DeepStrat was founded with the vision to combine rich experience in government in South Asia with the best talent available in the private sector to deliver sustainable solutions. We help our clients scope, design and implement their strategic goals through custom-made solutions and guided by cutting-edge research.

It offers its unmatched experience, deep networks and multi-disciplinary research expertise to deliver mandates of our partners and clients.

The DeepStrat Network offers decades of experience in Government, Risk Management & Mitigation, Public Policy, Intelligence, Media, Research, Geo-political Analysis, Security Audits, Counter-Terrorism, Counter-Intelligence, VIP Security, Conflict Resolution and Strategic Communication across Asia.

We are your strategic window to Asia and beyond.

If you are looking to partner us, drop us an email at [email protected] and we will get back to you.

Our Research

Tackling Retail Financial Cyber Crimes in India: An ethnographic study on problems faced by LEAs in investigation and prosecution of financial cyber crimes in India.

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Our Vision

What We Do

In a complex world you need a team of experts who can work with multiple stakeholders to find sustainable solutions.

Deepstrat works primarily in South Asia and India in particular, which has emerged as a key driver of the global economy and public policy. Its network is spread across governments, decision makers, media, law, academia, and civil society.

We have experience and networks in South Asia that offering insights in public policy, intelligence, military, foreign policy, media, law, strategic & crisis communication, stakeholder mapping, cybersecurity, risk analysis & mitigation, sustainability, and data privacy.

Every programme that we undertake is backed by our collective experience, high-quality, multi-disciplinary research and contextualised in South Asia’s political landscape.

We Work With

Governments, helping them formulate policy based on high-quality research, stakeholder consultations and consensus-building.

Think Tanks, helping them with research, advocacy and partnerships.

Multi-National Corporations, helping them navigate India’s complex regulatory and governance landscape.

Foreign Governments, helping them to enhance bilateral relations with India and South Asia using Track 1.5 and Track 2 forums and also help resolve long pending disputes.

Non-profits, partnering them in capacity building, advocacy on a range of issues.

Embassies & High Commissions offering immersion programmes, advisories and expertise to enhance their understanding of South Asia.



Yashovardhan Jha Azad, IPS (Retd)

Chairman & Co-Founder, DeepStrat

Saikat Datta

CEO & Co-Founder, DeepStrat

Amitabh Mathur, IPS (Retd)

Co-Founder, DeepStrat

Nandkumar Saravade IPS (Retd)

Co-Founder, DeepStrat

Saurabh Chandra, IAS (Retd)

Co-Founder, DeepStrat

Anand Venkatanaryanan

Co-Founder, DeepStrat

Kazim Rizvi

Co-Founder, DeepStrat
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Our Publications

India’s Data Protection in the Workplace and its Impact on Employers

In January 2024, Amazon France Logistique was fined €32 million by the French Data Protection Authority, CNIL for its employee data processing practices. The company’s employee monitoring practices¹ caught attention of the regulator for being excessive, non-transparent and violative of privacy rights of employees under the Eur0pean Union’s (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The […]

UCO Bank – Printing Money by Mis-Routing ISO-8583 Messages

This article explores the hypothesis that the UCO Bank fraud case, where ₹ 820 Crore was (temporarily) stolen from the bank through glitches in IMPS transactions is a coordinated retail cyber-attack which created money from thin air similar to printing fake currency notes. Background Modern banking is both fractional and digital. Fractional refers to the […]

Navigating Gatekeeping Practices for Privacy Without Compromising Data Protection

Navigating Gatekeeping Practices for Privacy Without Compromising Data Protection In a significant development, Dutch Data Protection Authority (DPA) levied a hefty fine of 10 million euros against Uber B.V. and Uber Technologies Inc, citing a lack of transparency in its handling of personal data belonging to its drivers. The DPA imposed the penalty under Article […]

DeepStrat Recommendations on Broadcasting Services (Regulation) Bill 2023

Access the complete document here. To, Shri Sanjiv Shankar, Joint Secretary (Broadcasting-I) and CVO, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Date: January 5th 2024 SUB: DeepStrat Recommendations on Broadcasting Services (Regulation) Bill 2023 Dear Sir, Greetings from DeepStrat, a New Delhi-based think tank and strategic consultancy. At the outset, we would like to commend the Ministry […]

Fool me once – Learning from the IMPS Glitch

Access the full article here. “The Italians having a Proverb, ‘He that deceives me once, it’s his fault; but if twice, it’s my fault.’” – Anthony Weldon (1651), The Court and Character of King James   1. What happened? On 15 November 2023, UCO Bank reported[1] to the National Stock Exchange (NSE) that during the […]

Tech Policy Roundup 2023

Find the full report here. Overview 2023 was an eventful year in India’s tech policy landscape and for us at DeepStrat. We expanded our policy risks vertical, engaged in several public consultations, undertook new projects, published several studies, built collaborations, and designed solutions. This is a recap of how the landscape evolved and the key […]