Dr. samar verma
Dr. Samar is the Program Officer at Ford Foundation in Technology & Society, Future of Workers and Philanthropy.
He was the Global Head of Economic Justice Policy at Oxfam, Great Britain and an Hon. lecturer at Oxford University where he taught Developmental Economics and International Trade. He was also the Senior Program Specialist at the International Development Research Centre of Canada. Prior to that he was an expert at the World Trade Organisation and he led the formulation of India’s National Textile Policy & negotiating strategy at the WTO. His work on International trade and public policy has been published by Oxford University Press and Sage. He has a Phd in Economics, an MBA and an advanced fellowship in Trade Policy from Harvard Business School.
Ritu Dewan is the President of the Indian Association for Women’s Studies and the Vice President of the Indian Society of Labour Economics. She was the first-ever woman Director of the department of Economics, University of Mumbai for 30 years, and the founder-member of the first Centre for Gender Economics in Asia. She has over a 100 publications, including 30 books and monographs. She was a member of the Feminist Economists’ Group for Engendering the 12th and 11th Five Year Plans for the Union of INDIA as well as the ‘Gender and Macro-policies’ committee appointed by the Planning Commission, Government of India. She is a Consultant to UNDP, UN Women, ILO, World Wildlife Fund, World Bank, and various state governments on gender and labour issues.
Luis Miranda is the Chairman of India’s no. 1 ranked think tank -The Centre for Civil Society; Senior advisor at Morgan Stanley; Chairman of the non profit CORO and Co-founder of the Indian School of Public Policy. He has been involved in setting up 2 highly successful companies – HDFC Bank and IDFC Private Equity. Mr. Miranda received an MBA from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago. He is currently on the Global Advisory Board of Chicago Booth and is a lecturer for their Accelerated Development Program.
Mr. Miranda is also the Chairman of ManipalCigna, writes blogs for Forbes & Thrive Global India and is a #LivingMyPromise signatory having pledged to give away 50% of his wealth to charity."
Vishal was the Director of Citigroup Technology Investment Banking, NewYork and London for 9 years. He has advised global clients in the Technology sector on $15+ billion of M&A and capital raising transactions. In 2014 he founded foodtech start up iChef and scaled from the ground up to become India's largest company in its category. He has also worked in audit and advisory roles for JP Morgan and KPMG. He is a CFA Charterholder and a Chartered Accountant as well.
Dr. Kaustubh dhargalkar
Dr.Kaustubh Dhargalkar is an entrepreneur-turned-academician & Innovation evangelist. He is a senior consultant for HP, Mercedes Benz, Citibank, Eaton & the Mahindra Group on business innovation, holds a PhD in Corporate Innovation & Design Thinking and has mentored more than 150 startups all around the world.
He has been awarded by Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania and is the recipient of the ‘Entrepreneurship Educator & Mentor' Award by the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Govt of India. He is also a visiting faculty at IIT-Bombay and his views on innovation and strategy are sought by publications such as Knowledge@Wharton, Springer, E&T-Europe etc.
Deborah has more than 17 years of experience leading advertising campaigns at global agencies like Lowe Lintas, Publicis Ambience & McCann Worldgroup. Her work has been featured and acclaimed at Cannes festival in France and other international festivals in New York & Switzerland.
As the Senior Creative Director at McCann Worldgroup (The worlds leading ad agency network with a presence in more than 120 countries) she led the creative advertising campaigns for L’Oréal Paris, Maybelline New York, World Gold Council, Liva and Asian Paints. Prior to that as Creative Director at Publicis she led & managed Lakmé (Including their Tv, print and fashion week integration) as well as Elle 18 & Nerolac. At Lowe she worked on campaigns for companies like Knorr, Godrej, Tata and Johnson’s & Johnson’s. If you use a laptop, a television or a newspaper you’ve probably come across the genius of her work already.'