Hey, I'm Hemanth. 👋 At the moment, I am dreaming about reimagining/democratizing legal processes and information using the power of large language models. I.e., I'm building a deep learning lab co-founded with Ben Hoffner-Brodsky in Bangalore, supported by Emergent Ventures. These days, I'm kept up at night by thoughts of programmed inequality and differential privacy tradeoffs, and so, I'm interested in building ethical AI and alignment solutions. I am set to graduate early (or late, after a gap year) with an A.B. in Economics from Harvard this fall.
Before switching to startups and AI, I worked in research and government. For 1.5 years, I was a Consultant under Dr. Santhosh Mathew (IASx) at the Delhi office of the Gates Foundation where I led verticals on algorithmic public finance, smart contracts, procurement marketplaces, and digital health. I've coauthored some institutional publications including high-dimensional macro-financial models at the Reserve Bank of India and a chapter in the Economic Survery of India in the 2021 Union Budget. I was the Research Assistant to the Chief Economic Advisor to the Government of India and have spent time in a variety of development labs including IDEA @ J-PAL, the Good Business Lab, and the Behavioral Development Lab. Broadly, I'm still passionate about public health, social protection, state capacity, and economic development.
I spend my better days writing short stories and won the 2022 Charles Edmund Horman Prize for fiction-writing at Harvard. Outside of my work, I care a lot about anti-caste ideas and local politics. I also map tea shops, rank parotta masters, stalk antique street markets, and philosophize about Tamil cinema. In another life, I was a debater and coach—in high school, I was a Grand Finalist at the World Schools Debating Championships and Best Speaker at both the biggest Indian university parliamentary debate tournaments.