Devaki Jain is an alumnus of St. Anne’s college, Oxford, PPE in 1963. She was a lecturer in Economics in Delhi University from 1963-69. She moved on from teaching to full-time research and publication as the director of Institute of Social Studies Trust. Over the course of her career she founded a wide range of institutions such as Development Alternatives for Women for a new era (DAWN), a Third World network of women social scientists and Institute of Social Studies Trust (ISST), a research centre in Delhi. She has been a member of several policy making bodies in India and abroad like State Planning Board of Karnataka; the erstwhile South Commission, established in 1987, chaired by Dr. Julius Nyerere and various other committees/agencies such as the Advisory Committee for UNDP Human Development Report on Poverty, 1997 and the Eminent Persons Group associated with the Graca Machel Committee [UN] on the impact on children of Armed Conflict. She has been a visiting Fellow at Harvard University, Boston University, University of Sussex, SIAS and Oxford University. She is a recipient of prestigious awards like the Padma Bhushan and received an honorary doctorate from the University of Westville, Durban, South Africa.
Vijay Nagaswami (Dr) graduated from the Madras Medical College in 1980 and underwent post-graduate training in Psychiatry from the same college. After completing his Diplomate in Psychological Medicine in 1984, he served the Schizophrenia Research Foundation (India), also known as SCARF as Deputy Director till 1991. During this period, he also undertook consultancies for the World Health Organisation and the International Labour Organisation. Since then, he's concentrated his energies on individual and couple psychotherapy. He has written six self-help books, of which his ‘New Indian Marriage Series’ of four books: The 24x7 Marriage, The Fifty-50 Marriage, 3’s A Crowd: Understanding and Surviving Marital Infidelity and To D or not to D: Working towards an amicable divorce, have all gone on to become best- sellers. From 2008 to 2013 wrote a popular column called ‘The Shrinking Universe’ which appeared in The Hindu, and now divides his professional time and energies between the practice of individual and couple psychotherapy, speaking engagements, training, lectures and writing.
Dhalavai Sundaram, as Associate Editor with Puthiya Thalaimurai magazine, is a journalist and short story writer and is He hails from a modest agricultural family in Uralvaimozhi, a small village in Tirunelveli district. He worked as a librarian in Roja Muthiah Research Library and then as sub-editor in publications like Kumudam, Vikatan and Kizhaku. Saavai Azhaithukondu Varubavaval (The Girl Who Brings Death) is his celebrated short story collection and his doctorate was on the subject of 'Portrayal of Criminals in Tamil Print Media'. He was inspired to write by NaMuthusamy.
Elizabeth Flock is a journalist, author and documentary filmmaker with a focus on women's and social issues. Her first book, Love and Marriage in Mumbai, is a study of contemporary marriage in India, told through the stories of three couples she followed over the course of a decade. A New York Times' Editors Pick, the book has been called a" vivid portrait of a nation in transition" (Publisher's Weekly, starred review), "deeply sympathetic but unsentimental" (NPR) and "impossible to put down" (Washington Post). Her features and investigations have appeared in the PBS NewsHour, The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Hindu, The Hindustan Times, Forbes India, and many other publications.
Ennapadam S Krishnamoorthy (Dr) is a neuropsychiatrist and entrepreneur based in Chennai. The current President of the International Neuropsychiatric Association, he is also the Founder-CEO of Buddhi Clinic, a pioneering integrative healthcare provider. He edits the Global Approach book series of Cambridge University Press and has published over 100 scientific articles in world literature and over 25 features in The Hindu.
Farahnaz Ispahani is a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, author of Purifying the Land of the Pure; Pakistan’s Religious Minorities, Senior Fellow at Religious Freedom Institute. She is Foreign Policy Global Thinker. In 2015, she was a Reagan-Fascell Scholar at the National Endowment for Democracy, in Washington, DC. Ispahani was a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center from 2013-2014. A Pakistani politician, Ispahani served as a Member of Parliament and Media Advisor to the President of Pakistan from 2008-2012.
Gayathri Prabhu is the author of the memoir If I Had to Tell It Again (HarperCollins, 2017) and the novels The Untitled (Fourth Estate, HarperCollins, 2016), Birdswim Fishfly (Rupa Publications, 2006), and Maya (Indialog Publications, 2003). She teaches literary studies at the Manipal Centre for Humanities.
Gayatri Rangachari Shah is a journalist and editor. She is co-author of Changemakers: 20 Women Transforming Bollywood Behind the Scenes. Her work has appeared in both national and international publications like The New York Times. She has a fortnightly column, Flight of Fancy, in The Hindu. Gayatri is a contributing editor at Vogue and Architectural Digest and India Head at Tina Brown Live Media, which produces the globally renowned journalism summit Women in the World. She covers a variety of subjects, including culture, gender, design, and education and has profiled leading personalities around the world.
Yohan Chacko (Dr) is a dentist and professor by profession and has honed his thespian skills over many years of being on stage. He started acting in Chennai in 2009 and since, has acted in 35 productions with various directors. Currently, he serves on the committee of The Madras Players (India’s oldest Amateur Theatre Company). He is also a versatile musician with YouTube hits running to millions of views. Chacko's notable performances have been in Girish Karnad’s Tughlaq and as Jean Valjean from Les Miserables. In May 2018, he donned his directorial hat with Peter Pan that had a cast and crew of 150 students from The Lawrence School, Lovedale. In June 2018, he directed The Man from Earth for The Madras Players.
Githa Hariharan has written novels, short fiction and essays over the last three decades. Her highly acclaimed work includes The Thousand Faces of Night which won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book in 1993, the short story collection The Art of Dying, the novels The Ghosts of Vasu Master, When Dreams Travel, In Times of Siege and Fugitive Histories, and a collection of essays entitled Almost Home: Cities and Other Places. She has also written children’s stories; and edited a collection of translated short fiction, A Southern Harvest, the essay collection From India to Palestine: Essays in Solidarity and co-edited the forthcoming Battling for India: A Citizen’s Reader (Speaking Tiger, 2019). Her new novel, I Have Become the Tide, will be released by Simon and Schuster in February 2019.
Gnana Rajasekaran was an officer in the Indian Administrative Service (Kerala Cadre, 1983 Batch). He held positions such as District Collector of Thrissur; Director of Sports and Youth Affairs; Director of Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (Govt. of India); Chairman, Kerala State Electricity Board; Regional Officer, Central Board of Film Certification; and Secretary to Government in Power, Transport, Labor, Culture, Information and Public Relations Departments. He has made five feature films: Mogha Mul, Mugham, Bharati, Periyar, and Ramanujam, which have won national and international awards and short films in Tamil and Malayalam. He has also written a novel Yanai, Kuthirai, Ottagam and Vayiru, a collection of three plays. His awards include the Periyar Award from the Tamil Nadu State Government and Bharathi Award, Bharati Sangham, Tamil Nadu.
Gopalkrishna Gandhi read English Literature and History at St Stephen’s College, Delhi. He has been in administrative positions in Tamil Nadu and in Delhi, as a member of the Indian Administrative Service. He was the first Director of The Nehru Centre of the High Commission of India in London (1992-1996), Secretary to the President of India (1997-2000) and headed India’s diplomatic missions in South Africa, Lesotho, Sri Lanka, Norway and Iceland. He was Governor of West Bengal from 2004 to 2009. His published works include a novel Saranam (1985, republished as Refuge in 1989 and in 2010), a play Dara Shukoh (1993 and republished in 2010), a translation into Hindustani of Vikram Seth’s novel A Suitable Boy (Koi Achchha Sa Ladka, 1997), The Oxford Gandhi (2007), A Frank Friendship: Gandhi and Bengal, with a foreword by Amartya Sen (2007), Of a Certain Age: Twenty Life-Sketches (2011), My Dear Bapu: Correspondence between C Rajagopalachari and Mohandas K Gandhi (2012), The Tirukkural (translated into English, 2015) and The Death Penalty (2016). He received the Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan Award of the University of Mysore in 2016, and the Lal Bahadur Shastri Award in 2016 and the Rajiv Gandhi Sadbhavana Award in 2018. A monthly columnist for The Hindustan Times (New Delhi), The Telegraph (Kolkata) and Scroll, he writes from time to time for The Hindu (Chennai) as well. Gopalkrishna Gandhi is Professor of History and Politics at Ashoka University.
Gowri Ramnarayan, playwright, theatre director, journalist, now a columnist for DNA, vocal accompanist to legendary musician MS Subbulakshmi, is a rare amalgam of aesthetics and scholarship. Her plays make original use of music, poetry, dance and painting. Founder of JustUs Repertory, Gowri’s multi-lingual and multi-genre theatre productions have been staged in India, the US, the UK and in south Asia. She is the recipient of the Mahindra Theatre-in-Excellence Award and the Nataka Choodamani, for contributions to theatre. She has translated plays by Vijay Tendulkar (Marathi) and short stories by Kalki Krishnamurti (Tamil) and served as Fipresci Jury member at international film festivals in Europe. She has authored children's books, a biography of her guru MS Subbulakshmi, as also Dark Horse & Other Plays, an anthology of her original plays. She is Chairperson, Rukmini Devi Arundale Trust; Senior Associate, Sruti magazine for the performing arts; member, Regional Advisory Committee, ICCR (Indian Council for Cultural Relations; and on the guest faculty at the Asian College of Journalism.
Harikrishnan Sankaran was born and brought up in Palayamkottai, Tirunelveli District. He developed a love for elocution and theatre in college and won awards in many competitions. Travelling for these competitions also exposed him to new experiences, especially with regard to food and culture. This is what led to his popular show Kojum Soru Konjam Varalaru. He worked briefly as a reporter in Kumudam but has spent most of his career in television, having worked with production houses like Minbimbangal and Radaan. He has written the screenplay for and directed many popular mega serials. He worked in Puthiya Thalaimurai TV as Producer of Programming and is now with Colors Tamil TV as Fiction Supervising Producer.
Jairam Ramesh is a member of Parliament since 2004 and has been a union minister between 2006 and 2014. He is the author of a number of acclaimed works including Indira Gandhi: A Life in Nature (2017), Old History, New Geography: Bifurcating Andhra Pradesh (2016), To the Brink and Back: India's 1991 Story (2015), Legislating for Justice: The 2013 Land Acquisition Law (2015), Green Signals: Ecology, Growth and Democracy in India (2015), Making Sense of Chindia: Reflections on China and India (2005) and others. Before becoming a politician, he worked in various capacities in the Government of India including the prime minister’s office, Ministry of Finance, Planning Commission and Ministry of Industry