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Amit Kaushik

Amit Kaushik
Amit Kaushik was a civil servant for 20 years, joining the Indian Railway Accounts Service in 1987. During his time in the service, he held a variety of challenging assignments, including as Director in the Ministry of HRD, Government of India, where he was associated with the implementation of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), as well as the drafting of the Right to Education Act. He has consulted widely, with multilateral agencies like UNESCO and UNICEF, and has extensive experience of educational planning in India and other developing countries.

Since leaving government, he has worked with organisations like SRF, the NGO Pratham, Educomp Schools and IPE Global. He is currently the CEO at the Australian Council for Educational Research (India).

Geeta Gandhi Kingdon

Geeta Gandhi Kingdon
Geeta Gandhi Kingdon is Professor at the Institute of Education, University College London, where she holds the Chair of Education Economics and International Development.  Prior to this, she was Research Fellow for 11 years at the Department of Economics, University of Oxford.  Her research on Economics of Education is based mostly on statistical analysis of education datasets.  Based on this research, she advises governments and donor agencies. 

In India, she has been a member of the MHRD’s ‘Joint Review Missions’ of public education programmes Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan, and is a member of the Uttar Pradesh Secondary Education Board. Professor Kingdon is also President of the board of City Montessori School Lucknow, which has 52,000 students. She divides her time between the UK and India.

Jayaprakash Narayan

Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan
Dr Jayaprakash Narayan is a physician by training and served as a member of the Indian Administrative Service for 16 years. He had a tremendously successful tenure and held many important positions in the government of South Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. During the course of his service, he acquired deep insights into the Indian governance process and the problems afflicting the nation.

Convinced of the need for radical reforms to transform Indian governance process, Dr Narayan left the civil services in 1996 and with likeminded colleagues founded the Foundation for Democratic Reforms (FDR) and Lok Satta - a people's movement for governance and political reforms. Since then Foundation for Democratic Reforms (FDR) and Lok Satta have emerged as the leading civil society initiatives for governance reforms. FDR and Lok Satta have played a crucial role in driving several reforms over the years, and are now focused on true federalism and effective and accountable local governments, rule of law, education, healthcare and agriculture. Dr Narayan served as a member the National Advisory Council (NAC), Second Administrative Reforms and Vigilance Advisory Council.

Neeti Shikha

Dr. Neeti Shikha
Neeti Shikha is Head of Centre for Insolvency and Bankruptcy at Indian Institute of Corporate Affaits, Ministry of Corporate Affairs. She is a Life Member of FORE Society, Parent Body of Fore School of Management. She is also on Academic Advisory Council of ISPP. She  serves on the board of Goeman Bindt HTO, a private non-profit international legal and policy advisory and research think-tank, as an  Expert and a Leader. Neeti is also the founding board member of Insolvency Research Foundation, an joint initiative of industry and government.

She has held academic positions at various law and business schools in India and Singapore. Previously, she was an associate professor and Head International cell at Symbiosis Law School Noida. She has been an Assistant Professor & Director, Centre for Corporate and Commercial Laws at National Law University Jodhpur, followed by her stint at Fore School of Management and IMT Ghaziabad. She has held visiting positions at IIM Rohtak and IIFT, New Delhi. She is a trainer and coach for various management development professional programs.

Dr. Shikha has completed her doctorate in corporate governance from National Law University Jodhpur, India. She holds LLM in International Business Laws from the University College London, UK. She is the recipient of prestigious Hague Scholarship where she attended Private International Law Course at the  Hague Academy. She has given talks at National University Singapore, University of Indonesia and has many publications and 2 books to her credit. She is member of the prestigious European Corporate Governance Institute.

Reuben Abraham

Reuben Abraham
CEO & Senior Fellow, IDFC Institute, and Visiting Scholar, Urbanization Project, New York University.

Shruti Rajagopalan

Reuben Abraham
Shruti Rajagopalan is a Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, and a Fellow at the Classical Liberal Institute at NYU School of Law. She is also Associate Professor of Economics at State University of New York, Purchase College (currently on leave).

She earned her Ph.D. in economics in 2013 from George Mason University. She has a BA (Hons) Economics and LL.B. from University of Delhi; and an LL.M. from the European Masters in Law and Economics Program at University of Hamburg, Ghent University, and University of Bologna.

Shruti's broad area of interest is the economic analysis of comparative legal and political systems. Her research interests specifically include law and economics, public choice theory, and constitutional economics. Her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals, law reviews, and books. She also enjoys writing in the popular press and has a fortnightly column called The Impartial Spectator in Mint. She has also published opinion editorials on Indian political economy in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Mint, The Hindu: Business Line, and The Indian Express.