Ms. Draupadi Murmu is the first woman to hold the office of the Jharkhand Governor. A two term member of the Odisha Legislative Assembly, Ms Murmu was also a minister in Odisha government. Her political career had a humble beginning in 1997 as Vice Chairperson of Rairanagpur N.A.C in Mayurbhanj, district of Odisha. During same period, she became the vice president of a national political party’s Odisha ST Morcha, and later, its president. In 2007, she was awarded “” Nilakantha Award.” For the best MLA of the year in Legislative Assembly of Odisha. She has been a grassroots activist and has worked for the cause of the Tribal, particularly the tribal women.
Mr. Raghubar Das is the tenth Chief Minister of the state of Jharkhand. He is the first non-tribal chief minister in the state’s 14-year history. Mr. Das a science graduate has also done LLB. A five-time legislator from the Jamshedpur East assembly constituency since 1995 (first in undivided Bihar and then in Jharkhand), Mr. Das also served as the Finance, Urban Development & Commercial Tax Minister during the NDA government (2005) and Deputy Chief Minister of Jharkhand(2009). Mr. Das got involved with student politics during his college days in Jamshedpur and became a part of the ‘Total Revolution’ movement led by Loknarayan Jayprakash Narayan (JP).
He joined hand with Janata Party in 1977. Three years later in 1980, the Bharatiya Janata Party came into existence and Das was one of its founding members. Das was a part of the BJP’s first Nation Meet in Mumbai in 1980. He has held several positions in the party right from the vice president of Jamshedpur to the vice-president of the BJP state unit. Mr. Das is known for his commitment and good performance. Ever since he has become the Chief Minister of Jharkhand, the speed of development work has amplified in the state.
Dharmendra Pradhan is the Cabinet Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship in the Government of India. Pradhan was promoted as Cabinet Minister on September 3rd, 2017. Currently, a Member of Parliament, he was elected to the Rajya Sabha in March 2012 from the State of Bihar and was also a member of the 14th Lok Sabha. As the Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas of India, Shri Pradhan is attributed with several progressive reforms &initiatives implemented in the last three years including consumer initiatives like PAHAL which is the world’s largest Direct Benefit Transfer Scheme and the #GiveItUp campaign, that was liberally supported by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, aimed at encouraging affluent citizens to surrender their LPGsubsidy for the needy receiving a successful response of 10 million consumers. In an attempt to empower rural India with the clean fuel of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), the Pradhan MantriUjjwalaYojana has also been launched by the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas under which 5 million LPG connections will be provided to women from Below Poverty Line (BPL) families in the next 3 years. In the first 15 months itself, 3 million BPL LPG households have been given LPG connections under the scheme.
Pradhan has led to some key decisions in the hydrocarbon sector, which indicates his commitment to the industry. Pradhan supported by the Union Cabinet has brought in a new Hydrocarbon Exploration & Licensing Policy, which through it’s uniform licensing for explorations and production of all forms of hydrocarbon, open acreage policy and marketing and pricing freedom will enhance domestic oil & gas production with substantial investment in the sector in India and generate sizable employment.
On taking charge as skill development and entrepreneurship minister, Pradhan, has deliberated into various issues including reskilling and skilling the manpower of India and focusing on bridging the skill gap for the Indian youth.
A post – graduate from Utkal University in Bhubaneswar in Anthropology, hehas been working on several issues concerning the youth, such as unemployment, the lack of skill-based education, rehabilitation and resettlement of farmers, and has played a major role in mobilising the youth in Odisha.
Pradhan started as an AkhilBhartiyaVidyarthiParishad (ABVP) activist in 1983, and has served in ABVP as Secretary. He has also worked as an election in – charge in Bihar and as anin- charge of party affairs in Karnataka, Uttarakhand, Jharkhand and Odisha.
Following his contribution to society and the party, Pradhan was awarded the ‘Best Legislator Award’, the UtkalmaniGopabandhuPratibhaSamman, 2002-03 and the Odisha Citizens’ Award in 2013.
Ms. Anupriya Patel is currently Union Minister of State, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare from July 2016. Earlier to this, she has been member to Railway Convention Committee (RCC), Committee on Welfare of Other Backward Classes, Committee on Empowerment of Women Member, Standing Committee on Petroleum and Natural Gas Member, Consultative Committee and Ministry of Road Transport and Highways and Shipping in 16th Lok Sabha. Elected to 16th Lok Sabha, she is the president of the Apna Dal. She was previously elected as a Member of the Legislative Assembly, Varanasi in year 2012. Ms. Patel is graduate from Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University and also holds an MBA degree.
Mr. Jagdambika Pal is member of parliament (MP), 16th lok sabha, from Domariyaganj Lok sabha constituency of Uttar Pradesh from BJP. He did his Master’s degree in political Science, ancient & modern history from Oudh University and also has LLB degree from Gorakhpur University. Mr. Pal a two term member of legislative council (1982 to 1993) and three term member of legislative assembly (1993 to 2007) of UP has held state as well as cabinet minister post in government of Uttar Pradesh. He also has been Chief minister of Uttar Pradesh in year 1998. Mr. Pal is grass root politician, who has worked relentlessly for development of common people. Being an experienced legislator and parliamentarian, he has been members of various parliamentary committees during his stint as member of parliament in 15th and 16th Lok sabha.
He is an officer belonging to the Indian Administrative Service of 1980 batch. He did his post Graduation in Physics from the University of Allahabad in 1978. He also did Masters of Business Administration in the year 1994 from university of Ljubljans Slovenia. In his 35 year of bureaucratic career, he has held important positions in Government of India and various Ministries/Departments like Rural Development, Steel and Mines, Tourism, Chemicals, Petrochemicals and Pharmaceuticals, Public Enterprises etc. He also served as Secretary in the Central Vigilance Commission, which is premier Integrity Institution of the country. Since May, 2015, he is serving as Secretary in the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas. His portfolio includes formulation and implementation of policies and projects in upstream and downstream activities in the sector.
Mukesh Kumar Surana is Chairman & Managing Director – Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited. Prior to this, he served as Chief Executive Officer, Prize Petroleum Company Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary and upstream arm of HPCL since September 2012. A Mechanical Engineer with Master’s degree in Financial Management, Mr. Surana joined HPCL in the year 1982. During his career spanning over 3 decades in Petroleum Industry, Mr. Surana has handled a wide range of responsibilities including leadership positions in Refineries, Corporate, Information Systems and upstream business of HPCL. He has been closely involved in Strategy Formulation, Business Process Re-engineering, Major Projects Implementation, Refinery Operations, Corporation wide ERP Implementation, Acquisition and Management of upstream assets etc. Mr. Surana has vast experience in domestic and international Oil & Gas business and is known for his business acumen, innovative ideas and people-centric leadership. In his various roles, he has been able to empower teams to perform and deliver exceptional results through positive engagement and a shared vision. He was a Core Team Member for Corporate wide ERP implementation in HPCL which now forms the backbone of all business transactions at HPCL. A certified Competency Assessor and a Project Management Professional, Mr. Surana has also been actively associated with various important industry forums in Oil & Gas Sector
Mr. Sanjiv Singh, Chairman, Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. Concurrently, is also Chairman of Chennai Petroleum Corporation Ltd. (CPCL) and Hindustan Urvarak and Rasayan Ltd. (HURL), a joint venture company set up to revive the fertiliser plants at Gorakhpur, Sindri and Barauni. A chemical engineer from IIT-Roorkee, Mr. Sanjiv Singh joined IndianOil in 1981. He has served IndianOil for over 35 years, spearheading refinery operations as well as mega greenfield and brownfield projects in refining and petrochemicals. With extensive experience in the refining sector, he played a key role in the setting up, commissioning and stabilisation of two of IndianOil’s biggest greenfield refineries at Panipat and Paradip. Playing a leadership role in the energy sector, he is partnering India’s vision of emerging as a ‘refining hub’ in South Asia. Mr. Singh is also the Vice-President of the Paris-based World LPG Association, the authoritative voice of the global LPG industry representing the full LPG value chain. Under his leadership, IndianOil is swiftly mainstreaming LPG as a clean and affordable cooking fuel among the poor people, especially in rural India, through social transformation schemes like Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana and ‘smokeless villages’ that targets all households in a village. Well-known for his technological prowess, innovative ideas, business acumen and people-centric leadership, Mr. Sanjiv Singh has empowered IndianOil teams to perform and deliver exceptional results through positive engagement and a shared vision.
Noble Laureate Dr. Smith, who is a widely-respected authority on environmental health, is Professor of Global Environmental Health and is also founder and director of the campus-wide Masters Program in Global Health and Environment. Previously, he was founder and head of the Energy Program of the East-West Center in Honolulu before moving to Berkeley in 1995. He serves on a number of national and international scientific advisory committees including the Global Energy Assessment, National Research Council’s Board on Atmospheric Science and Climate, the Executive Committee for WHO Air Quality Guidelines, and the International Comparative Risk Assessment of the Global Burden of Disease Project. He participated, along with many other scientists, in the IPCC’s 3rd and 4th assessments and shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize and is Convening Lead Author for Climate and Health for the 5th Assessment. He holds visiting professorships in India and China and bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees from UC Berkeley and, in 1997, was elected member in the US National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors awarded to US Scientists by their peers. In 2009, he received the Heinz Prize in Environment and in 2012 was awarded the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement.
Sunita Narain is a Delhi-based environmentalist and author. She is currently the Director General of Center for Science and Environment (CSE) and Editor of the fortnightly magazine, Down To Earth. Dr. Narain plays an active role in policy formulation on issues of environment and development in India and globally. She has worked extensively on climate change, with a particular interest in advocating for an ambitious and equitable global agreement. Her work on air pollution, water and waste management as well as industrial pollution has led to an understanding of the need for affordable and sustainable solutions in countries like India where the challenge is to ensure inclusive and sustainable growth. She was a member of the Indian Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Change and has been awarded the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honour. In 2005, the Centre for Science and Environment, under her leadership was also awarded the Stockholm Water Prize. In 2016, Time magazine selected her as one of the most influential people in the world. She received “The Order of the Polar Star” award from the Swedish Government in 2017. Penguin has recently published her new book Conflicts of Interest, in which she has written about CSE’s campaigns from air pollution to colas to tigers. She continues to serve on national and international committees on environment.
He is a 1995 batch IAS officer from Manipur Tripura Cadre. He has done B.E. in Electronics and Communication Engineering & has a post Graduation in Economics. During his career spanning over two decades, he has held various positions in the state of Tripura at the District and state level. Before joining the MoP &NG, he was working as secretary of Finance, Urban Development and Tourism Departments in the state of Tripura. He has served as an Advisor in the Indian Mission to European Union (EU) in Brussels (Belgium). Presently he is joint secretary (Marketing and Gas Projects) Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Government of India. His portfolio includes formulation and implementation of policies in marketing of petroleum products.
Dr. Amitabh Kaushal is currently Secretary, Department of Food & Public Distribution, Govt of Jharkhand. An IAS of 2001 batch, Dr. Kaushal is an MBBS (Obstetrics). During his career spanning over one and half decades, he has held various important positions in the state of Jharkhand at the District and state level and delivered efficiently as public servant.
Dr. Walt Hart leads Global Natural Gas Liquid Research and Consulting at IHS. Based in Houston’s Energy Corridor, Walt joined IHS when IHS acquired the international energy consulting firm Purvin & Gertz in 2011. Dr. Hart leads the publication of the IHS worldwide NGL multi- client-subscription services, as well as the three annual international LPG Seminars in the US, Asia and Latin America. He has also designed and taught workshops and training courses. His propriety studies have involved business analysis and strategy, market studies, forecasting, valuations and legal support. He works primarily in the area of natural gas liquids, but also has significant experience in petro chemical feedstock and alternative fuels. Prior to joining Purvin &Gurtz in 2006, Dr. Hart spent 14 years at The Dow Chemical Company as well as two years at Owens Corning Fiberglas. Dr. Hart received his bachelor of science in Chemical Engineering in 1986 from Notre Dame, an MBA from the University of Charleston and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from West Virginia University.
Radha Muthiah is the Chief Executive Officer of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves. Since joining the Alliance in 2011, Radha has developed and implemented a disciplined sector strategy that has put the Alliance ahead of target on its way to reaching the goal of 100 million households adopting clean cookstoves and fuels by 2020.
She has more than 20 years of experience in leading operations for both nonprofit and for-profit organizations and is a passionate advocate for multi-sector collaboration as a means to solve systemic problems. Radha has made a deep personal and professional commitment to the promotion of global health and sustainable development through innovative and high-impact approaches. Before joining the Alliance, she served as the Vice President for Strategic Partnerships and Alliances at CARE International, USA. A key aspect of her work was to recognize and build upon areas of strength and synergy for CARE and its partners in order to meet mutual goals of eradicating poverty through the empowerment of women and girls. She has also worked at ICF International, the American Red Cross, Mercer Management Consulting, and the Council on Foreign Relations. She holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in economics from Tufts University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Stanford University
Alison is the Communications Director for the World LPG Association (WLPGA). Alison manages the WLPGA’s global communications strategy and is responsible for the internal and external communications initiatives of the WLPGA including the global rollout of the LPG Exceptional Energy brand. Alison also coordinates the Women in LPG Global Network (WINLPG) which aims to retain and support women in the LPG industry to lobby and promote the industry and to educate young talent on the careers that the LPG industry can provide. Alison has previously held similar global communications roles both in France and the UK.
Satya S. Tripathi is the Senior Adviser on 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at UN Environment. He is also currently leading the efforts of UN Environment and other key development partners to establish sustainable finance facilities in India and other developing countries.
Mr. Tripathi is the Executive Secretary of the US$ 1 Billion Tropical Landscapes Finance Facility (TLFF)that he helped establish with UNEP, ICRAF, BNP Paribas and ADM Capital as founding partners – to leverage ‘private finance for public good’ and achieve transformative social and environmental impact in Indonesia.
Alawyer and development economist, Mr. Tripathi has served with the UN since 1998 in key positions in Europe, Asia and Africa spanning a broad range of tasks pertaining to Climate Change, Humanitarian Affairs, Human Rights, Democratic Governance and Legal Affairs. These include an acclaimed stint as Chair of the Committees on Laws, Treaties and Administrative matters for the UN mediated Cyprus unification talks in 2004; as the UN Recovery Coordinator (2006-09) in garnering international support to tsunami and post-conflict recovery as well as facilitating the efforts of the Indonesian government in managing the much acclaimed USD 7.2 Billion tsunami recovery process; and most recently(2011-16), as Executive Head ofthe United Nations Office for REDD+ Coordination in Indonesia (UNORCID), a UN System Officeestablished by the UN Secretary General in 2011 to support the pioneering efforts of Indonesia, Norway and other partner nations on climate change mitigation and adaptation through conservation of forests and preservation of peat-land and bio-diversity.
Among other responsibilities, Mr. Tripathi is a Senior Distinguished Fellow on Natural Resources Governance at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) since May 2016and alsocurrently serves on the Advisory Council of the UN Environment’s Global REDD+ Academy; Advisory Council of the Natural Capital Declaration (NCD); and the Board of Trustees at the non-profit ‘Green Initiatives for a Sustainable Tomorrow’ (GIST). In the past, he has served on the World Economic Forum’s Global Advisory Council on Forests; and in India as a member of its national civil service, and has varied leadership experience in the fields of democratic governance, climate change and sustainable development.
Mr. RP Natekar is Executive director LPG at Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited. Prior to this he held the office of Executive director Industrial &Commercial at BPCL and also Head of Consumer Sales SBU responsible for the Profit Centre. He pursued M.Com from Pune university and is also a cost and work accountant (ICWA). In addition to these qualifications he pursued PGPMAX, Business Administration and management from Indian School of Business Hyderabad.
Mr. Singh has Over 32 year experience in Marketing in HPCL as Regional Head in the states of UP, Punjab, Delhi, J&K and Himachal Pradesh. Worked in o/o Chairman & Managing Director as Head-Coordination and Executive Assistant to CMD & Marketing Strategy before becoming In-Charge of LPG SBU as Executive Director.
He Successfully implemented PAHAL and Give-It-Up Scheme in HPCL following the Successfull roll out of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojna (PMUY) in HPCL for providing clean cooking fuel to women of BPL families. He is also the visionary Key member in the development of Vision 2030 for HPCL.
Mr. Singh is recipient of various prestigious awards such as HP Gas awarded Super Brand in 2015, second time in succession and HP GAS bagged prestigious ‘LEAD’ Award in leadership excellence for development of training program for delivery boy ‘Saksham’ and ‘Samvad’
Having educational background of M.Sc. (Statistics) and MBA, Shrikant Yadwadkar joined BPCL in the year 1987 and has been in the Marketing set up for more than three decades.
He has vast exposure in B2B business of over eighteen years, besides a stint in the Retail business of the organization.
Moved to LPG business unit in the year 2016, he was assigned the role of BPCL Nodal Officer for roll out of “Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana” (PMUY). He has been actively involved in the flagship scheme of the central government right from the beginning. He anchored state launches of the PMUY for the states of Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Punjab, as also the national launch of “Pradhan Mantri LPG Panchayat” at Ahmedabad. He coordinated a unique initiative of BPCL “Ujjwala Suraksha Mitra” to spread awareness of Safety in the literacy dark regions in the state of Uttar Pradesh amongst PMUY beneficiaries.
Dr. Arunabha Ghosh is a public policy professional, adviser, author, columnist, and institution builder. As the founder-CEO of the Council on Energy, Environment and Water, since 2010, he has led CEEW to the top ranks as one of South Asia’s leading policy research institution (five years in a row); and among the world’s 20 best climate think-tanks in 2016. He has been actively involved in the design of the International Solar Alliance since inception. He conceptualised and is founding board member of the Clean Energy Access Network (CLEAN). With experience in 43 countries, he previously worked at Princeton, Oxford, UNDP (New York), and WTO (Geneva).
He is the co-author/editor of four books: The Palgrave Handbook of the International Political Economy of Energy (2016); Energizing India: Towards a Resilient and Equitable Energy System (SAGE, 2016); Human Development and Global Institutions (Routledge, 2016); and Climate Change: A Risk Assessment (FCO, 2015). Arunabha’s essay “Rethink India’s energy strategy” in Nature was selected as one of 2015’s ten most influential essays.
Arunabha advises governments, industry, civil society and international organisations around the world. This has included India’s Prime Minister’s Office, several ministries and state governments. He was invited by France to advise on the COP21 climate negotiations; and also advised extensively on HFC negotiations.He serves on the Executive Committee of the India-U.S. PACEsetter Fund. He is a member of Track II dialogues with nine countries/regions; and formulated the Maharashtra-Guangdong Partnership on Sustainability. He writes a monthly column in the Business Standard, hosted a documentary on water in Africa, and featured in a National Geographic documentary on energy. He is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, member of WEF’s Global Future Council on Energy, and an Asia Society Asia 21 Young Leader. He holds a D.Phil. from Oxfordand topped Economics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi.
John Hauge is Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of The Global LPG Partnership, which assists developing countries in the design, financing and implementation of national-scale, market-based transitions to clean energy for cooking to reduce the severe loss of life, health, forests, and women’s time from societal dependence on solid cooking fuels. Prior to this, Mr. Hauge served as the CFO of the Inter-American Development Bank and has held senior finance roles in the public sector and private sector, including as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union in the U.S. Department of the Treasury and Lehman Brothers Kuhn Loeb. He graduated from Dartmouth with a B.A. (Magna Cum Laude) in 1973. He holds a postgraduate degree in Politics and Economics from Oxford University (1975) and an MBA from Harvard University (1977).
Mr. M.V. Ashok is currently the Tata Chair Professor at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, after retiring from National Bank for Agriculture & Rural Development (NABARD) in July 2017as Chief General Manager at NABARD Head Office, Mumbai, after 34 years. Mr. Ashok served on the Board of NABARD Financial Services Ltd (NABFINS), a subsidiary of NABARD for Micro Finance services, based at Bangalore besides Maharashtra Industrial & Technical Consultancy Organisation (MITCON), Mahasrashtra State Cooperative Bank as well as Agriculture Finance Corporation (AFC Ltd). Mr.Ashok has had exposure of rural finance sector in several countries including Thailand, Kenya, China, Germany and England.
Mr. Beaton is Senior Policy Advisor and Lead for the India Program with the Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI) of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). The GSI has played an ongoing role in the analysis of government support policies in India, including LPG, since 2010. This includes a report published in December last year: India’s Energy Transition: Mapping Subsidies for Fossil Fuels and Clean Energy in India. Christopher has extensive international experience with government support schemes for energy. This includes identifying and estimating the financial value of government support policies; evaluating such policies; political economy analysis of policy change; and technical analysis in support of specific policy reforms. His recent projects include an analysis of the gender disaggregated impacts of LPG subsidies and LPG price changes in India, Bangladesh and Nigeria; and a comparative analysis of LPG policies in many countries around the world, including Egypt, El Salvador, Indonesia, Mexico and Peru. The GSI is also engaged in projects on the role of government support for the power sector in India.
Mr. Singh is with the Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change team of the World Bank, where his work focuses on developing affordable clean cooking solutions for low-income households and on climate finance. He is also supporting energy access and clean cooking programs of the World Bank in Nepal and Bangladesh.
He has more than 15 years of experience in energy access and developing base of pyramid markets. In his different roles and assignments, he has been instrumental in setting up the India Clean Cooking Forum and in developing a low-cost awareness and demand creation strategy for promoting clean cooking. In past, he has worked as Technical Expert for GIZ and led Rural Market Insight program at Institute for Financial Management and Research. He has authored several publications on energy access and on Base of the Pyramid (BoP) markets. He is a Mathematics graduate and has a post-graduate degree from Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal.
Sadhana Mittal is a passionate and enthusiastic marketing and corporate communications professional, dedicated to improving communications for India’s top customer facing organisation – IndianOil. Extremely result-oriented and collaborative marketing professional with extensive field experience in LPG sales and marketing, Ms. Mittal takes immense pride in her team’s work.
She spearheaded the evolution of digital communication handles and revamped employee communication vehicles aligned with organization’s business objectives. She has generated creative, strategic, informative, and entertaining PMUY communications and marketing content for MoPNG to attract target audiences. She enjoys working in fast-paced environments and has a skill for problem solving, with a highly productive approach. She is a strong communicator with exceptional writing and creative skills.
Shailendra Kumar Sharma graduated in 1982 from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur, India with a B.Tech degree in Chemical Engineering. He has worked for over 34 years with India Oil Corporation Ltd and has a vast experience of over 30 years in LPG marketing in India. He is wide travelled in India and aboard, has published papers and made International Presentation.
He has always maintained an area of interest in developing solutions to challenges of accessibility, availability, affordability and awareness in LPG Marketing. He has been actively involved in conceptualisation and development of RGGLV, DBTL(PaHaL), Mission Smokeless Village, Ujjwala and Ujjwala Plus.
He is recipient of PetroFed Award 2015 in the category ‘Innovator of the Year Team Award’ for indigenous development and commercialisation of new innovation – ‘Indane Nanocut’.
Nidhi Prabha Tewari works as a Senior Social Sector Specialist, Prime Minister Ujjwala Yojana, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas. She is also a Visiting Fellow at Development Management Institute, Patna.
She is an Ashoka Fellow & IVLP Fellow with experience in working with governments, MPs, academic institution & NGOs. She does policy/legislative research, leadership training & participatory field studies in the areas of democracy & development. (17 yrs; IRMA grad, LL.B., MA (Economics))
She has worked for disaster rehabilitation in Kutch Earthquake (2001), Tsunami (2004) Kashmir Earthquake 2005 & Bihar floods (2008).She also dabbles in running a hill resort, solar energy, waste management, farming, yoga and Vipassana.
Ms Kanta Singh is a development professional with over 23 years of experience in the management of pro-poor, pro-women development programmes. She is a noted figure on women’s issues and gender related themes. Throughout her career in multi-cultural settings, Ms Kanta has advocated and lobbied to influence policies and programmes in favour of women and girls. She has implemented national level programs in organizations like WomenPowerConnect (WPC), International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), Women in Sustainable Enterprises (WISE) and Center for Social Research (CSR).
Currently, she is the State Project Head of Haryana and Delhi NCR at UNDP. Her responsibilities under project Disha are focused around skill development for entrepreneurship and employment generation for women.
Spearheading the kitchen appliances industry since 1984, Mr. Rajiv Malhotra, has been leading and making headway in the sector of Kitchen Appliances. Mr. Malhotra not only makes special efforts towards innovations, but has also successfully organized the sector as well. In addition to several innovations he has introduced in his sector in terms of high energy-efficient products, he is consistently working towards developing even better thermal-efficient LPG Stoves thereby contributing positively in prevention of global warming and creating a sustainable environment.
Mita Priyadarshini is the Chief Executive Officer at Research & Development Initiative (RDI), New Delhi. In her career spanning two decades, Mita has worked extensively with the Government of India and with leading International Organizations on research assignments and consultancy pertaining to Gender Issues, maternal & Child Health, Energy, Education, E-Governance, Rural Development and affiliated development sectors. She is also a key consultant in energy sector to Government and leading PSUs.
With a strong insight in social issues, she has also helped organize global conventions by conceptualizing &; designing themes with overall direction and coordination. With core competencies in project conceptualization and research designing, she is deeply involved in Programme Management with close engagement with Government, bilateral donors, NGOs and corporates.
Mita holds Masters and M. Phil in Social Science from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) New Delhi.
Dr. Tapas Kumar Parida is working as an Economist at State Bank of India, Corporate Centre, Mumbai. He has more than 10 years of work experience in Macro-economic and Policy research. He is a Doctorate in Economics from Hyderabad Central University and qualified MBA (Finance) from University of Delhi. He also a qualified fellow of University Grants Commission (UGC), New Delhi and Indian Institute of Banking & Finance (IIBF), Mumbai.
Dr. Parida has been a regular writer for a number of magazines, daily financial newspapers and blogs. He has also presented several research papers at a number of national and international conferences. His publications include 4 books, 17 research articles in different national and international journals. He also completed 2 research projects from IIBF, Mumbai, 1 from IMTFI, University of California, Irvine, US and 1 from Planning Commission, Government of India, New Delhi. He is a renowned sector expert in the area of Life Insurance in India.
Neha Joshi is a development professional with a Social Work Degree from George Warren Brown School of Social work (2012). She currently works as a consultant- social sector specialist with the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas (MoPNG) and has co designed the LPG Panchayat program aimed at deepening the social impact of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojna. She works on community based projects focussing on program planning and capacity building across stakeholder groups. Prior to this, she worked as the Social Safeguards Specialist for Uttarakhand Disaster Recovery Project (2014-2016) working on rehabilitation and gender specific issues. She also co-led the “Resilient Housing Reconstruction” program for Government of Uttarakhand, post the 2013 Kedarnath floods. With a keen interest in development and politics, she designed the Panchayati Raj Initiative for Rajiv Gandhi Mahila Vikas Pariyojna (RGMVP), for capacity building of women Panchayat representatives through leveraging community institutions, across 43 districts of Uttar Pradesh.
Ms. Ritu Jaiswal, a humanitarian and visionary leader is the Mukhiya of Gram Panchayat Raj Singhwahini, Sitamarhi, Bihar. She is a woman who believes in bringing about a change in the society. She has always been someone who refused to adhere to the conservative norms of the society. As a believer of a progressive type of government, she cherishes a significant dream of a crime-free, caste-free and corruption-free state. Her Panchayat was deprived of roads and the narrow muddy roads were full of encroachment. In such condition she ran a massive drive and awareness by mobilizing the residents and it led to construction of the road through PMGSY scheme.
Mr. Zorawar Singh is a partner in Ginni Industries (LPG cylinder manufacturer and repairer in Ranchi) with a B.Tech in Industrial Production and a post graduate diploma from XLRI. He started working in Ginni Industries since 2012. He has participated in conferences like Word LPG summit and Africa LPG Summit and Asia LPG Summit to check export potentials.
Archana Mahto is Mukhiya of Murramkala village of Ramgarh district of Jharkhand. After getting elected, Archana’s first priority was on agriculture. She motivated the farmers of her area to adopt innovative technique of SHREE technique of farming to improve the yield. Being conscious of the importance of Organic farming she inspired the farmers to adopt this practice. Her efforts in the field of agriculture right from shree vidhi to organic farming is now showing the result. Today no farmer in her village uses chemical fertilizers. Besides focus on agriculture, she exhorted the villagers to refrain from exploitative moneylenders and to associate with self help group and enhance their livelihood through self employment through SHG. She has led the movement against alcohol amongst villagers and her initiatives for cleaning campaign (Swachata Abhiyan} penetration of LPG cylinder for cooking fuel under Ujjwala Yojna is immense.
Manju Maurya is a Gram Pradhan of village Haibatpur, dharshan nagar Faizabad U.P. During her tenure she has made her village Open Defecation Free (ODF), Besides this, She has constructed many roads, build proper drainage system or her Gram Panchayat. She has done awareness on education, vaccination and specially worked with women in creating education amongst women. She is the recipient of “Swachh Shakti Award 2017″ from India’s Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and also received many awards from State bodies.”
Jabna Chauhan hails from Thajun village in Mandi district of hill bounded state of Himachal Pradesh. She became sarpanch of her village at a very tender age of 22 (the youngest in the country). She is the recipient of best village award for mandi development movement in Himachal Pradesh. She has started a dynamic initiative against alcohol addiction, with support of large number of youth and women by prohibiting sale of alcohol in her constituency; she also introduced imposition of fine upto Rs 10,000 for drinking smoking and serving alcohol in marriages. She was applauded for commendable work as a youth head of panchayat on the occasion of 30 youth achiever ceremony.
Her constituency is rated as “Bima Panchayat” within a single year of her tenure. She was also honoured for her commendable efforts to bring up sanitation hygiene level in her constituency.