Ankur Ambastha
(ASCI Project)

Ankur Ambastha graduated with a degree in Architecture from IIT Kharagpur in 2013. Immediately after graduating he worked for a year trading Interest Rates and Treasury Bonds at Futures First. After that he volunteered at an Organic Farm and a Sustainable Model Housing Construction Site in Auroville. Last July, he moved to Hyderabad and began working at an Architecture and BIM firm. His involvement with a Lift Irrigation Project and the design of Police Stations has pushed him towards wanting to pursue a more active interest in the Government Projects. At IIC, Ankur is excited to explore the purpose and direction of his work and its consequent effect on the society.


Catherine Cove
(ASCI Project)

Catherine Cove graduated from the University of Chicago in 2016 with a B.A. in Biological Sciences. During her time in Chicago, she pursued her interest in public health with an emphasis on healthcare access and on how social and behavioral factors contribute to health outcomes. For two years, Catherine led a global health and development student organization that promoted awareness of global health issues and human rights and provided healthcare services and development projects to regions in Peru and Ecuador. 
Her previous work experience includes work with the University of Chicago Medical Center’s South Side Health and Vitality Studies to improve access to healthcare resources in underserved communities in Chicago, private sector healthcare work, and social impact filmmaking. These experiences further cultivated her interest in global health and development, while increasing her awareness of the role that a wide variety of organizations can play in improving health outcomes and promoting social impact. Catherine was drawn to the IIC because of its unique model of integrating insights from an assortment of stakeholders and fellows in order to achieve results that are creative and sustainable.


Jesse Orr
(ASCI Project)

Jesse Orr graduated from the University of Chicago in 2015 with an AB in South Asian Languages and Civilizations, studying Hindi for four years and focusing on modern Indian politics. At University of Chicago, Jesse was heavily involved with the Model United Nations community, competing with the inter-collegiate team, serving on the staff of MUNUC, and leading the University of Chicago’s collegiate conference, ChoMUN. After graduating, he spent nine months at the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC with the Business Development and New Ventures unit. Jesse spent the summer of 2013 taking Hindi classes in Jaipur with the American Institute of Indian Studies. In Jaipur, he conducted a project surveying city residents about their voting intentions and decision-making processes, and is thrilled to finally return to India and live in a new city: Hyderabad. Jesse will be in Hyderabad working on the ASCI project to create model towns with high standards of waste management. He's very excited and interested to work with a variety of stakeholders in the urban planning sector. In his free time, Jesse enjoys swimming, reading (both fiction and nonfiction), and following elections around the world. He hopes to both improve his Hindi and learn Telugu in Hyderabad.


Nandini Sengupta
(ASCI Project)

Nandini Sengupta, a graduate of Development Studies from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, aspires to work at the juncture of research and application, with a specialisation in urban governance. Keen on understanding linkages between citizen action and good governance her master’s thesis explored the role of citizen participation in the governance of Jodhpur city. In her most recent position, as a Young Professional at the National Rural Livelihood Mission in Rajasthan, she has worked with women from over 200 villages, facilitating the process of institution building and financial inclusion as a means of social and financial empowerment through government intervention. In a world of stark disparities, she hopes to put her efforts into making a user driven model of governance, especially in a rapidly urbanising third world. 


Priyank Hirani
(ASCI Project)

Priyank Hirani received his MS in Integrated Circuit Design from Imperial College London in 2013. After graduation, he worked for Mullard Space Science Lab in UK before returning to India in 2015. Through various research endeavors, he has been exposed to the fields of agriculture, energy, wireless communication, biotechnology and space science. He hopes to use this diverse experience in attempting to solve real world issues now. This last year was transformational in Priyank’s life when he pursued the Young India Fellowship and enhanced his understanding of contemporary India, its heritage, its problems and its international relations. His love for dancing, especially salsa and garba, is only matched by his desire for traveling. Cooking and jogging are his way of unwinding after a day’s work. Having lived in 9 cities in 3 continents, he is excited to explore yet another one, Hyderabad. His belief that policy interventions by governments are one of the best ways to create large scale social impact is what motivated him to be a part of IIC.


Madhav Seth
(Mission Kakatiya Project)

Madhav Seth graduated from The University of Chicago (’16) with a B.A. in Economics and Political Science. Prior to joining IIC, Madhav worked at the Centre for Policy Research, where he researched a variety of issues ranging from urbanization to female labor force participation. He has also worked at Egon Zehnder, a management consulting firm and PepsiCo, a multinational food and beverage corporation. Madhav has a keen interest in development policies and politics, and is looking forward to exploring that interest through his work at the IIC. In addition to economics and politics, Madhav is interested in creative writing and founded a creative writing workshop while at college. He enjoys reading and playing video games in his spare time, though he is currently trying to channel his energies into more active and productive passions such as running and cycling.


Mansi Kapoor
(Mission Kakatiya Project)

Mansi Kapoor graduated with a B.A in Economics from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai in 2013.  Soon after graduating, she joined Pratham Education Foundation, wherein she supported the education interventions in rural areas of Bihar and Jharkhand.  She has hands on experience in designing, implementing and scaling up social development programs. She played a key role in facilitating the state level partnership with Govt. of Jharkhand to improve the learning outcomes in primary grades. Additionally, she has experience of working in a multiple stakeholder environment with various corporates, foundations and local bodies. Exposure to rural and urban parts of northern India has encouraged her to continue working in the development sector and explore other themes in this domain. Through IIC, Mansi looks forward to learning about various innovations taking place in the sector and working with like-minded individuals. 


Pavel Ramirez
(Mission Kakatiya Project)

Pavel Ramirez is a Public Policy analyst with more than 4 years of experience. Prior to his current position, Pavel worked as a Senior Researcher at the Mexican Institute for Competitiveness (IMCO), a non-partisan think-tank in Mexico City. During his time at IMCO, he specialized in Technology Policy and Public Procurement. He also worked at the Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT) helping the City of Chicago in the design and implementation of the Array of Things (AoT), an Internet of Things (IoT) initiative and public-private partnership that uses interactive modular sensor boxes to collect real-time data about the city’s environment, infrastructure and activity for research and public use. He interned at the Federal Competition Commission (CoFeCoE) in the Economic Studies Division and the Mexican Soccer Federation (FMF). Pavel holds a BA in Economics and a Master’s in Public Policy, both from the University of Chicago.


Raunaq Chandrashekar
(Mission Kakatiya Project)

Raunaq Chandrashekar is a law graduate, having graduated in 2016 with a B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) degree from the National Law University, Delhi. He has a keen interest in public policy and development and was an intern for two Parliamentary sessions to Prof. M.V. Rajeev Gowda (Member of Parliament). He was a Teaching Assistant for Political Science at his University and taught political theory to first year law students. Raunaq has studied intellectual property rights extensively and is also interested in jurisprudence and Internet Governance. Besides his varied professional and academic interests, Raunaq is an avid debater, having won more than ten national varsity-level parliamentary debates, including the 68th annual Mukarji Memorial Debate (at St. Stephen’s College). He is interested in current affairs and international relations, specifically involving marginalised communities. He was a Senior Editor (News & Opinion) for Glasnost - an independent, student-run blog. In his spare time, he loves to watch movies, listen to music, read about music history and trends, and to travel as much as possible. One of his understated dreams is to play the drums for the Red Hot Chili Peppers.


Taylor Hoefler
(Mission Kakatiya Project)

Taylor Hoefler hails from Campbell, California. She graduated with honors from the University of Chicago in 2015 with a degree in Environmental Studies and a minor in Creative Writing. She is grateful that her time at the University allowed her to develop interests and passions across multiple disciplines. As an Environmental Studies major, she is particularly interested in the questions that surround sustainable and local agriculture. Her senior thesis focused on the burgeoning movement for raw cow’s milk in the United States and addresses how this particular crop can serve as a cornerstone in creating demand for sustainable and local food production models. Taylor was able to study abroad in Barcelona the winter of her junior year and is excited to move to India to experience life in another country. She also looks back fondly on her undergraduate field research in the Southwestern desert and in the rainforests of Costa Rica. After graduating, Taylor was the Centennial Initiative Intern with the Forest Preserves of Cook County (est. 1915). In that role, she collaborated on various initiatives to propel the organization into the next century and make the preserves more accessible and welcoming to the public. In her free time, Taylor enjoys writing, cooking, politics, and playing tennis.


Devashish Chandra
(MSDF CCE Rajasthan Project)

Devashish Chandra graduated from BITS-Pilani and has been a part of Swaniti Initiative since 2014, where he has worked with Members of Parliament on key developmental challenges in their constituencies. His work has involved strengthening policy discourse, formulation and implementation across diverse regions in India. Having worked extensively with elected representatives, Devashish was keen on working with government officials to catalyze long-term sustainable change. While he found his engagement with the Legislature enriching, he also wanted to work with the Executive on institutional challenges. IIC provided a perfect opportunity to play an instrumental role in exemplary developmental initiatives being taken by State Governments. He is keen to support Rajasthan Government on interventions in the Education Sector in 2016-17. Furthermore, Devashish is eager to learn from his diverse teammates, and work collectively towards solving policy bottlenecks. He looks forward to being a part of the IIC.


Dhruv Gupta
(MSDF CCE Rajasthan Project)

Dhruv Gupta is a journalism graduate who found his purpose in creating social impact in education while he was at college. As Head of Operations at AIESEC India, he helped young people to develop their leadership potential by designing international exchange programs on challenging projects. He then joined Teach for India as a fellow where he taught a 7th grade classroom in a government school in an urban slum in Delhi. His focus during the Teach for India fellowship was on community engagement and student empowerment. Upon seeing widespread inequity in the education sector of India he felt the need to do something about it and started an organization called GRIP that organizes grassroots level interventions in rural India. At IIC he hopes to work with other like-minded fellows and organizations to expand his understanding of the problems and possible solutions to creating a more equitable learning environment for all.


Jane Huber
(MSDF CCE Rajasthan Project)

Originally from Minnesota, Jane graduated from the University of Chicago in 2016 with a BA in Public Policy Studies with a concentration in “Democracy and Upheaval.” Much of her time and work in Chicago focused on local politics and government, from staffing a local alderman’s budgeting initiative to working for the Sheriff of Cook County’s research department. Her senior thesis analyzed Participatory Budgeting in Chicago, an effort to make local budgeting more democratic. Jane studied abroad in Chile and has travelled in South America and Sub-Saharan Africa, including helping to found a nonprofit in Swaziland. Through her academic studies and personal experiences, she has a strong interest in international development and creating more effective partnerships between governments and NGOs. She is eager to bring this experience and interest to work on education reform efforts in Rajasthan.


Shriyam Gupta
(MSDF CCE Rajasthan Project)

Shriyam grew up in Dehri-on-Sone, a small town in Bihar and completed his schooling from Dehradun. It was while pursuing his degree in B.A (Hons.) History at University of Delhi that he got an opportunity to intern with South Asian Human Rights Documentation Centre. As part of his work he interviewed Chin and Somali refugees in Delhi. The experience built up his interest in pursuing research in policy, human rights and governance. To further pursue this, he assisted Members of Parliament with research inputs as a Rajiv Gandhi Research Assistant to Legislator (RG-RAL). His work covered areas relating to environment, communalism, rural development and other social issues. After completing his stint as an RG-RAL, Shriyam went on to work with Wildlife Conservation Society as an AIF William J. Clinton Fellow. His project was on compensation policy for human wildlife conflict in India. 


Vidya Venkatakrishnan
(MSDF CCE Rajasthan Project)

Vidya Venkatakrishnan is a proud New Yorker and 2016 graduate of the University of Chicago, where she studied Public Policy with specialisations in Human Rights and Finance. During her time at the university she has explored opportunities in several different fields. On campus, she has been involved with the Institute of Politics, South Asian Students Association, and Debatemate, an organisation through which she taught high school students parliamentary debate. Off campus, she has worked in criminal law at the Public Defender Service of the District of Columbia, in economic development at World Business Chicago, and in asset management at Alliance Bernstein. She has studied abroad in Vienna, Austria and, through a university grant, conducted research in Bosnia & Herzegovina regarding ethnic segregation in schools. She is interested in the intersection of finance, technology, and social impact, especially social entrepreneurship. In her free time, she enjoys learning new languages, travelling, and trying new foods, and is excited to do all three in India.


Alexandra Tate
(MSDF Social Enterprises Project)

Alexandra Tate is a human rights advocate who specializes in human trafficking and women’s issues in India. She currently works at the Human Rights Law Network, a nonprofit lawyers collective based in New Delhi. Her work involves public interest litigation in the High Courts and Supreme Court of India, as well as human rights documentation based on field research in several Indian states. Before moving to India in 2015, Alexandra served as a visiting lecturer in the International Law Department of the China Foreign Affairs University, in Beijing.  She is a recent graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, where she was President of the International Law Society, and she continues to work closely with the University of Chicago Human Rights Clinic. Prior to completing law school, Alexandra worked at the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, in Arusha, and at the U.S. State Department in Washington D.C. and São Paulo, Brazil.


Arushi Massey
(MSDF Social Enterprises Project)

Arushi Massey read history as an undergraduate at St. Stephen’s College in New Delhi with a focus on economic history and legal philosophy, and graduated in 2014. Her interests and work experience are at the intersection of interdisciplinary academic pursuits and public policy drawing on behavioral economics, social psychology, jurisprudence, cognitive thinking and differential psychology.
She previously worked in Impact Investing, specifically on creating sustainable policy strategies for the affordable housing market in India and most recently with the UChicago Center in Delhi, a hub for interdisciplinary inquiry. Her other forays into research have seen her work across sectors with think tanks in India. She has previously worked on labour laws and qualitatively evaluating low-cost private school education with the Centre for Civil Society in New Delhi, on studying volunteering as a human resource development tool at the Confederation of Indian Industry’s initiative India@75, as a socio-legal research assistant at The Centre for Policy Research and with the office of the Minister of State at the Ministry of Information Technology and Communication. At the IIC, she is excited to use a lateral thinking driven approach to problem solving, soak in the diversity of her team and working in Rajasthan. On the weekends she is an ergophile, Russophile, bibliophile, audiophile and clinophile, in no particular order who enjoys long walks and binge-watching.


Ingrid Sydenstricker
(MSDF Social Enterprises Project)

Ingrid Sydenstricker is a recent political science graduate from the University of Chicago (AB’16) with a special interest in humanitarian aid and development in the Middle East. Ingrid spent much of her undergraduate career in Jordan working on refugee assistance and women’s empowerment via UN Women, UN World Food Programme, USAID, and a host of local NGOs. She has also spent time developing human rights approaches in Rabat, Morocco and Paris, France at the Moroccan Organization for Human Rights and Kiron, respectively. Back in the U.S., Ingrid runs Ma’arafa, an organization that provides American high schools with educational workshops on Middle Eastern history, politics, and culture. Ingrid is excited to learn about Indian approaches to development and contribute to the ongoing projects of the IIC. Outside work, Ingrid enjoys dance, podcasts, and drawing cartoons. She is originally from Brazil, though grew up primarily in Ithaca, NY. 


Rishi Razdan
(MSDF Social Enterprises Project)

Rishi Razdan graduated from the University of Mumbai (St. Xavier’s College) with a B.A in economics. Rishi got placed at Bain & Co. after his graduation pursuing a career in management consulting first as a Business Analyst and then as a Team Associate for a period of ~3 years. Rishi also spent ~4 months at the Albright Stonebridge group as an external consultant. Preceding his work as a management consultant Rishi spent ~6 years working part-time for Seeds of Peace an organization that aims to create broad-minded, young leaders across conflict-mired regions like the Middle-East, South Asia and Eastern Europe. Rishi was drawn to the IIC fellowship out of a desire to work in collaboration with the government, the social sector and an international cathedral of education like the University of Chicago – to solve a problem that affects many. He is looking forward to spending time learning from the mentors at the University of Chicago, his illustrious colleagues from various backgrounds and from the partner organizations involved.


Shreya Agarwal
(MSDF Social Enterprises Project)

Shreya Agarwal completed her undergraduate education in economics at Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi and has since been working with Deutsche Bank as a part of its Corporate Banking Coverage team. Shreya joins IIC with the aim of pursuing two of her strongest interests - creative problem solving and a commitment towards reducing social injustice. Prior to IIC, Shreya has had engagements with various NGOs and research groups, which bring experience in primary education, financial literacy and informal labour. Most recently, she worked intensively with ‘Sujaya Foundation’, an NGO focused on improving the state of education in rural and urban Maharashtra, in the design and implementation of a curriculum aimed at skill enhancement of the marginalized youth. Shreya firmly believes that development challenges can be broken down to a set of concrete problems that, once properly identified and understood, can be solved one at a time. 
A wanderer at heart, Shreya loves getting lost in the limitless beauty of mountains, and in the magical music of Bob Dylan.


Akshay Agarwal
(SAST Project)

Akshay Agarwal has a curiosity about new things, which fits in well with his continuous desire to learn. This was demonstrated while he completed his Masters in Development from Azim Premji University, Bangalore where he pursued his interest areas of environment, law, governance and politics which enhancing his understanding of development and policy. He has extensive experience on issues concerning environmental clearances in India, election processes, urban waste management and understanding of local governance processes. He spent one year in assisting a Member of Parliament in India where he gained valuable insights on the functioning of the central government, while also observing Parliament procedures and functioning. During the last three years, he has gained experience in interacting with various levels of government while also understanding the importance of doing so. Through the IIC, he hopes to further this experience as well as contribute through the insights gained by him through various projects and experiences.


April Stewart
(DPOL Project)

April Stewart is from St. Paul, Minnesota. She moved to Chicago to attend Northwestern University where she studied Social Policy. She spent time studying abroad in Cairo, Egypt an experienced the beginning of Arab Spring; this spurred her interest in international development. April completed a fellowship as a development associate at a charter school in Humboldt Park after finishing her undergraduate degree. This opportunity exposed her to the intricacies of running a school, specifically in an urban environment, and led her to continue her graduate school studies. She recently attained her Master of Public Policy from the Harris School of Public Policy. Her studies focused on economic development and education policy with a strong focus on quantitative analysis. For the past year, April has been an IIC Fellow on the Rajasthan CCE project.


Geetanjali Sharma

Geetanjali Sharma is a lawyer by qualification, mediator by training and a public policy enthusiast. She graduated from University of Cambridge (LLM) and National Law University, Jodhpur (BA LLB) and was previously working as a Senior Associate in the antitrust/competition law team at the offices of Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan in New Delhi. Prior to working in the field of market regulation and antitrust laws, she specialized in trade and economic laws and assisted the Dept. of Commerce, Govt. of India in drafting several trade policy reports as part of their trade policy capacity building agenda. She has worked with organizations and institutes including - International Institute of Sustainable Development (Geneva), Lautherpacht Centre for International Law (Cambridge) UNICEF (Bihar), UNFPA (Rajasthan) and has gained experience in wide variety of sectors including land reforms, juvenile care and reproductive health. Geetanjali was selected as a scholar both at The Hague Academy (Netherlands) and Xiamen Academy of International Law (China). She believes that her background in international development and economic laws has exposed her to grappling questions of public policy and she wishes to address similar concerns in the area of health insurance working with SAST Bangalore as a member of the IIC Cohort (2016).


Marie Hilliard
(SAST Project)

Marie Hilliard is a recent graduate ('16) from the University of Chicago. She grew up in Austin, Texas but has also spent time living as an exchange student in France and Italy. During college she gained experience in management consulting, working on cases for several non-profits and start-ups on problems in market research, human resources, and business management. She eventually shifted her focus to other areas of economics, particularly those that intersect with public policy. In the sphere of policy and urban planning, Marie worked as an economic analyst for the Electric Reliability Council of Texas in the summer of 2015, projecting electricity supply to analyze questions about resource adequacy. Most recently she has worked as a research assistant for a behavioral economist at the Booth School of Business, scraping, compiling and analyzing data for preliminary studies. Marie is particularly interested in the role that data has to play in answering public policy questions going forward, and how this can fit in with other systems in government. She is excited to have the opportunity to work in India and to learn from her colleagues in the IIC. 


Pranay Patil
(SAST Project)

Pranay Patil is a Young India Fellow from the batch of 2016, where he attained a Post Graduate Diploma in Liberal Studies. Hailing from the city of Nagpur, he majored in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad, and subsequently worked at Flipkart for about two years. He successfully led a number of initiatives in the domain of operations development and customer experience at Flipkart, and played his part in making e-commerce happen in India. During his college and corporate journey, Pranay continued to understand and work towards social challenges in India via various channels. He has worked with a senior bureaucrat in the Ministry of Railways for improving the railway catering services, consulted with the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation (DMICDC) on designing a metric system for measuring infrastructural facilities in the DMIC smart cities, and assisted The Education Alliance with market research to enable government partnerships for efficient education delivery. In his spare time, Pranay enjoys trekking, photography and reading poetry. Pranay looks forward to IIC as a perfect home to his myriad experiences in engineering, business, liberal arts and social sector, and believes that IIC experience will provide him an opportunity to test the viability of an effort of a small group of individuals in solving bigger development issues.


Emma Almon
(DPOL Project)

Emma Almon is from Sunnyside, New York City. She recently received her Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy from the University of Chicago with a minor in Human Rights. During her time at the University, she was an intern and Peer Leader for the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights and a Service Match Leader and Advisory Board member for the University Community Service Center. Emma strives to engage communities to amplify and empower marginalized populations. In the past, she’s worked with and for Chicago youth at After School Matters, homeless women and families at the Institute of Women Today, domestic workers with Enrich Hong Kong and the NDWA, and New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE), a member-led organization for immigrant laborers in NYC. Her interests outside of work include playing soccer and dancing, which she did at the University of Chicago for the Varsity Team and several fusion dance groups, and hopes to continue during her time in India.


Konje Machini
(DPOL Project)

Konje Machini is a recent graduate of the University of Chicago where he studied anthropology. His research interests include, medical anthropology, contemporary Africa, and post-colonial studies. He has spent time both in the field and in the office supporting global health research projects at the University of Chicago, as well research on the city of Chicago. Konje is interested in how health can be understood as an issue of social justice through the social sciences—something he hopes to explore during his time as a fellow. Konje is excited to be a part of IIC for the opportunity to learn from other fellows, the partner organizations, and interested stakeholders. Apart from his academic and professional interests, Konje enjoys listening to and producing journalistic podcasts. He is an avid soccer fan—enjoying both playing and watching—but is looking forward to learning about and getting into cricket.


Nishant Chavan
(DPOL Project)

Nishant A Chavan, previously worked as a Consultant - Research for ACCESS Health International, where he helped to develop a surveillance system for tuberculosis care in Mumbai and Patna. He served as a local coordinator and a researcher, with a focus on the local healthcare market. Prior to this, he taught in a low-income school in Pune as a Teach For India fellow. He also collaborated with Haiyya, a startup nonprofit organization focused on democracy and civic engagement initiatives, to develop the Citizenship Education Program for students in Mumbai. Additionally, Nishant was selected as a TEDMED Front-Line Scholar in 2013 and he is the first ever TEDx event organizer (TEDxSagarli) from the suburban named 'Dombivli', near Mumbai. He has a Master's degree in Health Sciences from the Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences, University of Pune. Nishant has been selected as a Volunteer for Rio Olympics 2016 to be held in Brazil. At IIC, he is excited to work with Tata Trusts to increase access to healthcare for Indian citizens living just above the poverty line by testing a variety of new healthcare products they will design, market and finance.


Varun Jhaveri
(DPOL Project)

Varun hails from an Engineering and a Policy background and has been appointed as the Youth Chair for UNESCO led GAMAG division wherein his responsibility included serving as the lead focal point for the youth organizations across the globe for designing and communicating frameworks on Gender and Media policies. He has worked with Teach for India in the capacity of a Leadership Fellow for a span of 2 years wherein he was responsible for fostering academic impact and empowering communities. Also, he has led the youth element for the HeforShe campaign, a UN Women Initiative for advocating gender equality wherein he was felicitated by the Assistant UN Secretary General for his commitment in designing campaign outreach strategies and multi stakeholder engagement framework. He has delivered TEDx talks on the topics of “Youth Leadership” and “Increasing Youth Engagement and Participation”. Through all the learnings and engagements in the diverse fields of development, he focuses to foster higher citizen inclusivity in the development dialogue that translates voices into policy & actions.  Varun enjoys political conversations, trying different food and playing tennis. He is extremely excited to be on the IIC journey and wishes to expand his learning by understanding diverse viewpoints and contributing to the vast scope of work along with his team.