Akanksha Arora

Akanksha, the Chief Executive Officer of LexQuest Foundation, is a Lawyer and a Public Policy Professional. She has worked extensively in the domain of law and policy wherein her dedication and work ethic brought her several leadership opportunities early in her career.

While holding Executive Positions at organizations like Alexis Group, LawLex, Legal Desire, and GoUNESCO, her work helped to expand the scope of policy research in India, while her early exposure to the realm, helped her gain insight into the complexities associated with our legal system, which led her to work for inclusive policymaking. 

A graduate in Public Policy from the Centre for Civil Society, Akanksha was also associated with their Project Jeevika wherein she assisted with the research on the Urban Street Vendor Bill. At the time of her associations with NGOs like PUCL she worked on a wide range of Human Rights issues and studied discrimination and injustice related to caste, class, communal and gender oppression. She was also involved in the research and advocacy for the implementation of the Right to Food Act. 

Akanksha holds advanced professional degrees in Public Policy, Cyber Laws, Intellectual Property Laws, and Competition Law. Recognizing the multi-pronged challenges associated with the policy mechanism in India, she is working on expanding the scope of research and advocacy in our systems.

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Tanya Chandra

Tanya, the Chief Operating Officer of LexQuest Foundation, is a Lawyer and a Public Policy Professional, working to make social inclusion the focal point of varied policy discourses in India.

Her work highlights gender inequality in the illegality of issues such as bride trafficking, lack of reproductive rights, and focuses on finding sustainable policy solutions to make the Right to Menstrual Health, and Sexual & Reproductive Health & Rights a constitutional reality in India. To better understand the landscape of gender discrimination and social inclusion, and to gain perspective on the same, Tanya has also pursued courses on Gender and Sexuality: Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace from the University of Pittsburgh, Health Across the Gender Spectrum from the Stanford School of Medicine, and International Women’s Health and Human Rights from the Stanford University.

During her stint at various law firms, she worked on Research Reports on subjects such as land reforms, tenancy laws, and corporate laws in India. Her work on matters involving industrial disputes laws, insurance laws, labor laws and diverse aspects of the corporate laws, exposed her to the loopholes, disparities, and conflicts of commercial regulations vis-a-vis social inclusion legislation in India.

Working on the draft recommendations of the Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2012, for the Justice Verma Committee, helped her gain insight into the challenges of the policy mechanism to cope with complex issues. She also worked on a case commentary on the role of legal institutions in extending legal aid to the underserved communities in India. At Teach for India, she helped with the Teacher Training Program of female teachers of under-served private schools in Delhi, and at Sulabh International, her research compared the rehabilitation and livelihood policies for manual scavengers in the various States of India.

She endeavors to make Law and Public Policy implementation work in tandem, for a just society. Focusing on research and advocacy for attaining sustainable policy solutions, she aspires to make policymaking a citizen-driven tool for achieving social and economic goals.

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Managing Editor:

Abhishek Jain National Law University, Delhi

Research Associates:

Elizabath Pappachan Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
Parvathy Ramesh University of Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh
Aanchal Goswami Centre For International Trade And Development (CITD), Jawaharlal Nehru University(JNU)
Mrigakshi Tandon TERI School of Advanced Studies, New Delhi
Aaditya Sri Ramswaroop College of Engineering and Management, Lucknow
Mukta Amale Department of Civics and Politics, University of Mumbai
Shivika Aggrawal Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi
Swati Bhawnani Bhopal School of Social Sciences, Madhya Pradesh
Sarthak Madras School of Economics, Tamil Nadu
Suthida Chang University of Nottingham, England
Shubhra Parihar Janki Devi Memorial College, Delhi University
Sumedha Arya Hindu College, New Delhi
Rishabh Kohli Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow
Shivedita Singh Malaviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur
Ananya Mondal Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management, Kolkata
Debokarsho Dutta Jadavpur University, Kolkata
Tanya Toshali FLAME University, Pune
Madalsa Jain Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University, Visakhapatnam
Mitul Luthra University School of Architecture and Planning, New Delhi
Kiran Rathi Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, Nagpur
Rasveen Kaur Indore Institute of Law, Madhya Pradesh
Zaffer Ishaq War Shiv Nadar University, Greater Noida
Manuela Priyadarshini Gokhale Institute of Politics & Economics, Pune
Ashraya Mahesh Ashoka University, Haryana
Saranya Basu Jadavpur University, Kolkata
Kalpika Vale National Law School of India University, Bengaluru
Debarati Choudhury Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad