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.

Steve Waters

Mr Waters is a senior career officer of the DFAT.

His most recent appointment has been as Assistant Secretary, Pacific Engagement Task force, in which role he was responsible for the formulation of new policy initiatives, and subsequently their implementation, during the year of Australia’s chairmanship of the Pacific island Forum (2009-10). Prior to that he was Assistant Secretary East Asia, responsible for Australia’s relations with greater China.

Mr. Waters took up his position as Consul General in Mumbai in late July 2010.

Mr. Waters holds a Bachelor of Art degree with combined honours in Oriental Studies and Political Science from Melbourne University.

Jane Den Hollander

Professor Jane den Hollander has been Vice-Chancellor and President of Deakin University since July 2010.

At Deakin, Professor den Hollander has introduced LIVE the future, an aspiration for Deakin to drive the digital frontier in higher education, harnessing the power,opportunity and reach of new and emerging technologies in all that it does. Professor den Hollander holds a BSc (Honours) First Class in Zoology and a Master of Science degree from Wits University, Johannesburg. Her PhD is from the University of Wales, Cardiff. She is currently a board member of Universities Australia, Education Australia Limited, and UniSuper, a member of the Advisory Board of the Office of Learning and Teaching, and a trustee of the Geelong Performing Arts Council. From 2005–2008, Professor den Hollander was a Board member of Graduate Careers Australia, and from 2008–2011 on the Board of the Australian Learning and Teaching Council. Prior to taking up her appointment as Vice-Chancellor of Deakin University, Professor den Hollander was Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at Curtin University of Technology in Western Australia

Sudhir Chella Rajan

Sudhir Chella Rajan is Professor and Head at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at IIT Madras. He is also the Coordinator of the Indo-German Centre for Sustainability. Previously, he was a Senior Fellow at Tellus Institute where he led the Global Politics and Institutions Program. He has an extensive 20-year research background in transportation, energy systems, and the institutional and political context of environmental policymaking.

He is broadly concerned with the interactions among social, political, technological and environmental factors relating to sustainable development. His research has included energy and environmental scenario analyses, studies on the politics of power sector reform in developing countries, and analysis of institutional reform measures to reduce corruption. Prior to joining Tellus Institute, Dr. Rajan worked at the California Air Resources Board, the International Energy Initiative, and as an independent consultant for the United Nations Development Programme.