Maj Gen (Dr) Pawan Anand, AVSM (Retd.) 

Maj Gen (Dr) Pawan Anand, AVSM (Retd.) was commissioned into the Corps of Engineers and was awarded the President’s Gold Medal at the National Defence Academy for being First in Order of Merit, and later the Sword of Honour at the Indian Military Academy(IMA).In an illustrious career, Gen Anand commanded an Armoured Engineer Regiment, an Engineer Brigade in a Strike Corps, and was Chief Engineer of the South Western Command. During the Kargil War he controlled operations as Brigade Major of an Infantry Brigade, and later he was principal staff in a Counter Insurgency Force. He has been an instructor at the IMA, and College of Military Engineering. He was selected for the Defence Services Staff Course, the Higher Defence Management Course and National Defence College. He has held three appointments of domestic and foreign procurements, and represented his country in several delegations and defence cooperation conferences abroad, dealing with 17 countries. He is a qualified Mechanical Engineer, Masters in Strategic Studies, defence management, and a Doctorate in general management concerning indigenisation of defence industry. After the army, he was Secretary General of Highway Operators Association in the private sector. He is currently a Distinguished Fellow with the USI of India and Head of USI-ANBI, looking at deep technologies and defence industry.

Past Researchers

Surbhi Chakraborty holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Daulat Ram College, University of Delhi, and a Master's degree in Defence and Strategic Studies from Punjabi University, Patiala. She was Research Assistant with USI-ANBI (Atmanirbhar Bharat Initiative). Her work focused on identifying challenges and opportunities in indigenising the Domestic Defence Ecosystem, the role of strategic industries in national security architecture, and understanding the critical role of networking and startups. Her research also involved capacity building initiatives that involved close consultation with MSMEs and academia to foster collaboration in the field of deep and disruptive technology.