OUR LEADERS

 
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Dr. Samar Verma

Former Global Head of Economic Justice Policy, Oxfam, Great Britain;

Former Professor at Oxford University;

Program Officer Ford Foundation

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Retu Dewan

President Indian Association of Women's Studies; Vice President Indian Society of Labour Economics;
Senior advisor to the UNDP, World Bank & Govt of India on gender policy.

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Luis Miranda

Chairman of The Centre for Civil Society;  Senior advisor at Morgan Stanley; Co-founder of the Indian School of Public Policy;

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Vishal Shah

Former Director Citigroup Investment Banking & Technology, New York & London; Founder i-Chef

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Dr. Kaustubh Dhargalkar

Senior consultant for HP, Mercedes Benz, Citibank, Eaton & the Mahindra Group; Recipient of the ‘Entrepreneurship Educator & Mentor' awarded by the Govt of India

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Deborah Fernandes

Senior Creative Director of McCann Worldgroup and has led advertisement campaigns for L’Oréal Paris, Maybelline New York, Lakmé, Godrej, Tata and Johnson’s & Johnson’s.

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Rory Moore

Advisor to the British government on developing a National Volunteering strategy; Director of External Relations for London Politica

Dr. samar verma

 
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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.

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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.

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Luis Miranda

 
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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 SHAH

 

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.

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Dr. Kaustubh  dhargalkar

 
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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 Fernandes

 

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.'

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Rory Moore

 
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Rory is an award-winning campaigner, speaker, and advisor. He recently received the Point of Light Award from UK PM Boris Johnson for Founding CCV Global, one of the world’s largest Covid-19 aid networks, with 35,000 volunteers across 40 countries, that has been praised for its impact by the United Nations and the OECD. He is currently an advisor to the UK government on developing a National Volunteering strategy and is the Director of External Relations for London Politica - the world’s largest Pro bono political risk advisory firm. In 2021 he won the Martin Luther King Award in recognition of his status as one of the top youth campaigners in the United Kingdom and has also been a Global Shaper for the World Economic Forum & a youth representative at the United Nations. He has been prominently featured by the BBC, delivered lectures across 4 continents, has spoken in the House of Commons, advised members of the British Cabinet & his advocacy work secured the introduction of a 16 &17-year-old railcard in the UK. Rory is also currently studying at the London School of Economics pursuing a degree in International Relations.

Our complete list of lecturers is coming soon........