Norman Atkins is the Co-Founder and President of Relay Graduate School of Education (formerly known as Teacher U), a ground-breaking institution of higher education designed specifically to train and develop urban public school teachers. Since 2008, under Atkins’ leadership, Teacher U and Relay Graduate School of Education have trained more than 600 charter and district public school teachers in New York City. Atkins is the Founder, Board Chair, and former CEO of Uncommon Schools, a nonprofit charter management organization recognized for starting and operating among the highest performing urban schools in the nation. In 1997, he co-founded and co-led North Star Academy Charter School of Newark. From 1989 to 1994, he was the co-executive director of the Robin Hood Foundation in New York City. As a journalist, he has written about education, poverty, politics, culture, and social issues for The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Parenting, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and the Boston Globe. Atkins earned a B.A. in History from Brown University and an M.A. in Educational Administration from Columbia University Teachers College.
Alongside a successful and award winning career as an actress and director, Nandita achieved a Masters degree in Social Work from University of Delhi and has continuously worked with various NGOs. As a chairperson of the Children’s Film Society, Nandita is passionate about producing and delivering high quality films for children. As an actress, she is known for her performances in Fire (1996), Earth (1998), Bawandar (2000) and Aamaar Bhuvan (2002).
Mr. Dhawan co-founded ChrysCapital Investment Advisors in April 1999. The company aspires to become a leading investment firm with already managing $2 billion in funds. Mr. Dhawan possesses an MBA with distinction from the Harvard Business School and a BS in applied mathematics and economics with magna cum laude honors from Yale University.
Anand Shah is CEO of Sarvajal and Piramal Foundation. Sarvajal aims to bring clean water to rural parts of India in order to stop the diseases spreading due to unsafe water. The private foundation of Piramal Foundation builds a platform for India’s youth to participate in progress of the whole nation. He is also on the board of members for Indicorps, non-profit organization for Indians around the world to participate in India’s progress.
Jo Chopra McGowan is co-founder and executive director of Latika Roy Foundation. Named after Latika Roy, the foundation provides education and social services to children, disadvantaged by disability and poverty. McGowan supervises Karuna Vihar, Latika Vihar, three early intervention centres, a vocational training and resource centre of the foundation. An English literature graduate of the University of Massachusetts, a social activist and an avid photographer, McGowan moved to India 30 years ago after her marriage with Dr. Ravi Chopra, director of the People’s Science Institute, Dehradun.
Allison Rouse is co-Founder and CEO of EdVillage. EdVillage vision includes a world where all children, regardless of their socio-economic status, have access to a high quality school and reach higher education. EdVillage supports education entrepreneurs that want to start high quality, free or low cost schools, that serve students from low-income communities in their countries. Prior to starting EdVillage in January 2011, Allison worked for Room to Read an international non-profit organisation focused on literacy and girls’ education in the developing world.
Steven Farr is currently Vice-President of Teach for America and is in charge of knowledge development and public engagement. He has contributed to the development of the Teaching As Leadership framework, as well as Teach For America's online resources built around those ideas. Farr taught high school English and English as a second language as a part of the 1993 Teach For America corps in the Rio Grande Valley.
Indu Shahani, Principal of H.R College was appointed the Sheriff of Mumbai Sheriff of Mumbai on Jan 5, 2008 and is now serving her third term. She is the principal of H R College of Commerce and Economics in South Mumbai since 2000. She holds a Ph.D. in Commerce from the University of Mumbai and has a teaching experience of 31 years. In 2002, Shahani was awarded the "Sahyog Foundation Award for Excellence in Education".
Ashish Kumar Singh
Ashish Kumar Singh, is currently the Secretary to the Chief Minister of Maharashtra,. He was former Additional Municipal Commissioner in the MCGM and has assisted the Minister of State in the PMO in his work relating to the Cabinet on Economic Affairs, Prices, the WTO, Prime Minister’s Committee on Infrastructure, PM’s Energy Coordination Committee and PM’s Committee on Trade and Industry, and the Ministries of Finance and Departments of Atomic Energy and Space. He was closely associated with the formulation of the National Civil Aviation Policy and the National Policy on Airport infrastructure. During his tenure as AMC in the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai, Singh championed the cause of transforming education practices in 1400 MCGM schools.
Anjali Sabnani has taught for 10 years at the Akanksha Foundation, Mumbai, and had a dramatic impact on the lives of many of her students. She used innovative techniques and focused significantly on helping her students develop strong written and spoken language skills. One of these strategies was through exposing her students to newspapers and current events. Anjali now trains and supports all Akanksha teachers across Mumbai.
Jyoti Reddy is a 12th standard student at Khalsa College studying the Arts. Jyoti grew up in PD'Mello Community and has since be rehabilitated to Lalibhau Compound Mankhurd. Jyoti has been an Akanksha student for 10 years. She loves dancing, writing poetry, reading, watching films and hanging out with friends.
After writing for hit shows on BBC and FOX like the Simpsons and Goodness
Gracious Me, creating TV shows for the Disney Channel and touring with
Russell Peters and Martin Lawrence, leadership & laughter coach,
Anand Chulani worked with Palestinian and Israeli youth and created the LOL Method, which was designed to educate
and empower children to become Leaders of Laughter - leaders in their
schools, homes and communities. In the last year, the LOL Method has been
embraced by over 40,000 children, teachers and parents from over 30 countries
as well as leaders of Fortune 500 companies such as Google, Turner Broadcasting and organizations
such as YPO and the International Association of Hostage Negotiators.
He is currently a regular guest and expert on peak performance for Bloomberg News
as well as an acting & talent coach for the Disney Channel.