Advisory Committee

Members of the Project Advisory Committee (PAC)

Amitabh Kumar, Partner J. Sagar Asscoiates, Former DG, Competition Commission of India
Amitabh, a retired Indian Revenue Service Officer, has handled diverse assignments in the sphere of regulation, public finance and policy in an illustrious career of 31 years. He has served as the first Director General of the Competition Commission of India from 2004 to 2009. He was involved in the Policy and Regulatory Framework set up in the initial years of the Competition Authority. He further assisted the Government in drafting the Competition (Amendment) Bill, 2007. Amitabh was also responsible for drafting several implementing regulations, besides making a significant contribution to the Competition Advocacy initiative of the CCI. Recently, he was member of a committee appointed by the government to recommend a National Competition Policy document and necessary amendments to the Competition Act, 2002. He is a member of the Governing Council of CUTS Institute for Regulation & Competition.

Anjan Das, Executive Director & Head Technology, IPR, and Technology Development Centres, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)
Anjan Das has a post graduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, India. With twenty one years of post-qualification experience in project planning, project coordination & monitoring, project engineering, project management, technology development, project evaluation, technology transfer, international technology collaborations, intellectual property rights and consulting engineering services, he is currently heading CII’s Technology & IPR Division and also CII’s Technology Development & Promotion Centres in the states. He has been working in the areas of public-private partnership in pre-competitive technologies; technology transfer / services and IPR areas. He has also worked in automobile and IT industry and also in Ministry of Science & Technology, Govt. of India.

Arun Maira, President CUTS International; Former Member Planning Commission; Former Chairman, BCG India
Arun Maira is a thought leader and writer on the subjects of transformational change and leadership. He is a frequent speaker at international forums on the future of India. In 2009, he was appointed as a member of the Planning Commission of India (the now NITI Aayog), a body led by the Prime Minister of India. At this minister-level position, he led the development of strategies for the country on issues relating to industrialisation and urbanisation, and drove the formulation of policies and programmes in these areas. He was a member of the Tata Administrative Service and worked in several senior positions in the TATA Group in India and abroad for 25 years. He has consulted with companies across the world on issues of growth strategies and transformational change. In 2000, he became the Chairman of The Boston Consulting Group in India. He has also served on the National Council of the Confederation of Indian Industry for many years and chaired several of its national committees. He has served on the boards of several large corporations, the UN Global Compact, and several social work organisations and educational institutions in India and abroad.

Avirup Bose, Assistant Professor, Jindal Global Law School; OP Jindal Global University
Avirup Bose is an assistant professor of competition law and policy at the Jindal Global Law School (JGLS). He also serves as the assistant director to the Centre of International Trade and Economic Laws at JGLS. Between the years 2012–2015, Avirup served as an Expert Consultant to the Competition Commission of India, where his work included expert analysis of Indian competition law, particularly in the areas of cartels and abuse of dominance proceedings. Avirup has written extensively on various aspects of Indian competition law. His work has been published in journals like the European Competition Law Review, Competition Law Insight and the Indian Business Law Journal. He has been invited by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), the Indian Corporate Counsel Association, and the Government of Gujarat to conduct competition law workshops and training programmes.

Parag Kar, Vice President (Government Affairs India & South Asia) Qualcomm Inc.
Parag Kar serves as Director of Government Affairs at QUALCOMM Incorporated for India and the SAARC. Mr. Kar’s responsibilities include interfacing with regulatory and policy making agencies in the region on behalf of QUALCOMM and ensuring these entities are well informed on the various aspects of QUALCOMM’s business. Kar has more than 13 years of experience in the telecommunications industry. Prior to his appointment at QUALCOMM, Kar was responsible for business development of broadband convergence technologies (both wireless and wireline) at Lucent Technologies in India. During his tenure at Lucent, Kar developed key contacts at the various state and private organizations. Mr. Kar holds a Bachelor degree in Engineering in Electronics and Telecommunication from REC Bhopal, and a Master’s Degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. His work has also been showcased and published extensively, such as a paper on the Mobile Communication System which was published in the All-India IRSTE Seminar, “CDMA – The Technology with a Difference,” published in June 2004 in Convergence India, and several other publications in technical newspapers and magazines.

Payal Malik, Associate Professor University of Delhi, Former Advisor, Competition Commission of India
Payal Malik is an Associate Professor of Economics at the Delhi University. She is also associated with National Council of Applied Economic Research, LIRNEasia, and Indicus Analytics. She received her Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.), and MA in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics and BA in Economics is from Lady Shriram College, University of Delhi. She also has a MBA in Finance from the University of Cincinnati. Her research and professional collaborations have been with OECD, Orbicom, IDEI, University of Toulouse, University Of Québec at Montreal, CEPR, JRC-EU, ICEGEC, Hungary, IPTS, Seville, Spain, TRAI, Ministry of Power, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Planning Commission of India, Competition Commission of India, CSO, India, WSP-SA, World Bank and AFD, Paris. She has several years of research experience on the issues of competition and regulation in network industries like power, telecommunication and water. In addition, she has done considerable research on the ICT sector. Recently she has been actively engaged in competition policy research. She has written both for professional journals as well as for the economic press. Currently she is a regular columnist for the Financial Express, India and a referee for the Information Technologies and International Development journal published by University of Southern California, Annenberg.

Prathiba M. Singh, Senior Advocate; Member of DIPP’s IPR Think Tank constituted to draft the National Intellectual Property Rights Policy
Prathiba M. Singh, Senior Advocate, Delhi High Court has completed her graduation in Law and Academic Law from Bangalore and also holds a Master Degree in Law from Cambridge University, UK. She is also a member of professional bodies like INTA, APAA, IPAA, IPLPA, SCBA, DHCBA and Indian Arbitration Bar. She is a Leading litigation lawyer & counsel in intellectual property cases in India and is currently handling a large volume of trade-mark prosecutions, oppositions and infringement, passing off and, unfair competition cases. Prathiba M. Singh has also appeared in the Supreme Court and various High Courts in leading IPR cases and regularly appears before the Intellectual Property Appellate Board dealing with Trade mark cases. She has ranked as “Patent Expert” & “Trademark Expert” in Asia IP 2009 Survey and as the landmark case from India for 2008 by ASIA IP. She is also appointed as Amicus Curiae by the Hon’ble Delhi High Court to assist the Court in a suo-moto action to streamline the proper administration and functioning of the Copyright Board.

Sujitha Subramanian, Lecturer in Law University of Bristol
Sujitha joined Bristol Law School in August 2012. Prior to that, she was a Lecturer at Aberystwyth University (Wales, UK). Sujitha obtained her law degree from the University of Madras in India, and LLM in International Trade and Finance Law from the University of Aberdeen (Scotland, UK). Her research interests include intellectual property and its interaction with innovation policy, international trade law, international environmental law and competition law. She has also conducted research in the area of public procurement and corruption issues particularly within the Indian context.

T.V. Ramachandaran, President, Broadband India Forum
T.V. Ramachandran has been bestowed an honorary fellowship of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). An MSc in Physics with specialisation in wireless and electronics, in September 1997, he was appointed Director General of the Cellular Operators’ Association of India – the GSM operators’ – and led the organisation for 12 years. Mr T V Ramachandran who was the first CEO of Essar Cellphone (now part of Vodafone India Ltd), one of India’s earliest cellular service providers, has successfully led the establishment and commercial launch of India’s largest capacity cellular network in 1995. He has been an ambassador for mobile telephone industry growth for 20 years.

Yogesh Pai, Assistant Professor National Law University Delhi
Yogesh specialises in intellectual property law and has interdisciplinary research interests in technology, economics and policy. His teaching and general research involves intellectual property law, competition law and international trade law. Before joining NLU, Delhi, Yogesh was coordinator of the Ministry of Human Resource Development Chair on IPR at NLU, Jodhpur. He was also the faculty-in-charge of ‘Trade Law and Development’ rated among the top 10 journals in the international trade worldwide. His international work experience (between 2007 and 2008) involved working with the South Centre, Geneva, as an intern and later as a consultant to its Innovation and Access to Knowledge Programme. He has previously worked with Centad, New Delhi, and also taught as a guest faculty at Indian Law Institute, New Delhi. In 2013, Yogesh was nominated as a legal member in a committee constituted by the Ministry of Health, Government of India, for invoking provisions of compulsory licensing under the Patents Act, 1970, in the context of affordable healthcare. Yogesh has been a speaker on intellectual property issues on different occasions in India and abroad.