Anshuman Mainkar

Military Veteran, and now Head of Strategic Research and Communication

Navi Mumbai

Security Research Analytical Abilities Air Force Aeronautics Academic Research Defence Education and Mentorship Academic Writing Secondary Research Aerodynamics Analytical Skills Social Media Communications Social Media Strategies Experiential Learning Accelerated Learning Crisis Intervention Social Learning Political Science Military Operations Aircraft Military Experience India Military Aerospace Crisis Management Design Thinking

It's not 'what you know' that matters, but 'how you think'!

Let's think together, share insights, solve problems and unearth opportunities. 

15 years of total professional experience, straddling national military service, international academic achievements, rich corporate experience and a knowledge base spanning technical topics and social sciences. 

My journey includes 10+ years as a fighter pilot, involved in security strategy, operations, research, training, and leadership development with the Indian Air Force.

04 years of corporate experience at Reliance Industries, includes leading teams involved in:

- Strategic Research & Analysis,
- Strategic Communications and Engagement,
- Technology infusion - big data/AI, crowdsourcing, gamification, etc.,
- Learning and Organisational Development,
- Change Management/Organisational Transformation.

Core competencies include strong research / analytical skills, program management aptitude, L&OD design capability and strategic communications / engagement experience.


Head - Strategic Research, Communication and Engagement at Reliance Global Corporate Security

Jan 2015 - Present

My responsibilities include leading various initiatives pertaining to: - Strategic research and analysis - geopolitics, de-risking, business development, doctrinal studies (energy sector, cyber security, intelligence and surveillance) as well as bespoke research on emerging issues/personalities/businesses/events, etc. - Strategic communication / social media engagement - Learning and development - focused on strategic security / business insights - Recruitment / talent management - focused on strategic roles within the business - Big data analytics projects - crowdsourcing / gamification / dark web / cyber forensics, etc. - Organisational transformation / change management

Fighter Pilot at Indian Air Force

Nov 2003 - Jun 2014

Flew MiG 21 and MiG 27. Technical expertise - aerodynamics, propulsion, avionics, meteorology, navigation Skills - accelerated learning, crisis decision making, crisis management, agile, adaptive learning Sectoral exposure - geopolitics, military, international security, aerospace and defence, aviation Special skills - research, analysis, intelligence, OSINT, SIGINT, GEOINT,


MA - International Relations at Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

Oct 2011 - Nov 2012

Fields of Study: Macroeconomics, Politics, Finance, Business and Economic Law, Environmental Studies, Negotiations, Security Studies, Foreign Policy, Humanitarian Aid, Thesis: China's Hydropower Development in Tibet - Implications for India and Sustainable Solutions GPA: 3.73/4

B.Sc - Computer Science at National Defence Academy, JNU, India

Dec 1999 - Oct 2002

Part of military training at NDA. Also, studied political science, basic engineering, commerce, military studies. Languages learnt: Russian Pursued flying, horseback riding, Golf, Field Sports

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