South Asia Center Team Profile

J-PAL, South Asia

shobhiniShobhini Mukerji, Executive Director

Shobhini Mukerji is the Executive Director of J-PAL South Asia. She has experience in managing large scale assessments, training and capacity building, data management and analysis in the education and health sector in particular. She has previously worked with Pratham, a large scale education initiative in India, and on research projects with the Commonwealth Education Fund (CEF-UK), UNDP and UNICEF. At J-PAL South Asia, she oversees all research, policy and training related activities. Shobhini is also a principal investigator on a randomized evaluation of an education project which looks at interventions to improve learning levels of children in government schools. She holds a Masters degree in Social Research Methods from the London School of Economics with a focus on Social Policy and Statistics.


shagunShagun Sabarwal, Senior Capacity Building Manager

Shagun Sabarwal is Associate Director of Capacity Building for CLEAR South Asia, where she works on strengthening monitoring and evaluation capacity in the South Asia region. Shagun has a doctoral degree in public health from Harvard University. At CLEAR South Asia, Shagun supports the CLEAR Initiative, developing and delivering courses and technical advisory services in impact evaluation and measurement. She is also working on a project with Seema Jayachandran and Simone Schaner on evaluating the impact of improving soft skills of frontline health workers in Punjab. Shagun has experience in working in research and evaluation on a range of topics including maternal and child health, violence against women and adolescent health. Prior to joining CLEAR, Shagun was an Evaluation Specialist with 3ie. She has also previously worked with Population Council and ICRW. Her doctoral work is in Social Epidemiology, where her research and teaching focus has been on gender based violence, maternal and child health, and son preference. Shagun also holds an MA and BA in Psychology from Delhi University.



Shubhra Mittal, Capacity Building Manager

Shubhra Mittal is a Capacity Building Manager at CLEAR South Asia. Based in New Delhi, Shubhra supports J-PAL South Asia’s efforts to build partnerships with policymakers and promote evidence-based policy in the region. Shubhra brings experience working in the private, non-profit, and development bank space. Prior to joining CLEAR South Asia, she worked for the International Finance Corporation in Washington D.C, where she supported a randomized evaluation in Kenya’s health sector. She has also worked for five years in the private banking sector in India where she undertook macroeconomic and policy analysis. In addition, she has worked on short-term projects with the Asian Development Bank in Manila to increase small and medium enterprises’ access to finance, and with a non-profit organization in New York City to improve their monitoring and evaluation system. Shubhra graduated from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs in 2014 with a Master of Public Administration. She also holds a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Delhi University, New Delhi.


Priyajeet Arora, Project Manager

Priyajeet Arora is the Events and Communications Manager for CLEAR South Asia. In her current role, she is responsible for the overall coordination of J-PAL and CLEAR South Asia and other policy outreach training programs and events. She is also responsible for all communication activities, which includes developing and maintaining relationships with JPAL’s key partners, managing online web portals, interactive forums, etc. In the past, she has worked with organizations like India Infrastructure and Exhibitions India, managing their conferences in the infrastructure sector.



Megha Pradhan, Senior Capacity Building Associate 

Megha Pradhan is a Senior Capacity Building Associate at CLEAR South Asia. In this role, she supports the regional office’s efforts to promote evidence-based policymaking and build capacity for monitoring and evaluation. Previously, Megha was with the National Knowledge Commission, an advisory body to the Prime Minister of India, where she worked on education, agriculture, and entrepreneurship, and was involved in policy outreach with various state governments. She has also taught undergraduate courses in Economics as an Assistant Professor at University of Delhi. Megha holds a Master’s in Economics from Delhi School of Economics and University of Maryland, College Park.


jessicaJessica Meckler, Capacity Building Manager

Jessica Meckler is a Capacity Building Manager at CLEAR South Asia. She currently works on building capacity for monitoring and evaluation in South Asia. Prior to joining CLEAR SA, Jessica worked with the Akanksha Foundation in Pune, Maharashtra, as an American India Foundation William J. Clinton Fellow, assisting with impact assessments, curriculum design, and system creation in schools for children from low-income communities. Jessica also interned with BRAC in Bangladesh in 2014, and she was a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in South Korea in 2011-2012. Jessica graduated from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in 2016 with a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Asian Studies from Temple University, Philadelphia and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.


MattMatt Bunyi, Capacity Building Manager

Matt Bunyi is a Capacity Building Manager at CLEAR South Asia where he works on assisting partners in program scale-up as well as building capacity in monitoring and evaluation. Before joining CLEAR South Asia, he provided technical and operational support to the Uttar Pradesh Health Systems Strengthening Project as part of a World Bank Impact Assessment Team on social accountability. He also served with Peace Corps Indonesia in Ponrogo, East Java, leading community-based initiatives on public health, education, and girl’s empowerment. Matt holds a Master’s in Public Policy from Duke University’s Sanford School where he was a David M. Rubenstein Public Service Fellow and Coverdell Fellow. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in International Politics at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service.


nikitaNikita Kapur, Capacity Building Associate

Nikita Kapur is a Senior Capacity Building Associate at CLEAR South Asia where she provides support on policy advocacy and capacity building. She previously interned with CLEAR South Asia on the Educate Girls project in Sirohi, Rajasthan. Prior to joining CLEAR South Asia in 2014, she was a Program Executive at the Aspen Institute India where she was involved in organizing multi-stakeholder events pertaining to India’s development. She has also worked with UNICEF, India where she assisted in secondary data collection for UNICEF’s policy publications. Nikita holds a B.Sc. in Economics and International Development from the University of Bath.


rashmiRashmi Pandey, Events Associate

Rashmi Pandey is an Events and Communications Assistant for CLEAR South Asia. In her current role, she provides support in organizing all J-PAL and CLEAR capacity building events. Rashmi has previously worked at J-PAL South Asia as an Executive Assistant to the Executive Director and as Project Associate on the Bihar Voter’s project in Bihar. Prior to her time at J-PAL, she worked with Hindustan Media Venture and Bihar News. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication from Patna Women’s College at Patna University and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Social Work from Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU).


debjaniDebjani Chatterjee, Finance and Administration Associate

Debjani Chatterjee joined CLEAR South Asia in July 2014 as a Finance and Administration Associate and is responsible for budget control, grant compliance, financial planning, and procurement for CLEAR. She has previously been associated with the WHO’s National Polio Surveillance Project. She has also worked for the UNICEF-supported SPPME project as well as with UNDP as a National United Nations Volunteer in Bihar and with the Strengthening Rural Decentralization Programme of the Government of West Bengal. Debjani has experience in procurement, event management, budget control, financial management, administration, capacity building, and providing training to the development sector. She did her Master’s in Rural Development and Management from the University of Kalyani, West Bengal, and her Post-Graduate Certificate in Health and Family Welfare Management from the National Institute of Health and Family Welfare, New Delhi.


CERP, Pakistan

arqamArqam Lodhi, Programs and Planning Manager

Arqam is currently the Programs and Planning Manager at CERP, responsible for strategic planning and organizational management. He is also the Pakistan Country Manager for Building Capacity to Use Research Evidence (BCURE) Program. He has worked as a Research Fellow at John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD). Before joining EPoD, he worked as a Program Manager for DFID-funded Punjab Economic Opportunities Program at the Center for Economic Research in Pakistan. In addition to working for a short while with Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) in the Philippines and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), he has worked extensively with the Government in Pakistan, specifically in disaster relief programs and with Departments of Agriculture and Health of the provincial government of Punjab. This work involved province-wide business process re-engineering within these departments to facilitate the implementation of Enterprise Resource Planning systems aimed at increasing procurement and supply chain efficiency.Arqam was also the J. William Fulbright International Fellow at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, where he pursued a graduate degree in micro-economic development and public and non-profit management. He holds a Bachelor degree in Economics and Social Sciences from the Lahore University of Management Sciences.


wasifWasif Ali Mullick, Administrative and Policy Manager

Wasif received his Masters Degree in Public Policy from the University of Bristol (UK) in 2007. As the Administrative and Policy Manager at CERP, Wasif oversees the management, planning, monitoring, and development of the organization, provides administrative and managerial support in execution of projects and disseminates the results of CERP’s research to key policy makers. He also takes lead responsibility in executing the CLEAR executive education program. Prior to joining CERP he has had a wealth of experience in policy analysis, research and project management. His work has mostly focused on design, development and management of development projects.


sameeaSameea Shiekh, Communication Assistant

Sameea Sheikh is the Communications Assistant at CERP where she oversees web and social media content, participates in public relations initiatives, and provides outreach and advocacy support to all CERP projects. She holds a Bachelors degree in Social Sciences from Jacobs University Bremen in Germany where her coursework focused on Economics, Sociology, Development, and Public Policy. Through her work at CERP she would like to explore how randomized control trials can be an effective tool in evaluating policy impact. In the future, Sameea plans on pursuing a Masters degree in Development Studies so she can contribute to the design of culturally sensitive policy in Pakistan.