Mr. Samir Saran is the Senior Fellow and Vice President at the Observer Research Foundation. He has a Masters degree in Media Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science and an Electrical Engineering degree from the Manipal Academy of Higher Education. He is also a Chevening Fellow from the University of Cambridge on the Economics of Climate Change.
Mr. Saran has experience in the Indian private sector and was actively engaged with regulators and policy makers during Indian economic reforms in the 1990s. He has also served as part of the business development team at Reliance Industries, India's largest business conglomerate, helping the company to devlop its investment plans in the Power Sector. In 2000, he worked in the company's regulatory and corporate affairs team for Telecomuications in New Delhi as well as acting as a member of the Government-Industry panel on Intellectual Property and Broadcasting regulation.
From 2005, Mr Saran has overlooked the Media, Regulatory and Public Affairs for the Reliance Group in a senior management position. From 2006, as Vice President in Reliance Industries, Mr Saran was specifically engaged with the regulatory aspects of the Oil & Gas Sector, Special Economic Zones and the emerging organised retail business in India. He was also responsible for the media and outreach efforts for the entire group in New Delhi.