Our Team

Vinay Kanetkar | Director

Dr. Vinay Kanetkar is an Associate Professor in the Department of Marketing and Consumer Studies in Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics at the University of Guelph. Dr. Kanetkar’s research focuses on managing pricing within organizations that spans India and other global organizations. Dr. Kanetkar will continue to build on CIRCLE’s core strengths and further India-related research and funding during his tenure as director. With the support of the Steering Committee, Dr. Kanetkar plans to increase faculty and student exchanges between India and across all the colleges. 

Dilshan FernandoStudent-Writer

Dilshan Fernando

Dilshan is a PhD candidate in Sociology and International Development at the University of Guelph, working on inclusive working futures for people with disabilities. His research incorporates a political economy analysis of disability and its impact on development. He has fieldwork experience in Myanmar, India and Sri Lanka, conducting research about emerging digital technologies in the lives of marginalized people. He is also a Research Fellow at LIRNEasia, Colombo.

Read more about Dilshan in his CIRCLE Encounter Story!


Emmerson Jull | Student-Writer

Emmerson Jull is a third-year International Development studies undergraduate student at the University of Guelph. Her interests in postcolonial, sustainable and equitable development are complementary to the work of CIRCLE, where she hopes to broaden her knowledge of India, South Asia and its diasporas. Emmerson aims to cultivate her journalistic skills whilst expanding the reach of CIRCLE, namely by writing compelling profiles and newsletter updates. She also has a published essay featured in the undergraduate journal Footnotes, which contrasts modern feminist philosophies in the context of garment workers in Bangladesh.


Hiba Godil | Student Outreach Assistant

Hiba Godil is a first-year student majoring in applied human nutrition at the University of Guelph. She plans on becoming a registered dietitian and aims to examine the nutritional value of commonly consumed foods in South Asia. Hiba has a strong passion for holistic and ayurvedic approaches and how they intersect with modern nutrition. Her hobbies include reading, painting and swimming.


Aadhyashree Pant | Student Outreach Assistant

Aadhyashree Pant is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Capacity Development and Extension with a collaborative specialization in International Development Studies at University of Guelph. She is currently interested in exploring the status of visible minorities within the Canadian food system. She aspires to conduct research analyzing the intersectionalities and systemic inequalities that influence the experiences of visible minorities within various fields of development including the economy, healthcare and education. Throughout her career, she hopes to further the global goal of promoting inclusive sustainable development both nationally and internationally. Additionally, she has various others interests and passions such as experimenting and creating within FIVE different forms of art expressions, exploring nature through travelling, hiking, and a growing interest in horticulture and coding.

Masters Research Fund Adjudicating Committee

Sharada Srinivasan (Sociology & Anthropology),

Karine Gagne (Sociology & Anthropology),

Pavneesh Madan (Ontario Veterinary College)


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