Yashraj and Yuvraj are 20 years old entreprenuers. They own 36 Research Projects and 18 patent applications that they have filed in a team personally and the company owns more than 100+ patents. They are also the recipients of Karmaveer Chakra Award 2016 and have also been named amongst top 10 young entrepreneurs of 2017 & 2018 across the globe by success magazine.They have a lot of fellowships under name few of them being SF Fellowship Durbanvile, etc. They were also proud nominee of Padma Shri 2018. Bhardwaj brothers have been winners of many international and national awards and have also been into Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia List 2018. And are one of youngest self made millionaires in south asia. Yashraj and Yuvraj resides in Delhi and Dubai, the duo is very closely connected with the latest in technology and innovation around the world, with very close association with innovation powerhouses like Silicon Valley giants, TED, Venture Firms and Technology Clusters around the world.
Gaurav Gupta is the Founder & Chief Operating Officer at Zomato. Gaurav has been at the forefront of building Zomato, one of the largest restaurant search & discovery and food transaction platform globally, which drives transactions between users and restaurants across multiple markets – India, ME, SE Asia and ANZ. Zomato achieves this objective by operating across three business segments – 1. Food delivery (Online Food Ordering), 2. Dining out (Subscription Program, Table Reservations) and 3. Enablers (Raw material supply to restaurants, Kitchen Hygiene Ratings, Cloud Kitchens) which also help in growing the restaurant ecosystem.
Prior to Zomato, Gaurav was a Senior Principal with A.T. Kearney in consumer industries and retail space. There, he led large-scale, transformational engagements and built expertise across multiple areas: new business launch, category performance improvement, sales enhancement, profitability improvement and business due diligence.
Gaurav holds an engineering degree from IIT-Delhi and an MBA from IIM-Calcutta.
Advaita Kala is a best selling and internationally published novelist. Her debut novel Almost Single has sold over a 150,000 copies in India alone & has been translated into multiple languages, including French, Marathi & Hindi. It was also selected for the Bantam Discovery Program, a prestigious publishing program run by Random House USA, that introduces new voices in fiction to the American reader. Advaita is an award winning screenwriter, most notably of the film Kahaani. Unique to Advaita’s writing is her ability to cross genres, she has written a TV show for prime time television, film, fiction, numerous columns in leading publications on a range of issues from politics to social concerns and womens rights.
Her film and literary work has focussed on themes of female empowerment and experience. She is also a popular food columnist.
A regular on television news debates, she is a commentator on wide ranging social issues. She is now switching writing genres (to non fiction). Possibly the only working writer in India who is writing and has written in multiple genres. She also curates Words Count – The Festival of Words and a podcast called “The Democrat” that engages diverse ideological viewpoints in conversations on the issues that impact India.
Zee Cine Award
Times of India Film Award
Femina Power List (2015) Award
100 Women Achievers (2016) by Ministry of Women and Child Welfare
Luxury League Award 2017 (Writing)
News 24 Jash-ne-Yongistaan Award for Meaningful Writing 2017
Daughters of Uttarakhand Award by Garhwal Post (2017)
Hill Ratna (Uttarakhand) 2017
Shri Amarendra is a director-general (DG) of Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and was the former secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs.
He belongs to 1981 Batch of Indian Foreign Service. And did his graduation from Delhi University in 1978. He has worked in different capacities in key divisions including finance, administration, northern division and Latin America Division while working at the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi. He has also served in the Ministry of Commerce &Industry, Planning Commission and Ministry of Industry.
During his diplomatic career, he has held Trade and Economic positions in various Indian Missions including Madrid, Mexico City, Karachi, Moscow and New York.
He was a dean at the Foreign Service Institute in the year 2016. And also served as Ambassador of India to Argentina and concurrently to Uruguay and Paraguay from 2012 to December 2015. And as Ambassador of India to Cote D’ Ivoire (Ivory Coast) and concurrently as Ambassador to Guinea and Liberia. He was also a High Commissioner to Sierra Leone for the period 2005-2007.
He has been appointed as special envoy in the year 2012 to South Sudan and Sudan to broker peace between the two countries.
Shri Amarendra Ji has a special interest in Odia poetry. He began to write poetry decades before he ventured into diplomacy. He has more than 15 publications in Odia, English, Hindi and Telugu to his credit. In addition to this, his poetry has been translated in all major Indian languages and in Spanish and Russian.
Shri Anshuman is a well-renowned leader at Industry forums. Presently he is working as Chairman and CEO at CBRE (world largest commercial real estate services and investment firm), focusing on India, Southeast Asia, Middle East and Africa. With over 23 years’ experience at CBRE, he develops the professional real estate consulting services in India. Under his guidance, the firm has successfully provided effective real estate solutions for a diverse range of products in India and South East Asia.
He is the Co-Chair of the National Committee on Real Estate and Housing for Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), the largest Industry body in India. And also, a member of CII’s National Council.
He has been involved in some of the largest and most prestigious advisory assignments of the country. That includes disinvestment exercise for a portfolio of 26 Government-owned hospitality assets, privatization of airports and various other infrastructure projects.
He has excellent exposure in global and regional markets and also enjoys long-standing client relationships. He has played a very important role in assisting a large number of multinational corporations in establishing and successfully running their operations in India.
He has been identified as the first Chairman of the South Asia Board for Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). And also, a member of AMCHAM (American Chamber of Commerce in India) and Board member of Asia Pacific Real Estate Association (APREA), India Chapter.
He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from London, United Kingdom and a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Delhi University.
Ms. Karuna Gopal, is an Internationally acclaimed Thought Leader, Advisor on Smart Cities, Governance & Policy. She is the Founder President of Foundation for Futuristic Cities, a think tank that has influenced Urban Transformation in India for over a decade.
Governments of USA, Sweden, South Korea, UK, Philippines, Malaysia, UAE, Singapore, Turkey, Sri Lanka and Israel have invited her for inputs on Smart Governance. In 2018, Ms Gopal was invited by the Prime Minister of UAE to address their flagship event – World Government Summit at Dubai.
Ms Gopal contributed to the design of the ‘100 Smart Cities Mission’ of India and has been invited to speak at the launch of the Mission by the Prime Minister. Her innovation SCULPT YOUR CITY- 2009 (a crowd sourced protocol) has shaped the Mission guidelines and has been declared a National Best Practice.
Ms Gopal was a member of the Speaker delegation representing India at COP21-UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) Paris. She chairs and addresses conferences around the world and is a special invitee to meetings of FII (Foreign Institutional Investors) exploring investments into India.
Ms Gopal served as senior advisor Union Ministry for Housing and Urban Affairs Government of India She was also an Urban Expert for The WORLD BANK, DFID (Department for International Development, UK), USAID (United States Agency for International Development) & ADB (Asian Development Bank). She is alumna of Harvard Kennedy School of Government, IVLP Fellow of US Department of State, Member Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (UK).
Shri Dharmendra Pradhan is the Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Minister of Steel, Government of India. He was first elected to the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian Parliament, in 2012 to represent Bihar State. During his term, he has served as a member of the Parliamentary Committees on Rural Development, Government Assurances, and Agriculture. Previously, from 2004 to 2009, Mr. Pradhan was a member of the Lok Sabha, or lower house, representing the Deogarh constituency of the State of Odisha. He first entered public life as a member of the Odisha Legislative Assembly from 2000 to 2004. Mr. Pradhan has worked on issues concerning youth, such as unemployment and a lack of skilled education, as well as the rehabilitation and resettlement of farmers, displaced persons and other backward classes. He has played a major role in mobilizing youth for politics and promoting better leadership. He enjoys studying history, politics, and changing social trends. Mr. Pradhan holds a post-graduate degree in Anthropology from Utkal University in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.
Shri Sandeep Singh, also known by his nickname ‘Flicker Singh’, is an Indian hockey player and a former captain of the Indian national hockey team. He is considered to be one of the most dangerous drag-flickers in the world. As the captain, he has helped the national team win the 2009 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup. Apart from the national team, he has also played for several clubs in the Australian and European leagues, as well as the Hockey India League. He is truly a man of steel, after an accident in 2006 which forced him off the field, he made a stunning comeback to the National team in 2008 and the rest is history. For his contribution to the sport and to the country, he was awarded the ‘Arjuna Award’ in 2010.He joined the Haryana Police as a DSP and served the nation both on and off the field. In 2019, he has started a new journey of being a lawmaker after winning the Pehowa constituency in Haryana. He continues to be a role model and an inspiration for the youth of India and stands tall in the league of “SOORMAS” of the nation.
Shri Manohar Lal Khattar is a Chief Minister of Haryana. He represents Karnal Constituency in Haryana Legislative Assembly. He was sworn-in as Chief Minister of Haryana after Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s win in the 2014 Haryana Legislative Assembly Election. He was sworn in a second time as the Chief Minister on 27th October 2019.
In his tenure, he has announced all-woman police station in each district and also started a 24*7 online complaint portal called Harsamay. He has introduced e-services through Common Service Centres in the state. He has also taken steps to implement Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Yojana Scheme that was flagged off by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. That helps to improve the child sex ratio in the state.
Merit-based recruitment policy, new road projects, submitting the proposal for launching Regional Rapid Rail transit services between Delhi-Gurgaon-Alwar and Delhi-Sonipat-Panipat are some of the initiatives that have been taken under his guidance.
After forming government in Haryana, all efforts are made to bring transparency, faith, and fairness in government. Since his tenure as Chief Minister, Haryana Government has been able to provide jobs to the youth of Haryana on the merit-based transparent recruitment policy which is a big success as compared to the previous governments.
Kanika Mittal is the Business Head of Twitter India.
An Alumnus of Mudra Institute of Communications Ahmedabad (MICA), she started her career as Assistant Manager in Tata Teleservices Ltd. Her journey at reebok began in 2007 when she joined as assistant manager. She steadily moved up ranks by becoming brand manager in 2009, then senior brand manager in 2011 and finally marketing director in 2012, a role she held for nearly six years. Kanika took up as Reebok India’s marketing director just when the brand
wanted to shed its image as a pure-play sports brand and become a name to be reckoned with in the fitness sphere.
Her leadership also led to clutter breaking Media, Retail, Events, OOH concepts with PR & Digital playing a key role in orchestrating the reach and engagement quotient of various marketing programs. She played a key role in the appointment of Bollywood Actress Kangana Ranaut as the brand ambassador of Reebok and the successful launch of ‘Be More Human’ campaign. She has integrated the campaign with the Reebok Fit to Fight series, #FitToFight and #GirlsFight Campaign, where Reebok pays tribute to the women achievers who have defined personal odds to achieve success and addresses the issues of Gender Pay Gap and Eve teasing.
Some of the other memorable initiatives helmed by Kanika include the successful market launch for Reebok’s global technology product – The Reebok ZPUMP, MSD4India Campaign – an inspirational local fitness campaign that ranked No 5 in top 10 ad campaigns of World Cup 2015 and the Reeboot 100 – 100 day fitness challenge with author Chetan Bhagat that got trending on global Twitter trends within 48 hours of launch.
Her range of exposure in digital ranges from Social Media Marketing to Creating Branded Mobile Applications, from Influencer Marketing to building the E-commerce Strategy for the brand and more.
She has been an active speaker at various prestigious marketing events like IAMAI,Exchange4Media OOH Awards, EFFIES, VOW Awards, DMAI, India Loyalty Conclave. She also has been recognized at various awards event including:
o Asia’s Top 50 Brand Leaders in the CMO Asia Awards, Singapore;
o Leadership Award at the 4th Femina Women Leadership Awards;
o Special Mention in Impact’s Most Influential Women in Marketing and Media 2016;
o Top 10 young marketing heads of India 2015 by Pitch Magazine and
o Most Influential Marketer of the year (Sports Category), 2015 by Brand Academy
Shri V. Umashankar is a 1993 batch Indian Administrative Service Officer of the Haryana cadre.
At present, he is the CEO of Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA). Over the career span of 24 years, he has garnered wide experience.
Shri V. Umashankar joined GMDA on October 31, 2016, as an officer on special duty, was made additional CEO on August 17, 2017. He has previously occupied the CEO’s chair from January to October 2018 and was then transferred to Chandigarh as the Additional Principal Secretary to Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, in addition to being given the post of CEO,
Haryana Kisan Kalyan Pradhikaran. He returns to the position of CEO of Gurugram
Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) in 2019.
He has previously served as commissioner, Municipal Corporation of Gurugram, and was instrumental in shaping the GMDA’s vision for Gurugram. Flagship initiatives as such a comprehensive mobility plan for the city and the Gurugaman bus service were rolled out under his supervision. He was known as a capable administrator and a quick decision-maker.
Prior to being appointed the commissioner of the MCG, he served as a director in the Ministry of Human Resource Development for over one year. After this, he was appointed as private secretary to the Minister for Human Resource Development for over two years, from June 2010 till October 2012.
From March 2013 till October 2015, he served as joint secretary in the Department of Telecommunications. He also worked as joint secretary in the National Security Council Secretariat for a year till October 2016.
In the initial years of his career, from July 2005 to July 2006, he was the managing director of Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam Limited (DHBVN). He has also served as joint secretary in the General Administration Department. Between 2006 and 2008, he worked as deputy commissioner, Sirsa.
Shri V. Umashankar has a B.Tech. degree in mechanical engineering from IIT Bombay as well as a postgraduate diploma in public policy from the Indian Institute of Management.
With 15 years of experience, Gaurie is a senior journalist having covered policy, politics and business. An alumnus of Delhi School of Economics and Lady Shri Ram College, Gaurie started her career with Business Standard and then Economic Times. She was part of the senior editorial team that launched ET Now- India’s leading business channel. Gaurie is currently executive editor with NewsX where she conducts the prime time evening debate and is also a regular columnist with the Sunday Guardian. Gaurie is an accomplished classical dancer and is empanelled in the highest category of artists with the Ministry of Culture and has performed extensively both in India and overseas.
Ambassador Ron Malka is the present ambassador of Israel to India. He graduated in Economics and Business Administration from Bar Ilan University in 1990. Later, he completed MBA in Finance and Business Administration in 1994 and PhD in Economics in 2004.
Between 1983 and 2007, he was in military service from where he retired with the rank of Full Colonel. During this time, he served 9 years in the IDF Intelligence Corporation and for 16 years held managerial positions in the Chief of Staff’s Financial Advisory Unit.
From 2008-2016 he was Senior Lecturer on Banking, Economics and Capital Markets at Interdisciplinary Center, Herziya and The Academic Center, Netanya. From 2016-2018 he served as the Dean of the School of Financial Markets and Banking at the Academic Center of Law and Business.
Ambassador Malka provided financial advice and guidance to companies and institutions in the Israeli market, and international companies in public and private projects. In addition, he served as economic advisor to the Prime Minister’s commission to review the defence budget.
He served as a Director (2008-2014) and Acting Chairman in the Board of Directors of the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE) (2013-2014). In addition, he was Member of the Finance and Budget Committee, TASE between 2009 and 2014. He has served as Chairman in Investment Committee, Audit and Financial Reports Committee in TASE.
From 2013 to 2018, he served as Director and Chairman of Investments, the ROM Fund (Municipal Employees) and Director and Chairman of the audit committee in SHABA- Automated Banking Services. Also, he was Director and Investment Chairman of AGUR, a company which manages advanced training funds for post-primary teachers.
Samir Saran is the President of the Observer Research Foundation (ORF), and Chair of CyFy: The India Conference on Technology, Security and Society.
He is co-founder and the curator of the Raisina Dialogue, India’s premier platform on geopolitics and geoeconomics.
Samir is a commissioner on The Global Commission for the stability of Cyberspace, an international multi-stakeholder body working to discover and detail the norms and rules that will help in managing cyber regimes implicating international security.
He is also a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Geopolitics and member of its South Asia Advisory Board where he consults on digital and tech sector issues.
His latest publication, New Norms for a Digital Society, outlines rights and responsibilities of stakeholders in evolving digital spaces. Samir has frequently been featured in national and international publications and his opinions are regularly featured in the top newspapers and websites in India and abroad. He has been actively engaged with regulators and policy makers since the early 90s, closely studying India’s ambitious economic reform journey.
Samir completed his doctoral studies at the Global Sustainability Institute, UK. Also holds a Masters in media studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK, and is a Bachelors in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Manipal Institute of Technology, India.
Kishore Desai is currently serving as an Officer on Special Duty (OSD), NITI Aayog, Government of India. He has diverse professional work experience that includes policy development, management consulting and operational execution working for Central Government & State Government agencies.
Shri Kishore’s area of expertise includes developing strategic policy papers, development of business plans, leading industry outreach initiatives, strategy formulations, policy advisory, project structuring, feasibility evaluations and other financial analysis with a focus in the transport Infrastructure space (Aviation, railways, Metro, Highways, Port & Logistics)
He has published article and discussion papers related to his expertise area.
• Policy note on “Dispensing with the Railway Budget” under the guidance of Member (NITI Aayog).
• Discussion Paper on “Changing Indian Financial Year” along with Member (NITI Aayog).
• Paper on Transit-oriented-development (TOD) as a needed option for developing self-sustainable Metro systems.
• Article on Alternative project structuring options for the development of National Highways including Availability based and Shadow tolling mechanisms
One of the lucky few who get to make their passion their profession Anand Narasimhan enjoys every moment of his Dream Job. A B.Com from RA Poddar College, Mumbai, Anand also holds a Mass Com diploma from St Xaviers College, Mumbai and an MBA in Marketing from SIES College, Nerul, Navi Mumbai. From sales to advertising to broadcast Anand is one of the few in the media industry who have a 360degree understanding of the dynamics of the business of communication.
A Sr Media Planner on the Britannia account with Group M, Anand was based Bangalore before the shift to broadcast happened 2005.
Winner of Dream Job – Harsha Ki Khoj in 2005, he started out as a sports presenter with ESPN hosting Sportscenter India (in Hindi & English) and Top Corner. Anand also travelled to Germany for the FIFA World Cup 2006. Anand finds himself in the Limca Book of Records as the first sports presenter out of a reality show!
June 2007 saw the shift from ESPN Star to Ten Sports and from Singapore to India. Presenter of the channels flagship sports news bulletin Sportsnight, Anand was also involved in many live cricket broadcasts with Ten Sports and travelled extensively to Sri Lanka, Pakistan & Dubai.
He was also Reporter/Presenter for the Airtel Chennai Open in 2009, the 2010 Hockey World Cup and the Asian Games in 2010.
In 2009 along with work for Ten Sports, Anand branched out into mainstream news with Times Now. Primarily a sports anchor Anand helmed all of Times Now’s extensive sports coverage for Cricket, Football and multisport events like the Olympics and the CWG. Post the 2011 cricket world cup he embraced the challenge of politics and general news. In limited time, he emerged as one of the best news presenters of the channel and soon emerged as one of the leading faces on Primetime. With the experience of covering the Mumbai Blasts in 2011, UP Assembly polls in 2012, the extensive coverage of Uttarakhand Disaster & the landmark General Elections of 2014, to the first hand account of the 16thKargil Vijay Diwas celebrations, Anand has in a short period gathered multitude of experience and is one of the most multifaceted news anchors in the broadcast medium. Fearless, tough and direct Anand today takes the hot seat on the NewsHour. A constant on the dynamic Evening Primetime on the channel, Anand also lends his voice to the hugely popular weekend shows Total Recall.
As Senior Editor he is part of the core team that decides and defines the channel’s editorial position on the day’s news stories.
Dr Mario Voigt is a German Politician and a member of the Thuringian Parliament since the year 2009. He is also working as a professor for digital transformation and politics at Quadriga University of Applied Sciences, Berlin (Germany).
He became a member of the Junge Union and the Christain Democratic Union of Germany (CDU) in 1994. He was the first East German federal chairman of the Ring of Christian Democratic Students (RCDS). Since 2008 he has been the deputy district chairman of the Christain Democratic Union of Germany CDU Saale-Holzland-Kreis. He was a deputy member of the executive committee of the European People’s Party (EPP) from the year 2002-2009. Later on, he was appointed as a national chairman of the Junge Union Thuringen for the year 2005-2010.
Since 2009, Prof. Dr Voigt has been a member of the Thuringian parliament and spokesman for business, science and digital society. Since 2015, he is also a member of the committee on Economic and Scientific Affairs, and the committee on the Environment, Energy and Nature Conservation.
He has worked for the Political Representation of Siemens in Brussels in the Political Planning Department of the CDU in Berlin and also in the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Washington. He has worked as the head of corporate communications and investor relations for the technology group Analytik Jena AG. He also took part in Angela Merkel’s Bundestag election campaign in the year 2005 while working as a strategy consultant for the lead agency McCann-Erickson. Since then he has been involved in public affairs campaigns from the local to the international level in the areas of mobilization and digital campaigning. He has experience working in concrete digitization projects for the companies and political parties that focus on e-health or citizen participation.
In the Bundestag Election campaign in 2017, he worked as a strategy consultant for mobilization for the Christain Democratic Union of Germany (CDU). At the beginning of 2019, Prof. Dr Voigt was appointed as Digital Campaign Manager in the Europe-wide campaign team of Manfred Weber of Christian Social Union of Bavaria (CSU) and for the European People’s Party (EPP). He was responsible for the Europe-wide digital election campaign of the EPP and the top candidate in all 27 EU States.
He teaches as a professor at Quadriga University since 2017 and research alongside his political mandate. His research focuses on the principal, national and international trends in digital campaigning and digital public affairs. He also works on the social and political impact of digitsation and the combination of grassroots campaigns with the digital application and big data. He has authored four books on political campaigns and communications and also spoken on digital campaigning, mobilization and public affairs in over 40 countries.
Smt Poonam Mahajan is a Member of Parliament from Mumbai’s North Central Constituency. She is also appointed as President of the Bharatiya Janata Party Yuva Morcha and the President of the Basketball Federation of India.
She has been described by many as dynamic, astute, passionate, hardworking and dedicated that epitomizes the progressive Indian woman of the 21st Century. She believes in the Mantra of ‘Public-Politician’ partnership and she has been steadily involved in solving problems pertaining to her constituency and the country at large.
Through various interventions, in Parliament as well as through her interaction with the Government she has pushed for renewed importance for the development of Mumbai. She has been at the forefront of making the city of dreams-Mumbai an International Financial Services Centre, with a first of its kind event – ‘Mumbai Next’ followed by setting up a task force for the implementation of Mumbai as an IFSC. She has also served as a voice for increased Union budgetary allocation for the city of Mumbai, particular for big infrastructure projects in the city.
Smt Poonam has raised several issues in Parliament pertaining to Urban Infrastructure, Safety and Empowerment of Women and Environment as well as Animal Protection. She has specifically raised issues related to Mumbai such as the issue of rehabilitation of slum dwellers living on airport land, rejuvenation of Mithiriver as well as issues related to Mumbai’s suburban rail.
Under Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) Scheme, Poonam Ji has already recommended works amounting to 4.03 crores and a sum of 2.49 crore has been released so far. The recommended work includes the construction of toilets for women, shelters on walkways, schools and libraries.
Like her father, she is committed to working with NGOs. She has been actively involved in social work through NGOs like Pramod Mahajan Pratishthan and Tapasvi Public Charitable Trust.
Smt Poonam is part of the Parliamentary standing committee on Urban Development, part of the consultative committee on finance and corporate affairs (where she raised her views on GST and Jan Suraksha Yojana), and a member of the committee of private member bills and resolutions. Apart from which, She is also on the board of NIFT directors and is the President of the Maharashtra State Basketball Association.
Shri Anurag Thakur is the Union Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs. He was first elected in a by-poll from Hamirpur Constituency (Himachal Pradesh) in May 2008. He has won the Loksabha elections in 2009, 2014 and 2019. He is one of the youngest Parliamentarians in India today and received the Best Young Parliamentarian Award in 2011.
He was also appointed as the president of the All India Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) for the period of 2010-2016. During his tenure, he has led a march under the banner of “Rashtriya Ekta Yatra” from Kolkata to Srinagar in January 2011.
Besides, being elected Loksabha MP, he is one of India’s most accomplished sports administrators. His areas of interest also focus on the development of sports, promotion of social and cultural values, children’s welfare and youth development. Anurag Ji is also the Founder of the Honour Our Women (HOW) Foundation, an initiative that works for creating social awareness about women’s issues, safety and empowerment through seminars, and street plays. It is also the platform that involves various civil society, stakeholders, celebrities, journalist and parliamentarians to come together and work for a cause.
Anurag Ji was also elected BCCI president from May 2016 to February 2017. He became the second-youngest man to lead the Indian board, second to Fatehsinghrao Gaekwad.
Anurag Ji has also been a cricketer and played a Ranji trophy match against Jammu & Kashmir in 2000. He was also instrumental in setting up the international cricket stadium at Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh.
In his career at the BCCI, he was popular for being the first cricketer to have made his first-class debut after taking over as president of the state cricket association (Himachal Pradesh) in July 2000.
AnuragJi became the first serving BJP Member of Parliament to become a regular commissioned officer in the Territorial Army.
Shri Hardeep Singh Puri is a Hon’ble Minister of State (Independent Charge) in the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs. He joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1974.
During a career span of 39 years, he served in senior positions at the Ministries of External Affairs and Defense. He also held ambassadorial level posts in the United Kingdom, Brazil and served as Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations both in Geneva and New York. He had earlier served in India’s Missions in Tokyo and Colombo. He has been described as the keen debater and vocal about his views and opinions.
He has extensive experience in multilateral diplomacy. He served on three occasions as a member of India’s delegation to the GATT/United Nations in Geneva including as Ambassador and Permanent Representative from 2002 to 2005. He has had a long association with and specialization in trade policy-related matters and served on several Dispute Settlement Panels of the GATT and WTO.
He was President of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) in August 2011 and November 2012 and Chairman of the United Nations Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee (UNSCC-TC) in 2011- 2012. He retired from the Indian Foreign Service on 28 February 2013 and joined the International Peace Institute (IPI), New York, a non-profit think tank with headquarters in New York and offices in Vienna and Manama. He was Senior Adviser from June to December 2013. Later on, he was appointed as Vice-president of the IPI and Secretary-General of the Independent Commission on Multilateralism (ICM). He left the IPI on 31 March 2016.
He has authored many books, articles, papers and also delivered numerous public lectures on the area he has experience and worked.
Book – Perilous Interventions’ – The Security Council and The Politics of Chaos, published by Harper Collins in September 2016
Book – India’s Trade policy Dilemma and the Role of Domestic Reform, published by Carnegie India in February 2017
He was appointed President of the Governing Body and Chairman of the Governing Council of the Research and Information Systems for Developing Countries (RIS). He is a visiting faculty of the Graduate Institute in Geneva.