Bishakha Datta is a writer and documentary filmmaker. Her first book, And Who Will Make the Chapatis?, focuses on rural women’s participation in politics. She is currently researching a book on the struggle for sex workers’ rights in India. Her two most recent documentary films include In The Flesh, which explores the lives of three people in prostitution from their own perspectives, and Taza Khabar, which explores a rural newspaper run by eight women, most of whom are Dalit or tribal. Bishakha is the executive director of Point of View, a Mumbai-based nonprofit organization that promotes women’s points of view through creative and sustained use of media, art and culture. She serves on the Board of the Wikimedia Foundation.
Benu Kumar has been closely associated with the fashion industry for many years. She has assisted in organizing several shows and is particularly involved in the revival of traditional fabric, embroidery, and weaving in different parts of the country through her work with distinguished couture designers Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla.
Mallika Dutt is founder, president, and CEO of Breakthrough. Prior to founding Breakthrough, Mallika served as Program Officer for Human Rights and Social Justice at the Ford Foundation’s New Delhi Office where she initiated the Foundation’s work on police reform and forged unique partnerships among police, NGOs, and civil society groups. Mallika acted as Associate Director of the Center for Women’s Global Leadership at Rutgers University, working at the forefront of the global movement for recognizing women’s rights as human rights. She also served as the director of the Norman Foundation, where she supported civil rights, economic justice, and environmental justice programs across the United States. Mallika has served on numerous boards and committees, including the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Human Rights and India, the Open Society Institute’s U.S. Programs, Human Rights Watch Asia, Sister Fund, Asian American Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, and WITNESS. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Games for Change Advisory Board, and the Board of Public Interest Projects. She is a co-founder of SAKHI for South Asian Women. Mallika is a graduate from NYU Law School with a Masters in International Affairs and South Asian Studies from Columbia University, and an A.B. in International Affairs from Mount Holyoke College.
Neelam Deo is the Former Consul General of India in New York. A career diplomat of the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) with over three decades in the Indian Diplomatic Corps, Neelam has been India’s ambassador to Denmark and Ivory Coast, with concurrent accreditation to Sierra Leone, Niger and Guinea. Prior to her assignment in New York, she led the Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Myanmar Division in the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi, dealing with India’s overall relations with these countries. Neelam has a Masters degree in economics from the Delhi School of Economics and has taught in Kamala Nehru College, Delhi University.
Priya Paul, an Art collector and design aficionado, is Chairperson of Apeejay Surrendra Park Hotels in India. She received the distinguished “Padma Shri” in 2012 by the president of India for her contributions in the field of trade and industry. Priya started her career under her father, the late Surrendra Paul, as marketing manager of The Park Hotel in New Delhi. She repositioned The Park Hotels as India’s first and only collection of contemporary luxury boutique hotels. Priya is also executive committee member and ex-president of the Hotel Association of India. She is a founding member of the World Travel and Tourism Council – India Initiative, and a Trustee of the India Foundation for the Arts (IFA) and chairperson, South Asia Women’s Fund, as well as a member of Harvard Business Schools’ India Advisory Board. A four-time nominee for Business Woman of the year by The Economic Times, Priya Paul received the FHRAI (Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Association of India) Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2000, was recognized by Forbes Online as one of India’s 100 most powerful business women in 2006, and took home the Zee Astitva Award in the Business category in 2008. She has received the India Today Woman in Business Award and the PHD Chamber-Distinguished Women Entrepreneur Award. In addition, she has been named “Spa Personality of the Year” for the year and inducted into the FHRAI Hall of Fame. Priya has a BA in Economics from Wellesley College and has completed the Owner President Management Program at Harvard Business School.
Sangita Jindal, a 2004 Eisenhower Fellow, is founder and chairperson of the Jindal South West Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the O.P. Jindal group. The foundation’s work ranges from healthcare and education programs to activities in arts, culture, and heritage. Sangita established the Jindal Arts Creative Interaction Centre (JACIC) in 1992 on invitation from the National Center for the Performing Arts (Mumbai) to start a center for interdisciplinary arts activity. She is also founder and publisher of Art India, India’s leading publication on modern art. Sangita serves as chairperson of the Hampi Foundation, which is committed to heritage management, and serves on the board of trustees of the World Monuments Fund based in New York.
Sanjeev Duggal currently serves as CEO and executive director of Centum Learning Limited, an integrated learning and development company, committed to the transformation of Indian youth by equipping them with up-to-date professional skills and devising and delivering innovative learning solutions. Centum is a Bharti group company and was selected as one of the top fifteen Emerging Leaders in Training Outsourcing Worldwide in 2009 by Training Inc USA and enjoys a national presence in the higher education domain in India. Sanjeev also serves as CEO of Bharti Airtel Service Limited. Prior to this, Sanjeev was managing director and CEO of NIS Sparta Ltd., a Reliance Group company and one of Asia’s leading Education and Performance Enhancement Solutions groups. Sanjeev is an acknowledged authority and a leading consultant in the sales and marketing arena in India. He is the recipient of many honors and accolades, including the Udyog Rattan Award awarded by the Institute of Economic Studies. He is also a visiting faculty member at the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad.
Santosh Desai is an alumnus of IIM Ahmedabad and has over two decades of experience in advertising. He was president of McCann-Erickson, India prior to his association with Future Group. A highly respected figure in the advertising and marketing community in India, Santosh is a columnist with the Times of India and several other publications and has addressed the global management boards of several multinationals, including Hershey’s, Microsoft, Philips, Unilever, and Coca-Cola. He is also author of the book Mother Pious Lady – Making Sense of Everyday India.
Suneeta Kar Dhar currently serves as director of JAGORI, a well-known feminist resource and training center in New Delhi. Prior to this, she worked with the United Nations Development Fund for Women at the New Delhi office, and later at the New York office as manager of the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women. A passionate advocate of women’s rights and active in the women’s movement throughout India and South Asia, she has worked on a wide range of issues including ending violence against women and its intersections with HIV, adult and popular education, gender training and organizational development, and peace and development. She is also a founding director of the South Asia Women’s Fund based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. She has produced numerous training manuals, case studies, booklets, papers and articles on diverse aspects of women’s rights.