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EPPI Spring 2016 Fellows

Government of India

Ms. Mugdha Sinha is the Director of Foreign Trade for NAFTA and Latin America Regions as well as Director of Export Promotion for Commodity Divisions of Textiles and Marine Products. Previously she held the position as Lead Negotiator and Coordinator for India-Canada CEPA Negotiations and Collector and District Magistrate for several provinces in India, including the provinces of Sri Ganganagar, Jhunjhunu. Hanumangarh and Bundi.

She received her Master’s Degree in Philosophy (International Diplomacy) from the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi and holds diplomas in Smart Policy Design from Harvard University (2014), Public Policy from Sciences Po University in Paris (2014) and Public Policy from Duke Centre for International Development from Duke University (2010). Ms. Sinha has received various awards including a Letter of Commendation from the Election Commission for her work as DEO of Hanumangarh and Jhunjhunu (2012), the State Award for Best District in the Prashashan Gaon ke Sang Revenue Campaign (2010), the Director’s Gold Medal for the Best Judicial Assignment in Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (2001), the Manorama Desai Prize for the Best Student in History from Lady Shri Ram College (1994-95) and the Principal’s Prize for Promoting Academic Ethos of the College from Lady Shri Ram College (1992-95), among others.

Ms. Sinha has also been published 7 times, having written works that range from poetry to a series of monographs and a coffee table book titled, Baories of Bundi (2007). 

Mr. Sai Baba Darbamulla is the Director of the Indian Statistical Service (ISS) and Director (Vigilance) at the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation in New Delhi.  As Director, Mr. Darbamulla manages Cadre of ISS officers and monitors all units of the Ministry to ensure fair and transparent vigilance administration and anti-corruption measures. He has held a variety of positions in the Indian Railways system over the span of the last 15 year and specializes in Project Planning and implementation, Information Management Systems and is a certified Lead Assessor of Quality Systems ISO 9001. Mr. Darbamulla was also a team member as Deputy Director (Rolling Stock) in World Bank aided Railway Rehabilitation Project at Mozambique.

Mr. Darbamulla holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Railway Institute of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering in Jamalpur, Bihar, as well as a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from the Management Development Institute in Gurgaon and is an Associate Member of the Institution of Engineers, Kolkata, India. He has received several awards, including the Railway Staff College’s Gold Medal in 2004 and the GM South Central Railway’s Award in 1998.



Mr. Govind Singh is the Additional Director General of Police (Operations) heading Greyhounds and OCTOPUS organizations which undertake high risk, anti-extremist and anti-terrorist operations respectively in the State of Telangana.  Over the last 26 years, Mr. Singh has held a variety of positions, including Civil Police Monitor and Regional Operations Officer in Banja Luka during his appointment in a UN mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He has also worked at Engineers India Limited, providing consultancy services to Petro-Chemical Complexes and Refineries and served as Special Secretary to Government of Andhra Pradesh, Home Department.

Mr. Singh earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the Delhi College of Engineering in 1985, after which he joined the Indian Police Service and worked in various parts of Andhra Pradesh State as an Assistant Superintendent of Police, Additional Superintendent of Police, Superintendent of Police, Deputy Inspector General of Police and Inspector General of Police, supervising and directing the civil police responsible for prevention and detection of crime, investigation of crime, maintenance of Law and order and security of local population and vital installations.

Mr. Singh has received several awards including the Internal Security Medal for meritorious services and the President Police Medal for distinguished services by the Government of India. He also received two medals from the UN for his work during his UN mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina. 


University of Brunei Darussalam

Ms. Anastasia Kotylo is a Master of Public Policy and Management candidate (2016) at the Institute of Policy Studies at the University of Brunei Darussalam. Prior to joining the Institute of Policy Studies, she worked as a Marketing Analyst for UniMed and a substitute teacher of Philosophy and Ethics for the Faculty of Human Studies at the St. Petersburg State University of Technology and Design. She received her undergraduate degree in Philosophy from St. Petersburg State University, where she completed her thesis “The Mask as the Aesthetic Phenomenon” and continued her research as a postgraduate student in Philosophical Anthropology at St. Petersburg State University of Economics.

Ms. Kotylo has written several publications, including The Mask, Actor and Spectator in Classic Ancient Tragedy, The Mask at Contemporary Theatre Pedagogics: a way to reveal artistic potential of an actor and The Mask at Visual Space and Practices of Actionism. She holds a high level achievement certificate in Cognitive and Cultural Studies from The New York - St. Petersburg Institute of Linguistics, Cognition and Culture (NYI). Currently, Ms. Kotylo is involved in a Master Scientific Research Project, devoted to environmental awareness and sustainable waste management system in Brunei. She also supports conservation projects and helps to raise charitable funds for indigenous peoples, who live in remote areas of Borneo. 

Mr. Asme Amit is a Master of Public Policy and Management student at the Institute of Policy Studies at Universiti Brunei Darussalam. He has 7 years of experience at the governmental level and currently serves as an Administrative Officers for the Department of Economic Planning and Development at the Prime Minister's Office in Brunei. Mr. Amit oversees personnel and training activities but also has experience in finance, procurment, and asset managment. He is also a Change Agent and Trainer fot the Government Employee Managment System in the public service. In addition, he has served as a Research Officer at the Minister of Defense and also as an Administrative Officer Trainee at the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of Finance in Brunei. 

Mr. Amit holds a Bachelors of Arts in Economics and a minor in Business Information Systems from the Universiti Brunei Darrussalam. Currently, Mr. Amit is uinvolved in a Master Scientific Research Project looking into the education policies and socioeconomic development in Brunei Darussalam.