Sarpanch of Soda village, Chhavi Rajawat, took everyone by surprise when she gave up her corporate career after an MBA. She adopted the path of leadership at the grassroots level and has been struggling to get drinking water facilities, improving the lot of women as well as strengthening the education system in her village. An alumnus of the prestigious Lady Shri Ram College of Delhi, Chhavi as a Sarpanch has carried out many development works in her village.
Poonam Barua is the Founder Chairman of the Forum for Women in Leadership and CEO of WILL Forum India. She is working on leveraging the talent pool of women and sharing best practices for women in the workplace and mentoring them for leadership roles.
Journalist turned humanitarian worker turned activist turned journalist, Bijoy Patro is Head of Programmes and Editor, Special Projects, with OneWorld Foundation. He has worked with a number of Indian and international media groups and organizations, mainly covering issues on South Asia.
Medha Patkar is the well-known Indian activist who played an active role in Narmada Bachao Andolan and ensured that the displaced people — farmers and tribal — got their rights including land in lieu of acquisition of their farmlands. She is known for violence-free agitations and leading the masses from the front.
Dr. Antony Gnanamuthu is member, Expert Appraisal Committee (Industries), Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India. The committee is responsible for Environmental Impact Assessment .
Thomas Chandy is the Chief Executive Officer, Save the Children India.
Pramod K. Joshi
Dr. P.K.Joshi is Director for South Asia, International Food Policy Research Institute. His areas of research include technology policy, market, and institutional economics.
Dr. Arun Gupta is Member, Prime Minister's Council on India's Nutrition Challenges and Regional Coordinator, International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) Asia Pacific.
Till recently the Director of Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia, Dr R Sreedher has a rich experience of working with the electronic media beginning 1972, particularly All India Radio and Doordarshan, in various capacities. He is presently Professor Emeritus, Apeejay Stya University. He was involved in the launching of the Gyan Darshan group of Television channels, including Vyas, the higher education channel of the UGC, and Eklavya, IIT’s TV channel.
Mukul Sharma is South Asia Regional Director of Climate Parliament, a group of legislators working to raise issues concerning climate change across the world.
Manoj Rai is Director, Society for Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA). He has specilised in local governance and has vast experience of working in local self-government institutions.