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HMUN India 2017 is pleased to announce the speakers for this year. Shobana Kamineni will be the Keynote Speaker and Dr. Poonam Gandhi will be our Lead Partner Speaker. Additionally, Ulrike Reinhard, Asim Parekh and Jason Lewis will be joining the exciting seventh session of conference to share their journies and insights as part of the Leadership Forum. These speakers have powerful stories of compassion, perseverance and vision. You can read more about them below along with a sample of previous speakers.

Ulrike Reinhard
Founder, Janwaar Castle
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Jason Lewis
Author, Adventurer
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Shobana Kamineni
Executive Vice-Chairperson: Apollo
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Dr. Poonam Gandhi
Assoc. Professor - FLAME University
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Asim Parekh
Vice President - FCE, Coca-Cola India
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Raghuram Rajan
RBI Governor
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Amitabh Kant
CEO NITI Aayog
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Vikas Swarup

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Ani Choying Drolma
Musician
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Nandita Das
Actress and Activist
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Wing Commander Rakesh Sharma
Research Cosmonaut
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K.T. Rama Rao
Politician
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Birad Rajaram Yajnik

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Binalakshmi Nepram

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Ishteyaque Amjad
VP, Public Affairs & Comm., Coca-Cola
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Hemant Singh Katoch
Historian
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April Wells

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Basant Dhawan

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Bindu Hari

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BVP Rao

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Christina Furtado

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Gerry Martin

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Indira Parikh

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Jonathan Bill

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Katherine Dhanani

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Michael Mullins

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Pradeep Singh

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Ramesh Chandak

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Santosh Kumar

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Suhasini Haidar

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Walter Douglas

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Suresh Reddy

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William Selvamurthy

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Murat Omeroglu

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Shobana Kamineni—Executive Vice-Chairperson Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Ltd. President, CII

Dr. Poonam gandhi—Assoc. Professor - Sociology FLAME University

Asim Parekh—Vice President - FCE, Coca-Cola India

Ulrike Reinhard —Founder, Janwaar Castle

Ulrike is a catalyst for collective intelligence and a network enabler who forges direct links that connect people. She founded Janwaar Castle, a skatepark in the small village of Janwaar in rural Madhya Pradesh. It was founded in early 2015. The vision of Janwaar Castle is a decentralized model which is open for everyone to join – as long as the goal to uplift the lives of the villagers, especially those of the kids, is shared.

A sport which has long been identified with urban neighbourhoods across the world, is being used in a village in central India as a trigger for social change. Ulrike established the skate park in Janwar, with the help of a few Indian and international skateboarding organisations.

The region to which the village belongs is notorious for being one of the most socially and economically backward areas of the country. Untouchability, gender inequality, illiteracy, and alcoholism are rampant there. Through the voices of Ulrike and the children of the village, the skate park is gradually changing the social fabric of the village and addressing some of its most deep rooted issues.

To know more about Janwaar Castle and the work they are doing in Janwar, visit: www.janwaar-castle.org/

Jason lewis—Author, Adventurer

Jason Lewis is an award-winning author, explorer, and sustainability advocate. He is recognized by Guinness World Records as the first person to circumnavigate the Earth by human power—without using motors or sails. He walked, cycled, and inline skated five continents, and kayaked, swam, rowed, and pedalled a boat across the rivers, seas, and oceans. Taking thirteen years to complete, the 46,505-mile journey was hailed “the last great first for circumnavigation” by the London Sunday Times.

Jason was nominated The Times inGear Man of the Year (2007), the Land Rover Toughest Sportsperson of the Year, and featured as one of Sport Magazine’s Athletes of the Year. A Fellow of London University, the Royal Geographical Society, and The Explorers Club, he has appeared on numerous television and talk shows, including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (NBC), CBS This Morning, and Long Way Down with actors Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman.

Adventure is about much more than just records or firsts for Jason. Visiting more than 900 schools in 37 countries to date, involving thousands of students in a variety of programmes in conjunction with UNESCO’s Associated Schools Program Network, he uses human-powered journeys to promote world citizenship, zero carbon emission travel, and awareness of individual lifestyle choices on the health of the planet. In addition, tens of thousands of dollars have been raised through his 501(c)(3) non-profit organization for humanitarian causes — orphanages such as The Hope Orphanage in East Timor, and hospices for people living with HIV and AIDS (Rumah Solehah, Kuala Lumpur; Father Joe’s Mercy Centre, Bangkok).

To learn more about Jason Lewis and his work, visit www.jasonexplorer.com

Raghuram Rajan — Governor, Reserve Bank of India

Raghuram Rajan is the current Governor of the Reserve Bank of India. Between 2003 and 2006, he previously served as the Chief Economist and Director of Research at the International Monetary Fund. He is the recipient of the 2010 Financial Times-Goldman Sachs prize for best business book, the 2003 inaugural Fischer Black Prize for best finance researcher under the age of 40, the 2011 global Indian of the year award from the National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM), the 2012 Infosys Prize for the Economic Sciences, and 2013 Center for Financial Studies-Deutsche Bank Prize for Financial Economics. More recently, he was named 2014 Euromoney Central Banker of the Year and 2015 Central Banking Central Banker of the Year.

He holds a B.Tech from Indian Institute of Technology Delhi in electrical engineering, an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, and a PhD from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is currently on leave from a professorship at University of Chicago's Booth School of Business.

Vikas Swarup

Amitabh Kant

Ani Choying Drolma — Musician

Ani Choying Drolma is a Nepalese Buddhist nun and musician from the Nagi Gompa in Nepal. She is known in Nepal and worldwide for bringing Tibetan Buddhist chants and feast songs to mainstream audiences. She has recently been appointed the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassador to Nepal. She is the founder and president of the Nuns Welfare Foundation of Nepal and recipient of the Peace Award from the Nepal Appreciative National Network. Ms. Choying Drolma is an internationally reputed singer of Buddhist hymns and chants and has toured extensively in North America, Asia, and Europe.

Renowned for her humanitarian efforts in support of the welfare of Buddhist nuns, she founded the Arya Tara School in 2000 with financial support from her concert tours, CD sales, and donations. She is additionally involved in efforts including the education of young women, care for the elderly, and provision of medical services for the underprivileged and dispossessed.

Rakesh Sharma— Wing Commander, Indian Air Force (Retired)

Rakesh Sharma is a former Wing Commander in the Indian Air Force, who was selected for the Joint Indo-Soviet Space Mission, 1984, culminating in an 8 day Near Earth orbit Space Flight. He became the first Indian to travel to Outer Space. The Government of India conferred him with its highest gallantry award (during peace time), the Ashoka Chakra. He wsa also awarded The Hero of The Soviet Union and The Order of Lenin by the erstwhile Soviet Government. He returned and served as Flight Commandor of a front line operational Jaguar Strike squadron. He then served as the Chief Test Pilot of Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.

Retired from flying in July 2001 after spending 24 years in Flight Testing. During a 33 year long flying career, has flown over 4,000 hours on various types of fighter aircraft like the Mirage –2000, F -16, F-18, Jaguar, Mig – 27, Mig – 23, Mig – 21, Canberra, Gnat, HF-24 Marut, Hunter etc.. Has also flown transport aircraft like the HS-748 and Caribou.

He then joined the IT industry and was Chief Operations Officer at Automated Workflow a BPM company located at Bangalore. Today, he is the Chairman of the Board of Directors, AWPL, Bangalore.

Hemant Singh Katoch — Historian and Founder, Battle of Imphal

Mr. Hemant Singh Katoch researches the Battle of Imphal of 1944 (and of Kohima) and designs and conducts battlefield tours around them, the first of their kind in India. As a member of the Manipur Tourism Forum, he helped organise the 70th Anniversary Commemoration of the Battle of Imphal from March to June 1944, an idea that he originally conceived of in 2012. In the past he has worked for several years for a Swiss foundation in Geneva and has had stints with the United Nations in East Timor and with the International Committee of the Red Cross in Congo. He is of the firm belief that Manipur’s experience of the Second World War is truly extraordinary and that a lot more needs to be done to bring it to the world’s attention.

K.T. Rama Rao — Minister of Panchayat Raj and IT, Telangana State

K.T. Rama Rao is a Member of the Legislative Assembly for the Siricella Assembly Constituency. He is currently serving as Cabinet Minister for Panchayat Raj and Information Technology for Telangana State.

Ever since he moved to India, he started taking interest in party affairs and played an active role. He joined the Telangana Rashtra Samithi party full-time in the year 2006. After joining the party he has actively participated in numerous agitations for the cause of separate Telangana and has played a stellar role in ensuring that the issue is represented well at the national level. He has truly become the face of Telangana movement at National Level.

Nandita Das — Actress

Nandita Das is an actress, playwright, director, and social advocate. She has acted in over 40 feature films in 10 Indian languages, as well as three professional plays. She directed her debut feature, Firaaq, in 2008 that won her much appreciation and accolades in India and abroad. Between the Lines marks her debut as a playwright and theatre director. She writes a monthly column called the Last Word, for a national weekly. She was the Chairperson of the Children’s Film Society, India, where she made many big and small changes to revamp the organization. She was on the jury of Cannes Film Festival twice (2005 and 2013). Conferred by the French Government a Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters, she additionally the first Indian to be inducted into the International Women's Forum Hall of Fame in 2011 and a Yale World Fellow in 2014.

Ms. Das is a prominent campaigner for child survival and works tirelessly against HIV/AIDS and violence against women. She holds a Masters in Social Work from the University of Delhi, a passionate volunteer, advocate for powerful social movements in India, and champion of human rights and social justice.

April Wells

Basant Dhawan

Binalakshmi Nepram

Ishteyaque Amjad

Bindu Hari

Birad Rajaram Yajnik

BVP Rao

Christina Furtado

Gerry Martin

Indira Parikh

Jonathan Bill

Katherine Dhanani

Michael Mullins

Murat Omeroglu

Pradeep Singh

Ramesh Chandak

Santosh Kumar

Suhasini Haidar

Walter Douglas

Suresh Reddy

William Selvamurthy

Manjeet Kripalani

Ishteyaque Amjad

Amitabh Kant

Vikas Swarup