Ajay Khanna is the Chief- Strategic & Public Affairs of Jubilant Bhartia Group (www.jubilantbhartia.com) since 2009. The Jubilant Bhartia Group, with 36,000 employees, has a strong presence in diverse sectors like Pharmaceuticals and Life Sciences, Oil and Gas (exploration and production), Agri products, Performance Polymers, Food and Consulting in Aerospace and Oilfield Services. Ajay was also with the Confederation of Indian Industry for over 27 years in several leadership positions & was the Deputy Director General (1999-2008). He is a member of several high level government delegations, committees and task forces, Global Agenda Council on India of the World Economic Forum. He is also the Co-Founder of “Public Affairs Forum of India” (www.pafi.in), which is the apex body of public affairs professionals in India.
Ashok Chawla has been a distinguished civil servant with over 40 years of experience in various sectors of the economy in India as well as in International Multilateral agencies. He obtained his Masters in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics in 1972 and joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1973. He started his career in the State of Gujarat and held various positions, including Chief Executive of important State-Owned enterprises. Notably, he was the head of the multi-billion dollar SardarSarovar Narmada multi-purpose project. Between 1998 and 2011, he worked in several senior positions in the Federal Government at Delhi. He has been Permanent Secretary in key ministries of the Government of India such as Finance, Economic Affairs, and Civil Aviation. He has been on the boards of the Reserve Bank of India and also the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority. He was also at different points in time India's Executive Director on the International Fund for Agricultural Development, Alternate Governor for India at the World Bank and at the Asian Development Bank. Shri Chawla has also held leadership positions in the corporate sector. He has been Chairman and Managing Director of Indian Petrochemicals Corporation Limited and a Director on the Oil and Natural Gas Commission (ONGC). In view of his rich and diversified experience, after his retirement from the civil service, he was appointed as the Chairman of the Competition Commission of India (CCI) for the period 2011-2016.
Amir Ullah Khan
Amir Ullah Khan is a Development Economist working on Public health and access to healthcare in South Asia. He is Director Research at Aequitas Consulting and POLICY advisor to the Gates Foundation. Amir graduated from the Institute of Rural Management in Anand and has a PhD from the JamiaMilia Central University. Amir teaches a course on Indian Economic Policy at the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad and another on International Business at Infinity Business School. He is on the Governing boards at the Welhams Girls School, the Digital Empowerment Foundation, Pahle India Foundation, EandH Foundation, ACCESS ASSIST and the India China Economic Council. He has been Deputy Director at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Director at the India Development Foundation, Deputy Director General at the PHD Chamber of Commerce, Adjunct Professor of Law and Economics at the Edith Cowan University in Perth and Executive Editor at Encyclopedia Britannica.
Bobby John leads ÆQUITAS CONSULTING PVT. LTD., a group of Professionals who work together across disciplines to see HEALTH as an outcome of public policies, and of their own work. He is a Co-Founder (in 2004) of Global Health Advocates and was Executive Director of Global Health Advocates India between 2004 and 2013. He has served as a member on the developing country NGO board delegation of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS , TB and Malaria, between 2006 -10, and also as the Chair of its Ethics Committee. He has served as the Advocacy and Public Affairs lead for the India office of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation between 2010 – 11, and as the HIV AIDS Coordinator for World Vision India between 2001 – 02.
As an advisor and member of governing boards and technical working groups, he has served Open Society Institute, the Population Foundation of India, MD India Pvt. Ltd, Saahasee, the Emmanuel Hospital Association, and the Governments of India, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Indonesia.
Dilip Chenoy was till recently the Managing Director & CEO of the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC). The NSDC is a Public Private Partnership whose objective is to foster private sector investment and initiatives in training and skill development. While at NSDC he served as co-chair Australia – India Joint working group on Skill Development. Currently Dilip Is on the Board of Governors IILM, New Delhi,( a business school) the Board of Studies, All India Management Association (AIMA) , besides serving as the Chairman of Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering & Technology (SLIET) a fully government funded integrated skill development and degree institution. He also consults and advises startups including organisations in the digital, education, skills and livelihood space. Prior to NSDC, Dilip was Director General of the advocacy group for the automobile industry in India, Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM). Before SIAM, Dilip was Deputy Director General in the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). Dilip was responsible for Industry Sectors and Associations Council (ASCON), international work relating to the ASEAN and spokesperson. He was a member of the CII-Harvard Business School project that worked on the competitiveness of Indian industry with Professor Michael Porter.
Sir Mark Tully
Sir William Mark Tully was the Chief of Bureau, BBC, New Delhi for 22 years. Schooled in England, he stayed mostly in India covering all major incidents in South Asia during his tenure. He was made an Officer of The Order of the British Empire in 1985 and was awarded the Padma Shree in 1992, a rare distinction for a non-Indian. He was knighted in the New Year Honours 2002 and in 2005 he was awarded the Padma Bhushan.His love for India is encapsulated in his books. He has also written multiple books such as Mark Tully's Faces of, Happy Birthday BBC Two, No Full stops in India, India’s Unending Journey,KumbhMela: Songs of the River and more.
Nisha Agrawal is an economist by training and has a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S.A, an M.A. in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics, and a B.A. (Honrs) in Economics from Miranda House, Delhi University. She has been working on poverty, inequality and social development issues for almost 30 years. Since March 2008, she has been the CEO of Oxfam India. During this period, she successfully led a complex change management process that integrated the programs and staff of the 6 Oxfams that had been previously operating in India. She also led a highly consultative process to formulate Oxfam India’s strategy entitled “Demanding Rights, Creating Opportunities” that lays out its vision, mission and programs for 2010-2015, and second strategy for the period 2016-2020. Prior to joining Oxfam India, Nisha worked with the World Bank for almost 20 years and has extensive experience working in countries in the East Asia Region (Cambodia, Vietnam and Indonesia) and in the East Africa Region (Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda).
Osama Manzar is a convert social entrepreneur spearheading the mission to overcome information poverty in India. He is an inspiring speaker, influencer, angel investor, mentor and believer. Osama founded Digital Empowerment Foundation with the objective that there should be universal digital literacy and digital access to all to overcome information gap and parity and help build equitable society. He is also the Chair of the Manthan and mBillionth Awards, two platforms dedicated to identifying and felicitating the best web and mobile-based practices in South Asia. He is a Member, Working Group, Internet Proliferation & Governance for Ministry of Communication & IT and was a Member, Task Force on Growth of IT, ITES & Electronics HW Manufacturing Industry, Ministry of Communication & IT, India. He is also a member of the Advisory Board for National Optic Fibre Network (NOFN) of the Universal Service Obligation Fund under the Indian Department of Telecom. At the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Manzar is a member of the Screening Committee for the Community Radio Licensing. Manzar has authored NetCh@kra: 15 Years of Internet in India. Other titles by him include e-Content: Voices from the Ground; Internet Economy of India; India’s Best e-Contents, and Development & Digital Inclusion. He writes a weekly column in the Mint and Hindustan, and has previously written columns for Gaon Connection.
Rajesh Shah is Co-Chairman & Managing Director of Mukand Ltd., an alloy, stainless steels and heavy industrial equipment manufacturing unit. He is also Chairman, Advisory Board of India-Japan Global Partnership Summit since 2011. Mr. Shah was also on the Board of Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd. Mr. Shah has many academic, social and environmental interests. He has been Member, Board of Governors at IIM Lucknow. He currently is Member, Chief Minister's Advisory Council, Government of Rajasthan since 2014. He has also taken an active interest in implementing a project, Thane, Maharashtra, to incentivise and enable every Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe girl child to pass her Standard Ten exams. Mr. Shah obtained his Master's Degree in Mathematics from Cambridge University, UK. He also has a Masters in Business Administration from University of California, Berkeley, USA and has completed a Programme for Management Development from Harvard University, USA. His book Resurgent India (co-authored) is on Ideas and Priorities for the nation.
Syed Safawi is the ex-CEO (ex-Chief Executive Officer) of Viom Networks – a TATA-SREI joint venture, where American Tower Corporation closed the acquisition of a 51% controlling ownership in April, 2016, thus figuring among the top-10 inbound M&A deals in India ever, across sectors. Prior to Viom Networks, Syed was with Reliance Communication Limited as the President and CEO of the Wireless Business and Chairman of the Reliance Management Board. Syed has over 27 years of rich FMCG, telecom and infrastructure experience in both India and the global markets, almost half of which has been with The Coca-Cola Company, where he was last based at Vietnam as Country Manager and CEO, managing the business for Indochina and Malaysia. He is an MBA from India and alumnus of The Wharton School, USA and is a certified Director from the Institute of Directors.
Vinod Rai has a Master’s Degree in Economics from Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi. He also has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University, USA. He joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1972 and was from the Kerala cadre. In January 2008, he was appointed the eleventh Comptroller and Auditor General of India. Vinod Rai has wide experience of working in various capacities in the State Government of Kerala as well as in the Federal Government. His assignments in the State Government included stints as Secretary (Agriculture), Principal Secretary (Finance) and Managing Director, Kerala State Cooperative Marketing Federation. Vinod Rai has also worked in the Federal Ministry of Commerce and Foreign Trade where he was responsible for supervising the export of all agricultural produce from India. He set up the Spices Board, the Agriculture and Processed Foods Export Development Authority and was responsible for a large number of initiatives for development of exports. Currently, he is a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of South Asian Studies, in the National University of Singapore.