Bhaskar Pant – Partner
Bhaskar Pant is one of the founding members of Policy Monks. Bhaskar brings substantial experience in driving public policy, public affairs and stakeholders’ management with state governments and the central government. He has advised and worked with policymakers, multilateral institutions and MNCs on a range of policy and regulatory issues with strong focus on technology.
Prior to founding Policy Monks, he was a Consultant with the Government of Rajasthan leading the agenda for introducing innovative ideas in farm and non-farm activities aimed at poverty reduction, employment generation and providing social security with focus on women Self-Help Groups. Here, he Initiated a pilot project in collaboration with Vodafone M Pesa to improve financial inclusion which has been termed as one of the scale able, Innovative & service oriented pilot on Financial Inclusion by Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India.
Previously, he was advising the Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and Railways. As his policy aide, he negotiated the Chambal-Bhilwara drinking water project, to be implemented with an estimated cost of Rs. 2223.67 crore. He was also engaged in legislative research and regularly interacted with media representatives, public officials, government agencies and other appropriate stakeholders.
At the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, he led a group of young professionals in executing a Google+ Hangout with citizens inviting suggestions to make our highways
safer. Bhaskar has also worked as Consultant with IFMR LEAD and The World Bank Group in the past on women economic empowerment through technology interventions, MSMEs and digital financial inclusion.
Bhaskar is a Chevening Scholar and a graduate in MSc Public Policy and Administration from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is also an alumni of the Institute of Constitutional and Parliamentary Studies and Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi. Bhaskar regularly writes on public policy and governance issues for the country’s leading publications.