Sunanda Nair-Bidkar is the Director of Strategic Planning for South Asia at the Institute for New Economic Thinking.
A lawyer by training, Nair-Bidkar has an extensive background in both the United States and India. She began her career as an attorney in the Supreme Court of India, attached to the chambers of the constitutional lawyer K.K. Venugopal, the current Senior Advocate of the Supreme Court of India.
Nair-Bidkar has served as corporate counsel for the Essar Group, a global conglomerate based in Mumbai. In the U.S, she has been an associate with the New York City law firm Levin and Srinivasan LLP, where she worked on a team charged with closing deals involving cross-border mergers. She has been an intern at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in New York.
Previously, Nair-Bidkar founded Indus Interface LLC of which she is the Managing Director. She has also served on the Board of Directors of the Women’s Fund of New Jersey and has been a long-time volunteer for Sakhi for South Asian Women in New York.
Nair-Bidkar has been a member of the Supreme Court Bar Association of India, and is currently a member of the International Law Association and the International Bar Association. She serves on the Board of Trustees for the Princeton Montessori School, a coeducational independent day school in Princeton, New Jersey.
Nair-Bidkar earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History with Honors from the Hindu College, University of Delhi, a Bachelor of Laws degree from India’s University of Delhi School of Law and a Master of Laws degree from the Columbia University School of Law in New York.