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Dr A. Gary Shilling (USA) is the President of A. Gary Shilling & Co., Inc. in New Jersey. Twice ranked as Wall Street’s top economist by polls in Institutional Investor magazine, Dr. Shilling was also named the No. 1 Commodity Trader Advisor by Futures magazine.

Robert Kabel (USA) served as Special Assistant for Legislative Affairs (Senate) to President Reagan.

Armin Rosencranz (USA) is a lawyer and political scientist. He is the founder of Pacific Environment, an international environmental NGO. He was formerly a trustee at Stanford University.

David Boaz (USA) is the executive vice president of the Cato Institute

Vikram Nehru (USA) is currently a Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Kalpana Kochhar (USA) is currently the Director of the Human Resources Department of the IMF. Between 2010 and 2012, she was the Chief Economist for the South Asia Region of the World Bank.

Robert Litan (USA) is Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. During his 40+-year career as an economist and lawyer, he has directed economic research at the Brooking Institution, the Kauffman Foundation and Bloomberg Government.

Anjali Mahendra (USA) is an experienced Urban Planner and Policy Professional. Currently, she works as Senior Associate of Research at the World Resources Institute.

Dan Ikenson (USA) is a director of Cato’s Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies, where he coordinates and conducts research on all manner of international trade and investment policy.

Jerry Bowyer (USA) is an American economist, author, and columnist. Bowyer was chairman of the board of Impact Total Return Portfolio, a mutual fund.

Antony Davies (USA) is associate professor of economics at Duquesne University. Dr. Davies has authored more than 200 op-eds in, among others, the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, New York Daily News, and Philadelphia Inquirer.

S. Ravi Rajan (USA) is Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He was educated at Delhi, Oxford, Berkeley, Cornell, and the Max Planck Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Berlin. He is the author of several academic books and journal articles in the fields of environmental history, human rights, and environmental risk and disasters.

Islam A. Siddiqui (USA) is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Ambassador Siddiqui served as Chief Agricultural Negotiator (2010-2014) in the Obama Administration.

Dr. Jonathan Cristol (USA) is a Fellow at the World Policy Institute (WPI) in New York City.

Dr. Yakov Amihud (USA) is Ira Rennert Professor of Entrepreneurial Finance at Stern Business School

Kashi Balachandran (USA) is Professor Emeritus of Accounting at Stern Business School

Rajiv Ranjan (USA) is co-founder and CTO of Boston based COEUS Business Application & Technology Solutions Inc.

Sampriti Bhattacharyya (USA) is a robotist, and founder of an underwater drone startup, Hydroswarm.

Manish Bapna (USA) is the Executive Vice President and Managing Director of the World Resources Institute. His subjects of interest are environment and economic development.

David Berkowitz (USA), currently the principal of his own marketing consultancy Serial Marketer, most recently served as Chief Marketing Officer at MRY, a creative agency within Publicis Groupe.

Evan Stewart (USA) is the President of Campaign Hunter, which is a one-of-a-kind Republican political staffing agency

Shah Karim (USA) is an expert on big data and omni-channel retail, and chief executive officer of SafeRock.

Laurene Petitjean (USA) is a PhD. Student at Yale University. She completed her Masters Degree in Organic Chemistry fromMcGill University.

Orion Zhao (USA) is a software engineer at RelayRides

Adam Alonzi (USA) is a writer, documentary maker, futurist, inventor, and programmer. He is the founder of Prometheus Biotechnologies

Rajitha Swaminathan (USA) is a strategy consultant with Deloitte based out of New York.

Palak Dalal (USA) is a Harvard MBA student. She worked at Nexus Venture Partners and Microsoft and has also co-founded a social startup, Doing Good Fellows.

Praveen Chunduru (USA) is an MBA candidate at the Wharton School of Business and a former Investment Professional at the World Bank

Arvind Ilamaran (USA) is pursuing Master of Public Policy at Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago.

Marcellus Andrews (USA) is Senior Research Associate at the Centre for Economic and Policy Research.

Tejas Yadav (USA) is a molecular biology PhD student at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Dhiraj Agarwalla (USA) is currently pursuing a two year MBA program at Kellogg School of Management (Donald P. Jacobs scholar).

Dhairya Dand (USA) is an award winning researcher, engineer and artist based in Seattle. He currently runs oDD – a futurist factory X lab.

Beth Harper (USA) holds a PhD in Comparative Literature and Renaissance Studies from Yale University. She has worked as a lectrice d’anglais at the École normale supérieure in Lyon and was a pensionnaire étrangère at the École normale supérieure in Paris.

John Schaus (USA) is a fellow in the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. In addition, he presents CSIS’s flagship presentation on future trends, “Seven Revolutions: Scanning the Horizon Out to the Year 2035 and Beyond.”

Abhijit Das (USA) is Director of the Centre for Health and Social Justice, in India and Clinical Assistant Professor of the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington, Seattle, USA.

Ruth Vanita (USA) teaches world humanities at the University of Montana.

Abhilasha Sahay (USA) is a PhD student and Teaching Assistant at George Washington University.

Aqsa Khalid (USA) works as a Research and Communications Assistant at the World Policy Institute.

Yvonne Barrett-Edwards (Jamaica) is Director, Energy Economics and Planning in the Energy Division of the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining (MSTEM).

Preetha Ram (USA) is an associate dean for Pre Health and Science Education in the Office of Undergraduate Education of Emory University. At Emory, she founded several educational initiatives, including Science Experience Abroad, Chem Mentors peer-to-peer learning programs.

Sudeshna Dutta (USA) has co-founded Absolutdata and played a significant role at Pfizer, New York as a Business Development Manager and Kraft Foods, Chicago as a Brand Manager.

Carolina Jatene (Brazil) is an attorney and consultant for international organizations, specialized on issues of development, international transactions and anti-corruption. She holds a Master of Laws (LLM) from Georgetown University.

Dr. Judson Edwards (USA) is Dean of the Sorrell College of Business at Troy University, Alabama. He is the author of numerous publications and has served as Director of the Economic Development Master’s Program and tenure-track faculty at The University of Southern Mississippi.

David Williams (USA) is President of strategy consulting firm Health Business Group and author of the Health Business Blog prior to which he worked at Boston Consulting Group. He holds a BA in Economics from Wesleyan and MBA from Harvard.

Dr. Rebecca Reichmann Tavares(USA) is the Representative of UN Women’s Multicountry Office for India, Bhutan, the Maldives and Sri Lanka. She graduated from Yale University and holds a doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Danielle McDowell (USA) a recent Presidential Management Fellow (PMF), is a Management Analyst. As a PMF, Danielle has worked for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Dr. Anshuman Sahoo is a management consultant with The Boston Consulting Group and has a background in applied economics. He has previously worked at or consulted for the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Climate Policy Initiative, and Asian Development Bank.

Dr. Max Abrahms (USA), Assistant Professor of Political science and Public Policy at Northeastern University, specializes in international security (especially terrorism).

Mr. Mike Atkin (USA) is former faculty and Dean of Education at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Stanford University.

Joshua Kurlantzick (USA) is senior fellow for Southeast Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).

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Dr. Faisal Devji (UK) is University Reader in Modern South Asian History at the University of Oxford and Fellow of St. Antony’s college, where he is also Director of the Asian Studies Centre.

Dr. Fraser Cameron (Belgium) is Director of the EU-Asia Centre in Brussels and Senior Advisor to the European Policy Centre (EPC)

Andrea Silvello (Italy) is the Founder and Managing Director of Business Support Spa, a Strategy Consulting & Financial Advisory firm focused on SME’s in Italy.

Sundeep Teki (UK) is a Wellcome Trust funded Neuroscientist at the University of Oxford and the Founder of EduChroma, a personalized academic career mentoring startup.

Dr. Ulrich Hemel (Germany) was formerly CEO at the Hartmann Group. He is the Founding Director of the Institute of Social Strategy.

Robert Rubenstein (Netherlands) is CEO at the TBLI Group in Netherlands.

Bastian Bergmann (Germany) is the COO of WATTx committed to bring smart energy and the Internet of Things to life.

Abhinay Muthoo (UK) is the Head of the Department of Economics at the University of Warwick and co-Director of the Warwick Policy Lab

Akilnathan Logeswaran (Germany) is the Curator of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers Munich and the founding Publisher of TamilCulture Germany.

Dr. Iman Karimi (UK) Project Leader in BCG’s London office and an expert in Big Data & Advanced Analytics.

Christian Paolo Tintori (France/Italy) is an entrepreneur, financier, business developer and philanthropist. He is a member of the Global Shapers Community of the World Economic Forum.

Jerome Josephraj (UK) is the Founder and CTO at Campus Interaction

Victor Mamaou (France) is a consultant, entrepreneur, coach and speaker. He’s a former BCG consultant.

Edgar Barroso (Switzerland) holds a PhD in Music Composition and is a published sound artist and composer. In addition, Edgar is an entrepreneur and educator.

Dan Smith (UK) is the Director of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). He is a scholar, analyst and practitioner of peacebuilding. He is Professor of Peace & Conflict at the University of Manchester.

Prof. Aradhna Aggarwal (Denmark) is the Chair Professor in Indian Studies at Copenhagen Business School

Alain Berdugo (France) is Emeritus Professor of Operations Management and Information Technology at HEC Paris

Deepshikha Rana (UK) is pursuing an MSc. Emerging Economies and International Development in September at King’s College, London.

Mark Salter (UK) is a writer and a researcher focusing on issues of democracy, conflict, reconciliation and diversity management.

Amit Dattani (UK) is an entrepreneur. He specializes in start-ups, leadership, investing, growth, social media strategy.

Divakar Kumar (UK) is a DPhil student in the Oxford – Warwick program currently based in the Department of Statistics at the University of Oxford.

Zhuoqiong Chen (UK) is a PhD student in Business Economics at the London School of Economics. His main research interests lie in the fields of microeconomics theory and behavioral economics.

Aman Sharma (Netherlands) works as a Business Analyst with IBM in Amsterdam.

Angus Tatchell (UK) is a student at LSE specializing in politics & international relations.

Igor Taranic (Belgium) works at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), a Brussels based leading European think tank. He is also a Member of the Executive Board of the College of Europe Alumni Association.

Daniel Gros (Belgium) is the Director of the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) since 2000. He is currently an adviser to the European Parliament and a member of the Advisory Scientific Council (ASC) to the European Systemic Risk Board (ESRB).

Dr. Charlotte Duke (UK) is a Partner at London Economics, a specialist economics consulting firm headquartered in London.

Shirin Rai (UK) studied at the University of Delhi (India) and Cambridge University (UK) and joined the University of Warwick in 1989. She is Professor in the department of Politics and International Studies.

Anja Mihr (Germany) currently holds the Franz Haniel Chair of Public Policy at the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy at Erfurt University in Germany.

Symonne Torpy (France) is a writer with an acerbic wit and her pen covers a wide range of genres. She has written for Dash Magazine, SBS News, Polari, and MamaMia, covered 7 seasons of Paris Fashion Week and the Festival de Cannes.

Rajkiran Barhey (England) is an aspiring barrister from Rugby, England. She is currently taking the Bar Practice Training Course in London, having completed a BA in Law from Oxford University in 2011, and an LLM from New York University in 2015 whilst on a Fulbright scholarship.

Kavita Oberoi (UK) established her first business, Oberoi Consulting, in 2001, after spotting a gap in the market for clinical audit services. Her clients include the NHS and Pharmaceutical Industry. Kavita is also a highly renowned motivational speaker.

Quentin Roquigny (France) has worked for the World Bank, the French Ministry of Finance, Meridiam – an infrastructure investment fund and is currently the founder of Research Galaxxy.

Gulay Kaplan (Turkey) is pursuing Political Science and International Relations Master’s degree, focusing on human and minority rights and the plight of Syrian refugees. She is currently directing a project called “Two Hands One Brush” as an independent group of university students.

Rob Gehring (Netherlands) is a Lawyer and economist specialized in European law, competition/antitrust law and free market economics.

Richard Lustig (Germany) is the former Curator of World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers in Düsseldorf. He has worked for German life-science giant Bayer, completing projects in various countries such as Mexico, South Africa and India. Richard currently works in Healthcare M&A.

Mahesh Sugathan(Switzerland) is a Senior Research Fellow with the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development in Geneva working on trade, climate change and sustainable energy issues with a focus on climate-technologies. He has also been a consultant at the World Bank’s South Asia Regional Office in India working on renewable energy and energy efficiency investment policy frameworks in the region.

Farria Naeem (UK) holds an MSc in Economics for Development from University of Oxford, UK and a BA (Honours) in Economics and Mathematics from University of Windsor, Canada. She has worked as a Research Analyst at the World Bank analyzing the growth impact of developments in the external sector of Bangladesh economy, particularly, in the area of trade, remittance, FDI and exchange rate.

Xin Chen (Germany) is CEO and Co-Founder of HeroBakery, an expert leveraging assets for the markets Germany and Greater China with HQ in Munich. He is also a Global Shaper at the World Economic Forum GS.

Robin Weninger (Germany) is the Managing Director of the think-tank shapingwork as well as of the tech start-up incoverage. He designs individual coaching and training programs for organisations and teaches management courses at business schools. In 2015 Robin was honoured as a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum.

Apurva Sanghi (Moscow) is the World Bank’s Lead Economist for the Russian Federation. He had led the Economic Growth Cluster of the World Bank’s Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Department.

Dr Henk Bekedam (Netherlands) is a WHO Representative to India and a medical doctor. He has an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics.

Viktor Weber(Germany) is a pioneering expert and thought leader in technology induced real estate innovation. He is the founder and director of the Future Real Estate Institute.

Anders Indset(Germany) is a business-philosopher, investor and successful entrepreneur based out of Frankfurt, Germany. He is a visiting guest lecturer at leading international business schools.

Boris Jamet-Fournier is currently the Digital Strategy and Open Government Advisor within the Office of the French Prime Minister. Reporting to the Minister for Government Reform, Boris oversees digital transformation efforts across the French government.

Eric Keogh is currently working with Governments,World leading NGOs and leading Financial Institutions on Climate Finance, Green Bonds and Economics.

Ankit Vyas is a Chevening scholar at University of Cambridge. He is also the Senior Program Manager, STIR Education and Co-Founder at Videos for Knowledge.

Ananya Das(UK) is a PhD student at Imperial College London.

Adrian Furnham (UK) is a British organisational and applied psychologist, management expert and Professor of Psychology at University College London.

Ms Sarah Birch (UK) is Professor at Department of Political Science and Director of Research at King’s College London.

Mr John Blakey(UK) is the author of ‘The Trusted Executive’ which was shortlisted as the Chartered Management Institute book of the year in 2016. He has coached over 120 CEOs from 22 different countries.

Dr Erik Berglof(UK) is the Director of the LSE Institute of Global Affairs (IGA) and formerly the Chief Economist and Special Adviser to the President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

Dr. Arpita Khanna (Germany)  is a Researcher at Konstanz university.

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Colin Gonsalves is Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India. He has co-founded and served as the Editor of Combat Law, a human rights and law bimonthly.

Abhijit Joshi is the founding partner of Veritas Legal and a qualified Solicitor in India and England, is one of India’s leading Corporate and M&A lawyers. Over the last 20 years, he has been involved in several noteworthy transactions, advising both Indian and multinational companies.

Arvind Singhatiya heads corporate affairs & Legal for ANI Technologies Pvt. Ltd. (OLA).

Dr. Kalyan C. Kankanala is Managing Partner at BananaIP, one of India’s largest law firms in the Intellectual property space.

Pranav Mago is Head (South Asia) at Singapore International Arbitration Centre.

K K Sharma is a Senior Counsel practicing primarily in the Supreme Court of India and the Delhi High Court.

Flavia Agnes is a lawyer with expertise in marital, divorce and property law and has written and published numerous articles.

Paramjeet Singh practices law before the Supreme Court of India and heads Inkstone (Policy and Legal Advocacy)

Shamnad Basheer is Founder of SpicyIP and MHRD Chair for Intellectual Property Law at National University for Juridical Sciences

Dr. V.C Vivekananda is Ministry of HRD, IP Chair Professor, NALSAR University of Law

Akansha Dubey is pursuing a career in the area of law and policy working in the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER). She has earned L.L.M with a specialization in International Law from the University of Cambridge.

Swarnendu Chatterjee is a lawyer in the Supreme Court of India.

Menaka Guruswamy is a lawyer in the Supreme Court of India.

Rahul Goel is a Partner at Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas. He advises clients on variety of issues in competition law space including anti-competitive agreements (horizontal and vertical), cartel, bid-rigging, abuse of dominant position, merger control provisions.

Sandeep Chilana has in depth expertise in providing strategic advisory to various International and Domestic Clients on broad array of matters pertaining to Indirect taxes inter alia including setting up of businesses, corporate re-structuring.

Ms. Aishwarya Sandeep is currently an advocate based in Mumbai and is a renowned expert in Intellectual Property Rights, Start up companies and consumer disputes.

Mr. Badrinath Durvasula is a Senior Vice President & Head Legal for Adani Group, a $10 Billion conglomerate.

Mr. Sanjeev Ahuja offers his services as a Strategy and Legal Consultant. He is also associated with Chase India – a Public Advocacy Firm.

Dr. Asha Bajpai is a Professor of Law at the  the School of Law, Rights and Constitutional Governance, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. She is involved in teaching, training research and  law reform since the last three decades. Her areas of interest include  social legislations , access to justice and legal services to disadvantaged and marginalized groups  and  clinical legal education.

Anil is a Partner at Finsec Law Advisors, one of India’s leading financial sector law firm. He practices securities, finance and investment laws in transactions, disputes and advisory capacities. He holds an LL.M. from Harvard Law School and a B.A., LLB. (Hons.) from NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad. He is admitted to practice law in New York and is currently a PhD scholar from NALSAR, Hyderabad.

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Mohit Saxena is CO-Founder & CTO on inMobi, where he is currently heading the technology group at Global mobile ad network InMobi.

Alok Goel is a partner at SAIF Partners. Formerly CEO at

Vikas Kanungo is a Senior Consultant at the TWICT unit of the World Bank.

Anadish Kumar Pal is an Indian inventor, poet, and environmentalist holding 10 US Patents.

Paresh Gupta is CEO at MyCareerArchitects, Co-Founder at Neos Angels, and Country lead for Headstart Network

Ojas Kikani works with a top global investment bank. He has helped shape global telecommunications, written technical guidelines for Wall Street and advised multiple corporations.

Sagar Apte is Founder at CarIQ is India’s first connected car platform for the after-market.

Saurabh Pareek is currently working at Paytm, he has co-founded and worked with various startups into internet product management for nearly 6 years.

Nitin Dangwal working as a business consultant in an IT MNC in Pune.

Madhav Pai is India director for the WRI Ross Centre for Sustainable Cities. He continues to be the Director of EMBARQ India.

Rohit Shawarikar is a technology professional having an MBA from Said Business School, University of Oxford and has worked with Infosys as a Senior Consultant for six years.

Ruchir Pandey is the founder of He passed all the 4 exams conducted worldwide by Microsoft on networking at the age of only 13.

Kaushal Kumar Singh is currently working with to build and scale marketplace for sellers.

Mr Akshay Ahuja is a Senior Project Officer with HCL Foundation.

Dr Aditya Sondhi is a Senior Advocate and is presently Additional Advocate General for Karnataka.

Ms. Aruna Kashyap is a lawyer who works as senior counsel for the women’s rights division of Human Rights Watch.

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Shatrughan Lal is Joint Adviser (project appraisal), Planning commission

Joginder Singh was formerly a Director at the Central Bureau of Investigation, India

Shantha Sinha served as the first Chairperson of National Commission for Protection of Child Rights from 2007-2013.

Aswath Damodaran serves as Chairperson, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore. He served in the Indian Administrative Service for over 37 years and retired as Chief Secretary to the Govt of Karnataka.

Dr. M. Govinda Rao was a Member of the Fourteenth Finance Commission (2013-14). Prior to that, he was the Director, National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (2003-13).

Aftab Seth (India) is a retired Indian diplomat who served as ambassador of India to Greece, Vietnam and Japan. Educated at the Doon School, St Stephen’s College and as a Rhodes Scholar at Christchurch Oxford, he has served in 9 other countries of the world.

Dr. Jaya Kumari Pandey is a working at the Programme Evaluation Office, Planning Commission, Govt. of India.

Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan served in IAS for 16 years. After resigning from IAS in 1996, he served as an MLA, and as member of National Advisory Council, Second Administrative Reforms Commission and Vigilance Advisory Council. He is the General Secretary of Foundation for Democratic Reforms.

Sandeep Dikshit has been involved in public policy, field level issues and governance for more than twenty five years – as a Member of Parliament, human development researcher and civil society activist.

Rama K Rauta is the Founder & Convener, Save Ganga Movement, She is also Member, Expert Advisory Committee, Ganga Rejuvenation, Ministry of WR and many more organizations.

Dr. Indira Chakravarty is the Chief Adviser, Public Health Engineering Department, Govt. of West Bengal. She is a Padmashri Award recipient. She is the Director – Independent, ECL, Coal India.

Jyoti Singh presently works as a legal consultant in the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India. She also teaches in the Indian society of International Law, Delhi as a visiting Faculty.

Dr. Pritam Banerjee is Senior Director for Policy, South Asia. He has also been a special invitee to the first and second Taskforce on Transaction Costs set up by the Ministry of Commerce, as well as the Committee on Reduction of Documentation for Exports.

Ranjit Gupta is a retired Indian Foreign Service officer. He was a member of the Prime Minister’s National Security Advisory Board for the term 2009-2010.

Sunali Rohra is the Senior Director – Government Affairs, India and South Asia at Visa. She has a close association with Mckinsey and Company where she served as an expert and the head of External affairs.

Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Sharma is the General Secretary and Treasurer, Indian Political Science Association.

Anila Sancheti is the Assistant Director of Ministry of Micro Small & Medium Enterprise (MSME)

Sana Hashmi is currently working as a consultant at Ministry of External Affairs, India.

Abdul Muheet Chowdhary is a Consultant at the Policy Planning & Research Division, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India.

Mr Asoke Kumar Mukerji is an Indian diplomat and writer. He was the permanent representative of India to the United Nations.

Dr Sapna Poti heads skill development in Jammu, Kashmir and North East Region at NSDC India. She has industry and consulting experience of approximately 20 years with ITC, Hewitt Associates, Deloitte, Toyota Kirloskar, Tatas and Crompton Greaves.

Maj Gen Anil Verma (retd), is the Head of Association for Democratic Reforms & National Election Watch since Dec 2013.

Mr. Arun Goyal is an IAS officer, Government of India.

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Dr. Anvita Abbi, Padma Shri, is a linguist and scholar of minority languages, known for her studies on tribal languages and other minority languages of South Asia.

Mahendra Lama is Vice Chancellor at Sikkim University.

Ranjan Kumar Mohanty is an Economist at the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, New Delhi.

Gopal Naik is a Professor, Chairperson, Centre of Excellence for Urban Development and Chairperson, Economics & Social Sciences Area at IIM – Bangalore

Bharat Karnad is Professor in National Security Studies at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, and author of numerous books, among them, ‘Why India is Not a Great Power (Yet)’, ‘India’s Nuclear Policy’ and ‘Nuclear Weapons and Indian Security.

Dr. Haripriya Gundimeda is a Professor in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India; and the President of URBIO.

Dr. Kancha Ilaiha is an academician, writer and activist for Dalit rights.

Charan Singh is Chair Professor of Economics at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.

Ramnath Narayanswamy is a Professor in the Economics and Social Sciences Area, IIM – Bangalore

Ashwin Hasyagar is a Fellow with the McKinsey Global Institute.

Sukriti Verma holds a Masters in Economics from Delhi School of Economics and is currently working in Indian Economic Services. In the past she has worked with ICICI Bank and Delhi School Economics.

Ambalika Guha is researcher at Observer Research Foundation, Kolkata Chapter.

Risham Garg is an Assistant Professor of Law and Research Director Centre for Transnational Commercial Law (CTCL), National Law University Delhi.

Partha Chatterjee is a Member of the American Economic Association and HOD Economics Department, Shiv Nadar University.

Sibin Sabu is an academic associate at Indian School of Business, Hyderabad and specialises in Public Policy.

Dr. Satish Modh is Director, Vivekananda Education Society Institute of Management, Mumbai.

Subrato Banerjee is a Research Fellow at the Indian Statistical Institute.

Bhabesh Hazarika is an Economist at the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP), New Delhi.

Nalini Kant Jha is a Professor at Department of Politics and International Studies,School of Social Sciences & International Studies, Pondicherry University.

Dr Nomesh B. Bolia is a B-Tech (Mechanical Engineering) from IIT Bombay, two years of work experience at Infotech Financials Pvt Ltd (Mumbai) and now a faculty member in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at IIT Delhi.

Shilpa Das has been looking after Science and Liberal Arts Studies at NID. She has cumulative work experience of 18 years in the education, publishing, and voluntary sectors.

Saudamini Das is the NABARD Chair Professor at the Institute of Economic Growth.

Dr. Debasis Barik is currently working as an Associate Fellow at National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER), New Delhi.

Ambrish Dongre is a fellow at Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi and explores issues in education and health.

Dr. Abanti Bhattacharya is Associate Professor at the Department of East Asian Studies, University of Delhi.

Dr. Ali Mehdi is a Fellow at ICRIER, and has been associated with the institute since 2007.

Dr. Anjana Singh is Assistant Professor of Economics at Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi.

Anupama Roy is Professor at Centre for Political Studies, School of Social Sciences.

Ritika Popli is an Oral Historian at the 1947 Partition Archive.

Nikhil Gampa works at TISS and has worked on project Green Wave Environmental Solutions.

Ajit Kumar Singh is a research fellow at the Institute for Conflict Management.

Nakul Sehgal is an MBA Candidate at IIM-Bangalore.

Pankaj Yadav is a Research Consultant with Institute for Human Development – Eastern Regional Centre (IHD-ERC).

Devki Pande is a student of design at Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology

Dr. R.S Deshpande is former Director of the Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bangalore. Presently he is Visiting Professor ISE, Bangalore; Dr Nanjundappa Chair Professor CMDR, Dharwad and Professor Emeritus, CMR University, Bangalore.

Dr. Suman Sahai with a distinguished scientific career in genetics, is a recipient of the Padma Shri , the Borlaug Award, Outstanding Woman Achiever awards, the Birbal Sahni Gold Medal and the Order of the Golden Ark of the Netherlands.

Garima Gupta is currently pursuing a PhD from IIFT (Indian Institute of Foreign Trade), New Delhi. She has also worked as an Assistant Professor at IIMT.

Dr. Ravinder Singh is a medical graduate (M.B.B.S., M.C.H., M.C.A., Ph. D). Currently, he is working as Scientist C, Division of Non-Communicable Diseases, Indian Council of Medical Research, New Delhi.

Dr. H Purushotham is the Chairman and Managing Director at National Research Development Corporation.

Dr. Anil Kumar Gupta is a Padma Shri civil awardee in 2004, by The President of India; who currently works as a professor at the Centre for Management in Agriculture, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. He is also the founder of Honey Bee Network and a Member of the Governing Board, IIMA.

Malancha Chakrabarty is an associate fellow at ORF. Prior to joining ORF, she was working as an associate fellow in The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI).

Dr. Manpreet Sethi is a Senior Researcher at the Centre for Air Power Services.

Saravanan is a Ph.D. scholar at IIT Kharagpur, India.

Dr. Madhu Sharan is a Livelihoods and Gender Specialist with over a decade of extensive field research and global work experience. She worked as a regular consultant with The Asian Development Bank, India Resident Mission and GIZ, New Delhi.

Rahul Mishra is a Research Fellow at the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA), Sapru House, New Delhi. He is a recipient of 2016 Korea Expert fellowship by the Ministry of Unification, Government of the Republic of Korea.

Sunil Veppur Mohan is currently pursuing a Post Graduate Diploma in Management at IIM Calcutta and a CEMS Masters in International Management (double degree) at HEC Paris / IIM Calcutta.

Pradyumna Vyas acquired a Masters in Industrial Design from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. He has been associated with the National Institute of Design (NID) as a faculty in the Industrial Design discipline, since the last 25 years. In July 2015, World Education Congress, 2015 conferred the award for Outstanding Contribution to Education to Mr. Vyas.

Saurabh Bandyopadhyay is involved in the survey of the agricultural output of India and assessing the Indian industrial sector for the NCAER publication, Quarterly Review of the Economy.

Jayshree Sengupta holds a MPhil in Economics from the London School of Economics and has worked as a research associate in a range of prestigious organizations worldwide. She also enjoyed a career in journalism and is currently a senior fellow with the Observer Research Foundation (ORF). She is also the Chairperson of the Centre for Development and Human Rights (CDHR), a non-profit organization founded by her late husband, Dr. Arjun Sengupta.

Ankita Pathak studied Master of Science (M.Sc.), in Economics from the University of Warwick. She received the prestigious Commonwealth Shared Scholar. She did a internship in the Planning Commission of India.

Vikram Dayal is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi.He has authored noted books on quantitative and environmental economics. He is also a researcher in the field and has conducted extensive research on a range of environmental and developmental issues.

M.G. Chandrakanth is the Director of the Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore. He pursued postdoctoral studies with a fellowship from the Ford Foundation, in forest resource economics in 1987 at UC Berkeley. He was nominated vice president of the Indian Society of Agricultural Economics in 2000 and a member of the editorial board of the Indian Journal of Agricultural Economics in 2012.

Prof S Sadagopan is the Founder Director of IIIT-Bangalore, a Graduate School with focus on all aspects of IT. He taught earlier at IIT Kanpur, IIM Bangalore and across noted international universities. He has written extensively on all aspects of IT over the past 20 years and is associated with key corporations, universities and governments in India and abroad.

Dr S P Sharma has around 20 years of diverse experience in the various areas of economy and businesses. Currently, he is working with PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry as Chief Economist.

Dr. S. Ayyappan is a NABARD Chair Professor and the Founder Chief Executive of the National Fisheries Development Board.His specific areas of research are Fisheries, Freshwater Aquaculture and Aquatic Microbiology.

Dr. Mihir Bholey is a Senior Faculty of Interdisciplinary Design Studies and Head, Design Research at National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad.

Dinesh Kumar Nayak is presently working as an Economist at NIPFP. He has completed his M. Phil. in Applied Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University. He has presented papers in different national and international level seminars and conferences.

Dr Nivedita Ray is a Research Fellow at the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA), New Delhi. She has done her Ph.D in African Studies from School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University.

Amit Goyal is a student of Computer Programming, a teacher of Economics and has founded a MOOC website called EconSchool for Economics undergraduates.

Dr N R Bhanumurthy is currently working as Professor at National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, New Delhi. His research areas are macro-monetary economics, fiscal policy, international money & finance, macroeconomic modeling and development economics. He has received prestigious Mahalanobis Memorial Medal (National) Award.

Dr. Jagannath Panda is Research Fellow (Senior) and Centre Coordinator for East Asia at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi.

Durgesh K. Rai is a researcher at Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), New Delhi. He holds M.Phil from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi.

Dr Baldev Raj, an Padma Sri awardee has provided unique interpretations and solutions to challenges in energy, water, healthcare, manufacturing and national strategic unsolvables in a large measure, with clear impact, distinctions and awards. He has been selected for eminent positions, awards, and fellowships of prestigious academies.

Sudhir Shetty is the Chief Economist of the East Asia and Pacific Region of the World Bank. He has a Ph.D. in Economics from Cornell University and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

Deepthi Swamy is a research scientist at the Center for Study of Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP), with a focus on renewable energy and power sector policies.

Vidushi Bahuguna is a research associate at the Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi.

Dr Dhrubajyoti Bhattacharjee is a Research Fellow at the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA), Sapru House, New Delhi.

Dr Aravind Chinchure is Chair Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Symbiosis International University, Pune, India.

Kavleen Chatwal is currently working as an Expert on “Mission: Macro Economists” with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Gaurav Mehta worked as a Research Specialist, UNDP. He was a Local Market Strategist, RBI Global Banking and Markets.

Dr Arup Mitra is a Professor at the Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi University Enclave specializes in the field of Development Economics; Urban Development; Labour and Welfare; Industrial Productivity Growth and Employment; Services Sector; and Gender Studies.

Manisha A. Mehrotra is an Assistant Professor at Banaras Hindu University, Department of Economics. She is an expert in the field of industrial and cultural economics.

Dr Amir Ali is assistant professor at Centre for Political Studies, JNU. His main area of interest and specialization is in Political theory, Multiculturalism, and Group Rights.

Rajan Saxena is an Indian management expert, academician, writer and the Vice-Chancellor of the Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies.

Dr Anjan Chakrabarty, PhD University of California, is a professor at University of Calcutta. His area of interests include Marxian Economics, Development economics and Indian Economics.

Dr. Ankur Datta is a faculty member of the Sociology Department at the South Asian University. His research interests entail forced Migration, violence and conflict, Social anthropology, South Asian studies and Kashmir studies. He is the author of ‘On Uncertain Ground: Displaced Kashmiri Pandits in Jammu and Kashmir’.

Dr Amita Singh is Professor at Center for the Study of Law and Governance, JNU. She has widely published on various aspects of Administrative Reforms ranging from developmental programmes and e-governance to institutional and ethical pedagogy of environmental and disaster management.

Dr. D. Tripati Rao is a Professor of Economics, Business Environment Area, Indian Institute of Management Lucknow. His research interests are Indian Macroeconomic and Business Environment, Monetary and Fiscal Policies, Openness, Trade and Exchange Rate and Political Economy of Reforms and Inclusive Growth.

Anurag Sehgal, is an expert in areas of energy policy and environment, coal and sustainable development.

Dr Akhaya Kumar Nayak, is a faculty member at Indian Institute of Management, Indore, Sociology department. His area of research and interest is in Sociology of Development and Social Movement, Rural Sociology, and Sociology of Religion.

Dr Dimpy Mahanta, assistant professor at Cotton College State University, is into post graduate teaching and research. Her interest areas include Organizational Behavior, Human Resource Management, Research Methodology, Psychological Testing, Quantitative Analysis, Applied Social Psychology, Geropsychology, Positive Psychology & Music Therapy.

Dr Chandrima Sikdar, ‎Professor, School of Business Management, Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai is researching and teaching courses in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, International Economics and Econometrics.

Dr Gurbachan Singh is an independent economist, and visiting faculty at the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), Delhi Centre and at Ashoka University. His area of research and teaching is macro-financial stability.

Dr Harini Nagendra is a Professor of Sustainability at Azim Premji University, and the author of “Nature in the City: Bengaluru in the Past, Present and Future”. Her areas of interest are Urban sustainability; Ecology and development; Land change; Biodiversity and conservation.

Dr Gurpreet Mahajan is a Professor at the Centre for Political Studies, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University. Her areas of interest are Political Theory and Philosophy of Social Sciences, with particular emphasis on Hermeneutics, Democratic theory, Multiculturalism, Religion and State, Civil Society.

Mr Aafaque Khan is an Engineer Scientist at IUCCA, Pune.

Dr Tshering Chonzom Bhutia, PhD, Chinese Studies,School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, is Associate Fellow at the Institute of Chinese Studies.

Mr Amit Ray is Professor in Design, and Advisor to the Dean of Students’ Welfare Professor, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, SNU.

Dr Ashok Sahni is a Professor Emeritus at the Department of Geology, Panjab University. His areas of specialization and interest are Paleontology, Bio-geography, Paleo-climatology.

Dr. Kamal Chenoy is a Professor at Centre for Comparative Politics & Political Theory, School of International Studies, JNU. His areas of interest are Indian Politics; Comparative Politics.

Amit Cowshish is a former Financial Advisor (Acquisition), Ministry of Defence. He is presently a Distinguished Fellow with Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses and a Partner with Dua Associates, Advocates and Solicitors.

Dr. Alex M. Thomas is an economics teacher and researcher at School of Liberal Studies, Azim Premji University.

Mr Akarsh Sharma is an India-based writer who contributes to various online publications.

Ms.Aishwarya Manivannan is an Artist, Designer, Educator and Silambam Practitioner. A Design Faculty at Loyola College, Chennai, she runs MAISHA Studio and is an Asian and National level Silambam Champion.

Dr Amarendra Das is Assistant Professor (Economics), School of Humanities and Social Sciences, NISER.

Mr. Jigar Inamdar is a Senate member, Syndicate member and Director, Institute of Leadership & Governance at The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda.

Mr. Abhijit Mukhopadhyay is a social scientist, and currently works as Principal Consultant at Thoughts Arbitrage Research Institute.

Dr Anirudh Kumar Prasad is a faculty in Department of Political Science at Hindu College.

Dr. B N Chattoraj is currently a professor (Criminology) in the LNJN National Institute of Criminology and Forensic Science (LNJN NICFS).

Mr. Amruth G. Kumar is a faculty member of Central University of Kerala.

Dr Dheeraj Sharma is director of Indian Institute of Management, Rho, India.

Dr Abhinandan Saikia is Assistant Professor at Centre for Ecology, Environment and Sustainable Development, School of Social Sciences and Humanities, TISS.

Sir Angus Stewart Deaton is a Senior Scholar and the Dwight D. Eisenhower Professor of Economics and International Affairs Emeritus at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Economics Department at Princeton University. His main current research areas are in poverty, inequality, health, well being, economic development, and randomized controlled trials. He was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his analysis of consumption, poverty, and welfare.

Mr Anil K. Rajvanshi is the Director of the Nimbkar Agricultural Research Institute (NARI).

Ms. Anita A. Patil is an Assistant Professor (Ad-hoc) at Chair on Consumer Law and Practice, National Law School of India University, Bangalore.

Mr. Amruth G. Kumar is a faculty member of Central University of Kerala.

Maj Gen Anil Verma (retd), is the Head of Association for Democratic Reforms & National Election Watch since Dec 2013.

Prof. Anirudh Deshpande is Associate Professor of History at University of Delhi.

Professor Andrew Hay is an Associate Professor and Assistant Dean at Jindal School of Liberal Arts and Humanities.

Ms. Anuradha Palanichamy is  a Public Sector Governance & Evaluation Expert (South Asia),  Honorary Visiting Scholar (Centre for Human Rights Studies), O.P. Jindal Global University (NCR of Delhi, India), and Scientific Committee Member – Poverty Reduction & Social protection Forum (Bangkok, Thailand).

Dr. Anubhuti Yadav is a Head, Department of New Media, IIMC.

Dr. Anjali Kaushik is Associate Professor of Information Management at the Management Development Institute (MDI).

Mr. Arka Biswas is an Associate Fellow at the Strategic Studies Programme of the Observer Research Foundation.

Ms. Apoorva Bharadwaj is Assistant Professor at IIM Calcutta.

Ms. Aparna Mathur is a resident scholar in economic policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute.

Ms Aruna Rao is ‎Associate professor of economics at Sri Venkateswara College, Delhi University.

Mr. Ashish Juneja is UGC NET in Economics and pursuing PhD. in Economics from Kumaun University Nainital.

Ashish Kumar is an author, a data science professional, a freelance consultant and a startup enthusiast. He is an IIT Madras grad and a Young India Fellow from the 2013 batch.

Prof. Anshul Jain is an Assistant Professor in the Finance Area at Management Development Institute Gurgaon.

Dr. Anushka Amogh Kulkarni is a media educator and academic researcher at Amity University Mumbai. Her areas of specialization are media management, rural economy and rural media.

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Lt. Gen Syed Ata Hasnain is one of India’s most decorated Generals who is now a reputed military and strategic analyst. A strategic thought leader, columnist, TV panelist and speaker.

Major General Banerjee has served in the Infantry Branch of the Indian Army for 36 years. For the last three decades, he has been associated at senior positions in the Think Tank community in India, in the region and in the world

Jayant Krishna is the CEO and official spokesperson of National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC).

Dr. Parth J Shah is Founder President of Centre for Civil Society.

Aravind Gayam is currently working as a Research Analyst at PRS Legislative Research in New Delhi.

Dr. SP Udayakumar is a writer, teacher and an anti nuclear activist. Udayakumar also runs the South Asian Community Center for Education and Research (SACCER) Trust in India to carry out educational and research ventures.

Shilpa Rao is an Analyst on Terrorism, Security and Foreign Policy issues. She currently works at Strategic Foresight Group.

Vikram Sood is the former head of India’s foreign intelligence agency, the RAW. Currently, Sood acts as Advisor to Observer Research Foundation.

Phil Marker presently works as the Counselor, Energy Climate and Growth Unit at the British High Commission, India

Kartikeya Batra is a Research Associate at EPoD India – a Public Policy research organization jointly run by the Harvard University (USA) and the Institute of Financial Management and Research (India).

Rajat Kathuria is Director and Chief Executive at Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), New Delhi.

Afaq Hussain has wide experience in the areas of International Trade and Development Policy. He has conducted and supervised a number of studies for government bodies and various institutions including The World Bank, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), ICRIER, FICCI, SIDBI amongst others.

Hari Seshasayee is a Latin America analyst at the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). He specializes in foreign policy and India-Latin America relations, and writes for the Indian Express, Gateway House, The Wire, Americas Quarterly and Universidad Externado de Colombia.

Diya Nag is Senior Program Officer, India at The Asia Foundation. She has previously worked with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI).

Sakshi Bharadwaj is a Research Associate at Centre for Policy Research.

Sriparna Pathak is an Associate Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation, Kolkata.

Prashant Kumar is a MA candidate in Global Political Economy at University of Sussex.

Sandhya Jain is a writer of political and contemporary affairs and writes a fortnightly column for The Pioneer

Perminder Jeet Kaur is the Director for Eastern Region for ASSOCHAM—the apex Chamber of India. She has received her MBA degree from Guwahati University in dual specialization—Finance and Marketing.

Sunil Kanoria is the Trustee of the Kanoria Foundation and the Vice Chairman of Srei Infrastructure Finance Limited (“SIFL”), a Kanoria Foundation entity. He is the President of ASSOCHAM, India’s oldest and leading chamber of commerce. He is also the Governing Body Member of Construction Industry Development Council (CIDC).

S. Kalyanaraman is Research Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses. He is an alumnus of Loyola College, Chennai and Jawarharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Dr. Reshmi Kazi is an Associate Fellow in the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses. She is a Visiting Fellow on the South Asia Programme at the Stimson Center, Washington DC.

Dr. Bibhu Prasad Routray, Director at Mantraya, a Goa based policy think tank, is a security analyst/ consultant. He served as a Deputy Director in India’s National Security Council Secretariat, New Delhi and a Visiting Fellow at the South Asia department in the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Singapore.

Rajendra Shende is the Chairman of the TERRE Policy Centre and a leading expert and advisor to private sector, governments and NGOs on alternate technologies and evidence-based policies on sustainable development.

Maj Gen PJS Sandhu (Retd) has been working as the Deputy Director and Editor at the United Service Institution of India (USI) since May 2007 after he served The Indian Army for 37 years.

Bejon Kumar Misra is an veteran in the Consumer Education and Awareness domain in India and abroad.

Dr. Beena Varghese is a senior health economist at the Public Health Foundation of India and has almost two decades of experience in Public Health.

Anupma Mehta is Consultant Editor at the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER).

Sanjeev Ahuja is a law graduate from DU working as a ‘Strategy and Legal Consultant’ and is associated with many esteemed companies. He is also associated with Chase India – a Public Advocacy Firm.

Prof. E. Venkatesu is a faculty at the University of Hyderabad, Department of Political Science, is the author of several books including Panchayats and Building of Model Villages (2013), Grassroots Politics in India (2008) and Democracy and Development: A Backward Classes Perspective (in Telugu, 2004), Democratic Decentralisation in India-Experiences, Issues and Challenges, Routledge, London(2016), Local Governance in India Experiences after Constitutional Amendments, Gyan, New Delhi (2016).

Ajoy Datta is a Research Fellow in Research and Policy in Development at Overseas Development Institute (ODI). His work involving a mix of research, engagement, facilitation and project management revolves around understanding the relationship between Knowledge, Policy and Practice, Organizational Change in Donor Agencies, Government Institutions and Think tanks.

Dr. Kaushiki Sanyal is the CEO and co-founder of Sunay Policy Advisory and has recently co-authored a book – Public Policy in India (Oxford India Short Introductions). Her past work experiences include PRS Legislative Research, Bharti Institute of Public Policy (ISB) and the Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy.

Amit Chandra is Associate Director – Policy Advisory at the Delhi-based independent think tank, Centre for Civil Society (CCS).

Ms J Jethwaney is with the Institute for Studies in Industrial Development (ISID) in its Media & communications Division. ISID is a national policy think tank under ICSSR.

Ms Alessia Forti is a Labour Market Economist at the OECD with extensive experience in skills, labour, and social policies.


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Shreya Narayan is a Hindi film actress, novelist and producer. She has acted in movies such as Saheb Biwi aur Gangster and Supernani and has appeared in miniseries such as Powder and Anurag Basu’s Rabindranath Stories.

Dr. Hilal Ahmed is a Rajya Sabha Fellow (2015-16). He is is currently working on the politics of Muslim political representation in postcolonial India.

Kavitha Balakrishnan is an art educator and curator based in Kerala. She is the recipient of the Soviet Land Nehru Award for Painting and currently works with the Jigsaw Artists Collective

Dr. Ananda Shankar Jayant, Padma Shri, is a renowned Indian classical dancer. She is currently the Artistic Director of Shankarananda Kalakshetra and an officer of the Indian Railway Traffic Service.

Abhay K. is the editor of CAPITALS (Bloomsbury), a poetry anthology on the capital cities of the world and the author of the poetry collection The Seduction of Delhi (Bloomsbury).

Shovana Narayan is Padmashri, Sangeeta Natak, Bihar Gaurav, Delhi Government’s Parishad Samman, Japan’s OISCA awardee among many others, is a Kathak Guru, performer, choreographer, activist, author-researcher-scholar

Mita Kapur is the founder and CEO of Siyahi, India’s leading literary consultancy.

Anita Krishan is an author. Her published works include ‘Tears of Jhelum’ and ‘Running up the Hill’.

Benny Prasad is an instrumental guitarist from India. He also holds the world record for being the fastest man ever to visit all 245 countries in the world.

Disha Chhabra is the author of best-selling books, “My Beloved’s MBA Plans” and “Because Life is a Gift”. She is also the Co-founder of the Delhi Chapter of ‘Pick-a-Fight’, an NGO.

Merlin D’Souza is India’s leading lady musician and a consummate Pianist Composer and Music Director.

Vinita Deshmukh is Editor at Intelligent Pune.

Dr. Uma Rele is the principal of Nalanda Nritya Kala Mahavidyalaya. She is an exponent of Bharatanatyam and also a visiting faculty member for universities globally.

Ranjit Hoskote is a contemporary Indian poet, art critic, cultural theorist and independent curator.

Krishnendu Bose makes films on wildlife conservation and environmental justice.

Kurchi Dasgupta is an Indian painter, writer and translator.

Reema Bansal is an internationally-acclaimed Painter, School Councillor and Psychology Practitioner.

Siddharth Joshi is a Pune based travel blogger and owner of

Firoz Bakht Ahmed is a commentator on social and religious issues and the grand-nephew of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, the freedom fighter. He has been one of the nominees for Journalist of The Year Award.

Papa CJ is a world-renowned stand-up comedian. He has won awards for both Asia’s and India’s Best Stand-up Comedian. He holds an MBA degree from the University of Oxford and also works as a motivational speaker and executive coach.

Sahil Shah is a comedian who rose to fame as one of the founding members of the prestigious East India Comedy troupe. He has performed at the legendary Comedy Store, appeared in the YouTube series “The Ad Show” and has made guest appearances on UR Fired and The Front Row.

Tapan Bose is an independent filmmaker and a human rights activist known for his films on human rights and democratic rights issues. He is one of the founders of Pakistan-India Peoples’ Forum for Peace and Democracy.

Sundeep Rao is an inspirational international comedian who has done comedy festivals in the U.S, Dubai, South East Asia and Australia. He is a regular on the Indian comedy circuit and is seen performing across India as well.

Abhijit Bhaduri is an Indian author, columnist and leadership development specialist. He is an alumnus of Microsoft, Pepsi, Colgate and was until recently the Chief Learning Officer of Wipro.

Amulya Ganguli is a Delhi-based writer on current affairs.

Mr Madhu Sivaraman is a public policy professional.

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Joe Madiath is the Chairman and Founder of Gram Vikas.

Vasu Primlani is a celebrated speaker, environmentalist, somatic therapist, triathlete, educator, and is one of India’s top comedians. She has taught universities and business schools in India and the US.

Ravi P. Singh is the Secretary General at Quality Council of India.

Dr. R Balasubramaniam is Founder & Chairman at GRAAM (Grassroots Research and Advocacy Movement). He is a medical doctor by training, with specialization in Public administration from Harvard University

Rajendra Singh is a highly respected social activist working with water and river issues in India. He is the Chairman of Tarun Bharat Sangh, an organisation based in Rajasthan.

Kalyana Vineela Mukkamala is a Senior Product Manager at the Sikshana Foundation.

Pramod K. Deshmukh, aged 60, is the Chairman of Sanskriti Samvardhan Mandal. He has received Bhumijal and Vruksha Mitra Award as national recognitions from the Govt. of India. He is also associated with AFARM in the capacity of Secretary.

Shobhit Mathur is the Executive Director of Vision India Foundation. He is an alumnus of IIT Bombay, University of Washington and the Indian School of Business. He was previously associated with Youth For Seva and

Rekha Sharma established a registered NGO called ‘Haryana Mahila Uthan Samiti’ that works for the empowerment of rural women of Haryana. She is a Member in the National Commission for Women.

Sunita Narain is presently the director general of the Centre for Science and environment, the treasurer of the Society for Environmental Communications and Editor of the fortnightly magazine, Down To Earth. She was listed as one of the world’s 100 most influential people by TIME magazine.

Pramod K. Deshmukh is presently the chairman of Sanskriti Samvardhan Mandal which aims to educate and empower the rural community. He is a Fulbright fellow of 2010 and has received numerous national awards.

Radha Muthiah holds a MBA from Stanford University and is presently the Chief Executive Officer of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves with a goal of goal of 100 million households adopting clean cookstoves and fuels by 2020. She has more than 20 years of experience in this field and has worked across various organizations including the American Red Cross.

Roberta Cecchetti is currently the Advocacy Manager of the Child Protection Initiative. She is also the President of the NGO Group for the Convention on the Rights of the Children.

Bhagyashri Dengle is the Executive Director, Plan India. She is a development professional whose interests are in institution building, rights of children, especially girls.

Mr. Anil Bokil is a full-time volunteer of the Arthakranti Pratishthan.

Ms. Aruna Sankaranarayanan is the Director of PRAYATNA.

Mr. Arun Krishnamurthy, is an Indian environmental activist & founder of the NGO, Environmentalist Foundation of India (EFI).

Mr. Jonathan Hongsha is an engineering graduate from NSIT, University of Delhi and currently works with Room to Read, India, as a part of their Research, Monitoring & Evaluation team. He holds interest in subjects of critical thinking such as Existence of God, God and science, Political ideologies of north-eastern communities in India, effect of moral values on development process etc.

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Sunil Rao is Country Head for Strategic Partner Development – VCs and Startups at Google

Shalini Prakash is a part of the investment team at 500Startups. Previously, she was a part of several accelerator programs such as GSF, Kyron and IDEX working with startups and entrepreneurs.
Dr. Marcus Ranney is Vice-President at RoundGlass Partners and a Global Shaper at the World Economic Forum.

Jaijit Bhattacharya is a noted Government transformation expert and is Partner at KPMG.

Jitesh Shah is a Principal at the Boston Consulting Group.

Snehanand Sinha is currently a mentor and resource expert at the Centre for Innovation Incubation and Entrepreneurship at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. He has previously served as a director at Mercer.

Srinjoy Ganguly is currently employed with Deutsche Bank, working in their financial markets division. He holds a PGDM (MBA equivalent) from IIM Ahmedabad, with a major in Finance.

Raghav Verma is Co-Founder at Chai company Chaayos – currently running 8 chai cafes in Delhi, retailing premium packaged Chai Patti and piloting Chai-On-Demand.

Vinay Solanki is the Global Head for revenue assurance and fraud management for Airtel Money (a mobile money initiative).

Navnit Krishna J is an Alumni of Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Indian Institute of Management. He worked in Strategy Consulting and leadership roles for past 14 years.

Rahul Goswami is a Bangalore based columnist and works in the areas of Sales & Solution Support Consulting to deliver technology solutions.

Puja Bajad is a development communications professional with specific focus on young people. She has had over six years experience working with young people across eight countries in Asia and beyond.

Capt Pant (Graduate in Economics & PG in Marketing Management) is an ex-Indian Army Officer. He is now a Freelance Trainer, Entrepreneur, & a volunteer for community service.

Amit Singh is presently an Assistant Vice President in Yes Bank.

Priyank Srivastava works as a Senior Analyst specializing in oil & gas for MarketsandMarkets.

Kundan Singh is currently working for one of France’s largest conglomerates in their India office with their strategy and operations team.

Sidhartha Bhatnagar is an upstream business analyst in a product based software firm.

Krishna Koundinya is an entrepreneur and the Co-Founder of two start-ups.

Aishwarya Mohapatra is currently working as an analyst in Business Finance, Flipkart.

Neelesh Agrawal is an investment banker.

Vimlendu Jha is one of India’s foremost environmentalists, founded Swechha in 2000 which is now one of India’s most influential organisations on youth matters.

Anshul Sushil is Co-founder of ad agency Boring Brands and Partner at Moody Nation, a branded content platform

Abhijit Bhaduri is an Indian author, columnist and management consultant. He is the Chief Learning Officer of the Wipro Group.

Suhasini Ayer is the founder and principal architect of the Auroville Design Consultants since 1988

Suchita Dutta is working as the Executive Director at Indian Staffing Federation

Aditi Avasthi is Founder and CEO, embibe (Indiavidual Learning)

Deepak Garg is the Director and CEO of Sany South Asia and Sany Heavy Industries India Pvt. Ltd.

Kamal Seth is an entrepreneur and professional recruiter. He is the Founder and Chief Happiness Officer at Human Circle.; A public speaker and creater of ‘Young India Challenge’ and ‘Enlighted Minds Program’

Gauraav Thakar works at QualityKiosk and specializes in building marketing teams through strategic interventions in areas of people, process, and technology.

Chaahat Khattar is an ardent economist and is working with an international consultancy firm. He is an MBA and pursuing Masters in Business Laws. He is also a Harvard University alumnus and a certified financial modeller.

Deep Sherchan is the Chief Marketing Officer at Simplify360.

Manoj Kumar is Vice President, HR Analytics at a leading global bank.

Himanshu is an IIT-Guwahati graduate in Maths and Computing, currently working at Flipkart as a Data Engineer.

Mallika Dutt is founder, president, and CEO of global human rights organization—Breakthrough.

Naresh Makhijani is the Partner and Head, Financial Services at KPMG, India. He is also a member of the KPMG India Tax Executive Committee and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

Prabhakar Mundkur currently works as Chief Mentor at HGS Interactive. He is also on the Advisory Board of Sol’s Arc—an NGO involved with education for children with special needs.

Sarvesh Agrawal is the CEO and founder of He graduated from IIT Madras and holds a degree of masters in civil engineering.

Abhishek Anand is a commerce graduate from S.R.C.C., who did his MBA from IIMB in 2005. He founded Eptitude, a test prep company in the year 2015.

Manish Jain has worked with companies like Accenture and Cisco Systems. He also co-founded the largest matrimonial portal in 1996 and exited in 2000. Currently, he works for—a portfolio management and accounting Software Company.

Pratik Dattani is the Country Director for the UK, for the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).

Raaghav A. is currently working as an Analyst at AT Kearney and has previously worked with The Boston Consulting Group, CNBC, The Godrej Group and The Oberoi Group. He has completed his studies of Economics from the London School of Economics International Programmes in Delhi.

Payal Kapoor is an interior designer of international repute whose work has featured in publications and in a number of shows in India and abroad. Her name featured on The Baron’s Greatest Interior Designers of the World’s latest edition and on Baron’s Who’s Who of the World Global edition.

Abhas Ricky, an electrical engineer by training, is a seasoned strategy consultant and a passionate entrepreneur. Currently, he heads the EMEA business of a dynamic startup and mentors multiple other tech start-ups as a growth hacker/advisor.

K Gopal is currently a Senior Advisor, India Region Tax QRM at Ernst & Young. With 40 years of work experienc he holds expertise in Finance, Audit, Project Management, Risk Management and General Management.

Aditya Singh is the Founder and Chairman of Alexis Group, an Indian Conglomerate. He was selected as a Hesselbein Fellow by the University of Pittsburgh, USA and as a Prerna Fellow by the IIM Lucknow in recognition of his exemplary leadership and entrepreneurial skills.

Monica Tata was listed among the top 50 influential women in media, marketing and advertising by Impact magazine. With 26 years of experience and being a part of the leadership team at Star and Turner she brings expertise in management of television networks operations.

Pradeep S Mehta is the founder Secretary General of the Jaipur-based Consumer Unity & Trust Society (CUTS International), a leading economic policy research, advocacy and networking, non-governmental group in India, with offices around the globe.

Annurag Batra is a serial entrepreneur, media mogul, a journalist and an eternal optimist rolled into one. He is a B. Tech in Computer Sciences, a degree, which he acquired before joining Management Development Institute (MDI), Gurgaon.

Divya Mehta is an erstwhile lawyer turned legal recruitment specialist. With an experience of nearly a decade, she founded Legal Casa, a legal search and consulting firm.

Naveen Gupta was Chief Product Officer at RingCentral, the #1 cloud communications company where he grew the comapny to 300K customers, $120M revenue, until IPO in 2013.He also worked at Monster Worldwide and Yahoo prior to co-founding BirdEye.

Akash Gautam is very popular Motivational Speaker, Corporate Trainer & a Career Counsellor in India. His genre is humor, sarcasm & storytelling. In the last 15+ years; he has done greater than 1200+ Events for Corporates & Youth across Asia.

Dr Vikram Singh Parmar is a CEO of the National DesignBusiness Incubator, Ahmedabad (NDBI), and an Associate Senior Designer in the Product Design department at the National Institute of Design (NID).

Swati Bhargava is the Co-founder of – India’s Largest Cashback & Coupons site. She was nominated for the prestigious ‘Woman Ahead Award’ at the Economic Times Startup Awards 2016 and is an active speaker at various forums & summits in India and at global platforms.

Vaibhav Lodha is the Co founder of ftcash, a PayPal backed fintech startup serving the underserved micro-merchants in India through mobile payments and loans. He is an engineer from NIT,Trichy and an alumnus of the Harvard Kennedy School.

Keshav Gupta, an alumnus of Hansraj College and the Faculty of Law at the University of Delhi, is the founder and Head of Strategy and Planning at the DAIS Education Initiative, an education management company.

Akshat Shah heads strategy and partnerships as well as fundraising and investor relations for Philadelphia headquartered socially driven medical device company, UE LifeSciences. He co-founded BlackBoxers Productions, which has produced three critically acclaimed stage plays and an independent, award-winning feature film, The Threshold.

Shilpa Patel consults with a number of organizations on climate finance, and is Principal Advisor to the Finance Center at the World Resources Institute. She has also worked at the World Bank on private sector development across a number of sectors, regions and economies in transition.

Vidyadhar Prabhudesai is currently Co founder and Director of LeadCap Ventures, among top 10 data analytics companies in India. He has more than 13 years of experience in business, finance, planning, strategy, operations, research, analytics, policy, consulting and advisory.

Luis Miranda is Chairman of Centre for Civil Society and CORO. He is Senior Advisor to Nadathur Group. Luis has been involved in setting up 2 companies – HDFC Bank and IDFC Private Equity. He received an MBA from the Booth School of Business, University of Chicago, and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

Anshul Lodha is the Director, Financial Services & Legal at Michael Page. He manages a team of specialist recruitment consultants across all areas of front,mid and back office recruitment in the Banking & Financial Services space in India.

Ashni Mohnot is a Senior Partner and Head of Undergraduate Services at OnCourse. Ashni founded Enzi, a social enterprise that developed financing solutions for Indian vocational education and formerly pioneered income-share agreements (ISAs) in the US as financing alternatives to traditional education loans. Recipient of Echoing Green and UnLtd India fellowships, she is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and former Curator of its Mumbai hub.

Pankaj Jain is currently working as Group CEO with Noida based Logix Group with over 26 years of diversified experience across wide spectrum of industries. He is also mentor to many startups with the objective of helping them to achieve sustainability and scalability of their businesses.

Pooja Warier is the co-Founder & CEO of UnLtd India, a pioneering organisation that finds, funds and supports early stage social entrepreneurs in India. Since 2007, UnLtd India has supported over 131 social entrepreneurs who have further impacted millions. She was nominated as a TED India Fellow in 2009 and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2013.

Rohit Shroff is the co-founder of Holidify and is currently working on product and growth projects at GirnarSoft.

Rishi Arya is an Indian Content writer, Instructional Designer and a budding entrepreneur.

Udai S Mehta is Deputy Executive Director with CUTS International. He did his Masters from The University of Warwick, UK in International Economic Laws.

Garima Agarwal is currently working on launching a healthcare venture. Previously, she was with Sequoia Capital and India Value Fund Advisors. She is one of the youngest CA, CS, CWA in the country, with national ranks and recently pursued her MBA from INSEAD, France.

Abhiraj Singh Bhal is the Co-founder of UrbanClap, India’s largest home and local services marketplace. He started UrbanClap in 2014. Prior to UrbanClap, he was a consultant with The Boston Consulting Group. He is the recipient of several honors, including the Fortune India 40 under 40 etc. He is a graduate from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, and the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad.

Adhil Shetty is the founder and CEO of BankBazaar (A & A Dukaan Financial Services Private Limited), is an engineering graduate from Anna University and holder of a Master’s degree in International Relations from Columbia University. Former senior consultant at Deloitte, he is working on this vision to change the face of the banking industry.

Deepak Jain is Vice President Finance at First Advantage Corporation and former India Finance Controller at Apple.

Deepak Goel is the founder & CEO of KarmaCircles.

Mr. Hardik Bothra is the former CEO at Paltee. He is currently working on solving problems of Supply Chain Efficiency through design thinking.

Mr. Abhijeet Sinha specialises in Financial Advisory, Business Consulting serving as Country Director at ASSAR and also External Program Consultant at Make in India, StartUp India, Digital India, Skill India & Invest India Campaigns of Govt of India. He is Corporate Counsel of ENACTUS (DCAC) | Youth Advocate at Swachh Bharat Mission, Digital Bharat Mission | Consultant- Centre for Entrepreneurship Development at NIFTEM, Consultant OTAI & FSSAI (Food Safety & Standard Auth. Of India under MoHFW) Compliance Conference 2017.

Ms. Ishita Anand is co-founder and CEO of BitGiving, India’s crowdfunding platform.

Mr Abheek Barua is Chief Economist and Senior Vice President at HDFC Bank.

Mr Ajay Singh is founder and CEO of Stoodnt, Inc.

Abhishek Narain is currently working as a consultant . Formerly worked on public policy at Invest India & Planning Commission of India, Trading at Bank of America, Investment Banking at Barclays Capital & Credit Suisse, MBA and Engineering​ from IIM Calcutta & IIT Kharagpur.

Mr Anand Jha specializes in innovation and design space.

Mr Amitabh Lal Das is the Director and Head Legal, Compliance, Regulatory and Corporate Governance of Max Life Insurance Limited.

Mr. Anil Sardana is CEO and Managing Director at Tata Power.

Mr. Anand Sinha is currently AVP, Partnerships & Strategic Initiatives at Freecharge. He is the Ex Co-Founder & CEO at PressPlay TV and Ex National Sales Head at Zomato.

Mr. Ashish Pandey is the founder and managing partner of Quadrature Capital.

Ms. Nandini Rathi is a co-founder of Betaout, a marketing automation platform for e-commerce companies.

Mr. Anand Jain is the Co-founder at CleverTap.

Ms. Almitra Karnik is the Head of Marketing at CleverTap.

Ms. Pooja Sriram is the Digital Marketing Strategist at CleverTap.

Mr. Ajay Sharma is a first generation entrepreneur and currently President, Abhinav outsourcings. He likes to write on varied topics including Entrepreneurship, Global relocation, Human relations and emotions, to mention a few.

Ms. Shubhangi Kulkarni is a freelancer for a startup in the field of quant finance.

Mr. Anurag Behar is the Chief Sustainability Officer of Wipro Limited, CEO for Azim Premji Foundation& Vice Chancellor, Azim Premji University.

Mr. Ankit Buti is the founder & CEO of StartupEd. He graduated with a Computer Science degree from Purdue University and is an alum of Stanford GSB. He worked in silicon valley, California before moving to India to help young entrepreneurs and PM Modi’s Startup India mission.

Dr Jayanti Gupta is a statistician and also the founder of Parinita, an e-commerce venture for Bengal handlooms.

Mr Ambarish Dasgupta is Head of management consulting, KPMG India, and Eastern Regional Managing Partner, KPMG India.Mr Aditya Goel is the Founder and CEO of QuirkyByte.

CA. Anirudh Bagai ACA, LLB is the Founder of Lawyer2CA. A commerce graduate from Shri Ram College of Commerce, he is a fourth generation Chartered Accountant and a Lawyer. In the past, he has worked with KPMG, Ernst & Young and UBS, in their Investment Banking Division. Currently he is working as the Founder of Lawyer2CA and Chief Strategy Officer at SR BAGAI & Co., Chartered Accountants, in the Tax, Audit, Compliance, Valuation and Advisory space.

Ankit Bagga is the Co-Founder and COO of a Digital Marketing Agency, ‘DigitalFry’. His interest in Psychology attempts to find its voice in Neuromarketing by diving deeper into the working of a consumer’s brain.

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Casey Lartigue, Jr. (South Korea) is the Director for International Relations for the newly established Freedom Factory Co. Ltd.

Vivek Pathak (Hong Kong) leads IFC’s advisory and investment operations across East Asia Pacific.

Nusrat Jahan (Bangladesh) is currently working with UNESCO and has previously worked with UNDP and World Bank, Bangladesh. She has 18 years of experience as a senior financial management and operation management in UN agency.

Masayuki Ueyama (Japan) is the Founder of the Fabius Reserch Network for Public Policy (FRN) and Nippon Stretegic Affairs Institute (NSAI).

Nadeem Ahmed (Pakistan) is Principal Economist, Social Policy and Development Center, Pakistan.

Surath Giri (Nepal) is an author and policy analyst at the Samriddhi Foundation.

Pranav Mishra (Afghanistan) is a HR Advisor at Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat, Kabul, Afghanistan

Archana Singh (Philippines) is currently associated with Starcom MediaVest Group, Philippines as Connections Director on Coca-Cola.

Zahra El Mustapha (Lebanon) is a member of Y-Peer and volunteer at NISCVT which is an NGO that support Palestinian refugees residing in Lebanon.

Seemantani Sharma (Malaysia) is an Indian qualified Intellectual Property Lawyer based out of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Currently, she works as the Legal and Intellectual Property Services Officer at the Asia – Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU).

Baria Daye (Japan) is the Director of Open Innovation at Akira Foundation and an international development professional. She is also a member of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers community and a big data enthusiast.

Adithya B Kumar (Burma) is a recent graduate of the prestigious CEMS MIM program and currently works for the UN in Myanmar.

Mr. Md. Joynal Abdin (Bangladesh) is a Development Researcher serving at the SME Foundation, Bangladesh as a Deputy Manager.

Ahmad Mobeen is associated with State Bank of Pakistan as an Economic Analyst.

Mr. Anson Mathews is HR Business Partner at DP World .

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Neel Ghose (Australia) is currently Vice President International Operations of Zomato. He is a finance student of SRCC, Delhi and the London School of Economics

Sanusha Naidu (South Africa) is a foreign policy analyst who has worked at the Centre for Conflict Resolution based in Cape Town.

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka (South Africa) is United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women.

Olumayowa Okediran (Nigeria) is a socio-economic and political commentator, nonprofit consultant and entrepreneur.

Dr. Anand Kulkarni (Australia) is a Consultant and Principal Advisor at Victoria University, Melbourne. He is also the Associate Editor for the Journal “International Review of Business and Economics” and a Fellow at the Centre For Policy Development in Australia.

Anaita Singh (Lesotho) works with the Clinton Health Access Initiative in Lesotho. She has also advised the Ministry of Labour and Employment on issues related to ITIs

Dr. Hammad Siddiqi (Australia) is a post doctoral researcher at the University of Queensland, Australia.

Dr. Arthur Bainomugisha (Uganda) is the Executive Director and a Lecturer of Peace and Conflict studies, in the Faculty of Religion and Peace Studies at Makerere University. He has authored several research publications and contributed articles on peace, security and natural resources, and environmental governance.

Mr. Ashbel Vudzijena (Zimbabwe) is a Capacity Building Advisor at Swedish Organisation for Individual Relief. Ashbel has written and published extensively about ‘The Talent Factor In Human Development Across Disciplines and Cultures.’



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