Yashveer Singh

Yashveer is currently leading the Youth Venture program at Ashoka South Asia. The Youth Venture program aims to engage young people in social innovation & changemaking and building support ecosystem for young social innovators. In his career, Yashveer has worked with International development organisations in leadership roles and has been instrumental in launching new projects and starting up entrepreneurial ventures. He earned his MBA at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, where he was the only MBA student to receive prestigious, Vice-Chancellor Social Impact Award 2014 for his initiatives as Co-Chair Social Impact, Oxford Business Network (OBN).

Prior to this, Yashveer founded a youth non-profit to address talent inequity in the development sector and influence youth culture in India by inspiring, educating, and supporting university students to pursue social innovation and entrepreneurship. For his work, Yashveer has been awarded prestigious Youth Action Net 2012 Fellowship – as 1 of the 20 young social entrepreneurs representing 16 different countries by International Youth Foundation and was recognized as Global Shaper 2011 by World Economic Forum. A Starting Bloc Boston 2011 Fellow, he was awarded BITSAA 30 under 30 awards in the year 2012 for his contribution to the field of Social Entrepreneurship & Community Building. As the President of Student’s Union BITS Pilani 2006-07, Yashveer co-founded the University VISION 2020 Plan.

Sylvia Mishra

Sylvia Mishra is a researcher with ORF’s Strategic Studies Initiative working on U.S. Policy in Asia-Pacific and foreign and defence policies. Prior to ORF, she worked at the ICRIER-Wadhwani Chair in India-US Policy Studies and has been associated with several New Delhi and London based think-tanks. She has been a member of an Expedition to Central Asia to promote Track-II Diplomacy supported by Ministry of External Affairs and India Central Asia Foundation. She has presented papers at several national and international conferences and also participated in international forums like ‘Building an East Asian Regional Community’, hosted by John Hopkins Nanjing University.

She is a regular columnist for the Huffington Post and has written for East West Center, The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs,The Diplomat, Hindustan Times and several other publications. She holds a Masters degree in International Relations from London School of Economics and has written her Master’s thesis on ‘Foreign Relations of the United States and Iran During the Nixon Presidency (1969-1972)’.

D N V Kumara Guru

Mr Guru is Director of External Relations at the Indian School of Business (ISB). In his current role he manages the school’s relationship with key external stakeholders and helps strengthen ISB’s public engagement. Previously, Mr Guru has worked with the Dean’s Office, Development, Learning Resource Centre, IT, Academic Services and Administration at ISB. He helped establish the school’s second campus in Mohali.

Mr Guru has experience working with the Jain Group of Institutions, Bangalore where he led various functions including: Admissions, Marketing, and Public Relations and helped establish the group’s University project. He led a team which was responsible for incubating the group’s new institutions. During his tenure, the Jain Group grew from a single affiliated college with 1000 students to an educational supermarket of 21 institutions with over 15000 students.

Mr Guru is an alumnus of XLRI Jamshedpur. He is the National Chairman of Young Indians, an initiative of the Confederation of Indian Industry. His theme for the year is ‘Building a New India through Youth Leadership’. Young Indians is a pan India organisation with chapters in 34 cities, and growing. He tweets at @KumaraGuru.

Mohit Dubey

An alumnus of Australia India Youth Dialogue (AIYD 2015) – a tier-2 level think tank of young leaders (under 40 years) from India and Australia, Dr. Mohit is a National Institute of Technology, Karnataka (NITK) graduate in Chemical Engineering, Masters in Economics and PhD in “Information TechnologyEconomics” interdisciplinary area. He is currently associated as Pro Vice Chancellor with IFTM University, Moradabad (UP). As part of his current position Dr. Mohit leads the Automation of entire University Operations, optimization of IT Infrastructure, enhancing Marketing, Admissions and Examination related processes. He is also the ‘Director of Corporate and International Relations’ where he leads all the strategic alliances of the University. He is a key member of Academic and Executive Councils of the University. He has been quoted by many leading Newspapers in English and Hindi media. He has also been a keynote speaker on various occasions on the areas ranging from Leadership, Finance, Ecommerce, leveraging technology in Higher Education etc. He was also a member of Skilltree delegation to ‘University of Oxford’ in 2015 for Leadership programme in Higher Education.

Prior to Education sector during his IT career spanning over a decade, he started his career as Software Engineer with Infosys Limited and moved to Client Solutions Manager in presales function over the years. During the Infosys stint, he worked with second largest bank of USA in Atlanta and Los Angeles for ~7 years. His main interest areas include Banking and Capital Markets in which he also completed the Certification in Capital and Derivatives market from National Stock Exchange.

With a passion and intent to “give back to the society”, he moved back to his native place Moradabad under “Community Empathy” Programme of Infosys in 2011. Since them he has found a new passion in making Higher Education system more productive by leveraging the power of Technology.

Dr. Mohit loves reading biography of the world changing leaders and managers and is an ardent follower of his father (Dr. R.M. Dubey) for his honest, transparent and inclusive style of leadership. He follows NBA, EPL, Indian Super League (Atl De Kolkata) and IPL (Chennai Superkings) with equal interest and would not miss any chance of travelling for Fun only (no work please!).

Amit Ranjan

Dr Amit Ranjan is an alumnus of the coveted Endeavour Research Fellowship and the Inlaks Shivdasani Research Fellowship. He was a Visiting Fellow at University of New South Wales (UNSW) Australia in 2010. His doctoral research about John Lang, an Australian writer, journalist and lawyer who lived in India in the mid 19th century has been widely acclaimed. Currently he is an Australia Awards Ambassador, as also a Fulbright Fellow for 2015-16. He also writes poetry and plays.

John Selby

Dr John Selby researches the spill-over effects of regulation of and on the Internet onto business at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. In his PhD dissertation awarded by the University of New South Wales (UNSW), John applied the interdisciplinary New Institutional Economics theory to interpret the history of the regulation of the domain name system in Australia. He was a University medallist, received first-class honours in Law and a degree in International Business from Griffith University.
Since 2011, John has been appointed as an assessor for Discovery Grants for the Australian Research Council (ARC). He was an investigator on two ARC grants awarded in 2010. John has presented on his research in many international forums, including at the United Nations Internet Governance Forum in 2013 (where he was appointed as an ISOC-AU Ambassador) and in 2014, where he spoke about the challenges posed by the intersection of the institutions that regulate international trade and internet governance.

In 2009, John was a Postel Center Fellow at the University of Southern California’s Information Sciences Institute. In 2006, he was recognised as one of Australia’s “Young Voices in Technology and International Relations” by the Lowy Institute. Previously, he worked as a commercial lawyer for Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now King & Wood Mallesons) in Sydney and for TMI Associates in Tokyo, Japan.

D N V Kumara Guru

Mr Guru is Director of External Relations at the Indian School of Business (ISB). In his current role he manages the school’s relationship with key external stakeholders and helps strengthen ISB’s public engagement. Previously, Mr Guru has worked with the Dean’s Office, Development, Learning Resource Centre, IT, Academic Services and Administration at ISB. He helped establish the school’s second campus in Mohali.

Mr Guru has experience working with the Jain Group of Institutions, Bangalore where he led various functions including: Admissions, Marketing, and Public Relations and helped establish the group’s University project. He led a team which was responsible for incubating the group’s new institutions. During his tenure, the Jain Group grew from a single affiliated college with 1000 students to an educational supermarket of 21 institutions with over 15000 students.

Mr Guru is an alumnus of XLRI Jamshedpur. He is the National Chairman of Young Indians, an initiative of the Confederation of Indian Industry. His theme for the year is ‘Building a New India through Youth Leadership’. Young Indians is a pan India organisation with chapters in 34 cities, and growing. He tweets at @KumaraGuru.

Navras Jaat Aafreedi

Dr Navras Jaat Aafreedi is an Indo-Judaic Studies Scholar and a Social Activist, employed as Assistant Professor in the School of Humanities & Social Sciences, Gautam Buddha University, Greater NOIDA, India. He is also the Founder and Secretary of the Society for Social Regeneration & Equity (SSRE), an NGO dedicated to the promotion of peace and interfaith amity through dialogue and understanding. He sits on the editorial boards of the refereed journals Journal of Indo-Judaic Studies and The Social Ion, on the review board of the Journal of South Asian Studies, and on the international advisory board of the Asian Jewish Life and the Jerusalem Press Club.

He has held fellowships at the University of Sydney and the Institute of Asian Studies, Australia; Woolf Institute, Cambridge, UK; Tel Aviv University, Israel; and the Centre for Communication & Development Studies, Pune, India and his lectures have been well received in Australia, Israel, UK, USA and India. He has to his credit a number of publications which have been translated into German, Spanish, French and Russian, and press reports on his researches can be read in sixteen languages (European and Asian) on his blog navrasaafreedi.blogspot.com. One can read more about him heresites.google.com/site/aafreedi/home

D N V Kumara Guru

Mr Guru is Director of External Relations at the Indian School of Business (ISB). In his current role he manages the school’s relationship with key external stakeholders and helps strengthen ISB’s public engagement. Previously, Mr Guru has worked with the Dean’s Office, Development, Learning Resource Centre, IT, Academic Services and Administration at ISB. He helped establish the school’s second campus in Mohali.

Mr Guru has experience working with the Jain Group of Institutions, Bangalore where he led various functions including: Admissions, Marketing, and Public Relations and helped establish the group’s University project. He led a team which was responsible for incubating the group’s new institutions. During his tenure, the Jain Group grew from a single affiliated college with 1000 students to an educational supermarket of 21 institutions with over 15000 students.

Mr Guru is an alumnus of XLRI Jamshedpur. He is the National Chairman of Young Indians, an initiative of the Confederation of Indian Industry. His theme for the year is ‘Building a New India through Youth Leadership’. Young Indians is a pan India organisation with chapters in 34 cities, and growing. He tweets at @KumaraGuru.

Mark Gabbott

Professor Mark Gabbott graduated from the University of Essex with a BA(Hons) in Economics followed by an MSc in Technology Management from Imperial College, University of London. After working in government for six years in consumer policy and protection, he joined the University of Stirling as a Research Fellow and completed a Ph.D in Marketing. He was Lecturer and then Senior Lecturer at the University of Stirling researching and teaching in the areas of Electronic and Direct Marketing, Services Marketing, Consumer Behaviour and Consumer Policy. Mark joined Monash University in 1997 as Professor of Marketing and was appointed Head of Department in 2000. He took up the position of Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics at Monash in 2006.

In 2008, Mark was appointed Executive Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics at Macquarie University, Sydney. Mark’s current research interests are in services marketing, customer relationship management, internet marketing, consumer behaviour and customer value. Mark has published four books and over 50 book chapters and journal articles. His research has been published in a variety of international academic journals including the Journal of Business Research, Journal of Public Policy and Marketing, European Journal of Marketing and the Journal of Marketing Management. Mark currently sits on the editorial boards of three international marketing journals. Mark is a member of the European Marketing Academy, The UK Academy of Marketing, is past Chair of the American Marketing Association Services Interest Group, and is a past President of the Australian New Zealand Marketing Academy.