Guru Prakash

After completing his Law from National Law Institute University, Bhopal and LL.M (Human Rights) from Indian Law Institute, New Delhi, Guru Prakash is presently pursuing his doctoral research on the topic of Article 370 of the Constitution of India from the University of Delhi. He is currently a Senior Research Fellow & Project Head at a New Delhi based Think Tank, India Foundation. He is also looking after the youth outreach program of Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry(DICCI) as National President, DICCINextGen Program. He regularly contributes as a columnist for Huffpost, Press Information, Bureau, Govt. of India etc.


Guru Prakash completed his graduation in Law from National Law Institute University, Bhopal, and Masters in Law (LL.M) from Indian Law Institute, New Delhi. He is presently pursuing his doctoral research (Ph.D. in Law) on the topic of Article 370 of the Constitution of India from the University of Delhi. He writes on socio-political issues on a freelance basis with various publications. He is also looking after the youth outreach program of Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (DICCI, Guru is also working with Human Rights Defense International, a New Delhi-based NGO working for the issues of Human Rights concerning the Indian diaspora. He is presently working as a Senior Research Fellow and Project Head at a New Delhi-based think tank called India Foundation.

Talish Ray

Talish Ray is a partner at TRS Law Offices, a full services law firm  which has its head office in Delhi. An alumnus of La Martiniere Girls College and Lady Shri Ram College, she got her degree in Law from Delhi University. She was trained as a lawyer in one of India’s premier law firms.

Talish has worked extensively with young entrepreneurs and corporate houses, individual clients and not-for-profit organisations. She has appeared before the Supreme Court of India as well as the various High Courts and Tribunals around the country.

Outside of her law practice, Talish continues to serve as the Convener for the panel for gender sensitivity at the Executive Council of the Confederation of Indian Industries (Delhi State).

She has worked widely with various stakeholders in the area of gender, environment and ICT. In all these areas her work has involved policy framing, awareness generation and compliance roll-out with the various stakeholders in these fields.

Talish is a member of the entrepreneurial education advisory board for Acropolis group of institutes in Indore. In her spare time, she conducts ‘by invitation only’ heritage walks around the city of Delhi.

Talish is presently training for her Dan II blackbelt in Taekwondo. She also combines her love for history and travelling and occasionally finds the time to write about her travels.

Talish was a delegate in the 2015 Australia India Youth Dialogue in Sydney and Melbourne.

Rwitwika Bhattarcharya

Rwitwika Bhattacharya is the CEO of Swaniti Initiative, a non-profit that delivers development solutions to elected officials. As the CEO of Swaniti, Rwitwika spearheads programs to support parliamentarians and legislators in constituency management and knowledge creation of development issues. Prior to Swaniti, Bhattacharya was working at the World Bank on labour economics as an Associate. She has worked for organizations like UNFPA and FICCI in the past.   She is a graduate of Harvard Kennedy School’s Master’s in Public Policy program and Wake Forest University’s Political Science Program. Her publications include Frontiers in Development Policy: A Prime in Labor Policies (World Bank, 2011) and Global Business School Network (Harvard Business Publishing, 2011). She frequently blogs for the Times of India.

Roshan Gopalakrishna

Roshan is a lawyer qualified to practice in India with relevant work experience in the sports, media, technology, intellectual property rights and entertainment sectors. Currently, Roshan holds the position of Head – Legal & Business Affairs (CEO equivalent) at Copyright Integrity International (CII), a world leader in anti-piracy and rights protection services, currently protecting US$5 billion of commercial investment in cricket. At CII, Roshan leads a team of 40 legal and technical personnel that provides high quality rights protection and anti-piracy services to various stakeholders in cricket (including all ten test-playing nations) and general entertainment content. CII has been the International Cricket Council’s Rights Protection Partner since the ICC World Twenty20 2009.

In addition to the role at CII, Roshan is also a Senior Associate at The Law Offices of Nandan Kamath (LawNK), India’s premier sports and entertainment law practice. At LawNK, Roshan leads a team of 4 lawyers offering cutting edge legal services to prominent clients in the sports, media, entertainment, IP and IT sectors. In 2010, LawNK was appointed the official legal advisor to the ICC for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011. In 2013, LawNK was ranked among India’s 50 top IP law firms by India Business Law Journal, and in 2011, was ranked among the 50 best young specialist law firms in Asia by Asian Legal Business magazine.

Kushargra Priyadarshi

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.

Rohit Shawarikar

Rohit is a Consultant with The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and a core member of Technology Advantage practice for Asia-Pacific. In this role, he works closely with large organizations in the region to solve their technology challenges and identify new opportunities for growth. His expertise lies in development of online/digital solutions, IT operations improvements and technology transformation programs. Through his work with some of the world’s leading telcos, financial services, industrial goods and social sector organisations, Rohit has developed an understanding of cutting edge technologies and their ability to create new business opportunities as well as drive social impact. Recently, he worked in a team supporting the National Broadband Network Rollout in Australia, a $35bn government initiative to bring superfast broadband connectivity to every Australian household. He has also led technology research collaborations involving leading universities, government agencies and businesses from India and Australia to develop innovative digital solutions.

Rohit is an MBA from the University of Oxford, where he was the Co-chair for Oxford Business Network for Technology. He enjoys playing squash and has played for Melbourne sports & Aquatic centre (MSAC) & Green Templeton College at Oxford in various tournaments.

Nina Dynon

Nina has a background in foreign affairs with a focus on China and she is currently employed as an adviser in the office of Tanya Plibersek, Deputy Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Development. Nina is originally from Pennsylvania in the US where she studied Mandarin Chinese, East Asian Studies and Mathematics as an undergraduate at Bryn Mawr College. After finishing her first degree, Nina ran a study abroad program based in Beijing for a subsidiary of National Geographic, CET Academic Programs.

Following a relocation from China to Australia in 2010, Nina spent three years working closely with Prof Allan Fels on the design and development of international programs at the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) aimed at senior officials from China, India and the Pacific. In 2013, she completed her Master’s degree in International Relations at the University of Melbourne for which a research component and thesis focused on Chinese investment in arable land in Africa.

Fiona Lawrie

Fiona Lawrie is the Sustainability Advisor at Wesfarmers Limited in Western Australia. She is also the Executive Director of the Australia China Youth Dialogue, the premier track two dialogue for emerging leaders from Australia and China. Fiona has held numerous roles with ANZ Private, focusing on developing the Asia strategy and communications for the Asian segment of customers. Fiona speaks Mandarin fluently and in 2013 she was recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Global Shaper. She frequently attends World Economic Forum meetings where she speaks on sustainability and cross border collaborations.

Fiona holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of Melbourne and a Master of Sustainability from Monash University.

Andrew Charlton

Dr. Andrew Charlton was Senior Economic Adviser to the Prime Minister and Australia’s senior representative to the G20 Leaders Forum from 2008 to 2010. He previously worked for the London School of Economics and the United Nations and received his doctorate in economics from Oxford University. His research covering international economics, trade and development has been published in leading international journals including the American Economic Review, World Trade Review and World Economy.

He is the author of two books, Fair Trade for All, (Oxford University Press, 2005), co-authored with Joseph Stiglitz, and Ozonomics (Random House Australia, 2007), and two quarterly essays ‘Man-Made World’ (2011) and ‘Dragon’s Tail’ (2014). Since 2010, he has worked in various commercial roles for Wesfarmers Ltd. In 2011, he was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.