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YIF is committed to supporting its Fellows to build unique and meaningful careers that will create significant impact in the domains of their involvement. To that end, the Young India Fellows will have the unique privilege of being mentored by eminent leaders, academicians and practitioners from India and abroad.

These mentors come from diverse sectors spanning media, consulting, non-profit organisations, banking, IT, etc. and they are committed to supporting the programme in the following ways:

  • Guiding the Young India Fellows in developing insights into sectors of their interest
  • Creating new opportunities for the Young India Fellows through their network
  • Enriching the curriculum by giving lectures and interacting with students and teachers through seminars and other events

This is a growing list and some of the mentors who have committed to extending their support include:

  • Sanjeev Aga

    Sanjeev Aga

    Mr. Sanjeev Aga is Managing Director of Idea Cellular Limited, which is among the top four mobile telephony players in India. He is a Director on the Board of the Aditya Birla Management Corporation, and is the Vice-Chairman of the Cellular Operators Association of India.

    In a business career commencing in 1973, Mr. Aga has held senior positions in Asian Paints, Chellarams (Nigeria), and Jenson & Nicholson. In 1987, he joined Blow Plast to head the furniture business, was made Chief Executive of Mattel Toys in 1990, and in January 1993 was appointed Managing Director of Blow Plast with multi-business responsibility including the flagship VIP luggage business.

    In November 1998, he was appointed CEO of the Aditya Birla Group's telecom JV, Birla AT&T Ltd. He led the company through a period of fast-paced change, through expansion and acquisition, and merger with Tata Cellular Ltd., to be CEO of what became Idea Cellular. From May 2005 until October 2006, Mr. Aga was Managing Director of Aditya Birla Nuvo Limited, a diversified conglomerate with manufacturing and service sector businesses.

    Mr. Aga is an Honours graduate in Physics from St. Stephen's College, Delhi and a postgraduate from the Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata.

  • Deepak Bagla

    Deepak Bagla

    Deepak started his career with the World Bank in the USA before returning to India to do a brief stint in Journalism, and an Indian business conglomerate – RPG Enterprises. In 1989, he joined Citibank’s Global Corporate and Investment Bank Group where he worked for 18 years, across regions including Asia, Africa and Europe. In March, 2007 he joined 3i Private Equity to start India’s first and largest Global PE Fund for Infrastructure. Deepak is a special invitee to the Government of India’s, “High Level Committee on Financing Infrastructure” – (2013). He was a member of the Banking & Finance Committee of the Bureau of Indian Standards (ISO affiliate 2005-06) and was also a member of the committee established by the Government to recommend corporate governance norms for independent directors (2006). He was elected President of Delhi Management Association (2008-09).Deepak has a Bachelors degree with honors' in Economics from St Stephens College, Delhi University, and a Masters in International Trade & Finance and Diplomacy, from the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, Washington DC.

  • Chandrika Bahadur

    Chandrika Bahadur

    Chandrika Bahadur is Director for Education Initiatives at the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, based in New Delhi. Previously from 2008-2011, she was advisor to the Chairman and Managing Director at Reliance Industries. Her primary responsibility was to help in the setting up of Reliance Foundation, a Rs. 1000 crores non-profit philanthropic foundation focusing on areas of education, health, rural development, and urban renewal. From 2001-2008, Chandrika worked with the United Nations in different capacities, where she worked across over 20 low and middle income countries, helping Ministries of Finance and Planning align their strategies to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). From 2003-2006, she was part of the leadership team of the UN Millennium Project, an advisory group convened by the then UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to recommend strategies for the MDGs. She co-authored the final recommendations of the project presented to the UN Secretary-General, Investing in Development: A Practical Plan to Achieve the Millennium Development Goals. Chandrika has prior teaching experience at Harvard and Columbia universities. She holds a Masters degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and a BA (Honours) in Economics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University.

  • Anuradha Bajaj

    Anuradha Bajaj

    Anu has been at the heart of global policy making on financial sector development, having led the UK Department for International Development’s (DFID) global policy and interventions on financial inclusion. She was UK co-chair of the G20’s financial inclusion agenda from 2011-2014, advocating for a global regulatory environment that fosters innovation in financial services delivery.

    Anu has been engaged in managing the UK government’s shareholding and strategic relationship for CDC, the UK’s Development Finance Institution as well as IFC (International Finance Corporation).

    In her ten years at DFID, Anu has worked across a range of interventions fostering innovation and change, working with policy makers globally, the private sector, academics and other donor partners, in creating market based solutions for addressing development challenges.

    Prior to joining DFID, Anu was a banker with ABN Amro and ANZ Grindlays Bank in India. She is an economist with an MBA from Mumbai University and has an MSc in Politics of the World Economy from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

    Anu now works as an independent advisor and lives in Singapore with her husband and son.

  • Satya Bererra

    Satya Bererra

    Satyavati Bererra heads the Consulting business for PwC India. She is also the Managing Partner of the Delhi officeand a member of PwC India’s leadership team. She has over 30 years of professional experience in carrying out assuranceand business advisory work.

    She has done extensive work across diversified sectors in the areas of Governance, Risk and compliance services. She has been actively involved in designing and implementing control strengthening and process improvement solutions for a variety of Indian and multinational companies.

    She is closely associated with social sector for the past several years. She has been on the board of Governing Council of Mobile Creches, a not-for-profit organization devoted to the upbringing of children from birth to 12 years, living on the construction sites and slums of Delhi (NCR) by providing them education, nutrition and health.

    Satya has graduated from Lady Shri Ram College in Economics and is a Fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI).

  • Vivek Bhandari

    Vivek Bhandari

    Dr Vivek Bhandari was the Director and Professor of Social Science at the Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA) in India. He is an alumnus of St. Stephen’s College, Delhi, and the University of Pennsylvania. After earning his doctorate from UPenn, he became a faculty member at the School of Social Sciences at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. In this capacity, Dr Bhandari also taught and researched collaboratively at academic institutions in the Five College Consortium located in Massachusetts. He had been in this present role since 2007, when he moved to India after fifteen years in the US.

    Born on March 4, 1970, Dr Bhandari is an alumnus of St. Stephen’s College, Delhi, and the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA. He did his BA (Honors) in History from St. Stephen’s College, and then a Master’s in Modern History from the University of Delhi. He went on to do a second Master’s in South Asian Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and proceeded to complete his PhD in History from the same university.

    Most recently, as a co-author of "The State of Panchayats Report: An Independent Assessment, 2007-08,” India’s first macro-study of institutions of local self-governance in India, Dr Bhandari has taken a particular interest in the study of social and community mobilizations in India, and explored strategies for mediation between the state and extremist movements. His work as a professor and the director of IRMA involves an in-depth engagement with the changing character of rural India, and the role that academic and civil society organisations can play in shaping the country’s fast-unraveling rural transformation. In 2008, Business Today magazine included him in its list of “India’s Top 25 Young Executives under the age of 40.” Most recently, on a short break from IRMA, he was a Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI)at the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Sanjeev Bikhchandani

    Sanjeev Bikhchandani

    Sanjeev Bikhchandani is the Founder and Executive Vice-Chairman of InfoEdge, the company that runs the popular job portal Naukri.com. Mr. Bikhchandani obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from St. Stephen's College, Delhi and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management ("PGDM") from IIM, Ahmedabad in 1989. His work experience includes an advertising position at Lintas India Limited, a marketing position at HMM Limited (now known as Glaxo SmithKline), and a senior management position at CMYK Printech Private Limited (owner of The Pioneer newspaper). Sanjeev, along with his partner Hitesh Oberoi, won the "Ernst and Young – Entrepreneur of the Year" award in 2008 for Business Transformation. He also won the Dataquest Pathbreaker Award & the Teacher’s Achievement Award for Business in 2008. Sanjeev is a frequent speaker on entrepreneurship at conferences and at business schools.

  • Melanie Bowen

    Melanie Bowen

    Melanie Bowen is a global business executive with experience in venture capital, business building, strategy consulting, and law. She is currently working with an Indian partner to build a high quality, sustainable, affordable school outside of New Delhi with an eye to replication, while continuing select additional Board and Advisory work in education and social business.

    Previously, Melanie was a Senior Advisor for Lok Capital, focusing on new initiatives including social performance management, education and healthcare. Before moving to India in 2008, Melanie was the first General Manager of the consumer health website RevolutionHealth.com, anchor property in the Revolution Health Network, launched by America Online founder Steve Case. Prior to this she was a senior executive at Discovery Communications, launching their education business, and, before that, leading a turn-around in a one of the company’s key finance departments. Melanie’s previous experience spans Asia, Africa, the Caribbean and the United States, including time as a management consultant with McKinsey & Co, a diplomat based in the Caribbean, and a tax consultant with PriceWaterhouse in Central Asia. Melanie holds a JD from Harvard Law School and a BA from Dartmouth College.

  • Unmesh Brahme

    Unmesh Brahme

    Unmesh Brahme is a Yale World Fellow and Country Director, Room to Read India, an organization dedicated to promoting and enabling education through programs focused on literacy and gender equality in education.

    Unmesh is also co-founder of Climate Civics Institute, a community-centric initiative in climate adaptation and policy innovation and SustainabilityCXO Partners Worldwide, a high end boutique global advisory working with CEOs, top

    management and boards, which he founded in collaboration with sustainability leadership practitioners and thinkers.

    Formerly at HSBC India as Head Sustainability and CSR, Unmesh was responsible for starting the bank’s microfinance initiative, social enterprise portfolio and Future First, the world’s first major-bank-led program for street children and education in over 50 countries, along with working on significant climate change initiatives in conjunction with the Ministries of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, Government of India, The Energy and Resources Institute, and other stakeholder groups.

    Earlier in his career, Unmesh worked as Head of Corporate Social Responsibility for Ogilvy & Mather, India, where he established the country’s first multiple award-winning brand social responsibility and cause marketing practice. Prior to that, he has had extensive experience in strategic consulting for organizations such as World Bank, Oxfam, and a number of other non-governmental organizations.

    Unmesh Brahme serves on the board of Global Business School Network, International Society of Sustainability Professionals, sphere-E and SustainAsia, and is a member of the Renewable Energy and International Law Network at Yale. He also serves on the editorial board of Anthem New Energy Finance at the Anthem Press, an independent publishing house with presence in UK, US and India.

    Unmesh is an established thought leader in sustainability and corporate responsibility with diverse interests in social, environmental, climate change, inclusive finance, human rights, international relations and public diplomacy domains. He teaches at business schools globally and speaks regularly at influential forums worldwide.

    At Yale University, he has provided thought leadership on emerging sustainability and corporate citizenship issues through his work with the schools of management, forestry and environmental sciences and law. His other engagements have been with the University of North Carolina and ISB Hyderabad.

    Unmesh is arts, theatre, music and culture enthusiast, hopes to play the saxophone someday, lives in New Delhi and blogs occasionally at unmeshbrahme.com.

  • Geetanjali Singh Chanda

    Geetanjali Singh Chanda

    Geetanjali Singh Chanda is a senior lecturer in the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at Yale University, where she has taught courses on globalization, autobiographies, family, cultural identity, popular culture, international feminisms and postcolonial India since 2001.

    Professsor Chanda received her PhD in English Literature from Hong Kong University, where she also taught courses in the Programme in American Studies. She received her Master's degree from George Washington University and taught at Gettysburg College. She has spoken at international fora and published widely on notions of home, family, and gender in Indian English literature in US and international publications. Her research interests include popular culture and feminist and transcultural pedagogy, masculinities and religion.

    She has convened and organised seminars, symposia and cultural events at Yale and participated in them in academic settings around the world. Professor Chanda has been published in many professional journals, magazines, and newspapers, as well as having written a book: Indian Women in the House of Fiction (Zubann Books, Delhi, 2008), which is in its second edition. Her most recent journal articles include: “Sikh Masculinity, Religion, and Diaspora in Shauna Singh Baldwin’s English Lessons and Other Stories (co-authored with Staci Ford) and Men and Masculinities (Month 2009 1-21, #2009 Sage Publications). The Urban Apartment as “Womanspace”: Negotiation Class and Gender in Indian English Novels (South Asian Review, Special Issue, 2009).

  • Sanjeev Chatterjee

    Sanjeev Chatterjee

    Dr Sanjeev Chatterjee is Vice Dean, Associate Professor and Executive Director at the Knight Center for International Media at the University of Miami, where he has taught classes in studio and field production, media and society, writing and documentary production at the University of Miami. He received an Excellence in Teaching Award in 2002 and has been nominated two more times since.

    Professor Chatterjee is producer, co-director and writer of a global motion picture project about potable water entitled “One Water”. An earlier short version of the film won two awards at the Broadcast Education Association and has been screened at special United Nations conferences in 2004 and 2005.

    Prof. Chatterjee’s earlier documentary work explores issues of identity among people in the Indian diaspora. His films on the topic are “Bittersweet” (1995) about Asian Indians in the United States and “Pure Chutney” (1998) about people of Indian origin in Trinidad. “Pure Chutney” won second place at the Film South Asia competition in Kathmandu in 1999. In 2005 Professor Chatterjee completed “Dirty Laundry” - an essay film about people of Indian origin living in South Africa.

    In 1999-2000, Professor Chatterjee was commissioned by the National Geographic Channel to produce television reports about environment and culture in India. The topics of these reports ranged from deforestation and habitat fragmentation to the survival of folk and classical dance in India.

    Professor Chatterjee has served on the Advisory Board for the Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy since its inception in 2003. In 2006 he accepted the responsibility to advise the global online enterprise databazaar.com on their philanthropy aimed at supporting American and Indian students in the fields of Visual Journalism. Professor Chatterjee earned his M A in English Literature from Delhi University and his M.F.A. in Television Production from Brooklyn College.

  • Ayush Chauhan

    Ayush Chauhan

    Ayush Chauhan co-founded Quicksand in 2005 (www.quicksand.co.in), a design research and innovation consultancy based in India, driven by the belief that design and inter-disciplinary collaborations are powerful tools to drive innovation and create social & business impact. He has since led the studio on projects with global corporations & foundations such as Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, PATH, UNDP, Google, Cisco & IDEO, on subjects as varied as water and sanitation, technology convergence, internet, education and healthcare. Specifically in urban sanitation, Quicksand has conducted an in-depth study of how India's urban poor interact with spaces, services and communities around the core issues of sanitation and hygiene. The study, christened as The Potty Project, and supported by the Gates Foundation, was presented at the South Asia Conference on Sanitation and has been published online at www.pottyproject.in. Quicksand also anchors an innovation eco-system called the Box collective which consists of B.L.O.T (a music, performing and visual arts collective - www.blottin.blogspot.com), Blindboys (a photo commune-www.blindboys.org) and Codesign (a brand strategy and communication design studio - www.codesign.in). One of the recent projects from the Box collective was the UnBox Festival (www.unboxfestival.com), a 4-day festival in Delhi celebrating creative thinking and interdisciplinary collaborations as the means of facilitating social and cultural change.

    Ayush received his engineering and business degrees from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and did a brief stint in brand & product management in the corporate sector before starting his journey as an entrepreneur. He was nominated by the Asia Society as part of Asia's Young Leaders Summit in Kuala Lumpur in 2009 and has served as an independent board member for Spandana, one of India's largest micro-finance institutions. He was invited by the Gates Foundation to be on the jury for Grand Challenges Exploration, a platform to foster innovation in global health and development.

  • Robert Chongthu

    Robert Chongthu

    Robert Chongthu is from the state of Mizoram and has read English for his graduate studies at St. Edmund’s College, Shillong. He has been in the Indian Administrative Service from 1997 and belongs to the Bihar Cadre. Robert started his career as Sub-Divisional Magistrate in Rajmahal sub-division of Sahebganj district in Jharkhand following which he was the Deputy Development Commissioner and Collector and District Magistrate at Saharsa district. From 2007 to 2009, Robert joined the Government of India on central deputation and worked as a Deputy Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Following this he was appointed as Private Secretary to Mr. Vincent H. Pala, the Minister of State for Water Resources for 3 years. Currently, Robert is Private Secretary to Mr. Ninong Ering, the Minister of State for Minority Affairs, Government of India.

  • Keki Dadiseth

    Keki Dadiseth

    Mr. Dadiseth is a former Chairman of Hindustan Levers Limited (now Hindustan Unilever Limited) and former Director, Home and Personal Care of Unilever, the parent company of HUL. Currently, Mr. Dadiseth is the Chairman of Sony India.

    Starting in 1973, he held various accounting and commercial positions with HLL and Unilever in India and London respectively. He became executive director and head of detergents for HLL in 1991, vice-chairman and managing director of HLL in 1995, and chairman of HLL in August 1996. At present, he sits on the boards of Nicholas Piramal India Limited, The Indian Hotels Company Limited and the Indian School of Business, among others.

    Mr. Dadiseth did his schooling from Bishop's School, Pune and studied at Sydenham College in Bombay before qualifying as a chartered accountant in London.

  • Ritu Dalmia

    Ritu Dalmia

    Chef Ritu Dalmia needs no introduction. Her insatiable appetite for endless gastronomic innovation and her collection of fine wines has warmed many hungry souls.

    Interestingly, she has not undergone any professional training to become the award winning Chef she is today. She cooked her first meal at the tender age of nine and has since built her expertise through experience, natural instinct, and immense passion for food. Her most important kitchen tip is – “Use the freshest of ingredients, and you cannot go wrong.”

    Chef Dalmia’s love affair with Italian cuisine began during her frequent visits to Italy while she was supporting her family’s marble business. At the age of twenty-one she started her first restaurant, Mezzaluna in Delhi, which was, in her words, 'a wonderful disaster' and so, after three years she closed shop. Moving to London she launched the much revered Indian restaurant Vama, with her partner Andy Verma, which was a roaring success. 

    Her heart, however, longed to return to India. Thus, she returned to Delhi in 2000, and opened DIVA with her friend Gita Bhalla. She now owns & manages a family of six unique restaurants in Delhi, as well as a thriving catering business. She is the host of two immensely popular cookery shows on national television – Italian Khana and Travelling Diva on NDTV Good Times, in addition to authoring three cookbooks - Italian Khana, Travelling Diva – Recipes from around the world, and Diva Green.

  • Pavan Gandhok

    Pavan Gandhok

    Tejpavan Singh Gandhok is co-founder and CEO of Lite Bite Foods, a high growth new venture focused on chain Restaurants & Food courts. He has over 18 years of international Senior Partner level experience in Country & Regional Head roles across Australia, US, South East & Middle East Asia with Strategy consulting & Private Equity firms such as Halycon, AT Kearney, Stern Stewart & co. and the Boston Consulting Group. He has advised most of the leading blue chip Indian , SE Asian as well as global MNC clients on issues such as: corporate portfolio and business unit strategy ; organisation design; business performance improvement; corporate finance and valuation; governance and senior executive remuneration.

    Pavan also worked with Monsanto as Director - business development and growth strategy for Asia-Pacific, ICI Australia and the University of Melbourne. He is also a co-founder and Lead Director of Natures Bounty an alcoholic beverages marketing company; co-founder and managing trustee of Madadghar a charitable trust. He has an MBA from UCLA (Dean’s list) and a BE Chem. Engg (Honours) from Univ. of Melbourne, as well as a qualification in journalism. Pavan is an Indian born, US educated, Australian citizen, permanent resident of Singapore and an Overseas Citizen of India.

  • Ashutosh Garg

    Ashutosh Garg

    He has worked in the corporate sector for 25 years. He worked for ITC Limited for 17 years, leaving in 1995 as Managing Director of one of the ITC group companies, based in Singapore. Thereafter he spent 8 years in the aerospace industry, four years each for Lockheed Martin and Hughes, running their satellite systems.

    In April 2003, the entrepreneurial bug bit him and he started a chain of Health and Beauty Retail outlets under the name Guardian. Guardian is the master franchisee for GNC Live Well in India and is now the leading wellness retailer in India. Guardian is also the publisher of the very successful newspaper and magazine in English and Hindi called the Guardian Health Chronicle.

    He is a director of the GAVI Alliance (www.gavialliance.org) since 2006 a US$ 8 billion fund formed by the WHO, UNICEF, The World Bank, the Gates Foundation and some of the developed nations to meet the 4th and 5th United Nations Millennium Development Goals for Women and Child health. A member of the Retail Strategy Council of India, he has also served on the Advisory Council of The Centre for Policy Research and continues to serve on the boards of several companies.

    In January 1995, he was recognised as a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum, Switzerland. He is an active member of the Young Presidents' Organization since 1994 and a Charter Member of TiE since 2007. 

    He writes regularly for various publications and has written for Business India, The Economic Times and other newspapers. More recently he is writing regularly for www.businessinsider.in. 

    His wife Vera is a Historian and teaches at the American Embassy School, New Delhi. His elder son, Varun an MBA from the London Business School works for American Express in Singapore as Manager Business Development. His younger son Ashwin works for Procter and Gamble in Toronto as Brand Manager.

    An avid golfer, he plays the Indian flute and enjoys reading and listening to Indian classical and vocal music.

  • Arunabha Ghosh

    Arunabha Ghosh

    Arunabha Ghosh is CEO of the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), India. He is also an Associate at the Global Economic Governance Programme, Oxford; Faculty Associate at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, Oxford; and Associate Fellow at the Governance of Clean Development Project at the University of East Anglia. He is a member of the working group of the Royal Society’s Solar Radiation Management Governance Initiative.

    Dr Ghosh was recently made a Global Leaders Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs, Princeton and at the Department of Politics and International Relations, Oxford. Previously, he was Policy Specialist at the United Nations Development Programme in New York and has worked at the World Trade Organization in Geneva.

    Dr Ghosh’s interests intersect international relations, global governance and human development, including climate, energy, water, trade and conflict. His recent publication, Harnessing the Power Shift: Governance options for international climate financing (Oxfam), comprehensively assesses the range of financing channels, funds and institutions and offers alternative design options for governing climate finance.

    Dr Ghosh has presented to the President of India, briefed the Indian Parliament, the European Parliament, the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly and trained ministers in Central Asia. He has hosted a documentary on the water crisis set out of Africa, Diary of Jay-Z: Water for Life, recognised as an Official Honouree at the Webby Awards. He has served as Assistant Editor and Book Review Editor of the Journal of Human Development and Capabilities.

    Arunabha holds a D.Phil. (Ph.D.) and M.Phil. in international relations from Oxford. He holds an MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Balliol College, Oxford, as a Radhakrishnan-Chevening Scholar. He graduated at the top of his class with a BA (Hons) in Economics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University.

  • Sanjay Gupta

    Sanjay Gupta

    Sanjay brings several years of experience leading and growing large teams and organizations worldwide.

    He took on the role of CEO Global at EnglishHelper after a long stint at American Express, where he served as Head of Customer Service- International Markets from Singapore, Head of Global Financial Operations from New York, and Senior Vice President of the India Leadership Team.

    He majored in Finance and  spent a number of years as CFO subsequently assuming General Management roles from the mid-90s.

    He has held senior positions at Motorola, Pepsico and Eicher in India. Currently, he serves as Director BOI AxA, Grow Talent Ltd., and other companies.

    Sanjay is on the Advisory Boards of organizations including Schneider Electric India and Acumen Fund. He is a Governing Council Member of the National Association of Social Enterprises, India (NASE, India).

    Deeply committed to the development sector, he has been engaged as Advisor/Trustee, with Charities Aid Foundation (India), Udayan Care and Mobile Creches.

    Sanjay is passionate about the role of Education in civil society. He contributes a frequent column at Economic Times (www.economictimes.indiatimes.co)

    Sanjay enjoys sharing his experience and lessons; he coaches leaders from a wide spectrum of pursuits: nonprofits, entrepreneurs and corporate executives. He is faculty with Duke University’s Executive Education Program.

    Married with a daughter in college, Sanjay lives in Gurgaon. He loves sport and travels when he can, including frequently to the family’s second home in Goa.

  • Vineet Gupta

    Vineet Gupta

    Vineet Gupta is the Managing Director of Jamboree Education, a leading education services provider. Vineet graduated in mechanical engineering from IIT, Delhi in 1991. But his passion is creating companies and setting up new businesses. He started his entrepreneurial career in 1992 by setting up a successful packaging company. In 1995, he co-founded Jamboree Education Pvt. Ltd., a company that provides training for exams like the GMAT, GRE, SAT, TOEFL and IELTS. With twelve centres across 6 cities, it is the largest company of its kind in India.

  • Hersh Haladker

    Hersh Haladker

    Hersh Haladker is an Innovation Design Engineer with majors in Design Enterprise from The Royal College of Art & Imperial College, London. He also graduated in Innovation Entrepreneurship & Design from the Imperial College Business School. On his return to India after graduating, he met experts like Dr. R.A.Mashelkar and Mr.VijayMahajan who are currently mentors and advisors to his company, who encouraged him to incubate a start up. Hersh started Instillmotion (ISM) three years ago which works around product, process and service Innovation that generates a unique business model between art/ design and business applying an innovation approach for problem solving solutions.

  • Jonathan Gil Harris

    Jonathan Gil Harris

    Jonathan Gil Harris is Professor of English at Ashoka University. Prior to this he has taught at George Washington University, Washington DC. He has also held positions at  Ithaca College, New York, and the University of Auckland in New Zealand. The past recipient of fellowships from the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Society for the Humanities at Cornell University, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, he has also served as Associate Editor of Shakespeare Quarterly since 2005.

    Professor Harris is the author of five books: Foreign Bodies and the Body Politic: Discourses of Social Pathology in Early Modern England (Cambridge University Press, 1998); Sick Economies: Drama, Mercantilism, and Disease in Shakespeare’s England (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004); Untimely Matter in the Time of Shakespeare (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008, named by Choice magazine as an Outstanding Academic Title for 2009); Shakespeare and Literary Theory (Oxford University Press, 2010); and Marvellous Repossessions: The Tempest, Globalization, and the Waking Dream of Paradise (Ronsdale Press, forthcoming 2012). He coedited, with Natasha Korda, Staged Properties in Early Modern English Drama (Cambridge University Press, 2002). He is also the editor of the third New Mermaids edition of Thomas Dekker’s The Shoemaker’s Holiday (Methuen, 2008); Placing Michael Neill: Issues of Place in Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama (Ashgate Press, 2011); and Indography: Writing the “Indian” in Early Modern England (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming 2012).

    Professor Harris is currently spending a year in Delhi to work on a book project called Becoming Indian, which considers poor European travellers to India in the seventeenth century – servants, soldiers, masterless men – who to lesser and greater extents became Indian, and whose elusive lives suggest the outlines of alternative Indo-European histories that potentially unsettle modern conceptions of bodies, race, and foreignness.

  • Sushil Jhangiani

    Sushil Jhangiani

    Sushil Jhangiani is a certified executive coach with 21 years of business experience behind him. Sushil has coached senior leaders both in India and abroad across diverse sectors and areas such as manufacturing, offshore services, IT, banking, UN agencies and Non-Governmental Organisations. Besides this, Sushil has worked with numerous senior leadership teams across domains to help them evolve shared visions, manage change, and improve effectiveness.

    Sushil’s work derives from a philosophy of service leadership deriving from the three core legs of self-awareness and understanding, role and value appreciation, and impact and legacy. Some clients that he has worked with recently include BASF, Tetra Pak, UNICEF, UNFPA, CARE, McGraw-Hill, Nokia and BAE Systems.

    Sushil is also a strategic and brand consultant. Sushil spent the first 13 years of his working life as a marketing professional, with companies such as Procter and Gamble and Reckitt Benckiser in India, Europe, and the Americas, before returning to India in 2004. Among other achievements, he was responsible for resurrecting a global business worth over $ 400 mn through strong product innovation, and achieving sustained profitable growth in geographies he handled.

    Sushil is a visiting faculty in the Marketing Area at the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad. In this role he teaches both first and second year students of the flagship Post Graduate Programme. The subjects he teaches include Advertising, Brand Management, Marketing Research, International Marketing and Sales Management.

    Sushil has a BSc from the University of Mumbai and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

  • Pari Jhaveri

    Pari Jhaveri

    Pari Jhaveri leads the Non-profit, CSR, BoP/inclusive markets and Education practice for TRANSEARCH India. Pari’s experience spans fifteen years across, CSR advisory, social enterprises and business operations and CXO and Board level executie search, advertising and marketing.

    She has also helped co-found initiatives in sustainability and CSR advisory and has been a global thought leader in these domains. Pari has pioneered the business approach to creating the country’s first brand social responsibility practice at Ogilvy & Mather Advertising, working with diverse clients such as Unilever, Castrol, BP, Johnson controls, Wockhardt and USAID. She has led the Private Equity practice at Hunt Partners, and founded the country’s first not-for-profit and education CxO and Board Search firm, Third Sector Partners, where she has hired over 600 senior leadership positions across 150 plus clients in India and overseas.

    Pari serves on boards and is advisor to innovative non-profits and social enterprises such as Centre for Civil Society and Miracle Foundation. Amongst Pari’s many accolades are the PR Week Asia Pacific Award, Asian Brand Marketing Effectiveness Award, Best Woman Entrepreneur Award by Chief Minister of Maharashtra and Edelweiss Social Innovation awards. Pari is performing arts enthusiast trained in theatre and classical music.

    She holds a Masters in International Relations and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School at Tufts University, and graduate and masters degree in psychology, social sciences and non-profit management from the University of Mumbai

  • Mekhala Krishnamurthy

    Mekhala Krishnamurthy

    Mekhala Krishnamurthy is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2010-2012) at CASI, having recently completed a Ph.D. in Anthropology from University College London. Based on eighteen months of ethnographic fieldwork, her doctoral dissertation spans three decades of rural transformation in the social, economic and political lives of an agricultural market (mandi) town in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. The dissertation explores the interconnections of changing agrarian practices, reforming agricultural commodity markets, the dynamics of political participation, and the forces of local, regional and corporate capital as they are experienced and expressed in the everyday lives and relationships of farmers, traders, laborers, state and corporate institutions.

    From 2003-2007, Mekhala worked at the Social Initiatives Group at ICICI Bank, the largest private sector bank in India. During this time, she coordinated the Group's Health Practice (now the ICICI Centre for Child Health and Nutrition) which is dedicated to securing sustainable improvements in the health and nutritional status of women and young children in the poorest regions of the country. Here, Mekhala facilitated partnerships between NGOs, governments and research institutions on a range of action-research, resource support and reform initiatives to develop community-based processes and public health systems in rural and urban contexts in Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Tamil Nadu, and Mumbai. She has also organized and participated in national and international seminars, consultations and conferences. She serves on a number of bodies located within civil society and independent public institutions. 

    Through long-term field research and public engagement, Mekhala seeks to contribute to strengthening institutions and public systems in the very regions that present the most difficult challenges and vibrant possibilities for social justice and change in India.

    Mekhala graduated magna cum laude with an A.B. in Social Studies from Harvard University, where she received the Thomas T. Hoopes Prize for her thesis on nariadalats, women's courts creatively conducted by and for rural women in the state of Gujarat. She subsequently completed an M.Phil. in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge, where she was the recipient of a Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Scholarship. Her doctoral work at University College London has been supported by a Graduate Student Research Scholarship, an Overseas Research Scholarship, and the UCL Global Excellence Scholarship.

  • Sanjay Kukreja

    Sanjay Kukreja

    Sanjay Kukreja is the Managing Director at ChrysCapital. Sanjay joined the Advisors in April 2000. He manages the business services sector and has assumed additional responsibilities for the manufacturing sector. Sanjay received an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore and graduated with a BA in economics from Delhi University.

  • Sujata Kulshreshtha

    Sujata Kulshreshtha

    Sujata is the founder-director of Wide Angle Films, a well-known production house based in Noida, India.  She has been producing and directing films for the biggest and best advertising agencies and channels in the country and abroad, for the last 25 years. She has worked for broadcasters like Discovery Networks, History TV18, NDTV and TV Today Networks and has won five international awards for documentaries done by her production house. The most recent of these was the Silver Hugo at the 2012 Hugo Television Awards, Chicago. Besides video-film production, her company has designed the complete broadcast graphics for Aajtak, Headlines Today and Star Majha (Star Marathi) apart from two South American news channels. They have also produced over 100 promos for Discovery Networks and TV Today Networks. After finishing her schooling from Welham Girls School in Dehradun, Sujata did a 5-½ year course in Visual Communication from the National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad, India’s premier design school. With a special interest in the field of education, she chose to do her final Visual Communication project in ‘Educational Aids for the classroom’. She was also selected to attend a special video workshop conducted by Martha Stuart of ‘Are You Listening Inc’, New York. Sujata served on the Board of Governors of The Scindia School, Gwalior for 7 years and is currently on the Board of her alma mater, Welham Girls’ School.

  • Punita Lal

    Punita Lal

    Punita is a high-calibre professional manager with over 25 years of experience in strategy, marketing and leadership. Her unique work experience spans multiple geographies and cultures. Punita is admired for her style of leadership, strategic thinking and ‘getting things done’. Punita has been chosen as one of India’s top 20 business women by Business Today in 2006 and was awarded Corporate Woman of the Year in 2009 by the FICCI Women’s Organisation.

    Punita’s last held role was as CEO for NourishCo, a strategic joint venture between the Tatas and PepsiCo in the area of healthier beverages, providing value-based hydration solutions to the bottom-of-the-pyramid, using innovative business solutions and a capital-light model. In her prior role, as Executive Director - Marketing, PepsiCo Beverages, PepsiCo’s revenue grew +18% CAGR, gaining 1.2% of share, spurred by the turnaround of Mountain Dew, Slice and Pepsi. She also launched Nimbooz, India’s first scale and locally relevant beverage platform innovation, while reinstating brand Pepsi as the most trusted FMCG beverage brand in India( post the decimation caused by the pesticide crisis ). Punita and her team won the Best Global Marketing team in PepsiCo award.

    Punita worked in Coca Cola, China for 5 years prior to returning to India, and began her career in advertising where she worked on several blue-chip FMCG clients including Unilever, J&J, Kellogg’s and Pepsi.

    Punita did her BA (Hons) in Economics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi and her MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata. Punita`s interests include Indian music, Jazz, gourmet cooking, clay pottery and travelling.

  • Ester Martinez

    Ester Martinez

    Ester, an HR professional turned entrepreneur, an alumnus from ISB in Hyderabad who chose to stay and work in India after her MBA and founded People Matters 3 years back. Ester has more than 14 years of experience in HR, with a wealth of knowledge in areas of talent and human resources management. Until 2008, she worked as a professional manager with a host of blue chip companies in different countries within Europe, UK and India. Ester holds a Postgraduate degree in Human Resources Management from EADA (Spain) and a Master’s Degree in Management from Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad. She is subcommittee lead for the HR Group at AMCHAM and also the Vice President of the National HRD Network - Delhi & NCR chapter. 

  • Anuradha Das Mathur

    Anuradha Das Mathur

    Anuradha Das Mathur is a Founder and Director of 9.9 Media (Nine Dot Nine Media) - one of India’s fastest growing niche media companies that offers high-quality, timely knowledge and insights to targeted consumers, business and professional communities through magazines, websites, events, and peer groups. Over the past 4.5 years, she has launched new businesses, turned-around older ones, and focused on either doing different things – or doing things differently; a characteristic that is now identified with her Company.

    Prior to running her own company with a group of partners, Ms Mathur ran Businessworld (a part of the Anand Bazaar Patrika Group), India’s most widely-read business magazine. She was responsible for growing the core magazine business and launching a series of new initiatives to supplement Businessworld.

    Anuradha brings a unique blend of intellectual insight and intuition to 9.9 Media, building new businesses by leveraging knowledge and human capital. She has strong professional relationships in the Indian CXO community and this makes her ideal for the leadership of 9.9 Media’s community businesses. Specifically, she manages 9.9 Media’s CFO, CIO, CISO, and CEO communities, in addition to its research business and India’s first speaker bureau. She is the publisher and a senior editorial resource for The CTO Forum, CFO India and Inc. India. She is a speaker and chair at many CXO level conferences and her areas of expertise include entrepreneurship, the future of media, and gender balanced leadership.

    Anuradha was recently selected for the prestigious FORTUNE magazine & US State Department Global Emerging Women Leader’s Programme. Established in May 2006, the programme identifies young, talented, emerging women business leaders from across the globe to spend a month in the United States and get mentored by top American female executives - FORTUNE's Most Powerful Women - and support them in their professional growth. She participated in the programme in 2009, joining 30 rising star women from around the world.

    She spent the early years of her career with the Indian affiliate of the Economist Intelligence Unit where she led the research and advisory business, and conceptualised and managed a series of businesses for CFOs and CEOs. She is a trained economist with a Bachelors degree from Delhi University and a Masters degree from Trinity College, University of Cambridge.

  • Madhavi Menon

    Madhavi Menon

    Madhavi Menon is Professor of English at Ashoka University. 

    Madhavi Menon is interested in desire. She is the author of Wanton Words: Rhetoric and Sexuality in English Renaissance Drama (University of Toronto Press, 2004), which explores how Renaissance rhetoric manuals encounter and present desire; and of Unhistorical Shakespeare: Queer Theory in Shakespearean Literature and Film (Palgrave, 2008), a polemical inquiry into the methodologies within which we study desire. She is also the editor of Shakesqueer: A Queer Companion to The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Duke UP, 2010), which is the first book to put queer theory in conversation with every one of Shakespeare's poems and plays. Named a "monumental" book by CHOICE magazine, Shakesqueer is already in its second print run.

    Her current research is on questions of identity and queerness. Titled Indifference or Queer Universalism, her newest book looks at performances and performance artists from different parts of the world to theorise alternative modes of inhabiting desire. Resisting the imperative to line up bodies and identities, she thinks of ways in which our desires can continually surprise and expand as well as undermine what we think of as our fixed selves. Literature undermines the narrative of the fixed self while many strands of politics seek to enshrine it. This current book looks both at the literary tensions and the political possibilities generated by an unpredictable desire. 

    Professor Menon has taught classes on queer theory, literary theory, Renaissance literature, and drama at American University in Washington, DC. She has also taught extensively at Delhi University and JNU. Prior to completing her Ph.D from Tufts University in Boston, she did her BA and MA in English from St. Stephen's College, Delhi University, where she was the College topper in her BA, and the gold medal-winning University topper in her MA.

    Shakesqueer: A Queer Companion to The Complete Works of Shakespeare

  • Estelle Metayer

    Estelle Metayer

    Estelle Métayer is an expert in Competitive and Strategic Intelligence. Her research focuses on how managers, CEOs, and board members build and improve their strategic planning and/or competitive intelligence function to avoid strategic blindspots. Her best work is done when companies need to drastically change the way they do business and/or grow aggressively. She is a reputed public speaker in international conferences and facilitates strategic workshops around the world. An adjunct professor for McGill University, she teaches with Henry Mintzberg in the International and national Advanced Leadership Programmes and the International Master for Health Leadership. She also introduced Competitive Intelligence into the McGill-Rottman School of Business’s certification program for Canadian board directors, and into the new HEC-McGill Executive MBA. Estelle is also a guest lecturer at International Master’s Programme in Practicing Management led by Lancaster University, McGill, the IMB (India) and INSEAD and at IMD, Lausanne.

    Prior to selling the company in 2004, Estelle was the president and founder of Competia, the leading training organisation for executives and analysts in Strategic Intelligence. Competia launched in 1998 Competia.com which became the world's largest community, portal and magazine for strategy professionals, receiving over 1 million hits each month.

    A former consultant at the international Strategic Consulting firm McKinsey & Company, she gained first-hand practical experience while managing the competitive intelligence, business development and strategic planning function at CAE Inc. She started her career at the ING Bank in the Netherlands and in Poland, studying the financial risks of expanding into emerging countries.

    She received in 2000 the Arista Sunlife Award for "Entrepreneur of the Year" and was a finalist in 2001 for the Award "Women of Merit" from the YWCA. She sat on the board of the Grands Ballets Canadiens and of World Canada Youth. She was trained in the Netherlands, where she obtained her MBA and Drs. from the University of Nijenrode.

    Estelle speaks French, English, German, Dutch, Italian and Arabic. She is also a mother, a commercial pilot and flight instructor.

  • D N Mukerjea

    D N Mukerjea

    D.N. Mukerjea is the founding editor of Fortune India, brought out jointly by the ABP Group and Time Inc. Since its launch in October 2010, Fortune India has emerged as India's most widely read international business magazine, with a total readership of over 4 lakh. A keen observer and commentator of India's rapidly altering business environment, Mukerjea has been a business journalist for over 20 years, holding several senior positions within the ABP Group.

  • Anoop Prakash

    Anoop Prakash

    Anoop Prakash is the Managing Director for Harley-Davidson India where he is responsible for sales, business development and marketing for motorcycles, parts and accessories and general merchandise.

    Prakash formerly served as a Senior Executive Service appointee in the administration of former U.S. President George W. Bush. He served as Deputy Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development and has worked as Associate Administrator for Entrepreneurial Development at the U. S. Small Business Administration. Prakash has actively participated in U.S.-India trade promotion as a vehicle for economic development and growth for both countries.

    Prakash previously held senior private sector roles in strategy, marketing and business development, including Vice President of Strategy & Business Development at LexisNexis, Director of Business Development at Siebel Systems (acquired by Oracle Corporation) and consultant at McKinsey & Company.

    A former U.S. Marine Corps Officer, Prakash holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Public Policy from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Prakash has served on several non-profit boards in Washington D.C., including the Indian American Leadership Initiative and Brainfood.

  • Ankur Puri

    Ankur Puri

    Ankur is on his journey of discovery. In the last decade, he has explored building robots, serving clients as a management consultant, launching an institution for academics and research, managing a restaurant and providing health services using cell phones in rural India.

    He is part of the India office of McKinsey & Co. He has been with the Public Health Foundation of India, as part of the launch team and Head of Partnerships.

    Ankur recently completed his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He has received his B.Tech. and M.Tech. degress in Computer Science from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.

  • RCM Reddy

    RCM Reddy

    Mr. RCM Reddy is the Managing Director & CEO of IL&FS Education & Technology Services Ltd. and it’s subsidiaries namely IL&FS Cluster Development Initiative Ltd. and IL&FS Skill Development Corporation. These companies are promoted by Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Ltd. (IL&FS), the leading infrastructure and financing company of India. 

    Mr. Reddy, in the capacity of MD & CEO of these companies, is responsible for all social sector initiatives of IL&FS Group in the areas of education, skill development, e-governance, health and cluster development. He has designed and implemented several path-breaking initiatives in partnership with the government and industry in the areas of SME cluster development and skill development with focus on youth below poverty line. 

    Mr. Reddy is also actively engaged in several industry-government interface initiatives. He is the Chairman of FICCI Skills Forum, co-chair of FICCI MSME Committee, in addition to being the co-chair of UK India Skills Forum. 

    Mr. Reddy is a former Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, and before joining IL&FS, he worked with Government of India and Government of Tripura in various capacities. Mr. Reddy also worked briefly with United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in the area of cluster development. 

    Mr. Reddy holds a masters degree in Urban & Regional Planning and a bachelor degree in Civil Engineering.

  • Orlanda Ruthven

    Orlanda Ruthven

    Orlanda has been based in India since 1998 when she came with DFID’s (Department for International Development) Private Sector Development Programme to work on micro finance, small enterprise support and corporate social responsibility. She currently works part time with Impact Limited and has worked full time with DFID, University of Manchester, Delhi, for the DFID-funded research project on the financial behaviour of poor people in two north Indian sites  in 2000- 2001, as an Assistant Advisor – DFID, London & New Delhi and as a Fund Raising Advisor at ITDG & Sarvodaya, Sri Lanka.

    Orlanda`s consultancy assignments include research and advocacy project on the responsibilities of business towards migrants circulating between rural and metro areas for work, improving job quality & social security in Jaipur’s jewelry sector, surveyed terms and conditions of workers in the complete supply chains of two Moradabad-based vendors and recommended practical remedies, in Industry-Government Dialogue in the development of regional cities, and also in the financial, outreach and governance analysis of five government-owned social banking institutions operating in remote rural areas across India.

    Orlanda has a PhD in Development Studies from the University of Oxford on social compliance and ethics in the workplace in an informal sector industrial cluster (Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh) and its product chain to European markets. She has done a Foundation course in Development Economics and has an MA in Anthropology of Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. Her Bachelors degree is in Social Anthropology from University of Manchester, Manchester, UK.

  • Sanjiv Sachar

    Sanjiv Sachar

    Sanjiv Sachar has a Bachelor degree (Honours) from Delhi University Hindu College (1978) and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (1982). He was previously with A.F. Ferguson (1982-85) as a Auditor, Senior Consultant and thereafter worked as Senior Manager Finance in SRF Nippondenso (1985-86) before setting up independent consulting practice (1986-1995). Sanjiv is the founding Partner of Egon Zehnder International, IndiaPractice since1995. He was the India Country Head from 2003 to 2008. He is also a core member of the Firm’s Global Financial Services and Industrial Practice and leads the CFO practice in India and has extensive experience of handling cross border Non Executive Director, CEO and Senior Functional Head mandates.

  • Richa Saklani

    Richa Saklani

    Richa’s been a corporate trainer since 2007 in areas like Leadership, Thinking & Creativity, Self-discovery, Visioning, Team Building, Communication Skills etc. with companies like GSK, Pepsi, Microsoft, etc. She’s MBTI- Level I and II certified. She set up and has been running her company “WorkWise” since 2003 working in Career Guidance and Placement Training with schools and business schools. She studied at IIM-A & St Stephens.

  • Aparna Sanyal

    Aparna Sanyal

    Aparna Sanyal is a producer, director and media entrepreneur based in Delhi. She has been the India Producer for several TV documentary series including 'IRTA: Deadliest Roads'  for History, 'World's Toughest Truckers' for Discovery and 'Incredibly Small World' and 'Half Ton World' for National Geographic. She has also directed films for the prestigious Public Service Broadcasting Trust in India. In the past, she has been the head of Programming for the Delhi Bureau of Times Now, one of India's leading English News Channels. Aparna has produced/directed more than 100 hours of business TV programming, more than 60 hours of television documentaries and more than 15 independent documentary/short films for Indian and international channels. Aparna was one of the international jurors for the UNICEF Asia Pacific Child Rights Films Award in 2009 & 2010. She has been the recipient of Film Fellowships from the Public Service Broadcasting Trust in 2010 and 2011. In 2010, she was recognized by the British Council as a 'Young Creative Entrepreneur'. In 2011, she won multiple awards for her film 'A Drop of Sunshine'. In 2012, she was awarded the 'Rajat Kamal' at 59th National Film Awards, the most prestigious honour for filmmakers in India. Aparna is also one of the founder members of! 'FD Zone Delhi', a monthly documentary film screening and discussion club, in conjunction with the India Habitat Centre, Delhi and Films Division, India.

  • Sanjeev Sanyal

    Sanjeev Sanyal

    Sanjeev Sanyal is an Indian economist, environmentalist and urbanist. He is Founder and President of the Sustainable Planet Institute. He is also one of Asia's leading financial economists and is Deutsche Bank's Global strategist. He played an important role in changing the image of India as an international investment destination and is the author of the bestselling book "The Indian Renaissance: India's Rise after a Thousand Years of Decline" (Penguin).

    The World Economic Forum named him a Young Global Leader for 2010.

    Sanjeev Sanyal is also a well-regarded environmentalist and expert on the economics of cities. He has been a strong advocate of including "walkability" and organic evolution in the way we think of cities. In 2007, he was awarded the Eisenhower Fellowship in recognition for his work on urban systems. He is a member of the Steering Committee of "Urban Age" at the London School of Economics and is also a Senior Fellow of the World Wildlife Fund. He is Director of the Green Accounting for Indian States Project - an environmental accounting project. He has been closely involved with Aavishkaar Micro Venture Fund which won the UN's World Business Award for 2006. He has been an Adjunct Fellow of the Institute of Policy Studies at the National University of Singapore, in 2009, he joined the Board of Governors of AFPRO, one of India's largest organizations working on food security. He has also been a Visiting Scholar at Oxford University and has also advised the UK government, United Nations Environment Programme, and other international agencies.

    He writes a regular column for Business Standard, India's second largest business newspaper. He attended Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University and St John's College, Oxford where he was a Rhodes Scholar.

  • Mihir Shah

    Mihir Shah

    From 2009 to 2014, Mihir Shah was Member, Planning Commission, Government of India, holding the portfolios of Water Resources, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj. He is the youngest ever Member of the Planning Commission. Shah was chiefly responsible for drafting the paradigm shift in the management of water resources enunciated in the 12th Five Year Plan. He also initiated a makeover of MGNREGA, the largest employment programme in human history, with a renewed emphasis on rural livelihoods based on construction of productive assets. In September 2015, the Government of India invited Mihir Shah to chair a Committee on Restructuring the Central Water Commission and Central Ground Water Board. He submitted this report, which recommends far-reaching reforms in the water sector, in July 2016.

    Mihir Shah graduated in Economics from St. Stephen's College, Delhi University (where he won the prestigious KC Nag Economics Prize) and did his post-graduation from the Delhi School of Economics (where he was Merit Scholar) in the 1970s, before going on to complete a much-acclaimed doctoral dissertation at the Centre for Development Studies, Kerala. 

    After teaching for some years at the Centre, he resigned to explore fresh terrain beyond the ivory towers of conventional academia, which culminated in 1990 in the formation of Samaj Pragati Sahayog (SPS). Inspired by the life and work of Baba Amte, SPS is today one of the largest grass-roots initiatives for water and livelihood security, working with its partners on a million acres of land across 72 of India’s most backward districts. Shah has spent more than two decades living and working in central tribal India, forging a new paradigm of inclusive and sustainable development. This work has shown that watershed development combined with bio-diverse agriculture, other nature-based livelihoods and women-led, institution-centred micro-finance, can result in sustained higher incomes, environmental regeneration and empowered communities in some of India’s most historically deprived regions.

    Mihir Shah has addressed audiences on his life’s work all over the world from Stanford University to the World Bank in Washington, the OECD in Paris, the Arctic Circle in Iceland, Chatham House and University College, London, UNESCO-IHE at Delft, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Austria, International Water Management Institute, Colombo and the Singapore Water Week. He was the Keynote Speaker at the Global Water Summit in Rome in 2012.

  • Parth Shah

    Parth Shah

    Parth J. Shah is the founding president of the Centre for Civil Society (CCS), an independent, nonprofit think tank in New Delhi. CCS offers public policy solutions within the framework of the rule of law, subsidiarity, community engagement and competitive markets. It is currently focused on education reforms through the School Choice Campaign: Fund Students, Not Schools!and on livelihood deregulation through the Law, Liberty, & Livelihood Campaign and Jeevika Documentary Festival.

    Parth taught economics at the University of Michigan before returning to India to start CCS. He has published academic articles in the areas of development economics, welfare economics, business-cycle theory, free or laissez-faire banking, and currency-board systems. He has edited Morality of Markets, Friedman on India, Profiles in Courage: Dissent on Indian Socialism, Do Corporations have Social Responsibility?, and co-edited Law, Liberty, and Livelihood, The Terracotta Reader, and Agenda for Change. He writes regularly in newspapers and magazines. He is also the youngest Indian member of the Mont Pelerin Society, the premier international association of classical liberals.

  • Jayant Sinha

    Jayant Sinha

    Jayant Sinha is the Managing Director of Omidyar Network India Advisors, where he leads overall investment strategy and operations in India. In his role, Jayant helps Omidyar Network manage and develop the India-based portfolio across Access to Capital and Media, Markets & Transparency initiatives.

    Prior to joining Omidyar Network, Jayant was Managing Director of Courage Capital Management, where he led technology and India-related investing for a global special situations hedge fund. Prior to joining Courage Capital in 2006, Jayant spent 12 years with McKinsey & Company as a Partner in the Boston and Delhi offices. During his career with McKinsey, he led a variety of strategic, operational, and transaction-related projects with corporations in North America, Europe, and India. Jayant’s experience also includes serving as President of Internet Business Capital, an early stage VC firm, and consulting positions at Stone & Webster and Synergic Resources Corporation. Jayant has an MBA with distinction from the Harvard Business School, an MS in energy management and policy from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Technology with distinction from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.

  • Siddharth Tata

    Siddharth Tata

    Siddharth Tata leads Acumen’s work in the agriculture sector in India where he is responsible for developing the investment strategy, leading new investments and managing existing investments. In his last role at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Siddharth worked with non-profit organizations to help build programs in the areas of dairy development, watershed management, and creating market linkages to improve incomes of farmers in India. Previously, as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company’s Mumbai office, he advised clients in the retail, IT, and financial services industries. He has also assisted a Mumbai-based investment firm on its agriculture investment strategy and helped launch a turnaround program for coffee washing stations in Rwanda as a volunteer consultant with TechnoServe. Siddharth has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, where he was awarded the Shankar Dayal Sharma prize for excellence.

  • Dev Tayde

    Dev Tayde

    Dev Tayde has been the Executive Director of Indicorps since August 2010. Dev joined the Indicorps team in January 2006 and has ambidextrously juggled Project Development and Fellowship Support roles. Dev brings a decade of experience spread over low cost housing and sanitation, community development, governance, education, youth development and capacity building. His volunteer stints with numerous organisations across India have enabled him to channelize his passion for service. Dev assisted and co-founded Down To Earth and Jagruti, non-profits engaged with children and youth from humble backgrounds and rural development respectively. Dev loves his time with earthworms as they collectively dig deep to make the world greener, and with young adults in workshops and on sports fields exchanging notes about making things better. 

    Prior to joining Indicorps, Dev earned his Masters of Social Work and gained field experience with Shelter Associates and Akanksha. During his time at the Akanksha Foundation, he was voted “Most Hardworking Team Member” for two successive years. The award was scrapped in the third year!!

    He is currently working for Unlimited India. Indicorps offers prestigious grassroots public service fellowship to implement sustainable development projects with community-based organizations across India. 

    Indicorps is a non-partisan, non-religious, non-profit organization with its India operations based out of Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Indicorps’ objectives are multifold: providing Indians from all over the world with a channel to reconnect with India and with the means to contribute to its development, while fostering a new generation of socially-conscious global leaders.

  • Arjun Uppal

    Arjun Uppal

    Arjun is currently Head of Agri Business at Hariyali Kisaan Bazaar. This is a rural retail initiative of DSCL (DCM Shriram Consolidated Limited) and works with the objective of delivering goods and services to the rural community across India. It is the largest organized sector enterprise engaged in rural retail in India. He is directly responsible for several businesses such as Dairy, Fruits and vegetable, Seeds, Cattle Feed, vocational training, telecom etc.

    Prior to this Arjun was an Advisor to ICICI Bank’s Rural Credit Businesses: (2005 to 2007). There were two phases in this role. First was to interface between ICICI Bank and potential customers that operated in the rural space. This entailed working with large corporates such as ITC, Godrej, Hindustan Unilever, Reliance, Fabindia, Tata Chemicals etc with the objective of understanding their business models. Based on their needs, the Bank would create relevant products to cater to specific requirements. Creating a producer company model for Fabindia was one of the highlights.

    During the second phase, he worked closely with Dr Nachiket Mor and ICICI Foundation. The objective was to build businesses that had social impact. This covered several sectors such as food processing, handicrafts, skills, rural tourism, energy, etc. It essentially involved understanding the sector, identifying successful models, preparing business plans, funding such enterprises and then mentoring these to reach scale.

    Arjun was Managing Director of Mother Dairy Foods Ltd in its formative days. (2002-2003). The company’s mandate was to build a contemporary brand, form joint ventures with state federations and run the business in a commercially viable manner.

    Arjun spent 19 years with Hindustan Unilever Ltd till 2002 and worked in various commercial and general management roles. Two major achievements were in turning around the Seeds business and Kimberly Clark Lever Limited from losing operations to profitable ones.

    Arjun’s two major interest areas are agriculture and social entrepreneurship. He has experience in these areas having worked in this space for over twenty years. He is associated with the BASIX group as well as several NGOs.

  • Gilles Verniers

    Gilles Verniers

    Gilles Verniers is PhD candidate at Sciences Po, Paris, and Ph.D. affiliate at the Centre for Human Sciences, New Delhi. His research focuses on the Samajwadi Party and Electoral Politics in Uttar Pradesh. It covers the various dimensions of political representation:electoral sociology, study of legislators, party politics, party-voter linkages, elections and governance, corruption and criminalization. He also serves as Sciences Po Representative to India, in charge of student and faculty mobility and academic cooperations with various Indian partners. He is based in New Delhi since 2005.

  • H H S Vishwanathan

    H H S Vishwanathan

    HHS Vishwanathan was a member of the Indian Foreign Service for 34 years. He has a long and diverse experience in International relations and Diplomacy. His foreign assignments include Belgium, Zaire, Czechoslovakia, Germany, China, Italy, Cote d' Ivoire, USA and Nigeria. He was the Head of Mission (Ambassador/ High Commissioner) in Cote d'Ivoire and Nigeria with concurrent accreditation to Niger, Guinea (Conakry), Sierra Leone, Cameroon, Benin, Chad, Equatorial Guinea and Sao Tome and Principe. At the Headquarters in MEA, he has been Deputy Secretary (East Europe) and Joint Secretary (Administration).In USA, Vishwanathan held the position of Consul General of India in San Francisco with a consular jurisdiction over 14 States in the mid- West and West coast of the US.

    He has also considerable experience in multilateral diplomacy and represented India in the African Development Bank, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO). He was also an Observer at the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

    He has participated in several conferences/seminars/workshops in UC, Berkley, UCLA, Stanford University, CSU, Riverside, Nigerian Institute of International Affairs and University of Sienna (Italy)

    Presently he is working as a Distinguished Fellow at ORF's Centre for International Relations



YIF scholarships have been made possible by generous donations by a stellar set of individuals who want to give back and make a real difference to higher education in our country.

Some of these sponsors include:

  • Dhruv Agarwala – Co-Founder, iTrust
  • Sanjay Agarwal – MD, Deutsche Bank &
    Mrs. Manisha Girotra – CEO, UBS India
  • Mrs. Shikha Aggarwal &
    Sanjeev Aggarwal – Co-Founder & MD, Helion Advisors
  • Ajay Bahl – Founding Partner, AZB & Partners
  • Avnish Bajaj - Co-Founder & MD, Matrix
  • Pramod Bhasin - Founder, CEO, Genpact
  • Amit Bhatiani – Partner, CX Partners
  • Mrs. Karima Burman &
    Gaurav Burman – Managing Partner, Elephant Capital
  • Sumir Chadha - M D, Sequoia Capital
  • Sohil Chand - M D, Norwest Venture Partners
  • Amit Chandra – M D, Bain Capital
  • Puneet Dalmia – M D, Dalmia Cement
  • Stephen Dent – Chairman, Birch Hill Equity
  • Sushil Dharmarha – Director, Polarities
  • Ashish Gupta - CEO, Evalueserve India
  • Frank Hancock – M D, Barclays Capital India
  • Abhay Havaldar - MD, General Atlantic
  • Sachit Jain – Executive Director, Vardhman Group
  • Nirmal Jain - Chairman, India Infoline
  • Gulpreet Kohli - MD, ChrysCapital
  • Sanjay Kukreja – MD, ChrysCapital
  • Sanjiv Kumar - Secretary, Takshila Educational Society
  • Mrs. Kiran Malhotra &
    Arjun Malhotra – Ex-Chairman, Headstrong
  • Sandeep Mathur - Director, Citibank
  • Rajiv Memani - Country Managing Partner, Ernst & Young Pvt. Ltd.
  • Vinay Mohan Singh – MD, ROC Capital
  • Zia Mody - Senior Partner, AZB & Partners
  • Ajit Nedungadi – M D, TA Associates
  • H. Nemkumar - President, India Infoline
  • Atul Nishar – Founder & Chairman, Hexaware Technologies
  • Alok Oberoi – Founding Partner, ACP
  • Rithankar Pal – M D, Barclays Capital New York
  • Ramanan Raghavendran - Managing Partner, Kubera Partners
  • Srini Raju – Co-Founder & Chairman, Peepul Advisors & i-labs
  • Mrs. Swati Ramanathan - Co-Founder, Janaagraha & Chairperson, India Urban Space Foundation &
    Ramesh Ramanathan – Founder, Janaagraha
  • Jerry Rao – Founder, Value & Budget Housing Corporation; Founder, MphasiS
  • Ajay Relan – Founder, CX Partners
  • Rajiv Sahney – Founder & Managing Partner, New Vernon
  • Uday Shankar – CEO, STAR India
  • Vivek Sharma - CEO, IndUS Growth Partners (An affiliate of Piramal Group)
  • Kunal Shroff – M D, ChrysCapital
  • Analjit Singh - Founder & Chairman, Max India
  • Sandeep Singhal – MD & Co Founder, Westbridge Capital
  • Saurabh Srivastava - Co Founder & Director, Indian Angel Network
  • Akhila Srinivasan – M D, Sriram Transport Group
  • Ayesha Thapar – Director, India City Properties
  • Brahmal Vasudevan – MD, Creador Capital
  • Puneet Vatsayan - CEO, Mobera Systems


Young India Fellowship has been thought of and developed by a team of like-minded, successful philanthropists with strong academic and professional track records. They are also the founding directors of the International Foundation for Research and Education, a non-profit organization dedicated to the cause of quality education.

Having received the best education in India and outside they are well aware of the challenges and opportunities in this critical sector and believe in the power of quality education to change the lives of people.

The founding team consists of the following individuals:

Core Team

  • Dean: Pramath Raj Sinha
  • Deputy Dean: Anunaya Chaubey
  • Associate Dean, Academic & Student Affairs: Anu Prasad
  • Manager, Professional & Leadership Development: Mercia Prince
  • Manager, Professional & Leadership Development: Tanita Abraham
  • Senior Manager, Marketing & Admissions: Jesleen Lalmuanawmi
  • Manager, Marketing & Admissions: Shravan Kumar
  • Deputy Manager, Academic & Student Affairs: Atrayee Sengupta
  • Deputy Manager, Academic & Student Affairs: Devleena Chatterji
  • Deputy manager, Academic & Student Affairs: Adil Shah
  • Accounts Manager: Rajeev Srivastav
  • Assistant Accounts Manager: Santosh Kumar
  • Assistant Manager IT: Rakesh Ningombam
  • Hostel Warden: Ex-captain R. K. Yadav
  • Assistant Warden: Ex.Subedar Laxmi Narayan
  • Office Assistant: Ful Chand Mahato
  • Supervisor: Khayali Ram

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