The author of The Wildings, a novel published in August 2012. Her column on books and reading for the Business Standard has run for over 15 years; she also writes for the International Herald Tribune on gender. Her fiction and journalism have appeared in several journals and anthologies, including Caravan, Civil Lines 6, Guernica, the New York Times’ India blog, Outlook and Biblio. She will speak on “The history of story telling”
Mani Shankar Aiyyar
A former Indian diplomat turned politician. He is currently a nominated member of parliament from rajya sabha. He will speak on “How do we achieve a boundary less world?”
Leads Team Indus, which is the only Indian Team to participate in the Google Lunar X Prize. He will speak on “Why did I decide to land on the moon?”
the political editor of Outlook, one of India’s leading news magazines, and writes on politics, governance and current affairs. She has travelled extensively across India and covered elections in the country, particularly in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Gujarat. Beyond her role as a political reporter and analyst, she follows issues of identity and culture. Her first book, In Good Faith: A journey in search of an unknown India to critical acclaim. She will speak on “What it means to be an Indian?”
Owns an indie publishing house. When she isn’t working or reading she learns big words from her seven-year-old daughter and tries teaching them to her year-old-son. She will speak The story of publishing”
An authority on Indian butterflies and moths, has published sixty papers on them and has described a dozen new to science. He pioneered the use of lepidoptera as indicators of climate change with a paper published in 1994. He lives with his wife and two children in Bhimtal, where he runs the Butterfly Research Centre. He will speak on ”The Butterfly Effect Controls Rivers”
a Los Angeles based artist and musician who has used his skills across a landscape of mediums. Excelling in art and music from a young age he went on to graduate and work as an art director for Deutsch Advertising New York. While there he began writing music for plays as well as DJ’ing and ultimately left advertising to pursue music fulltime in Los Angeles. Now a full time producer and world class DJ, he has found a way to incorporate a range of artistic ability to push the envelope of creativity and work with some of the biggest clients in entertainment. “Moses will speak on “Me Inc. – Individuality as a Commodity” and how technology has empowered artists like himself to gain uninhibited access to a global audience while simultaneously enhancing creativity — all while thriving and overcoming traditional barriers in today’s dynamic and ever-evolving music industry.
He has a unique blend of career experiences combining a decade plus of serving in the Armed Forces as a combat soldier, another decade plus heading three companies and then working for the government for the past four years in the Ministry of Home as the CEO of the National Intelligence Grid. He is considered to be an authority on defense and security related matters and in addition to being a visiting faculty in management and business institutions, is a columnist for the business paper MINT. In his talk, Raman will talk on “Three Myths of Terrorism“ and show how each one of us is paying a price for terrorism on a daily basis. More startlingly how many of us are also abetting it inadvertently.
Born and raised in India, currently living between Maastricht, Brussels, Berlin and New Delhi. Charanya is a global citizen, an entrepreneur, a resourceful networker, a die-hard foodie and Alice in wonderland. She is currently traveling the world telling stories and throwing dinners for strangers. 2 years down, 200 dinners later, Charanya wants to share her inspiration, failures and work involved in creating Table Talk. She will speak on “Follow your bliss – the journey within to accept the life without.”
He holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi. After 8 years in Calcutta (Shipping and Tea) and 5 years in Advertising in Mumbai, he joined Lawkim Ltd., a bankrupt light engineering company in early 1977 that the Godrej family had just taken over. His team helped help turn it around. Mr. Crishna joined the Board of Godrej & Boyce in 1990. In 1991, Mr. Crishna established the Naoroji Godrej Centre for Plant Research at Shindewadi, Satara, researching and propagating rare and endangered species of medicinal plants endemic to the Western Ghats. A Life Member of The Himalayan Club since 1973, he has trekked in the Garhwal, Sikkim, Ladakh, Nepal and Tibet. He has been active in theater since 1965 in Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai. He will be talking on climate change and water availability in an increasingly thirsty world in his topic “Journey to World’s End!”
Born in Delhi in 1963. His personal acquaintance with protest music started off in his childhood with songs of the Indian People’s Theatre Association. He first encountered contemporary protest music during a trip to Garhwal in 1980 with songs sung by the Chipko Andolan. He heard several international protest songs during his years as a doctoral student at Cornell University, USA during the late sixties. Rahul’s five years as an activist with the Narmada Bachao Andolan in the early 90s taught him a lot of protest songs, some of which he continued to perform with Indian Ocean, the band he has been part of for the last 22 years. Rahul is the bass player and vocalist for Indian Ocean, and has also sung for several Bollywood films. This year, he was one of the mentors for Saregamapa, a premier singing show on Indian TV . He will speak on “Contemporary Protest Music”