Our Team

Management

Tobby Simon

Tobby Simon

Founder and President

Tobby is a Founder and President of Synergia, a strategic think tank that works with corporate executive boards and government to provide insights and solutions on challenges that affect both businesses and society.

Tobby is the founder and president of Synergia Tobby has over thirty years of multi-disciplinary expertise in health care, pandemics, cyber security, aerospace, energy, supply chain risk management and strategic consulting. He has been an advisor to a number of international organizations including Medicines Sans Frontier (Nobel Prize 2000), The World Health Organization, AEDES – The European union and The World Congress on Information and Communication Technology.

Tobby was the President, Asian Operations of CSP, a Euro multibillion French Pharmaceuticals conglomerate from 1996 - 2002. Prior to that he was the Vice President, Global Operations of the LYKA Group (1991-1996), one of the largest Pharmaceutical groups in the country.

Tobby was a recipient of the National Merit for Exports from the Government of India in 1992. He has developed a new drug for Malaria for the Ministries of Health in Francophone Africa and successfully co invested & served on the board of Wintac Ltd., an Indian pharmaceutical company. He was responsible for global operations and helped the company secure both the US FDA & EU approval for ophthalmic and parenteral facility. Over the last three decades he has helped some of the largest global companies in telecommunication, pharmaceuticals, aerospace, energy, retail, cyber security, agro-commodities and critical infrastructure establish their business in India.

Tobby was chosen as one of the 20 commissioners to the Global Commission on Internet Governance headed by the former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt. He is one of the first Indian members to the Trilateral Commission, a policy-oriented forum that brings together leaders in their individual capacity from the worlds of business, government, academia, press and media, as well as civil society. He served for a number of years on the advisory board of the Centre of New American Security, the international Council of the Belfer Centre for Science & International Affairs at the John F Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago.

His report on the Deep and the Dark web, co-authored with Hon Sec Michael Chertoff, the former US Home Land Security Commissioner was awarded as the 12th best policy brief to governments by a think tank in 2016. He was instrumental in creating several research collaborations with the Indian Institute of Management, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, National Law School, Bangalore, National Chemical Lab, Pune, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard Business School, Kennedy School of Government, University of Chicago, Cambridge University, The China European International Business School and the Weizman institute, Telavi.

 

 

Maj.-Gen. Moni Chandi

Maj.-Gen. Moni Chandi

Chief Strategic Officer

Moni is a retired Indian Army officer, who brings to the foundation skills of a soldier, an engineer, a counter–terrorist commando, a UN peacekeeper and a security professional. A former Major General and Inspector General of the elite National Security Guard, he is an enthusiastic analyst, an articulate speaker and a prolific writer.

Ms. Sambratha Shetty

Ms. Sambratha Shetty

Project Director

Sambratha is an Engineer with Masters in Science from the University of Greenwich, UK. At Synergia, she heads the Pharma and affordable healthcare research. Previously, she has worked with the National Health Services, UK. Sambratha also works both in areas of traditional and non-traditional security including Public Health Care, Women Security International Affairs, & Strategic Technologies.

Research Associates

Christina George

Christina George

Research Analyst

Graduate in Finance and currently pursuing her ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants), UK. She has worked earlier in the Middle East.

Karun Gopal

Karun Gopal

Research Analyst

Graduate in Philosophy, Sociology and Politics from the National University of Ireland and focuses on geo-political strategies. He has worked both in theatre and think tanks.

Dr. Vaibhav Khare

Dr. Vaibhav Khare

Scientist

Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from CSIR- Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine, M. Pharm. (Gold Medallist) from Guru Ghasidas Central University. He has worked at Keele University, UK. Currently working on drug development and Nano based platform technologies.

Divya Narayanan

Divya Narayanan

Research Analyst

Post Graduate in Journalism. She has worked with The Hindu, Times of India and NDTV.

Dr. Ramana Reddy

Dr. Ramana Reddy

Scientist

Doctorate in Chemistry from the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR). He is currently working on drug development and Nano based platform technologies.

Chandana.S

Chandana.S

Research Analyst

Post Graduate in the field of Economics. Has previously worked with Goldman Sachs.

Sangeeth Varghese

Sangeeth Varghese

Research Analyst

Sangeeth is a globally acknowledged management thinker, MSc from London School of Economics and leadership & public policy course from Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government. He is a personal advisor for 3 prime ministers of the world. Varghese is an ambassador for the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, he has consulted for nations from Africa and Asia, institutions like UNO, World Bank, ADB and Fortune 500 corporations like Microsoft, Intel, Unilever, and Coca-Cola.