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Centre for Gender And Politics

CGAP (pronounced as see-gæp)

Centre of Gender And Politics (CGAP) is a think tank based in India that contributes to a high-quality scholarship on the intersection of gender, politics and South Asia, and will become a platform for researchers, policymakers and the public to engage in a positive discourse on furthering gender diversity in politics with contextual nuances of South Asia as a focus.


Enabling  research, dialogues and capacity for Gender Diversity and Inclusion in South Asian politics



Build gender inclusive politics in South Asia

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From a volunteer-led initiative to a think-tank

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Meet The Team


Akhil Neelam

Co-Founder, Director, Research & Operations

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Akhil is a public policy practitioner and a gender rights advocate, working towards making politics gender-equal. Previously, he has worked with the state governments of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, where he strategised policy communications and planned the implementation of various public education initiatives and contributed towards implementing systemic changes for better implementation. He is also a Young India Fellow from Ashoka University.



Co-Founder, Director, Chief Editor

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Sugandha comes with a background in gender, human rights law and policy. Her research work is focused on gendered analysis of policy, law, human rights issues and health. She has worked with Katha India, Tata Trusts, Government of Andhra Pradesh and currently works at Meta while volunteering at CGAP. She also enjoys volunteering and brings learnings from her experiences with several organisations such as the Ministry of Rural Development, Association Jeunes Etudes Indiennes, National Labour Institute, Women in Global Health India Chapter, Women in Economics and Policy and more.

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Sakshi Hallan

Member, TAU

Sakshi Hallan is a Consultant at the World Bank, based in Washington, DC where she supports policy research, data analysis and operations work. She is currently involved in projects based in India, Sri Lanka and Ghana across agriculture, social inclusion and social protection sectors. She holds a Master's degree in International and Development Economics from Yale University and Bachelor's degree in Economics from Indraprastha College for Women, Delhi University. She has previously worked in the policy space in India as a Legislative Assistant to Member of Parliament (LAMP) Fellow with PRS Legislative Research. She is passionate about public policy, politics, gender and international development.

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Devanik Saha

Member, TAU

Devanik Saha is an PhD candidate and Research Officer at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, UK. His research focuses on men, masculinities and their roles in reproductive health. In 2020, he led a study on investigating the perspectives of ASHA workers on combating COVID 19 in the Bundelkhand region, funded by Azim Premji University. He has worked with different organisations such as UNICEF India, BBC Media Action, Tetra Tech International, Teach For India, World Bank, etc. He can be contacted. at

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Poonam Kakoti Borah

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Poonam Kakoti Borah is Assistant Professor at Department of Women's Studies, Gauhati University. She completed her M. Phil and Ph.D from Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. Her areas of interest include Political Theory, Feminist Theory, Gender and Education and Gender and Governance. Before joining Gauhati University, she taught at Indraprastha College for Women, Miranda House and St. Stephen’s College in University of Delhi. 
She has also published articles in journals and edited books by reputed publishers like Oxford University Press and Routledge. She is currently also a member of the North East Regional Committee under the Indian Association of Women's Studies.

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