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Coordinates: 28°37′50″N 77°14′15″E / 28.630643°N 77.237465°E / 28.630643; 77.237465

Observer Research Foundation
Formation5 September 1990; 28 years ago (1990-09-05)
TypePublic Policy Think Tank
Headquarters20, Rouse Avenue Institutional Area, New Delhi - 110 002
Sunjoy Joshi

Observer Research Foundation (ORF) is a think tank based in India which receives majority of its funding from Reliance Industries.[1] The foundation has three centres in Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata.[2] ORF provides informed and viable inputs for policy and decision-makers in the Indian Government and to the political and business leadership of India. ORF started out with an approach towards dealing with internal issues of the economy in the wake of the 1990s reforms. However, today its mandate extends to security and strategy, governance, environment, energy and resources, economy and growth.[3]



ORF was founded in part by the Dhirubhai Ambani family. Until 2009, 95% of the foundation's budget was provided by Reliance Industries, however, it is now estimated to be around 65% as the foundation diversified its source of finance to government, foreign foundations, and others.[4]


ORF has wide ranging objectives pertaining to the aid and formulation of government policies; enabling representation of a broad section of opinions from all walks of life to strengthen India’s democracy; providing a coherent, well-thought out policy formulations and recommendations to improve governance; improving economic development and consequently bettering the quality of life for Indian citizens and giving directions to India’s foreign policy objectives.[5]


As an organisation that aims to encourage voices from all corners of the world, ORF holds multiple international conferences including a flagship multilateral conference called Raisina Dialogue in collaboration with the Ministry of External Affairs. Speakers and participants at the annual conference have included renowned journalists, business leaders, civil society organizers as well as domestic and foreign delegates including Prime Ministers and other foreign ministers and officials.[6]


ORF was ranked 116th in the list of top think tanks worldwide and 5th in the list of Top Think Tanks in China, India, Japan and South Korea in the 2017 edition of the Global Go Think Tank Index Report published by the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program of the University of Pennsylvania.[7]

Notable Advisors and FellowsEdit

  • H.H.S. Viswanathan, Indian Ambassador
  • H.K. Dua, former Member of Parliament; former Media Advisor to the Prime Minister
  • J.M. Mauskar IAS , former Chairman, Central Pollution Control Board and special secretary MOEF.Member of HON PM climate change council.
  • Jayanta Bandyopadhyay, Former Professor of the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta
  • K.K. Nayyar, former Vice-Chief, Indian Navy
  • M. Ashraf Haidari, Director General of Policy & Strategy of the Ministry of the Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan
  • Manoj Joshi, journalist
  • Maya Mirchandani, journalist
  • N.K. Singh, Indian Administrative Service officer
  • Pinak Ranjan Chakravarty, Indian Ambassador
  • Capt. P Raghu Raman , former U.N. Peacekeeper; former CEO Mahindra Group ; former CEO, National Intelligence Grid (NATGRID) ; President, Risk Security and New Ventures, Reliance Industries
  • Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan, former Assistant Director, Indian National Security Council
  • Rakesh Sood, Indian Ambassador
  • S. Paul Kapur, Professor, U.S. Naval Postgraduate School
  • Sergey Kurginyan, Russian politician
  • Vijay Latha Reddy, former Deputy National Security Advisor
  • Vikram Sood, former head, RAW, Indian Intelligence Agency

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "About US". Retrieved 15 June 2016.
  2. ^ "Leading Education Portal in India - Education news, Institute Ranking & Reviews, Education Jobs, Products, Resources & Services :: Education World". Retrieved 24 February 2017.
  3. ^ "The remarkable rise of India's think tanks". Global Government Forum. 26 May 2016. Retrieved 24 February 2017.
  4. ^ Jha, Prashant (16 August 2015). "India's most influential think-tanks". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 25 November 2017.
  5. ^ "Leading Education Portal in India - Education news, Institute Ranking & Reviews, Education Jobs, Products, Resources & Services :: Education World". Retrieved 24 February 2017.
  6. ^ "ORF Annual Report 2016" (PDF). Observer Research Foundation. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  7. ^ McGann, James (31 January 2018). "2017 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report". University of Pennsylvania. Retrieved 29 May 2018.

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