Office Team

MWS India Branch Office is in charge of the administration of ICAS:MP in India.

MWS India Branch Office

D-31 Defence Colony (2nd floor)
New Delhi 110024
+ 91 11 4150 0337
+ 91 8800 214 291



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Laila Abu-Er-Rub (Head of Administration)

has joined ICAS:MP as the new Head of Administration in November 2017. After a vocational training in advertising and music publishing, Laila Abu-Er-Rub studied Cultural Anthropology, Religious Studies (both at Heidelberg University) and Media Studies (University of Mannheim). During her study programme, she worked as a freelancer in event management, public relations and music marketing. From autumn 2009 to 2017 Laila coordinated one of the Research Areas of the Cluster of Excellence ‘Asia and Europe in a Global Context’ at Heidelberg University (‘Public Spheres’, 2012-2017) and the EU-funded HERA SINGLE project ‘Creating the “New Asian Woman” – Entanglements of Urban Space, Cultural Encounters and Gendered Identities in Shanghai and Delhi’.

Delhi was also the main location of Laila’s PhD research on changes in dress and body ideals in contemporary urban India and the significance of gold in South Asian visual and material culture , entitled “Mode und Körper im neoliberalen Indien” (Golden Times: Fashion and Body in Neoliberal India).  


(+ 91) 11 – 41500336

Rohan Raphael Seth  (Office Manager)

Rohan Seth has been managing the accounts, finance and legal matters of the Delhi Office of the Max Weber Stiftung since April 2015. His main tasks include the handling of the day to day running of the office, and the MWS’s Transnational Group (TRG) on “Poverty and Education”, a project initiated by the German Historical Institute London (GHIL).

Rohan Seth’s educational background consists of a BA in International Business Management and a MA in Corporate Social Responsibility from the University of Nottingham, UK.

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(+ 91) 8800 214 291

Himanshu Chawla  (Programme Officer)

joined ICAS:MP in December 2015. His tasks include the management of ICAS:MP events, and communication with all partner institutes, module members, and the research fellows.

Himanshu Chawla has completed his bachelors and masters in German Studies at Delhi University, and is currently pursuing his M.Phil. He has previously worked in the field of research and development cooperation on projects funded by the German government (political foundation).

He is a JRF-Scholar and has also taught German at Delhi University.


(+91) 11 4150 0337
(+ 91) 8447 641808

Sukanti Ekka  (Office Assistant)

joined Delhi Office of the Max Weber Stiftung in March 2015. She is responsible for communication and assisting in the office administration and logistics of the Transregional Research Group (TRG) of GHIL, taking care of the office correspondence and helping with the project work.

Sukanti Ekka has completed her class 12 from the National Institute of Open School (NIOS) in New Delhi. She also plans to enrol in a BA programme at Delhi University.



(+ 91) 11 4150 0337
(+ 91) 9650 650 757
(+ 91) 8800 480 948

PD Dr. Elvira Graner   (Previous Deputy Director)

headed ICAS:MP from November 2015 – December 2017. She has been a member of faculty at the South Asia Institute (SAI) of Heidelberg University from 1995 onwards, having completed her PhD from Freiburg University, and her Habilitation in 2008 (Privatdozentin). Her assignments in South Asia include heading the SAI Office in Kathmandu and the Heidelberg Centre South Asia (HCSA) in New Delhi. She was also engaged as a Research/Visiting Fellow at Tribhuvan University, at BRAC University’s Institute of Governance Studies (IGS) as an Integrated Expert (co-funded by the German government, via cim/BMZ), and at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai/Delhi.

Her research interests focus on social and environmental policies in South Asia, with a regional focus on Nepal (1992-2009), Bangladesh (2009-2012), India (2013 onwards), and Sri Lanka. Current research topics include labour markets and migration, education, and youth policies, based on research projects co-funded by German and other European as well as UN organisations (DFG, giz, SDC, Konrad Adenauer Foundation, World Bank and UNDP/UNFPA).


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