Nivruti Rai is Vice President, Data Platforms Group (DPG) and Country Head Intel India at Intel Corporation. She is responsible for DPG India site engineering and execution, with a focus on delivering platforms aligned with the India team’s charter. In addition, she supports DPG and the Intel Sales and Marketing Group in strengthening customer, ecosystem, academic and research lab relationships in India.In 2013, her team was awarded an Intel Achievement Award for contributing to the development of the Minute Intel® architecture core. In her previous role as Vice President at Intel’s Platform Engineering Group, she led teams across the United States, Costa Rica, Israel, Malaysia and India, charged with developing innovative analog and mixed-signal intellectual property (IP) blocks and IP subsystems for Intel’s system-on-chip products. She has been issued one U.S. patent and has authored several technical papers on integrated circuit design methodologies and operations research.Technology – Nivruta Rai
Atul Nath is Founder & Managing Director of Candid Marketing, one of India’s most awarded experiential marketing and brand activation agencies.In 2018, Atul and his team launched a technology marketing division, DotDash which focuses on delivering interactive technology marketing solutions. Atul has served on the Promotional and Activation jury at Cannes Lions, Spikes Asia and has been on the Campaign India A List for several years.Atul has been actively involved in some of the most successful brand launch and activation campaigns, including those for Cadbury, Godrej, Bacardi, Too Yumm, Pogo, Nissan, Grant Thornton, Hyundai, Oakley, Levi’s, Colgate, Pure It, Disney, Muthoot, Danone, Dunkin Donuts, Google, ITC, Unilever, Star TV, Nokia, Microsoft, Saffola and Kingfisher to name a few.Technology – Atul Nath
Karan Bajwa is a senior leader with over three decades of leadership experience. He was at IBM where he served as India and South Asia Managing Director. Prior to IBM, he worked with Microsoft for nine years, his last role being Managing Director for the company’s operations in India. He has also worked with Cisco Systems in India and Singapore.Karan is a veteran in the industry with a proven track record of building and growing successful enterprise businesses. Google has turned to tech industry veteran Karan Bajwa to drive its cloud business in the country, appointed him Managing Director of Google Cloud India, where he is responsible for driving revenue and go-to-market operations for Google Cloud’s extensive solution portfolio that includes Google Cloud Platform and G Suite.Technology – Karan Bajwa
Rema Subramanian co-founded Ankur with a vision to use her multi decade CXO and entrepreneurial experience to bring the tools to young startups to become game changers. She has worked across education and IT/ITES taking young companies from scratch to midsize ventures. She is a cost accountant from ICFAI and when she has spare time she likes to travel and try her hand at growing plants.Technology – Rema Subramanian
Harshit Desai is a Digital and Experience Evangelist, and a new-age Design Thinker whose mission is to automate and enhance experiences of our digital world. His purpose is to make users/customers happy by way of creating compelling, persuasive and meaningful design and interactions. He is a proud Stanford alumnus and has been a recipient of various national and international awards for path-breaking work in UX, Digital Products, Design and Entrepreneurship. His thought leadership is in ‘Experience Consulting’ for Fortune 500 companies, and his award-winning works have been across domains like FMCG, Telecom, Entertainment, Media, IT and Product Development. A seasoned leader with a decade-and-half of experience in building differentiated competencies, incubating and scaling large consulting practices and boot-strapping entrepreneurial ventures. Although being a qualified engineer in Electronics and Telecom, he spends the majority of his time teaching at various B-Schools and D-Schools.Technology – Harshit Desai
Anthony Downey is Professor of Visual Culture in the Middle East and North Africa (Birmingham City University). He is an editor at the peer-reviewed journal Third Text (Routledge) and the Journal of Digital War (Palgrave Macmillan), respectively. In 2021, he will join the editorial board of the Journal of Memory, Mind & Media (Cambridge University Press). He is the series editor for Research/Practice (Sternberg Press/MIT, 2019–ongoing). Downey is the Cultural and Commissioning Lead on multi-disciplinary GCRF/AHRC Network Plus research award that focuses on the role of cultural practices and digital technologies in the development of education provision for children with disabilities across the Middle East (2020-2024). This award was preceded by a GCRF/AHRC Research Development award in 2019. Recent publications include Topologies of Air (Sternberg Press and the Power Plant, 2021); Heba Y Amin: The General’s Stork (Sternberg Press/MIT, 2020); Critique in Practice (Sternberg Press/MIT, 2019); among others.Technology – Anthony Downey
Navyug Mohnot is the Founder and CEO of QAI, Founder of QGLUE, and a Director in several start-ups and not-for-profit Foundations. Navyug recently founded QGLUE to help accelerate innovation through the systematic use of methods, tools, and enterprise-wide design-led practices. He takes a keen interest in supporting and mentoring start-ups, is an angel investor in exciting ventures and has led several initiatives for start-up ecosystem development through TiE and NASSCOM. Navyug did his B.Tech from IIT Delhi and then went to the USA on a Fellowship. He is a certified Leadership Coach from Harvard University and a Certified Coach of “ Design Your Life”, the bestselling program from Stanford University. He is the recipient of “Outstanding Contribution to National Development” from IIT Delhi Alumni Association.Technology – Navyug Mohnot
Ranjit Barot is a drummer, singer, music composer, music director and music arranger. He started playing at the age of 12, encouraged by his mother, the legendary Kathak dancer, Sitara Devi. His early career saw performances with Louis Banks & the Jazz Yatra Sextet, Pandit Ravi Shankar, the maestros, (late) Don Cherry & (late) Charlie Mariano. Ranjit Barot is today on the forefront of both worlds, the mainstream popular Indian/World music and Jazz fusion genres. He is the musical director for all of A.R. Rahman’s live concerts and is the drummer for guitar legend John Mclaughlin and the 4th Dimension band. Ranjit was the music composer and sound designer for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Commonwealth Games Delhi 2010, and Music Producer for MTV Unplugged (Season 1 & 2).Technology – Ranjit Barot
Sunil Kant Munjal is one of the founder promoters of the Hero Group, India’s premier automotive manufacturing group. He is the Chairman of Hero Enterprise, with interests in insurance distribution, steel-making, real estate and corporate training. He also supports start-ups on digital learning, community transportation, healthcare, women’s empowerment and education.He chairs the board that runs the Doon School and sits on the boards of the IIM Ahmedabad (IIMA), ISB, and SRCC. He has co-founded BML Munjal University (BMU) and is President of the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana. He has also served as President of the CII and AIMA and has been a member of Prime Minister’s Council on Trade & Industry.Mr Munjal has set up Serendipity Arts Foundation, and he is also the President of the Ludhiana Sanskritik Samagam which supports performing arts across North India. He has chronicled the incredible saga of Hero’s founders in a book, The Making of Hero, which recently won the Business Book of the Year Award at Tata Literature Live! Festival 2020.Business Models – Mr. Sunil Kant Munjal
Avantika Dalmia is Chairperson, Avanee Foundation. Her Blue Orb initiative (part of the Avanee Foundation) works towards making value learning and overall kindness an integral part of the young developing minds. She has also focused on the role of women in Indian society, particularly in the area of professional growth and business. She was Co-Chairperson for Aspire – Young Presidents’ Organization, South Asia Women’s Retreat in 2014, is a founder member of Young Indians 2004, and has been the Governing Body Member, FICCI Ladies Organisation from 2015-2019. She headed the MyCircle for FICCI FLO, an app developed by FICCI and Airtel for women’s safety.In her professional capacity Avantika was Director of the leading communications firm, Integrated Brand-comm between 1998-2003. She is Trustee, Sri Krishna Janam Bhoomi Trust, Mathura and Director, Amar Chitra Katha. She has also been associated with Bharat ke Veer, a Government of India initiative.Avantika’s passion for the arts is reflected in her active support as a patron for the Serendipity Art Festival, the upcoming Museum of Art and Photography (MAP) in Bengaluru.Business Models – Avantika Dalmia
Shrinivas V. Dempo is Chairman of the Goa-based Dempo Group of Companies, which has diversified interests in industries such as calcined petroleum coke, shipbuilding, food processing, real estate and newspaper publishing. In 2013, Dempo was named honorary vice consul of Italy in Goa, India. He was appointed Chairman (Independent Director) of Automobile Corporation of Goa Ltd, a Tata Group Company. Dempo is on the Executive Council of Goa University, besides being associated with a number of non-governmental organizations performing yeoman service to society such as the Charles Correa Foundation and the Goa Cancer Society.Dempo was honoured in the year 2014 with the Asia Pacific Outstanding Entrepreneurship Award India 2014 in recognition of his pursuit of responsible business practices by the Asia-wide organization, Enterprise Asia, dedicated to management development and ethical business.In 2020 he received the Tepper Achievement Award, in recognition of his influential roles as Chairman and Managing Director of the Dempo Group and in professional associations and civic organizations in India.Business Models – Shrinivas Dempo
Ajay Batra is an entrepreneur, mentor, angel investor, and an active contributor to the innovation and startup ecosystems. He has been recognised for his ground-breaking work in Design Thinking and Startup Maturity Model. Currently, he is an Executive Vice President at Wadhwani Foundation, where he leads the global Venture Fastrack program. He is the Founding CEO of Startup Innovation Lab (SI.Lab). He is a Charter Member of TiE, a member of LeadAngels and a Mentor for Atal Tinkering Labs, NITI Aayog. He serves on several national committees of FICCI and CII. He was the Founding Director of Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Bennett University. He headed Bennett Hatchery – the startup incubator. His first book Startups and Beyond: Building Enduring Organizations has received global acclaim.Business Models – Ajay Batra
Gayatri Krishnan is a leader in the technology industry. In her long career, she has worked globally with several big technology companies, including IBM, Capco India, and IQLECT. She is currently a partner with a consulting firm. Gayathri is also very actively involved with the performing arts, having supported Ranga Shankara since its inception in 2004. In 2012, she founded The Bhoomija Trust, championing the cause of Indian classical music and dance by organising concerts and shows at affordable ticket prices in India and abroad. She is also associated closely with theatre, as a presenter and manager.Business Models – Gayatri Krishnan
Pramod Bhasin is the Chairman of Clix Capital, as well as ICRIER, an economic research think tank. He is the Founder and CEO of Genpact Ltd., and the Chairman and co-founder of the Skills Academy. He was the President & CEO of GE Capital in India from 1994 to 2005, and GE Capital Asia from 1998 to 2001. Pramod is currently the Chairman of Clix Capital, a financial services business in India. He served as the Chairperson of CII’s Skills Committee for many years, and was a member of CII’s National Council.He is the co-founder of Asha Impact, an organisation focused on social impact investments and advocacy. Pramod sits on the Governing Board of Help Age India and Vishwas, an NGO for handicapped children, and is currently serving on the Board of DLF Ltd.Business Models – Pramod Bhasin
Vikram Sakhuja is the Equity Partner and Group CEO of Madison Media & OOH, India’s largest independent Media Agency. His career highlights include setting up India’s first Media AOR; starting India’s first afternoon soap opera (and daily strip); a great track record of product launches including Ariel, Whisper, Sprite, Diet Coke, Kinley, IPL; pioneering a series of research in India including BASES, Conversion Model, a Purchase Retail Audit and Consumption Panel; and being part of the leadership team that started Mindshare and GroupM in India/ South Asia. Under his leadership Mindshare was the undisputed Agency of the Year at most Indian awards. He is currently the Head of IRS Tech Comm, MRUC Board member, ABC Board member, BARC Disciplinary committee member, Co-chair of IBF-AAAI subcommittee on payments, Ad Club ManCom member. He has consistently been voted amongst the most influential persons in Indian Media by the Economic Times.Business Models – Vikram Sakhuja
Sara is passionate about developing courses to suit different learning styles and motivations. She has designed successful two year-accelerated degrees, pre-masters and foundations programmes. She is excellent at initiating industry-led programmes and identifying trends in the market.Business Models – Sara_Middleton
She has a track record of working with students to develop their ideas to business opportunities or to create a portfolio career.
Sara is the Chair of the Birmingham Cultural Educational Partnership and is on the development board of the Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre.
Ratish Nanda, Conservation Architect, is India CEO for the Aga Khan Trust for Culture.He heads the multi-disciplinary AKTC teams presently undertaking the two major urban conservation projects in India: the Nizamuddin Urban Renewal Initiative, Delhi and the Qutb Shahi Heritage Park Conservation in Hyderabad. For AKTC, he was earlier responsible for the Baghe Babur restoration (2002-2006), in Kabul, Afghanistan and the garden restoration of Humayun’s Tomb (1999-2003).Ratish has served as an ICOMOS expert to missions in Iran, Turkey and Nepal and lectured in over 20 countries including at ICCROM, Rome. His major publications include, ‘Delhi, the Built Heritage: A listing’– released by the Prime Minister of India; Delhi: Red Fort to Raisina; Conservation of Historic Graveyards (Scotland) and Rethinking Conservation: Humayun’s Tomb.Social Behavior – Ratish Nanda
Vinita Bali is a business leader with extensive experience in leading large companies both in India and overseas, having worked in Marketing and CEO roles with eminent multinationals like The Coca-Cola Company and Cadbury Schweppes in the UK, Nigeria, South Africa, Latin America and the USA, in addition to Britannia Industries Ltd., in India.Vinita is presently pursuing her wide-ranging interests in the corporate and development sectors and is a Non-Executive Director on the Global Boards of Cognizant Technology Solutions and Bunge Limited. In India, Vinita serves as a Non-Executive Director on the Boards of CRISIL Ltd and Syngene International Limited; is a Member of the Board of Governors of Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore and Chairs the CII National Committee on Nutrition.In addition to her corporate and academic commitments, Vinita is passionate about and actively engaged with the performing arts.Social Behavior – Vinita Bali
Pramath Sinha is the Founder & Chairman of Harappa Education, which strives to become India’s largest online institution focused on teaching habits and skills critical to workplace success in the 21st century. He is the Founding Dean and a member of the Executive Board of ISB which rapidly became one of the top-20 business schools in the world, and is also the Founder & Trustee of Ashoka University, a liberal arts university which launched the popular Young India Fellowship.Pramath has been instrumental in setting up a wide spectrum of change-based higher education initiatives, including a management program for career-oriented women, an entrepreneurship fellowship for the Himalayan region, and a solution-focused design education for the built environment.He has also been a media entrepreneur, education consultant and management advisor at the 9.9 Group, which he founded, the CEO of the Ananda Bazar Patrika Group, and a Partner at McKinsey & Company.Social Behavior – Pramath Sinha
Justin McCarthy is a dancer, musician, instructor and choreographer. McCarthy lives in New Delhi where he gives piano lessons and has taught Bharatanatyam at the Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra since 1990. He has performed extensively as a soloist in Bharatanatyam and has choreographed many ensemble works in which he has appeared alongside dancers trained by him at the Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra. He has been with the performing arts department of Ashoka University since 2014.In 2012, along with film director Sandhya Kumar, McCarthy made a national award-winning film on South Indian courtesans with a grant from India Foundation for the Arts. The two are currently working on a film about rural musical theatre in Tamil Nadu with a grant from PSBT. McCarthy received the Nartaka award for life-time achievement in Bharatanatyam from Natyanjali Trust, Chennai in 2017.Social Behavior – Justin McCarthy
Arvind K Singhal is the Founder & Chairman of Technopak Advisors. Having started its operations in January 1992, Technopak is one of India’s leading management consulting firms focusing on 4 key sectors that include Consumer Products & Retail, Textiles & Apparel, Packaged Food, Food Services & Agriculture, and Education & Skills Development. He has a Bachelor of Engineering degree from IIT-Roorkee, India (1979) that has also recognized him as a “Distinguished Alumnus”, and an MBA from the UCLA, USA (1982).Social Behavior – Arvind K Singhal
Rajinder Dudrah is Professor of Cultural Studies and Creative Industries in the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media at Birmingham City University. He is leading the University’s growing group of creative industries researchers, coordinating the University’s efforts to consolidate its reputation in this area, and working with the Institute for Creative Innovation to establish BCUs expertise in the field. He is also working to help develop researchers across the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media and has served as one of the University’s Midlands3Cities AHRC Doctoral College Site Directors (2016-2019).Rajinder has taught, researched and published widely across film, media and cultural studies, and is the founding Co-Editor of the scholarly journal, South Asian Popular Culture (Routledge). Rajinder is also Co-Investigator for the Arts and Humanities Research Council funded ‘Diaspora Screen Media Network’. He has also acted as Co-Investigator on a major £3.3million consortia funded application with the University of Oxford entitled ‘Creative Multilingualism’.Social Behavior – Rajinder Dudrah
Mary Traynor is Associate Dean with responsibility for Academic Quality and Student Experience. Mary moved into academia following an early career with the BBC. During her BBC career, she worked at the BBC World Service and was one of the founding radio producers of BBC Radio 5. Mary also worked extensively for BBC Network Radio as a journalist and reporter. Mary later established the first Community Radio Station in Wales, a pioneering, award-winning project which brought together local students and communities. She has also worked on radio for development projects in South East Asia, facilitating participatory approaches to media. Mary’s commitment to learning and teaching is very much underpinned by her passion for the notion of accessible education for all. Over her career, she has supported learning for students from many diverse backgrounds; from teenagers excluded from formal education due to behavioural issues, though to Phd supervision. In her current role, Mary is able to work at a strategic level to ensure that the Faculty’s students experience accessible and inclusive learning and teaching in order to reach their full potential.Social Behavior – Mary Traynor
Jyotindra Jain is a Member of the International Advisory of the Humboldt Forum, a multi-arts complex in Berlin; a Tagore National Fellow; and Editor of Marg Publications, Mumbai. Prior to this, he has served as the Director of the National Crafts Museum (New Delhi); Professor of Arts & Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi); and Member Secretary of the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts. He was a Visiting Professor at Harvard University (Cambridge, MA) and a Rudolf-Arnheim Professor at Humboldt University (Berlin). An eminent scholar of Indian art and popular visual culture, Jain has extensively published in the areas of his specializations, and curated exhibitions shown in some of the most prestigious cultural institutions and museums in India and abroad. He has received the Prince Claus Award for Culture in 1998, and the Cross of Merit––the highest civilian award of Germany––in 2018.Social Behavior – Jyotindra Jain
Ranjit Hoskote has been acclaimed as a seminal contributor to Indian art criticism and curatorial practice, and is also a leading Indian poet. He is the author of more than 30 books, including Vanishing Acts: New & Selected Poems 1985-2005 (Penguin, 2006), Central Time (Penguin/ Viking, 2014), Jonahwhale(Penguin/ Hamish Hamilton, 2018), and The Atlas of Lost Beliefs(Arc, 2020). Hoskote was the curator of India’s first-ever national pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2011). He co-curated the 7th Gwangju Biennale with Okwui Enwezor and Hyunjin Kim (2008). Among his curatorial projects are three transhistorical and trans-genre exhibitions developed for the Serendipity Arts Festival, Goa: Terra Cognita?(2016), Anti-Memoirs(2017), and The Sacred Everyday(2018). With Rahul Mehrotra and Kaiwan Mehta, Hoskote co-curated the exhibition-conference platforms The State of Architecture: Practices and Processes in India(National Gallery of Modern Art, Bombay, 2016) and State of Housing: Aspirations, Imaginaries and Realities(Max Mueller Bhavan, Bombay, 2018).Design – Ranjit Hoskote
Interested in creative architecture that resonates with place, Gavin Robotham oversees projects in CRAB and advises other Architectural Practice on design. He is a graduate of the Brighton School of Architecture and the Bartlett School of Architecture of UCL where he has received major Prizes from the RIBA and the British Institution Prize. He was Knox Scholar at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.Design – Gavin Robotham
He subsequently worked in a number of US and British offices, rapidly being recognised as a major design talent. Before cofounding CRAB Studio with Cook, he was lead designer for the interiors of the War Museum of the North in Manchester and subsequently lead designer for the interiors of the Magna Centre in Rotherham which was awarded the Stirling Prize for Architecture in 2001. He was Advisor and Design Lead in the London 2012 Olympic stadium and masterplan.
Gavin currently runs CRAB studio. In addition to his role at CRAB Studio, he continues to lecture and teach design at the Bartlett (UCL) and in various universities in Europe, Asia and the USA.
Dikshu C. Kukreja received his B. Arch Honours as a Gold Medallist from School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi. He received his Masters of Architecture & Urban Design from Harvard University, USA. He is the Managing Principal Architect of C. P. Kukreja Architects which has been consecutively ranked amongst the top 100 architecture firms in the world and top 5 in Asia.Design – Dikshu C. Kukreja
Professor Alison Honour is a UK National Teaching Fellow and Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She is also an Aurora national role model for Women in Higher Education Leadership for the Leadership Foundation, UK.Professor Honour developed the Oxford Brookes Social Entrepreneurship Award (OBSEA) programme which was an award winning programme, securing funding awards and selected by Higher Education Funding Council England as a best case study for embedding Social Entrepreneurship in HE curriculum and shortlisted and runner up for the Guardian Higher Education Awards.Recent EDI projects that Professor Honour has been leading on at BCU include a new Centre for Equality, Diversity & Inclusion in the Arts (CEDIA) and a new Centre for Indian Arts & Culture with Professor Rajinder Dudrah and the BCU Black Lives Matter and Antiracism plan with Imogeen Denton, BCU SU and BAME working groups of students and staff.Design – Alison Honour
Alessandro Columbano is a Senior Lecturer and March Course Director at the Birmingham School of Architecture and Design. He co-established and leads the Collaborative Laboratory (Co.LAB), a teaching initiative and organization within the school that integrates teaching with inter-disciplinary design practice through live projects, staff research/design and consultancy.Alessandro has worked in architecture and research practices in Manchester and London focusing on residential and restoration of historic buildings, with further specialized experience in evidence-based design at Space Syntax. He has developed a portfolio of site-specific installations, architectural spaces and artworks commenting on the subversive qualities of our physical environments. Alessandro brings these characteristics forward to his teaching as an academic and researcher in the discussion of architectural pedagogy, the culture of creative environments, cinematic architectural design methodology and contemporary material vernacular. It is applied by engaging with the city’s cultural network through an ongoing process of collaborative practice, encouraging students to be entrepreneurial citizens through their design ideas.Design – Alessandro Columbano
Professor Rachel Sara joined Birmingham City University, where she holds the Oscar Naddermier Professor of Architecture chair, in September 2019. Her key responsibility is to lead research at the Birmingham School of Architecture and Design, and at Faculty level to contribute to the research directorate, as Associate Director of Research for the Faculty of Art, Design and Media. She is currently also acting co-deputy Head of the School of Architecture and Design. In August 2020 she was awarded the National Teaching Fellowship for her work supporting diversity in architecture education through live projects which bridge the gap between industry and Higher Education. She leads the new Urban Cultures research cluster at BCU, which has quickly established a culture of research in and beyond the school. Her research explores: the way in which health and wellbeing can be affected by architecture; live project practice and pedagogy; and transdisciplinary architecture collaborationsDesign – Professor Rachel Sara
Abhimanyu Dalal Born November 29, 1958 in Washington D.C. U.S.ADesign – Abhimanyu Dalal
Abhimanyu Dalal received his undergraduate Diploma from the School of Architecture / CEPT, Ahmedabad in 1982 and his Master of Architecture in Urban Design degree from Harvard Graduate School of Design in 1984. Prior to establishing his own practice Abhimanyu Dalal Architects since 1988 in New Delhi, he was at the Washington D.C. office of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. He has frequently contributed to architectural journals in India and is a visiting faculty at the Department of Urban Design, School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi.
Recipient of a number of architectural competition awards including the India Gate Memorial Park, New Delhi, and Martyr’s Memorial at Itanagar as well as AD awards a number of times. The practice is currently engaged with projects at various scales including urban conservation, institutional, residential and commercial projects. Recent works include the design proposal for the Redevelopment of Chandni Chowk and its surrounding areas, a heritage village at Amritsar and the design of school buildings at Mayo College Ajmer, Lawrence School Sanawar and Kishangarh along with the design of a number of private homes. Exploring the tactility of materials, the architecture is rooted in a reinterpretation of context and tradition.
Abhimanyu Dalal is a member of Delhi Urban Arts Commission and also serves on a number of academic boards.
Environment & Sustainability
Saurabh Srivastava is one of India’s leading entrepreneurs, investors and institution builders. He has worked extensively in the US, UK, Singapore and India. He is co-founder and former Chairman of NASSCOM (the Indian IT Industry Association).He co-founded and chaired key institutions focused on IT and entrepreneurship in India, including Indian Venture Capital Association; TiE NCR and Indian Angel Network. He created Infinity, India’s first and highly successful private sector VC Fund, which created several marquee companies such as India Bulls, India Games and Avendus. He has been involved in investing in around 100 start-ups and has personally mentored hundreds of entrepreneurs. He is a co-founder of Ashoka University, and has served on the Advisory Board of Imperial College Business School, London and was adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at IIT Mumbai.He was presented with an award for his contribution to the Indian IT industry by Prime Minister Modi, and was awarded the Padma Shri, one of India’s highest civilian honours, in 2016.Environment & Sustainability – Saurabh Srivastava
Prasanto K Roy is a technology, policy and media professional. He is senior director at FTI Consulting, a Washington, DC-based advisory. He was earlier vice president at NASSCOM, and before that, President and Chief Editor at CyberMedia, India’s largest tech publishers, for over a decade. He writes for BBC, India Today, NDTV and many Indian newspapers. He is a part of technology and business shows and juries on BBC, NDTV, CNBC and other channels. His house in Delhi was India’s first certified green home was a pilot project for TERI. He is passionate about technology and access devices for education. He is a major in physics from St Stephen’s College, Delhi, and is active on Twitter at @prasanto.Environment & Sustainability – Prasanto K Roy
M Anand is a green building professional at CII’s Centre of Excellence on Green Business and Environmental Management, Hyderabad. He is the Principal Counsellor and a senior team member of CII’s Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) since 1996. Anand is closely involved in facilitating and training professionals on green building concepts. He shares India’s perspectives at World Green Building Council’s Forums, bringing his expertise on green built environment and sustainability, and has attended sessions around the globeGuinness World Records awarded Anand with a Certification of Participation as a Speaker in 2019. He has conducted more than 250 training programmes on green buildings in India and abroad. Anand was instrumental in launching the online IGBC Accredited Professional (AP) Exam and over 100 IGBC Students’ Chapters in premier Architectural & Engineering colleges across India. He is leading a team of over 40 professionals, who are involved in the spread & growth of green building movement in India.Environment & Sustainability – M Anand
Ms. Sujata Kohli is a leading architect with a Masters in Landscape Architecture from SPA and Diploma in Landscape Conservation from Florence, Italy. She has worked on projects based in India, Nepal and Pakistan. She has been part of the international group to have worked with World Bank Projects for infrastructure works in Bhutan. She is visiting faculty member to SPA, New Delhi. Currently, she is the President of Indian Society of Landscape Architects (ISOLA). As ISOLA president she is involved actively with many academic institutes and organisation like IGBC (Indian Green Building Council) for major public development trajectories. Ms. Sujata Kohli is a leading architect with a Masters in Landscape Architecture from SPA and Diploma in Landscape Conservation from Florence, Italy. She has worked on projects based in India, Nepal and Pakistan. She has been part of the international group to have worked with World Bank Projects for infrastructure works in Bhutan. She is visiting faculty member to SPA, New Delhi. Currently, she is the President of Indian Society of Landscape Architects (ISOLA). As ISOLA president she is involved actively with many academic institutes and organisation like IGBC (Indian Green Building Council) for major public development trajectories.Environment & Sustainability – Sujata Kohli
Jyoti Pande Lavakare is an independent financial journalist, author and clean air advocate. She started as a radio journalist in 1985, turned financial reporter in 1990 writing for both national and international media, but switched to writing regular columns on India’s entrepreneurial eco-system after relocating to California and back in the 2000s. Since 2015, she has been writing exclusively on air pollution, after co-founding Care for Air, a non-profit that works to build awareness of the health harms of air pollution and advocates for clean air for all. Jyoti also writes fiction and creative non-fiction and her first book, a personalised non-fiction narrative on the human cost of air pollution called “Breathing Here is Injurious To Your Health” was published by Hachette in Nov 2020.Environment & Sustainability – Jyoti Pande Lavakare
Ravi Agarwal has an inter-disciplinary practice as an artist, environmental campaigner, writer and curator. Bridging the divide between art and activism, his work draws on the semiotics of the documentary to politicize the aesthetics of contemporary India. Using photography, video, text and installation it poses questions about ecology and society, culture, urbanity etc. He has been shown widely, including at dOCUMENTA XI, the Biennials of Havana (2019) Yinchuan (2018), Kochi (2016), Sharjah (2013) etc. He has curated large public art projects such as the Yamuna-Elbe, twin city project (2011), and Embrace our Rivers, an Indo-European project (2018), and was the photography curator for the Serendipity Arts Festival 2018 and 2019. His works are in several private and public collections, and he has authored and edited books and journals. He is the founder director of the environmental NGO Toxics Link and recipient of the UN Award for Chemical Safety and the Ashoka Fellowship. (www.raviagarwal.com)Environment & Sustainability – Ravi Agarwal