Research Affiliate

Akash is a research affiliate working on building automated decisioning systems for targeted emergency response along with pipelines to democratize data for public good. His interests lie at the intersection of urban planning and data science.

Akash’s training in development economics and applied statistics led him to a career as a data scientist within the social impact space where he has guided several start-ups, CSOs, NGOs and city governments on issues pertaining to financial inclusion to disaster response for over 3 years. 

His past work includes developing tools for improving the well-being of unbanked population in parts of rural Asia and Africa with the World Bank (featured by the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor), predicting food and non food requirements of a community when a disaster strikes, evaluating the role of redlining in aggravating Covid-19 outcomes and mapping vulnerability in slums of India. 


  • Urban Planning
  • Disaster Response 
  • Data Democratization 
  • Geospatial Analytics 
  • Differential Privacy
  • Satellite Imagery Analysis


  • MSc. Applied Urban Science and Informatics, NYU 
  • BA in Economics and Statistics, St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai

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