Past Speakers

Past Speakers:

Aniha Brar: Aniha Brar was a media and communications professional for many years before moving into education. Some of the organizations she worked with include Transworld International, ESPN, and Sony Entertainment Television. She then was Executive Editor of and wrote for Democratic World magazine. She has held the position of Director of Communications at Ashoka University, and is the current Dean of the YIF.

Anunaya Chaubey: Dr Anunaya Chaubey is the Provost at Anant National University, India’s first Design University. He is a well-known artist and academic in the fields of literature and art history. In addition to serving at Anant National University, Dr Chaubey has been the Deputy Dean of the postgraduate Young India Fellowship program at Ashoka University.

Aditi Avasthi: Aditi Avasthi is an Indian entrepreneur who is the founder and CEO of Embibe, an educational technology company, based in Bangalore. Economic Times Prime recognized her as the “Accenture Vaahini Innovator of The Year” and was awarded for it in Economic Times Prime Women Leadership Awards 2019.

James Abraham: James Abraham is the founder and director of SolarArise, which develops, owns and operates solar-power plants in India. James and the team led the development of solar policy in India. Prior to SunBorne, James was a senior partner at The Boston Consulting Group in India, where he founded and led BCG’s New Delhi office.

John Burrows: John Burrows is senior lecturer in leadership at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy and an associate fellow at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School. He teaches healthcare leadership in the double masters degree program in health policy taught jointly by the University of Chicago and the London School of Economics & Political Science.

Luis Miranda: Luis has been involved in setting up 2 highly successful companies – HDFC Bank and IDFC Private Equity. In 2018, Luis founded the Indian School of Public Policy, a public policy school focusing on the design and management of institutions and rules that govern society. Beyond this, Luis serves as Chairman for the Center for Civil Society and CORO, Senior Advisor at Morgan Stanley, and Member of the Global Advisory Board for Booth. 

Mihir Mankad: Versatile professional with top-tier experience across sectors and geographies. Experience includes consulting at McKinsey Mumbai and Bain San Francisco, country office leadership at The Clinton Foundation, national television anchoring at NDTV, Zee and DD, and teaching graduate school students and senior executives at Harvard University, Tufts University, and the Indian School of Business.

Preeti Singh: Preeti Singh’s career has been defined by two words: adaptability and connections. It started at a Ministry of Defence’s think-tank—Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses (ISDA)—where she was part of a research team that looked into matters related to the European Union. As assistant editor of the op-ed pages, she was involved with commissioning and production. 

Sakshi Ghai: A graduate of the inaugural class of the Master of Behavioral and Decision Sciences (MBDS) at Penn. Belonging to the early batches of Young India Fellowship at Ashoka, She then took on the role of a founding team member with the Vedica Scholars Programme for Women, a postgraduate management program. 

Stacey Blake Beard: Stacy Blake-Beard is a Professor of Management at the Simmons School of Business where she teaches Organizational Behavior. She is also Faculty Affiliate at the Center for Gender in Organizations at Simmons and Visiting Faculty at the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad, India. Prior to joining Simmons, Dr. Blake- Beard was faculty at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. 

Shankar Maruwada: ​Shankar Maruwada is the CEO and Co-founder of EkStep. Shankar is passionate about addressing social problems at scale through technology based tools. He is an entrepreneur and marketing professional with a wide range of experience working on large scale projects such as the AADHAAR, India’s national identification program, where he was the Head of Demand Generation and Marketing.