Rishi Suri is a senior editor covering international affairs at The Daily Milap, India’s oldest and largest circulated Urdu daily newspaper. He is an internationally recognized journalist known for his strong views and opinions on global politics and diplomacy. His interviews with various international personalities and heads of states and his articles on different subjects in India and the Middle East have been widely acclaimed and appreciated. He has previously served as the Media Consultant to the Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister and continues to work with various international organisations and political personalities across India.
Rishi is one of the select few certified diplomatic correspondents by the Ministry of External Affairs in India and has been part of various international delegations and programs like the International Visitor Leadership program run by the State Department of the United States of America. Apart from being a Fellow (Media) with the Australia India Council and a Chevening Scholar in 2013, he has also served on boards of various national and international organizations like the Australia India Youth Dialogue in Sydney, the Global Partnerships Program run by the Tampa Bay City Council in Florida in the US, the Taj Colloquium in Agra, Uttar Pradesh and the Kumaon Literary Festival in Uttarakhand. Rishi is currently the chairperson of the outreach board of the World Integrity Centre in Dehradun, Uttarakhand and serves on the advisory boards Delhi based NGO’s the You Can Foundation and the Sarvam Foundation and has also co-founded a media organisation called Grin news. Rishi also serves as a Director of the School of Policy and Governance, India and consults on communication with the Australia India Institute, Delhi. He also serves on the advisory board of the School of Media and Journalism at Sage University in Indore, Madhya Pradesh.
Dr Avijit Chakravarti
With around 28 years of professional experience, Dr Avijit Chakravarti has explored and moved between Activism, Theatre, Journalism, Education and Entrepreneurship. As an elected student political activist at Delhi University, he took up issues related to caste and communal politics and mobilized public opinions and a huge number of students around these issues. Later, Dr. Avijit took to street theatre and social work, while at the same time, actively involving himself in the rehabilitation of communities devastated by communal riots. As a mainstream journalist for 16 years, he traveled extensively in rural areas and wrote on developmental issues. During his tenure as a writer and senior editor in national media organizations like The Pioneer, Tehelka, Hindustan Times, The Statesman and The Times of India, several of his reports impacted national policy-making circles. Later some of his stories on Dalits and Caste Politics were also shared by Western media houses.
When he decided to switch from Journalism to Education, Dr Avijit did a PhD on Social Entrepreneurship and started teaching in a Business school. As part of his PhD work, he collaborated with a Kolkata-based social enterprise to set up 500 micro enterprises related to folk arts and crafts in West Bengal and Bihar. He further collaborated with University of Portsmouth (UK) to develop a sustainable model of rural cultural tourism. Besides these, he has, till date, initiated and completed more than 40 projects in the development sector.
In the last 10 years, Dr Avijit has taught in premier educational institutions of the country like IIM Ahmedabad, Delhi University, MCRC at Jamia Millia Islamia, Banaras Hindu University, Ambedkar University and TERI School of Advanced Studieds. He regularly mentors young social entrepreneurs and co-creates their enterprises. He is highly passionate about social entrepreneurship and connects very well with young change-makers.
Dr Avijit is currently associated with JIMS, a Management institute in Delhi, where he works with 300 MBA students every year on a unique experiential learning program called ‘Self, Society and Organizations’ whereby students are socially sensitized through volunteering. He is also associated with a school where he conducts a ‘Teachers’ Engagement/Learning Program.’
Dr Avijit spends a lot of time traveling, exploring, observing and listening to people. He feels, in today’s times, entrepreneurship has become a need that everyone must learn and practice.
Dr. Roshni Sengupta
Roshni Sengupta is Assistant Professor, Institute of Middle and Far East Studies, Jagiellonian University Krakow, Poland. She has earlier been Assistant Professor at the Leiden Institute of Area Studies, Leiden University, Netherlands and Fellow, International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), Leiden. Her research interests lie in areas of South Asian politics and culture and post-colonial studies. Roshni’s book Reading the Muslim on Celluloid: Bollywood, Representation and Politics has been published by Primus India. Currently she is finalizing a two-part edited anthology on media and literature in post-Partition South Asia. She has published widely in peer-reviewed journals and is also prolific on popular news and opinion portals.