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The profiles of speakers for HMUN India 2017 will be announced soon. A sample of previous speakers is listed below.

Wing Commander Rakesh Sharma
Research Cosmonaut
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Hemant Singh Katoch
Historian
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K.T. Rama Rao
Politician
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Nandita Das
Actress and Activist
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Raghuram Rajan
RBI Governor
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Ani Choying Drolma
Musician
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April Wells

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Basant Dhawan

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Binalakshmi Nepram

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Bindu Hari

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Birad Rajaram Yajnik

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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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Murat Omeroglu

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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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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.

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.

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.

April Wells

Basant Dhawan

Binalakshmi Nepram

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