The IAGI Team

Ambassador Husain Haqqani


The IAGI is led by Husain Haqqani, Director of South and Central Asia for Hudson Institute. Haqqani, former Pakistan ambassador to the United States, is a well-known observer of India. He is a regular columnist for the leading Indian daily The Indian Express and appears regularly on Indian television, CNN-IBN, NDTV and Headlines Today.



Dr. Aparna Pande

Aparna Pande is Research Fellow & Director of Hudson Institute's Initiative on the Future of India and South Asia as well as Fellow, Center on Islam, Democracy, and the Future of the Muslim World. Aparna wrote her PhD dissertation on Pakistan's foreign policy. Her major field of interest is South Asia with a special focus on India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Foreign and Security Policy. Aparna contributes to The Weekly Standard, Huffington Post, Real Clear World, Times of India, Outlook India, Pajamas Media, IndoLink and Chowk.


Mr. Sagar Wadgaonkar

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Sagar was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana; his family is from Pune, India, and he has retained a keen interest in Indian and South Asian affairs, history, and politics since his childhood. Sagar graduated with a double BA from Boston College in 2013 in Political Science and Islamic Civilization and Societies, during which time he attended numerous study abroad programs in Kuwait, Israel/Palestine, and India. He also received a prestigious advanced study grant to conduct field research in Haiti, detailing sustainable relief efforts in the post-earthquake environment. Sagar spent  over a year living in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, working with a risk consulting firm, the Levantine Group, and studying Arabic. 



Mr. Joseph Florino


Ms. Srijoni Banerjee

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Joe is a graduate student at The George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs studying security policy studies. Born and raised in Lebanon Township, New Jersey, he graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University in May of 2017 with a BA in criminal justice and a minor in international studies. When he is not in the office he enjoys  video chatting his dog in New Jersey. 






Srijoni Banerjee is a graduate student at Johns Hopkins SAIS studying international relations and  development economics. Born in India but raised in Singapore, she graduated from UCLA with a degree in economics. She's interested in the intersection of economics and politics and how foreign policy is affected by both, with a special focus in South Asia. 


Mr. Akash Jaini

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Akash Jaini is an undergraduate scholarship student at New York University in DC, from New Delhi in India. He is pursuing a Major in Political Science and a Minor in Legal Studies. Currently a sophomore, he is interested in journalistic writing and South Asian Politics. In his free time, Akash debates for his university and plays competitive squash.