Justice R.V. Raveendran completed his secondary education at Fort High School, Bangalore. He graduated from St. Joseph's College, Bangalore and obtained Law Degree from Government Law College, Bangalore, in the year 1967. He was enrolled as an Advocate in March 1968 and practised extensively on the civil side till his elevation as a Permanent Judge of the Karnataka High Court in February 1993. He served as Chairman of Karnataka State Legal Services Authority for several years and popularised Lok Adalats in Karnataka. He was elevated as the Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court in July 2004 and as a Judge of Supreme Court in September 2005. Justice Raveendran has rendered several landmark decisions in the fields of Civil and Constitutional Law. He has served as the Chairman of Supreme Court Legal Services Committee. As Chairman of Mediation & Conciliation Project Committee, he was instrumental in developing mediation across the country. He retired from the Supreme Court as a Senior Judge on 14.10.2011. Presently engaged in giving lectures and writing articles on law related issues and in conducting arbitrations.
Nitin Desai, a graduate of LSE, taught economics at two UK Universities, worked briefly in the private sector, had a long stint as a government official in India and then joined the UN in 1990. In India he was in the Planning Commission (1973-88) and later in the Ministry of Finance as the Chief Economic Adviser (1988-90). In the UN, where he was Under Secretary General for Economic and Social Affairs, his major work was the organization of a series of global summits, notably the Rio Earth Summit (1992), the Copenhagen Social Development Summit (1995), the Monterrey Finance and Development Summit (2002) and the Johannesburg Sustainable Development Summit (2002). After his retirement he has been involved in a variety of public policy activities nationally and internationally. He is a Distinguished Fellow of TERI and is an Honorary Fellow of the LSE. He writes a monthly column in the Business Standard.
Dr. S.Y. Quraishi completed his Masters degree from St. Stephen's College, Delhi before joining the Indian Administrative Service in 1971. He received a Phd for his thesis "Role of Communication and Social Marketing in Development of Women and Children". Prior to his appointment as the 17th Election Commissioner of India, he was Secretary, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. . He is known for his special contributions in the social sector reforms covering health, education, population, drug abuse, and civil society action. He has done extensive work in the fields of gender, women & child development, HIV/AIDS, Youth and Adolescent issues. Quraishi during his tenure as Special Secretary (Health) & Director General of the National AIDS Control Organization (NACO), he brought India's national AIDS control programme on the world map for creating the strategic framework for India's Phase III AIDS Control Programme As Director General, Doordarshan, he brought about a turnaround in the programmes and finances of the organisation . Quraishi has a number of books and articles to his credit. His book 'Social Marketing for Social Change' has broken new ground in the field of Development Communication. Quraishi is an avid musician and likes to spend his leisure time among people and friends with musical interests.
Leela K. Ponappa is a former Ambassador and Deputy National Security Adviser & Secretary of the National Security Council Secretariat. As a career diplomat in the Indian Foreign Service from 1970-2006, she has worked extensively on India's relations with its neighbours in the Ministry of External Affairs, as Desk Officer for Pakistan & Afghanistan and Divisional head handling SAARC and subsequently, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and the Maldives. Her ambassadorial assignments have been to Thailand, UNESCAP, the Netherlands and the OPCW (Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons). She has served on the faculty of the National Defence College and been a Research Associate at the Centre for South and South-East Asian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She was Vice Chairperson of RIS (Research and Information Systems, New Delhi), an economic think tank, from 2007 to 2010. She is currently Chairperson of the India Committee of CSCAP (Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific) and was elected Co-Chair of CSCAP in June 2012.
Vijayalaxmi Chhabra, a Masters in Political Science from Delhi University (1976), has been a professional broadcaster in an eventful 35 year long career that culminated in her becoming the Director General of Doordarshan (India), the world's largest Public Service Broadcaster. She superannuated in March 2015. She has had a diverse media career during which she worked in key positions at All India Radio (AIR) as well as Doordarshan (DD). She had a mid-career shift to Marketing &Sales when she took up the role of Director-Marketing for Doordarshan. Early in her career, she garnered a reputation as a domain expert in content creation through award winning radio documentaries on social issues. She is widely respected in the media circles as an expert on social content marketing. She was awarded a Commonwealth Fellowship in 1995 to study 'Privatization of Radio in UK' with a special emphasis on social communication and the vibrancy of community-radio set-ups in England.
Manika Raikwar Ahirwal – Managing Editor NDTV 24x7 graduated from Miranda House and did her Masters from the Mass Communication Research Centre at the Jamia Millia University in Delhi. She is currently responsible for gathering all news inputs from across the country, and ensuring what goes on air is true, fast and credible. She joined NDTV in 1996 after a stint with Newstrack, India's first video magazine, as a researcher, reporter. Manika has anchored a highly successful programme on Women's Issues, and has reported for several years, when she covered the Gujarat Earthquake, the Narmada Bachao Andolan as well. In addition to her role as a key member of NDTV 24x7's Editorial Team, her responsibility is to maximize resources and planning across NDTV's different channels, working with the senior most editorial teams at NDTV India, Profit, Lifestyle, Worldwide, Special Projects, Red Dot and other teams.
Hemant is a widely acclaimed journalist carrying a vast field experience both as a correspondent and as an Editor in both print and television genre of newsgathering. Hemant did his post graduation in first class in 1982 from Benaras Hindu University, Varanasi. In 1982, he completed his Bachelors in Journalism .In 1990, he completed in Ph.D in Hindi literature He has been active in Hindi journalism since the last 31 years. Hemant started his career from Jansatta newspaper in 1983. From 1983 till 1988 he was active as a freelance writer in Jansatta, Aaj, India Today Hindi Edition. His second stint continued in Jansatta from 1988 till 2001.He remained as Bureau Chief for 13 years leading, managing and directing a group of correspondents in Uttar Pradesh. He was Editor in Hindustan from 2001 till 2003. From 2003 onwards he is with India TV as Political Editor contributing right from its foundation till its present growth as News Director of India TV. He was witness to the entire Ayodhya agitation and reported every moment from "Shilanyas" till "Demolition" from Ayodhya. His reports were published simultaneously in Marathi "Loksatta", Gujarati "Jansatta" and other contemporary editions. Hemant has done the most authentic reporting on a variety of subjects-from UP politics to economic backwardness, malnutrition in Bundelkhand to female trafficking, Babri Masjid case, environmental problems. He was the first to give his report with research, details and authenticity. Taking time from a hectic schedule of news television, he still nurtures his passion for writing and his articles are regularly published in leading Hindi dailies. Hemant has authored several books and is noted for his own style and deep insight of the subject on which he writes. The books he has authored are "Tamasha Mere Aage" – a wide canvas of his articles "Dwiteeyonasti"- His first hand account of Kailash Manarovar Yatra ; Besides he has also written "Aam Aadmi" and edited a book "Bhartendu Samagra".
Rajiv Khandekar is the Executive Editor with ABP Majha, leading Marathi News channel. He is a student of Ranade Institute of Journalism and Mass Communication, Pune the oldest school of journalism in the country. He is a widely acclaimed Marathi journalist having more than 24 years working experience in both print and electronic media. He has worked with Indian Express group as Political Correspondent for Loksatta in Delhi and then Resident Editor in Mumbai. He also worked as Bureau Chief of ETV in Mumbai. Rajiv is one of those fortunate few journalists, who got an opportunity to work in both rural and urban areas understanding issues faced by India and Bharat. He was working in interior parts of Dhule when Narmada Bachao Andolan was taking shape and reporting from New Delhi when era of coalition politics was just began in India. He has keen interest in rural economy and politics of Maharashtra. His articles and reportage on draughts in Maharashtra and the issue of farmer's suicide in Vidarbha region are widely acclaimed. He was amongst the first few to bring forth these issues in media. A prolific writer, he has written many books in Marathi, is known for his stylish writing and in depth reporting and has won many awards for the same.
Navika Kumar is Managing Editor - Politics with Times Now and has over ten years experience in Television journalism. She has had a long career in investigative journalism. From uncovering the Commonwealth Games scam to detailed investigations in the Lalitgate investigations, she has covered a wide range of stories. She is as comfortable analysing elections as she is discussing the nuances of the Budget. Having started her career with The Economic Times Navika has worked with The Indian Express for 10 years too. Her major stories in The Indian Express include an expose on how 26 Supreme Court judges had got free cellphones from MTNL in return for putting an antenna on top of the SC premises. Following the story all judges returned their cellphones. Navika is a winner of the Prem Bhatia award for Print Journalism for the year 2006.