Dr. Leena Chandran Wadia is presently Senior Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation (ORF), Mumbai, one of India’s premier, independent, non-partisan, public policy think tanks.
Leena received her PhD in Physics from the Indian Institute of Science Bangalore and did her post-doctoral work at ETH Zurich, in the area of high performance computing. She has been a researcher at several places in India and abroad including NCST Mumbai (now CDAC), EPF Lausanne and CERN, both in Switzerland, and IIT Bombay. She also served as Senior VP and CTO at Netcore Solutions Pvt. Ltd., a start-up company in the area of Mobile Value-Added Services.
Since moving to ORF in 2010, Leena has been engaged in research and policy advocacy in the areas of Education, Renewable Energy, Public Health, and Sustainable Agriculture. The primary focus of her work has however been Higher Education in India. She has produced several in-depth research reports on various aspects of higher education and has been using them to advocate for reforms with state and central governments. She played a key role in the preparation of the Karnataka State Education Policy in 2015.
Since August 2017 she has been working with the Dr. Kasturirangan Committee to prepare India’s Draft National Education Policy, 2019, first as a member of the research team and then as a member of the drafting committee of the policy.