C. Raja Mohan will serve as the founding director of Carnegie India. Mohan has been a non-resident senior associate at Carnegie since 2012, as well as a distinguished fellow at the Observer Research Foundation in New Delhi.
"I look forward to the center contributing to India's rich intellectual tradition through the in-depth, nonpartisan research of our scholars," Mohan said. "I am confident that Carnegie India will add to Carnegie's global reputation for quality, integrity, and independence." Shivnath Thukral, former managing editor of the business television news channel NDTV Profit, will serve as Carnegie India's managing director.
The centre's creation has been supported by Carnegie India's Founders Committee, a group of Indian and international donors co-chaired by former cabinet secretary and Indian ambassador to the US, Naresh Chandra, and former US ambassador to India, Frank Wisner. "On behalf of the entire Founders Committee, we want to congratulate Carnegie on the formal launch of Carnegie India," said Chandra and Wisner. "India-with its strategic partnership with the United States and its growing role in the Asia-Pacific and around the world-is a significant development on the international landscape and a natural area of focus for Carnegie." Carnegie President Williams J. Burns, said, "We are very proud to add Carnegie India to Carnegie's network of international centres."