Research Team

Research Team

Aarthi Ramachandran
Aarthi Ramachandran
Aarthi is a doctoral student at IIT Madras in the field of health Infrastructure. She did her under graduation in Bio-Medical Engineering and her post-graduation in Public Health from Manipal Academy of Higher Education. Before joining for the Ph.D. program she was the project manager for a multi-year project on Enhancing the Profitability and Sustainability of Grassroots Women Entrepreneurs. She is passionate about exploring entrepreneurial approaches in the areas of public health social infrastructure.
Arushi Gupta
Arushi Gupta
Arushi holds post-graduation in Economics from Madras School of Economics. She worked as an Analyst at a financial services firm before joining IIT Madras. She is presently pursuing her Ph.D. in Finance. Her research focus is on Corporate Venture Capital funds.
Dr. Chandrakanti
Dr. Chandrakanti
Dr. Chandrakanti is currently a post-doctoral fellow, leading the ongoing project “Incubators Ecosystem in India”. She was awarded a PhD in the year 2024 for her thesis on “Foreign Direct Investment and Technology Spillovers” from IIT Madras. Holding a Master of Arts in Applied Economics from Pondicherry University, she excelled as a rank holder in Economics (Major) during her undergraduate studies. Her research interests encompass International Economics, Industrial Economics, and Innovation.
Haritha V H
Haritha V H
Haritha has completed M.Com in Finance from Central University of Karnataka and B.Com from MG University, Kerala. She has qualified Junior Research Fellowship in Commerce and was an University Rank Holder during her Post Graduation. Her research focuses on Risk Management Strategies of Business Angels.
Madhavan Nampoothiri
Madhavan Nampoothiri
Madhavan is a Joint PhD Scholar at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras and the University of Passau, Germany. He has over two decade’s experience in the Energy sector, with a specific focus on combating global climate change through decarbonisation of energy systems. His area of academic research is sustainable finance that encompasses corporate ESG ratings, global ESG disclosure mandates (especially Europe) and their effect on corporate financial performance, and the evolution of the Indian environmental entrepreneurship ecosystem.
K.S. Nandhini
K.S. Nandhini
K.S. Nandhini, is a M.S. Scholar at IIT Madras. She is a gold medalist with a Bachelor’s in Engineering, has been involved with the startup ecosystem at IIT Madras since 2018. Currently, she oversees strategic operations at the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Her research focuses on understanding the factors that contribute to the success of incubators, particularly within academic settings. This includes examining how student entrepreneurs’ socio- economic backgrounds, venture-specific characteristics, and traditional factors like market fit and team dynamics all influence the varying success rates of early-stage student startups.
    Nandhini Priya N
    Nandhini Priya N
    After completing her undergraduate studies at the University of Madras, Nandhini Priya went on to earn a post-graduate degree in commerce with a focus in accounting and finance. She is an Intermediate qualified Cost and Management Accountant and qualified for a Junior Research Fellowship in the stream of Commerce. She is pursuing her Ph.D. at the IIT Madras and has a keen interest in exploring entrepreneurial ventures in the field of urban infrastructure.
    Dr. Priyadarshini
    Dr. Priyadarshini
    Dr Priyadarshini J is a Post Doctoral Researcher at IIT Madras. She is actively engaged in qualitative & quantitative research and is experienced in using analytical software like SPSS, Amos, RStudio, NVivo & MAXQDA. She worked as an Assistant Professor at the MEASI Institute of Management, Royapettah, Chennai. She pursued her full-time doctoral programme in Entrepreneurship in the Department of Management Studies, University of Madras. She is a recipient of the ICSSR Centrally Administered Doctoral Fellowship. She is qualified in TN-SET. She holds an MBA in HR & Marketing. She did her under graduation in Nutrition, Food Service Management & Dietetics. She is an avid reader and an aspiring polyglot. Her current research interests are entrepreneurial ecosystems, entrepreneurial knowledge management, new venture performance, entrepreneurial opportunity, entrepreneurial capacity, human resource management, marketing and organisational behaviour.
    Reeba Devaraj
    Reeba Devaraj
    Reeba Devaraj is an economics graduate with more than 18 years of experience in development and social research. She has worked with leading research companies and academic institutions and has designed and implemented qualitative and quantitative research studies at both the regional and national levels and has a strong track record of analysing data with a special focus on SPSS.