EXPERTS

For the program, Rendezvous with Indian Youth Leaders, IAC is bringing in experts from USA and India to talk on global affairs, bilateral relations, entrepreneurship, business, trade and investment, security and risk management, education, science and technology. The experts are specialists in their fields and they have years of experience in their domains. They will engage participants in detailed deliberations, encourage debate on topics, and discuss viable solutions for dynamic situations that arise in today’s fast-paced digital age.

pfl

Richard M. Rossow

Richard Rossow is a senior adviser and holds the Wadhwani Chair in U.S.-India Policy Studies at The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). In this role he helps frame and shape policies to promote greater business and economic engagement between the two countries. He joined CSIS in 2014, having spent the last 16 years working in a variety of capacities to strengthen the partnership between the United States and India. Prior to CSIS, he served as director for South Asia at McLarty Associates, leading the firm’s work for clients in India and the neighboring region. From 2008 to 2012, Mr. Rossow was with New York Life Insurance company, most recently as head of International Governmental Affairs, where he developed strategic plans for the company’s public policy and global mergers and acquisitions work. From 1998 to 2008, Mr. Rossow served as deputy director of the U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC), the world’s leading advocacy group on behalf of strengthening economic ties between the United States and India. While at USIBC, he managed the Council’s policy groups in the energy, information technology, insurance, media and entertainment, and telecommunications sectors. Mr. Rossow received his B.A. from Grand Valley State University in Michigan.

pfl

Vinson Palathingal

Vinson earned his bachelor’s degree from Calicut University, Thrissur and his master’s degree from University of Nevada, Reno, both in civil engineering. He is an active member of the Indian-American community and has led many efforts to bolster in the Indo-American relation. Having lived in Kerala, Saudi Arabia, and various cities in the U.S., he realized the importance of promoting ideals of liberty, opportunity, and choice. As the Executive Director of the Indo-American Center (IAC) in Washington DC, Vinson has successfully undertaken several initiatives to strengthen Indo-U.S. alliances. He has spearheaded the ‘Washington Chalo’ campaign following the fateful 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India. Vinson continues to work with students across India and the Emirates to help them gain higher education in USA. He is an established IT entrepreneur and an avid blockchain adventurist.

pfl

T.P. Sreenivasan

T.P. Sreenivasan has nearly 20 years of experience in multilateral diplomacy and has represented India at a number of international conferences organized by the United Nations, the Commonwealth and the Nonaligned Movement. He has chaired several UN Committees and Conferences. Ambassador Sreenivasan has served in the Indian Foreign Service for 37 years, including as the Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) in the Embassy of India, Washington DC. He has also served in New Delhi, Tokyo, Thimphu, New York and Yangon. He rose to the highest level in the Indian Foreign Service in 2001 and retired in 2004. He is the Vice-Chairman and Executive Head of the Kerala State Higher Education Council with the rank of Vice-Chancellor.

pfl

Vivek Kapoor

Vivek, a tech enthusiast, started his career at the young of age of 18 as a cadet on Italian Owned Vessels with Vships and later joined British Petroleum. He sailed on Oil Tanker vessels for 11 years. In February 2012, he left his left flourishing career in the Merchant Navy to start his own venture – Dineout – with the vision to create a great dining experience for smart customers. He has been striving to understand the operational challenges of the F&B Industry and how technology can cater to these challenges. In 2015, Dineout acquired inResto with the vision to aid both B2C and B2B needs of a restaurant and since then Vivek has been helping restaurants maximize the use of technology to achieve operational excellence. Another recent addition to the tech stack of Dineout has been Torqus, which is a Point of Sales with which Dineout has positioned itself as the pioneer of restaurant technology in India. With this, Dineout is has built a holistic tech stack for all kinds of restaurants, pubs, bars and QSRs. With the efforts of Vivek, Dineout`s B2B play has been successfully launched in the Middle East and South East Asia and today Dineout`s tech platform is live at more than 4000 outlets.

pfl

Bhuvana Anand

Bhuvana Anand is a governance and public policy specialist. Her experience spans working with donors and civil society organizations in Sudan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, India and the United States, in policy advocacy, and managing multi-pronged programs and research. She has university and graduate level training in economics and politics, including coursework in political economy, public policy and principles of law. Bhuvana is deeply interested in institutional economics and public choice theories that help to explain the ‘interest-incentive-information’ motivation that guides and governs political leaders and civil servants. She received a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and her bachelor's from St Xavier's College, Mumbai. She previously worked with the United Nations, the British Government's Department for International Development, and MIT’s Poverty Action Lab. Bhuvana is currently a research advisor with CCS and was Principal Investigator for the volume Doing Business in Delhi.

pfl

Sonali Sinha

A hospitality professional with over 2 decades of experience, Sonali has a unique blend of working with the finest hotels of the country and academic institutions before getting into trainings. A doctorate in Hotel management from Nagpur University, she has more than 5 full time degrees and 8 professional certifications in Training & Development, Six sigma, Image & etiquettes & she is also a ICF certified Life Coach. An alumni of 1995 batch from LAD, Nagpur, she worked for premium hotel chains starting with The Leela, hotels, Palaces & resorts to Taj group for over 10 years. Her last assignment in Hotels was as a rooms division manager. Her passion to give back to the industry in terms of trained manpower, brought her into Academics in 2005. She had been instrumental in opening and establishing some of the finest Hospitality Institutions in North India. Starting from Chandigarh Group of Colleges, she moved on to Rayat Bahra group to establish their Hospitality vertical that comprised of 3 Hotel management institutions, including an IHM (Affiliated to NCHMCT) and a luxury hotel at Mashobra, Shimla. In 2012, she moved on to trainings and was heading the entire L & D department for Rayat Bahra Group, comprising of 55 Institutions and over 5,000 students passing out each year. 2015, was yet another turning point, when, in order to follow her passion for training and to expand the horizon, she left her promising job and started a dream project, Vista Concepts Pvt Ltd, an exclusive training company for hospitality, employability & life improvement skills. Vista concepts is working on various verticals and is associated with top notch clients in the domain of hospitality, IT giants and institutions.

pfl

Sakshi Talwar

Sakshi Talwar is the Co-Founder/CEO of Rugs and Beyond; an E-commerce venture for exclusive, "One of a Kind" handmade carpets and home décor empowering local weavers and skilled craftsmen in villages in Northern India. Rugs and Beyond has gained immense popularity amongst users in India and worldwide due to its niche handcrafted products made with a social conscience and was also awarded for being the most "Creative Disruptor" in the Home Decor Industry by ShethePeople & Facebook India. It was also recognized for being one of the most innovative e-tailer in the industry by Entrepreneur India. She was recently named as one of the Top 8 women entrepreneurs “who have taken over the digital space” by Your Story in February 2018. Sakshi regularly writes for various online publications like Huffington Post, Times of India, Thrive Global and has recently been written about in The New York Times, Business Standard, Entrepreneur, Your Story etc. Sakshi recently conducted a workshop primer on “Discovering and following your true passion” at an event organized by Ted Talks in New Delhi. She is a frequent speaker at Start-up events and is also a mentor at Sheroes- a women-based platform for empowering female professionals and entrepreneurs. Her passion towards uplifting women in business led to the felicitation of being "An Iconic woman contributing for a better tomorrow" by WEF. An entrepreneur by profession and an artist by passion, Sakshi also paints modern contemporary art pieces and recently held her art exhibition in New Delhi with the sole aim to donate a part of the proceeds to the lesser--privileged children. Her work can also be seen in Art Galleries in Los Angeles and London. She is an active member of FICCI, which is India’s largest apex business organization in India and recently led a delegation of women entrepreneurs in conjunction with the US and Indian Government with engagements with World Bank, Harvard, MIT etc. Sakshi holds an MBA (Finance) from Bryant University, Rhode Island, an interior design specialization from Parsons, New York and a course in International business strategy from London School of Economics and Political Sciences. Her undergrad is a Double Major in Accounting and Finance. She is currently working on her debut book, titled, “Scientific Reasoning and methodology to get out of your comfort zone.

pfl

Alka Lamba

Former elected official, Alka Lamba served the Indian National Congress in various capacities for more than 20 years. In 2014, she quit to join the Aam Aadmi Party and in 2015 Lamba was elected to the Delhi Legislative Assembly from Chandni Chowk. Lamba began her career as a student leader, and is former President of Delhi University Students' Union, former National President of National Students' Union of India, former General Secretary of Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee and former Secretary of All India Congress Committee. She is Chairperson of the NGO ‘Go India Foundation’.

pfl

Captain GS Rathee

A diversified professional having a hands-on experience of more than 14 years in various domains pertaining to policy framework, social & administrative reforms, operations, surveillance, enforcement, international relations & co-operations, etc. Also, he is associated with the corporate industry and the government regulatory bodies, on various substantial positions. Since the inception into professional arena, he has achieved stupendous results with substantial growth rate. Has been crucial in project commissioning related to aviation industry and allied domains, trainings, education, skill development, administration, social development, law enforcement, etc. Educationally and professionally holding dual bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering and mathematics and a post graduate degree in business management, and further on doctorate in aviation management, Capt. Rathee is an aviator having gained experience from instructional to professional flying and has the technical certifications from the (ENAC- France) / (DGAC France), (COSCAP-South Asia), (DGCA, India), (Federal Aviation Administration, United States of America), (BCAS, India) on various segments. He has also travelled to more than 30 countries on various platforms. Presently playing a vital role towards socio-political framework and for development of rural areas with a vision to bring them to the mainstream and, hence reducing regional disparities. Major work emphasis is dedicated to reforms, international co-operations and strengthening of policies thus attaining sustainable growth. Also associated with few national and international socio-political organizations for social change and working towards education empowerment, youth empowerment, mental health, women and child development, health and sanitation, livelihood, environmental and overall human development issues etc.

pfl

Sunita Menon

Sunita heads the leadership building and research and development program within Breakthrough. She helps deliver community education and leadership development that bring human rights values directly into hearts, homes, and communities across India and beyond. She develops and implements national-level training's on citizenship education, women’s rights, sexuality and HIV/ AIDS and has over 1000 programs to her credit, conducted by her to educate civil society groups, government departments, corporations and marginalized communities on social justice issues and effecting the necessary change. She has written several educational guides on HIV/AIDS awareness, sex-selective elimination, and healthy sexuality, and several nationally-published articles on development issues. She is the author of Jaano, Jaago , Jagaao – A Peer Educators Guide to HIV/AIDS Awareness, Life in the Edge- No Country for Young Girls ( on sex selection) and co-authored Rights and Desire- A Facilitators Manual on Healthy Sexuality and Bell Bajao -Advocacy kit against domestic violence. Sunita has also scripted and hosted education programs for Gyan Darshan, a national television channel. She serves on the board of Pravah, a leading youth development organization, and is a founding member of Sangawari, which uses theatre and culture to address conflict-related issues. She is also an alumnus of International Volunteer Leadership Program run by the US State Department. Ask her what she loves most when off work and pat comes the reply: strolling the streets and alleys of the old cities of India.

pfl

Meenakshi Lekhi

Meenakshi Lekhi is an Indian politician belonging to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and is a Member of Parliament from New Delhi constituency in the 16th Lok Sabha. She is the national spokesperson of Bharatiya Janata Party and a Supreme Court of India lawyer. She won the high-profile New Delhi parliamentary constituency with over 4.5 lakh votes as a BJP candidate in the 2014 elections. In July 2016, she was appointed as chairperson of the Committee on Privileges of the Lok Sabha in Parliament and is continuing since then in that position. Besides writing articles in journals, periodicals and newspapers on socio-political issues, she participates in various television shows on matters on national and international importance. Lekhi writes 'Forthwrite', a fortnightly column in The Week magazine. With her equal command over English and Hindi, she is known as a firebrand debater in the parliament and has distinguished herself with numerous debates on matters of national importance in the Lok Sabha, such as debates on "intolerance" in India and the Triple Talaq Bill. She has also distinguished herself as an active participant in the various parliamentary processes and was awarded with the "Best Debut Women Parliamentarian" award by Lokmat in 2017.

pfl

Abhishek Majumdar:

Experienced chief executive officer with a demonstrated history of working in the publishing industry. He is skilled in advertising, business development, strategic planning, marketing strategy, and strategy. Strong entrepreneurship professional graduated from KS Institute of Technology. Abhishek started The Logical Indian with handpicked, newsworthy stories which deserve the attention of a rational generation. The Logical Indian is an independent and public-spirited digital news channel.

pfl

Parul Soni

Parul is a Managing Partner with a demonstrated history of working in the sustainable development consulting. He is a strong business development professional, skilled in corporate social responsibility, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), corporate finance, strategic planning, and research.

pfl

Neela Kaushik

Neela Kaushik is the Founder of GurgaonMoms, currently a 25K+ strong community of mothers that every mom is proud to be part of and has built a brand that the media loves to cover. She also organizes high-profile events that have become very popular and are in high demand in the National Capital Region of India. A natural leader and effective advocate of causes, she can drive messages to the masses using creative communication. An online media expert, she has rich experience in curating relevant content for the web, creating engaging newsletters, running campaigns and analyzing the effectiveness of each activity. She is entrepreneurial and has rich project management experience. She has delivered successful websites and digital campaigns for several brands. Her key skills include communications, event execution, project management, business analysis and social media management.

pfl

Priyanka Chaturvedi

Priyanka Chaturvedi is the National Spokesperson of the Indian National Congress. She has also been a columnist for Tehelka, Daily News and Analysis and Firstpost. As a trustee of two NGOs, she works for children's education, women empowerment and health as well. She also runs a book review blog which is amongst the top ten weblogs on books in India.

pfl

Samar Singla

Samar is a serial entrepreneur and a physicist by education. He has previously worked as a researcher at IBM and CERN. He is one of the industry's foremost speakers. Samar founded Jugnoo in 2014 with the vision to transform the Indian auto-rickshaw sector. Jugnoo is the leading on-demand hyperlocal transport and logistics player of India. He also founded Click-Labs, a profitable SaaS technology solution provider of Business suit called ‘JungleWorks’ in 2017. He is an avid traveler and amateur photographer who likes to document the everyday world. Samar's personal website calls him 'Someone somewhere in a garage' which clearly portrays his love and penchant for building new things.

pfl

Rakshit Tandon

Other than his permanent roles with the various organizations he has undertaken the herculean task of travelling the nation and has spoken to more than 26.50 lakh children across various schools/colleges. As a Chief Resource Advisor and Speaker for IAMAI (Internet and Mobile Association of India), he is presently executing the "Safe Surfing Campaign" and is conducting seminars on ‘Cyber Threats to Children in Digital World' for students, teachers and parents. He is sensitizing them about the types of cybercrimes, preventive measures to be taken while surfing the Internet, Information Technology Act and the remedial measures that can be taken if one is victimized by the cyber criminals. He has a wonderful way of connecting to his audience, from 8 to 80, everyone can relate to his simple and touching manner of explaining the complications and implications of the web. He also addresses to the problems of the students and adults who seek further guidance on the same issues through 'www.rakshittandon.com' his official site.

pfl

Amit Malhotra

Amit Malhotra, a tech wizard has conducted to his account, more than fifty training sessions, globally. Being a cyber space researcher himself, Amit can claim to have found critical vulnerabilities on websites of Intel, Sony, HP, TED and many more. He was offered many jobs at different companies to join as a cyber expert in networking and security, but he came back to serve Indian students and take cybersecurity to next level. He has been covered extensively by the national media. His experience includes: strong web application penetration testing experience, experience in vulnerability identification and remediation, knowledge of the software development lifecycle in a large enterprise environment, experience with performing code review, wireless and firewall assessments, technical knowledge in network security products, cryptographic suites and application firewalls, experience with mobile application and operating system testing like android and iOS platforms. To his name he carries 30+ national and international certifications. Through his company, Massmatic Cyber Forensic & Information Security, he offers free of cost training to empower Indian youth against cyber war.

pfl

Binoy Job

Binoy is the Director in the Prime Minister's Office, India. A young global leader of World Economic Forum, and a serial social innovator, he was inducted in Prime Minister's Office in the second term of Dr. Manmohan Singh in 2009. He was chosen as "Young global leader" by the World Economic Forum in 2012 for his professional excellence and for his role in making huge social impact through his various social initiatives. Prior to his role at the PMO, Binoy was heading few social initiatives with emphasis on information communication technologies, youth and innovations. He was editor-in-chief of 'Development channel' – a news portal focusing only on 'development news' which uses technologies such as IT, internet, television, mobile etc. with the support of young volunteers to provide access to information. With more than 100,000 volunteers, Binoy's youth initiative, Leaders for Tomorrow Foundation, is one of the largest youth movements working for social change and leadership training. Binoy has worked with NDTV, pioneer in Television News Broadcasting in India for more than a decade prior to joining the Prime Minister's Office.

pfl

Juhi Garg

Juhi is a journalism graduate from Delhi University and has a Masters degree in corporate law from National Law School of India. Her career in media has spanned over a decade. She has worked for HBO and Cartoon Network India in communications, as well as been India Partner for one of the top 3 global consulting firms to law firms. She co-founded ED Times, a youth media startup, recently rated as the top 10 youth blogs worldwide, focused on creating responsible content whilst trying to change reading habits of young India. She has been a speaker at the Noida Literature Fest, India Youth Forum, World Masters: Law Asia, Leader Summit at College of Business Studies, B-school MDI Gurgaon’s flagship event, CII’s Delhi Youth Conclave and various other platforms, and has been quoted in Economic Times. Juhi has been featured in Vidhi Singhania's Next Gen Entrepreneurs Campaign, We At Work, India Women Blog and Youth Ki Awaaz. She is a mentor of change at Atal Innovation Mission and Chair of the child rights vertical at CII's Youth Arm.

pfl

Dr. Milind Padalkar

He is a critical thinker who specializes in strategy formulation and implementation; with specific experience in Information Technology sector, marketing, pricing and positioning strategies, operations efficiency and project management/audit/rescue operations. He is a Fellow of Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode (equivalent to PhD), and a graduate of IIM Ahmedabad as well as IIT Delhi. His research concerns project management, human behavior and organizational dynamics, with focus on early prediction of project failure and effective intervention. Dr. Padalkar is a professor and Dean at Bennett University.

pfl

Robinder Sachdev

He is Founder-President of The Imagindia Institute. Mr. Sachdev is a world-acknowledged authority on geopolitics, public and economic diplomacy, image and campaign management, cross cultural communications, and affairs of the Indian diasporas. In pursuit of public and economic diplomacy, Mr. Sachdev often arranges and hosts discussions with and among U.S., European, and Indian governmental, political, and corporate leaders and delegations. Mr. Sachdev is also Trustee of the Children’s Book Trust, India’s oldest national children’s organization founded by the legendary political cartoonist, Shankar. Mr. Sachdev has lived and worked in the U.S., Russia, Kazakhstan, and Dubai, and is now based in New Delhi.

pfl

Jithin Vg

Jithin is the CEO and Cofounder of Accubits Technologies, a technology company that focuses on AI and Blockchain. It is one of the world leaders in Blockchain and ICO technology with operations in Middle East, Indonesia, Singapore, Hong Kong and USA. Accubits had the distinction of being featured in the Inc42’s Startup Watchlist as one of the top 13 Blockchain companies to watch out for in 2018, thanks to its futuristic products. Some of the company’s most notable clients are NASA, USPS, Landmark group and Dubai Smart Government.

An enterprising businessperson, Jithin is a seed stage investor with more than 8 companies in his portfolio so far with a focus on B2B AI and Blockchain products. In addition to that, he has also founded Accubits Invent, which is a first- of -its- kind AI and Blockchain research lab based in Trivandrum. Currently, he invests through Accubits Invent and few other NY & Singapore based blockchain focused funds. He is also a core member of an international Blockchain consulting group headquartered in DE.

pfl

Varghese George

Varghese K. George is Deputy Resident Editor of The Hindu in New Delhi and author of the recent book Open Embrace India-US ties in the Age of Modi and Trump (Penguin Random House). Between 2015 and 2018 Varghese was the U.S. Correspondent of The Hindu, based in Washington DC. Earlier he was political editor in New Delhi. Varghese has also worked as chief of bureau of The Hindustan Times and Senior Editor at Indian Express. He has an MA in Modern Indian History from Delhi University and an M Phil in International Relations from JNU, New Delhi.