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Amit Chandra, Policy Fellow

Amit Chandra

Dr Amit Chandra is a passionate promoter of market based policy solutions with hands on experience. His work has majorly focused on school education, urban livelihoods and governance. Amit has worked with Centre for Civil Society as ‘Associate Director – Policy Advisory’ leading the policy advisory vertical of the organisation. He has played crucial role in developing, strengthening and scaling up National Independent Schools Alliance, the national federation of associations of low cost private schools, as ‘National Coordinator’. He has also led Jeevika Campaign as ‘National Coordinator’ for issues of unorganised sector. His work has played important role in shaping up National Urban Street Vending Act 2014, amendments to India Forest Act 1927, amendments to Micro Small and Medium Enterprises Development Act 2006, and initiatives taken under Ease of Doing Business campaign by Government of India.

Amit is a graduate in Commerce, post graduate and Doctorate of Philosophy in Social Work. He has also graduated in Think Tank MBA from Atlas Economic Research Foundation, USA in 2008, ‘Globalization and Market Economy’ in 2010 and ‘Liberal Education Policy’ in 2016 from International Academy of Leadership, Germany. He is an alumnus of Atlas Leadership Academy. He has been participant of ‘International Youth Exchange Program’ between India and Canada in year 2006-2007. His work and views has been widely quoted in media and academic publications.

Avinash Chandra, Senior Fellow

Avinash Chandra
Avinash Chandra has a post graduate degree in Journalism and Mass Communication, and has a diploma in digital video production. Avinash has five years experience working with Dainik Jagran (world's largest reading daily Hindi newspaper), Rashtirya Sahara and Amar Ujala. He has also worked for All India Radio, Doordarshan, Pragya TV and various production houses. As a journalist, he has covered health, art and culture, education, and water, among various beats.

Dr Christopher Lingle, Senior Fellow

Dr Christopher Lingle
Dr Christopher Lingle is Visiting Professor of Economics in ESEADE at Universidad Francisco Marroquín in Guatemala and Adjunct Scholar at the Centre for Independent Studies in Sydney. After earning his doctorate in economics from the University of Georgia in 1977, he has served principally as a university professor. Most of his career has been spent outside the USA, including university appointments in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and North America. He is an ardent and energetic defender of individual freedom.

Daniel Austin Green, Senior Fellow

Daniel Austin Green
Daniel Austin Green was formerly the Program Director for the Templeton Religion Trust in Nassau, Bahamas, where he was responsible for developing grants across all parts of the mission of the Trust, including science, religion, the intersection of science and religion, individual freedom and free markets, character virtue development, and genius/exceptional cognitive talent. From 2011-17, he was at the John Templeton Foundation, where he served as Director of Individual Freedom and Free Markets. He holds the degrees of Juris Doctor from the Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University; Master of Letters in Divinity at the University of St Andrews in Scotland; Master of Arts in economics by The New School for Social Research; and Bachelor of Science in economics by the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga; and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Yazad Jal, Senior Fellow

Yazad Jal
Yazad Jal is a Senior Fellow and an active contributor to the programs at CCS Academy, both in terms of providing inputs into the pedagogy of new programs as well as being the lead trainer at our various training programs, including the flagship ipolicy and epolicy. As a champion of classical liberal thought, Yazad is exploring supporting the sustainability of CCS through fundraising efforts in the United States. Previously, Yazad was the Director of CCS Academy and a senior member of the CCS Leadership team and is credited with having spearheaded the online pivot of CCS’s programs in the post-pandemic world.
Yazad brings with him a rich experience, having previously worked as Fellow, Economic Policy, and managed the Technology and Policy Program at the Takshashila Institution, Bengaluru. He has also worked as a management consultant in the United States from 2008-18 with McKinsey and Company, IBM’s Global Business Services and at his own independent consultancy. Yazad has also been active in the non-profit sector in India, serving as CEO of Praja Foundation in Mumbai from 2002-2006. Yazad has an MBA from Yale University and a BA (Econ) from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai University.