Ashweetha Shetty is the Founder of the Bodhi Tree Foundation. She supports first-generation college students in rural India to explore their potential through education, life skills and opportunities.
A social impact and public policy professional, Chahat has held several positions in government, working on issues such as economic development, educational inequality, service delivery and disaster management. Chahat was a fellow of the Haryana Chief Minister, where he advanced the good governance agenda while working on education, women’s security, skills and employment, urban planning and the COVID-19 pandemic. He was part of the COVID -19 Task Force and worked locally to keep residents safe. During the pandemic, Chahat served as a special advisor to the deputy commissioner of Gurugram to oversee media strategy during the first wave of the pandemic. Before government, Chahat worked in the analytics and consulting industry at Northern Trust Bank and HnC Consulting. Chahat holds a master’s degree in economics from Christ University Bangalore and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Calcutta University.
Chenxin Xu is the Director, Public & Continuing Education at Tianjin Juilliard School. Tianjin Juilliard School is the first performing arts institution in China to offer a USA-accredited Master of Music degree, marks a historic milestone for music education and cultural exchange between the USA and China, proliferates Juilliard’s rich tradition of excellence in performing arts education throughout Asia.
Carlos Mazo is the Chief Executive Officer at Prisma Education. In this role, he leads the development of three schools, Westfield Business School in Florida, USA, Escuela Internacional de Gerencia in Granada, Spain, and ESIC Business and Marketing School (Medellín, Colombia). Prisma believes in the power of education to change the world and wants students to have a positive impact on people, planet and profits.
Geoffrey Francis Hayward
Geoffrey Francis Hayward is a Professor of Education and Head of Faculty in the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge. His research interests include vocational education and training policy and practice; social disadvantage and education; transitions into Higher Education and the labour market; learning transfer. He taught in the Further Education sector for five years and has been involved in the training and education of teachers across both Primary and Secondary phases at the Liverpool Institute of Higher Education, Universities of Oxford and Leeds. He is the Associate Director of the ESRC Research Centre on Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance (SKOPE) based at the Universities of Oxford and Warwick and a Lecturer in Educational Studies at the University of Oxford.
Girish Muzumdar is the Director at Picto Lab.
He is actively promoting and facilitating the social inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities. Girish Muzumdar is contributing to making illiterate people less socially vulnerable and empowering them to be better equipped to realize their potential.
Gjoko Muratovski is an award-winning designer, researcher and innovation consultant working with a wide range of universities, NGOs, and various governments across the world. Currently, he is working with the Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies at Stanford University (USA) on the introduction of design-led innovation strategies in Africa and South Asia.
Jaime Banfi Abello
Jaime Abello is the General Director and co-founder of the Gabo Foundation (formerly FNPI), an international organisation based in Cartagena. Since 1994, the organisation has been working continuously and is recognised for its leadership in training and supporting independent and quality journalism in Latin America, as well as in disseminating the legacy of its Founder, Nobel laureate Gabriel García Márquez, to promote the art of storytelling.
Kim Grinfeder is the Director of the Interactive Media Program at the University of Miami. His production skill set wavers between design, film, and code, with a strong focus on user experience. His work often explores new media tech across the spectrum, including immersive storytelling, interactive installations, UI Design, branching narratives & emerging communication technologies. His current research and creative work interests are in producing 360º films, immersive storytelling, and non-linear narratives.
Lindsay Kirker is an artist whose primary practice is painting. By utilising the tools of perspective and the visual language of the built environment, Kirker reflects on our relationship with nature, drawing on reoccurring themes of love, loss, demolition and rebuilding. The construction in Kirker’s large-scale landscapes stands as a metaphor to explore the spectrum of human experience, confronting the ideas and structures we put in place to protect ourselves from uncertainty. As an emerging artist, Kirker has exhibited throughout British Columbia and Alberta. In 2021, her solo exhibition ‘This is a Love Story’ led to a studio residency with The Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art in Kelowna, British Columbia. Lindsay taught Creative and Critical Studies at the University of British Columbia. A graduate of The University of British Columbia Okanagan and recipient of the 2019 Audain Foundation Travel Award and Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Master’s Award, she is presently settled on the traditional territory of the Syilx/Okanagan Peoples in British Columbia, Canada.
Loretta O’Donnell is Vice Provost at Nazarbayev University. She has over twenty years of experience as an academic teacher at Executive MBA, postgraduate business and undergraduate business levels in the Australian School of Business, University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia. She has led numerous programmes in development, programme management and academic programme reviews. She also has extensive experience as a management consultant, gained within a large global firm in Chicago and a boutique firm specialising in developing management systems to sustain change.
Lou Pugliese is the former Executive Vice President of University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC). He brings to UMGC over twenty years in e-learning innovation. He teaches social entrepreneurship at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Maryland, College Park. He is deeply involved with the Community Coalition for Haiti education programmes, which promote student learning through teacher development, child wellness, and safe, learning-centred school environments. He has also worked to improve access to education via technology-enabled programmes in sub-Saharan Africa.
Mahesh Daas is the eighth president of the Boston Architectural College. President Daas is a designer, technologist, and experienced academic leader. His career spans 23 years at four universities, including 14 years in higher education leadership roles. President Daas is also an author and has been featured in scholarly journals, federal publications and academic books. He most recently co-edited the book Towards a Robotic Architecture (Oro Editions 2018), which has been chosen as the Top Tech Book of 2018 by Architect’s Newspaper.
Namrata Chindarkar is an Associate Professor at the JSW School of Public Policy (JSW-SPP), Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. She also serves as the Chair of JSW-SPP. She is a fellow of the Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy (ISEP) at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Currently, her three key research themes are access to basic infrastructure (energy, water, and sanitation); individual and household welfare (poverty, inequality, subjective well-being); and gender and development.
Preyansi Mani is the Associate Head of Academics at the Delhi Skills and Entrepreneurship University. In this role, she has led institutional and academic transformation by administering the working of 30+ Committees for curriculum design and review for revamp of erstwhile government polytechnics curricula; led the transformation and digitisation of DSEU’s libraries across 15 campuses; established classroom performance measures for 500+ faculty through implementation and monitoring of the course outlines and continuous assessment measures; conceptualised first-of-its-kind programme – BBA (Facilities & Hygiene Management) and set up world-class labs in partnership with leading Danish and German companies; taught a course on Hygiene Management.
Pramath Raj Sinha
Pramath Raj Sinha is an entrepreneur, institution-builder, academic, executive, and philanthropist. He was the Founding Dean of Indian School of Business (ISB), Founding Provost of Anant National University, and one of the Founders of Harappa Education,9.9 Group, Ashoka University, Vedica Scholars Programme for Women, and Naropa Fellowship.
Rohit Verma is the Provost of VinUniversity and Dean of External Relations and Singapore Tourism Board Distinguished Professor at the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, Cornell University. Throughout his career, Prof. Verma has led several major research centres and programmes.
Sameerah Tawfeeq Saeed
Sameerah Tawfeeq Saeed is the Director of Quality Assurance at Tishk International University, Kurdistan Region, Iraq. She has also worked at the Quality Assurance and Accreditation office at the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Kurdistan Region-Iraq. Her research interests include syntax, linguistic typology, higher education, quality assurance, ranking and service learning.
Sandeep is the Founder and CEO at The Circle, Senior Advisor @ Teach For India, Author of Grey Sunshine.
At The Circle, the mission is to reinvent India’s schools and create a network of innovative schools and after-school centres that are reimagining education.
Sanjeev Chatterjee is a professor, visual storyteller and an avid mentor to young changemakers in the media and related fields. Sanjeev joined the faculty at Emerson College, Boston as an assistant professor in 1989. He has been on the faculty of the School of Communication, University of Miami (UM) since 1994. He is currently a full-time professor with appointments in the Department of Cinema and Interactive Media (primary) as well as the Department of Journalism (secondary) at UM. He teaches courses in visual storytelling, media and society, film and television production.
Sharon M. Ravitch is a Professor of Practice at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. She is the Principal Investigator of Semillas Digitales, a school-based education programme in the coffee-producing regions of Nicaragua that cultivates a holistic model of educational innovation focused on pedagogical and curricular enrichment, intensive inquiry-based teacher professional development, technology integration, digital literacy and community partnership guided by active collaboration, mutual capacity building and participatory engagement. Ravitch has the distinct honour of being designated as a GIAN Scholar of the Government of India and has received a Fulbright Fellowship.
Stavros N. Yiannouka
Stavros N. Yiannouka is the CEO of the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), a global think tank of the Qatar Foundation. WISE is dedicated to enabling the future of education through innovation.
T.G. Vijaya is currently the Director at the School of Inspired Leadership (SOIL), a leading private business school in India. She has dedicated her professional career to learning to stay abreast with the dynamically changing world of business and the challenges of leadership and managing the single most important resource of any business – human capital. Her dedication has benefited young students and aspiring executives.
Veda Sunassee, CEO of African Leadership University, has spent over a decade in several roles within the African Leadership (AL) Group. An educator at heart, he has helped develop and design the leadership model central to the mandate of the AL Group – to develop 2 million African leaders by 2035. Veda helped set up the African Leadership College (ALC) in Mauritius in 2015 before later serving as the Founding Dean of the African Leadership University (ALU), Rwanda, from 2017. Veda is currently serving as the Chief Executive Officer of ALC & ALU, overseeing operations across both the Mauritius and Rwanda campuses while steering the institution’s new 5-year strategy to become a ‘distributed university’ across the world. Veda is also an international moderator and emcee and hosts the podcast In The Room, in which he interviews global leaders and changemakers like Ban Ki-Moon, Chimamanda Adichie Ngozi, Ben Rhodes, David Bradford, and Graca Machel. Veda hails from the small island of Mauritius and is a graduate of Princeton University. In 2018, he was selected among the inaugural Obama Leaders.
Peter Eckel is an expert on higher education management governance, with a special focus on the role that university boards should play in helping institutions fulfill their missions. In addition to his research, Eckel develops and delivers highly innovative capacity-building programmes and projects, including consulting efforts to strengthen and advance higher education. He has worked with public and private American universities and state systems, and has advised ministries of education and university systems around the globe.
Raghu Krishnamoorthy is a Senior Fellow and Director of the University of Pennsylvania’s acclaimed Chief Learning Officer doctoral programme. He worked as an executive, with 38 years of experience in human resources and learning, before entering academia. He retired from General Electric after serving as the company’s chief human resources officer. Under his leadership, Fortune Magazine named GE’s learning and development function one of the best in the world. Krishnamoorthy was named one of the 50 most influential Asian Americans by the Asian American Business Development Center in 2009.
Anunaya Chaubey is the Provost at Anant National University, which is imparting multidisciplinary education in the fields of architecture, design, built environment, sustainability and climate action. He is an artist and academic specialising in literature and art history. A self-taught painter, illustrator and animator, his works explore the individual and communal worlds – mundane yet layered and subtly textured. Many of his paintings are a part of public and private collections all around the world. Over the past ten years, he has taught courses on art appreciation connecting art with science, economics, entrepreneurship, environment, media and journalism at Salzburg Media Academy, Young India Fellowship, Naropa Fellowship, Vedica Scholars Programme, Harappa Education and Anant National University.