Aru has been in Private Equity (PE) since 2000 and is the former Managing Director at JRE Partners, an Asian PE partnership between Rothschild, Jardines and Exor, that he set up and led in Singapore and India. Prior to JRE, Aru was a Director with Standard Chartered Private Equity (SCPE) and the Merlion India Fund (SCPE’s JV with Temasek) and was earlier with AIG’s PE business.
Additional Director of Income Tax (Vigilance), Government of India
Susan George is an officer of the Indian Revenue Service, currently posted as Additional Commissioner of Income Tax at New Delhi. Between 2007 and 2012, she worked as Director in the Ministry of Panchayati Raj where she was involved in policy formulation and advocacy for administrative and fiscal empowerment of rural local governments in India. During this period, she handled various schemes of the Ministry relating to empowerment of elected women’s representatives, e-governance for Panchayats and incentivising states to devolve powers to the Panchayats.
Varughese K George is political bureau chief of Hindustan Times, India's leading English daily. Based in New Delhi, Varughese oversees coverage and writes on politics and policy for the paper. Over a 10-year career, Varughese has worked with Indian Express and Tehelka; and has won several prestigious awards. He was selected Ramnath Goenka Journalist of the Year-2006.
Dr. Happymon Jacob is Assistant Professor of Diplomacy and Disarmament at the Centre for International Politics, Disarmament and Organisation, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi where he teaches courses on ‘India & Disarmament’, ‘National Security & International Relations’ and, ‘Foreign Policy Decision Making’.
Assistant Professor, University School of Law and Legal Studies, GGS Indraprastha University, Delhi
Dr. Aprajita has around twelve years of research experience on different aspects of polity, governance, federalism and environment. She pursued her Masters and M.Phil from the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi. Her PhD thesis on the theme “Brazil’s Environmental Policy and Programmes in the Amazon Region” demonstrated how the country’s unique federal polity had an impact on environmental policies and programs.
Balaji Parthasarathy is ICICI Professor at the International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore. Balaji's research and teaching interests broadly focus on the relationship between technological innovation, economic globalization, and social change.
Director in Housing and Urban Affairs Division of Planning Commission
Mr. Rakesh Ranjan is Director of Housing and Urban Affairs Division in the Planning Commission, Government of India. Managing urbanisation has emerged as a key challenge as well as opportunity for ensuring high and inclusive economic growth.
Dr. K. P. Sudheer is a Professor and Head of the Environmental and Water Resources Engineering Division of the Department of Civil Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai. He currently leads a group focusing on research applications of modern computing tools to water resources analysis and hydrologic modelling.
Sharda Ugra has been a sports journalist for over 22 years in which she has worked across a range of media; print (tabloid, broadsheet and news magazines), radio (Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s overseas service), and online. She is currently senior editor at ESPNcricinfo, the world’s biggest independent single-sport website.