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3rd International Conference on Life Skills & Livelihood Skills - Realizing and sustaining Clean India

Dates: 19 - 20 November 2015
Venue: ni-msme, Hyderabad

Speaker Profiles



PERSONAL DETAILS

Childhood:

Shri Dattatreya was born to Shri Bandaru Anjaiah and Smt.Eswaramma on 12th June 1946 at Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh). He was a keen learner at school and showed dynamic leadership qualities form a young age. He was blessed with soft spoken and compassionate nature which made him popular with people in a short span of time. He participated in organising various cultural, social and charitable activities since young age and grown as a leader by the day, leading by example.

Although from modest background Shri Dattatreya was hard working and well disciplined excelling in student life and public life. He is one of the very few teetotaller leaders in today’s politics. He is well liked and respected even by his political opponents. He completed B.Sc from Osmania University and devoted his life to public service after that.

Personal Life:

Married to Smt. Vasantha on 17th May 1989, and has a Daughter and Son. He is very close to his family, would love to spend time with them whenever possible.

Permanent Address:

B-34, F-4, TRT Quarters, Ram Nagar, Hyderabad - 500 020,
Camp Office, 407, Old MLA Qrtrs, Hyderaguda, Hyderabad,
Phone: 040-23239496 & 97.

Positions Held:

  • 1980 : Secretary, Bharatiya Janata Party (B.J.P.), Andhra Pradesh
  • 1981 - 1989 : General-Secretary, B.J.P., Andhra Pradesh
  • 1991 : Elected to 10th Lok Sabha, Member, Public Accounts Committee, Member, Committee on Welfare of SCs, STs and Minorities
  • 1996 - 1998 : President, B.J.P., Andhra Pradesh
  • 1998 : Re-elected to 12th Lok Sabha (2nd term)
  • 1998 - 1999 : Union Minister of State, Urban Development
  • 1999 : Re-elected to 13th Lok Sabha (3rd term)
  • 13th Oct. 1999 - 14th June 2000 : Union Minister of State, Ministry of Urban Development
  • 14th June 2000 - 30th June 2002 : Union Minister of State, Ministry of Urban Development and Poverty Alleviation
  • 1st July 2002 - 2004 : Union Minister of State, Ministry of Railways
  • 2006 - 2010 : BJP President of Andhra Pradesh
  • 2014 10th Nov.2014 to till date :
    National Vice President of BJP, Member of Parliament from Secunderabad Lok Sabha Parliament Constituency, MoS (Independent Charge) Labour & Employment


Other Information:

  • General Secretary - Voluntary Organisations, India
  • Joint Secretary - A.P. Cyclone Committee (RSS)
  • Member
        Tobacco Board, 1991 - 1996
        Coconut Board, 1991 - 1996
        Railway Advisory Committee, 1991 – 1996
        Telephone Advisory Committee, 1991 - 1996
  • OBC Parliamentary Commission Chairman 2014-15

PERSONAL DETAILS

Date of birth & Place : 02-05-1947 in Kandlakunta (v), Guntur Dist.
Educational Qualification :

  • Primary Education in Siripuram in Guntur Dist.
  • Pre – University from Loyala College, Vijayawada
  • MBBS from Kurnool, Guntur Medical College
  • MS ( General Surgery), Banaras Hindu University
Constituency : Elected as MLA from Sattenapalle, Guntur District
Political Party : Telugu Desam Party
Spouse : Smt. Kodela Sasikala
Children : Daughter – Dr. Vijaya Lakshmi Son – Dr. Siva Rama Krishna Son ( Deceased) Dr. Satya Narayana

CAREER:

  • Established his own practice in Narasaraopeta near Guntur. Being brought up in rural area , he had very much concern to the patients and developed personal touch with the attendants and the Villagers who come to console the patients.
  • Though he was reluctant to contest , Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao inspired him to contest election in 1983.
  • Knowing the services of Dr. Sivaprasada, NT Rama Rao directly offered Home Ministry to Dr. Kodela and it was record in the country to offer Home portfolio as a maiden attempt.
  • Later Dr. Sivaprasad got very prestigious portfolios such as Civil supplies, Panchayatraj, Health and Irrigation. As Irrigation Minister, Almatty issue was taken up of the National level and National press remarked whether Dr. Kodela is a Medical doctor or a Doctorate in Civil Engineering.
  • In PanchayatRaj, he was instrumental in establishment of Dwakra groups and won the appreciation from Gram Panchayat President right upto Zilla Parishat Chairman in developing the perfect systems and four and half lac Dwakra groups were developed.
  • In Civil Supplies Department , the distribution system was made flawless and the needy person is made to get his share from the Government.
  • Drinking water System in Narasaraopet was improved which solved the drinking problems for next twenty years.
  • Foundation for Pulichintala Project was laid by N.T.Rama Rao when he was the Irrigation Minister.
  • As Health Minister, he was instrumental for starting of Basavatarakam indo American Cancer Institute at Hyderabad for cancer treatment to the people of International standards in a most affordable way. This cancer Institute was inaugurated by the then Prime Minister, Sri. Vajpayee
  • The jewel in his crown is the development of Kotappakonda into a pilgrim center by laying ghat road. As part of ecotourism, gardens were developed for scenic beauty and thus attracting lakhs of devotees.
  • As part of Swachh Andhra Pradesh, Dr. Kodela Siva Prasada Rao is actively involved in the construction of 20,000 individual sanitary latrines in his Constituency, Sattenapally and intending to promote this activity all over the State. So fat , Dr. Kodela won six times as MLA
FOREIGN VISITS AS SPEAKER:

  • In 2014 attended Commonwealth Speaker Conference in Yaounde, Cameroon and spoke on topic , " How can parliament ensure that young people are placed at the center of sustenable development and the role of education ".
OTHER POSITIONS :

  • Chairman , Business Advisory Committee.
  • Trustee, Dr. Kodela Satyanarayana memorial charitable trust.
PAST TIME ACTIVITIES :

  • Reading literary books
  • Listening to music
  • Swimming
  • Giving medical treatment to the poor in free time and social activities such as health promotion , women empowerment.

Personal Background

Sri Kalvakuntla Taraka Rama Rao, Cabinet Minister for Information Technology and Panchayat Raj, has been representing Sircilla Assembly Constituency since 2009.Sri K.T. Rama Rao was born in Siddipet, Telangana, on July 24, 1976, and grew up in politically and socially active environment. He has completed his schooling from St. George’s Grammar School, Hyderabad. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Microbiology from Nizam College, Hyderabad. He has two post-graduate degrees – M.Sc. in Biotechnology from University of Pune and the other is MBA in Marketing and E-Commerce from Baruch College-City, University of New York, New York.

After completing his MBA, Sri K. T. Rama Rao worked as IT Professional for six years – from 2001 to 2006. His keen observation of political activism as a child, his international exposure as a student, and his strategic role as IT professional empowered Sri K.T. Rama Rao to join ‘fulltime’ in bandwagon of politics. He became the full-time TRS activist in the year 2006. His go-getter tendency, never give-up mindset, inclination to fight for the deprived enabled him to get connected with wide spectrum of the political arena. He established the required convergence from grass root level workers to the national level leaders. He actively participated in the Telangana movement between 2009 and 2014.

Sri K.T Rama Rao has been putting relentless efforts in streamlining the two vital portfolios – Information Technology and Panchayat Raj. As an IT Minister, Sri K.T. Rama Rao has come up with omniscient vision to cater the multi-dimensional requirements of the IT industry. Several complementary initiatives are launched under his noble leadership to address the needs of the industry.

Mr. Loganathan Naidoo was born in Tongaat, North Coast, KwaZulu-Natal, and Republic of South Africa. His career has started in the year 1975 as computer operator with the Mercedes Benz as Stock Controller. He was joined with La Mercy Beach Hotel in the year 1982 as account clerk and reached to the status of Group Director with hard work and efforts in the year 1993. He is prominent personal locally and his experience with local government includes Executive chair of North Local Council from 1996 to 2000 and he was former deputy mayor and chairperson of Economic Development Committee for two terms in 2000 and 2010. He is currently Speaker of eThekwini municipality.

Mr. Logie was honored with many awards and some of the prominent ones are Chaired the Committee that granted freedom of the town of Tongaat to Nelson Mandela in October 1994, attended World Business Forum Conference in 2001, Friend of China award, Honorary Membership of Society of Radiographers in 2011, Received Paul Harris Fellowship from rotary club and list is pretty long further. He is prominent personality and political member in Durban and it is great privilege to have Mr. Logie as one of the speakers for the Skill 2015.

Beena Chintalapuri is committed to the field of Psychology which is evidenced from her research, training, teaching and Publication. Her effort was to apply Social Cognitive Psychology Strategies and models to bring about innovative practices in behaviour through research and training. Her engagement with Human resources Development involved Organizations like Indian Space research Organization, Telangana Prisons, Teachers at different levels, Counsellors of HIV/AIDS clients has lead to a meaningful life and positive outcome. She has a PhD in Psychology, has worked for 30 years in the University system. She held several prestigious positions as a Registrar, Dean, Director, and Chairperson. She was a recipient of Andhra Pradesh Best Teacher Award in the year 2008.

Mr. Chandrasekar Reddy has a Masters degree in Economics and Post Graduation Diploma in Entrepreneurship and UNIDO Certification on Cluster Development. He has distinctive blend of professional exposure to both business development and management. Mr. Reddy's work experience over the last two decades involves managerial responsibilities in organisations and in promotion and development of micro, small and medium enterprises. He has served with Haryana Delhi Industrial Consultancies (HARDICON); Centre for Entrepreneurship Development (CEDMAP), Madhya Pradesh, National Institute for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (ni-msme) and German International Cooperation (GIZ) in different capacities.

Mr. Reddy has been extensively involved in promotion of entrepreneurship development particularly in the field of training, research and consultancy and provided support in establishment of Entrepreneurship Development Cells in different institutions. He has also played a lead role in establishing National Resource Centre for Cluster Development (NRCD) at ni-msme, extended support in formulation of cluster development schemes of various Ministries of Government of India and several State Governments. He has also guided international executives in the preparation of policy related issues pertaining to the identification and mapping of clusters in various countries during his stay at ni-msme and provided handholding services to the cluster actors & cluster development executives of various clusters across the country. He has also developed Business Development Service (BDS) models for MSMEs for different parts of the country and involved in designing of sectoral loan products for financial institutions during his tenure in GIZ.

Mr.Reddy has contributed several articles in the field of entrepreneurship development and MSME cluster development and involved in publications of books on various themes related to MSMEs for the respective organizations wherever he worked. His current areas of interest include entrepreneurship development, cluster development, BDS models, innovation opportunities, business projects and management.

Dan Coholan is a name that needs no special introduction as he is Vice Chairman, RBC Wealth Management and he constantly supports top enterprises and families all over the nation. His guidance, solution providing power, and integration to many of the Canadian clients in the business resulted into the best business strategy, family strategy and integrated wealth transition planning strategy. Mr. Coholan’s journey with RBC Wealth Management started as Managing Director and embarked as Vice Chairman after 25 years. He has been a greatest asset to the company as well as to their esteemed clients all these years too.

Mr. Coholan is always very active with many non-profit organizations and is a board member of many private companies too. He is currently on the Board of Governors of the Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall and the board of Directors of American Learning Solutions too. Academically Dan holds an MBA from Richard Ivery School of Business, University of Western Ontario and also an M.Ed Degree from Harvard University besides holding BA Degree from Trent University. It is definitely a great privilege for Skill 2015 to have Dan Coholan as one of the speakers and we will look forward to feel his prominent presence in the conference.

Shailendra Kumar Hajela graduated in Electrical Engineering in 1957 from the erstwhile University of Roorkee (Now IIT Roorkee) winning the Thomason Prize and the Gold Medal for the Best Engineering Project Design. Immediately on graduation he was appointed as Lecturer in Communications at the University of Roorkee and after a brief sojourn at teaching was sponsored under the German Govt. Fellowship programme for postgraduate research to Germany. He obtained his Dr. Ing. (Ph.D.) degree from the Technical University of Ilmenau. Having successfully competed in the All India Engineering Services Examination 1957, he joined the Indian Telecom Service (ITS), Government of India after completing his doctorate.

During his career spanning over 33 years in the Department of Telecommunications, he was engaged in planning, provisioning, development of network infrastructure, project management, operation and management of services, holding positions of progressively increasing responsibility, viz. Asstt. Director (TRC); Chief Engineer (R&D) and General Manager at ITI Ltd. Bangalore and Naini Units; Dy. Director General (RD); Chief General Manager, Tamilnadu Telecom Circle; Sr. DDG of Telecom Engineering Centre, culminating with Advisor Technology at policy and decision making level in the Telecom Commission during the onset of liberalization of Economy and Telecom sector reform in India during 1991-92.

On deputation from the Government of India he served the International Telecommunication Union (a specialized UN Agency) (ITU) for over 10 years in two stints, first as Team Leader and Sr. Expert of the UNDP/ITU funded Telecom Maintenance and Management Project in Nepal (1983–88) and later on (1992-97) as the Area Representative for West & South Asia and Coordinator of the ITU/BDT Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific at Bangkok, the period marked by project activities on liberalization, corporatization and related policy and regulatory issues.

On retirement from ITU, he has been associated with the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India as honorary Sr. Consultant for over 8 years. He has undertaken major consultancy assignments in India and abroad with the Government, World Bank, Asian Development Bank, UNESCAP, UNDP, ITU and the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity. He is a member of the Project Advisory Committee of Technology Systems Group, Ministry of Science & Technology, Chairman of the ITU-APT Foundation of India and Chairman of Telecel Communications (P) Ltd.

Dr. Hajela is a Fellow of Institution of Engineers, Fellow of Institution of Electronics and Telecom Engineers and Sr. Member of IEEE (USA). In recognition of his outstanding achievements and contributions, the IIT-Roorkee conferred on him the Distinguished Alumnus Award in November 2008.

Harri Narisimulu trained as an analytical chemist and worked in the petrochemical, pharmaceutical and higher education fields for several years. He also served as Corporate Affairs, Marketing & communication and alumni development for the Technological Institute of Durban. Currently Mr. Hari is running a highly successful consultancy that researches and develops innovative responses for their clientele in the field of education and their clientele includes educational institutes, NGOs, with income generation interest, and some more too from the field of Strategic Marketing for Sustainable Development. Their research has been helping many other areas like Techno-Parks, Incubator & Clusters development, innovative education delivery solutions and many more.

Currently, Mr. Hari is actively consulting for University of Lurio, Mozambique, Invalco-Maputo Private Hospitals at Mozambique, Flemish Technical Co-Operation/Belgian Technical Corporation Office, IRCA Global, EThekwini Municipality and many more. Some of his prestigious past projects include his being invited as delegate on Presidential visit to Malaysia (2003), convener of the African Maritime Institute, Global Fund for HIV, TB & Malaria Director, Strategic Advisory for various NGOs and some more. We feel pride to have Mr. Hari as one of the speakers for our upcoming Skill 2015 international conference and we will look forward to his presence.

Professor Hemanth Rao is academically holding B.Sc (Agriculture), MBA (JNTU) and MBA (Durham UK) and Ph.D. He was formerly Professor, Director at Centre for Poverty Studies and Rural development and Dean for Management Programmes Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI) and presently Director for Stratlead International. Last three decade experience of Mr. Hemanth includes his unique exposure to private organizations, public and co-reputed corporate and strategic restructuring of departments/organizations of Government of India and state governments. He has been lecturing constantly at many leading management institutions in the India that includes NIRD, National Police Academy, XLRI, Indian Institute of Coal Management, SBI Staff College, JNIDB, nimsme, NAARM, MANAGE, MCRHRDI and many other institutions.

Mr. Hemanth researched on many topics and submitted valuable papers in many national and international conferences. He also published many refereed journals too. His recent research work as published in one of his books named “tryst with Global Competition: Strategic Response of Corporate India” . He also published another book named “Study of Mahatma Gandhi national Rural Employment Guarantee Act”. His academic interest areas include Corporate and Competitive Strategy, Agribusiness, Rural Development, Corporate Social Responsibility and more. It is a great honor to Have Mr. Hemanth as one of the speakers for Skill 2015.

Jack Sim, Founder of Worlds Toilet Organization (WTO) is a successful businessman from the age of 24. He achieved a great financial success during 40s. His success motivated him to move towards the direction of the humanity. He started to believe in his motto “live a useful life” and left his business to travel his best journey of the humanity. His journey is to turn into the voice of the people who cannot speak out and to fight for their dignity, rights and health. His services are spread all over the world through his WTO foundation. In 1998, Jack established Restroom Association of Singapore with a mission to improve the standards for public toilets in Singapore. Through RAS, Jack expanded his services to achieve his vision throughout the world and established WTO in the year 2001. Jack also founded another organization in this connection in the year 2005 as World Toilet College (WTC).

Jack received Singapore Green Plan award in the year 2012 from the Singapore’s national environment Agency (NEA). In 2007, Jack was one of the key members to convene Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA) that is comprised of 130 active organizations. There are innumerable awards and rewards received by Jack for his contribution and this prominent personality being one of the speakers for the Skill 2015 is definitely a great privilege.

Professor Jaya Indiresan graduated from the Madras University in Psychology with first class and was a gold medalist. She has received her doctorate through Ph.D in Organizational Behavior from IIT Delhi. She was formerly professor for Higher Education at the National Institute of Education and Planning and Administration of New Delhi. She has been a guide for several Ph.D. and M.Phil students and worked as visiting professor for University of Manitoba, Canada and a visiting scholar for University of Michigan, USA too. Presently, she is serving as a freelance consultant for several national organizations such as University Grants Commission, Educational Technology Management Academy and International Organizations like World Bank, Ford Foundations, Swiss Development Corporation, Danida, British Council and many more.

Jaya Indiresan authored three books besides producing training manuals on Women in Academic Leadership, Decision Making and Team Building Skills for Women, and some more. She is actively involved in many initiatives through skill development for livelihood and served well for the empowerment of socially and economically challenged youth. She has been involved in a major projection mainstreaming Madarasa Education in Andhra Pradesh too. It is a great privilege for Skill 2015 to have Jaya Indiresan as a speaker at the conference.

Kushil Gunasekera, a results-driven visionary, through pioneering initiatives effects sustainable development in rural Sri Lanka. 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.

Kushil Gunasekera 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 full-time 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.

Kushil has demonstrated selfless service for 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 just celebrated 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.

Post-conflict, in the two years of 2011 and 2012 he has spearheaded the North Development Initiatives by helping 8000 beneficiaries to rebuild their lives speedily to regain normalcy through the Foundation of Goodness.

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, he impacts our world by making it a better environment for all.

Mark Choono aged 40 is a distinguished personality from the South Africa. He is currently serving as Operations Manager for Best of Recycle in South Africa. He worked as managing Director for the Business Palette before to the current occupation. During his professional tenure, he was exposed to wide array of positions and has proved himself as a dynamic professional with the acquired successes. Few from the list of roles handled by him are Services SETA Accredited facilitator and Moderator, WRSETA Accredited Skill Development Facilitator, NGO Independent Project Trust, a software professional with seasoned touch and many more.

Mark Choonoo is definitely a distinguished professional with varied skill sets and a best software programmer too with ability to work on the latest software packages like SAP. His skill development t approach is truly remarkable and many professionals gained a lot from him too. Now, it is a great privilege to have Mr. Choonoo as one of the speakers for our Skill 2015. He is definitely going to be a great asset to the conference with his suggestions and guidance.

As General Manager and Vice President of CHARLTON BROWN®, Petrina Fraccaro is a key member of the team leading one of Australia’s foremost community services vocational training organisations.

Bringing to the organisation more than 20 years of senior experience in the marketing and communications industry, and 15 years in private and public tertiary and vocational education, Petrina has oversight of Operations, Sales and Marketing, Student Recruitment, and Enrolments and Administration teams at CHARLTON BROWN®.

As part of the leadership team, Petrina provides strategic input that helps shape the development and alliance of partnerships to grow the CHARLTON BROWN® Foundation, College and Employment Agency.

She is personally responsible for creating and nurturing relationships with key stakeholders, lobbyists and industry representatives. This includes working with international businesses, industries and governments to facilitate local skills development and capacity building in community services.

Petrina’s work contributes to the development of a stronger vocational education and training and care industry in Australia, and a strengthened international profile for CHARLTON BROWN®. She is passionate about supporting students on their education pathways through her work on the Global Linkages Scholarship Program, an initiative of the CHARLTON BROWN® Foundation.

Petrina contributes her expertise and time to a number of industry associations and organisations, and is a Board Member of the Australian India Business Council Education and Skills Committee and Zonta International. Her efforts were recognised in 2014 as a Business Person of the Year finalist in the Lord Mayor's Multicultural Awards for Business. In the 30 years since its establishment, CHARLTON BROWN® has trained more than 15,000 students worldwide and placed many in employment both nationally and internationally. CHARLTON BROWN®’s training and carer placement services are available in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, the Northern Territory and Western Australia, while training services are exported to more than 20 countries around the world.

Industry Expertise and Associations

  • Member of the Vocational Education Learning Group
  • Member of the Australian College of Private Education and Training
  • Member of the International Education Association of Australia
  • Member of the Australian Marketing Institute
  • Member of the Public Relations Institute of Australia
  • Board Appointment, Australia India Business Council Education and Skills Committee
  • Member of the Fostering Executive Women (FEW) – Queensland University of Technology
  • Chair of the PR and Marketing Committee and Board Member for Zonta International – Brisbane Breakfast Club

Individual Awards

  • University of Southern Queensland, Alumnus of the Year- Finalist, 2014
  • Business Person of the Year, Lord Mayor's Multicultural Awards for Business – Finalist, 2014
  • Australasian Reporting Award – Bronze, 2012
  • Australasian Reporting Award – Bronze, 2011
  • Queensland Public Sector Annual Report Awards – Best Government Owned Corporation/Statutory Authority, 2010
  • Public Sector Annual Report Awards – Most Readable Annual Report, 2010
  • Queensland University of Technology Outstanding Contribution Award – Student Ambassador Program, 2003

CHARLTON BROWN® Company Awards

    Australian Training Awards


  • International Training Provider of the Year, CHARLTON BROWN® - Finalist 2014 and 2013

  • Lord Mayor’s Multicultural Business Awards


  • Doing Business in Asia, CHARLTON BROWN® - Finalist 2015 and 2014
  • Queensland Training Awards


  • Small Training Provider of the Year,CHARLTON BROWN® - Finalist 2015, 2014 and 2013
  • School Based Trainee, Brayden White (Employee) - Sate Finalist 2015
  • VET Teacher/Trainer of the year, Carmel Harrison - Regional Finalist 2014
  • ACPET Awards for Excellence


  • International Education Provider of the Year, CHARLTON BROWN®, Finalist 2013
  • Student of the Year, Treena Class, Finalist 2013
  • Teacher of the Year, Carmel Harison, Finalist 2013

Industry Acknowledgment

  • Presenter, Queensland Rural, Regional and Remote Women’s Network Conference, Biloela, September 2015
  • Presenter, League of Extraordinary Women, Run the World Conference, Brisbane,
  • Presenter, 12th Global conference on Ageing, Hyderbad, India, June 2014
  • Presenter, ACPET National Conference, 2013
  • Lord Mayor’s Business Awards- Doing Business in Asia, Finalists 2014
  • Queensland Training Awards- Small Training Provider of the year, Finalists 2014
  • ACPET Awards for Excellence- Student of the Year, Teacher of the Year, International Education Provider of the Year, Finalists, 2013
  • Queensland Training Awards- Small Training Provider of the Year, Finalists, 2013

Mr. Linford is currently the CEO of OGM Technical Institute Pvt Ltd/NaSAH Australia Pvt Ltd. He holds B.Economics from Monash University and participated in Victoria Building Effective Executive Teams AGSM (1999) and Executive Corporate strategy MIT Sloan (2001) Austrade Executive leadership forum (2002). Some of the milestones in his career are being Vice President in the year 2103 for Nasser S Al Hajri Corporation, Senior Vice President for Gulf Asia LLC and vice president for RP Group Director new Millennium School Bahrain. Also, he was the Minister Commercial India during 2008 and 2012 for senior trade & Investment commissioner at the South Asia Australian High court New Delhi among the other respectable positions he has held.

Mr. Linford’s career path is truly remarkable with many prestigious positions and played prominent role in establishing historical milestones with North Africa, Middle East and other countries. Having Mr. Linford as one of the speakers for the upcoming Skill 2015 is a great honor and all attendees are eagerly looking forward to his words and their impact on the conference. His presence will definitely take the conference to soaring levels of success.

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.

Ravesh Hari persad is owner and managing director for the firm Big VI Pty Ltd. This firm is into property development, site procurement and land rehabilitation. He is also owner and managing director for some more organizations in Durban and those are Solarite LED Africa Pty Ltd, Solarite LED KZN Pty Ltd, Sunche Investments CC t/a Garden Buzz, Plano Investments Pty Ltd, Tsome Investments Cc t/a Services Unlimited, Best Recycle CC, and Freeflow Warehouse and Distribution Centre CC. Mr. Hari Persad is a well known and a successful entrepreneur. He grew to be a very prominent personality in South Africa through his vast set of entrepreneurships.

Ravesh Haripersad is always active with his businesses and takes some time out for the social causes whenever possible. Now, he is kind enough to invest his valuable time for the Skill 2015 conference in India. It is a great honor to have him as one of the speakers for the upcoming conference Skill 2015. There will be an insightful speech from Mr Haripersad and we all are looking forward to his presence at the conference.

Dr.Ravi K Reddy is a Chartered Accountant and a Business Advisory Consultant. He has been working for many businesses of small, medium and emerging enterprises for many years. He is currently the Managing partner at M/S RK Reddy & associates, which is a Hyderabad based chartered accountancy firm. This firm was established in the year 1986 and currently spanned with multi versatile services in it like management consultancy, taxation, accounting and auditing for all multi-sector clients. Ravi is also the co-founder of LSLSI, which emphasizes on the rural empowerment and made many prestigious activities in this regard too. Ravi also co-organized past two conferences in the series of international conferences, Skill 2010 and Skill 2013, and played a prominent role in making them a huge success.

Mr. Ravi has been honored with Doctorate on 19th June, 2015 at Denver by American Sentinel University, Denver, Colorado USA for his efforts towards rural empowerment. There are many more significant activities shouldered by Mr. Ravi through LSLSI and REEDS and those are all emphasized on the rural empowerment in various spheres. Having him as the member of the organizing committee and as a speaker at the conference would help us gain a lot of knowledge on the current sanitation issues and would be of great motivation those working towards rural empowerment.

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.

Raymond Rampersad was born in Durban on 11th September 1959 and employed in government sector for more than 33 years. He holds degrees in Environmental Health, Law, Public Administration and Business Management. Currently, he is working as the Head for the Solid Waste Department of eThekwini Municipality for the past 15 years. This department is established with more than 3000 employees and serving to more than 4.3 million inhabitants. Solid Waste is now officially known as Durban Solid Waste Management Company. DSW has been using the latest technology and is an organization which gives the utmost importance to maintaining the environment.

DSW is currently a biggest waste management department in the province of KwaZulu-Natal and it is now a role model in the solid waste industry too. The specialty of this department is its own integral sustainable waste management strategy with an objective to turn Durban into one of the cleanest cities in the Africa. It applies techniques from around the world in its workings and sets the best bench marks for others in this field too. Mr. Rampersad honors his responsibility with the philosophy “One Life One Environment”. It is a delight to have Mr. Rampersad here and share is knowledge and wisdom in solid waste management with us.

Mr. RCM Reddy is currently the Managing Director & CEO of IL&FS Education & Technology Services Ltd. It is a leading infrastructure and finance company in India at present. Mr. Reddy with his capacity holds the responsibility for the social sector initiatives of their company in areas such as education, skill development, e-governance, health and cluster development and some other social initiatives. His efforts designed and implemented many path breaking initiatives through partnership with the government and industries within the areas of SME cluster development as well as skill development with primary focus over the youth who belong to the below poverty line.

Mr. Reddy is also the Chairman for FICCI Skills forum, Co-Chair of FICCI MSME Committee besides being Co-Chair of UK India Skill forum too. Mr. Reddy was a former IAS officer before joining IL&FS and held many prestigious positions with many state governments in India. He has also worked with UN IDO, which is United Nations Industrial development Organization for cluster development. Academically, Mr. Reddy is a MS in Urban & regional Planning and holds bachelor degree in Civil engineering too. It is a great privilege and a brilliant opportunity for the participants to learn from Mr. Reddy as a speaker for Skills 2015.

Dr. Oliver is the founder and CEO of the American Sentinel University which is currently teaching more than 4000 students under the guidance of more than 200 faculty members. Mr. Oliver was a professor of Management at the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University before founding American Sentinel University. Mr. Oliver served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Symmetricom Inc. (NASDAQ) and also served on the Board of Applied Innovation (NASDAQ) . He was also principle researcher and spokesman for a joint venture between IBM/American Express focused over the future of the small business.

Mr. Oliver has authored many books and some of them are “What is Transparency”, “The Biotech Age”, “The Business of Biotech and How to make Money from It”, “The Coming Biotech Age”. He has been a consultant for many companies, like JP Morgan, RBC, capital Markets, AMEX, IBM, Bellsouth, Nortel, Du Pont, Berwind Industries, SLC Corporation, Honeywell, The CBC, Tetrapak, Central Parking Systems and JC Bradford. It is an honor that Dr. Oliver has accepted to speak at this conference and share his knowledge with us.

Ms. Ruth Lascano Leano works for UNICEF Hyderabad Field Office as the Chief Field Officer and covers Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Karnataka. Ms.Ruth has worked with UNICEF for 27 years and served in the areas of communication for development, advocacy for children’s rights, social mobilization and management of programs and other projects supported by the organization. She has worked in Zanzibar, Tanzania, Malawi, Tajikistan, Armenia, Georgia, East Timor and Philippines before taking charge of the Indian base.

She has taken it up as a responsibility to lend her hand in as many social causes as possible. Ms. Ruth as one of the speakers for the Skills 2015 will give us an insight into her valuable experiences as a social worker for the UN.

Prof. Shantha Sinha is a prominent Indian activist who has strived for the eradication of the child labor. She is the founder of the M V Foundation and secretary trustee to the organization. She has been active with many programs which work towards the elimination of the child labor by implementing programs for elementary education in 13 districts of Andhra Pradesh that covers more than 6000 villages by M V Foundation. Her efforts successfully relieved more than 4, 00,000 children who are between ages 5-14 from child labor over the last 12 years. She has been the recipient of many awards and felicitations throughout her life as a social activist. Some of them are Padma Shri in 1999 by Government of India, Ramon Magsaysay Award in the year 2003, Golden Feder Award, Albert Shankar International Award, and Rotary India Award.

Prof.Shantha Sinha holds a doctorate in Political science from Jawaharlal Nehru University, India and pursued her MA in Political science from Osmania University, India. She has also served as a chairperson and member for many high powered committees and working groups on child labor, education, and human rights. She is also on board for several NGOs . It is an honor for us to welcome such an accomplished and experienced personality to speak in this conference. We hope to gain as great knowledge and wisdom from you.

Professor Shekarbabu is the founding Associate Dean for Amrita School of Business, Bangalore. He is also Chairman of the international programs at Amrita University Bangalore campus too. He holds B E (Electronics and Communication) from Bangalore University India and finished his M S (Computer Engineering) from the University of California, Los Angeles, USA. He is a aficionado of the health care field and has researched on various branches of this field like Healthcare Management, Healthcare Economics and Strategy and Marketing. He is also an Adjunct Faculty at school of Management, University at Buffalo, NY, USA.

Prof.ShekarBabu has worked for 16 years in the industry prior to his position with Amrita University and served many responsibilities as Director of Marketing and Strategy, Hewlett-Packard Co, CA, Cupertino, USA for 11 years and 5 years as a management consultant at Price Waterhouse, Los Angeles, CA, USA. He is also involved with many startup companies through his strong work experience and entrepreneurship skills. He served on board many companies in silicon Valley USA as well as in India. It is a great privilege to have Mr. ShekharBabu at Skills 2015, we request him to share his views with us.

V VSadamate is currently an Agricultural Convergence Expert in PIU of a World Bank project. He held many responsibilities with his qualification, caliber and experience. Some of these are Additional Commissioner (Extension), Ministry of Agriculture - Government of India, Agricultural advisor in Planning Commission, Principal Consultant with FAO. He left an impression through his utmost efficiency in handling these positions. Mr. Sadamate with his vast experience is definitely a great credit for the India.

Mr. Sadamate graduated in the year 1973 in Agriculture from the College of Agriculture in Pune. He had completed his post graduation and had done his Ph.D. (Agril. Extension) from IARI, New Delhi. He also holds a Post doctoral degree from Michigan State University, USA. He has been quite instrumental in developing the 12th 5 year plan in Agricultural Sector of India. As of now, there are more than 80 research publications in his credit. It is a great honor to have Mr. Sadamate as one of the eminent speakers for Skills 2015.

Manocha is a prominent professional with more than 35 years of experience in the field of product design and development. He is a Telecom Networking expert as well as an expert in the Telecommunications field. He served as a Telecom Trainer for professionals at the Advanced level Technical Training Centre, Ghaziabad - Government of India. He has been Chairman and Managing Director for ITI Ltd, Bangalore and Chairman of Fibcom limited and ITI Satcom Limited. He is a prominent professional in his field.

Manocha has organized many seminars and conferences at National and Local Levels on Digital communications, Network security, Telecom for Senior Management and management of Telecom Research and Development. He authored many articles on Data Communication, Differential PCM, Expert Systems, published in National and International journals. Manocha is also a founder member and Executive member of ITU-APT Foundation in India. He has been Expert member for ICT Core-Group, ministry of Science and technology - Government of India and serving as professor at Amrita School of Engineering, Bangalore. It is truly prestigious to have Mr. Manocha at this international conference.  

Mr. Mehta worked for Oil Company and he was trained by an Italian Lubricants expert after graduating from the Kolkata University in Physics. Later, he shifted to another company J K group after being trained by German engineer in the field of Assembly and Inspection of small machines used in offices such as typewriters, calculators and more. Later, he worked with India Linoleum Ltd as Assistant. Manager. Mr. Mehta has an illustrious professional life filled with excellence.

During the office of Chief Minister Chaudhury Devilal for Haryana state, Mr. Mehta had a great breakthrough by working for Export and Small Industries Development Corporation. He was also given charge of Rural Development of Haryana Government during that period. This tenure gave him more knowledge on Rural Economy and he came across many challenges, prejudices and discrimination while handling issues in this regard. Later on, Mr.Mehta started his own import-export business. His expertise on Rural Development is vast and quite relevant to Skills 2015, making him an apt speaker for our conference.

Mr. Suresh Kumar had graduated from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay in the year 1966 and later joined Indian Administrative Service in the year 1968. He served well in various capacities in the Government of Maharashtra in areas like Agriculture, Rural Development, Local Administration, Social Development, and Social Justice. He was the first and foremost Director of the National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management (MANAGE) and concurrently served as Deputy Director of National Institute of Rural Development for 5 years duration. He served in various government departments after his retirement, like Additional Chief Secretary (HOME) Government of Maharashtra in 2004, UPA Lokayuktha (Deputy Ombudsman) of Maharashtra from 2004 to 2009 too.

He chaired the 12th Plan working Group on agricultural extension of the then Planning Commission -Government of India and chaired the cadre review committee of MANAGE too. He also worked as One Member Working Group for strengthening the Tribal Development Department of Government of Maharashtra. There are a number of other ways in which he served the prestigious departments in the government. His experience in Rural Development is vast and his expertise is definitely a great addition for the Skills 2015 conference.

Dr. Suryamani is an eminent personality with more than 27 years of experience in teaching, training, research and extension and has served as consultant for many national and international projects funded by FAO (EU NATION). IFAD (NETHERLANDS), AP Biotechnology, WHO, UNDP, GOI and Government of Andhra Pradesh. She has been a part of the planning commission working group for the 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 AP and ICM paddy in Chhattisgarh, CTDP supported by IFAD and sugarcane TOF at RARS, Anakapalle supported by WHO.

Dr. Mani has in her credit many national and international publications in addition to publishing a book on Biotechnology for Sustainable Agriculture and development of course material for PGDAEM and a Chapter in International Pesticides Policy Project Series No. 9 (FAO, EU IPM Program for Cotton Asia). She created manuals for adopting village programs of CAPART, GOI and WHO and supported ToF program on sustainable sugar cane production. Dr. Mani with her distinguished expertise and caliber gives us great honor with her presence at Skills 2015.

Udita Tyagi is one of the young social workers of India hailing from the city of Brass, Moradabad. She is the motivating force behind “My Clean India” and motivated more than 20 lakh students for this great cause. She is a National President and Brand Ambassador of the project and has been successful in reaching every student of the state through her inspiring campaign BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD. My Clean India project came up with response to UN Agenda 21, chapter 25. The project is made accessible and in reach for more than 1000 plus schools in the India and it was taken up before the Prime Minister Modi’s SwachhBharath initiative.

Ms. Tyagi is an active participant in the Uttar Pradesh HOW Foundation activities. Her best asset is the ability to connect well with all age groups. She motivates everyone towards the right direction so that goals and aims can be fulfilled successfully. She has worked with schools, NGOs and organizations those work for societal betterment. She is an inspiring personality for Indian youth and having her as one of the speakers for the Skills 2015 is definitely a great resource to the conference.

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.

Dr. Venku Reddy is an agricultural extension specialist with over three decades of expertise. He is involved in teaching and research and extension work connected with Rural Development. He held many prestigious responsibilities in his successful tenure as a professor, an advisor, and consultant to different national and international organizations including World Bank. Mr. Reddy is also Founder President & Executive Director of participatory Rural Development Initiative Society, which is an NGO working currently in rural areas and agriculture areas. He was also honored with an Honorary Doctorate in extension by Viswa Vinyana Sansad (World Development Parliament) as an intellectual recognition in the year 1988.

Dr. Reddy academically holds Ph.D., with a Major in agricultural extension and Minor in Agronomy from Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi in the year 1971. He was also worked as Agricultural Extension Service Advisor, Ministry of Agriculture, AH and Fisheries, Government of Republic of Uganda from 1992 to 1998. He was recipient of Presidential Award for promoting Sustainable Agricultural Development (2006) Member, working group of agriculture, Institutional Credit and Cooperative Reforms. We are humbled by Dr. Reddy’s presence at our conference.