Inaugural Address by
Shri. V.P Singh Badnore
Governor of Punjab and Administrator, UT Chandigarh
Abhinandan Sekhri
Co-Founder & CEO, News Laundry Abhinandan is the co-founder and CEO of Newslaundry. He has also co-founded production house Small Screen with Prashant Sareen. Before founding Newslaundry, he worked as a producer, director and writer in various television and film projects, including the award-winning food and travel show Highway on my Plate, and news-satire shows such as Gustaakhi Maaf and The Great Indian Tamasha.
Arfa Khanum Sherwani
Senior Editor, The Wire
Deepender Hooda
Hon’ble Member of Parliament, Rohtak
Dhruva Jaishankar
Fellow, Foreign Policy Studies, Brookings India Dhruva Jaishankar is Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies at Brookings India in New Delhi and the Brookings Institution in Washington DC. He is also a Non-Resident Fellow with the Lowy Institute in Australia. His research examines India’s role in the international system and the effects of global developments on India’s politics, economics, and society, with a particular focus on India’s relations with the United States, the Indo-Pacific, and Europe. Jaishankar was previously a Transatlantic Fellow with the German Marshall Fund (GMF) in Washington DC from 2012 until 2016, where he managed the India Trilateral Forum, a regular policy dialogue involving participants from India, Europe, and the United States. From 2009 to 2012, he was programme officer for Asia with GMF. Prior to that, he worked as a research assistant at the Brookings Institution in Washington and as a news writer and reporter for CNN-IBN television in New Delhi. In 2015-2016, he was a Visiting Fellow with the South Asia Programme of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.  Jaishankar holds a bachelor's degree in history and classics from Macalester College, and a master's degree in security studies from Georgetown University. He has been a David Rockefeller Fellow with the Trilateral Commission and an IISS-SAIS Merrill Center Young Strategist.
Gul Panag
Actor & Entrepreneur
Jaiveer Shergill
National Media Panellist, Indian National Congress (INC)
President, Panjab University Campus Students Council
Meghnad Sahasrabhojanee
Creator, Sansad Watch & Consti-Tuition
Nehmat Kaur
Senior Manager, South Asia Government Relations, The Climate Group


Nirupama Subramanian
Resident Editor, Indian Express
Pankaj Jain
Founder, SM Hoax Slayer I've always been an open minded, logical atheist looking for betterment of country.
The reason I started this was Fake News received in personal WhatsApp groups.
In 2015, I came across many fake messages in my personal groups e.g. An employee of a sof drink beverage unit, suffering from AIDS added his HIV +ve blood to the beverage so don't drink it or you will get it too.
Despite knowing it to be fake I searched on internet for proof/explanation
Searching for such Hoaxes always led me to international websites debunking Hoaxes, so I thought India needs one too and so I begun.
Currently SMHoaxSlayer Facebook page and twitter account is verified and followed by 50K people on average.
I've been recognized and appreciated by many media houses, mainstream in country and international houses e.g
NYtimes, LAtimes, Washington Post, DW and so on
In early 2016, fee media houses started picking up articles from my website, but SMHoaxSlayer was duly recognized post demonetization in India I.e. after Nov 2016. 
There was a hoax that newly introduced 2000 currency note has a nano GPS chip which I called off then. This was noted by many media houses.
Rakesh Reddy Dubbudu
Founder, Factly
Ramesh Vinayak
Executive Editor, Hindustan Times
Ritu Mathur
Director, Integrated Assessments & Modelling, TERI

Ritu Mathur leads the Integrated Assessment & Modelling work at The Energy & Resources Institute (TERI) and is also associated with TERI School of Advanced Studies as Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Energy and Environment.

An economist by training and with a PhD in Energy Science from Kyoto University, Japan, her work largely focuses on addressing policy and regulatory aspects related to the energy sector, examining the potential of cleaner and more efficient energy choices while addressing resource security and development related considerations of developing countries, techno-economic analysis and evaluation of synergies and trade-offs of alternative technological and policy pathways etc.

She has led several national and international interdisciplinary projects and has authored several papers, reports and books in the sustainable development, energy and climate change domains.

Dr Mathur has been associated as a member of several committees including the Expert Group on Low Carbon Strategies for Inclusive Growth, Board of Climate Strategies (CS), Steering Committee on Energy Sector for India’s Five Year Plans, Sustainable Growth Working Group of the U.S.-India Energy Dialogue led by NITI Aayog etc. She has also contributed as a Lead Author & Reviewer in the Mitigation related Reports of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change).

Rohit Chahal
National Media In-Charge, Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha
Sunjoy Joshi
Chairman, Observer Research Foundation Heads the Observer Research Foundation (ORF), New Delhi as its Chairman and Chief Executive. His own field of work is in Energy and Environment, on which speaks, writes and comment on regularly. Looks at non-traditional security threats and the challenges to growth and employment faced by emerging economies in a world facing technological disruption on a scale never experienced before. As a member of the Indian Administrative Service has had long experience in Development and Economic policies of the Government of India. He has been Visiting Associate at the International Institute of Strategic Studies, London and Distinguished Visitor to the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development, University of Stanford. Takes keen interest in social development initiatives as Vice President of the Mountain Children’s Foundation, a not for profit organization working with disadvantaged rural children in the Himalayas.

Twitter: @Sunjoyj
Trushar Barot
Digital Launch Editor, BBC India Trushar Barot has worked at BBC News for the past 17 years, working across radio, TV and online. He has led the UGC and Social media verification hub in their main newsroom and in the past five years has led digital development projects across the BBC’s global language news markets. Trushar has been based in Delhi for the past year helping to launch the BBC’s news digital news services in Indian languages and is currently leading the ‘Beyond Fake News’ initiative in the country.
Vaibhav Chaturvedi
Research Fellow, Council on Energy, Environment& Water Vaibhav Chaturvedi is a Research Fellow at the Council on Energy Environment and Water (CEEW), and leads the Council's ’Low Carbon Pathways' research. Prior to joining the Council, he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Joint Global Change Research Institute/ Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA. His research focuses on Indian and global energy and climate change mitigation policy issues within the integrated assessment modelling framework of the Global Change Assessment Model (GCAM). Vaibhav’s recent work includes studies on pathways and policies for achieving India’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and Mid-Century Strategies within the context of sustainable development and national priorities, the climate policy–energy–water nexus, transportation energy and emission scenarios, hydrofluorocarbon emission scenarios and mitigation policy, and nuclear energy scenarios for India. He has been actively involved in global model comparison exercises like the Asian Modelling Exercise (AME) and the Energy Modelling Forum (EMF). Vaibhav has been a part of Government of India committees for advising the Indian government on issues related to energy and climate policy. He actively publishes in, and reviews articles for, leading international energy and climate policy journals. He has a Doctorate in Economics from the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, and a master’s degree in Forest Management from the Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal.