General (Dr) V K Singh (Retd)

Hon'ble Minister of State for External Affairs

Government of India

General Vijay Kumar Singh, PVSM, AVSM, YSM (Retd) was born on 10 May 1951. An alumnus of Birla Public School, Pilani and National Defence Academy, he served as the 26th Chief of Army Staff of the Indian Army.

Military career
General Singh was commissioned into the 2nd Battalion of The Rajput Regiment (Kali Chindi) on 14 June 1970. He is a graduate of the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington with a competitive vacancy. He is also a graduate of US Army Rangers Course at Fort Benning, USA and US Army War College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania

General Singh was awarded Yudh Seva Medal for operations as part of IPKF in Sri Lanka, the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (AVSM) for distinguished service while commanding a counter-insurgency force in 2005 and Param Vishisht Seva Medal in recognition of his exceptional and distinguished services in the Eastern Theatre in 2009.

He became Chief of Army Staff on 31 March 2010 and retired from the position on 31 May 2012.

On 11 March 2011, Singh was inducted into the United States Army War College (Class of 2001 graduate) International Fellows Hall of Fame. He is the 33rd International Fellow and the first Indian Armed Forces officer to be inducted.

Political career
General Singh joined the Bhartiya Janata Party on 1 March 2014 and successfully contested Lok Sabha election from Ghaziabad constituency (2.4 million plus electorate).

Presently, he is Minister of State for External Affairs. As Minister of State for External Affairs, General Singh has represented India at several bilateral and multilateral events as well as Special Assignments in Asia, Africa, Latin America & the Caribbean region and Europe.

"Courage and Conviction”, his highly acclaimed autobiography, has been widely read in India.

General Singh is married to Mrs. Bharti Singh and they have two daughters.

Shri K T Rama Rao, Hon’ble Minister for Industries & Commerce, IT&C, MA&UD, Mine
Shri K T Rama Rao

Hon’ble Minister for Industries & Commerce, IT&C, MA&UD,

Government of Telangana

The inclination towards public life was always there for KTR as he grew watching his father from close quarters .However, KTR decided that politics would be his life’s calling as he was strongly influenced by a quotation from his University days.KTR made his political debut by winning from Sircilla Assembly Constituency in 2009. He was relected from the same constituency in 2014, in the first elections to Telangana Assembly, and assumed the charge of Cabinet Minister. KTR now holds the portfolios of IT, Industries & Commerce, MA&UD and NRI Affairs.In the brief span of three years, KTR has already left an indelible imprint on the growth path that the State of Telangana has embarked on. It’s only the beginning.

Kalvakuntla Taraka Rama Rao, popularly known as KTR, is a Cabinet Minister in the Government of Telangana, the 29th State of India. He is the Member of the Legislative Assembly from Sircilla Constituency since 2009.

Born in Siddipet on 24 July, 1976, KTR is the son of K Chandrashekar Rao, the first Chief Minister of Telangana. He grew up in a politically active family and completed his schooling from St. George’s Grammar School, Hyderabad before going to Nizam College, Hyderabad. He studied M.Sc. in Biotechnology from University of Pune and also holds an MBA degree in Marketing and E-Commerce from City University of New York, NY.

After finishing his MBA, KTR worked in USA between 2001-06. But his interest in the prevailing socio-economic condition in the region brought him back to where his heart belongs – politics. He joined Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) and worked under the leadership of his father to bring Statehood to the region of Telangana. During this period, he travelled the length and breadth of the State and interacted with people to understand their problems and aspirations, which later helped in shaping his political career. KTR made his political entry in 2009 Assembly elections. He assumed the charge of a cabinet minister in the first Government of Telangana in June 2014.

Initiatives for the State of Telangana

KTR has embarked upon an aggressive plan to develop the IT and high-tech industry in the new State after assuming office. His aim was to double the IT exports from Telangana in the next five years. He has already taken-up several initiatives in this regard that includes creating proactive and business-friendly industrial, IT and electronic policies; facilitating electronic manufacturing ecosystem in the state; promoting entrepreneurship through creation of T Hub – India’s largest incubator for startups; generating skilled workers through Telangana Academy of Skill and Knowledge (TASK) and offering quality education and training to identified groups through State-run Satellite Communications and IT set-up i.e. Society for Telangana Network (SoFTNET).

The State has launched historic Water Grid project to provide tap water to about 8 million homes; this project piggybacks optic fiber in the same trench to create the most extensive broadband network in India. Taking a step ahead to deliver government services to the rural citizens over internet, he has initiated the E-Panchayat project.KTR received Audi-Ritz Inspirational Icon of the Year Award (Politics) for 2015 and Skoch Challenger Award in Start-up India category for Telangana’s path-breaking initiative T-Hub.

Adnan Altay Altinors, Consulate General of the Republic of Turkey Hyderabad
Adnan Altay Altinors

Consul General

Consulate General of the Republic of Turkey Hyderabad

Altınörs has been in the Foreign Service for 20 years. He assumed charge as Turkey Consul General in Hyderabad on 15 January 2018. His prior positions include Counsellor in the Permanent Mission of Turkey to the United Stations, New York (2009-2013 and 2015-2018), Advisor at the Permanent Delegation of Turkey to the European Union, Brussels (2003-2007). He was the Head of Environment Department in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ankara between 2014 and 2015 as well as a member of the G20 Presidency Team of Turkey. Mr. Altınörs received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara. He carried out academic studies in fluid dynamics in the Monash University (Australia), the von Karman Institute (Belgium) and the Columbia University (USA)
Andrew Fleming, British Deputy High Commission Hyderabad
Andrew Fleming

British Deputy High Commissioner

British Deputy High Commission Hyderabad

Andrew Fleming joined the British Civil Service in 1986 and has held a wide variety of positions in both the Home Ministry and the Foreign Service. He has served substantively in Uganda, Ghana and most recently Nigeria but has worked on International Policy issues in many parts of the world including South Asia.

He has specialised in the fields of migration and community cohesion and worked as a senior policy advisor in both areas. He is an experienced negotiator and led UK teams seeking both bilateral and multilateral agreements in a variety of contexts.

In both Ghana (2008) and Nigeria (2015) he is proud to have been at the forefront of UK election observation in two of the closest contests Sub Saharan Africa has seen. In Nigeria, he also led on anti-corruption successfully lobbying for Nigeria to join the Open Government Partnership, oversaw activity around the prosperity agenda and passionately championed Chevening.

Anuj Kothari, Chairman, Young Indians
Anuj Kothari


Young Indians

Anuj Kothari is the National Chairman of Young Indians (Yi), an initiative of CII, a platform for youth to participate in and contribute by becoming an integral part of the Indian growth story. He held various offices and took up various initiatives at Yi over a decade.

Anuj Kothari is a G20 YEA Sherpa and represented the country in Berlin, Germany. Has over 12 years experience with various social organisations. Participated in various seminars, delegations and programs including meeting Sir Christopher Geidt at Buckingham Palace, Parliamentary members meet at House of Commons,UK. Trained the trainers and undertook career counselling which impacted over 10,000 school students across India. Invited to Aspen Institute for a seminar on Values & Society at Lucca, Italy. Mentored ISB Goldman Sach’s 10,000 women entrepreneur’s program.

Anuj Kothari is an entrepreneur with business interest in pharmaceutical logistics, wellness retailing, international trading & packaged health food spread over different companies. He gained his masters’ in business & computers and went on to become a business banker before turning an entrepreneur in 2003.

B V Papa Rao, IAS (Retd.)
Advisor, Policy & Institutional Development, Government of Telangana
B V R Mohan Reddy
B V R Mohan Reddy


B.V.R. Mohan Reddy is a visionary who has placed India on the global map for leading-edge Engineering, Research and Development (ER&D) services, by establishing Cyient (formerly Infotech Enterprises) in 1991. Cyient contributed cumulative exports in excess of US $2 billion to fortune 100 customers like Airbus, Boeing, Pratt & Whitney, Philips, Caterpillar, etc., and created direct employment to nearly 14,000 engineering professionals with operations in more than 48 global locations in 21 countries. Cyient won several awards including National Award for Excellence in orporate Governance by Institute of Company Secretaries of India, Golden Peacock Award for Excellence in Corporate Governance from the Institute of Directors, Times Network Award for Strategy 2017 in recognition of its role in 'shaping the industry, creating unique positioning, and altering the basis of competition', and Leaders in Corporate Innovation Award of the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (IACC). Cyient is recognized as one of India’s Most Innovative Organizations by CII Industrial Innovation Awards 2017.

Mohan Reddy holds postgraduate degrees from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA. He also received Honorary Doctorates from the JNTU-Hyderabad and JNTU-Kakinada, Honorary degree of Doctor of Science from the Andhra University, and Doctor of Science Honoris Causa from KL University

Mohan Reddy has served as Chairman of NASSCOM (National Association of Software & Service Companies) for 2015-2016, and has been a member of the Executive Council since 2003. At NASSCOM, Mohan Reddy laid the foundation of NASSCOM’s engineering services council (ER&D Forum) through a range of initiatives, including instituting industry research on ER&D services. Mohan Reddy has also served as the Chairman of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Southern Region (2008-2009). Mohan Reddy is a Founding Director of T-Hub, the largest incubation centre in India for start-ups by Government of Telangana. Mohan Reddy has immense passion towards promoting education in India. Towards this, Mohan Reddy serves as Member on the Board of NIIT University, and Member of Executive Council of JNTU, Kakinada. The Honorable President of India, in his capacity as the Visitor of IIT-Hyderabad, has re-nominated Mohan Reddy as the Chairman of the Board of Governors, IIT-Hyderabad for 2015-18. Mohan Reddy is also director on the Board of National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), and Member of Court of Governors of Administrative Staff College of India. Mohan Reddy is also director on the boards of Coromandel International Limited and Apollo Hospitals & Enterprises Ltd. Mohan Reddy has been appointed as Honorary Consul of Federal Republic of Germany for states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

Mohan Reddy’s dedicated commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has made an incredible mark on the lives of many individuals and is an acknowledged contributor to community, state and nation. Through its “Adopt-a-School” initiative, Cyient touches the lives of over 15,000 underprivileged children. To promote digital education and inclusive growth, Cyient Foundation launched a Digital Library at the Akshara Vidyalaya School in Nellore District, Andhra Pradesh. Launched 56 Cyient Digital Centers (CDC) across Serilingampally Mandal Government Schools in Ranga Reddy District of Telangana as part of CSR initiative to empower 25,000 plus children and 50,000 plus community members. Mohan Reddy is a Member of Board of Trustees of LV Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad.

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers CIE division conferred the distinguished Leadership Award on Mohan Reddy in 2011. Mohan Reddy was conferred the Distinguished Alumnus Award by Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. Mohan Reddy was conferred the Lifetime Achievement Award by Hyderabad Management Association in 2016. Shared Services Forum felicitated Mohan Reddy as ‘Pioneering Business Leader’ in Global India ‘for Creativity, Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Leading Global IT Enabled Services Mission in India, delivering Value and Impact to Business, Industry & Society. Mohan Reddy has received the Padma Shri Award from the Honb’le President of India, for his contribution to Trade and Industry

Professor Deepa Mani
Professor Deepa Mani

Associate Professor and Executive Director

Srini Raju Centre for IT and the Networked Economy

Indian School of Business

Deepa Mani is an Associate Professor in the Information Systems group and Research Fellow at the Indian School of Business. She is the faculty coordinator for the IBM Research Collaboratory in service science at ISB. Professor Mani’s research interests are at the intersection of technology, organisation, and society. She is interested in studying the impact of technology on organisation of economic activity, including firm boundary decisions, and the impact of such organisation on firm value and economic productivity. Her research articles have been published in leading journals such as MIS Quarterly, Information Systems Research, Sloan Management Review and MIS Quarterly Executive. They have also been featured in refereed conference proceedings, edited book chapters, and popular media outlets such as Forbes, CIO Magazine, Economic Times, LiveMint, Yahoo Finance and The Street.
Jayesh Ranjan
Jayesh Ranjan, IAS

Principal Secretary, Industries & Commerce, IT, E&C

Government of Telangana

Jayesh Ranjan is a member of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) of the 1992 batch and working in the state of Telangana. He holds a Masters Degree in Psychology from Delhi University, a degree in Business Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, and a Masters in Public Management from Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. He has also done short courses in the University of Birmingham (on Environmental Policy Analysis), JICA training Institute, Tokyo (on lake remediation), London School of Economics (on Globalization and Leadership), Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (in Public Policy), and Swedish Institute, Stockholm (on Sustainability and CSR). He is the All-India topper of his IAS batch of 1992. He was awarded World Bank’s Social Capital Visiting Scholarship in 2002 and the British Government’s Gurukul Chevening Scholarship in 2005. He has done international consultancy assignments for the World Bank, UN-ESCAP, Sedatu project of Mexico, and for international NGOs working for Youth Issues like YES, Inc of the USA and NMC from Italy. He is a part of the National Pool of Trainers in Leadership constituted by the Government of India, and is involved in training and mentoring newly recruited Civil Servants.

Jayesh Ranjan is the Principal Secretary of the Industries & Commerce (I&C) and Information Technology (IT) Departments of the Telangana government. His assignment involves developing policy frameworks, attracting new investments, identifying opportunities of utilizing IT in various government processes, and promoting digital empowerment of the citizens. His last few assignments have been in the Industrial Promotion sector as Commissioner and MD of the Industries Department, Secretary in the Tourism Promotion Department, and Vice-Chairman of the Hyderabad Urban Development Authority (HUDA), all for 2-3 years each, and various rural assignments in different parts of the state for over 12 years, working in diverse sectors like Tribal Development, Natural Resources Management, Poverty Alleviation and other related Social Development Sectors.

Jayesh Ranjan supports many social, cultural and charitable causes, and is on the Boards/Advisory committees of United Way (Hyderabad), Save A Child’s Heart (SACH) Foundation, Young Lives India, Save the Children, Sparsh Hospice, APMAS, ML Jaisimha Sports Foundation, Hyderabad 10K Foundation, Vijaya Foundation Trust, Ushalakshmi Breast Cancer Foundation, LSN Foundation, Tejas Foundation, Magic Bus Hyderabad, Hockey Hyderabad, World Wildlife Fund (Hyderabad chapter), Hyderabad Literary Festival and Spic-Macay.

J Krishna Kishore
J Krishna Kishore

Chief Executive Officer

Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board (APEDB)

Krishna Kishore, an IRS officer of the 1990 batch is the Chief Executive Officer of the Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board (APEDB). The 51-year-old officer is a chartered accountant by training and has had stints with the income-tax department in Guntur and Vijayawada. Till recently Secretary to the Civil Aviation Minister, Ashok Gajapathi Raju, he was handpicked by the Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu to head the AP.

Under his stewardship, APEDB has registered remarkable achievements by contributing towards Andhra Pradesh’s successes – including signing more than 65 MoUs amounting to approximately INR 3.6 lakh crore of investments into the state.

APEDB has also forged partnerships with 12 countries, inking international agreements through 24 outbound delegations and 20 inbound delegations. Given this background, APEDB has become an integral part of Andhra Pradesh’s journey towards creating a happy, inclusive, and sustainable society.

Jennifer Daubeny, Consulate General of Canada Bengaluru
Jennifer Daubeny

Consul General

Consulate General of Canada Bengaluru

Beginning her assignment in August 2016, Consul General Jennifer Daubeny leads the charge in promoting relations between Canada and Southern India including the States of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Telangana.

Born in British Columbia, Canada, Daubeny holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations (1984) from the University of British Columbia, and a Master of Public Administration (1990) from the University of Victoria.

Daubeny joined the Canadian diplomatic service in 1988 and has held various posts through her career, primarily in trade. Notably, in 1995, she opened and headed Canada’s first consulate in Guadalajara, Mexico. More recently she served as Senior Trade Commissioner at Canada’s High Commission in London, from 2009 to 2013. Immediately prior to her posting in India, Ms. Daubeny served as the Director of the Science, Technology and Innovation Division at Global Affairs Canada, from January 2015 until August 2016.

Speaking about her new position as the Head of Canada’s mission in Bengaluru, Consul General Daubeny said, “I had early exposure to Indian culture and food through close family friends in British Columbia. I am very excited to be representing Canada in such a diverse and fascinating country and supporting Canadian interests in Southern India, including enhancing the profile of Canada in this region. On a personal level, I am looking forward to exploring the amazing natural and man-made sites in the region and trying a wide range of Indian foods.”

Katherine B Hadda, US Consulate General Hyderabad
Katherine B Hadda

US Consul General

US Consulate General Hyderabad

Consul General Katherine B. Hadda assumed the post of U.S. Consul General in Hyderabad on October 18, 2016. Ms. Hadda is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, with 28 years of experience in policy positions in Asia, Europe, and Washington, DC. She recently served as Minister Counselor for Economic Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Rome, where she promoted bilateral and regional trade and investment, entrepreneurship, and improved cyber security. Prior to Rome, Ms. Hadda was an Associate Dean at the Foreign Service Institute, and was responsible for training State Department and other U.S. government officials in economic and regional studies as well as preparing them for assignments in Afghanistan, Iraq, and other conflict areas. Her other assignments include Afghanistan, China, Taiwan, the U.K. and New Zealand, as well as in the State Department, the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office, and as a fellow in the U.S. Congress.

Ms. Hadda speaks Mandarin Chinese and Italian. Originally from New York City, she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Smith College, and her Master of Arts degree in International Affairs from Columbia University. Her husband, Michael Andrews, is an Information Technology consultant specializing in content strategy. When not overseas, the couple lives in Arlington, Virginia.

Lee Hai Kwang

Minister, Embassy of the Republic of Korea New Delhi

Alma Mater: Yonsei University
(BA, Political Science & Diplomacy) UC Berkeley(MA, Asian Studies)

Lee Joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1991, worked as Director of the Office of Overseas People Protection, Public Press Relations, Division of Southeast Asia and Division of Southwest Asia, Served overseas 1n Seattle, Singapore, Tanzania as Consul and First Secretary, Also served in Taipei as Director of Political Affairs during 2005-2008, Croatia as Counselor, Iraq as Minister-Counselor during 2010-2012, Sao Paulo as Vice Consul-General.

Lee arrived in New Delhi in December, 2016, as the DCM and Minister of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea. Lee and his wife have two daughters and one son.

Vice Admiral Pradeep Chauhan (Retd)
Vice Admiral Pradeep Chauhan (Retd)


National Maritime Foundation

VAdm Pradeep Chauhan is the Director of the National Maritime Foundation, New Delhi — an appointment he took over on 01 August 2017. The admiral retired in December 2013 after an extremely distinguished four-decade- long service career, wherein he commanded several of the Indian Navy’s frontline surface combatants including the aircraft carrier INS Viraat. He has enjoyed untrammelled success as the Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff for Foreign Cooperation and Intelligence, the Chief of the Staff of the Western Naval Command, and, the Commandant of the new state-of- the-art Indian Naval Academy at Ezhimala, Kerala. Not one to rest on past laurels, he has remained active even after retirement and is a much sought-after leadership mentor and an outstanding orator. Over the past three years he has been repeatedly invited to speak upon an impressive array of subjects to discerning audiences in India and abroad, and has mesmerised them all. He is also a prolific writer on maritime affairs and leadership issues. In the 3½ years since his retirement, he has had over 70 professional articles and papers published in a large variety of Indian and foreign journals and magazines. His latest book, entitled “India’s Maritime Strategy", which has been commissioned by the National Maritime Foundation, New Delhi, is presently in its final stages. Apart from being on the visiting faculty of the higher-command establishments of all three of our defence services, as also tri-Service establishments such as the College of Defence Management, Hyderabad and the National Defence College, New Delhi, he has also been advising the government through the National Security Council Secretariat and the Joint Intelligence Committee. He enjoys international renown as an incisive strategic analyst, and is a respected Adviser and Fellow of several important think-tanks including the Ananta-Aspen Centre, the Forum for Strategic and Security Studies, and the Centre for Advanced Strategic and Security Studies.

Rajendra Srivastava, Dean and Novartis Professor of Marketing Strategy and Innov
Professor Rajendra Srivastava

Dean and Novartis Professor of Marketing Strategy and Innovation

Indian School of Business

Rajendra Srivastava is the Dean of the Indian School of Business (ISB) and the Novartis Professor of Marketing strategy and Innovation. He comes with an experience of over 30 years as an academic and administrator. He has held several tenured faculty and administrative positions during his career. Before joining the ISB, he was Provost and Deputy President of Academic Affairs at Singapore Management University.

Rajendra Srivastava’s research interests include Marketing Strategy, Marketing Metrics, and Brand/Customer Management. His current work focuses on Business Model Innovations, especially in Services, B2B, Technology and Emerging Markets. He is best known globally, for his work on measuring the impact of market-facing business processes (innovation, supply-chain and customer management), that create value for customers, and the value of market-based assets (customers, channels, brands and value networks). He is also well known for his work in competitive market structures and brand equity/strategic brand management. His latest research and teaching interests include Business Model Innovation, Strategic Performance Management, Marketing Accountability and Driving Growth and Shareholder Value.

Rajendra Srivastava is a highly cited scholar with work published in leading marketing journals. He is also the recipient of several awards and honours. He has been actively involved in setting up several new postgraduate and doctoral programmes as well as research centres and initiatives in close collaboration with industry. He has also been involved in consulting and senior management training with global MNCs and brings a unique blend of experiences integrating academic and business perspectives from the west and the east. He is committed to cross-functional integration in management of business processes and has championed inter-disciplinary research and academic programmes, and has nurtured multi-disciplinary areas of excellence in financial markets, innovation and business analytics.

His research, spanning marketing and finance/economics, has been published in the Journal of Marketing, Journal of Marketing Research, Marketing Science and Journal of Banking and Finance. He was a guest editor for the Journal of Marketing Research's Special Issue on Brand Management and Equity, and the Journal of Marketing Special Issue on Marketing Strategy Meets Wall Street. Additionally, he has served on the editorial boards of several academic journals including Journal of Marketing Research (JMR) and International Journal for Research in Marketing (IJRM).

Prior to SMU he held distinguished research chairs and senior management positions at the University of Texas at Austin and Emory University in Atlanta. Professor Srivastava is an MBA and PhD (Business Administration) from the University of Pittsburgh, an MS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Rhode Island, and holds a BTech (Mechanical Engineering) degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.

Dr Shanthie Mariet D’Souza

Dr Shanthie Mariet D’Souza is Founder & President of Mantraya; Member of Research & Advisory Committee, Naval War College, Goa; Associate editor for the Journal of Asian Security and International Affairs ( Sage), Editorial board member of Small Wars & Insurgencies ( Routledge), Expert and Contributor to the Middle East-Asia Project (MAP) at the Middle East Institute, Washington DC, Senior analyst for the South Asia desk with the Wikistrat Analytic Community, and Adviser for Independent Conflict Research and Analysis, London. Dr. D’Souza has previously been Visiting Research Associate at Murdoch University, Perth, Australia; Research Fellow at the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS), National University of Singapore; Associate Fellow, Institute for Defence Studies & Analyses, New Delhi; Fulbright Fellow at South Asia Studies, The Paul H Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Washington DC.

As Adviser, Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG), Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (2015-16); International Election Observer for the audit and recount of Afghanistan’s Presidential Runoff elections, August-September, 2014; Senior Transition Consultant, United Nations Mine Action Service (2013), Kabul and External Reviewer for the country programme of Action Aid International, Afghanistan (2011), she has worked with governmental and non-governmental sectors for more than a decade in Afghanistan.

Her research interests and expertise include: Politics of Aid, Development, Gender and Security in Afghanistan; International interventions, Aid effectiveness and Post conflict stabilization; State and Peace building in fragile states; Transition and Prospects for long term stabilisation of Afghanistan; Security Sector and Civil Military Relations; Countering terrorism, insurgencies and violent extremism; Asymmetric and emerging security threats; Non State Armed Groups, Illicit Networks, transnational threats and counter-terror financing; Women, peace and conflict; Human security, non-traditional security challenges and crisis response in Asia; Subnational governance and Downward Accountability in Afghanistan; Strategic Communications; Great Power Politics, Global governance and Emerging Powers; India’s foreign, aid, maritime and security policy; Regionalism and Prospects for Regional Cooperation in South and South East Asia. Dr. D’Souza has conducted field research in Afghanistan, Pakistan, China, Africa, Canada, United States, Jammu and Kashmir and India’s North East.

Dr D'Souza has presented papers at various academic and policy forums and has numerous publications to her credit. Among her most recent published work is an edited book titled Afghanistan in Transition: Beyond 2014?, co-edited books, Perspectives on South Asian Security and Saving Afghanistan. She has guest edited a special issue on “Countering insurgencies and violent extremism in South Asia” in Small Wars & Insurgencies (UK: Routledge), February 2017. She has contributed chapters to edited books, international peer reviewed journal articles, encyclopedias (Europa and Britannica), yearbooks and regional surveys and op-eds in the national and international media on issues relating to security, political parties, political leaders and developments in Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, China, Africa, Australia, South Asia, West Asia and South East Asia. Most of her publications are based on her field research findings and firsthand experience in conflict zones.

She can be contacted at She tweets @ shanmariet. Further bio details available at

Shobana Kamineni
Shobana Kamineni

Shobana Kamineni is the Executive Vice Chairperson of Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Limited and a member of its founding family. Apollo Hospitals is the pioneer of private healthcare in India and is Asia's foremost integrated healthcare conglomerate.

Championing Special Initiatives for over seven years, Shobana had steered the organization's emergence as a proponent of integrated healthcare in India. She heads Apollo Pharmacy, India's largest pharmacy chain with a pan-India network of over 3000 stores, 19000 employees; it serves 3,00,000 customers a day. She is a founder and a Whole Time Director on the Board of Apollo Munich Health Insurance, acknowledged as India's best specialized Health Insurance company for 6 years, consecutively.

As lead Director in Apollo’s research and innovation activities, and cognizant of the convergence between healthcare, pharmaceutical & biotech industries and the academia, Shobana championed the creation and Incubation of a Biobank – a catalogued library of Ethically consented, anonymised bio-samples. The Biobank was recognized as one of the top 10 ideas in Life Sciences by the Time Magazine for the decade.

Alongside, in keeping with her keen interest to participate in Public Health, Shobana accepted a Board position in FIND (Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics), an international non-profit organization that enables the development and delivery of much-needed diagnostic tests for poverty-related diseases. Since its inception, FIND partnered in the delivery of 21 new diagnostic tools and has active collaborations with more than 200 partners.

Passionate about inculcating a culture of wellness, Shobana had championed the establishment of 'Billion Hearts Beating' - an NGO dedicated to educating fellow Indians about preventing heart disease and staying heart-healthy.

An active member of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Shobana’s appointment as its president in 2017- 18 created history as she was the first ever woman to hold the position since its inception in 1895. Dedicated to ensuring that more women enter the workforce, she has launched the Power of Parity Initiative. In 2018, she was invited by the Indian Ministry of Corporate Affairs to be member of the National Foundation for Corporate Governance (NGFC) Trust.

She is an Independent Director on the Boards of Blue Star Limited and Hero MotoCorp. In addition, Shobana is Vice-Chairperson of the KEI Group, a diversified logistics, leisure & infrastructure business, that she founded with her husband.

Shobana has been a recipient of prestigious national awards for Entrepreneurship and Leadership. The Women Economic Forum conferred upon her the award of ‘Businesswomen of the Decade’ in recognition of her work in healthcare and empowerment of women. She was conferred an Honorary Doctorate Degree of Science by the prestigious Bryant University, USA, in recognition of her life's work in healthcare & pharmaceuticals and her leadership role in business expansion in India.

Shobhit Mathur
Shobhit Mathur

Shobhit Mathur

Executive Director, Vision India Foundation

ISB Alumnus

Shobhit Mathur is the Executive Director of Vision India Foundation, a Delhi based think tank which focuses on identifying and mentoring the future public leaders of India. Shobhit is an alumnus of IIT Bombay, University of Washington and the Indian School of Business. Shobhit was awarded the 'Young Leader' and 'Citi Scholar' award during his program at ISB. Shobhit has previously served and Youth For Seva. For the past 10 years, Shobhit is focused on leveraging India's demographic dividend by engaging the youth of India into nation-building efforts. Vision India Foundation currently has over 900 alums across the country working on public policy and governance issues. Shobhit's personal research interest is the issue of Judicial delays in India. He loves traveling and practicing yoga and meditation.

Shreya Juneja
Shreya Juneja

Shreya Juneja is a recent graduate from the Indian School of Business, where she served as the President of the Public Policy Club and was awarded the prestigious Young Leaders' Award by the school, apart from being on the Dean's List for academic excellence. She also represented ISB at the Berkeley India Policy Challenge at UC Berkeley (USA), Harvard-US India Initiative in Delhi and the GSK-Kellogg-USAID Global Health Challenge in London (UK). She has a fervent inclination towards entrepreneurship, management and the social impact sector.

Prior to joining ISB, Shreya was working with the Infrastructure, Government & Healthcare (IGH) Practice of KPMG India, on the Swachh Bharat Mission Program Management Unit (co-funded by BMGF & USAID-India) with the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India.

She is also a B.Tech from the University of Delhi and was responsible for establishing the University's first Technology Business Incubation Centre in collaboration with M/o MSME. In 2013, she was selected to represent Delhi University at the first ever U21 student summit, held at University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada to discuss the role of universities in developing future leaders.

Srini Raju
Chairman – iLabs Group

Srinivasa Raju Chintalapati founded iLabs Group in 2000. iLabs Group is one of the pioneers of the Investment Ecosystem in India. Over the years, it has grown its scope in terms of both Investment and Industry. Originally started as an Angel Investor, iLabs has expanded into Seed-Stage, Early-Stage and Growth-Stage Investments, as well as Re-Structures and Buy-Outs. Initially focused on Technology and Technology enabled Ventures, iLabs has extended into Consumer Products and Services; Health and Wellness; Education and Skills-Development; Media and Entertainment; Corporate and Industrial Parks. Today, iLabs Group is one of the front-runners of the investment landscape in India.Srini has a Masters in Civil and Environmental Engineering Degree from Utah State University and a Bachelor of Science Degree with Honors from REC (NIT), Kurukshetra.

Srini has over 25 years of experience in Information Technology, Venture Capital and Private Equity. Prior to iLabs Group, Mr. Raju worked at Cognizant Technology Services as General Manager, Satyam Enterprise Solutions as CEO and Satyam Computer Services as COO.

Srini has founded TV9, which was the first-of-its-kind ‘Regional News Channel’ in India. He also founded Sri City, which was the first-of-its-kind ‘Integrated Smart City’ in India. Today, TV9 is South India’s leading News Channel and Sri City is home to over 150 MNC’s from 25 Countries.

Srini is passionate about Educations and Skills Development. He is the member and sponsor of International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Hyderabad and Indian Institute of Information Technology, Sri City. He is also a member of the Governing Board of Indian School of Business.

S. Sivakumar
S. Sivakumar

Mr. S. Sivakumar is the Group Head of Agri and IT Businesses of ITC Limited, India ( and a Member of its Corporate Management Committee.

ITC is one of India's foremost multi-business enterprises with a market capitalisation of US$ 50 billion and a turnover of US$ 8 billion, with business interests in Consumer Goods, Hotels, Agri Business, Paperboards, Packaging, and Information Technology.

Mr Sivakumar is well known as the architect of ITC e-Choupal, the pioneering farmer empowerment initiative that benefits over 4 million small farmers through customised agri-extension and market linkage services, while providing a unique source of competitive advantage to ITC's packaged foods business.

Topper of the Class of 1983 from the Institute of Rural Management Anand, (IRMA), Sivakumar worked with a farmers' cooperative for six years before joining ITC in 1989.

Mr Sivakumar blogs at He can also be reached at @S_Sivakumar on Twitter.

Ambassador T P Sreenivasan, Former Indian Permanent Representative to the United
Ambassador T P Sreenivasan

Former Indian Permanent Representative to the United Nations

T.P. Sreenivasan is a former Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations, Vienna and Governor for India of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna and Ambassador to Austria and Slovenia (2000-2004), T.P. Sreenivasan has served in the Indian Foreign Service for 37 years. His previous postings were as Deputy Chief of Mission in the Embassy of India, Washington, (1997-2000) High Commissioner of India to Kenya and Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations in Nairobi, (1995-1997) Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations, New York. (1992-1995) and Ambassador to Fiji and 8 other South Pacific Island States (1986-1989). He has also served in New Delhi, Tokyo, Thimphu, New York and Yangon. He rose to the highest level in the Indian Foreign Service in 2001 and retired in 2004.

Sreenivasan has nearly 20 years of experience in multilateral diplomacy and has represented India at a number of international conferences organised by the United Nations, the Commonwealth and the Nonaligned Movement. He has chaired several UN Committees and Conferences.Mr. Sreenivasan has a creditable academic record, having stood first in the University of Kerala in B.A. (English) and M.A. (English). He has won several distinctions during his student days. He speaks Japanese and Russian.

Sreenivasan was a member of the National Security Advisory Board of the Government of India from 2009 to 2012. He is presently the Director General, Kerala International Centre and an Adviser to ‘Asianet’ and produces a weekly TV programme on international issues entitled ‘Videsa Vicharam’. He also contributes articles regularly to Indian and foreign publications, such as the “Asia Wall Street Journal”, New York Times (India Ink), the Hindu, the Times of India,, Malayalamanorama and Mathrubhumi. He is a Visiting Professor of International Relations and Chair of the Centre for Diaspora Studies at the Central University of Kerala. Kasaragod. He was the Executive Director of ‘IAEA 2020’, a project launched by the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna. He served as the Vice Chairman of the Kerala State Higher Education Council from 2011-16.

Mr. Sreenivasan was a Visiting Fellow on Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution, Washington in 2009. He is the author of four books: ‘Words, Words, Words—Adventures in Diplomacy’, ‘Encounters’ ‘Mattering to India-the Shashi Tharoor Campaign' and 'Applied Diplomacy Through the Prism of Mythology'

Mr.Sreenivasan is presently Director of the NSS Academy of Civil Services and Director General of the Kerala International Centre, Thiruvananthapuram.

Mr. Sreenivasan is married to Lekha Sreenivasan who is an Indian classical dancer and painter. She is the founder chairperson of Karuna Charities International. The couple has two children; one of them, Sreenath Sreenivasan is the Chief Digital Officer of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and the other, Sreekanth Sreenivasan is working for the KEF Holdings and the Faizal and Shabana Foundation in Dubai.

Mr. Sreenivasan is a keen golfer

Vinod K Jacob, IFS

Joint Secretary (Economic Diplomacy and States Division)

Ministry of External Affairs Government of India

Mr. Vinod K. Jacob belongs to the 2000 Batch of the Indian Foreign Service. He has served in Beijing and New York (Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations). At Headquarters, he has served as Desk Officer on China as well as Director (Deputy Director General level) in the division dealing with Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran. Since October 2017, Mr. Jacob is Head of Economic Diplomacy & States Division.

He also has experience on UN matters, including elections. Most recently, he was campaign coordinator for re-election of Judge Dalveer Bhandari to the International Court of Justice in 2017.

Mr. Jacob is a Chinese language speaker who is reasonably fluent in Hindi, Tamil and Malyalam.

He is married and has two children.

V K Yadav

General Manager, South Central Railway

Shri Vinod Kumar Yadav has taken over charge as General Manager, South Central Railway on 10th January, 2017. Prior to this new assignment, he was serving as Executive Director, Railway Electrification Projects, Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL), New Delhi.  Shri Vinod Kumar Yadav belongs to the 1980 batch of Indian Railway Service of Electrical Engineers (IRSEE).

His academic qualifications include a Masters Degree in Business Administration – MBA (Technology Management) from La Trobe University, Australia and a Bachelors Degree in Engineering (Electrical Engineering) from Allahabad University, Uttar Pradesh. He holds immense experience in the fields of Project Management; General Management; Industrial Policy Formulation, Foreign Collaboration & Foreign Direct Investment; Management of Sector Specific International Technical Programmes and Co-ordination of World Bank and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Funding.

Shri Vinod Kumar Yadav began his working career on Indian Railways as Assistant Electrical Engineer in February, 1982. During the course of his illustrious career, Shri Vinod Kumar Yadav held several important executive and managerial positions on Indian Railways and on deputation to various Organizations. On Indian Railways, he served as – Chief Electrical Engineer, Planning/Traction Distribution, Northern Railway; Divisional Railway Manager, Lucknow Division, North Eastern Railway; Additional Divisional Railway Manager (Operation), Delhi Division, Northern Railway; Deputy Chief Electrical Engineer (Construction); Deputy Chief Electrical Engineer, Loco Workshop, Lucknow and as Senior Electrical Engineer (Construction).

Amongst the assignments he held on deputation are- as Group General Manager (Electrical), Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Limited; Programme Manager, Technology Diffusion and Support Programme and as Project Director, International Centre for Advancement of Manufacturing Technology at United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO); he was also the Director, Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion, Ministry of Industry, Government of India and as Deputy Chief Electrical Engineer (Electrical), Indian Railway Construction Company Limited (IRCON).

He also held an important foreign assignment as Deputy Manager (Electrical), IRCON at Turkey, where he was instrumental in planning, execution and commissioning of Railway Electrification Project for Turkish Railway.

Shri Vinod Kumar Yadav is a fitness freak and a sports enthusiast. He also holds a keen interest towards Indian Classical Music and Art.