Board of Advisors


The Board assists the Trustees


André Béteille is widely regarded as India’s most distinguished sociologist and social anthropologist. A former Chairman of the Indian Council of Social Science Research, from 1972 to 1999 he was Professor of Sociology at the Delhi School of Economics. He has been Commonwealth Visiting Professor at the University of Cambridge, and Tinbergen Professor at Erasmus University. His many books include Caste, Class and Power (University of California Press, 1965), Inequality among Men (Blackwell, 1977), Equality and Universality (Oxford University Press, 2003), and Democracy and its Institutions (Oxford University Press, 2012). He is a Fellow of the British Academy and a recipient of the Padma Bhushan.
Niraja Gopal Jayal is a professor at the Centre for the Study of Law and Governance, Jawaharlal Nehru University. An Inlaks scholar, her books include Democracy and the State (Oxford University Press, 1999), Representing India (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006), and Citizenship and its Discontents (Harvard University Press, 2012). She is also one of the two editors of the Oxford Companion to Indian Politics. She has been a consultant to the Government of India, the United Nations Development Programme, and the World Bank. In November 2009 she delivered the prestigious Radhakrishnan lectures at Oxford University.


Rukmini Banerji is CEO of Pratham Education Foundation in India. She joined Pratham in 1996 and has extensive field experience in program implementation in rural and urban areas as well as in research. Rukmini also led the ASER (Annual Status of Education Report) effort for 10 years from 2005 to 2014. ASER measures basic learning levels of children in every rural district in India. Initially trained as an economist in India, she completed her Ph.D. at the University of Chicago. Originally from Bihar, she is now based in New Delhi.