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Inaugural Session         |           Session 1        |              Session 2       |          Session 3         |            Session 4        |        Valedictory


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Abdul Halim Mahfudz

Badan Wakaf Pesantren Tebuireng
(Pesantren Tebuireng Waqf Foundation)

Abdul Halim Mahfudz was born in Jombang on July 17 1954. Halim, or better known by his nickname Iim, completed his formal education from Madrasah Ibtidaiyah Nahdlatul Ulama (MINU) in Parimono village, Jombang in 1966, then continued on to Religious Teacher Education (PGA). ) 4 years. When he continued to PGA for 6 years, there was a change where PGA 6 years later changed to IAIN Preparatory School (SP), still in Jombang in 1971. Halim continued to the Faculty of Adab, IAIN Sunan Ampel Surabaya, and then in 1988 studied Southeast Asian History at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. After completing SP IAIN, Halim was sent by his father, M. Machfudz Anwar to study during the month of Ramadlan with KH. Maksum in Lasem, Central Java in 1972. Because his father was good friends with KH Maksum, Halim was often called by Kiai Maksum to be guided and given a lot of advice. When he was still a student at IAIN Sunan Ampel Surabaya, Halim taught English at the IAIN Sunan Ampel Language Institute. Halim has also taught at Madrasah Aliyah Negeri (MAN) Surabaya since 1977 as a Non-Permanent Teacher (GTT) and MAN Sidoarjo as a permanent teacher since 1981. In 1985, Halim participated in the Southeast Asian Student Leaders program to visit the United States for a month at the invitation of United States Information Service (USIS) Surabaya. After completing his studies at Cornell University, Halim joined the Surya daily in Surabaya since 1990. In 1995, Halim moved to Jakarta and worked for the donor agency The Asia Foundation. Halim then worked for Burson-Marsteller, one of the world's major Public Relations companies, Halim then worked for Coca-Cola Indonesia in 1997, Standard Chartered Bank in 2000, Partnership for Governance Reform (Kemitraan) in 2004, Astro subscription television in 2006 and founded his own company Halma Strategic in 2008. Since 2017, Halim has been entrusted with managing the ROHMAH Education and Islamic Boarding School Foundation and taking care of the Seblak Islamic boarding school in Jombang.

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Dr Ashwin Fernandes

QS I-Gauge

Dr Ashwin Fernandes is an ambassador of the global quality movement in higher education and has advocated the need forindependent evaluation mechanisms for promoting excellence. The author is an international expert is higher education.Ashwin is regional director for Africa, Middle East, and South Asia at QS Quacquarelli Symonds – the world’s largest international education network which produces the QS World University Rankings. Dr Fernandes founded India’s first nationwide private sector evaluation framework called QS I-GAUGE. He has a Doctor of Philosophy (D.Phil) along with an MBA in Marketing and a BCom degree in Financial Accounting, Auditing & Taxation. He has lived and worked in 5 countries and visited over 300 educational institutions.

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Dr. Santishree Dhulipudi

Vice-Chancellor at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi

Dr. Santishree Dhulipudi Pandit is an esteemed Indian academic who currently holds the position of Vice-Chancellor at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi. Notably, she is the first woman to assume this esteemed office. Her appointment as the 13th Vice Chancellor of JNU was made by the Ministry of Education on February 7, 2022. Born on July 15, 1962, in Leningrad, Soviet Union (present-day Saint Petersburg, Russia), Dr. Santishree Dhulipudi Pandit has an impressive educational background. She completed her Bachelor's and Master's degrees at Presidency College in Chennai. Subsequently, she pursued her academic journey at Jawaharlal Nehru University, earning her M.Phil. and Ph.D. in International Relations from the School of International Studies. Dr. Pandit's commitment to academia and global understanding is further demonstrated by her additional qualifications. She holds a Diploma in Social Work from California State University and a postgraduate diploma in Peace and Conflict Studies from Uppsala University. Before her appointment as Vice-Chancellor of JNU, Dr. Santishree Dhulipudi Pandit served as a Professor of Political Science at Savitribai Phule Pune University, where she likely made significant contributions to the field of political science and academia. Her historic appointment as Vice-Chancellor of JNU reflects her dedication to education and leadership in the academic community.

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Matius Ho 

Executive Director, Leimena Institute

Matius Ho is the Executive Director of Leimena Institute in Jakarta. He led the development of the Cross-Cultural Religious Literacy program that since 2021 has trained thousands of teachers in Indonesia on competencies to strengthen peaceful multi-faith and multicultural society. Under his direction, Leimena Institute has built partnership and collaboration with the Indonesian Ministry of Law and Human Rights and many leading religious and education institutions. He has been invited to speak about the program in several countries. He wrote about Indonesia in The Routledge Handbook of Religious Literacy, Pluralism, and Global Engagement (2021). He worked in Indonesia and Singapore with Accenture, a multinational consulting firm, and served as Vice Secretary of Akademi Leimena Foundation, Leimena Institute’s precursor, before co-founding the institute in 2005. He received his Bachelor and Master degrees from University of Wisconsin, Madison (USA).

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Prof Ganesan Kannabiran

Director, National Assessment and Accreditation Council,

Prof Ganesan Kannabiran holds a Ph.D. in Information Systems and possesses three Master’s degrees in Computer Science and Engineering, Business Administration, and Mathematics, demonstrating his multidisciplinary approach to education and research. Beyond academia, Prof Kannabiran has displayed a keen interest in entrepreneurship and has founded two companies: Centre for Entrepreneurship Development and Incubation (CEDI) at NIT Trichy and Gyan Circle Ventures at IIIT Sri City. These companies are dedicated to supporting and nurturing aspiring entrepreneurs. Prof Kannabiran’s research interests span a wide range of subjects, including computer-based learning, industry 4.0, entrepreneurship development, gender equality, and data privacy, among others. He specializes in software engineering, software project management, IT consulting, and business analytics, showcasing his expertise in multiple domains. The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) recently announced the appointment of Prof Ganesan Kannabiran as its new director. The appointment took place on July 28, as per the official statement from NAAC. Prof Kannabiran brings with him a rich experience of over 30 years in the education sector, having served as a senior professor of Information Systems at the National Institute of Technology (NIT), Tiruchirappalli.

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Shalini Bharat

Director, TISS

Shalini Bharat is Director/Vice Chancellor, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India. She has nearly four decades of experience in teaching, research, capacity building, advocacy and field action in broad areas of social science and health, social development, family studies and minority community demographics. She is known for her work on equity and access issues with special reference to reproductive and women’s health; social determinants of HIV and TB, including stigma, discrimination and human rights issues; multi-purpose prevention technologies for HIV epidemic; self-testing for HIV prevention; young people’s health and wellbeing; family studies and child adoption; women, work and family; and demography of the Indian Parsi community. With her wide experience in community-based research using qualitative and mixed methodology research approaches, she has contributed to a deeper and more nuanced understanding of the social and gender dimensions of a range of issues concerning health, development and wellbeing of women, youth and vulnerable populations such as, people living with HIV, transgender people and homosexual men, and female sex workers. She has also contributed to understanding mainstreaming of gender in HIV and mental health and social linkages for controlling drug resistant TB. Her research on the Parsi community is an in-depth exploration of the psycho-social aspects of the demographic decline of India’s most threatened population group on the verge of extinction.

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Ajit Ranade

Vice Chancellor, Gokhale Institute of Politics & Economics, Pune

Prof. Ranade is a Vice-Chancellor and a former member of the Board of Management at the Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics. Before joining the Institute as the Vice-Chancellor, he was the Group Executive President and Chief Economist with the Aditya Birla Group, a US$50B diversified multinational conglomerate. His 32-year career has spanned both academic and corporate assignments. He has taught in universities in India and the USA. He has served as a member of several committees of the Reserve Bank of India and as a member of apex committees of national industry bodies such as the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). He was appointed as a member of the Economic Task Force for post-COVID economic recovery by the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, India. Prof. Ranade has many publications in reputed journals and is one of the authors of the recent award-winning book ‘Rising to the China Challenge’. He is also a regular columnist in leading financial newspapers and has numerous columns on different areas of the economy.

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Dr. Devender Kawday

Adviser, National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bengaluru

In his role at NAAC, Dr. Kawday is responsible for coordinating the assessment and accreditation of higher education institutions, fostering a culture of academic excellence, and conducting quality-related research and training initiatives. His dedication to improving educational standards is evident through his involvement in shaping policy frameworks and leading accreditation exercises for numerous institutions. Dr. Kawday's academic journey includes a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Commerce and Management from Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University. He holds master's degrees in Business Administration (MBA) and Industrial Relations and Personnel Management (MIRPM). Over the years, he has authored books, published numerous papers and articles, and delivered keynote speeches at conferences, seminars, and workshops, all aimed at advancing the quality of teaching, learning, and research in higher education. Dr. Devender Kawday's commitment to enhancing the higher education landscape in India makes him a valuable asset to NAAC and the broader academic community.

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Dr. Shailendra Deolankar 

Foreign policy Analyst at Govt. of Maharashtra

Dr. Shailendra Deolankar is a renowned researcher and columnist on international relations and foreign affairs for the last two decades. He completed his M.Phil. and Ph.D. from the prestigious School of International Studies - Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He is a gold medallist of the Pune University for his Masters in Political Science. He has authored 20 books on international relations and foreign affairs and published research articles in prestigious national and international journals. He is a recognized research guide on International Relations. He has been teaching international relations and has been a renowned strategic analyst on contemporary world politics. He has several publications and articles on the subject.

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Michael K. Young

Prof. of Law and Former President Texas A&M Univ. 
Former Chair, US Commission on International Religious Freedom

Michael K. Young Having served as the 25th President of Texas A&M University from May 1, 2015, to June 1, 2021, Michael K. Young has a proven track record of academic leadership. During his tenure, Young led Texas A&M as it significantly grew its national and international reputation as a global Tier 1 research institution. As a longtime champion for academic success, Young helped launch the Lead by Example Campaign, an ambitious fundraising effort that raised $4.25 billion to fund substantial initiatives benefiting students, faculty, and staff. The University also surpassed $1 Billion in annual research funding under his leadership. Today, Texas A&M University stands as the nation’s largest public institution. Young also served as president and tenured professor of law at the University of Washington from 2011 to 2015, where he led the nation’s top public university in competing for federal research funding, as well as its ambitious plan to double the number of new companies based on UW research. He also launched the Global Innovation Exchange, a partnership between the University of Washington, a major Chinese university and European universities. The university also more than doubled its fundraising during his tenure. Prior to that, Young served as president and distinguished professor of law at the University of Utah. Under his leadership, Utah raised its stature nationally and internationally, including becoming the nation’s top university in the number of new companies generated from university research. The University also built over a million square feet of academic and research space during his tenure. Before assuming the presidency at Utah, he was Dean and Lobingier Professor of Comparative Law and Jurisprudence at the George Washington University Law School, and he was the Fuyo Professor of Japanese Law and Legal Institutions, as well as the Director of the Centers for Japanese Legal Studies and Korean Legal Studies, at Columbia University School of Law for more than 20 years. He also has been a visiting professor and scholar at numerous universities in Japan and Korea. A graduate of Harvard Law School, Young has broad experience across legal, public service, and diplomatic arenas. He served as a law clerk to the late Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist of the U.S. Supreme Court, and he has held numerous government positions, including Deputy Legal Adviser, Deputy Under Secretary for Economic and Agricultural Affairs, and Ambassador for Trade and Environmental Affairs in the Department of State during the administration of President George H.W. Bush. Among many other international agreements, Young worked extensively on the treaties related to German unification, as well as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and Uruguay Round negotiations leading to the World Trade Organization, and the U.N. Conference on Environment and Development. Subsequently, Young served eight years on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, which he chaired on two separate occasions. Professor Young has also arbitrated several disputes, including as president of the arbitral panel in the case of Glamis Gold, Ltd. V. The United States of America, an arbitration under the North American Free Trade Agreement, the predecessor to the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. He has arbitrated disputes administered by the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and arbitrations subject to the rules of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL). He also served as the Chief Representative on behalf of the United States in the United States-United Kingdom arbitration concerning Heathrow Airport user charges. He has also served as an arbitrator in disputes involving the United Nations. He also published extensively on a variety of topics, including topics relating to Japan — administrative law, judicial review, industrial policy, employment law, commercial transactions and joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, contracts, dispute resolution, the role of lawyers, anti-trust law, among others — as well as U.S. and international trade law, international human rights, international environmental law, and freedom of religion. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a member of bar of the States of New York and California.

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Prof Marshall Sheerene Sheldon

Executive Dean, Faculty of Engineering, 
the Built Environment and Technology, 
Nelson Mandela University

Prof Marshall Sheerene Sheldon, holds a Doctoral qualification in Chemical Engineering. She is currently the Executive Dean of Engineering, the Built Environment and Technology at the Nelson Mandela University of Technology and has 24 years higher education experience at various levels. Prof Sheldon currently holds an NRF C2 rating and has successfully graduated 14 Masters and 4 Doctoral students. Her funding sources were mainly from different National Research Foundation (NRF) funding instruments, the Water Research Commission (WRC) and various industry contributions. Prof Sheldon’s has published and co-authored international peer reviewed journals; international conference papers; a book chapter and has been involved in multiple WRC technical reports. Her h-index on Google Scholar Profile is 13; Scopus 11 and Web of Science This research work has been presented at more than 60 conferences both internationally, nationally, and locally. Her research and postgraduate students have received numerous awards at both international and local conferences. Prof Sheldon has been involved in organising many local and international symposiums, workshops and conferences and has peer-reviewed numerous accredited journal articles for various International accredited journals.

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Dr. Abhay Wagh

Member, Maharashtra Public 
Service Commission (MPSC), Mumbai

Dr. Abhay Wagh is a member, Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC), Mumbai.He has excelled in the field of engineering. Dr. Wagh earned his PhD in the field of Electronics & Instrumentation. He was awarded Gold Medal for his Master’s Degree in Power Electronics. He has been working in the field of Technical Education from last 29 Years in various capacity : as teaching faculty, trainer, administrator and policy maker. Experience of implementing several projects for Technical Education. He is a recipient of the ‘Skoch Gold Award of Excellence’ for successfully implementing 10 projects in the State of Maharashtra based on good governance, during the 37th Skoch Summit on ‘Minimum Government, Maximum Governance’. He was also awarded with ‘E-Maharashtra’ honour for efforts in e-administration by Directorate of Information Technology, Govt. of Maharashtra.

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Dr. Madhu Chitkara

Pro Chancellor of Chitkara University, Punjab

Dr. Madhu Chitkara is the Pro Chancellor of Chitkara University, Punjab and Chitkara University, Himachal Pradesh. An academician and an edupreneur extraordinaire, Dr. Madhu Chitkara co-founded Chitkara Educational Trust in 1998, with a vision to impart quality education to seekers in the region. At Chitkara University, she has been instrumental in creating more than 60 relevant industry-linked programs across all streams at graduate, postgraduate and doctorate level. Her contribution also extends to building Incubation Centres for students with more than 100 incubate companies. Driven by her vision, the University has built a strong network with over 200 universities and institutions across the world. It is her constant endeavour to create strong academic-industry partnerships to bring the best of career opportunities for the young graduates. With the aim to bring global education to the campus, Dr. Madhu Chitkara designed the Global Week, a footprint of Global Engagement at Chitkara University and one of the best ways of internationalising the student learning experience. Because of her unique way to ‘lead by example’ and ‘lead from front’, Dr Madhu Chitkara continues to inspire many young women around the world and her story has been featured in the third edition of the book “Rising to the Top” published by IFEES. Her remarkable contribution in the field of education has been recognised on both the international and national stages.

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Maria Lucia Uribe Torres

Ethics in Education  Arigatou International

Maria Lucia Uribe Torres is the Executive Director of Arigatou International Geneva. She heads the strategic direction of the Ethics Education for Children Initiative as an International Knowledge and Action Hub with partners in more than 30 countries. She is also in charge of developing and maintaining Arigatou International’s engagement in child rights initiatives with UN agencies and child rights focused NGOs in Geneva. Ms. Uribe was previously the Coordinator and Deputy Coordinator for Education and Fragility for the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE), and served as Program Officer for Arigatou International in charge of coordinating the development of its flagship program, Learning to Live Together. She convenes the International Consortium on Nurturing Values and Spirituality in Early Childhood for the Prevention of Violence, and the Working Group on Children and Violence of Child Rights Connect. Ms. Uribe serves on the Steering Group of the International Partnership for Religion and Development.

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Prof. (Mrs.) Rajita Kulkarni

President, Sri Sri University

Prof. (Mrs.) Rajita is a successful banker turned educator, a bestselling author, a global thought leader, and a transformational leadership coach.Prof. (Mrs.) Rajita took over as the President of the prestigious Sri Sri University in India in April 2017. Before that she served as a member of the Board of Governors of Sri Sri University from 2009. From 2012, she and her team successfully launched the Faculty of Management Studies, A School of Yoga & Naturopathy, A School of Good Governance and Public Policy, A School of Performing Arts and a PhD program in Management & International Business, Bachelors programs in Business Administration, Commerce & Architecture and a first in Asia Masters in Osteopathy program. The University operates 11 schools currently with 850 students and will reach full capacity of 10000 students by 2021. Along with the phase wise launch of the University, she also drives sustainable community development in villages in the vicinity of the campus. She has launched vocational employment oriented programs for youth in collaboration with Larsen & Toubro, tailoring schools for women and young girls, health and hygiene camps for children. Under her supervision homes, community halls and medical care facilities have been built for 3 villages. In the last 3 years Over 550 unemployed young village boys and girls have got vocational training and are now gainfully employed. In the short time since its launch Sri Sri University has already been a recipient of many awards – Most Green campus Award from the Government of Odisha, Most Holistic Education University, Most Innovative University, Award for Synthesis of ancient and modern approaches. The University is also forging international collaborations with institutions from other countries, Prof. Rajita’s keen understanding of the education landscape of the world, her ability to connect with academicians, students and regulators and her unique skill of bringing together diverse groups of stakeholders towards a common goal is taking the Sri Sri University team to build it as a global centre of excellence. Prof. (Mrs.) Rajita was the Trustee of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Vidya Mandir from 2009-13 and again from April 2017. In this role, she is responsible for over 100 educational institutions in India, Nepal and the Gulf, reaching education to over 29000 students (including 90 schools, 1 junior college, 1 college of Ayurveda & 1 college of Computer Science). As a member of the Board of Trustees, Prof. Rajita guides the strategy, academics and administration of these institutions ensuring value based, holistic and stress free education to children and young adults.

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Professor (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar

Director, National Assessment and Accreditation Council,

Professor (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar, a Rhodes Scholar, is the Founding Vice-Chancellor of O.P. Jindal Global (Institution of Eminence Deemed To Be University) (JGU) in India. He was appointed as the VC at the age of 34 in 2009 when the university was established. JGU is one of only 20 universities in India and the only non-STEM university, which has been declared as an “Institution of Eminence” by the Government of India. Professor Kumar is an accomplished legal scholar and works in the fields of human rights and development, comparative constitutional law, terrorism and national security, corruption and governance, law and disaster management, legal education, and higher education. He has seven books and over a hundred and fifty publications to his credit and has published widely in peer-reviewed journals, law reviews in Australia, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Singapore, UK and the USA. Professor Kumar has academic qualifications from the University of Oxford, Harvard University, University of Hong Kong, University of Delhi and Loyola College. He served as a faculty member at the School of Law of City University of Hong Kong, where he taught for many years.


Inagural Session         |           Session 1        |              Session 2       |          Session 3         |            Session 4        |        Valedictory

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Col. Harjit S. Bhagat

CEO, Medidect India

Colonel Harjit S. Bhagat is a distinguished and highly respected military officer who has dedicated his life to serving his country with unwavering commitment and valor. Born with a passion for defending his nation's sovereignty, Col. Bhagat has built an exemplary career marked by his exceptional leadership qualities and unflinching courage. Throughout his military journey, Col. Bhagat has taken on pivotal roles in various missions and operations, demonstrating his strategic acumen and a remarkable ability to make tough decisions under pressure. He has been at the forefront of national security, tirelessly working to protect his country from threats both domestic and international. Col. Bhagat's dedication to duty and his soldiers is unparalleled. His leadership style is characterized by a blend of compassion and discipline, earning him the deep respect and admiration of his subordinates and peers alike. He has consistently shown a commitment to the highest standards of professionalism and ethics in his military service.

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Peter Yeboah

Executive Director, Christian Health Association, Ghana

Peter Yeboah, serving as the Executive Director of the Christian Health Association of Ghana (CHAG), stands as a dedicated and influential figure in the realm of healthcare and social development. With a deep-rooted commitment to improving the lives of the underserved and marginalized, Peter's leadership has made a significant impact in Ghana's healthcare landscape. Under Peter's guidance, CHAG has become a driving force for positive change. The organization's mission focuses on delivering accessible, quality healthcare services to communities across Ghana, particularly in rural and remote areas. Peter's strategic vision has allowed CHAG to expand its reach, offering vital medical care, health education, and support to those who need it most. Peter Yeboah's leadership extends beyond healthcare. He is a passionate advocate for social justice and equality, championing initiatives that address not only medical needs but also broader socio-economic issues affecting the vulnerable populations. His work emphasizes the importance of community engagement, partnership building, and sustainable development practices. Throughout his career, Peter's unwavering dedication to humanitarian causes has earned him respect and admiration both nationally and internationally. His leadership at CHAG continues to be a source of hope and inspiration, illuminating the path towards better healthcare and a brighter future for countless individuals in Ghana and beyond. Peter Yeboah's legacy is one of compassion, resilience, and an unwavering commitment to improving the human condition.

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Dr. Indranil Mukhopadhyay

Professor, OP Jindal University

Dr. Indranil Mukhopadhyay is a Professor. Indranil has a PhD in public health and health economics, M Phil in Public Health, and MA in Economics, all from the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi. Indranil teaches public health, health economics, comparative health systems, development economics, political economy and global health. He has fifteen years of research and teaching experience in health economics and health care financing. Indranil continues to work on themes related to health systems, health economics and care financing, poverty, vector-borne diseases, National Health Accounts, impact evaluation of health programmes, access to medicines, inequalities, and health technology assessment. Previously he has worked as a research scientist and assistant professor at the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), New Delhi. At PHFI, he led the project on health accounts for six Indian states. He was a Welcome Trust Post-Doctoral Fellow (2015-17). He was a visiting faculty at Dr. B. R. Ambedkar University, Delhi, JNU, and Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. He is a member of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Expert group of National Health Accounts in Asia and the Pacific Region. He has also led several research studies supported by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India; WHO, International Labour Organisation (ILO). He has several international and national publications.


Dr. Archana Patil 

Former Director, Health Services,
Government of Maharashtra

Dr. Archana Patil is a distinguished and highly accomplished professional in the field of healthcare and public administration, known for her exemplary contributions to the betterment of society. Her career has been marked by a deep commitment to public service and a dedication to improving the health and well-being of communities. Dr. Patil's journey is a testament to her exceptional leadership and expertise. She has held significant positions in the public health sector, where her visionary leadership has played a pivotal role in shaping healthcare policies and initiatives. Her efforts have had a profound impact on healthcare accessibility and quality, particularly for underserved populations. Beyond her administrative roles, Dr. Archana Patil's advocacy for public health and her commitment to community welfare have left an indelible mark. She has actively championed causes related to healthcare awareness, disease prevention, and women's health, inspiring positive change at both the grassroots and national levels. Dr. Patil's legacy is one of unwavering dedication to public service, humanitarian values, and the pursuit of excellence in healthcare administration. Her profound contributions continue to serve as a beacon of hope and a source of inspiration for those striving to create a healthier and more equitable society.


Dr. Satish Pawar    

Former Director, Health Services,
Government of Maharashtra

Dr. Satish Pawar, the Former Director of Health Services for the Government of Maharashtra, is a distinguished healthcare leader with a profound impact on the state's public health landscape. His illustrious career spans decades, characterized by a relentless dedication to improving healthcare accessibility, quality, and delivery for the people of Maharashtra. During his tenure as Director of Health Services, Dr. Pawar played a pivotal role in shaping and implementing healthcare policies and initiatives that have significantly benefited the state's residents. His visionary leadership contributed to the development of robust healthcare systems, efficient service delivery, and innovative public health programs. Dr. Satish Pawar's expertise extends beyond administrative roles. He actively engaged in epidemiological investigations, disease surveillance, and outbreak management, showcasing his commitment to safeguarding public health during critical situations. Throughout his career, Dr. Pawar's legacy has been marked by his unwavering commitment to public service, administrative excellence, and tireless efforts to enhance the healthcare sector in Maharashtra. His contributions have left an enduring mark, inspiring future leaders in the field of public health and administration to continue his legacy of service and dedication to the welfare of the people.

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Dr Vijay G Prabhakar Ji  

Chairman, Global Strategic Alliance Inc, Editor-In-Chief, Global Eye – Digital News Monthly,
Greater Chicago

Dr. Vijay G Prabhakar Ji is a revered spiritual leader and scholar known for his profound wisdom, spiritual teachings, and contributions to the spiritual and philosophical realms. His life's work has touched the lives of countless individuals, guiding them on a transformative journey towards inner peace, self-realization, and spiritual enlightenment. With an extensive background in spiritual studies and a deep understanding of various religious traditions, Dr. Prabhakar Ji has become a beacon of knowledge and inspiration. His teachings emphasize the universal principles of compassion, mindfulness, and spiritual growth, transcending the boundaries of culture and faith. One of his notable contributions lies in his ability to simplify complex spiritual concepts, making them accessible to a wide audience. His lectures and writings have served as guides for those seeking answers to life's profound questions, offering insights into the nature of the self, the interconnectedness of all beings, and the pursuit of higher consciousness. Dr. Vijay G Prabhakar Ji's influence extends beyond his teachings. He has established centers and institutions dedicated to spiritual education and humanitarian efforts, fostering positive change in communities around the world. His legacy as a spiritual leader and philosopher is marked by a profound impact on the lives of his followers and the broader spiritual community, leaving an enduring mark of wisdom and enlightenment for generations to come.

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Acharya Balkrishna

Chief Executive Officer, Patanjali Ayurved Ltd

Acharya Balkrishna is the driving force behind Patanjali Ayurved, the second-largest FMCG company in India. With a 94% stake, he holds the majority ownership and serves as the CEO. Balkrishna, also known as Balkrishna Survedi, is an unmarried entrepreneur who resides in Haridwar, Uttarakhand. He dedicates 15 to 16 hours a day to his work, including weekends and holidays. Balkrishna's net worth was estimated at US$2.3 billion in May 2011. He co-founded Patanjali Ayurved with Baba Ramdev in 2006 and has received numerous awards and honors for his contributions to the field of Ayurveda and healthcare.

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Preeti Kumar

Public Health
Public Health Foundation of India

Dr Preeti Kumar graduated as a medical doctor with specialisation in Ophthalmology. She holds a Masters degree in Health Policy, Planning and Financing from London School of Economics (LSE) and Diploma in Health systems and Policy from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). She has also obtained post graduate certificate in Health and Family Welfare Management. She is presently working as an Associate Professor as part of the national faculty in Public Health Foundation of India. Concurrently, she is also the Project Director of a BMGF funded HIV/AIDS project, 'Partnership for Sustained Impact', which has been awarded to PHFI to provide techno-managerial and financial support to the HIV/AIDS national programme (NACP-III) for scaling up the national prevention programme across the country. Her academic responsibilities include teaching and research in health systems and health policy. Professionally, she practiced as a Senior Medical Officer between 1987 and 2000, both at the field and district level within the public health system, where she was involved with micro planning and implementation of public healthcare programmes. Thereafter, she joined the Uttar Pradesh Health Systems Development Project, a World Bank Project, as Joint Director and District Programme Manager, at both project management unit and district level respectively, where she was involved with implementation and monitoring of healthcare reforms, including health management information system and capacity building of health care workers. Based on her work she was awarded a WHO fellowship in Community Healthcare and Research in the University of Khonken, Thailand, where her coursework included Health Systems research, Social and Community Health Insurance, Implementation of HIV/AIDS programme at community level. Before joining her present post in PHFI, she worked as National Consultant - WHO, for the India-CCM Secretariat, of the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria (GFATM), where she was involved with providing technical, administrative and capacity building support to the India-CCM. She successfully facilitated the preparation and submission of GFATM Round 7 grant. Her recent projects in research include a project on "Improving Governance and Accountability in Medicine Supply in India" looking at Transparency and Accountability in Drug Procurement supply system and availability of drugs to the end users in the states of Bihar and Tamil Nadu in India. Another recently concluded research was on "Interactions between Global Health Initiatives and Health Systems: Evidence from countries The Maximising Positive Synergies Academic Consortium," which explored how disease specific programmes in TB and HIV/AIDS interact with health systems.”

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Dr. Babasaheb Vishwanath Tandale

Senior Scientist , National Institute of Virology Pune

Dr. Babasaheb Vishwanath Tandale is a distinguished Senior Scientist at the prestigious National Institute of Virology in Pune, India. With a career spanning several decades, Dr. Tandale has established himself as a leading figure in the field of virology and infectious diseases, contributing significantly to scientific research, disease prevention, and public health. Throughout his illustrious career, Dr. Tandale has been at the forefront of virology research, conducting groundbreaking studies on various viruses and their transmission dynamics. His extensive knowledge and expertise have been instrumental in advancing our understanding of infectious diseases, including emerging and re-emerging viruses. Dr. Tandale's research and contributions extend beyond the laboratory. He has actively engaged in epidemiological investigations, surveillance, and outbreak response, playing a crucial role in containing infectious disease threats and safeguarding public health. His dedication to these efforts has earned him recognition both nationally and internationally. As a Senior Scientist at the National Institute of Virology, Dr. Babasaheb Vishwanath Tandale continues to be a driving force in the fight against infectious diseases. His unwavering commitment to scientific excellence, disease control, and public welfare exemplifies the highest standards of professionalism in the field of virology. Dr. Tandale's legacy is marked by his profound impact on our ability to combat infectious diseases and his tireless efforts to protect communities from health threats.

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 Dr. Subhash Salunke

Former Assistant Regional Director, WHO, South East Asia

Dr. Subhash Salunke is a prominent figure in the field of public health, known for his significant contributions during his tenure as the former Assistant Regional Director for the World Health Organization (WHO) in the South-East Asia region. With a career spanning several decades, Dr. Salunke has played a pivotal role in advancing healthcare initiatives and strategies in one of the most populous and diverse regions in the world. During his time at WHO, Dr. Salunke worked tirelessly to address a wide range of health challenges facing the South-East Asia region, including infectious diseases, maternal and child health, and non-communicable diseases. His leadership and expertise were instrumental in developing and implementing various health programs, policies, and interventions that have had a lasting impact on the health and well-being of millions of people. Dr. Salunke's commitment to public health, his extensive knowledge, and his ability to collaborate with governments, organizations, and healthcare professionals have made him a respected authority in the field. His legacy continues to inspire the next generation of public health professionals to strive for excellence and work towards achieving better health outcomes for communities across South-East Asia and beyond.

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Dr. Vinu Aram

Director, Shanti Ashram

Dr. Vinu Aram is a prominent figure in the field of public health and social welfare, well-known for her exemplary contributions to the betterment of society. As the Director of Shanti Aaram, she has dedicated her life's work to improving healthcare systems and addressing public health challenges, particularly in underprivileged communities. Under Dr. Aram's leadership, Shanti Aaram has emerged as a beacon of hope for those in need. The organization has undertaken numerous initiatives aimed at providing essential healthcare services to marginalized populations, including access to medical treatment, preventive care, and health education. Dr. Aram's expertise and compassionate approach have been instrumental in advancing medical research and healthcare policies that benefit society at large. Her commitment to tackling issues such as maternal and child health, infectious diseases, and nutrition has made a significant impact on the lives of countless individuals. Beyond her professional accomplishments, Dr. Vinu Aram serves as an inspiration to many aspiring healthcare professionals, emphasizing the importance of empathy, dedication, and a holistic approach to healthcare. Her tireless efforts to bridge the healthcare gap in underserved communities have earned her the respect and admiration of her peers and the gratitude of those she has helped. Dr. Vinu Aram's legacy is one of unwavering commitment to the well-being of others, and her work continues to be a shining example of the positive change that can be achieved through dedication and compassion in the realm of public health.

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Dr. Priya Abraham 

Director ICMR-National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune

Dr. Priya Abraham is a 58-year-old virologist and the director of the National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Pune, India. She has played a crucial role in leading NIV's efforts in combating the SARS-CoV-2 virus during the Covid-19 pandemic. With a background in pediatrics and infectious diseases, she has developed a deep interest in virology and its intersection with various fields. Driven by her passion, she has focused on understanding the biology of viruses, which has not only contributed to our knowledge of medicine and science but has also aided in finding cures for other diseases like cancer. Dr. Abraham's leadership style fosters teamwork and collaboration, allowing her team to excel in their work. She emphasizes the importance of forecasting and being prepared for potential disease outbreaks, considering the local environment and ecological factors.


Dr. Aditi Karad  

Executive Director - VishwaRaj Hospital, Member Trustee & Joint Secretary General, 
MAEER's Pune

Dr. Aditi Karad is a distinguished and accomplished figure in the field of education and healthcare, renowned for her unwavering commitment to fostering positive change and empowerment within her community and beyond. As a visionary leader, Dr. Karad has consistently demonstrated her passion for excellence and her dedication to making a meaningful impact on society. Dr. Aditi Karad's journey is characterized by her impressive academic and professional achievements. She is celebrated for her pivotal role in the establishment and administration of prestigious educational institutions, where her innovative leadership has transformed the landscape of education. Her tireless efforts in the realm of healthcare and education have contributed significantly to the development of human capital, preparing the next generation for success in an ever-evolving world. Beyond her institutional contributions, Dr. Karad's philanthropic endeavors and commitment to social welfare exemplify her compassionate nature. She has consistently championed causes that address critical societal issues, such as healthcare accessibility, education for all, and women's empowerment. Her dedication to creating a more equitable and inclusive society serves as a source of inspiration to many. Dr. Aditi Karad's legacy is one of visionary leadership, academic excellence, and a profound commitment to social betterment. Her relentless pursuit of excellence continues to inspire individuals and communities, illuminating a path towards a brighter and more equitable future for all.

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Dr. Pradeep Kumar Vyas

Former Add.Chief Secretary, 
Public Health Department, 
Govt of Maharashtra

Dr. Pradeep Kumar Vyas is a distinguished and accomplished public servant with a remarkable career dedicated to the betterment of society, particularly in the field of public health. As the Former Additional Chief Secretary of the Public Health Department for the Government of Maharashtra, Dr. Vyas has left an indelible mark on the state's healthcare infrastructure and policies. Throughout his extensive career, Dr. Vyas has exhibited exceptional leadership and a deep commitment to public service. He has played a pivotal role in shaping and implementing healthcare policies, initiatives, and reforms that have had a far-reaching impact on the health and well-being of the people of Maharashtra. Dr. Pradeep Kumar Vyas's expertise extends beyond administrative roles. He has actively championed causes related to healthcare accessibility, disease prevention, and healthcare system strengthening. His visionary leadership has led to the development of innovative healthcare programs, improving healthcare delivery and outcomes for the state's residents. As a public servant, Dr. Vyas's legacy is characterized by his unwavering dedication to public health, administrative excellence, and his tireless efforts to enhance healthcare services for all. His contributions have set a high standard for professionalism and public service, inspiring the next generation of leaders in the field of public health and administration.

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Dr. Jacob John

CMC Vellore

Dr. Jacob John is a distinguished medical professional known for his exceptional contributions to the field of medicine, particularly in the context of infectious diseases and public health. He has been associated with the Christian Medical College (CMC) in Vellore, India, where his work has significantly impacted healthcare and epidemiology. Dr. Jacob John's expertise in infectious diseases, virology, and epidemiology has earned him international recognition. His research and clinical work have been instrumental in understanding and combating various infectious diseases, including viral infections like HIV/AIDS and emerging diseases such as COVID-19. Throughout his illustrious career, Dr. Jacob John has not only conducted groundbreaking research but has also played a pivotal role in educating and mentoring future generations of medical professionals. His commitment to knowledge dissemination and capacity building has had a profound and lasting influence on the healthcare landscape in India and beyond. Moreover, Dr. Jacob John's contributions extend beyond the classroom and laboratory; he has actively engaged in public health advocacy and policy development, making him a respected figure in the global health community. His dedication to improving healthcare, especially in resource-constrained settings, continues to inspire and drive positive change in the field of medicine and infectious diseases.


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Bani Dugal    

Principal Representative of The Baháʼí International  Community to the UN

Bani Dugal is a prominent figure in the realm of international diplomacy, known for her role as the Principal Representative of The Baháʼí International Community to the United Nations. With a distinguished career dedicated to promoting peace, human rights, and social development, she has become a respected advocate for the Baháʼí Faith's principles and values at the global stage. As the Principal Representative, Ms. Dugal plays a crucial role in advancing the Baháʼí International Community's engagement with the United Nations. Her work encompasses a wide range of issues, including religious freedom, gender equality, sustainable development, and social cohesion. She is known for her passionate commitment to the promotion of universal values that align with the Baháʼí Faith's teachings. Ms. Dugal's diplomacy is characterized by a collaborative and constructive approach, engaging in dialogue with diverse stakeholders to address pressing global challenges. Her work extends beyond rhetoric, as she actively participates in UN forums and initiatives aimed at fostering greater understanding, cooperation, and the pursuit of collective solutions. Under her leadership, The Baháʼí International Community has made meaningful contributions to the UN's efforts to create a more just, peaceful, and sustainable world. Bani Dugal's tireless dedication to advocating for the Baháʼí Faith's values and advancing the United Nations' goals has left a lasting impact on the international community, emphasizing the importance of unity, compassion, and justice in addressing global issues.

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Yayah Khisbiyah, MA

Associate Professor of Psychology, Universitas Muhammadiyah Surakarta

Yayah Khisbiyah, MA, is an esteemed Associate Professor of Psychology at Universitas Muhammadiyah Surakarta. With a wealth of experience and knowledge in the field of psychology, she has made significant contributions to both academia and the broader community. Dr. Khisbiyah's academic journey began with her pursuit of a Master of Arts degree, where she honed her expertise in psychology. Over the years, she has become a respected figure in her field, known for her dedication to advancing the understanding of human behavior and mental processes. As an Associate Professor, Dr. Khisbiyah plays a pivotal role in shaping the next generation of psychologists. Her teaching methods and mentorship have inspired countless students to delve deeper into the complexities of the human mind. She is renowned for her commitment to fostering critical thinking and research skills among her students, equipping them to excel in their academic and professional endeavors. Beyond the classroom, Dr. Khisbiyah has actively engaged in research projects that tackle pressing issues in psychology. Her work has contributed to the advancement of knowledge in areas such as cognitive psychology, clinical psychology, and social psychology. Dr. Khisbiyah's dedication to her students and her impactful research make her a highly respected figure in the field of psychology at Universitas Muhammadiyah Surakarta and beyond. Her legacy continues to shape the future of psychology in Indonesia.

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Prof. Ashish Khetan

Associate Professor of Legal Practice
LL.B. (Delhi University);
LL.M. (University of Cambridge)

Prof. Ashish Khetan is a lawyer, author and columnist. He did his Master of Laws (LL.M.) from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) from Campus Law Centre, University of Delhi, Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com) and Master of Labour Laws & Personnel Management (MLPM) from the University of Lucknow. At Cambridge he was a member of Christ’s College. Khetan specialises in the field of International Commercial Taxation, International Investment Law, International Environmental Law and the law of WTO. His articles on political economy and public policy appear regularly in leading news portals and publications. Before venturing into the field of law, Ashish was an investigative journalist. In a career spanning over 15 years in journalism, he worked with major English publications and TV news networks and wrote hundreds of explanatory and investigative stories on the issues of political economy, public policy, government functioning, Indian judiciary, corruption in high places, social issues, major criminal trials and criminal investigations, terrorism and internal security. He has also authored two books: “Undercover’ and ‘Mumbai 26/11’. In 2014, he contested the parliamentary elections from the New Delhi constituency. With about three hundred thousand votes he came, runner-up. From March 2015 to April 2018, he served as the vice-chairperson of the Delhi Government’s top policy-making body and think tank, the Dialogue and Development Commission of Delhi. While in Govt, he formulated over 70 policy papers and recommendations in health, education, urban mobility, urban development, water and sanitation, among other areas of government functioning and public services. He also drafted some key legislations for the Delhi Govt. Ashish also investigated and prepared detailed reports on the working of the Public Works Department, VAT Department, Student Scholarship Schemes and Delhi Airport Metro Project. Besides working in media and the public sector, Khetan has also served in the corporate sector. From July 2019 till March 2021 he worked as Vice-President (Legal and Strategy) of Essar Group.

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Dana Humaid    

Chief Executive, Int'l Alliance for Safer Communities

Dana Humaid is a distinguished figure in the field of community safety and development, serving as the Chief Executive of the International Alliance for Safer Communities. With her extensive experience and leadership, Ms. Humaid has been instrumental in driving initiatives that promote safety, well-being, and resilience in communities worldwide. In her role at the International Alliance for Safer Communities, Ms. Humaid has displayed an unwavering commitment to fostering collaboration and innovation in the pursuit of safer and more vibrant communities. She brings together stakeholders from diverse backgrounds, including government agencies, civil society organizations, and academia, to work collectively towards common goals. Under Ms. Humaid's leadership, the Alliance has spearheaded numerous projects and programs aimed at reducing crime, enhancing public safety, and improving the overall quality of life in communities. Her dedication to evidence-based practices and data-driven solutions has contributed to the development of effective strategies for crime prevention and community building. Ms. Dana Humaid's visionary leadership has had a profound impact on the field of community safety. Her work not only addresses immediate safety concerns but also strives to create lasting positive change by addressing the underlying social, economic, and environmental factors that contribute to community vulnerabilities. Her commitment to building safer and more resilient communities reflects a deep concern for the well-being of individuals and the betterment of society as a whole.

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Dr Lenin Raghuvanshi and Shruti Nagvanshi

,Founders of PVCHR

Dr Lenin Raghuvanshi and Shruti Nagvanshi, founders of PVCHR, Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to achieve peace and international co-operation; particularly for their initiative to end the use of patriarchy and caste system as the source of war, fascism, and armed conflict. The PVCHR was founded by the both in 1996 as an inclusive social movement that challenges patriarchy and caste in India, by advocating for the marginalised sections of the Indian society. By embracing a neo-Dalit approach, “The PVCHR brings together Indians of all backgrounds, including Dalits and Adivasis, in order to dismantle caste and promote diversity. Now, the PVCHR has 72,000 members working against caste discrimination, across five states.”

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Col Binoj Koshy

Technical Director, UIDAI, New Delhi

Colonel Binoj Koshy is a distinguished individual who has played a pivotal role as the Technical Director of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), based in New Delhi. With his extensive technical expertise and leadership skills, Col. Koshy has been instrumental in the successful implementation of the Aadhaar project, one of the world's largest biometric identification systems. In his capacity as Technical Director, Col. Koshy has overseen the complex technological infrastructure and data management systems that underpin Aadhaar. Under his guidance, UIDAI has achieved remarkable milestones, including the enrollment of over a billion residents into the Aadhaar system. His technical acumen and strategic vision have been crucial in ensuring the system's security, efficiency, and scalability. Col. Binoj Koshy's leadership extends beyond the technical aspects of the project. He has been a driving force behind UIDAI's commitment to data privacy and security, playing a vital role in the development of robust safeguards and protocols to protect citizens' sensitive information. His dedication to leveraging technology for the betterment of Indian society and the government's initiatives, such as Direct Benefit Transfers and improved service delivery, has made a significant impact on the nation. Col. Koshy's exemplary leadership in the field of biometric identification and his contributions to the UIDAI's mission underscore his commitment to advancing India's digital transformation while prioritizing data security and citizen welfare.

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Ms. Hesha Perera

Arigatou International’s End Child Poverty - Knowledge Centre

Ms. Hesha Perera is a notable figure in the realm of child advocacy and social change, serving as a prominent member of Arigatou International's End Child Poverty - Knowledge Centre. With her profound dedication and expertise, Ms. Perera has made substantial contributions to the global efforts to alleviate child poverty and create a brighter future for vulnerable children. In her role at Arigatou International, Ms. Perera works tirelessly to address the multifaceted challenges faced by children living in poverty around the world. Her commitment to this cause is evident in her involvement in research, policy development, and advocacy initiatives. She has played a pivotal role in raising awareness about the critical issues surrounding child poverty, including its root causes and long-term consequences. Furthermore, Ms. Perera's leadership and collaborative spirit have fostered partnerships and collaborations with governments, non-governmental organizations, and communities to implement effective strategies aimed at eradicating child poverty. Her work extends beyond theoretical discussions, driving concrete actions that positively impact the lives of children. Ms. Hesha Perera's association with Arigatou International's End Child Poverty - Knowledge Centre underscores her unwavering commitment to ensuring that every child has the opportunity to grow up in a safe, nurturing, and poverty-free environment. Her dedication to this mission serves as an inspiration to all those who strive for a world where no child is left behind due to poverty.

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Hon'ble Smt. Justice Roshan S. Dalvi 

(B.Com., LL.M.)

Justice Roshan S. Dalvi was born on 6th November 1953. She completed B.Com in 1973 (with Specialisation in Business Management) and LL.M. in 1978 from University of Bombay. She was appointed Fellow of Government Law College and awarded Merit Scholarship of University of Bombay in (LL.M). She had practiced as a Counsel on the Original Side of the Bombay High Court from August 1976 to September 1989 in Civil and Corporate matters. She was visiting faculty at The Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies and Narsee Monjee institute of Management Studies for Corporate Law between 1979 and 1989. She was appointed as Judge, Bombay City Civil and Sessions Court in September, 1989. She had presided over Civil and Criminal matters and Special Court, CBI, and Special Court MPID for anti-corruption and investor fraud cases. She served as Principal Judge, Family Court, Mumbai from July 2004 to December 2004. She was selected to participate in the Judicial Training Programme in Gender and Law at the University of Warwick, Coventry, UK meant for Indian Judicial Officers under the Indo-British Judicial Sensitization programme conducted by the British Coucil in Conjunation with National Judicial Academy and has since been a member of the Association of British Scholars (ABS), Mumbai Chapter for undertaking various socio-legal programmes. She had conducted workshops/Colloquia as Resource Person/Trainer for Judges and Lawyers on Gender Laws, Court and Cases Management and Alternative Disputes Resolution (ADR).


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Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati

Secretary General, Global Interfaith Wash Alliance

Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati is a renowned spiritual leader and humanitarian who serves as the Secretary-General of the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA). With her dedication and passion for promoting interfaith collaboration and addressing critical global issues, Sadhvi Bhagawati has become an influential figure in the realm of social and environmental activism. Under her leadership, GIWA has emerged as a powerful force in advocating for improved water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) practices worldwide. The organization brings together leaders from diverse religious traditions to work towards the common goal of ensuring access to clean water and sanitation for all. This unique approach harnesses the collective strength of faith-based communities to drive positive change in some of the most vulnerable and underserved regions. Sadhvi Bhagawati's tireless efforts have helped raise awareness about the importance of WASH initiatives, not only for public health but also for sustainable development and the preservation of the environment. Her commitment to fostering cooperation among people of different faiths underscores the transformative potential of interfaith dialogue in addressing pressing global challenges. In summary, Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati's role as the Secretary-General of GIWA exemplifies her unwavering commitment to bridging religious divides and creating a more equitable and sustainable world through the promotion of improved water, sanitation, and hygiene practices. Her work serves as an inspiring example of the positive impact that faith-based organizations can have on global issues.

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Dr. Krithi K. Karanth

Conservation Scientist and 
Director at the Centre for Wildlife Studies

Dr. Krithi K. Karanth is a renowned conservation scientist and an esteemed figure in the field of wildlife biology and conservation. She currently serves as the Director of the Centre for Wildlife Studies (CWS), an organization dedicated to the research and conservation of wildlife and their habitats in India. Dr. Krithi Karanth's work has had a profound impact on the conservation efforts in India, where she has been instrumental in conducting pioneering research on various endangered species, including tigers and elephants. Her research is characterized by a multidisciplinary approach, combining ecology, social sciences, and technology to develop holistic conservation strategies. One of her significant contributions has been in the area of human-wildlife conflict mitigation, where she has developed innovative solutions to reduce conflicts between wildlife and local communities, promoting coexistence and safeguarding both wildlife and livelihoods. In addition to her research, Dr. Krithi Karanth is actively engaged in conservation advocacy and education. She plays a crucial role in raising awareness about the importance of preserving India's rich biodiversity and natural heritage, and her work has been influential in shaping conservation policies and practices in the region. Overall, Dr. Krithi K. Karanth's leadership and dedication to the cause of wildlife conservation, as the Director of the Centre for Wildlife Studies, have made a lasting impact on India's conservation landscape. Her holistic and collaborative approach to conservation continues to be a source of inspiration for conservationists and environmentalists worldwide.

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Neha Sinha 

Renowned Environmentiolist

Neha Sinha is a renowned environmentalist who has made significant contributions to the field of environmental conservation in India. With a passion for wildlife and ecosystems, she has emerged as a prominent advocate for biodiversity conservation and sustainable development. Ms. Sinha's work focuses on protecting India's rich natural heritage, including its diverse wildlife and fragile ecosystems. She has been actively involved in advocating for the conservation of endangered species, such as tigers, elephants, and vultures. Her efforts have been instrumental in raising awareness about the importance of preserving these species for ecological balance. As an environmentalist, Neha Sinha is known for her commitment to wildlife protection laws and policies. She has been a vocal proponent of stronger environmental regulations and enforcement, working to ensure that laws are implemented effectively to safeguard nature. In addition to her advocacy and policy work, Ms. Sinha is a prolific writer and communicator. She regularly contributes articles and essays on environmental issues to various publications, using her writing to inform and engage the public in matters related to conservation and sustainability. Overall, Neha Sinha's dedication to environmental protection and wildlife conservation in India has earned her recognition and respect in the field of environmental activism. Her work continues to inspire others to take action to protect the natural world for future generations.


Shri. Dr.Alok Shrivastava

Dy. Director, Thermal/Mech. Systems 
URSC Bangalore(Formerly ISAC Bangalore)

Alok Shrivastava holds the esteemed position of Associate Director at the UR Rao Satellite Center (URSC), located in Bangalore, India. URSC, formerly known as ISRO Satellite Center (ISAC), is a premier institution under the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) dedicated to the design, development, and integration of satellite systems. As an Associate Director at URSC, Alok Shrivastava plays a pivotal role in the leadership and management of the center's activities. His responsibilities likely encompass overseeing satellite development projects, ensuring the successful integration of cutting-edge technologies, and contributing to India's space exploration endeavors. With a background in engineering and space technology, Alok Shrivastava's career is marked by his expertise in satellite technology and space research. URSC is at the forefront of India's space missions, including satellite launches for communication, Earth observation, and scientific purposes, and his role is instrumental in the success of these missions. Under his leadership, URSC continues to be a driving force in India's space program, contributing significantly to the nation's capabilities in space technology and exploration. Alok Shrivastava's dedication to advancing satellite technology and space research further solidifies India's position as a prominent player in the global space arena. His contributions exemplify the spirit of scientific inquiry and innovation that defines ISRO's mission and vision.

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Prof. Dr. Muhammad Hattah Fattah

Vice Rector, Universitas Muslim Indonesia

Prof. Dr. Muhammad Hattah Fattah is a distinguished academic leader who holds the esteemed position of Vice Rector at Universitas Muslim Indonesia. With his extensive experience and dedication to education, he plays a pivotal role in shaping the university's academic landscape and fostering its mission of providing high-quality education. In his capacity as Vice Rector, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Hattah Fattah is responsible for overseeing various aspects of the university's operations. This includes academic affairs, administrative functions, and strategic planning. His leadership helps ensure that the institution maintains rigorous academic standards, promotes research and innovation, and provides a nurturing environment for students and faculty alike. Prof. Dr. Muhammad Hattah Fattah's academic background and expertise contribute significantly to the university's reputation and its commitment to academic excellence. His leadership also plays a crucial role in developing partnerships and collaborations, both nationally and internationally, to enhance the university's global presence and impact. Furthermore, his leadership reflects a dedication to promoting inclusivity and diversity in higher education, aligning with the values of Universitas Muslim Indonesia. Prof. Dr. Muhammad Hattah Fattah's vision and strategic direction contribute to the university's ongoing growth and its mission to prepare students for success in an increasingly interconnected and competitive world. In summary, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Hattah Fattah's role as Vice Rector at Universitas Muslim Indonesia underscores his commitment to advancing education, fostering academic excellence, and shaping the future of the institution and its students. His leadership is instrumental in ensuring the university's continued success and positive impact on society.

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Dr. Mallickarjun Joshi

Department of Geology, Banaras Hindu University

Mallickarjun Joshi is a professor in Geology with over 40 years’ of teaching, research, and professional field experience. His current research on integrated environmental understanding includes water resources, seismology, landslides and tectonics. He is interested in addressing social issues through geology particularly the water security. He has about 70 publications in peer reviewed national and international journals and books. He has been involved in a large number of research projects funded by agencies outside the University.

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Prof. S.K. Satheesh Chair

Divecha Centre for Climate Change,
Indian Institute of Science

Prof. S.K. Satheesh is a distinguished scientist and academic who holds the prestigious position of Chair at the Divecha Centre for Climate Change at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bangalore, India. He is widely recognized for his groundbreaking research and contributions to the field of atmospheric science, particularly in the context of climate change and its impact on the environment. Dr. Satheesh's work has focused on understanding the complex interactions between aerosols (tiny particles suspended in the atmosphere) and climate. His research has shed light on the role of aerosols in influencing the Earth's radiation balance, cloud formation, and precipitation patterns. This knowledge is crucial for comprehending the intricacies of climate systems and predicting future climate trends. As the Chair of the Divecha Centre for Climate Change, Dr. Satheesh plays a pivotal role in leading and guiding research efforts aimed at addressing the pressing challenges posed by climate change in India and globally. Under his leadership, the center collaborates with researchers, policymakers, and institutions to develop strategies for climate mitigation and adaptation. Prof. S.K. Satheesh's work has earned him numerous accolades and awards, including his election as a Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences and the Royal Society of Chemistry. His dedication to advancing our understanding of climate science and his commitment to finding sustainable solutions to mitigate the effects of climate change make him a prominent figure in the field of climate research. His work continues to shape climate policy and inspire future generations of scientists and environmentalists.

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Ulka Kelkar

Director – Climate, WRI India

Ulka Kelkar is a prominent figure in the field of climate action and environmental policy, serving as the Director of Climate at WRI India. With a career dedicated to addressing the pressing challenges posed by climate change, Kelkar has become a respected leader and expert in her field. Kelkar's work at WRI India reflects her commitment to advancing sustainable and climate-resilient solutions in the Indian context. Her role involves providing strategic direction and oversight to initiatives aimed at mitigating greenhouse gas emissions and building climate resilience in India's rapidly growing economy. One of Kelkar's notable contributions is her ability to bridge the gap between research and policy implementation. She collaborates with government agencies, non-profit organizations, and businesses to translate scientific findings into actionable policies and practices. Her expertise extends to a range of climate-related issues, including energy, transportation, and urban planning. Kelkar is also an advocate for inclusivity and equity in climate action. She recognizes the importance of ensuring that climate policies benefit all segments of society, especially the most vulnerable communities. Her work often incorporates a social justice perspective, striving to create solutions that are both environmentally sustainable and socially equitable. In a world facing the urgent challenges of climate change, Ulka Kelkar's leadership at WRI India plays a crucial role in advancing sustainable and resilient solutions for India and beyond. Her dedication to the cause and ability to drive positive change make her a notable and influential figure in the global climate community.

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H.H. Acharya Dr. Lokesh Muni Ji 

Founder President ‘Ahimsa Vishwa Bharti’

H.H. Acharya Dr. Lokesh Muni Ji a versatile thinker, writer, poet and social reformer has been continuously making efforts for National character building, development of human values and establishing non- violence, peace and mutual co-operation in the society from last 39 years. He has traveled on foot about 20000 kilometers throughout the country for removing social evils and for propagating moral values. In order to give practical shape to these values he founded "Ahimsa Vishwa Bharti" and thus made his field of activities spread throughout the world. With the establishment of Ahimsa Vishwa Bharti he started a strong movement against social evils like abortion of female child, drug addiction, Environmental Pollution etc. H.H. Acharya Dr. Lokesh Ji was born on April 17th 1961 in Pachpadra City. After completing his formal education he deeply studied Jain, Buddhist, Vedic and other Indian and foreign thoughts (Philosophies). He is well read in Prakrit, Sanskrit, Hindi, English, Gujrati, Kannarese and many other languages. Acharya Dr. Lokesh is a writer, he has written more than dozen books in prose and poetry. H.H. Acharya Lokesh Muni has been working tirelessly for Interreligious and interfaith harmony. He has been invited to discuss Interreligious Harmony with supreme spiritual leaders of the world including His Holiness Pope Francis, Dalai Lama, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and many more. H.H. Acharya Dr. Lokesh Muni was honoured with ‘National Communal Harmony Award 2010’ by Government of India, in a prestigious ceremony organized at Vigyan Bhawan. Acharya Ji has been honored with ‘Ambassador of Peace’ at London Parliament. He has been honored by United Peace Federation with ‘Ambassador of Peace Award’ in 2014 at United Nations Centre for his remarkable contributions towards World Peace & Communal Harmony. In 2006, Hon'ble Smt. Pratibha Patil conferred the famous 'Ethical Honor' of Gulzarilal Nanda Foundation to Dr. Lokesh for his distinguished services in establishing Ahimsa, Peace and mutual trust in the society. He is honored with ‘Keys of Milpitas City’ Mayor of Milpitas twice for his distinguished contribution in the field of non- violence, peace and mutual co-operation. Acharya Dr. Lokesh Muni has been honored with Bharat Gaurav Award at U.N. Headquarters, U.S.A. Acharya Lokeshji also honoured in the Assembly of California, USA. H.H. Acharya Dr. Lokesh Muni is master in the field of Meditation, Yoga, and Peace Education. His contribution is the mode of popular 'Peace Education' which is a combination of ancient meditation- Yoga and current scientific research. It brings an end to the animal instinct in the human beings and awakens the human and spiritual values. Acharya Dr. Lokesh Muni has made Indian Culture proud by addressing from many national and international platforms likes Parliament of World’s Religions, United Nations Organisation and London Parliament. Acharya Lokesh is the Advisory Forum member of KAICIID (King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue).

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Dr. Rajashree Joshi

Program Director, 
BAIF Development Research Foundation, Pune

Dr. Rajashree Joshi is a prominent figure in the field of rural development and agriculture, serving as the Program Director at the BAIF Development Research Foundation in Pune, India. With her extensive experience and dedication to sustainable rural development, Dr. Joshi has played a pivotal role in improving the lives of rural communities and promoting agricultural sustainability. As the Program Director at BAIF, Dr. Rajashree Joshi oversees and guides the foundation's initiatives aimed at addressing the multifaceted challenges faced by rural populations in India. BAIF is known for its pioneering work in areas such as livestock development, natural resource management, and livelihood enhancement for rural communities. Dr. Joshi's leadership is marked by her commitment to sustainable and eco-friendly practices. Under her guidance, BAIF has implemented innovative agricultural techniques, improved livestock management, and promoted sustainable farming practices that have not only increased agricultural productivity but also conserved the environment. Furthermore, Dr. Rajashree Joshi's work extends to empowering rural women and marginalized communities, fostering social inclusion, and ensuring that the benefits of development reach those most in need. Her dedication to rural development and sustainable agriculture aligns with India's broader goals of achieving food security, poverty reduction, and rural empowerment. Dr. Joshi's visionary leadership and practical approach make her a driving force in the quest for a more sustainable and equitable rural India. In summary, Dr. Rajashree Joshi's role as the Program Director at BAIF Development Research Foundation reflects her commitment to improving the lives of rural communities through sustainable agriculture and rural development initiatives. Her work has a profound and positive impact on the livelihoods of countless individuals and contributes to the overall progress of rural India.

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Shoko Noda

Resident Representative, UNDP

Shoko Noda is a highly respected international figure who serves as the Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in various countries and regions. Her career is marked by a deep commitment to advancing sustainable development and improving the lives of vulnerable communities around the world. As the Resident Representative of UNDP, Shoko Noda plays a pivotal role in coordinating and overseeing the UNDP's efforts within a specific country or region. Her responsibilities encompass a wide range of activities, including poverty reduction, environmental sustainability, gender equality, and humanitarian assistance. Ms. Noda's leadership has been instrumental in addressing critical global challenges, such as climate change, economic inequality, and the ongoing efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). She works closely with governments, civil society organizations, and other partners to implement development projects and policies that foster positive change and lasting impact. Throughout her career, Shoko Noda has championed the principles of inclusivity and gender equality, advocating for the rights and empowerment of marginalized populations, particularly women and youth. Her dedication to humanitarian work has also been evident in her response to various crises and disasters, where she has mobilized resources and support to alleviate suffering and rebuild communities. In summary, Shoko Noda's role as the Resident Representative of UNDP exemplifies her unwavering commitment to global development, social justice, and humanitarian action. Her leadership and tireless efforts continue to contribute significantly to the achievement of sustainable and equitable development worldwide.

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Yugal Kishor Joshi

Director, Jal Jeevan Mission, in the Ministry of Jal Shakti, 
Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation. 
Former Director, Swaach Bharat Abhiyaan

Yugal Kishor Joshi is a distinguished civil servant and bureaucrat who has made significant contributions to India's efforts in the areas of water supply, sanitation, and public health. As the Director of the Jal Jeevan Mission within the Ministry of Jal Shakti and the Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Joshi is at the forefront of India's mission to provide safe and sustainable drinking water to all its citizens. His role in the Jal Jeevan Mission is pivotal, as it seeks to address the critical issue of water scarcity and contamination in many parts of the country. Under his leadership, the mission has aimed to bring piped water supply to millions of households, particularly in rural areas, ensuring access to clean drinking water and improving the overall health and well-being of the population. Before his role in the Jal Jeevan Mission, Joshi served as the Director of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Mission). During his tenure, he played a vital role in the successful implementation of this ambitious initiative, which aimed to make India open defecation-free and promote cleanliness and hygiene practices. Yugal Kishor Joshi's career trajectory highlights his commitment to public service and his dedication to addressing critical challenges that affect the lives of millions of Indians. His work in the domains of sanitation and water supply has been instrumental in improving living conditions, promoting health, and driving social progress in the country. Joshi's leadership and expertise continue to be instrumental in shaping India's initiatives in the crucial sectors of water and sanitation.

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