analyses land conflicts across India. He was named as one of the best young journalists from developing countries by the United Kingdom’s Foreign Press Association & Thompson Foundation.


Email: bhasker@indiaspend.org


Chaitanya Mallapur, Senior Policy Analyst: Chaitanya has a masters degree in politics from the University of Mumbai and a bachelor’s degree in computer science. His areas of interest are foreign policy and security studies. He has also worked with ET NOW, a business news channel, as an assistant producer in the digital team.


Email: chaitanya@indiaspend.org


Karthik Madhavapeddi, Sub-Editor: Karthik’s last stint was at SaddaHaq, a social-journalism platform based in Hyderabad. Apart from fixating on numbers and grammar, he reads books, enjoys poetry and is a newshound. He is a mechanical engineer from the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad.


Email: karthik@indiaspend.org


Prachi Salve, Programme Manager: Prachi has two masters degrees: In economics from Mumbai University and in development studies from the University of Sussex, UK. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from St. Xaviers College, Mumbai. She has been a research assistant at the Institute of Development Studies (UK) and the Young Foundation (UK). She has also worked for Greenpeace India in the fundraising division.


Email: prachi@indiaspend.org


Rashmi Naik, Head–Partnerships & Outreach: Rashmi leads the outreach efforts and partnerships at IndiaSpend. Prior to this, as director of marketing and communications, she managed media relations, internal communications, brand development, and strategic marketing programs for Omidyar Network India Advisors, a silicon valley based impact investment firm. She has more than 15 years of experience in reputation management, brand strategy, corporate communications, and public affairs. She has served as general manager in the external affairs department at BP where she handled the press office, as well as corporate and brand communications. Previously, she led the public policy efforts at MasterCard Worldwide and managed the public relations and corporate affairs mandates at the Tata Group. She holds a post-graduate degree in mass communications and journalism from St. Xavier’s College in Mumbai. She has bachelor’s degrees in English literature and political science from the University of Mumbai.


Email: rashmi@indiaspend.org


Shreehari Paliath, Policy Analyst: Shreehari is an electrical and electronics engineer and had a brief stint at the National Aeronautical Laboratory, Bengaluru. He has a master’s degree in development from Azim Premji University, a post-graduate diploma from the Asian College of Journalism, Chennai, and as a writer has reported on enterprise IT and water, the latter at Arygham, a non-profit that works on such issues.


Email: shreehari@indiaspend.org


Shreya Raman, Data Analyst: Shreya was a desk producer at Mirror Now and is an alumnus of the Asian College of Journalism, Chennai. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mass media from the Mumbai University.


Email: shreyar@indiaspend.org


Shreya Shah, Writer/Editor: Shreya covers education at IndiaSpend. She is a graduate of the Global Human Development programme at Georgetown University, Washington D.C. She has previously worked with the Mumbai bureau of The Wall Street Journal, where she researched for a series on drug resistant tuberculosis and wrote on a number of topics, ranging from reservation for women in Indian politics to the black and yellow taxis plying the city’s roads. She has also worked in education and early childhood development with organisations in Washington D.C., India and Jordan.


Email: shreya@indiaspend.org


Shraddha Gurav, Web Developer: Shraddha has a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from Mumbai University. She has also completed certification in PHP. She was a content analyst at Accenture. Before that, she was with Raisingibrows as a Project Coordinator.


Email: shraddha@indiaspend.org


Swagata Yadavar, Principal Correspondent: Swagata Yadavar is a health journalist based in New Delhi. She is passionate about uncovering the gaps in access to healthcare and writing about public health policies. She has won Mumbai Press Club’s Red Ink Award for Health writing in 2014, the Laadli Media Award for Gender Sensitivity in 2013, the European School of Oncology’s 2018 Cancer Journalism Award and the American Association for Cancer Research’s 2018 June L. Bielder Prize in Cancer Journalism. She was previously with The Week, a national magazine.


Email: swagata@indiaspend.org


Tish Sanghera, Writer & Researcher: Tish spent three years as an advisor to corporates, NGOs and government bodies largely in the energy, tech and financial services sectors. A large part of her last role was writing thought leadership pieces and op-eds on behalf of clients for the European and US media. She is passionate about issues relating to climate, environment and urbanisation. Originally from the UK, she moved to Mumbai in 2017 and is a graduate of King’s College, London.


Email: tish@indiaspend.org


Vishal Bhargav, Production Assistant: Vishal previously worked with AMS, a management consulting company, as a research associate where he did data processing which catered databases to organisations such as WHO and UNICEF. His research interests are in population and settlement, geomorphology, climatology, oceanography and environmental geography. He has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in computer applications.


Email: vishal@indiaspend.org