Team

Founders

Dr. Krishna Sharma

Co-Founder and Mentor

Krishna hails from the capital city of India where he attended St. Stephen’s College for his undergraduate studies in Chemistry. He moved to the UK to pursue his Masters in Chemistry at the University of Oxford where he also served as a committee member of the Oxford India Society. After completing his Masters he moved to Trinity College, University of Cambridge for his PhD studies in Chemistry. He has been welcoming and serving the Indian community in Cambridge since 2014.

Email: ks705@cam.ac.uk or18krish@gmail.com

Dr. Varun Manhas

Co-Founder

Varun studied for an MPhil at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology and is a member of Queens’ College. Outside academia, he is interested in outdoor sports, politics and world affairs, and science and technology. Additionally, he has completed his BEng from BVP Pune, MSc from University of Oxford and PhD from KU Leuven in Engineering. He hails from Punjab in India.

Email: varunmanhas@gmail.com

Current Team

Arastu Sharma

President

Arastu is a PhD student at the Centre for Photonics in the Department of Engineering and a member of Jesus College. His research is supported by Microsoft Research and Cambridge Trust with a focus on neuromorphic optical computing. He previously completed Masters of Research in Integrated Photonic and Electronic Systems at Clare Hall, Cambridge. He is a part of Jesus College rowing team and enjoys cycling.

Email: as2708@cam.ac.uk

Aditya Dhawan

Vice-President

Aditya is an undergraduate student studying for the Mathematical Tripos and is a member of King’s College. He hails from Delhi.

Email: ad950@cam.ac.uk

Bhumika

Secretary

Bhumika is an LLM student at the University and a member of St. Edmund’s College. Previously a Legal Research Fellow at the Centre for WTO Studies, Ministry of Commerce (Govt. of India), she assisted diplomats in trade policy and authored her monograph “Anti-Dumping in the Globalized World” with Wolters Kluwer in 2019. As a Principal Associate at the Negotiation Academy, she helps organize leadership academies and assists in negotiation training. Outside work, she is a trained classical dancer and writes poetry.

Email: bb584@cam.ac.uk

Surabhi Lal

Junior Treasurer

Surabhi is an LLM student at the University and a member of St. Edmund’s College. She is from New Delhi where she practiced law after completing her undergraduate degree from National Law University Delhi. She has been a member/ convener of varied committees, during her undergraduate degree, ranging from cultural, dramatics, alternative dispute resolution to academic committee. She is keenly interested in travelling, classical dancing and post-crossing.

Email: sl948@cam.ac.uk

Dr. Divya Arora

Cultural Secretary

Divya is a Postdoctoral Fellow working at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB), Cambridge University. Her current research interest lies in understanding the host pathogen signatures upon Mycobacterium Abscessus infection. She is a Delhi University graduate in Biochemistry with a Masters from School of Life Sciences, JNU and a PhD from National Institute of Immunology, JNU. She has actively participated and choreographed multiple dance events during her graduate and PhD studies. Outside academia, she is interested in dancing, travelling and cooking.

Email: da500@cam.ac.uk

Dr. Satyajit Das

Sports Secretary

Satyajit recently completed his PhD in Engineering and is a member of Pembroke College. He hails from Orissa.

Email: emailtosato@gmail.com

Pragya Parijat Singh

Communications Officer

Pragya is presently pursuing her LLM from Cambridge and is a member of St. Edmunds College. Prior to her degree, she had been practicing as a Panel Counsel for Union of India in the Supreme Court. She has also served as a Legal Counsellor for Tihar Prisons- Delhi. Apart from litigation, she was actively involved in various pro-bono work primarily including free legal aid sessions to impart legal literacy in India. She has keen interest in cooking, travelling and politics. Currently, she is also serving as a Secretary in the May Ball Committee for St. Edmunds. She hails from Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh.

Email: pps30@cam.ac.uk or parijatpragya@gmail.com

Animesh Jain

Committee Member

Animesh is pursuing his PhD at the Department of Engineering and is funded by distinguished Harding postgraduate scholarship. He did his undergraduate and postgraduate studies from Indian Institute of Technology, Varanasi. He was awarded the IIT (BHU) Gold medal for his academic achievements. He is currently studying one of the most intractable and persistent challenges in rocket and aircraft-engine development with a completely new approach: Prediction and control of thermoacoustic instability by exploiting symmetries. Apart from research, he has a keen interest in eastern mindfulness spiritual practices and has been practicing meditation for many years.

Email: aj584@cam.ac.uk

Komal Gupta

Committee Member

Komal is a first year PhD student at the MRC Cancer Unit and is a member of Pembroke College. Before joining the University of Cambridge, she completed her BSc and MSc degree at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune and the National Centre of Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bangalore. Apart from research, her interests are travelling, trekking, reading and sketching.

Email: kg463@cam.ac.uk

Karnika Gupta

Committee Member

Karnika is pursuing a PhD in Clinical Neuroscience at Cambridge and is a member of Lucy Cavendish College. She completed her Bachelors from University of Delhi and Masters from Bangalore University. She has also worked as research assistant at National Brain Research Centre, India. She has been actively involved in various organising committees during her studies. She loves to dance, talk, cook food and play badminton.

Email: kg465@cam.ac.uk

Past Team Members

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