Benjamin Heenan is a final year Commerce and Law student at UNSW Australia. He has interned at a top commercial law firm and will be an Associate with Teach For Australia in 2017-18, teaching secondary school students in disadvantaged areas across Australia. During his time at University Benjamin has been actively engaged in a variety of leadership roles. He was as a member of the Council of UNSW Australia, chaired the Board of Directors for Arc@UNSW (the University’s student organisation) and served as President of the UNSW Law Society. Benjamin has also represented UNSW in the final rounds of international commercial mediation competitions in both Paris and Vienna. Outside of University Benjamin is the Vice Club Captain of Coogee Surf Life Saving Club and has recently obtained in Recreational Pilot’s Licence. Benjamin’s interest in the Indian-Australian centres around innovation and education.
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 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)’.
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.
Kushagra Priyadarshi is a lawyer who made a transition from mainstream transaction lawyering into the policy space, an area until now dominated by bureaucrats and economists. He is presently working with the Ministry of Finance in India. Last year, the Ministry initiated the biggest financial sector reform in the country’s history. As an ardent policy enthusiast, a significant part of Kushagra’s professional life is taken up by this project. Prior to his stint with the Ministry, he was working as a Senior Associate with Amarchand & Mangaldas, India’s premier law firm. At Amarchand, Kushagra was involved in several high value M&A, PE and financing transactions. In particular, he advised two biggest Indian conglomorates in their multi-billion dollar restructuring plan. Kushagra read for a graduate degree in law from the Harvard Law School and completed his undergrad from the National Institute of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata.
He is also a compulsive swimmer and when he is not working he is busy reading philosophy and has recently acquired a penchant for learning Urdu.
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.
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