Tim Watts

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.

Lauren Moss

Lauren Moss is the Member for Casuarina in the Northern Territory (NT) of Australia, and the youngest member of the Northern Territory Parliament, having been elected at the age of 27. Lauren and her family migrated to Australia from the United Kingdom in 1999 and they soon called Darwin home.

Lauren has a proven commitment to community services both personally and professionally, having worked in diverse roles such as coordinating the NT Early Intervention Pilot Program and co-establishing the Anglicare NT program ‘YChange?’ improving outcomes for young Territorians.

As a passionate advocate for young Territorians and improvement of mental health services, Lauren has volunteered for national and local mental health organisations. She has been recognised as a young leader in the Northern Territory and nationally as a finalist in the Australian Women’s Weekly Women of the Future scholarship program. She is the Shadow Minister for Children and Families, Child Protection, Public and Affordable Housing, Mental Health and Disability Services, Multicultural Affairs, Young Territorians, Senior Territorians and Corporate and Information Services. She continues to speak up for the residents in her electorate of Casuarina.

Sunalini Kumar

Sunalini Kumar is Assistant Professor, Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University.She has a PhD in Urban Planning and Politics from Delhi University and an MPhil in Theories of Nationalism from the Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. Sunalini received a Masters in Social and Political Sciences from Cambridge University.

Sunalini has held the Nehru Centenary Chevening Cambridge Scholarship, Oxford Cambridge Society of India scholarship, the UGC Junior Research Fellowship and an ICSSR doctoral fellowship. Her recent publications are included in Critical Studies in Politics: Sites, Selves, Power (Delhi, Orient Blackswan 2013) and Urbanising Citizenship (Delhi, London and Thousand Oaks, Sage 2013). Sunalini also writes for popular magazines and journals like Motherland and Tehelka, and is a contributing member of the widely read political blog, www.kafila.org

Rakhi Paliwal

Rakhi Paliwal is only 23 years old but she is a pioneer in her community. Not only is Rakhi the youngest Vice President of the Upli-Oden Panchayat, Khamnore Block in Rajsamand district of Rajasthan, but also the first woman in her community who has studied law and drives a motorcycle.

Rakhi travelled 50 kilometres every day to attend her law college in Udaipur and is determined to ensure no one in her village defecates in public. Currently, more than 50 per cent of her village does not have access to private toilets. Today, Rakhi is active in social media, where she regularly shares her Panchayat activities and hopes to create websites and connect all the Panchayats in Khamnore virtually. She wants her Panchayat to achieve complete sanitation standards by the end of 2013.

Rebecca White

Elected to Government in 2010, Rebecca held the portfolios of Parliamentary Secretary for Small Business and for the Cost of Living, and was promoted to the role of Minister for Human Services in 2014. In these roles, Rebecca developed and launched a Small Business Strategy for Tasmania that provided programs and support for small business to increase market share and reduce costs. Rebecca also worked to develop a Cost of Living Strategy for Tasmania, the first state in Australia to do so. This strategy used compressive research to develop an evidence base for the implementation of a range of programs aimed at helping people manage their cost of living expenses.In the role of Minister for Human Services, Rebecca helped develop policy the Labor party took to the March 2014 state election outlining ways to improve participation in the workforce for vulnerable Tasmanians as well as continuing to support disability and housing clients of the Tasmanian Government. Since the March 2014 election, Rebecca has held the portfolio of Shadow Minister for Health and Human Services in the Labor opposition in the Tasmanian Parliament.

Rebecca graduated from the University of Tasmania in 2004 with a combined Commerce and Arts degree with majors in international business management and marketing, journalism and political science.

Chhavi Rajawat

Sarpanch Chhavi Rajawat is the first woman Sarpanch (elected head) with an MBA in India, serving the village called Soda in Rajasthan since 2010. As head of the Village Council, Sarpanch Rajawat is working to develop Soda with the support of the government, the corporate sector, NGOs and individuals. Her focus is on addressing environmental, social and economic challenges in Soda. She has invited global agencies to help meet the needs of her village including providing safe drinking water and equal access to education for girls in Soda.

Sarpanch Rajawat has held senior posts with private firms such as Bharti Airtel and the Carlson Group. She has been elected as an Aspen Fellow. She co-chaired the World economic Forum India Summit (2012), received the Yuva Award (2013), was announced a Young Global Leader by World Economic Forum (2012), has been honored by Former President APJ Abdul Kalam (2011), and was recognised by the Young Indian Leader award by CNN (2010).

Sarpanch Rajawat holds a business management degree from Pune and a Bachelor of Arts from Lady Shriram College in New Delhi. Earlier this year she has been selected Director of the Bhartiya Mahila Bank. She is a celebrity speaker, and has given keynote addresses to hundreds of economic, governance, social justice and equity conferences in the government, nonprofits, businesses and universities.

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.

Jo Haylen

Jo Haylen is a senior adviser to the Prime Minister of Australia. As the Director of Governance and Liaison, she is responsible for the strategic management of the Government’s relationship with Independent Members of the House of Representatives and the Greens Party. Jo was recently elected to Marrickville Council as a Labor Councillor for North Ward. Jo has over 10 years’ experience across a range of political and advisory roles at all levels of Government – including senior political adviser to the Leader of the House, adviser to a Shadow Minister; electorate officer; an adviser to a Councillor in Local Government; and an assistant to a Minister in the NSW Government.

Jo has served as a member of the Australian Labor Party’s National Policy Committee and held policy, campaign and organising roles within the Party both locally and nationally. She held a senior role in the 2010 federal election campaign managing the itineraries of Ministers across the country. Jo has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Sydney. Jo served on the University Senate, the Academic Board, was editor of the student newspaper and President of the Students Representative Council.

Sarathbabu Elumalai

Sarathbabu Elumalai is a Young Indian Entrepreneur, social worker and politician. He is an alumnus of Indian Institute of Management (Ahmedabad) and Birla Institute of Technology and Science (Pilani). He is the winner of several awards, notable among them the PEPSI-MTV Youth Icon 2008 and ‘Example to Youth Award’ 2008. His story is a true motivation for people aspiring to rise up in life through sheer hard work. Sarathbabu completed his matriculation form King’s Matriculation Higher Secondary school in Chennai and graduated in Chemical Engineering from BITS Pilani. He worked in Polaris Software for three years and pursued his MBA from IIM-A. It was post his MBA that he started Food King, a food catering service in 2006. His vision was to offer employment to illiterate and semi-illiterate people through Food King

One of his biggest achievements is becoming an Honorary Rotarian. He has also won the CNN-IBN Award for Young Indian Leader 2011, RITZ Chennai Youth Icon2010 and many more youth awards.

Rohan Mukherjee

Rohan Mukherjee is a PhD student in the department of politics at Princeton University, focusing on international politics and the rise of China and India. Prior to studying political science, he worked in international development and received a Masters in Public Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School of Publicand International Affairs at Princeton. Rohan holds a Bachelor’s in philosophy, politics and economics (PPE) from the University of Oxford. His professional experience so far has spanned grass roots development work among indigenous communities in rural India, public policy research and analysis on education, housing and urbanisation for a prominent Indian think tank, and a stint with the National Knowledge Commission, a high-level government body set up by the Indian Prime Minister to recommend transformational changes for India’s education and research infrastructure.

In July 2011, Rohan and three others co-founded the Youth Forum on Foreign Policy (YFFP), an independent, non-partisan initiative designed to promote debate on foreign policy issues among young Indians, and to represent their views to practitioners and scholars of Indian foreign policy.