Pradeep S. Mehta

Pradeep S Mehta is the founder secretary general of the Jaipur-based Consumer Unity & Trust Society (CUTS International), one of the largest consumer groups in India, with offices in London, Lusaka, Nairobi, Hanoi and Geneva. Established in 1983/84, CUTS International has now completed 25 glorious years. Mehta studied at The Scindia School, Gwalior (higher secondary), St Xavier’s College at Calcutta (B. Com) University and law at the Rajasthan University, Jaipur.

Mehta serves/has served on several policy making bodies of the Government ofIndia, related to trade, environment and consumer affairs, including the Nationa lAdvisory Committee on International Trade of the Ministry of Commerce and its working groups. He chairs the Advisory Board of the South Asia Network on Trade, Economics and Environment, Kathmandu.

Rajesh Chadha

Rajesh Chadha is Senior Fellow at the National Council of Applied EconomicResearch (NCAER) in New Delhi. He received his B.Sc. (Physics) and M.A.(Business Economics) from the University of Delhi and Ph.D. (Industrial Economics) from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi. He has teaching and research experience at Hindu College, University of Delhi and NCAER, New Delhi of more than 35 years. His areas of specialisation include international trade, Foreign Direct Investment, agricultural markets and competition andregulatory reforms.

He has been Visiting Scholar in the Department of Economics, University of Michigan, the Department of Economics, University of Melbourne and consultant to the World Bank and to the Australian Government.
He has many national and international publications to his credit.

Rajiv Nayan

Dr Rajiv Nayan is a Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. He has been working with the Institute since 1993, where he specializes in export control, non-proliferation, and arms control. Rajiv was a Visiting Research Fellow at Japan Institute of International Affairs, Tokyo, where he published his monograph- Non-Proliferation Issues in SouthAsia. He was also a Visiting Fulbright Scholar at the Center on International Cooperation, New York University. He holds a Ph.D. and a Master of Philosophy in Disarmament Studies and a Master of Arts in International Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. In his doctoral dissertation, he studied implications of the Missile Technology Control Regime for Indian security and economy. He has published his papers in academic journals, and as chapters of books. He has contributed articles to numerous newspapers.

He is a member of the Export Controls Experts Group and Multilateral Security Framework in North East Asia of the Council for Security Cooperation in Asia Pacific (CSCAP). He is also on the Executive Council of the Indian Pugwash Society. In recent months, Rajiv has been participating in different Non-Governmental Organisations’ meetings on nuclear security. He is an Indian partner of Fissile Materials Working Group (FMWG) which is a Washington-based group of Non-Governmental Organisations active on nuclear security. He is also a member of international Coalitions of Non-Governmental Organisations on Chemical Weapons Convention and Arms Trade Treaty.

Naren Chitty AM

Professor Naren Chitty is Associate Dean (International), Director of the Soft Power Advocacy and Research Centre (SPARC) and Foundation Chair in International Communication at the Faculty of Arts, Macquarie University

He is the author of Framing South Asian Regional Cooperation and editor of Mapping Globalization and Faces of Globalization. He is co-editor of Studies in Terrorism and Alternative Media. He has authored or co-authored several articles on soft power, public diplomacy and international communication and is currently co-editing a book on ‘Soft Power of International Communication’. He is the Foundation Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of International Communication, now in its 18th year and on the editorial board of several international journals including Asian Journal of Communication. Heis also Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Global Communication which is published in India.

Professor Chitty received his PhD in International Relations from the School of International Service of The American University in Washington DC where he was posted as a senior diplomat during the Reagan Administration. His undergraduate studies were completed at the University of Westminster in London.

Reetika Khera

Reetika Khera studied at the Delhi School of Economics (MA and Ph.D.) and Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex (MPhil). For her Ph.D., she worked with Jean Drèze and conducted a primary study of drought relief works in eight villages of Rajasthan. The thesis looked at the effectiveness of public interventions (such as relief works and the public distribution system) to prevent famines. She was a post-doctoral Research Associate at Princeton University where she worked with Angus Deaton on child nutrition. Before joining IIT-Delhi she was involved in various field activities in India including surveys, social audits and ‘research for action’ related the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA). Another important part of her work has been toencourage and train university students to participate in these activities. More than 200 students from Delhi University and elsewhere have participated in surveys and other field activities under her guidance. She has published many articles in international journals, magazines and newspapers on issues of food security, NREGA, education, child nutrition and elections in India.

Lt General Kamal Davar

Lt General Kamal Davar retired from the Indian Army in 2004 after a most distinguished service spanning four decades. He has held coveted command, staff and instructional appointments both in India and abroad. For his distinguished services of the most exceptional order the Government of India awarded him the Param Vishisht and Ati Vishisht medals.

A renowned operational soldier, General has served in all theatres of operations in India and was also wounded in action in the 1965 operations. His last appointment at Army HQ, for which he was especially selected by the Government, was as the first Chief of The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and Deputy Chief of the Integrated Defense Staff. During his tenure many intelligence initiatives were taken and widely appreciated by the government and the three Service Headquarters.
The 68-year-old General is an MSc in Defense Studies from Madras University and now also holds a Doctorate in Security Studies from Meerut University. He has been a Corps Commander responsible for the defense of the 10 Punjab besides being the first Armoured Corps officer to have commanded the entire Ladakh sector where he had also launched the widely acclaimed

Sarat C Chandran

Sarat Chandran is the Director of the Indo-Australian Chamber of Commerce which plays a significant role in promoting trade relations between India and Australia.

Sarat Chandran has done his Master’s in Development Economics from the London School of Economics and has since worked with Commonwealth Development Institute in London and Sears Corporation in Chicago. Returning to India, he has headed International Marketing divisions of several major companies in the country.
He has also been a Consultant to the World Bank on issues relating to India’s economic development. He has been writing extensively on management and socio-economic issues for leading news papers and magazines in the country.

Shashank Joshi

Shashank is a London–based doctoral student of international relations at Harvard University’s Department of Government, and an Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in London . Shashank has a keen interest in security studies, military affairs, South Asia and the Middle East, and the the foreign and security policies of India, and civil-military relations.

Shashank has taught both economics and politics as a supervisor and teaching fellow at Cambridge and Harvard and worked for the National Democratic Institute (NDI) in Moscow on electoral analysis and democratic training projects, Citigroup in New York in their regulatory reporting division, and in RUSI’s Asia Programme on India and global security issues.
Shashank has written for a variety of academic, policy, and mainstream outlets, including The New York Times, The Telegraph, The Guardian, The Independent, The Financial Times, Foreign Policy, Orbis and (forthcoming) Journal of Strategic Studies.

Brian Hayes

Brian Hayes Q.C. is a leading South Australian Queen’s Counsel and Adjunct Professor at the University of South Australia. He was born in Mumbai and did his early primary education as, a boarder, in Darjeeling. He graduated from London University with an Honours degree in Law and was has practiced for over 40 years in Australia and internationally.

He established the SA Chapter of the Australia India Business council in 2004 and was its first President and then the National Chairman of the AIBC. He has led six business delegations to India with the Premier of South Australia and two Federal Government trade delegations and has been involved over the last 12 years in building bilateral trade between Australia and India. As National Chairman, he has chaired two Joint Business Council Meetings in Australia and India. In 2008, he was appointed the Premier of South Australia’s Special Envoy to India to develop bilateral trade and business between South Australia and India and to assist South Australian companies to export and import. In 2012, he was appointed as the strategic advisor to the Premier on India.

Kathe Kirby

Kathe Kirby is Executive Director of the Asialink Centre of The University ofMelbourne and of the Asia Education Foundation (AEF). Asialink is Australia’s largest Asia-Australia institute with a mission to foster knowledge and networks between Australia and Asia. The AEF works nationally and internationally and is a joint activity of Asialink and Education Services Australia, established by the Australian Government in 1992 to lead, promote and support the studies of Asia in Australian schools as part of developing a curriculum relevant to Australians – and Australia – in the twenty-first century. Through the AEF, Kathe has worked in and with China, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Indonesia, India, the USA and New Zealand.

Kathe has a background in school education with a focus on innovation in education. In 2001, Kathe was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to investigate internationalizing curriculum in the USA, UK, Japan and Republic of Korea. She is a Board Member of the Foundation for Young Australians and the Australia Malaysia Institute, and a consultant to the Global Education Leaders Program. She is a regular contributor to the media on issues related to Asia literacy in Australian schools.