Prakhar Misra

Global Shaper, Mumbai Hub

Prakhar is a Senior Associate at IDFC Institute. He leads the Data Governance Network, India's first (and possibly only) network that produces interdisciplinary tech policy research to inform tech-based governance frameworks, concepts, legislations, and protocols. Prior to joining IDFC Institute, he was a Chevening Scholar reading for a Masters in Public Policy at the University of Oxford where he taught Economics at the summer school in Somerville and Christ Church colleges. He was also a Researcher at the Blavatnik School of Government analyzing the trends in the evolution of Indian nationalism under Dr. Maya Tudor. Prakhar completed a postgraduate degree in Economics and Finance from the Meghnad Desai Academy of Economics where he was a Chanakya Scholar. His thesis was titled ‘India and the Impossible Trinity’ analysing how the RBI navigated through the Mundell-Fleming Trilemma. He also holds a Bachelors in Engineering from Ramaiah Institute of Technology where he graduated as the 'Best Outgoing Student' of his class. Previously, Prakhar has worked on setting up a microfinance institution for the Roma in Eastern Europe. He was also a Fellow with Teach For India and with the Swaniti Initiative and co-founded a social media marketing company before venturing into public policy. He is an avid writer with more than two dozen publications in English and Hindi in various media portals like Hindustan Times, Times of India, Financial Express, Mint, The Hindu, Huffington Post, Scroll, Swarajya, The Quint and others. He has also written a couple of book chapters in edited compilations on liberalism in India, and governance under the current government in India. Prakhar is interested in structural issues posing a hindrance to achieving pareto-efficient growth in India. He is intrigued by informational and institutional impediments in democratic setups, and hopes to address them through research in the years to come.