Vikram Sampath

Vikram Sampath is the author of three acclaimed books of non-fiction: ‘Splendours of Royal Mysore: the untold story of the Wodeyars’, ‘My name is Gauhar Jaan! : the life and times of a musician’ and ‘Voice of the Veena: S. Balachander, abiography’. The book on Gauhar Jaan won him several laurels, including India’s National Academy of Letters, the Sahitya Akademi’s first Yuva Puraskar in English literature and the Association of Recorded Sound Companies (ARSC) International Award for Excellence in Historical Research in New York. The book has been adapted to a play directed by Lillette Dubey and written by Mahesh Dattani. Vikram was among four artists and writers to be selected for the prestigious Residential Programme at the Rashtrapati Bhawan by the Honourable President of India.

Vikram is an Electronics Engineer and Mathematician from BITS-Pilani, an MBA in Finance from SP Jain, Mumbai and is finishing his PhD in Music History from the University of Queensland, Australia. He has worked in several leading multinational companies like GE Money, Citibank and Hewlett Packard, the Government of India’s Ministry of Culture where he headed the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) and as the Director of Symbiosis School of Media and Communication (SSMC).

Vikram has established India’s first digital sound archive for preservation of vintage gramophone records of the country called the Archive of Indian Music (AIM) and co-founded India’s second largest literary conclave, the Bangalore Literature Festival (BLF) in 2012. He is currently a Fellow of the Aspen Global Leadership Programme, has been a visiting Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg (Institute for Advanced Study) in Berlin, and serves on several Government bodies like the Karnataka Knowledge Commission, Karnataka Tourism Vision Group, Sam Pitroda Commission on national archives and Prasar Bharati core committee on archives. He is also a member of the International Society for Music Education (ISME) and one of the representatives of India in this group. A trained Carnatic vocalist under several eminent gurus such as Vid. D V Nagaraj, Smt. Bombay Jayashri and Dr. Jayanthi Kumaresh, he writes regularly for newspapers and magazines.

Elizabeth Shaw

Elizabeth Shaw was appointed Executive Director of the UN Association of Australia in
2010. The UNAA engages the community in the work of the UN through public
events, national campaigns and various publications and lobbies the government to
support UN bodies.

In addition to degrees in Arts and Law, Elizabeth has completed a Masters of Public
Policy at the ANU and was awarded a scholarship to complete coursework at the
University of Oxford. Prior to this, Elizabeth worked as a solicitor at the State Solicitor’s
Office in Perth (2007 – 2010).

In 2008, Elizabeth was selected to be the Australian Youth Representative to the UN,
consulting with over 5,000 young Australians before presenting her findings at the UN
General Assembly in New York.

Elizabeth has a strong interest in international relations, participating in the Australian
American Young Leadership Dialogue and interning for US Senator Richard G. Lugar,
ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Elizabeth is a qualified
company director, serving on the Board of Directors of UN Women Australia, the UN
Youth Foundation and Global Voices, and previously on the Board of the Inspire
Foundation (2009 – 2013) and Left Right Think Tank (2009 – 2012).

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.

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.

Hayley Bolding

Hayley Bolding has an extensive background in international development, education and volunteering in Australia and Asia. At the age of 23, Hayley founded a non-profit organisation in India called Atma (

Under Hayley’s leadership, Atma has moved from a start-up to a well respected non-profit organisation engaging multiple partner organisations which impact over 30,000 beneficiaries. Atma has been internationally recognised for the Atma volunteer program and international chapters for Atma have been set up in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong and The Netherlands. Hayley successfully successioned out of Atma in 2012, leaving a dynamic local team which continues to grow Atma’s work.

Continuing her passion in promoting people-to-people exchange Hayley has worked across Asia, most recently leading international youth programs for the Australia India Institute. She is currently the Lead for the Asia focused work at the Foundation for Youth Australians, working to engage and turbocharge young Australians’ connection to the Asia region.

Hayley was awarded Young Australian of the Year (Victoria) in 2013. She is a Board member of the Victorian Australia Day Committee, and was a participant in the Asialink Leaders Program in 2014.

Hayley was a delegate in the 2012 Australia India Youth Dialogue in Mumbai and New Delhi.

Srijan Singh

A progressive farmer, an Electrical Engineer and Management graduate from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. At IIMA, Srijan was head of the student’s council and was engaged in a variety of social and developmental activities and projects with the police, local political institutions and MPs, NREGA, Public Distribution System and many youth organisations. He was awarded the IIMA Gold Medal for the Best All-rounder student from the graduating batch of 2009.

Currently, he is currently working with Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam in promoting various missions like What Can I Give, Energy Independence for the nation, nuclear and space missions, and PURA (Providing Urban Amenities in Rural Areas). He also takes lectures on community action and development in Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

Sonal Kapoor

Sonal Kapoor, Founder Director of Protsahan India Foundation, a young non-profit that is making waves across the globe for innovatively using creative education for at-risk street children rescued from red light areas, slums, drugs and disabilities. A microbiologist-MBA who quit the herd mentality of 9-5 work schedules to follow her heart and bring change to transform lives.

Sonal is considered one of the most inspiring young social entrepreneurs in the world and was recently covered and interviewed by Economic Times, Times Of India, Asian Age, Tehelka, Your story, CNBC and several others. She was recently chosen to represent India at the World Bank-IMF, Annual Meetings 2011 in Washington DC. She blogs for the World Bank, has spoken at several Tedx conferences and strongly believes that it is the youth that can bridge gaps and foster healthy dialogue amongst nations today.

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.