Team ORCA

Head of Research and Operations Director

Eerishika Pankaj (eerishikap@gmail.com) is Head of Research and Operations Director at Organisation for Research on China and Asia (ORCA). She is also an Editorial and Research Assistant to the Series Editor for Routledge Series on Think Asia. Ms. Pankaj is a Young Leader in the 2020 cohort of the Pacific Forum’s Young Leaders Program and is also a Commissioning Editor with E-International Relations for their Political Economy section. She previously worked as a Research Associate at Synergia Foundation in Bangalore, India and has interned with Delhi Policy Group (DPG), New Delhi, India. She is an East Asian studies scholar who focuses on Chinese foreign and domestic policies, conflict studies in the Asian security landscape, Indian foreign policy focused on its neighbourhood outreach and the Indo-Pacific security environment. She can be reached @eerishika on Twitter.

Executive Outreach Head

Tanishk Saxena is Executive Outreach Head at Organization for Research on China and Asia (ORCA). Mr. Saxena is also Social Media Consultant with UNSYNC, Project Associate with Asian Pathfinders and is pursuing his PGDM with specialisations in International Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations. Mr Saxena was associated with Mitkat Advisory Ltd. - Information Services Department, Mahindra Rise - Mahindra Construction Equipment as a Management Trainee and as a Mentor at Teach for India (TFI). He has a Masters degree in International Studies from Symbiosis School of International Studies and a BBA-LLB (Hons.). He previously practised as a Criminal Advocate in District and Sessions Court. His research interests include Chinese politics, Private Military Contractors, International Relations, Security Studies and Business Continuity Management. He can be reached on Twitter @tanishk007.

Visiting Consultant

Mr. Modi is a Visiting Researcher at Red Lantern Analytica (RLA), a New-Delhi based think-tank and has previously worked with Mr. Ninong Ering (former MP & currently MLA, Arunachal Pradesh). Mr Modi is a former Teach for India (TFI) Fellow and has worked as a political consultant in the past. He has interned at CLAWS, Chase India, and the office of Mr. Anurag Singh Thakur (Minister of Sports, Youth Affairs and Minister for Information & Broadcasting). A lawyer by degree, he has also completed a M.A in Diplomacy, Law & Business with a specialization in Defense & National Security studies. At ORCA, he focuses on India-China relations against the backdrop of the Indo-Pacific construct, while also studying India’s Neighborhood Policy and the rise of middle powers in Asia.

Research Associate

Rahul Karan Reddy is an international relations analyst pursuing a Masters degree from O.P Jindal Global University in Diplomacy, Law and Business. He is the author of ‘Islands on the Rocks’, a monograph detailing the Senkaku/Diaoyu island dispute between China and Japan. His research focus is China and East Asia. He was a research analyst at the Chennai Center for China Studies (C3S) and an intern at the Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS), writing articles and reports on China’s foreign policy and domestic politics. His blog, Asian Drama, follows the rise of India and China as they navigate the Asian Century.

Junior Researcher and Copyeditor

Shalini Singh is currently working as a Junior Researcher and Copyeditor​ at the Organisation for Research on China and Asia (ORCA). Earlier, she has worked with the National Maritime Foundation as a research intern and Political Risk and Threat Intelligence Analyst Intern with Horizon Intelligence. She has also worked with the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment as a Research Intern and Field Investigator. In addition, she has worked as an editor with Alexis Foundation and Hindustan Publishing Corporation. Her core interests lie in Energy Security, International Institutions, and China’s presence in Africa and the Middle East.

Junior Researcher and Copyeditor​

Teg Prataap Singh Sandhu has previously interned at think-tanks such as National Maritime Foundation and Global Peace Foundation. His research interests include Chinese Foreign Policy; Peace and Conflict Studies in West Asia and South Asia. He has published articles related to the spread of political Islam across the Middle East; The failure of democracy in Pakistan, and the Chinese debt trap diplomacy. He is presently working on the project ‘Management of the Indo-Bangladesh border’ with UNESCO, Guwahati.

Linguistics Analyst and Translator (Mandarin) - Project Based

Ms. Rajan is a language translator with a post-graduate degree in linguistics from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). She is fluent in speaking, writing and reading Mandarin.

Present Research Interns for Team ORCA

Research Intern

Gautam has completed his post-graduation in Political science from University of Delhi. His major interest areas include the South china sea, South Asia and China’s engagement with smaller nation states of the Indian ocean.

Ahana Roy

Research and Social Media Intern

Ahana Roy is a postgraduate in Political Science with International Relations from Jadavpur University. Her areas of interest include foreign policy, security and strategic studies, political philosophy, and emerging technologies in international relations.

Research Intern

Samikshya Das is currently pursuing her Masters from Symbiosis School of International Studies. She has interned as Geopolitical Risk Analyst and contributes articles and content for various websites. She is a law graduate and has worked as a full time reporter as well. She can be reached at @SamikshaDas12

Research Intern

Anushka Gondhalekar is a graduate in Economics. She is currently pursuing a PGDM. She has completed a One Year Chinese Language Program from Tianjin University of Technology and holds a HSK 5 certificate. Her interests include Chinese culture and Chinese politics