Kelly McJannett

Kelly McJannett is the CEO of Food Ladder, an innovative NGO creating social enterprises to address food security internationally.

Kelly is passionate about using business to create sustainable solutions to pervasive social issues affecting communities around the world, and galvanising the power and passion of organisations and governments to the movement.
In four years, Food Ladder has transformed from the seed of an idea to an award winning business funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade that has collectively created employment for over 300 people previously living in poverty or suffering from long-term unemployment.

With a background in communications, Kelly is experienced in developing start-ups as well as designing innovative and compelling strategies to deliver growth. Kelly has held management roles in Indigenous education, employment and development sectors before pursuing her dream of addressing food security challenges on a global scale.

With a unique model that promotes the self-sovereignty and economic independence of communities, Food Ladder is empowering disadvantaged people to grow their own produce using its hydroponic greenhouses in the slums of India through to Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory of Australia.

Working with governments to scale its reach, Kelly’s vision is to provide a socially, environmentally and economically sustainable solution to food security for impoverished communities around the world.

Kelly is the recipient of the Sydney University 2016 Anstice Community Leader MBA Scholarship.

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.

Janhavi Prasada

Janhavi Prasada began her career in journalism in 1998 as a features writer with the Pioneer, a leading newspaper daily in India. She then went on to successfully produce and anchor TV programmes, which were extensively aired with Doordarshan in India. Her body of work abroad includes programming for Sony TV in the UK and Channel 57 in the US. She has now worked sixteen years in the field of television and radio production and is involved with a number of media houses like ANI (Reuters), B.A.G Films in India, HTV, Wales and BBC World Service, London. In 2002 she launched Srijan Media which produces quality digital content and ideates 360 degree solutions and integrated media campaigns.

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.

Samantha Gash

From a background as a corporate lawyer, Samantha is now an endurance athlete, keynote presenter, author and social entrepreneur. Her thirst for adventure, experience and thrill for life has allowed her to discover what she cares about the most – achieving social change through the vehicle of adventure and running. Samantha has run through some of the most extreme and inhospitable locations on the planet. She has run 379kms non stop across the Simpson Desert for a domestic program with Save the Children. Her most recent adventure had her running 1968kms across South Africa in 32 days, examining access and the connection between feminine hygiene products and education.

In August 2016, Samantha is running close to 4000kms across India to explore the barriers to quality education.

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.

Sara Boyd

Sarah is a passionate gender equality advisor and advocate with 10 years’ experience specializing in women’s rights, gender policy, and Women, Peace and Security and Gender Based Violence (GBV) in international development and humanitarian settings. Following a Masters thesis on women’s peacebuilding in Nepal (2007), Sarah has worked principally in South Asia (Nepal, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India). She has lived and worked in the region for three years, including in Nepal (2002 – 2007) and Pakistan (2010 – 2012). Sarah’s experiences in India included working in Hazaribagh (Jharkhand) in 2003 supporting orphaned children living with a disability. She also travelled extensively in India independently to glimpse some of the country’s diversity. From 2008-11, Sarah worked for the Australian Aid Program in the Gender Policy Section managing the government’s portfolios on Women, Peace and Security and Gender Based Violence in humanitarian settings, and in Pakistan overseeing the humanitarian response to the 2010 floods. Moving from government, Sarah managed Oxfam Australia’s engagement in Afghanistan and Pakistan – focused on gender and elections and Gender Based Violence. In 2014, Sarah founded The Gender Agency, a consultancy providing specialist technical expertise and facilitating collaborative solutions to advance gender equality for government, UN agencies and civil society organisations. Sarah is also a Gender, Peace and Security Specialist at the Athena Consortium – primarily supporting women’s roles and gender perspectives in peace processes. In addition, Sarah is a Gender Advisor on the Australian Civilian Corps. She recently undertook a deployment to Timor-Leste providing advice on ways to improve gender sensitive humanitarian responses. She is also engaged on the government’s Post Disaster Recovery Team in 2014-15 in the event of a natural disaster.

Sarah holds a Master of Development Studies (Gender and Peacebuilding), a Graduate Diploma in Arts (Development), a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics) and a Diploma of Modern Languages (Chinese) from the University of Melbourne.

Faith Gonsalves

Faith Gonsalves works with the conceptualisation, planning and program management of arts and media projects for social development focused on at-risk children, and training and capacity building of young people, NGO functionaries and others. She is also the Founder of the Delhi based “Music Basti” project, part of the registered non-profit organisation Integrated Development Education Association (IDEA) that she manages.

Set up in 2008, Music Basti connects at-risk children, youth and artists, with the aim to inspire growth and a sense of community through a creative and joyful music learning experience. It seeks to promote opportunities in education through the principles of active participation, life skills building and leadership development.

These are also part of an effort tocontribute to the evidence base guiding the importance of music related interventions and programs and their health related outcomes at-risk children and adolescent populations in India. Faith also enjoys writing, travelling, singing and cooking!

Bhanu Joshi

Bhanu Joshi, 25, is a governance, political economy and foreign affairs enthusiast who combines journalism, research and community work to advance an understanding of India in the world. He graduated from University of Delhi in 2010 and has attended summer schools ranging from statistical techniques in political science to youth leadership.

In 2010, Bhanu founded Youth for Policy & Dialogue, India’s First Think Tank of young people which aims at getting young Indians into mainstream public policy. He heads the International Relations and Youth Policy Initiative of the organisation. The organisation has carved a niche for itself within two years of its creation.

Bhanu currently works at the Centre for Policy Research (New Delhi) where he works on the questions of urban politics in India along with studies on implementation of the 74th Amendment.

Aarti Wig

Aarti is founder and country director of Yunus Social Business India, the Indian arm of an organisation that was created by Nobel Peace Laureate Muhammad Yunus to accelerate the development of social businesses globally.

Aarti helped conceptualise and create the world’s first Yunus Social Business Fund – the Yunus Social Business Fund Mumbai which she currently manages. Aarti has also consulted several universities, corporates and non-profits on creating social businesses. Previously, Aarti worked as an investment banker at JP Morgan in Mumbai. Aarti has a Masters degree in Finance from the London School of Economics