Ahmed Bawa is a theoretical physicist and currently holds the position of Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the Durban University of Technology. Until August 2010 he was a faculty member of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Hunter College and a member of the doctoral faculty at the Graduate Center, City University of New
He has previously, for about nine years, held the position of Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Natal and then at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
He has served as the Program Officer for Higher Education in Africa with the Ford Foundation and during this time led and coordinated the Foundation’s African Higher Education Initiative. Ahmed Bawa holds a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from the University of Durham. He served on a number of policy development teams in the post- 1994 period in the areas of Science and Technology and Higher Education and was an inaugural member of the National Advisory Council on Innovation till 2002.
He is Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa as well as the Academy of Science of South Africa of which he was one of the inaugural vice-presidents. He also served as Chair of he Board of the Foundation for Research Development, and was Vice-Chair of the boards the Atomic Energy Corporation. He also served on the boards of Telkom and Sanlam. He serves on several international advisory boards.
Dr. Anila Sadananda has been passionately involved with women's rights and cultural issues since her early years. She was one of the first Indian women to undertake doctoral studies in Russia, where she obtained her PhD in Russian Literature. As a young academic at theprestigious JNU in India she took the lead in standing up for women's rights, both on the faculty as well as in the student community. After a decade of contributions to Russian and International Studies, she moved with her family to the internationally funded Asian Institute of Technology in Bangkok.
Her enthusiasm, dedication and involvement in community life quickly propelled her through the University's administrative services, culminating in her appointment as the Dean of Student Affairs, a post she held for twenty years. During this time she initiated the Women's Study Circle to promote intellectual exchange between professional women, and represented AIT at various international gender-related workshops and conferences. She has been a strong advocate of Emotional Literacy and Multiculturalism through her workshops on these topics, which she exemplifies through her multilingual skills and cultural awareness. Anila is currently an Education Consultant in Sydney, Australia.
Professor Amitabh Mattoo, born on 26 June 1962 in Srinagar, is the inaugural Director of the Australia India Institute and Professor of International Relations at the University of Melbourne. He is concurrently Professor of Disarmament Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Professor Mattoo is also President of the Indian Association of International Studies.
From November 2002 until early December 2008, Professor Mattoo was the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Jammu. Professor Mattoo serves on the Council of the Indian Council for World Affairs (ICWA), the Governing council of Pugwash, the Nobel Prize winning NGO, on the Academic Advisory Committee of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations. Professor Mattoo was a member of India's National Security Council's Advisory Board and a member of the task force constituted by Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Global Strategic Developments. The Task Force examined global trends in strategic affairs and their implications for India.
Professor Mattoo was educated at Burn Hall School, Srinagar and the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He earned a D. Phil in International Relations from the University of Oxford, United Kingdom.
Career highlights include a visiting Professorship at Stanford University, USA, the University of Notre Dame and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has been Chairperson of the Centre for International Politics at the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, and New Delhi.
Nuclear policy, Asian Security, India-US relations, India -Pakistan ties and Kashmir are a few of the fields in which Professor Mattoo's contribution has been recognized. He has published ten books and more than 100 research articles He writes for Indian newspapers, including The Telegraph and The Hindu and has written for The Australian, and is a commentator on television.
Professor Mattoo became the youngest Vice-Chancellor of the University of Jammu in November 2002 and continued in this position until December 2008. As a patron of the arts, he was responsible for building a world-class auditorium in Jammu University, which also hosts an art gallery and a museum. Leading artists of India, including Jogen Chaudhary, have donated their work to the gallery. As President of the J&K chapter of SPIC-Macay, he was responsible for the University becoming a centre of culture.
Professor Mattoo's attempts at conflict resolution and peace building (combining theory with practice) have been publicly acclaimed. He was a member of the three-man committee, appointed by the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir in 2008, which negotiated the controversial Amarnath land transfer row. Recognizing his contribution to education and public life, the President of India honoured Professor Mattoo on the occasion of the Republic Day (2008) with the Padma Shri, one of India's highest civilian awards, the first time a Vice-Chancellor in Jammu and Kashmir has been so honoured.
Professor Mattoo was awarded the Qimpro Platinum Standard Award (2008) and was recognized as a National Statesman for his work in the field of education.
1) Professional in the field of Agriculture with 25 years of experience and expertise in the areas namely Agricultural Extension Management, Agri-Entrepreneurship Development, and Public-Private-Partnership.
2) Director (Agricultural Extension) is mainly responsible for carrying out Training, Research, Consultancy, Documentation and Dissemination in the field of Agricultural Extension Management. Director (Agricultural Extension) is also heading three other following centers in MANAGE.
a. Director, Centre for Agri-entrepreneurship Development (CAD).
b. Chairman, MANAGE Centre for Agricultural Extension Policy, Reforms and Processes.
c. Chairman, MANAGE Centre for Agripreneurship, Youth and Public Private Partnership
3) Founder Director of Centre for Agri-Entrepreneurship Development (CAD), MANAGE responsible for implementation of Central Sector Scheme of Agri-Clinics and Agri-Business Centres, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India (www.agriclinics.net). The scheme aims at transforming qualified Agricultural Professionals in to Agripreneurs who intern setup Agri-ventures in rural areas to provide value added extension services to farmers. Training and Handholding support is provided to Agripreneurs across the country through network of 72 partner institutions. In the process, established wide network with Agripreneurs, Public and Private partner institutions, Agri-Business Companies, Banks, National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), State Agriculture Universities, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) Organizations, Agriculture and allied departments of Central and State Governments. Trained more than 44,000 Agricultural professionals and established more than 18,000 Agri-ventures in different parts of the country under the scheme. These Agripreneurs are not only self-employed but also provide information, inputs, infrastructure and marketing support to farmers in rural areas contributing significantly to enhancement of productivity and profitability at farmers level.
4) Organized more than 285 national and international level training programs on different aspects of Agricultural Extension Management.
5) Program Director of US-India-Africa Triangular International Programs.
6) Published more than 63 Technical papers including 13 books, made 9 films and actively associated with several professional activities.
7) Executive Editor of MANAGE Journal of Agricultural Extension Management and Editor of monthly e-Bulletin “Agripreneur”.
8) Recognizing the contribution, Indian Society of Extension Education presented “Young Scientist Award-2007”. Received “Magnum National Honour Award -2011” by Magnum Foundation, Nagpur, Maharashtra and “Special Appreciation Award” by International Society of Extension Education 2013.
Mr. P. S. Deodhar is the founder of the 200 crore APLAB Group of companies. The flagship of the group, APLAB Limited, was established in 1962. On October 1, 2009 he stepped down from APLAB as its CMD.
In 1985, Mr. Deodhar was invited by late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi to take over as the Chairman of the Electronics Commission, Government of India and be with him as the Advisor to the Prime Minister on electronics. Earlier, in 1983, he suggested to Mrs. Indira Gandhi benefits of changing over to a liberalised electronics policy and set in motion liberalisation of ICT technologies. He also was the Chairman of the Broadcast Council in 1992-93 that set in motion the privatisation of the Electronic Media with Metro Channels. He has been the Chairman of the 4th Jagatik Marathi Parishad held in Jerusalem, Israel in 1997.
At state level, he has been the Chairman of Meltron and the President of Maharashtra Economic Development Council, a premier state level promotional body and a Research institution.
In international circles too, Mr Deodhar has an impressive reputation. He's a fellow of the IEEE, USA, and has been honoured with the prestigious US award "Engineering Manager for 1990" by the Engineering Management Society of IEEE, USA. Mr. Deodhar is the Distinguished Fellowship of IETE. He is also the Fellow of Institution of Engineers, Fellow of Indian National Academy of Engineering and the Hon. Fellow of Broadcast Engineering Society.
As an Engineer, Mr. Deodhar has designed and developed scores of professional Electronics Products that are manufactured and exported to Western Europe & North America. For over four decades, APLAB Group is reigning as a Prime Indian source of high quality professional electronics products.
The International Conference on smart Cards held in New Delhi, Mr. Deodhar was honoured as the Father of Smart Card Industry in India in recognition of his pioneering efforts to bring this leading edge technology to India.
Mr. Deodhar has been promoting the use of Information Technology for speeding up in national development. Currently he is President of Marathi Vidnyan Parishad, Mumbai and also the President of India China Economic & Cultural Council, New Delhi. His achievements in the field of Electronics Engineering have turned him into a role model of many young engineers. Three of his books are "The Third Parent", "Capital Punishment" and "Is Anyone Out There?". All these are related to the use of modern technology to bridge widening India-Bharat socio-economic gap.
Profile of Mr. P. S. Deodhar www.psdeodhar.net
Prof. Goyal, Senior ICT Professional & Educationist is Post Graduate in Science with experience of about 43 years in ICT & Education.
He is President, CMAI Association of India (CMAI), which is India largest ICT Association of India with 48,500 members and 54 MOU partners worldwide. Prof. Goyal is the only person in the world having joined six consecutive years the Ribbon Cutting and inauguration of world’s largest Consumer Electronic show called CES, Las Vegas.
CMAI is also known as organizers of ICT World Communication Awards, National Education Summit and Awards, Global ICT Forum, training and formation of Cyber Security-Ethical Hacking and Safe Web Development. CMAI has so far trained more than 20,000 delegates in Cyber security and CMAI interacts with more than 1,00,000 Educational Institutes. CMAI is actively engaged in Skill and Vocational Development and Faculty Development Program.
Chairman Emeritus of Telecom Equipments Manufacturers Association of India (TEMA); Vice Chairman, ITU APT India; Chairman CTIA, India; Ambassador for India and South Asia, Commonwealth Telecom Organization, UK; President Cyber Security Association of India( CSAI); President Association of Educational Institutes and Universities( AEIU); and is actively involved in policy formulations and development of industrial policies specially related to Education, Telecom, mobile, cyber security, ICT and skills development sector. He is member of more than hundred committees/groups formed by Government in this behalf. He is also Member Governing Council, Government of India, Telecom Equipment & Services Export Promotion Council, to promote exports under Ministry of Commerce and Industries and Chairman of India Trade Promotion Services, Dubai.
He is Professor and Adviser with Gujarat Technological University, Ahmadabad.
He is former Director of National Institute of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development (NIESBUD) having served Government of Himachal Pradesh PSUs for 21 years plus including seven years as General Manager (Development) of State Electronic Development Corporation Ltd., engaged in Project Implementation, Infrastructure Development, Industrial Consultancy, Strategic Operations etc. He was then on deputation to a telecom solution provider company for about ten years as President (Operations). He also served as Consultant to a Telecom Multinational Company for two years.
He is also Government appointed Director on the Board of Directors of National Fertilizers Ltd., Government of India PSU.
He has presented several papers internationally on topics of public concerns like telecom IT, environment management such as e waste, radiation; manufacturing, global peace and well being, excellence in performance etc.
He is also Spiritual Healer, teacher of Yoga, Meditation and specialization in Psychic therapy, Acupressure.
Details www.cmai.asia , www.nationaleducationaward.com
Harri Narismulu, trained as analytical Chemist; and has worked in the petrochemical, Pharmaceutical and Higher Education arenas. The last mentioned was at a technological institute in Durban, where he was involved in corporate affairs, Fundraising, marketing & communication, and alumni development. He now runs a highly successful consultancy that researches and develops innovative responses for his clientele – mainly educational institutions and ngo’s especially with respect to Income Generation & Strategic Marketing for sustainable development, Techno-park, Incubator & cluster development; Innovative Education delivery solutions, Blended Learning Modalities, Skills Development strategies; Corporate Learning interventions; Integrating soft skills into mainstream artisan training; Economic Development and Poverty alleviation strategies; Innovation; Mentoring disadvantaged youth. He interfaces with a range of local, national, continental and international players.
Prof. HEMNATH RAO H. B.Sc.(Agriculture); M.B.A.(JNTU); M.B.A. (Durham, UK); Ph.D.
Formerly Professor; Director, Centre for Poverty Studies and Rural Development; & Dean of Management Programmes, Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI) and currently Director, Stratlead International.
His work experience during the last three decades involved a unique exposure to organizations in the private, public and co-operative sectors, within and outside India. Actively associated with the formulation of corporate and competitive strategies for reputed corporates and with strategic restructuring of departments/ organisations of Government of India and State Governments.
Designed and delivered programmes in strategic management for senior and top management of Navaratna/ Miniratna PSUs and large private sector enterprises, entrepreneurs and managers of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and senior civil servants of All India and Central Services. Prof. Hemnath has been actively involved in consulting work for the Commonwealth Secretariat, London, UNDP, The World Bank, EU-CDE, NORFUND and other international organisations. He has customized and delivered a series of management development programmes for entrepreneurs and CEOs of SMEs across continental Africa and the South Pacific Region.
Has been lecturing at many leading management institutions in India including the NIRD, National Police Academy, XLRI, Indian Institute of Coal Management, SBI Staff College, JNIDB, nimsme, NAARM, MANAGE, MCRHRDI and other institutions of repute. While on the faculty of ASCI since 1996, served as Head, Tata Management Development Center and Head (Management Development) at Tata Steel for a year (2003-’04). Has also served on various expert committees of the Government of India in the ministries of Rural Development, Human Resources Development and the Cabinet Secretariat, besides contributing richly to academic governance of numerous national institutions.
Researched and presented papers in national and international conferences and published in refereed journals. Prof. Hemnath’s recent research work has been very interdisciplinary analysing the strategic response of corporate India to the forces of globalisation reflected in his books captioned, “Tryst with Global Competition: Strategic Response of Corporate India” and “Study of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act”. Areas of academic interest include Corporate and Competitive strategy, Agribusiness, Rural Development, Corporate Social Responsibility, Strategic Leadership and Strategic Management of Change, addressing the convergence of best management practices across business organisations and not for profit development institutions.
Prof. Jaya Indiresan, graduated from University of Madras, in Psychology, with a first class first rank, obtaining the university Gold Medal. She obtained her Ph.D.in Organizational Behaviour, from IIT, Delhi.
Prof. Jaya Indiresan was formerly professor of Higher Education at the National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration, New Delhi. Earlier she had taught at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She has guided several Ph.D. and M.Phil. Students. She has been a visiting professor at the University of Manitoba, Canada and a Visiting Scholar at the University of Michigan, USA, where she produced a research monograph, "Behind the Burqua" a comparetive study of Men and Women in Educational Administration.
Currently she is a free lance consultant to several national organisations like University Grants Commission, Educational Technology Management Academy and international organizations like World Bank, Ford Foundation, Swiss Development Corporation, Danida, British Council and so on..
She has authored three books:
1) Education for Women's Empowerment: Gender Positive Initiatives in Pace Setting Women’s Colleges
2) Institutionalisation of Innovation in Higher Education
3) Inclusion vs Exclusion: A study of Women in Police.
She has produced training manuals on :
(1) Women in Academic Leadership.
(2) Decision Making and Team Building Skills for Women Managers, sponsored by the University Grants Commission. She has over sixty research publications in national and international journals, produced several research monographs and undertaken several evaluation studies for various organizations.
Her areas of interest include Institution Building and Human Resource Development, with special reference to women. She is deeply involved in training for capacity building in various sectors like educational administrators, women in agriculture, women in police and women in science and technology.
She is also deeply involved in several initiatives through skill development for livelihood, for the empowerment of the socially and economically challenged youth. She has been involved in a major project on mainstreaming Madrasa Education in Andhra Pradesh.
She has travelled extensively and interested in classical Carnatic Music.
Ganley As the CEO of CHARLTON BROWN®, Kay Ganley is at the head of one of Australia’s leading training providers and job placement agencies for the nanny, child care, aged care and disability care industries.
In 1995, Kay purchased Brisbane based Charlton Brown Australia Nanny College. Since that date the business has grown from offering eight-week nanny courses to nationally accredited certificates through to advanced diplomas in all care industries. Then in 2005 the company was re-branded as CHARLTON BROWN®, amalgamating the College and Nanny Placement Agency under the one name.
Business expansion occurred throughout Australia with training and carer placement services being offered in New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, the Northern Territory and Western Australia.
CHARLTON BROWN® has expanded offshore establishing formal agreements in Indonesia, Vietnam, China, Sri Lanka and India. The basis of these agreements is to provide a range of Australian accredited child care, aged care and disability qualifications to the South East Asian market. Expanding nationally and internationally presented potential risks and challenges to CHARLTON BROWN®, but under Kay’s guidance, the business continues to grow and expand into new areas.
It is clear through her service to a number of industry committees and boards, that Kay is passionate about CHARLTON BROWN® and the ongoing development of care industries. Her involvement in the industry is more than merely in her role as CEO but as someone who has a genuine interest in the wellbeing and quality training of all care workers.
Kay continues to commit her time, energy and passion to positioning the Queensland and Australian Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector internationally. Kay actively supports other VET providers by providing high-level strategic advice and lobbying the government on international issues. Kay’s unwavering commitment to facilitating industry collaboration and knowledge sharing assists Australia to maintain its position as a leading provider of quality international education.
KushilGunasekera, a results-driven visionary, effects sustainable development in rural Sri Lankathrough pioneering initiatives. His integrity, dependability and generosity create hope and trust in both individuals and teams alike. Financially transparent, he relies on his proven entrepreneurial instincts, is persistent, extremely organised and pays meticulous attention to detail in both planning and implementation; he is accommodating and remains flexible in complex situations, keeping the welfare of the humanitarian cause foremost.
KushilGunasekera established the Foundation of Goodness in 1999. As a young boy, Kushil felt compassion for the people of his ancestral village in Seenigama, who lacked the facilities to realise their potential despite innate talent and ability. Having become a successful businessman, he faithfully returned to his hometown and with true altruism donated his family property in Seenigama to the establishment of the Foundation of Goodness. The Foundation is based on providing a holistic response to a community’s needs and works to uplift the lives of rural communities through learning and empowerment. In May 2008, being the philanthropist he is, he decided to dispose of his lucrative business and dedicate his resources and time to the organisation. He currently donates his time fully to its furtherance on a purely voluntary basis.
In 2004, the aftermath of the Tsunami provided a forum for Gunasekera's integrity and managerial expertise to be fully utilised. Kushil, who witnessed the devastating event whilst giving scholarships at a ceremony in the village, barely making it to safety himself at the time, mobilized a team to reconstruct and rejuvenate Seenigama. With the tenacity that distinguishes true leaders, he galvanized a community of villagers, volunteers and donors committed to social service. Within a short span of three years, Kushil’s commitment took a village from near annihilation to vibrant regeneration. Medical, educational, vocational and recreational facilities were provided to over 25,000 inhabitants across 50 villages via 30 empowerment sectors, free of cost. The Foundation, whose seeds were sown long before the tsunami, is now expanding its widely extolled holistic model for rural empowerment to other parts of the country.
Among the Foundations of Goodness’ 30 productive activity sectors, it is important to note the special place given for vocational and career development as well as a specialized sector for ‘Women’s Enterprise & Empowerment’ through which the FoG encourages all rural youth and women to take control of their own lives and livelihoods. Many of the Women’s Empowerment courses are tailor made to the needs of rural women, whether they need the skills and business acumen to open their own shop or to work from home. FoG also provides micro financing schemes to ladies in both the North and South which have proven to be extremely successful. Over 3,000 ladies have graduated from various FoG women’s empowerment courses over the years and sometimes, the vocational courses have helped breakdown gender barriers, having graduated female divers and female electricians who fearlessly came forward to take on a male dominated field.
Kushil has demonstrated selfless service for over 25 years and continues to push boundaries systematically, for enriching rural communities. He and the Foundation have received many a tribute and accolade. His success comes from his commitment to the Foundation and never losing sight of its core values—compassion, integrity and goodness. A well-known figure in Sri Lanka, he is modest in his claims to personal achievement and is ever grateful for the generosity and compassion shown by donors, volunteers, supporters, businesses and governments across the world. He is respected and trusted by his donors for consistently surpassing their expectations.
Together with friends, volunteers and the villagers themselves, the Foundation has grown and celebrates over a decade of successful partnerships and ventures. Through a sequence of extraordinary events and Kushil’s foresight, he has expanded the Foundation’s mission beyond the boundaries of the Seenigama model. In February 2010, Kushil launched an initiative for a Learning and Empowerment Institute in the war ravaged North of Sri Lanka in a compassionate response to reconcile the differences between the prevalent ethnic groups (details of which can be ascertained at www.unconditionalcompassion.org ) which is currently underway.
Post-conflict, since 2011 he has spearheaded the North Development Initiatives, impacting the lives of over 18,000 beneficiaries with assistance to rebuild their lives speedily to regain normalcy through the Foundation of Goodness in partnership with MuthiahMuralidaran, Kumar Sangakkara and MahelaJayawardena. Foundation of Goodness has established its presence in the North through continual and uninterrupted monthly visits delivering a variety of educational, infrastructure, vocational and sports oriented development programmes.
Kushil is a strong believer that sports can help overcome trauma, develop lives, build character and create unity and has spearheaded the development of sport in both the post-tsunami south and post-conflict north of Sri Lanka. FoG’sSeenigama Sports Academy is a state of the art facility including cricket grounds, the Bryan Adams Pool Complex, Netball courts, volleyball courts, badminton courts and a gym which also offers life skills workshops. A variety of sports development activities in the north include the star feature, the Murali Harmony Cup Cricket Tournament which has been an annual event since 2012 and brings together up to 24 boys’ and ladies’ teams from across the island to play across 5 venues in the north in an effort to develop rural cricket and promote friendship and reconciliation.
Successful entrepreneur, compassionate relief worker and ambassador for peace and reconciliation, Kushil is dedicated to the humanitarian cause. Inculcating the spirit of goodness in each person or project, KushilGunasekera impacts our world by making it a better environment for all.
Vice President – Nasser S Al Hajri Corporation / Gulf Asia LLC / New Millennium School Bahrain
Chief Executive Officer - OGM Technical Institute Pty Ltd / NaSAH Australia Pty Ltd
B. Economics, Monash University, Victoria Building Effective Executive Teams AGSM (1999) Executive Corporate Strategy MIT Sloan (2001) Austrade Executive Leadership Forum (2002)
High Performance People Skills London Business School (2003) Graduate (GAICD) Australian Institute of Company Directors (2007) Fluent Japanese Language speaker
2013 – Vice President Nasser S Al Hajri Corporation Senior Vice President Gulf Asia LLC Vice President RP Group Director New Millenium School, Bahrain
2012 – Chief Executive Officer Nasah Australia PL & CEO OGM Technical Institute PL
2008 - 2012 Minister Commercial India Senior Trade & Investment Commissioner, South Asia Australian High Commission New Delhi
2002- 2007 Consul General & Senior Trade Commissioner Australian Consulate, Dubai, Middle East & North Africa
2000-2002 Minister Commercial & Senior Trade Commissioner Australian Embassy Seoul Korea
1997-2000 Consul General and Senior Trade Commissioner Australian Consulate Fukuoka, Japan
1992-1997 Executive Director Australian Business Office, Osaka, Japan
1991-1992 International Sales Director Cowa International Co Ltd, Chiba, Japan
1984-1991 General Manager Linford Homes, Melbourne Australia
Vice President – Nasser S Al Hajri Corporation
Senior Vice President – Gulf Asia LLC
Vice President – RP Group
Director – New Millennium School Bahrain
Peter Linford holds the position of Vice President with the Nasser S Al Hajri Corporation (NSH), a Saudi Arabi based company with a proven performance record for delivering the highest standards of safety and quality projects on time and on budget, NSH (www.alhajricorporation.com) employing 65,000 is highly regarded in its capability as well as its reliability for quality industrial contracting.
Peter Linford additionally holds the position of Senior Vice President with NSH sister company Gulf Asia LLC also providing industrial contracting capability that compliments the capability and established reputation of NSH in Saudi Arabia and across the Gulf region.
As Vice President of the RP Group in Bahrain and Director at the New Millennium School (NMS) in Manama, Peter Linford provides a management and leadership role for NMS in strategic direction and management support of the Principal and school administration.
Peter Linford has extensive experience in international training and his role with the school has synergies and alignment with the programs developed and delivered from OGM Technical Institute.
Chief Executive Officer
Nasah Australia Pty Ltd & OGM Technical Institute Pty Ltd
Peter Linford is the CEO of NaSAH Pty Ltd and OGM Technical Institute Pty Ltd now established in Australia. Together both companies bring world recognised contracting expertise and workforce skills to meet global demand and importantly, provide the necessary experience to support the development of skills and expertise internationally as well as in Australia.
NaSAH Pty Ltd has been established to supply industrial EPC contracting capability, developed through Nasser S. Al Hajri Corporation, for LNG, resources and mining projects in Australia.
OGM Technical Institute Pty Ltd has been established to work in partnership with recognised Australian technical institutions to train, assess, certify and supply skilled workers for energy and resource projects, ensuring a quality supply of labour workforce expertise. OGM in collaboration with Central Institute of Technology (TAFE) and VETASSESS (Victorian Government) exports Australian training expertise internationally to build workforce capability and workforce supply for projects internationally.
The capability and expertise of NaSAH and OGM provide assurance for project delivery and provide confidence for future investment and resource development projects in Australia. NaSAH and OGM will create jobs, train workers to global industry leading skill levels and develop and provide construction capability and capacity to support Australia and Australians.
Senior Trade & Investment Commissioner, South Asia
As Senior Trade & Investment Commissioner for the South Asia region Peter Linford was responsible for the management of Austrade offices in 16 locations covering 9 countries.
The New Delhi post is the central point for management of the South Asia network. Austrade office locations in the South Asia region include New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Chandigarh, Pune, Ahmedabad, Kochi, (India), Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi (Pakistan), Colombo (Sri Lanka), Dhaka (Bangladesh)
Consul General and Senior Trade & Investment Commissioner Middle East and North Africa
As Senior Trade Commissioner for the MENA region Peter Linford was responsible for the management of Austrade offices in 15 locations covering 26 countries from Morocco in North Africa, to Iran in the Gulf region.
The Dubai post & Consulate General is the central point for management of the MENA network and works as a gateway post for Australian companies to visit the region, and to subsequently migrate through the region matching opportunities generated.
Austrade office locations in the MENA region include Tripoli (Libya), Istanbul (Turkey), Cairo, (Egypt) Beirut, (Lebanon) Amman & Baghdad (Jordan), Kuwait, Riyadh & Jeddah (Saudi Arabia), Bahrain, Doha (Qatar), Dubai & Abu Dhabi (UAE), Muscat (Oman) and Tehran (Iran)
Pradeep Khanna, is a passionate thought leader in providing virtual and global services insights. He focuses on globalisation, digitisation and services intensification.
As Executive Director of ‘Integrating Australia with Asia’, Pradeep aims to enhance engagement between Australian, Indian & other Asian entities.
He presents thought leading conferences and gets leaders from Australia, Asia, UK & USA to discuss topical themes. He is now initiating new programs on Integrating Australia with South America (IAS), Australia Canada Corridor (ACC), Mentor2Mentee (M2M), Technology enabled Innovations in Learning & Teaching (TLIT), and Global Events Management (GEM). End to End Education Consulting (EEEC).
Pradeep is developing a Virtual and Global Services Hub of academia, consulting and industry from Australia, India and other Asian countries. He is the Founder and Managing Director of GLOBAL MINDSET, a thought leading research and consulting company.
With over 25 years of executive and management experience, Pradeep has been a leader for IBM GBS Australia and New Zealand (A/NZ) leveraging India, China, Philippines, Vietnam, Egypt, Romania, Brazil and Argentina for A/NZ. He has worked on assignments involving IBM, Australian Trade Commission, Optus, Westpac, Qantas, ING, Crompton Greaves and many more.
Pradeep is an Adjunct Professor/ visiting faculty at number of institutes in Australia, Singapore and India including Macquarie University Sydney, S P Jain School of Global Management in Sydney and Singapore, AIPE Sydney, Management Development Institute India, Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad, Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar and at other institutions.
He is/has been a mentor at University of New South Wales, Australia India Business Council and other organisations. He is a member of Mckinsey Executive Panel & Open Colleges Industry Advisory Panel.
Pradeep is a regular speaker at international conferences including SSON Singapore and Melbourne, IAOP Brisbane and many more. He is also Chairman of Royal Star and Director (Consulting) at Mindfield Consulting. He did his MBA from AGSM (UNSW), M.Sc Computer Science from UTS, & B Tech from IIT Delhi.
Prof. Prakash got his B.Sc. (Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics) and his M.Sc. (Mathematics) degrees from Agra University. He then obtained his B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from Banaras Hindu University. Finally, he got his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of British Columbia, Canada.
He has diversified work experience of working in industry (Du Pont Company in the USA); teaching at the University of British Columbia, Canada, and Banaras Hindu University where he served as Professor and Head of Chemical Engineering (1974-1980); working with the Department of Environment, Government of Canada (1982-1997); and working as an international environmental consultant based in Canada.
While working with Environment Canada he specialized in Motor Vehicle Emissions and Transportation Fuels. He was involved in many international projects in the USA, Canada, Indonesia, India, Bangladesh, Tanzania, and Dominican Republic.
He has been the founding President of the Indian Association for Air Pollution Control (1976-1980). He has published over 65 papers in National and International Journals.
V.V.Sadamate is at present Agriculture Convergence Expert in PIU of a World Bank Project. He worked in various capacities as Additional commissioner (Extension), Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India, Advisor Agriculture in planning commission, Principal consultant with FAO. He was graduated in Agriculture in 1973 from College of Agriculture, Pune. He had Post Graduate Degree and Ph.D ( Agril. Extension) from IARI, New Delhi,. He has also Post Doctoral Degree to his credit from Michigan State University, USA. He has been instrumental in Developing 12th 5 year Plan in Agricultural sector. He has over 80 Research Publications to his credit.
Mr Salathiel Nalli is 'Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Officer' for UNICEF based at Hyderabad. With around 20 years of experience in this field, he provides technical support to the Government on various policy issues related to Rural Water Supply and Sanitation. In Karnataka, he is presently working with the department of health in developing a massive plan to renovate and ensure all government health centers have drinking water supply, functional toilets, better hygiene practices and maintainance systems.
Mr. Nalli is a Hydrogeologist and did his masters in Hydro Geology, and an advanced masters in Ground Water Exploration. He is a life member of Indian Geological Congress. He visited several countries and presented papers in International Freshwater conference (Germany, 2001), World Summit on Sustainable Development (South Africa, 2002) and World Water Forum (Japan, 2003). Earlier, he worked in Indonesia and Myanmaar supporting respective governments in humanitarian response.
Karra Sampath Kumar graduated in Engineering from JNTU, Hyderabad and did his Masters in Civil Engineering from Osmania University. Sampath is a specialized and leading turn-key interior contractor in Middle East and has interests in infrastructure sector in India as well. Kumar has a passion towards rural development activities and actively supports REEDS in its outreach activities.
Dr. Sanjeev Nayan has done his Ph.D. in Agriculture Extension and has a vast experience of over 2 decades in Agri.Business. He had his stint of career with leading players in the Agri Business sector - HLL, Emergent Genetics,Monsanto prior to his current position as Head:Production & QM at Limagrain Group(BISCO) and based at Hyderabad.
Satish Kumar Manocha graduated in Engineering from IIT Delhi in 1966, did his Masters from SUNY Stony Brook University in 1968, and obtained Professional Degree in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University in 1972.
Manocha has wide experience over 35 years in Product, Design, and Development – Telecommunications and a well known expert in Telecom Networking.
He has been Telecom Trainer for Professionals at the Advanced Level Technical Training Centre, Ghaziabad, Govt of India. Manocha has been the Chairman and Managing Director, ITI Ltd, Bangalore; Chairman Fibcom Limited; and ITI Satcom Limited.
Manocha has conducted / organized Seminars/Conferences at National & local levels: Digital Communications; Network Security; Telecom for Senior Management; and Management of Telecom R&D.
He has written many articles on Data Communication, Differential PCM, Expert Systems in International & National Journals.
Manocha is Founder Member and Executive Member of ITU-APT Foundation in India; Expert Member, ICT Core- group, Min of Science & Technology, Government .of India and has been a Professor at Amrita School of Engineering, Bangalore.
Professor Abdul Sattar is the founding Director of the Institute for Integrated and Intelligent Systems and a Professor of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence at Griffith University. He is also a Research Leader at National ICT Australia (NICTA) Queensland Research Lab (QRL), where he has held the positions of QRL Education Director (2006-08) and Leader of the Smart Applications For Emergencies (SAFE) project (2005-08), and is currently leading the QRL node of NICTA's largest project, Advanced Technologies for Optimisation and Modelling In Constraints (ATOMIC). He has been an academic staff member at Griffith University since February 1992 as a lecturer (1992-95), senior lecturer (1996-99), and professor (2000-present) within the School of Information and Communication Technology. Prior to his career at Griffith University, he was a lecturer in Physics in Rajasthan, India (1980-82), and a research scholar at Jawaharlal Nehru University, India (1982-85), the University of Waterloo, Canada (1985-87), and the University of Alberta, Canada (1987-1991).
He has won several awards starting from national scholarships during his studies in India (1974-79) and a Commonwealth scholarship in Canada (1985-90), to a number of research grants. The main grants include 7 ARC Large/Discovery grants (worth approximately $1.5M). He was a principal researcher in the winning bid for the Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) for Smart Internet (funding of over $50M for 7 years 2000-07), and one of the four founding research leaders for the SAFE project ($3.7M for 2005-08). He led the successful bid for the establishment of IIIS (2003-07), and its renewal (2008-11) (funding approx $300,000 per year). He has published over 120 refereed papers in international journals and conferences, a large number of these appearing in A* and A category conferences and journals. His research team has won 3 international awards in recent years including the IJCAI 2007 Distinguished Paper award, Gold Medals in the 2005 and 2007 SAT solver competitions, and one his PhD students won a first prize in the 2008 ICAPS planning competition. He has supervised the successful completion of 12 PhD students as principal supervisor.
Professor Sattar has delivered key-note addresses at several international conferences. His professional service includes editorial / review board membership of leading journals, and program committee or senior program committee memberships of numerous national and international conferences. He has played a leading role in establishing and running several high quality conferences in Artificial Intelligence. He served as Program or Conference Committee Chair for AI 1997, PRICAI 2002, TIME/ICTL 2003, AI 2006, AI 2007, PRICAI 2010. He has been an executive member and Chair of Sponsorship sub-committee for ACS National Committee on Artificial Intelligence since 1997, and Secretary/Treasurer of PRICAI Steering Committee since 1998. He has been recently elected as the Chair of the PRICAI Steering Committee. He is a life member of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), and a member of several professional bodies including the International Society for Applied Intelligence, the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) and the International Artificial Intelligence in Education Society.
His research interests include knowledge representation and reasoning, constraint satisfaction, intelligent scheduling, rational agents, propositional satisfiability, temporal reasoning, temporal databases, and bioinformatics.
Shantha Sinha is India's foremost activist in the field of elimination of child labour. She has been actively involved in programmes for elimination of child labour through universalisation of elementary education in 13 districts of Andhra Pradesh covering more than 6000 villages through M. V. Foundation - MVF of which she was Founder Secretary Trustee. This has resulted in over 400,000 children in 5-14 years age been withdrawn from work over the last 12 years.
MVF, under the stewardship of Shantha provided technical support to the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan in Madhya Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Orissa, Rajasthan and to NGOs working in Nepal, Morocco, Kenya, Zimbabwe and Honduras as well. Shantha's work has resulted in putting child labour on the national agenda for the first time in the country's history, a remarkable achievement and a lasting contribution to the nation.
Shantha Sinha was selected to head National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) as its first Chairperson in March 2007 and reappointed for second term till May 2013.
In recognition of her contribution, Shantha was awarded the Padma Shri in 1998 by the Government of India and also was chosen for the prestigious Ramon Magsasay Award in 2003. She has received several other awards and much recognition. "Goldene Feder Award, Albert Shankar International Award, and Rotary India Award are few of such to indicate.
Shantha holds a doctorate in Political Science from Jawaharlal University, India and did her MA in Political Science from Osmania University, India. Several of her articles on Child Labour, Girl child and education are published in leading journals. Shantha is a Faculty member Department of Political Science, University of Hyderabad, India.
Shantha, although here career, has been closely associated with elimination of child labour and universalisation of elementary education and had served as Chairperson and member of several high powered committees and working groups on Child Labour, Education and Human rights. She is on the Board of several NGOs.
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Sashi Bhushan Kumar - Secretary, Water Resources Department, Govt. of A.P., India.
Mr. Sashi Bhushan Kumar, IAS is Secretary, Water Resources Department, Government of Andhra Pradesh.
He served at various levels in various departments of Government of Andhra Pradesh including as District collector of Khammam and Kadapa. Mr. Kumar has been the Vice Chairman & Managing
Director, Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh; Director, Employment & Training, Government of Andhra Pradesh and Managing Director of Overseas Manpower Company Andhra Pradesh; Commissioner- Rural Development.
His contribution towards welfare of labor in the rural and unorganized sector, imparting market demanding skills to the unemployed youth and providing employment through convergence of various employment schemes as Collector; Director Employment, Training and Factories and Managing Director of Overseas Manpower Corporation of Andhra Pradesh is substantial.
Prof. Shekar Babu is the founding Dean of AMRITA School of Business, Bangalore. He started AMRITA School of Business, Bangalore in 2007 in collaboration with State University of New York (SUNY), Buffalo, USA.
After starting an EMBA-MS program in 2007 he expanded AMRITA School of Business by adding MBA-MS program in 2009. He is also the founding chairman of AMRITA Center for International Programs Office, Bangalore campus since 2006. Prof. Shekar is also an Adjunct Faculty at School of Management, University at Buffalo, NY, USA.
Prof. Shekar received B.E. (Electronics and Communications) degree from Bangalore University, India in 1990 and an M.S. (Computers & Electrical) from University of California, Los Angeles, USA.
Prior to AMRITA, Prof. Shekar has 16 years of experience in industry. He worked as Director of Hewlett Packard’s (HPs) Software Division, at Cupertino, California, USA for 11 years and 5 years as a Management Consultant at Price Waterhouse (PWC) at Los Angeles, California, USA.
With a strong work experience and entrepreneurship skills, Prof. Shekar Babu was on board for several start-up companies in Silicon Valley, CA, USA and India.
Along with Dr. Venkat Rangan, Vice-Chancellor of AMRITA University, Prof. Shekar Babu is the Principal Investigator (PI) in forging the University collaboration with University at Buffalo, New York (SUNY). The collaboration led to the culmination of Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, Chancellor of AMRITA University receiving an Honorary Doctorate from SUNY, Buffalo in May 2010.
Prof. Shekar Babu areas of research include Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Corporate Governance and Business Ethics.
Sourav loves anything that is new and creative and has to do with Computers, Technology or Business. Because of this, he is still undecided whether art or technology suits him better and he continues to pursue both. He started with pursuing for a Masters in Design Computing at the University of Sydney, Australia and went on to complete a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering (Control Engineering) from Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan.
Since 1996, Sourav has taught courses in Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Creative Design, Artificial Intelligence, Theoretical Optimization, Structural and Engineering Optimization and Business at universities in Japan, USA, Turkey, Australia, Italy, France, The Netherlands, Germany, UK and India. He has created and maintained two of the most popular e-commerce enabled web sites for the world Bengali Community - Calcutta Online and Bengalnet Communications.
Sourav also has a lot of varied experience in computer programming and business consulting. He worked in Mastek Limited - a global IT services company as senior technical consultant for some time before starting off on his own. He is presently based at the Japan office of Knowledge Solutions Group and manages the Japan business while providing leadership to Global KSG. He also teaches part-time at Tokyo Metropolitan University to keep his academic roots alive.
Mr. Sridhar has pursued his engineering from MIT, India and heads South India’s largest heavy equipment transportation fleet. Sridhar had traveled extensively many countries as a member of various business delegations. Sridhar is an active do-gooder. Through DVR Foundation, a personal trust established by Sridhar, he supports several activities – water, health, education, calamity relief etc to the underprivileged among rural communities.
B. Tech., in Chemical Engineering from Osmania University (1968)
Managing Director-APITCO from 1993-2010, successfully led the organisation on a consistent growth path. APITCO is one of the leading Technical Consultancy Organizations in India.
Over 39 years of experience in project formulation, project implementation and technical consultancy.
A UNIDO – Consultant – Project Development & Appraisals with UNIDO Regional Office (India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Nepal, Maldives & Afghanistan)
Has specialized skills in Technology Alliances/International Partnerships, Cluster Development and Rural Development.
Undertaken pioneering work in Technology Transfers among the SMEs across the South-East Asian Region.
Recipient of “Enterprise Excellence Award” of Association of Small and Medium Enterprises, Singapore and “Udyog Ratna Award” by Indian Economic Society Responsible for APITCO to enter into overseas businesses. Successfully Organized 15 overseas business delegations from India to countries like Malaysia, Taiwan, Indonesia, Singapore, South Africa, Botswana, UAE, China, Thailand, Vietnam, Saudi Arabia etc. This facilitated 26 business tie-ups between India and these countries. APITCO directly secured business and implemented successfully in UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman and Qatar. The clients include the respective Governments, Export Promotional Agencies and Private Clients. Created a dedicated cell for taking up overseas businesses.
Sue Freeman is an Owner and Director of First Impressions Resources, (fir) The Australian Retail College, which this year celebrates 25 years of specializing in the delivery of qualifications and workforce development strategies to the retail sector across Australia. They currently offer programs from entry level through to leadership development for managers.
For the last 5 years Sue and the team at fir have actively engaged in the Indian skilling sector and this year launched a joint venture; Australian Retail College, India (ARC India) to implement retail specific skill development programs.
To date ARC India has opened five sites in the state of Andhra Pradesh and has plans to expand pan-India. As Chairman of the Board of ARC India, Sue currently splits her time between Brisbane and Hyderabad. Sue began her career in the retail sector progressing to State Manager for a National apparel company, before transferring her skills and knowledge to the education, training and placement of people looking for employment within the sector. She remains passionate about the career opportunities that the retail industry provides to those who sometimes haven’t engaged with mainstream education and academia.
After graduating from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay in 1966, Mr. Suresh Kumar joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1968.
He served in various capacities in the Government of Maharashtra in the fields of agriculture , rural development , local administration , social development and social justice . He was the first director of the National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management(MANAGE ) and concurrently the Deputy Director General of National Institute of Rural development for 5 years. After retirement as Additional Chief Secretary ( Home) Government of Maharashtra in 2004 ,he served as Upa Lok ayukta (Deputy Ombudsman ) of Maharashtra from 2004 to 2009.
He chaired the 12th plan working group on agricultural extension of the then Planning Commission Government of India and also chaired the cadre review committee for MANAGE. He was appointed as a one member working group for strengthening the Tribal Development Department of Government of Maharashtra. He was also appointed as a one member study group for the review of the functioning of irrigation development corporations of the state.
He chairs the state Website Oversight Committee. He has keen interest in the concept of livelihood and employment underpinning development and skilling.
Dr. Surya Mani has more than 27 years of experience in Teaching, Training, Research, Extension and served as Consultant for International & National Projects funded and supported by FAO (EU Nations), IFAD (Netherlands), AP Bio-technology, WHO, UNDP, GOI and Govt. of Andhra Pradesh. She has been constituted as Planning Commission Working Group Member for Twelfth Five Year Plan and provided farmer feedback to the group. Guided facilitators and monitored Farmer Field Schools (FFS) on cotton, vegetables and paddy in A.P. and ICM paddy in Chattisgarh CTDP supported by IFAD and sugarcane TOF at RARS, Anakapalle supported by WHO.
She is having expertise in conducting monitoring and evaluation of Rural Development Programmes sponsored by GOI. As an evaluation expert member, Dr. Mani has worked in State level Bt Cotton Impact assessment study. She is well experienced in management of programmes connected with Agricultural Extension, Rural Development and worked for formation and strengthening of Self-Help Groups (SHGs). She also handled U.G., P.G and Ph.D. courses for six years besides guiding research scholars and organizing regular training programmes at EEI.
Dr. Mani has number of International and National publications to her credit in addition to, a book on Biotechnology for sustainable agriculture and course material for PGDAEM and a chapter in International Pesticide Policy project-Series No. 9 (FAO, EU IPM programme for cotton Asia) and also manuals for Adopt a village programme of CAPART, GOI and WHO supported ToF programme on Sustainable Sugarcane Production. Her areas of specialization include Farmer Field Schools, Participatory Approaches, Monitoring and Evaluation of Rural Development Programmes, Impact Studies, etc.
S. Venku Reddy is an Agricultural Extension Specialist with over three decades of experience in teaching, research and extension work connected with rural development. He worked in various positions as Professor, Advisor and Consultant to different national and international organizations including the Work Bank. He has been instrumental in initiating participatory rural development initiatives in a number of African Countries with success. Prof. Reddy is founder President & Executive Director of Participatory Rural Development Initiatives Society, a non-governmental organization working in the areas of Rural and Agriculture development. Reddy has been awarded with honorary doctorate in extension by Viswa Vinyana Sansad (World Development Parliament) as an intellectual recognition in 1988.
Ph.D - Major : Agricultural Extension - Minor : Agronomy Indian agricultural Research Institute, New Deli (1971) – Won ICAR Gold Medal for highest OGPAM.Sc (Ag) - Extension Education - Andhra Pradesh Agricultural University,Rajendranagar, HyderabadB.Sc (Ag) - Agriculture - Andhra Pradesh Agricultural University, Rajendranagar, Hyderabad, India (1965)
Agricultural Extension Services Advisor, Ministry of Agriculture, A.H. and Fisheries, Government of Republic of Uganda (1992 - 1998) Consultant, World Bank (1991 - 1992) Technical Manager, Second Agricultural Extension and Training Project, Somalia, (1988 - 1991)Professor & Head, Extension Education Institute, Andhra Pradesh Agricultural University, India (1982 - 1988).
Recipient of Presidential Award for Promoting Sustainable Agricultural Development (2006)Member, Working Group on Agriculture – Institutional Credit and Cooperative Reforms, 11th Five Year Plan, Planning Commission, India. Member, Working Group on Agriculture, National Knowledge Commission, Government of India. Expert Member, Agricultural Biodiversity, National Biodiversity Board, Government of India. Facilitated by A.P. Bio Diversity Board for recognition of the contribution made for Bio Diversity and Environmental Protection.
Mamidipudi Ravindra Vikram has done his graduation in Science and Law. Vikram is a senior partner of M.Anandam & Co.,Chartered Accountants, Secunderabad and a leading Financial and management consultant.
Mr. Vikram is a Trustee and Secretary, Governing Council of M.V Foundation, a leading voluntary organization known nationally and internationally doing pioneering work in literacy and in eradicating child labour in India. MVF has addressed at the United Nations and European Parliament on this issue.
Vikram is also involved with Sahakara Mitra Samstha an NGO working with cooperatives farming; Manthan, a discussion group in the twin Cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad on issues of national importance; and Project 511 - an initiative of MVF and Hyderabad Round Table No. 8 supporting more than 250 schools on infrastructure and teaching aids in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad.
He serves as an Advisor, Auditor and Director of many companies which include Banks.
A regular speaker and paper writer on topics of finance and management.
Vinod Gaddam has multifaceted interests ranging from business, education, sports and politics. His business interests spans across manufacturing of Cigarettes, Power, ITES and Non-banking financial services.
Vinod is an ardent sports enthusiast and was a good cricket player in his student days. He is President of Hyderabad Cricket Association for the fourth term and represented BCCI in varied capacities.
He is very active in politics and has been a Cabinet Minister for Labour and Employment during 2004-09 in the Government of Andhra Pradesh. He has contributed substantially towards welfare of labor and providing employment through convergence of various employment schemes as a minister. He represented Indian delegation to ILO as Minister.
Vinod is closely associated as a Trustee with Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Collage, Hyderabad imparting donation free education to 3000+ socially and economically disadvantaged students every year. Nearly 100,000 students have been educated in this institution so far till its inception in 1977.
Vijay A Chartered Accountant by Profession, Vijay Sastry Kotamarti is Fellow member of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, Associate Member American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Associate Member of Certified General Accountants of Canada and Ontario, and Fellow Member Institute of Certified Public Accountants – Kenya and is currently practicing as a Certified General Accountant in Toronto – Canada for the past 10 years. He has over 25 years experience in the field of Accountancy and has practiced as a Chartered Accountant in three Continents – Asia, Africa and North America.
He was the Director of Education and Training Board – Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya and was instrumental in developing the profession of Accountancy in Kenya while in that position. He writes for many journals and newspapers and a number of his articles on taxation, accounting, management have been published in “Statements” the monthly journal of Certified General Accountants of Ontario and “India Observor” a local newspaper in Toronto.
He served as Chairman – Board of Trustees of Telugu Cultural Association of Toronto, and is receipient of "BHARAT GOURAV" award 2008. He is producer of radio and television programmes in Toronto – Canada for the past nine years, and is also Director of a number of corporations.
Mr. Virendar M. Trehan, an Entrepreneur has devoted much of his time to propagate the cause of Science & Technology, Telecommunications and Social Harmony in the Country. His constant Endeavour has been to build up a Scientific Temper in the Country and the Society as a whole. He is a well-known figure in the field of Telecommunications.
He is an active Member of Indian Science Congress Association. Twice elected as the Chairman of the Engineering Sciences Section of the Association, he founded Delhi Chapter of Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA) in1995 and was its Convener till 2007. He is now Chairman of the Chapter and under his leadership the activities under taken by the Chapter have been appreciated by all concerned.
Advocated the importance of formation of TRAI ahead of privatization and the regulatory role to be played by it.
Played an important role in formulating National Telecom Policy.
Being a Social Scientist, the welfare of the Society always ranked at the top of his priorities. To promote the spirit of fraternity, amity, peace and harmony throughout the world. Mr. Trehan founded a non-political, non-partisan and non-governmental organization - Foundation for Amity & National Solidarity in December 1984 in the aftermath of assassination of Mrs. Indira Gandhi, the then Prime Minister of India.
The objective of FANS - as the Foundation soon came to be known - was to promote awareness of the concept of Amity and Friendship amongst all Indians. This has been successfully achieved through mass contact programmes such as Youth Camps, Publication of Periodicals, Distribution of Literature, Padyatras (Peace March), Workshops, Seminars, corner meets, etc all over the Country.More than 400 functions across the country, over a span of 24 years' period, have been organized by the FANS.
In recognition of his spirit of entrepreneurship and contribution in the field of telecom technology, popularizing Science and propagating national integrations and social harmony, several awards and honours have been conferred on MrTrehan. Mr. Trehan is a self made man and has a multifaceted personality - Suave, Charismatic and Staunch Nationalist - his sole mission is to remain in the Service ofthe Nation!
Mr. V N Sastry is currently Joint Secretary (Projects) at Federation of Indian Micro and Small & Medium Enterprises, New Delhi. Sastry is a Post Graduate in Public and Personal Management and holds Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management.
Key areas of his expertise includes - Public Policy for SMEs ; SME developmental projects; Research Studies; and Interface with BMOs, MSME developmental Institutes and International and Multilateral organizations. Forging linkages with national and international organizations is an important area Mr. Sastry looks after at FIMSE.
Key achievements of Mr. Sastry at FISME includes Strategies and Preparedness for trade and globalization India an initiative of DFID, Ministry of Commerce and UNCTAD; “Capable” capacity building of MSME associations supported by GIZ; Promoting export business development services in SME clusters, a joint initiative by INIDO, FISME & IIFT; Establishment of Intellectual Property Facilitation Centres in New Delhi, Bangalore and Hyderabad with grant support from Development Commissioner, MSME, Ministry of MSME, Govt. of India ; and Knowledge and News Network (KNN) supported by GIZ.
Mr. Sastry had represented FISME in MSME policy set-up set up by Govt. of India and these representations in high power committees of Ministries of MSME; Commerce and Industry; Labour and Employment; Finance; Science and Technology; Parliament standing committee on Industry; and Planning Commission
Dr You currently heads the Korean unit of International Association of Exchange of Students for Technical Experiences (IAESTE). He is also President of Global Association for Training and Exchange (GATE) since he founded it in 2006. Dr You has a colorful career spanning high technology, international cooperation and education. Dr You has been closely associated with high technology industry, especially at Silicon Valley. Dr. You has worked with David Packard and translated his influential book into Korean. Besides, Dr. You has studied Intel's management philosophy and translated President Andrew Grove's book, Only the Paranoid Survive. Dr You founded a high tech start-up (Venture Business), Korean American Software Corporation (KASCO Technology). He has made significant technical contributions that includes working on the research team that developed inkjet printers at HP Laboratory. He has, among others served as chairman of International Venture Network and as an advisor to the International Law and Economy Institute in San Francisco. He has served as chair, advisor and consultant to a number of Korean institutions. In particular he has served on the board of the Korea Research Council for Science and Technology (KOCI) for many years. The Korea Research Council sets the strategic direction of Korea's seven largest National Research Centers Dr You has recently served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Korea Foundation for International Cooperation of Science and Technology (KICOS), an organization founded by the Ministry of Science and Technology. In this capacity he established a number of research collaborations between Korean and foreign institutions. The Battelle Memorial Institute's establishment of a Northeast Asian R&D center in Korea is an outstanding instance Dr You is an outstanding educationist. He has his academic credentials earned from world renowned universities. They include Korea University and University of California, Berkeley. His interests span from graduate programs to those at the school level, skill development and international student exchange. Among others he founded and managed a non-profit "Korean Language and Cultural School" in California.