Andrew Pickford

Andrew Pickford is based in Perth, Western Australia and works in the area of policy and strategy across a range of institutions, industries and governments. He has particular expertise in the electricity sector, strategy formulation, scenario-based planning and Indo-Pacific security issues. Mr Pickford is the inaugural ISSA Indo-Pacific Managing Director, a strategic think-tank focusing onthe Indian Ocean region. Mr Pickford also holds a number of other positions including Senior Fellow, Mannkal Economic Foundation, Senior Fellow,International Strategic Studies Association and is currently a Center for Strategicand International Studies-Pacific Forum Young Leader.

Andrew is the former Vice President of the Australia-India Business Council (WABranch). He also sits on the management committee of the Australia Day Council of Western Australia and the Australian Institute of International Affairs (WABranch).

Mr Pickford is a co-author of Energy Security 2.0: How Energy is Central to the Changing Global Balance in the New Age of Geography, Australia 2050: An Examination of Australia’s Condition, Outlook, and Options for the First Half of the21st Century, and Such a Full Sea: Australia’s Options in a Changing Indian Ocean Region.

Sarah Flomersfeld

Sarah currently works for the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade) where she is responsible for investment attraction and facilitation in Singapore, Australia’s sixth largest source of foreign direct investment .   Prior to this, she held policy research roles in Singapore, Paris and Brussels, witha focus on economic development and national competitiveness.   Sarah holds a Masters in Public Policy from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, and a Bachelor of International Relations from Bond University. She has spent two terms as Senior Editor of the Asian Journal of Public Affairs, which she continues to advise.

Prior to this, she held policy research roles in Singapore, Paris and Brussels, witha focus on economic development and national competitiveness.   Sarah holds a Masters in Public Policy from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, and a Bachelor of International Relations from Bond University. She has spent two terms as Senior Editor of the Asian Journal of Public Affairs, which she continues to advise.

Sarah holds a Masters in Public Policy from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, and a Bachelor of International Relations from Bond University. She has spent two terms as Senior Editor of the Asian Journal of Public Affairs, which she continues to advise.

Andrej Pavkovic

Andrej works for the Australian Government’s international education agency, Australian Education International (AEI), in its National Office in Canberra. He works with a team spread between Canberra and New Delhi to help build education partnerships and policy dialogue between Australia and India.   Andrej completed a Bachelor of Asian Studies at the Australian National University, majoring in Japanese language and contemporary Asian societies and histories. His interest in India’s rich culture and its emergence as a global giant was sparked during his studies. Following his studies he gained experience working in state and federal government before joining AEI.

Andrej completed a Bachelor of Asian Studies at the Australian National University, majoring in Japanese language and contemporary Asian societies and histories. His interest in India’s rich culture and its emergence as a global giant was sparked during his studies. Following his studies he gained experience working in state and federal government before joining AEI.

Rana Ayyub

Based between Mumbai and Delhi, Rana Ayyub, 31, is a celebratedand political affairs journalist from India . A post graduate in Social Communications Media, she has been credited with some of the best investigative stories, be it from the naxal hotbeds in India , the LTTE turf in Sri Lanka , terror-related stories from Pakistan or human rights essays from Bangladesh. She was until recently working with Tehelka, one of India’s most popular and credible news magazines as Senior Editor, News and Investigations.

Having worked with some of the most prominent media organizations in India and produced award-winning documentaries, she has to her credit revelational exposés on right-wing fundamentalism in India as well as reports on terrorism and conflict-related events in the country.

Her exposé on the faces behind right-wing terror in Maharashtra or on the criminal-political nexus in the encounters in Gujarat have been path breaking and have won her many accolades. Rana’s work was duly recognized by a media organization in India which named her as one amongst the 50 Muslims post independence who have made significant contribution to the society.

It was her body of courageous and inspiring work that got her the prestigious Sanskriti Award for Excellence in Journalism 2011.

An avid reader of biographies and political history and an ardent follower of Urdu poetry and literature, she has travelled across India and the subcontinent to chase news and grasp elements of history. She is at present a columnist with reputed national and international publications while working on her book on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Bhavna Mathur

Bhavna Mathur is currently the Country Director for IDEX Accelerator – a global fellowship in social enterprise and is responsible for the success, outreach and sustainability of the IDEX intervention in India.

Prior to IDEX, Bhavna worked with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), managing technology development programs for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in emerging markets. In sync with the industrial development strategy of the ministry of commerce and industry, she spearheaded several interventions for the development of green manufacturing technologies, intellectual property rights and technology upgrades in SMEs.

Bhavna holds a Master of Science degree in Environment and Development from the London School of Economics, UK, a Masters in Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, India and a Bachelors in Economics from Delhi University.

Her passion for economics and development has always driven her to develop solutions that integrate the two and work for development that is inclusive and sustainable.

Keeping her passion for the subject alive, Bhavna often mentors students across schools, universities and business schools in economics. She also recently delivered a TEDx talk to share her thoughts on intrapreneurs within organisations.

Prerna Mukharya

Prerna is the founder of Outline India, an organisation about social impact through data.

In three years of operations, focusing on the development sector, Outline India has worked across 17 states and reached out to over 15,000 people (12,000 of whom are from rural and remote parts of India) on the ground one-on-one and generated over 3000 days of employment for individuals with little or no college education.

Prerna believes that by working with academics, think tanks, universities and by extension, the Government, and via our connect with people, Outline India can catalyse the process of social change. Outline India engages in providing on-ground intelligence such as data collection, monitoring and evaluation, piloting interventions, analytics and generating qualitative and quantitative insights.

The work of Outline India feeds into policy analysis, fund disbursal of donor agencies, philanthropists looking to invest, CSR agencies, academics designing interventions, among other things.

Prerna holds a Master of Arts degree in Economics from Boston University. Her prior research includes work at the Centre for Policy Research, Harvard, and MIT.

Avi Naidu

Avi is a Founder and Managing Director of the Taronga Group of companies.

Prior to founding Taronga, Avi Founded and was Managing Director of Aura Funds Management – a wholesale fund manager specialising in funds for high net worth and institutional investors in real estate, venture capital and private equity.

Prior to Aura Funds Management, Avi was an investment banker with a leading independent corporate advisory firm, where he worked across sectors including industrials, telecommunications, media & technology, resources, and financial services, advising both public and private companies on a range of M&A transactions and general corporate advisory work.

Prior to this Avi was a solicitor at leading regional law firm, Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now King & Wood Mallesons) based in the Sydney office. At Mallesons, Avi practiced in the Corporate Group specialising in M&A, funds management, equity capital markets, public takeovers, private treaty acquisitions / disposals, and general corporate advisory work. Avi also practiced in the Real Estate and Projects Group where he focused on real estate development projects and financing.

Avi is currently a Non-Executive director of an ASX listed technology company, where he sits on both the remuneration and audit committees. Avi holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance and Economics) from the University of Sydney, a Bachelor of Laws from the University of New South Wales and is admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW and the High Court of Australia.

Lauren Moss

Lauren Moss is the Member for Casuarina in the Northern Territory (NT) of Australia, and the youngest member of the Northern Territory Parliament, having been elected at the age of 27. Lauren and her family migrated to Australia from the United Kingdom in 1999 and they soon called Darwin home.

Lauren has a proven commitment to community services both personally and professionally, having worked in diverse roles such as coordinating the NT Early Intervention Pilot Program and co-establishing the Anglicare NT program ‘YChange?’ improving outcomes for young Territorians.

As a passionate advocate for young Territorians and improvement of mental health services, Lauren has volunteered for national and local mental health organisations. She has been recognised as a young leader in the Northern Territory and nationally as a finalist in the Australian Women’s Weekly Women of the Future scholarship program. She is the Shadow Minister for Children and Families, Child Protection, Public and Affordable Housing, Mental Health and Disability Services, Multicultural Affairs, Young Territorians, Senior Territorians and Corporate and Information Services. She continues to speak up for the residents in her electorate of Casuarina.

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.

Vasudha Venugopal

I am a journalist with the Economic Times. I cover the ruling party here. Political stories interest me, so do stories on culture and wildlife. I love cats. Twitter : @sanjivanitbooty