Bhakti Sharma is a local elected Panchayat leader. She completed a Masters in Political Science and is currently pursuing law. By working hard and effectively at the village level, she received a Presidential Award. She has spoken at TedX for her innovative works in the field of rural empowerment, education, health, digitisation and has been felicitated both at state and national levels.
Mr Astik Sinha is Head – Policy & Special Projects at the Office of the Chairman Parliamentary IT Committee and third time Parliamentarian Mr Anurag Singh Thakur of the ruling BJP government. In this role he monitors and advises on matters relating to Information Communication Technology, Public Health and issues affecting mountainous regions. He has devised state and national level socio-political initiatives for the BJP’s Youth Wing. He has managed election campaigns in Himachal Pradesh (2012 & 2017) and the Parliamentary Elections (2014). He has also worked with the BCCI as a Consultant and led its Cricket Coaching App project. Previously he worked with a New Delhi based think tank and spent a year in news media.
Mr Sinha is a Steering Committee Member of the Sustainable Development Goals Young Leaders Caucus, Fmr. Fellow Asia Internet Coalition, Fmr. Fellow Konrad Adenauer School for Young Politicians and Founding Member of the India – Israel Young Leaders Forum. He has spoken on issues concerning the youth, election campaign management, social media advocacy and political communication around the world.
Mr Sinha holds a Bachelors Degree in Journalism from the University of Delhi, a Masters in Peace & Conflict Analysis from the Nelson Mandela Centre for Peace at Jamia Millia University, New Delhi and pursued the Media Studies program at St. Stephens College.
Matt Keogh was elected as the first member for the new electorate of Burt at the 2016 Federal election.
After graduating law school at the University of Notre Dame Australia, Matt practiced as a lawyer at Travers & Keogh in Kelmscott. Matt became chairperson of Starick Services, an organisation running refuges for victims of family and domestic. Matt later joined the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions, becoming a Principal Federal Prosecutor focusing on insider trading, market manipulation and breaches of directors’ duties.
Matt was elected to the Council of the Law Society of Western Australia and became the Convenor of its Young Lawyers Committee, was awarded the Law Council of Australia’s Australian Young Lawyer of the Year Award in 2009, became chair of the Australian Young Lawyers Committee and was the 2015 President of the Law Society as well as a Director of the Law Council of Australia. Before entering Federal politics Matt was working with leading international law firm Herbert Smith Freehills in Perth, focused on corporate crime and investigations work, including contentious regulatory work, anti-bribery and corruption.
Matt is deeply concerned with ensuring people are able to find work in the post-mining boom economy though transitioning the Australian economy into developing our science and technology, using renewable energy sources. Matt was the inaugural chairperson and is still a director of Law Access, Western Australia’s pro bono law clearing house service.
Scott Farlow was elected to the NSW Legislative Council in March 2015 and appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier and Leader of the House in the Legislative Council in February 2017. Born and bred in Sydney’s Inner West, an area with a very significant Indian community, Scott became the first person from his family to attend university, he holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney, and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice.
With a strong commitment to Liberal policies and beliefs, Scott was the longest-serving President of the NSW Young Liberal movement and served as an Urban Representative on the NSW Liberal Party’s State Executive. Scott stood and was elected to Strathfield Council at the age of 20. He later became the youngest Mayor in the nation at the age of 23.
In business, Scott worked across a range of companies in the private sector in the communications, public affairs, finance, legal and accounting professions. In this work he has provided advice to CEOs and executives of some of Australia’s largest companies and well-known global multinationals. Within the political arena, prior to his election as a Member, Scott also has served as a political adviser to a State Liberal leader, frontbenchers and Federal Members of Parliament.
Scott is married to Penny with two young children, Christian and Colette.
Priyanka Chaturvedi is the National Spokesperson of the Indian National Congress. She is a regular on television channels on various issues on Indian politics, women empowerment, child rights, education and health. She was a part of ISB’s 10000 Women programme, a scholarship programme by Goldman Sachs for women entrepreneurs. She was selected to be a part of a delegation of young political leaders chosen by the UK High Commission and CPA UK to visit London to understand their democracy better. Recently, a website named her amongst the top 10 upcoming Indian women politicians.
Priyanka is a trustee of two NGOs that are closely working in the space of children’s education and women empowerment. Priyanka contributes her opinion columns in various newspapers and online sites. Priyanka’s book review blog is also amongst the top ten blogs on books in India. In 2015, she was nominated for and participated in the Observer Research Foundation (ORF) and Zeit Stiftung’s programme Asian Forum on Global Governance.
For over a decade, Neil Pharaoh has led public policy, advocacy, and business issue campaigns on behalf of corporations, foundations, and nonprofit organisations. He created and chaired the Australian Labor Party’s core national rights organisation for social justice and equality issues. His chairmanship and campaigning led to over 200 significant legislative and regulatory changes in Australia. Neil’s deep knowledge of government relations positions him as a leading authority on the intersection of civil society, business and government.
Neil has developed and executed the strategic frameworks, corporate social responsibility and advocacy initiatives for a number of major international and Australian businesses including Samsung, Shell, Accenture, Westpac, and Bank of Melbourne. In civil society, his business development and lobbying expertise resulted in over $100m of additional government investment into social service programs.
Neil serves on the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) panel on Civics and Democracy, and is the Australian Co-Chair of the Nexus Global Philanthropy Movement. Neil holds a Juris Doctorate in Laws and a degree in Commerce from the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia.
Leading @TwitterIndia partnerships with News, Politics & Govt. verticals in India. Lead strategies that scale up Twitter’s reach and impact with news, government, political users of Twitter. Manage, track and expand Twitter’s relationships with journalists/editors and government officials or politicians; increase the active usage of Twitter significantly among them. Develop best practices and new story formats, and drive adoption by news, government, political users. Provide front-line technical support to news, government, political users of Twitter. Previously worked as the Director of Communications, India at Change.org, the world’s largest petition platform. Was in charge of formulation and execution of communication strategy around India-based, India relevant global campaigns on Change.org and the overall buildup of the Change.org brand in India.
I have also worked as a Strategic Communications Consultant advising brands like TATA and the UNDP. I have over six years of experience as a cross platform journalist & story teller, working in & writing for outlets like CNN-IBN, BBC-PRI, The Atlantic Monthly, ProPublica and a host of publications across the world. As a Development Practitioner, l have worked with Mercy Corps International, executing a highly successful Participatory Planning Youth Leadership Project in Kashmir that included Kashmir’s first ever Youth Leadership Summit – One Young Kashmir. In my long association with WISCOMP, I have conducted several trainings for it’s beneficiaries in Delhi and Srinagar.
I have trained participants in the use of technology & social media for affecting social change. I have spoken about the issue passionately across the subcontinent, including at the July 2012 2nd Indo Pak Social Media Summit in Karachi and at the Feb 2013 US State Department Mumbai Tech Camp. I am passionate about the intersection of technology & social change. I am a regular commentator on issues relevant to new media on National and International Media outlets like BBC, Time, NDTV, AFP & others.
Hanuman is Sarpanch( Head of village) of Pharrod village and president , Sarpanch Union Nagaur, Rajasthan. Hanuman is the President of Pharrod village in Nagaur District, where Jawaharlal Nehru started panchayati raj in 1959.
Graduating high secondary school from Losal, Sikar, he went on to do his Diploma in tourism and hotel management from Singapore and obtained a Bachelor in Business from Australia. Thereafter he managed a small business and also managed a resort in the Gold Coast in Australia.
In 2015, the people of his village asked him to come back and contest Panchayat elections. Leaving behind a lucrative career in Australia to contest the election in his village in India, Hanuman received massive support and won the elections to become the first young NRI Sarpanch. Recently he was was unanimously elected President, Sarpanch Union Nagaur. Hanuman also runs an NGO called NRI Sewa and is President of the Nagaur Sports Club Rajasthan.
Tim Watts is a Federal Member of Parliament representing the seat of Gellibrand. Since being elected in 2013, he has served in a variety of positions in the Parliament including as the Deputy Chair of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Health and Secretary to the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party. He also co-authored the book, “Two Futures: Australia at a Critical Moment” (Text Publishing) with fellow Labor MP, Clare O’Neil.
Prior to being elected in September 2013, Tim was a senior Manager at Telstra. He was also a corporate lawyer at Mallesons Stephen Jaques, Senior Advisor to former Victorian Premier John Brumby and Deputy Chief of Staff to Senator Stephen Conroy. Tim holds a Masters of Science (Hons)(Politics and Communications) from the London School of Economics, a Masters of Public Policy and Management (Monash) and a Bachelor of Laws (Hons, Bond).
While Tim’s ancestors arrived in Australia in the 1840s, his wife arrived in Australia from Hong Kong in the 1980s. In this way, Tim’s children are at once both second and sixth generation Australians. As a result, Tim is a passionate advocate for Australia’s harmonious multicultural society and particularly our people to people relationships with Asia.