Leadership Team

Has 25 years of experience as a risk management professional. Has worked on research projects with the Asian Development Bank, Ministry of External Affairs, Defence and Home for Govt. of India; headed the corporate security functions at Fidelity Investments in India. At Fidelity Investments, he was also a member of the Crisis Management Team, the Disaster Recovery Team, the Policy Working Group, the Information Security Board, and the Risk Committee. Has expertise in sectors like Oil & Natural Gas, Banking, Financial, Aviation, Shipping, Mining, IT & ITES. He holds a graduate degree from Panjab University, a Master’s in International Relations from the School of International Relations pre doctorate in International Organisations from the School of International Studies JNU. He holds a Management certification from the Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley.  He is a Lead Auditor ISO 27001, trained in Advanced Threat Assessment from Gavin de Becker, Los Angles and qualified in Advanced Investigation Techniques from Reid & Associates, Chicago. He is also the author of three books and a number of referenced research papers on weapons of mass destruction, international security, geopolitics and corporate security issues.

Arpit Rajain

Chief Executive Officer


Senior Legal Consultant

Has 25 years of experience as a law professional. She is Managing Partner at UCOL, a law firm, Independent Director at Northeast Transmission Company Limited and elected Member Executive of the Delhi High Court Bar Association. She is also an independent director with a listed firm. She is the standing Counsel National Highway Authority of India and the Municipal Corporation of Delhi. She has represented the Union Of India and various state governments, PSUs (State of Haryana, P.S.E.B., CCS- HAU Haryana, H.S.I.D.C.) as well as multinationals before the Supreme Court of India and other High Courts in matters of public importance and corporate affairs. She has expertise in Real Estate, Construction, Infrastructure, Pharma, Leasing, Arbitrations, Litigation, Foreign Investments, Criminal, Due Diligence, Inheritance & Partition, Education, Consumer law, Labour & Employment sectors. She holds a law degree from Delhi University.

Has over 30 years of experience as a law professional. Has worked with law firms - J.B. Dadachanji & Co and New Delhi Law Offices reaching the position of Managing Partner. She has also held Directorships in Bose Corporation and Bose Technology Centre. Has worked extensively on Foreign Investment in India, Acquisition and Divestment of businesses through private and capital market transactions. Has routinely represented clients before FIPB, SEBI, RBI on many legal issues. She holds a law degree from Mumbai University.

Sunitha Narahari

Senior Consultant - Legal

Capt Poorna

Principle Consultant Global – Security Risk Management

Has over 40 years of experience in security risk management. He has previously been a Regional Security Director at CISCO where he was responsible for Corporate Security, Safety, Crisis Management, Travel Security, GSOC and Business Resilience functions. Prior to CISCO, Capt Poorna was a Senior Security Manager at WIPRO and before that the India Security manager at Goldman Sachs. Capt Poorna served the Indian Army in the Corps of Signals.  Capt Poorna has been a Member of Cisco India Leadership Board comprising of senior leadership in India. He has been the principal advisor in Physical Security for Cisco business leaders in the region. He has managed Business Continuity programs including Business impact analysis, plan development, testing and exercises. He established security infrastructure for scaling of Cisco operations from a head count of 1500 in 2007 to 15,000 by 2022 in the region. This included implementing security infrastructure and processes in 30 acre new campus in Bangalore with state of the art Regional Security Command Centre. He has been active in OSAC as the Secretary of the Bangalore chapter.

Michael has 5 years of leadership experience in US Army engineering and military intelligence units. He has coordinated training for helicopter evacuation, squad and platoon tactics, weaponry, and Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Specialists (CBRN) threat evaluation. He has been a part of exercises with multiple partners in Australia, Canada, United States, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. He is trained on routine combat engineer operations, route clearance, vehicle operation, IED detection and demolition. He has coordinated training for helicopter evacuation and Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Specialists threat evaluation. He leads travel security, extraction and executive protection details across Europe, Africa and Asia. He is multilingual.

Michael Ferkol

Principle Consultant – Americas and Europe

Vikram Dhawan

Senior Consultant - Aviation and Hospitality

Vikram is a stalwart of the tourism and related industries, having worked in the field for more than 40 years. An avid traveller and hiker himself, he has been very active in exploring destinations until recently. With an MBA and comprehensive exposure to all aspects of Travel and Tourism, Vikram has made significant contributions to the industry. He has been instrumental in establishing liaisons from scratch and skilfully making them profitable, earning a reputable name in the process. In addition to his expertise in tourism, Vikram also has extensive experience in the freight forwarding industry. As a qualified Customs House Agent (CHA), he successfully started and managed a division focused on freight forwarding as a cost profit center. This showcases his versatility and ability to excel in multiple domains within the broader travel and logistics sector. Throughout his distinguished career, Vikram has actively represented his organizations at various trade forums and bodies. He has also served as an office bearer for several industry associations. His expertise and leadership have been recognized by his peers, most notably through his role as the President of SKAL Delhi City, an esteemed international body for tourism professionals. With more than four decades dedicated to the tourism, freight forwarding and related industries, Vikram brings deep knowledge, extensive networks and a passion for his work. His proven track record in establishing and growing successful ventures, coupled with his qualifications and industry engagement, make him a highly respected figure in these fields.

Superannuated as Executive Director PAN India sales Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd. (erstwhile SO standard Eastern Incorporated ) (36 years); Associate President, Bangalore Refinery and Petro Chemicals Ltd. and Bangalore Special Economic Zone (2 years); 14 years assignment with ONGC as advisory business development reporting to CNMD; developed a 746-megawatt gas-based power plant a Palatana, South Tripura (5 years); oversaw development of 400 kV transmission line connecting Palatana (South Tripura) to Bongaigaon, Assam. This power plant caters to 40% of the power requirement of the entire NER (North-East Region) (4.5 years). He was the director of the Board of ONGC Tripura Power Company and North-Eastern Transmission Company, Strategic Advisory – Petro Chemical, Uria and Business Development to Government of Tripura, reporting to the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tripura through the Chief Secretary. In 1965, he had joined Exxon Mobil and worked depending on location and volume specificity.

R.K. Madan

Strategic Advisor - Oil and Gas

Amit Bindlish

Senior Consultant - Accounting

Is a Qualified CMA with over 14 years of experience in extensive finance & accounting experience in diverse industries. He is also a RV (Registered Valuer) for the purpose of Companies (Registered Valuers & Valuation) Rules, 2017 with the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board (IBBI) having more than 6 years of experience in the field of Valuation. Creating value with innovation for various clients in the areas of Process Consulting, Business Process Re-engineering, Strategic Reorganization, Application Management and Change Management. Proven ability to improve operations & create wealth for stakeholders.

Has over 30 years of experience as a law professional. Has worked with law firms - J.B. Dadachanji & Co and New Delhi Law Offices reaching the position of Managing Partner. She has also held Directorships in Bose Corporation and Bose Technology Centre. Has worked extensively on Foreign Investment in India, Acquisition and Divestment of businesses through private and capital market transactions. Has routinely represented clients before FIPB, SEBI, RBI on many legal issues. She holds a law degree from Mumbai University.

Vikash Sharma

Senior Consultant – Tax

Vikrant Varshney

Senior Consultant - Business Continuity & Information Security

Has more than 25 years’ experience in Enterprise Risk Management, Security & Fraud Risk, Business Continuity, Information Security and Strategy & Planning at Leadership Levels in Banking & Financial services and IT-enabled services domain. He has worked with HSBC, Fidelity Investments, GE Capital, Tata Steel, EXL services for two decades.  His last corporate assignment has been a Leadership role as Chief Security & Fraud Risk officer for HSBC Operations, Services & Technology globally. He was instrumental in formation of Corporate Task force supporting National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), under the chairmanship of Prime Minister of India.

Has 35 years of experience as marketing and compliance professional. Has worked with telecom companies such as delDSL and Airtel, rendering services to varied IT companies, Call Centres and BPOs. Has been a Director on the Board of NIXI and ISPAI. Has been a regular participating member at international forums like APNIC, ICANN and APRICOT. Has actively participated in creating the ISOC India Delhi Chapter and is a founder-member.

Lalit Chander Mathur

Senior Director - ICT

Niraj Kumar

Senior Consultant - Risk Management
Has 15 years of experience as a risk management professional. Has worked with consulting firms like Hill & Associates and JP Adroit. He works extensively on travel security and executive protection. Has expertise in sectors like Oil & Natural Gas, Banking, Aviation & Mining. He holds a master’s in International Relations from the School of International Studies JNU and a master’s in Risk Management from Kings College London.

Has 40 years of experience as a company secretary & law professional. Has worked extensively in the Real Estate & Hospitality sector. Has worked with companies like Starwood, Hilton, Golden Tulip, ITC Hotels, Fortune Hotels, Marriot. Has also worked with Automobile, Aviation and Banking sector companies like BMW, Boeing, Punj Lloyd & UBS Bank.

Ashok Tandon

Senior Consultant - Secretarial & Legal

Dr. Suparna Dasgupta

Senior Consultant

Leads the operations and executes multiple projects with clients. She has over 23 years of global experience in multinational and diverse private and public industries. With a focus on delivering solutions and building relationships within large global organisations, she has an exceptional understanding of the challenges faced by businesses and brings great industry experience to the table.

Is responsible for GIS solutions and infrastructure. He also controls the Software Development Life Cycle compliance and adherence to security principles while providing software and systems architectural guidance. He has over 28 years’ consulting and technology industry experience, with a focus on enterprise architecture, spatial data management, cartography, infrastructure, and information security. He uses geoprocessing tools and data analysis to explore the relationships between map features. His previous experience includes working at the Indian Departments of Defence, Road and Transport, Telecommunications and Municipalities.

Amit Dasgupta

Senior Consultant - Geospatial Mapping

Professor Bidanda Chengappa

Senior Consultant - Research

Has been Secretary Institute of Contemporary Studies, Bangalore -- a Security Studies think tank. Earlier he handled the editorial page at Deccan Herald newspaper. He was also a special correspondent and reported on military matters and national security affairs for the Indian Express, based in New Delhi. Prior to that, he was a principal correspondent at the Hindu BusinessLine and reported on defence industry and R&D in East Asia. Over the years, he has specialised on India's national security and foreign policy of both Pakistan and China. He is involved in conducting lectures for police/customs officers as well as for journalists on national security affairs. Dr Chengappa has authored two research monographs, one on Pakistan's ISI Directorate while at Manohar Parrikar Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies (MP-IDSA); and another one on Conflict among Religions in Karnataka, while at Christ (deemed to be University), Bengaluru.

His experience spans over 18 years across industries. He specializes in Fraud Investigation, Brand Protection and Corporate Intelligence Services. Anil has previously worked with Hill & Associates, Pinkerton Risk Management, and Grant Thornton. He has successfully led assignments in the Asian region involving Due Diligence on individuals and companies, Asset Tracing, Insurance Fraud Investigations, Brand Protection and IPR issues.

Anil Chibber

Senior Consultant - Investigations & Due Diligence

Rohit Bhandwalkar

Information Security Expert

He has over 13 years of experience in Information Security area. His focus sectors are BFSI and Technology. His expertise includes physical and operational security domain, Information/Cybersecurity management: IEC 27001 ISMS, 3rd party audits. 

Is an Indian Air Force (IAF)veteran with operational, business and academic experience of over 45 years in the IAF, as Chief Operations Officer of GO Air, CEO of an air charter company and as co-founder of a software start-up. He won the Silver Medal at the National Defence Academy and the Sword of Honour and President’s Plaque at the Air Force Academy during flying training. He commanded an operational missile squadron, was part of IPKF for about a year, worked as Chief Operations Officer of two IAF stations, and commanded an IAF operational station during Op Parakram. He was a senior research fellow of (then) Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses for two years. He served on the faculty of the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington for three years. He was the Commodore Commandant of a prime helicopter unit and holds M Phil, M Sc, MA degrees in addition to an MBA. He has written (and continues to write) numerous articles for several magazines and journals on invitation.

Group Captain AK Sachdev (Retd)

Senior Consultant

Our Team

Afrin Gazi is an accomplished professional with five years of expertise in Risk Management, Business Resilience, Crisis Management, and Strategic Planning. Her journey in risk management and intelligence began at WoRisGo in 2019 as a Senior Risk Analyst and then moved on to work with Meta, where she contributed significantly as a Regional Intelligence Analyst in the Global Security Investigation and Intelligence Department. She completed his master’s in international studies from Christ University, Bengaluru. She has a bachelor’s in economics from Christ University, Bengaluru. Her areas of interest include economic developmental policy, security, and geopolitical issues, investigating research, and conflict resolution. As an individual, she is open-minded, a passionate philologist, and a team player, while also being fiercely independent. She enjoys reading, photography, and travelling.

Afrin Gazi

Senior Consultant

Ishita Kocharr

Risk Analyst

Ishita Kocharr is a Risk Analyst at WoRisGo and is responsible for analysing and assessing the risks and threats for the Americas. She has a graduate and postgraduate degree from the University of Delhi in Political Science. She has previously interned in a political consultancy firm. Her areas of interest include the changing geopolitical dynamics, National security, maritime economics and business.

Vaishnavi Sharma, a Risk Analyst at WoRisGo, has a solid academic foundation with a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and a Master's degree in International Relations. She has honed her analytical skills through internships with think tanks such as NIICE, gaining valuable research experience. Vaishnavi is particularly passionate about national security, the geopolitics of the Indian Ocean, and the complex issue of terrorism.

Vaishnavi Sharma

Risk Analyst

Jai Sharma

Risk Analyst

Jai Sharma is a graduate of OP Jindal Global University, specializing in Diplomacy, Law, and Business with a focus on economic and foreign policy. He brings practical experience from internships at Confluence Consultants, Hozint, Mitkat Advisory, and the Jindal Centre for the Global South. His professional interest centres on international relations, specifically examining their impact on businesses in the APAC region. Outside of work, he enjoys the gym, the mountains, and spending time with his dog.

Shruti Sharma, an alumna of Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi, is distinguished by her Master's degree in International and Area Studies, which she pursued after completing her undergraduate studies in Political Science at the University of Delhi. Her professional acumen is deeply rooted in International Relations, with a specialized focus on the South Asian region. Complementing her academic and professional pursuits, Sharma is also an aficionado of the arts. She engages in literary explorations, and artistic sketching, and has a keen appreciation for the cinematic masterpieces of Elem Klimov, reflecting a well-rounded intellectual and cultural depth.

Shruti Sharma

Risk Analyst

Meghna Manoj

Risk Analyst

Meghna Manoj is an alumna of Christ University, where she completed her undergraduate studies, majoring in History, Economics, and Political Science. She further advanced her academic pursuits by obtaining a Master’s degree in South Asian Studies from Pondicherry University. Her professional journey includes working as Project Intern at the Centre for Public Policy Research. Her expertise and core interests lie in the areas of hybrid warfare and Arctic geopolitics.

Nikunj Sharma, an esteemed graduate of O.P. Jindal Global University, holds a Master's in International Affairs. His expertise was honed through an internship at Hozint Horizon Intelligence, where he developed a keen interest in geopolitical analysis, with a specific emphasis on Africa and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) regions.

Nikunj Sharma

Risk Analyst

Arindam Goswami

Risk Analyst

Arindam Goswami, a recent graduate from the Amity Institute of International Studies, delves deeply into diverse research domains, placing specific emphasis on China, Europe, and Africa. Hailing from Guwahati, Assam, and currently based in Delhi, his dedication to international studies shines through his contributions to various think tanks and esteemed online news portals like the Financial Express, alongside authoring in prestigious Scopus papers. Arindam's progression from a Geopolitical Risk Intern at WoRisGo to his current role as a Risk Analyst reflects his seamless integration of practical experience and academic pursuit, enabling him to navigate complex global dynamics with expertise and finesse.

Anupam Jadhav, a Risk Analyst at WoRisGo, has a Master's in International Relations and Strategic Studies from Mumbai University. He has also co-produced the Speaking Territory podcast on Spotify. He has researched topics such as energy security, climate change, cyber security, and the strategic significance of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Anupam Jadhav

Risk Analyst

Praveen Raj

Risk Analyst

Praveen Raj, a Risk Analyst at WoRisGo, works on various initiatives, notably in due diligence, investigations, and Security Risk Assessments, amongst other projects. Presently, he is pursuing a Master's degree in Media Governance from Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi, and possesses a Bachelor's degree in Hotel and Hotel Administration from the Institute of Hotel Management, Bangalore. His professional interests are primarily focused on the manufacturing, oil, energy, and supply chain management sectors.

Yuthap Akash holds a Master's degree in International Relations and Politics from Pandit Deendayal Energy University in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, complemented by a Bachelor's degree in Botany Hons from Magadh University. His academic foundation is further enriched by practical experience gained through internships and research assistant roles at the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Asia and the Pacific (UNRCPD), in addition to an internship at Shri Vile Parle Kelvani Mandals Pravin Gandhi College of Law in Vile Parle (W), Mumbai. His core interests lie in the geopolitical intricacies of the Middle East/West Asia, Africa, and the Indo-Pacific regions. He is deeply engaged in Risk Analysis and Energy Security Studies, exploring the ever-evolving geopolitical complexities, conflicts, and security issues within these critical areas.

Yuthap Akash

Risk Analyst

Zainab Mahfooz

HR Executive

Zainab Mahfooz, HR Executive at WoRisgo is a blend of both worlds. Her background as a science graduate gives her a practical base for her communication skills as a professional who completed her master's in media governance from Jamia Millia Islamia. Previously worked as a client coordinator with a political consultancy firm, she aims to hone her skills in people management

Shashank Khopkar, WoRisGo's Geopolitical Narrator, and a rising professional in international relations, currently holds a position as a guest faculty at Mumbai University. With a Master's in Politics and International Relations from the Central University of Gujarat, he has honed a deep understanding of global affairs. This expertise is fervently shared with his students, enriching their learning experience. His academic contributions are notable, particularly in research and writing. Khopkar's focus is primarily on the evolving dynamics of China, the diverse and dynamic region of South Asia, and the strategically significant field of Maritime Security. These subjects are not merely academic interests for him; they represent his passion and form the core of his research, teaching, and writing endeavours.

Shashank Khopkar

Geopolitical Narrator