Speakers

Keynotes

Piyush Goyal
Honorable Minister of State with Independent Charge for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy in the Government of India

Mirai Chatterjee
Director of Social Security, SEWA

Shri Jairam Ramesh
MP Rajya Sabha, former Cabinet Minister

Jayant Sinha
Indian Minister of State for Finance, an MP and formerly an investment fund manager and management consultant


Above & Beyond

Profiting from Non-Profits

  • Luis Miranda, Founded IDFC Private Equity; currently involved with a few not-for-profit and for-profit initiatives related to education, healthcare, and early stage companies
  • Vikram Dutt, Disability and social rights activist; former government official; university professor; author
  • Debasish Mitter, Country Head of Michael and Susan Dell Foundation

Science and Society

  • Prof. Vinod Sharma, Former Chairman of the Electrical Communication Engg. Dept. at IISc, Bangalore
  • Dr. Dheeraj Sanghi, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at IIT Kanpur
  • Prof. HC Verma, Professor in the department of Physics at IIT Kanpur

Social Entrepreneurship

  • Akanksha Hazari, Founder of m.paani; Ashoka fellow
  • Deval Sanghavi, Partner and Co-founder at Dasra

The Girl Child

  • Monica Das, Associate Professor in Economics at Gargi College; fellow at the Developing Countries Research Centre, University of Delhi, India
  • Nandita Shah, Co-director of Akshara, a Mumbai-based, non-profit women’s rights organisation and resource centre working to establish a gender-just society

Culture

Munni, Misogyny, and the Movies

  • Nandita Das, Bollywood actress and director
  • Samit Tandon, Head of Blue Lotus Advisory
  • Saeed Mirza, Bollywood screenwriter and director

Curating India’s History

  • Mark Tully, Former Bureau Chief, BBC Delhi

Words Will Never Hurt Me

  • Tariq Ansari, Former Managing Director, Mid-day Multimedia Ltd.
  • Gautam Patel, Senior Advocate, Bombay High Court

More Artists or More Dentists

  • Chiki Sarkar, Publisher of Penguin India
  • Tarun Tahiliani, Renowned fashion designer; Co-founder of Ensemble
  • Subodh Gupta, Renowned Indian Artist

Economics

Economics of Rural India

  • Ireena Vittal, Independent strategic advisor on agriculture and urban development in India; Former partner at McKinsey & Co.
  • Dr. Shailaja Fennell, Lecturer on Development Studies, Cambridge University

Examining Microfinance

  • Royston Braganza, CEO, Grameen Capital India Limited
  • Bahram Vakil, Co-founding and senior partner at AZB & partners, India’s foremost infrastructure and project finance attorneys

Jumping Ahead

  • Amit Singh, Partner in the ICM department of Allen and Overy, Hong Kong
  • Ravi Santhanam, Founder & CEO of MetaDrsti Advisory
  • Pankaj Dinodia, CEO of Dinodia Capital Advisors
  • Vinay Hebbar, Managing Director for the Asia Pacific Region at Harvard Business Publishing

Policy Making

  • Prof. Rohini Pande, Economist and Professor of Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School
  • Sandeep Ahuja, Co-Founder of Operation ASHA

Education

No Smart-boards vs. No Students

  • Shireen Miller, Director of Advocacy, Campaigns and Communications, Save the Children
  • Nuriya Ansari, Vice President, Learning Links Foundation
  • Gowry Ishwaran, CEO, Global Education and Leadership Foundation

Quitting College to Become a Billionaire

  • Sunil Rao, Country Head: Developer Relations & Startup Ecosystem, Google India Pvt. Ltd
  • Amit Rajan, Cofounder, Slideshare
  • Asha Jadeja Motwani, Founder and MD, Dot Edu Ventures
  • Nikhil Sama, Founder and MD, Dot Edu Ventures

Liberal Arts and Conservative Society

  • Dr. Pramath Raj Sinha, Founder Ashoka University; Founder & MD, 9.9 Media; Founding Dean, ISB
  • Don Gardner, Principle, BD Somani School

Passing Exams, Failing Life

  • Dilip Thakore, Publisher/Editor, EducationWorld
  • CJ Meadows, Director of i2i – the Innovation & Insights Centre at S P Jain School of Global Management

Politics

One Country, Two Choices?

  • Manish Sisodia, Indian Politician, Member of AAP
  • Rahul Kanwal, News Anchor & Editor-At-Large of Aaj Tak and Headlines Today

Hello, World

  • Atul Singh, Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Fair Observer
  • Lakshmi Pratury, Co-host, TEDIndia 2009; Host and Curator, The INK Conference; Founder, Ixoraa Media
  • Dr C. Rajamohan, Head of Strategic Studies and distinguished Fellow, Observer Research Foundation

Dealing with the Neighbours

  • Karenjot Bhangoo Randhawa, Lecturer, University of California, Berkeley in International Area Studies
  • Neelam Deo, Former Ambassador to Denmark and Côte d’Ivoire, with concurrent accreditation to Sierra Leone, Niger & Guinea

Talking Politics

  • M. R. Madhavan, President and Co-founder, PRS Legislative Research
  • Supriya Sule, MP, Lok Sabha
  • Jyotiraditya Madhavrao Scindia, MP Lok Sabha

Politicians and People

  • Charity Troyer Moore, Senior Research and Policy Manager, IFMR Research
  • Muhammed Ali Khan, Former Officer on Special Duty to Jairam Ramesh (2009-14)

Society

We’ve got 377 Problems and the Law is One

  • Harish Iyer, Activist
  • Shyam Divan, Lawyer

Human Rights in India

  • Meenakshi Ganguli, South Asia Director, The Humans Rights Watch
  • Jaqueline Bhabha, Trained human rights lawyer and Professor at Harvard University

Waiting for Justice

  • Zia Mody, Founder and Senior Partner, AZB & Partners
  • Pinky Anand, Senior Advocate at the Supreme Court of India, Additional Solicitor General of India & BJP politician

Yes Ma’am!

  • Anuradha Das Mathur, Founder and Director, 9.9 Media
  • Poonam Muttreja, Executive Director, Population Foundation India