Alumni of the Gurukul Fellowship for Leadership and Excellence

Jayshree Venkatesan

Consultant on financial inclusion

Jayashree attended King’s College London as a Chevening Fellow on the Chevening Gurukul Programme for Leadership and Excellence. With a strong belief in the transformative power of finance for economic development, she has been involved with assisting start up microfinance institutions. She provides consulting services for financial inclusion and impact investment. She has since been consulting with the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP), housed within the World Bank, and the Centre for Financial Inclusion (CFI), a Washington D.C. based think tank. 

Ajay

Director of e-presence, brand communications and technology services at Akshaya Patra Foundation

Ajay is Director of e-presence, brand communications and technology services at the Akshaya Patra Foundation, an Indian NGO providing mid-day meals for under-privileged children studying in schools run by the government. Currently, Akshaya Patra provides mid-day meals to more than 10,000 schools in nine states across India, catering to 1.5 million children.

At Akshaya Patra, Ajay has been instrumental in revamping the communications mechanism and spear-heading the e-presence initiative. Under his leadership, Akshaya Patra is positioned as one of the top NGOs in India in online presence. Ajay successfully led his team to conceive and develop Akshaya Patra’s annual report, complying with guidelines of organisations such as South Asian Federation of Accountants (SAFA), Civil Society Organizations Partners and Give India, and becoming the new benchmark in the field of corporate communications. Akshaya Patra’s Annual Reports and other communication material have been honoured with several national and international awards. The organisation was conferred with the Chanakya Award for Best NGO in the country by Public Relation Council of India (PRCI) during the 9th Global Conclave held in New Delhi.

Prior to his current role, Ajay has worked in technology companies including Tejas Networks, American Power Conversion (now Schneider Electric), and Hical Technologies. He has led technology innovation and transition projects in the fields of telecommunications, automotive, electronics, space, and other applications, providing turnkey solutions to clients across the globe. He has also been instrumental in implementation of quality systems and certification to international standards such as TS 16949, ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and OHSAS 18001.

Gaurav Agarwal

Technocrat in Indian Railways

Gaurav is a technocrat in Indian Railways with over 20 years of experience in the domains and functions of operations, maintenance, manufacturing, research and corporate coordination. He has recently completed a Master’s in Public Administration from Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore where he specialised in Economics. Gaurav is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, India and the Engineering Council, London.

During his professional role in Indian Railways, he has worked for Eastern Railways, Rail Coach Factory at Kapurthala, and the Railway Board, New Delhi. He successfully developed the innovative anti climbing devices for rail-road locomotives to address the long standing safety concerns of passengers climbing the footboards of locomotives. He was also a recipient of the National Professional Excellence award by the Railway Minister. He was the team leader of a project team which delivered the first ever state of the art export coaches from India.

Gaurav’s publications include ‘High Speed Rail Technology’ and ‘Operations and maintenance of Rail Diesel Locomotive’. He has presented various papers at national and international conferences.

Gyanendra Kumar Verma

Superintendent of Police in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)

Gyanendra is an Indian Police Service Officer of Sikkim Cadre (2001 batch) and is currently posted as Superintendent of Police in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the premier investigating agency of India, where he has supervised investigation and prosecution of many high profile and sensitive corruption cases. During his 14 years of service, he has held several leadership positions in CBI as well as in the state of Sikkim.

Gyanendra is a graduate of psychology and philosophy. He studied Human Rights at postgraduate level, and holds a Master’s degree in Police Management. During his posting as South and West Sikkim Police Head he took keen interest and initiative in organising a large number of training and awareness programmes on topics like drug addiction and human trafficking in association with NGOs.

Dr Shuchin Bajaj

Founder and Director of Cygnus Hospitals

Shuchin is the founder and director of Cygnus Hospitals, a group of hospitals that caters to the unanswered tertiary healthcare needs of the communities in the smaller towns and district headquarters of North India. Shuchin has established a unique and innovative model which delivers access to high quality healthcare to deprived sections of society.

He received strategic support from organisations like Somerset Indus Capital Partners and Fidelity India Growth Partners to secure funding. He has identified new growth areas such as the ‘Saksham’ programme and the ‘Tier-4’ programme. Shuchin received the Stars of the Industry Healthcare Leadership Award for Excellence in Managing Tertiary Healthcare Centres in Tier-2 and 3 towns. In addition, he has also been honoured and awarded with the Healthcare Excellence in Internal Medicine Award in Delhi/NCR by World Wide Achievers (a global analytical company) and the Best Consultant in Internal Medicine in Delhi 2012 by the Time Research Media Foundation.

Shuchin is on the advisory board of a number of prominent NGOs as Advisor-Health Programmes. He has taken an active part in Help Age International’s regional research initiative on older people’s health and has been the academic partner and researcher of the International Health Working Group. He has regularly participated in numerous national and international conferences on healthcare and has contributed to several reports, articles, and documents.

He graduated from Pt. B. D. Sharma Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Rohtak, in 1998 and completed his MD in Internal Medicine from Dr. S. N. Medical College, Jodhpur, in 2004. He also completed certified professional courses on: Diabetes Management and Total Control from American Academy of Continuing Medical Education, USA in 2008; Advanced Programme in Strategic Management from I.I.M. Calcutta in 2013; and Advanced Programme in Cardiac Emergencies from Boston University in 2014.

Prerna Singh Bindra

Wildlife conservationist and writer

Prerna Singh Bindra is a wildlife conservationist and writer. She currently serves on Uttarakhand’s State Board for Wildlife and was a member, National Board for Wildlife and part of its core Standing Committeebetween 2010-13. Prerna has recently set up a trust, Bagh. She is also the editor of the TigerLink journal.

Prerna has written more than 1,500 articles on nature and wildlife and has authored the bookThe King and I: Travels in Tigerland. Her anthology on contemporary wildlife writings, Voices in the Wilderness was released in June 2010. Designated an Ashoka Changemaker in 2011 by the Ashoka Foundation, Prerna was awarded the ABN-AMRO Sanctuary Asia Wildlife Service Award and the Carl Zeiss Wildlife Conservation Award in 2007. She has also been awarded the Shrishti award for wildlife conservation and journalism.

Prerna’s key expertise is conservation policy and communication; and she focuses primarily on protection and consolidation of natural habitats. She lives in Gurgaon but her heart, she says, resides in the forest.

Manish Chadha

Associate Director with KPMG India’s Government Consulting practice

Manish has 16 years’ experience in the government and corporate sector in strategic advisory, business development, product, and delivery management roles.

Manish holds an MBA from the Faculty of Management Studies (FMS) Delhi and a degree in Electronics Engineering from Pune University. He has worked with firms in India, the UK, and Philippines. He is passionate about improving the effectiveness and efficiency of citizen service delivery and welfare schemes using ICT. He contributed in research in a publication on e-governance brought out by the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG), Government of India.

Manish represented the Department of Information Technology as a speaker in a seminar organised by an industry chamber. He plans to start a niche consulting firm in this space.

Subhashini Chandran

Social entrepreneur

Subhashini is a social entrepreneur with expertise in turning around distressed enterprises and improving access to livelihoods. She is one of India's few women leaders credited with building a large agribusiness. An environmental enthusiast, she founded Blue Green Ventures to focus on capacity building within local communities and promote low impact development in ecologically sensitive zones.

Her prior roles include: Senior Advisor to AgDevCo, a UK based agriculture development fund; CEO at Woodbriar Group; and Founder of Briar Bungalows, where she grew a modest tea business into one of India's largest privately owned tea plantation and tea tourism businesses. She conceived English For Growth and Youth for Youth, initiatives that support state aided schools in Tamil Nadu to improve English learning outcomes and increasingly spends her time growing this project.

Subhashini is passionate about universal education and women’s progress. She is an alumnus of the London School of Economics and City University UK. She is a member of the Bar Council of India and Tamil Nadu Bar Association, and serves on the Boards of Aban Offshore Limited and Talayar Tea Company Limited. She is a visiting faculty member at XLRI, Jamshedpur, where she teaches on the MBA programme. Yale University awarded her the Yale World Fellowship for Emerging Leaders and the World Economic Forum has honoured her as a Young Global Leader.

Aneesh Garg

Lawyer and Head Litigation Strategist

Aneesh is a lawyer specialising in the procedural laws and workings of the civil and criminal justice delivery system. He is an alumnus of the National Law School of India University and worked as a lawyer in the High Court of Himachal Pradesh at Shimla for three years, gaining exposure to the practical workings of the justice delivery system in India, particularly from the perspective of a practicing lawyer and the litigants he represented before the courts.

Aneesh chose to join the subordinate judiciary with the vision to change the perception of the judicial system at the grass-root level. During his service in the subordinate judiciary, he also completed a Master’s degree in Law. He is presently working as a lawyer and head litigation strategist, supporting multinational businesses and functions in comprehending the complexities of the Indian Judicial system, and how it can be made more justice oriented so as to be simultaneously equitable and judicial for the people and all stakeholders for whom the institution exists.

Dr Shefali Juneja

Director, Ministry of Civil Aviation (International Cooperation)

Dr Shefali Juneja is an alumna of Lady Shri Ram College and St Stephens College, Delhi, and is a topper of her batch and a gold medallist. She has received a number of scholarships during her college days and has been an active speaker.

An Officer of Indian Revenue Service, 1992 batch, she has had a challenging career with a variety of assignments including an administrator, an investigator, and policy maker. She is a fluent speaker and has represented India in various platforms and presented papers in US-India Aviation workshop, US-India Aviation summit in Washington, and CASP-AP summit in Bangkok and Singapore.

In her present capacity as Director, Ministry of Civil Aviation (International Cooperation), Shefali has been part of many Indian delegations for bilateral talks with a number of countries on air service agreements. She has also authored a few papers including one on United Nations Administration in Kosovo (UNMIK) after practical study of the same and another on Evolution of Public Administration in Ancient India. An environmentalist at heart, Shefali has attended numerous environment training sessions in Athens and Madrid and is currently at the forefront of formulation of Aviation environment policy for India.

Subasri Krishnan

Documentary Filmmaker

Subasri is an alumna of the Mass Communication Research Centre at Jamia Millia Islamia. She has been a documentary filmmaker for the past 10 years. She heads the Media Lab at the India Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS). As part of the IIHS Media Lab, Subasri has focused on using the audio-visual medium to engage with ideas around ‘the city’ – whether through holding regular film screenings, curating the Urban Lens film festival (2013) or using digital video to document conversations with academics and practitioners.

Her filmmaking work has ranged from a number of commissioned non-fiction films on rights-based issues, to documentary films. Her first documentary film Brave New Medium, on internet censorship in South-East Asia, has been screened at film festivals, both nationally and internationally. The award-winning This or That Particular Person produced by the Public Service Broadcasting Trust (PSBT) looks at the idea of official identity documents, and in that context, the Unique Identity Number. The film was adjudged as the Best Short Documentary Film at the International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala (IDSFFK) 2013. Her forthcoming film (in production) looks at the idea of memorialisation (or lack thereof) through violent public events that took place in the early 1980s – the Nellie massacres in Assam.

Prior to going to film school, Subasri worked in the print media for the academic journal Seminar from 1998 to 2000.

Sanjeev Kumar Lohia

Member of the Indian Railways Service of Engineers (IRSE)

Sanjeev Kumar Lohia belongs to the prestigious Indian Railways Service of Engineers (IRSE) and has over 25 years of experience in the transport sector especially in urban and rail-based transportation systems.

While on deputation to Ministry of Urban Development from Dec 2005 till Nov 2013 as a Director and then Officer on Special Duty (Urban Transport) and Ex-officio Joint Secretary, Lohia was instrumental in evolving a National Urban Transport Policy (NUTP). He has led and drafted urban transport specific task force reports for the 11th and 12th National Five-year Plans. Lohia was also instrumental in operationalisation of the NUTP through a program (Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission) based financing mechanism for urban transport priorities for cities in India- a first time initiative on such a large scale, scaling up rail-based public transport systems, transforming the bus transport scene in the country.

Besides being in public service, Lohia is also a guest faculty at IIM Ahmedabad and School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi. He is a National Talent Search scholar and merit-cum-means scholar from IIT Delhi) and holds an M Tech in Systems & Management equivalent to MBA and a Bachelor’s Degree (B Tech) in Civil Engineering.

Neha Pahuja

Researcher at The Energy and Resources Institute

Neha is a multi-disciplinary researcher at The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), New Delhi, working on international climate policy and its relevance to domestic policy-making in India. Her work focuses on bringing developing country perspective to a range of global governance issues, such as equity, mitigation, climate finance, and market based approaches. She also focuses on the implication of the new international regime on India, its domestic policies and development process. She was involved with the development of many State level Action Plans on Climate Change (SAPCC) and capacity building initiatives at all governance levels.

At TERI, she convenes the activities of the Center for Global Environment Research. She believes enhancing institutional and technical capacities at multi-level could facilitate overcoming challenges in scaling-up of climate actions.

Shashanka Shekhar Panda

Emerging public policy leader in the sustainability and Renewable Energy (RE) space in India

Shashanka Shekhar Panda is an emerging public policy leader in the sustainability and Renewable Energy (RE) space in India. He has led significant sections of the RE sector in parleys with policy makers to address both immediate business concerns as well as long term structural policy challenges. He has contributed emphatically in achieving policy impacts favorable to the RE sector. His central guiding principle is to keep public interest foremost in optimizing and aligning private interest with public policy. He has been invited to voice his views on sustainability, RE, urbanization and climate change at prestigious international stages such as the Harvard India Conference 2014 organized at the Harvard Business School, Boston; TERI, New Delhi; Shell-CNCB Global Brainstorm 2013, New Delhi.

He has also interfaced with representatives of States to evolve a finer and wider understanding of the global policy fabric. He also writes on sustainability issues and is quoted in niche sector magazines such as EnergyNext and Bloomberg. Through his venture, the Blue Earth Enterprise (BEE), a sustainability public policy strategy and consulting startup, he aims to guide companies, both domestic and foreign, through the complex policy and regulatory environment in India especially in the RE sector. 

Dr Sapna Poti

National Skill Development Corporation

Sapna is currently with National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), a Public Private Partnership, under the aegis of the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship. Her current role includes strategising and executing skill development programmes in the North East region of India. She also manages the development and implementation of technology systems enabling skill development. She is in charge of impact studies and monitoring of sector skill councils. Sapna’s previous experience was primarily in Human Resource consulting and practice. She has 22 years of experience working with organisations such as ITC, Deloitte, Toyota Kirloskar, Tata Infotech, and Crompton Greaves.

Sapna has worked on an USAID project at Indian Institute of Science as a research associate and holds a doctorate from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. She has a number of international papers and articles to her credit.

Dr Monika Puri

Public health specialist

Dr Monika Puri is a public health specialist and also an emerging youth leader. She contested elections for the Municipal Corporation of Delhi in 2012 and has committed her life for improving the health care delivery system of the country.

Dr Monika Puri is the Chief Operations Officer of a registered non-governmental organization serving the health needs of villages in National Capital Region of Delhi. She supports strategic relationships with prominent Indian corporations to secure program funding. She has identified new growth areas such as mobile clinics to take health care to rural doorstep. As an emerging social entrepreneur, she was selected as one of the fellows for six weeks training and mentorship program at Unreasonable Institute, Boulder, Colorado in 2013.

She is a Member of National Academy of Medical Sciences and holds an MD in Community Medicine from Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi. She has led national public health programs such as Pulse Polio drives and carried out strategic planning and program implementation by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. She was also awarded as the “Young Woman Achievers Award in 2011.

Sreelekha Radhamma

Decorated Police Officer at the Indian Police Service

Sreelekha is a decorated police officer with the Indian Police Service, and has also served as managing director for public sector organisations in Kerala.

Sreelekha completed her Bachelor's Degree in English Literature, and her Master’s at the University Institute of English, Kerala University Campus. In 2005, she obtained an MBA in Human Resource Management from Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU). Prior to joining the police service, Sreelekha worked as a lecturer at the Vidhyadhi Raja College and the Reserve Bank of India. In 1987, Sreelekha became the first woman IPS officer in Kerala.

After joining the Police Service, Sreelekha served as District Superintendent of Police before moving to the Central Bureau of Investigation, where she was promoted to Deputy Inspector General of Police. She was then posted as ADGP (Additional Director General of Police), in charge of offences relating to crimes against women and children and anti-corruption, and since June 2014, as Transport Commissioner of the State. She has also served as Managing Director of Kerala State Cooperative Rubber Marketing Federation, and the Roads and Bridges Development Corporation of Kerala.

Sreelekha assisted with the UN draft protocol for preventing trafficking of women in 2002, and is also a strong advocate of gender parity in the Kerala Police force. In 2004, Sreelekha was awarded the President's Police Medal for Meritorious Service, and in 2012 she was awarded the President's Police Medal for Distinguished Service. She won the Indian Overseas Award for Public Service in 2007.

Karthikeyan S (Karthik)

Managing Director of PE Insights

Karthikeyan S (Karthik) is Managing Director of PE Insights, a leading consulting and advisory company working with promoters of high-growth Indian companies and marquee PE/VC investors. One of his areas of interest is Private equity investments in real estate and real estate as an alternative investment asset class for institutional investors.

He is also interested in developing the entrepreneurial ecosystem in India, and actively mentors various startups focused on high-potential markets. Karthik is an angel investor into various startup companies and serves on their board. Karthik has an MBA from IIM Bangalore and a B Tech from IIT Roorkee where he was a topper.

Ms Suman Bala Sahoo

Joint Director and Head of Zone (East) Kolkata in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)

Ms Suman Bala Sahoo is an Indian Police Service Officer of West Bengal Cadre (1987 batch) and presently posted as Joint Director and Head of Zone (East) Kolkata in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the premier Investigating Agency of India. She has supervised investigation and prosecution of many high profile and sensitive corruption cases, bank frauds, economic offences and special crime cases. During 26 years of tenure, she held many challenging leadership positions in administration, intelligence, criminal investigation, security and city policing in West Bengal. She introduced several Technological innovative methods for computerization of administrative and criminal records to reduce the work load and streamline the processes to bring in efficiency, transparency and accountability in the functioning of Police Department.

She is a Science Graduate in Zoology, Master of Philosophy in the field of Entomology and post graduate in Human Rights. She also took keen interest and initiative in organizing a large number of training and awareness programmes and assisted in framing of Standard Operating Procedures on subjects varying from crimes against women and children, immoral trafficking, juvenile offences, offences related to Narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances, in collaboration and partnership with national and international organizations. .

She was decorated with the prestigious Indian Police Medal for Meritorious Service in 2003 and the President‘s Police Medal for Distinguished Service in 2011.

Amba Salelkar

Lawyer and activist specializing in disability rights and policy

Amba Salelkar is a lawyer and activist specializing in disability rights and policy. She is a 2006 graduate of the National Law School of India University, and worked as a trial lawyer in Mumbai with the Chambers of Raja Thakare and Avadhut Chimalker for six years, gaining exposure to the workings of the criminal justice system from the perspectives of the prosecution, the defence and the victim. She chose to move into policy in 2012 and joined the Inclusive Planet Centre for Disability Law and Policy in Chennai, where she advocates for the rights of persons with disabilities and UNCRPD compliance in Indian Legislation.

Through her efforts the Central Government of India has made successful interventions which were incorporated in the National Child Policy 2013, the Justice Verma Chaired Report of the Committee on Amendments to Criminal Law and many other policies and legislation. She is currently involved in soliciting inputs across the disability sector on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill, 2013. She is also a noted columnist with several leading publications writing on developments in law and rights in India.

G P Samanta

Director, Research Department, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and also a Faculty Member at Reserve Bank Staff College, Chennai

G P Samanta is currently Director, in Research Department, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and also a Faculty Member at Reserve Bank Staff College, Chennai, where he is engaged in capacity building and human resource development by way of imparting training to officers of RBI as well as conducting research on various central banking challenges and economic policy issues. He also conducted International Training programmes wherein officials from central banks of several Afro-Asian countries participated.

A science post-graduate, while leading a team of analysts dealing with important economic policy issues and central banking challenges, he got inspired to complete PhD in Economics from Mumbai University. He is also a Certified Associate of Indian Institute of Banking and Finance.

In recognition to his overall contribution to the existing body of knowledge and economic think tank, he has been bestowed upon several honours and accolades including two national awards, viz. the coveted Mahalanabis Memorial Medal and V K R V Rao Prize (Economics).

Venkatesh Sarvasiddhi

Head of the Academic and Student Outreach Initiatives at Microsoft Corporation in India

Venkatesh heads the Academic and Student Outreach Initiatives at Microsoft Corporation in India, which includes driving student skills and fostering innovation by setting up innovation centres to empower entrepreneurship at academic institutions across India. He also drives the world’s largest student technology competition Imagine Cup for India and closely supports state and central governments in driving skill development initiatives centric around student empowerment.

He holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the Dayalbagh Educational Institute, and an MSc in Consultancy Management from Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani. He holds a Management Diploma from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Calcutta, and completed the Executive Marketing Programme at the Kellogg School of Management, USA. He has varied experience that ranges from services, outsourcing, product marketing, and asset monetisation to partnership and alliances.

Venkatesh started his career with Birlasoft working with global business development division and moved on to HCL Tech where he was head of direct marketing operations. Later he moved in to Polaris Software labs as Assistant Vice President-Asset Monetisation and Global Alliances.

He was awarded the prestigious Microsoft Gold Star Award for 2009, by the Chairman Microsoft India. He was also featured as one of the frontrunners and the Youngest AVP of Corporate India at the age of 26, by Business India magazine.

Dr Anil Kumar Sharma

General Manager in Department of Information Technology (DIT) in Reserve Bank of India (RBI)

Dr Anil Kumar Sharma is a General Manager in Department of Information Technology (DIT) in Reserve Bank of India (RBI) where he is in-charge of Payment Systems Application Division. He has been closely associated with the implementation of ISO 20022 messaging standards in Next-Generation Real-Time Gross Settlement System (NG-RTGS) in India. Prior to working in DIT, he handled RBI’s Data Warehouse project, International Investment Position and Balance of Payments of India. 

Dr Sharma holds PhD in Economics from Mumbai University. He did his M Phil and Masters Degree in Statistics from University of Delhi. He received Junior Research Fellowship of University Grants Commission of India while doing his M Phil from University of Delhi. He has published several research papers in the area of External Sector.

Inoshi Sharma

Director, National Health Mission in Haryana

Inoshi Sharma is an officer of the Indian Revenue Service of the 2002 batch.  She has held various assignments pertaining to assessment, International Taxation, Vigilance and the appellate tribunal. She has led teams for enforcement of tax laws and tax compliance.  

Since 2012, she is working as Director, National Health Mission in Haryana.  She is looking after the procurement of drugs & equipment, adolescent health, medical screening of children up to the age of 19 years and programmes pertaining to Menstrual Hygiene & Weekly Iron Folic Acid Supplementations.  Her current assignment also involves implementation of Human Resource Information system and stream lining the appointment, terms of contract and service rules of contractual employees under NHM. She has an interest in area of Public policy. Administration and Social Sector.

Animesh Sinha

Head of Sales, Tata Steel

Animesh Sinha is a metallurgical engineer from BIT, Sindri and is an alumnus of MDI, Gurgaon. He started his career with Tata Steel after his engineering in technical function and then moved to commercial function. He is currently working as Head of Sales in Tata Steel.  He had a brief stint with Hewlett Packard and a small firm dealing with operating lease business. He has eleven years of experience in marketing and sales and has been working closely with automotive and Small and Medium Enterprise segment. He is a certified TS 16949 auditor which is the International Quality Management Standard specifically for Automotive Industry.

Pranshu Singhal

Director in the Digital Learning Strategy team, Worldwide Education of Microsoft and the Head of Sustainability for Devices at Microsoft India

Pranshu works with education leaders and Ministries of Education, to support them as they implement major learning and technology programmes in the drive for ‘anywhere anytime’ learning transformation. He also leads the strategic planning and execution on sustainability, and designs sustainability programmes.

Pranshu worked with Nokia for over ten years in the core sustainability team and was based in Finland, Singapore, and India. He has a Master’s in Environmental Management and Policy from IIIEE, Sweden, and a Bachelor’s in Environmental Engineering from India. He is a strong advocate of sustainable lifestyles and consumption, and use of mobile technology for sustainable development. He has designed one of the world’s largest take-back and recycling program for mobile phones in India, and founded the Create to Inspire Youth Fellowship and the Create to Inspire School Program.

Satyajit Suri

International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Unitus Seed Fund

Satyajit has over 15 years of experience in public and private sectors with skills in strategic planning, organisational development, general management, business development, programme development, and project management. Through his work, he has developed a deep understanding of the inter-dependencies between government, business, and civil society. He has experience across multiple industries including IT, E-Governance, Management Consulting, Social Enterprise, Sustainability, and Impact Investing.

Satyajit has an MBA from the Sloan Fellows Program in Innovation and Leadership at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan School of Management. He received a fellowship at the MIT Legatum Centre of Development and Entrepreneurship, helping foster entrepreneurship and innovation in low-income and developing countries.

Previously, Satyajit worked at the National Institute for Smart Government (NISG), where he played a key role in the planning and implementation of some crucial high impact public service delivery programs, such as the UID-Aadhaar program and the eBiz (ease of doing business) initiative of the Indian Government. He has also consulted with World Bank's ICT Policy Unit and the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Iraq Public Sector Modernisation Programme. Currently, he is working with International Finance Corporation (IFC) for improving small business lending in India, and with Unitus Seed Fund for developing regional seed-stage impact investing ecosystems.

Neelanjana Banerjee

Associate Editor at BharatShakti.in

Neelanjana Banerjee is a Broadcast Media Specialist with over 16 years of cross-media experience in designing and producing content for television, radio and online media. Having held a wide range of positions in various aspects of electronic media, she has successfully executed the launch of media projects in India as well as Bangladesh. She is a multifaceted professional and has an in-depth and hands on experience in broadcast content, programming, media production, channel / product launch, TV and radio skills training and online content. She has also been a news and programming anchor on national television and is a corporate anchor too. At the moment, she manages the content and design of a start-up – a media think tank portal, BharatShakti.in, that informs and is informed by the Indian Defence Industry. Neelanjana hails from Bangalore, where she studied science, but it was in middle school itself that she developed a keen desire to tell stories as a journalist. She began her career in Delhi right after her graduation, and her training has been hands-on, with some of the best in the industry.

 

Neil Jain

Officer of the Indian Revenue Service

Neil Jain belongs to the 2004 batch of Indian Civil Services and has over 12 years of leadership experience in public management and administration, finance and taxation, law, human resource management, and international development cooperation. As an Officer of the Indian Revenue Service, Neil has adjudicated over extensive geographic and demographic jurisdictions, leading teams involving hundreds of personnel for tax evasion intrusive actions. As First Secretary Development Cooperation, Embassy in Myanmar, he was responsible for a $1.8 billion bilateral grant, overseeing the implementation of large-scale projects, in addition to regular coordination, diplomatic and representational duties.

Neil graduated in medicine and holds a postgraduate degree in business laws and taxation. He holds a diploma in French and has undergone specialised training in cyber forensics. He has a keen interest in technology and innovation.

Vartika Jaini

Founder, Vriddhi Rural Prosperity Services Limited

Vartika is a rural development professional committed to bringing large‐scale transformation in Central India. She has incubated several institutions and initiatives in themes including livelihoods, human and institutional development, youth development, arts, education, and health in a tenure spanning over 17 years at one of the oldest and most well-respected foundations in India. Vartika has provided strategic direction targeted at bringing deep impact and sector-wide transformation in these sectors. Her expertise includes investment for social and economic impact, development programme design for systemic change in different contexts, developing implementation processes, stakeholder collaboration, and strategic communication. She has been part of group relations conferences in the Tavistock tradition in both member and staff roles. Vartika is currently promoting entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship systems that that can provide sustained access to technology for prosperity, particularly in central India.

Sonika Meena

Chief Development Officer, Haridwar, Uttarakhand

Sonika is currently posted as Chief Development Officer, Haridwar, Uttarakhand. She has served the Government of India and Uttarakhand as an officer of Indian Administrative Services, and scientist for over ten years. Sonika holds a bachelor's degree from Mumbai University and a master’s degree in mathematics from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi. Prior to joining the Indian Administrative Services, she worked as a scientist at the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO). After joining Indian Administrative Services, Sonika held several leadership positions at the subdivision and district level at the Government of Uttarakhand. She served as Sub Divisional Magistrate and Additional District Magistrate, where she was responsible for public administration, law and order, revenue generation, elections etc. Afterward, she was promoted to Chief Development Officer, responsible for all development activities like education, health, planning, livelihood generation, e-governance and more. Sonika is also interested in Women and Child Development (WCD) and e-governance. Her focus area in WCD is undernourishment, malnourishment, and severe malnourishment. The aim is to encourage the development of malnourished children while also providing counseling and support to mothers. In regard to e-governance, Sonika is passionate about providing cost-effective services to the most ignored individuals and villages, right at their doorstep. Her plan is to use e-governance to develop self-reliant villages throughout the country. When she is free on weekends, Sonika also works with non-governmental organisations that serve the poor and underpriviledged. 

Archana Mittal

Director, Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Government of India

Archana Mittal is working as Director in the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation. She has the unique experience of framing policies at the national level for two very different sectors—the social sector and the infrastructure sector. In the social sector, she has been associated with Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana - National Urban Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NULM), which is the flagship programme of the Government of India for urban poverty alleviation. As Director (Freight) in the Ministry of Railways, she played an important role in optimisation of wagon design and public-private partnership for transportation of freight. She has exemplary academic credentials and has a postgraduate diploma in Business Administration from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. She believes that great leadership can make all the difference and is looking forward to learning from the programme. She is also fitness enthusiast and enjoys long-distance running.

Bhanu Prasad Mellachervu Naga

Partner - Digital Transformation and Innovation at Tata Consultancy Services Ltd.

Bhanu Prasad is a seasoned professional and thought leader in the fields of customer experience, innovation, and design. He is currently the Partner - Digital Transformation and Innovation at Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. He has had diverse and enriching experiences as a leader of large and geographically diverse teams from across the world. His current area of focus is the application of design thinking to drive innovation, a field that is at the intersection of human behaviour and technology. He is also engaged in the evaluation of start-ups that are disrupting traditional value chains, particularly in the banking and financial services landscape. He is passionate about making an impact in India with the application of digital to e-governance and urban development. Bhanu graduated with a degree in general management from Harvard University where he was awarded the Katie YF Yang Prize for academic excellence.

Devajyoti Ray

Deputy Director in the Narcotics Control Bureau for the Government of India

Devajyoti Ray is the Deputy Director in the Narcotics Control Bureau for the Government of India. Over the past four years, he has coordinated cross border operations leading to the seizure of huge quantities of narcotics, including the destruction of record quantities of illicit crops of opium and cannabis in 2016. Amongst Devajyoti’s professional achievements is the initiation of a series of measures in the district of Dakshina Kannada, Karnataka, to increase accessibility to the police service for the most disadvantaged sections of society. This involved organising public awareness programmes that resulted in the registration of a record number of cases in 2002. From 2003 to 2006, Devajyoti was Superintendent of Police in the district of Kodagu and worked to contain communal clashes with minimal violence by encouraging community participation. He also led successful armed operations against insurgent groups and assisted government in identifying issues leading to insurgency in Udupi.

Devajyoti completed an MA in Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University in 1995 and qualified in one of India’s most competitive examinations to join the IPS in 1999. His other achievements include working on the prevention of Electoral Malpractices, completion of important cases with the Criminal Investigation Department, preparation of confidential reports on specific drug issues and keeping up the morale of officers working in the hazardous field of drug law enforcement. For exemplary service at the National Control Bureau, Devajyoti was awarded the Director General’s Commendation in 2015.

Nitin Singh

Regional Director (North and East) at Radio Mirchi

Nitin Singh was recently promoted to Regional Director (North and East) at Radio Mirchi, India’s top FM radio channel, where he heads four business units. He is responsible for building listenership via content creation, and monetizing listenership from advertisers. Before being appointed as Regional Director, Nitin held the position of Senior Vice President & Cluster Head, North.

Prior to joining Radio Mirchi, Nitin was a Regional Sales Manager at Levis and a Senior Account Manager at Procter & Gamble, working on channel development for distribution of products, retail expansion, and creation of premium consumer buying experiences. Nitin earned an engineering degree from Andhra University and later an MBA from IIM.

Nikunj Kumar Srivastava

Joint Secretary, Department of Personnel and Training at Indian Administrative Service (IAS)

Neil Jain belongs to the 2004 batch of Indian Civil Services and has over 12 years of leadership experience in public management and administration, finance and taxation, law, human resource management, and international development cooperation. As an Officer of the Indian Revenue Service, Neil has adjudicated over extensive geographic and demographic jurisdictions, leading teams involving hundreds of personnel for tax evasion intrusive actions. As First Secretary Development Cooperation, Embassy in Myanmar, he was responsible for a $1.8 billion bilateral grant, overseeing the implementation of large-scale projects, in addition to regular coordination, diplomatic and representational duties.

Neil graduated in medicine and holds a postgraduate degree in business laws and taxation. He holds a diploma in French and has undergone specialised training in cyber forensics. He has a keen interest in technology and innovation.

Javvadi Subramanyam

Deputy Commissioner and District Magistrate, Goalpara district

Javvadi is a career bureaucrat in the Government of India with more than 14 years of varied professional experience, working as an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer in Assam. As a Deputy Commissioner come district magistrate of Goalpara district, Javvadi operates as the face of the state government and the head of district administration. This involves overseeing, monitoring, and coordinating the functioning of all government departments that provide various public services to the people. Goalpara district, with its many a public service delivery challenges, is an insurgency-prone border district with a population of over one million, and is a melting pot of various ethnicities. As Deputy Commissioner, Javvadi provides leadership from the front by providing systems for effective citizen feedback and prompt redressal of grievances, improving rural and urban governance, and enhancing transparency and proactive information disclosure including citizen engagement for improving participatory governance.

Anuraag Sunder

Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)

Anuraag Sunder is an insurance specialist with over 15 years of relevant cross functional, multi- geography, X- Line of Business (Advisory, Assurance, Tax) experience (both industry and consulting). He is presently working with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) as a Director focused on the Insurance Vertical. Anuraag leads go-to- market activities for all insurance advisory businesses, including: Strategic issues, such as  strategy projects, market entry, partner search, new JV launch management, M&A support, regulatory affairs; Digital, an area he is quite passionate about, and building capabilities for PwC; Enhancing operational efficiency across functions - U/W, Claims, Distribution, Ops; Performance effectiveness; Risk management and technology; Audit (statutory and internal); and Tax (direct and indirect). Anuraag is also responsible for working with marquee clients in Asia and taking PwC’s services from APAC to them. He is also part of a four-member global team, led by PwC’s Global Insurance Leader for developing thought leadership and insights for PwC’s Project Blue - ‘Future of Insurance.’ He is a co-author of six PwC global thought leadership publications and is PwC’s industry spokesperson who is regularly published on various areas of interest, such as India’s landscape in health insurance, future of life insurance, emerging risks and risk management, and bancassurance. He is also regularly quoted on current industry issues and trends in both Indian and international media.

Dinker Vashisht

General Manager for the Max Group

Dinker Vashisth works as a General Manager for the Max Group, a multi-business enterprise with interests in insurance, healthcare, senior living, real estate, manufacturing, and education. His current role involves business development and public policy. Dinker is a recipient of the Chairman's Award for outstanding contribution. Prior to his current role, Dinker was appointed as the Management Assistant to the Group Chairman, Analjit Singh, one of India's pre-eminent businessmen, and Chairman of Vodafone India.

Dinker joined Max Group after completing his MBA from the Indian School of Business, where he was awarded the prestigious Young Leaders Award. Before completing his MBA, Dinker worked as a journalist for five years with the Economic Times and the Indian Express, where a number of his articles and reports had significant national and international impact. He has also served as psephology and media advisor to Manpreet Badal, the former Finance Minister of Punjab and a former member of the Government of India's Empowered Committee of Finance Ministers. On behalf of the Indian School of Business, he has served as a project consultant to the Clinton Health Access Initiative.