Advisors

  • Akash

    Prof. Aakash Singh Rathore

    Aakash Singh Rathore is a professor, author and an Ironman triathlete. He is an International Fellow of the Center for Ethics and Global Politics in Rome, Italy, and has been a Professor at JNU, Delhi University, University of Toronto, Rutgers University, U Penn, Louvain, Berlin, and Rome. He is presently Chief Editor of a 5-volume collection on B.R. Ambedkar’s Quest for Justice (Oxford University Press, 2019).

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    Amitabh Behar

    Amitabh Behar is the CEO of Oxfam India and former executive director of the National Foundation for India. He was the Executive Director of the National Centre of Advocacy Studies (NCAS). He is one of the leading experts of people-centred advocacy and chairs organisational boards of Amnesty International India, Navsarjan, and Yuva. He is the vice board chair of CIVICUS and also sits on the board of other organisations like Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability (CBGA), Mobile Crèche, VANI, Global Fund for Community Foundation (GFCF).

  • Amrita Rai

    Amrita Rai

    Amrita Rai is the Managing Editor of ‘Swaraj Express’, a Hindi news channel and news portal www.newsplatform.in. She is a leading television anchor, who has earlier worked with Rajya Sabha Television, NDTV India, Zee News and Star News. Her show ‘Sarokar’, telecast on RSTV, was a well-known TV debate on public issues. She has recently started her new prime time show ‘Public Agenda’, which is being aired on ‘Swaraj Express’.

  • Ganesh

    Dr. Ganesh N. Devy

    Dr. Ganesh N. Devy is a thinker, cultural activist, and an institution builder, best known for the People’s Linguistic Survey of India and the Adivasi Academy created by him. He writes in three languages-Marathi, Gujarati and English. He launched the Dakshinayan (Southward) movement of artists, writers, and intellectuals that follows the ideas of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar. He was awarded Padma Shri on 26 January 2014 in recognition of his work.

  • Dinesh Bahadur Singh

    Dr. Dinesh Bahadur Singh

    Dr. Dinesh Bahadur Singh was the former Secretary, Rajya Sabha Secretariat. He is on the experts panel of National Commission for Women, and Union Public Service Commission. He has a Doctorate in Mathematics and M. Sc. from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur; a MBA from University of Birmingham (UK) and a LLB from Faculty of Law, Delhi.

  • Javed Ali Khan

    Javed Ali Khan is a politician from Samajwadi Party and a Member of the Parliament of India representing Uttar Pradesh in the Rajya Sabha. He was appointed the District President of the Samajwadi Party from District Moradabad in 2005 and also contested the 2007 Vidhan Sabha elections from Thakurdwara, Uttar Pradesh.

  • Jayant Chaudhary

    Jayant Chaudhary

    Jayant Chaudhary is the Vice President of the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) and was a Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha. He was one of the prime movers on the Land Acquisition issue and had introduced a Private Member’s Bill on Land Acquisition in the Lok Sabha. He is a key member of the Climate Parliament and Globe India organizations. He has been working with several civil society groups, and non-governmental organizations.

  • Kancha Ilaiah

    Prof. Kancha Ilaiah

    Prof. Kancha Ilaiah, is an Indian political theorist, writer and activist for Dalit rights. Currently, he is serving as Director of the Centre for Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy at Maulana Azad National Urdu University in Hyderabad.

  • Krishna Byregowda

    Krishna Byregowda

    Krishna Byre Gowda is the Minister of Rural Development, Law and Parliamentary Affairs in the Government of Karnataka. He has a Masters degree from the School of International Service, American University, Washington, D.C.

  • Manoj Jha

    Prof. Manoj Jha

    Prof. Manoj Jha was a lecturer at Department of Social Work, Jamia Millia Islamia and Delhi University. He heads the Department of Social Work in Delhi School of Social Work, Delhi University. He is currently a member of Rajya Sabha in the Indian Parliament from the state of Bihar and also the spokesperson of the Rashtriya Janata Dal.

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    Prof. MV Rajeev Gowda

    Prof. MV Rajeev Gowda is an Indian politician and academician. He is a member of parliament in the Rajya Sabha since July 2014 and a national spokesperson for the Indian National Congress. He also currently serves as Chairman of the “Congress Research Department”. He was Professor of Economics and Social Sciences and the Chairperson of the Centre for Public Policy at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore and taught a range of courses. He has also served as the Director of the Central Board, Reserve Bank of India.

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    Prof. Neera Chandhoke

    Prof. Neera Chandhoke is formerly professor of political science, University of Delhi, she has been a Jawaharlal Nehru fellow and has held various research and teaching positions in universities in India and abroad. Neera Chandhoke has written widely on civil society, democracy, social rights and secularism. Her recent work ‘Rethinking Pluralism, Secularism, Tolerance: Anxieties of Co-Existence’, is published by Sage, 2019. Currently she is working on a popular book on violence.

  • Nisha Agarwal

    Dr. Nisha Agrawal

    Dr. Nisha Agrawal is a development economist. She was the former CEO of Oxfam India. Prior to that, she has worked with the World Bank on development issues for 18 years. Dr. Agrawal has a Doctorate in Economics from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA.

  • Ravi Negi

    Ravi Negi

    Ravi Negi is an advertising and media marketing professional who has worked with global agencies like Mediacom, Starcom, Universal McCann, Madison and Zenith Optimedia. He has handled multinational accounts like Coca Cola, Sony Electronics, Dabur, Glaxo SmithKline Beecham, Honda, Johnson & Johnson, India Today, Hindustan Times, Indian National Congress(2004 & 2009 Lok Sabha), BJP (1999 Lok Sabha), among others. He was ranked among the top media strategist by Economic Times. He is currently the Chief Operating Officer of News-Platform and Swaraj Express channel.

  • Ruchi Gupta

    Ruchi Gupta

    Ruchi Gupta is AICC Secretary & National in-charge of NSUI. She was associated with transparency and right to work movements for many years before joining the Congress Party. She also worked with the National Advisory Council, the advisory body chaired by the Congress President to make recommendations on social policy to the UPA Govt. She is the founding trustee of “Dialogue for Democracy”. She was a consultant with McKinsey & Co in New York City. She has written extensively on issues of democracy, development and state accountability in all the national dailies.

  • Prof.-Sukhdeo-Thorat

    Prof. Sukhdeo Thorat

    Prof. Sukhdeo Thorat was the chairperson of the University Grants Commission, the Indian Council of Social Science & Research and the Indian Institute of Dalit Studies. He was awarded the Padmashree in 2008.

  • Salil Shetty

    Salil Shetty

    Salil Shetty is a human rights activist. He was the Secretary-General of Amnesty International and the director of the United Nations Millennium Campaign. Before joining the UN, he served as the Chief Executive of ActionAid. He was appointed a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Carr Center for Human Rights for the academic year 2018-2019.

  • Tikender Panwar

    Tikender Panwar

    Tikender Panwar was the elected deputy Mayor of Shimla. He was also a member of the national task force in the country to review the 74th constitutional amendment which dealt with decentralised governance. Apart from this he has represented the city and the country in many international events. Currently, he is leader of the CPI-M.

  • Vinayak Dalmia

    Vinayak Dalmia is an Entrepreneur, Social Worker and Political Thinker. He has worked with the Indian Prime Minister’s Office on Technology and Innovation and McKinsey & Co. Vinayak regularly writes and speaks in the media on current affairs. He has studied economics at Cambridge and the University of California, Berkeley.

  • Vivek Tankha

    Vivek Tankha

    Vivek Tankha was the Additional Solicitor General of India. He is a Senior Advocate at the Supreme Court of India and a Member of Parliament in the Rajya Sabha.