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Dr. Anantha Kumar Duraiappah

Anantha Kumar Duraiappah

Anantha Duraiappah is the Director of UNESCO MGIEP in New Delhi, India. An experienced environmental-development economist, he plays a key role in positioning MGIEP as a leading research institute on education for peace, sustainable development and global citizenship.

Professor Duraiappah received his PhD in economics from the University of Texas in Austin, USA. He has authored numerous books and journal articles on environmental and developmental issues. Anantha also serves presently as the policy forum editor for “The Journal of Human Development and Capacity”. He is a Fellow of the World Academy of Arts and Sciences (WAAS), a Founding Fellow of the Human Development and Capability Association and a visiting Professor at the University of Tokyo, Japan.

Anantha, in his previous post at the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), initiated and played a pivotal role in the establishment of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). He was the Co-Chair of the Biodiversity Synthesis Group of the Kofi Annan commissioned Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and founding director of the Inclusive Wealth Report released at the Rio+20 Summit in 2012.

Dr. Duraiappah is presently focusing on researching and exploring how “Firing Gandhi Neurons” can be integrated into the educational curricular of the formal, informal and non-formal education systems around the globe.

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Sumer Bahadur Singh

Dr. Sumer Singh is an alumnus of The Doon School and St. Stephens College. He was the Head of Lawrence School, Sanawar, for seven years and served as the Director of the Asian School, Dehradun. He has taught at the Doon School, at Gordonstoun, Scotland, at Boxhill and Windermere St. Anne’s in England and in UWC, Wales. He has also served as the Chairman of a marketing cooperative society for 100 villages; as Vice President of SUTRA, an NGO with 40,000 women as members; as Advisor Education at the rank of Secretary in the Punjab Government; as Vice President in Himachal Pradesh of State Federation for Swimming, Tennis, Squash, Shooting & Cricket and as a Director of Indore Management Association. He has designed a number of Schools including Pathways World School, Doon Girls and Sanskar Valley. He has also served on the Governing Body of Mayo College & Mayo Girls.

He has been elected the chairman of IPSC for two years in January 2014, Trustee of the Round Square Board in London, on the Advisory Executive of HM King Constantine and is a member of G 20 and the Global Connections, and on the Advisory Board of AFS India.

In 2013, he was conferred a Doctorate of Literature in Education by De Montfort University, England and was felicitated by the Education World for his outstanding contribution to the field of Education.

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Roberto Ruffino

Roberto Ruffino

From 1967 till a few weeks ago, Dr Roberto Ruffino was the Secretary General of Intercultura, an Italian organization for international pupil exchanges at secondary school level, established in 1955 as a non-profit organization under the supervision of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Since 2007 he still serves as the Secretary General of the Intercultura Foundation which promotes research and experimentation in educational exchanges. Until 2011 he was Chairman of the European Federation for Intercultural Learning and of the Italian branch of SIETAR.

His main interest has been in the area of the pedagogical content of international pupil exchanges and he has encouraged research in this field, by promoting study sessions with the Council of Europe, UNESCO, and the European Commission. In 1993 he was awarded the “Senior Interculturalist Award” at the SIETAR International Congress in Washington. In assigning him an honorary doctor degree in education science, the University of Padua defined him “an entrepreneurial leader in the field of intercultural education, that he has contributed to introduce into Italian schools”.

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Vivek-Paranjpe

Vivek Paranjpe

Vivek Paranjpe is an advisor on the matters of Strategic HR & business transformation to the Chairman of Reliance Industries Limited and currently sits on the Board of Motilal Oswal Financial services ltd. and Powermech Projects Limited as an Independent Director. He is on the advisory board of both South East Asia Society of Human Resources Management and ITM University.

He served as Head of Human Resources of Reliance Industries Limited from 2009 to 2013. Prior to this, he held several positions with Hewlett Packard for close to 16 years, with last role as Director HR for Asia Pacific Region. He also worked for Hindustan Lever, Hotel Corporation of India, Johnson and Johnson and ICIM.

He has also served as Chairman of the HR Committee of the Singapore American Chamber of Commerce, on the board of the National HRD Network and as a member of the HR committee of the Board of Directors of Punjab National Bank.

A science Graduate with honors from Fergusson College Pune, and a Post Graduate from XLRI Xavier School of Management Jamshedpur, Vivek is also a 2010 recipient of National HRD Network  President’s award.

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Matangi Gowrishankar

Matangi Gowrishankar

Matangi Gowrishankar has BA in Sociology with a post graduation in Personnel Management & Industrial Relations from XLRI. She is currently the Director of BP’s ( British Petroleum) Global Leadership Academy and Head of Capability Development – All Leaders and business partner for the Downstream businesses.

She has been with BP since 2006 and has held several regional responsibilities –most recently as Director Human Resources for the Asia & Pacific Region of BP Lubricants based in Singapore. The region spans some 18 countries from the Middle East to ANZ. Prior to joining BP, she was the Worldwide Director of Human Resources for Cummins Turbo Technologies, UK based in the UK.

She has three decades of business and HR experience with leading Indian and multinational companies such as Standard Chartered Bank, Reebok India, GE, Zensar Technologies, and Cummins. She has a passion and a strong track record for leadership development, leading change and organization development initiatives both in India and overseas.

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Dr.Senthil Kumaran

Senthil Kumaran

With over 3 decades of experience in the educational field, Dr. Senthil has started groundbreaking work in the form of The Learners Confluence, an educational program focused on developing a technology platform for Teachers with the goals of enhancing peer learning as well as knowledge sharing.

Dr. Senthil was the Principal Counsellor & Head Education Excellence Initiatives of CII Institute of Quality (CII IQ) from 2002 until 2016. As part of his role, he helped educational institutions to accelerate their journey in excellence in India and abroad. Before joining CII IQ, Dr. Senthil worked as a faculty member of the Strategic Core Group in Christ College (now Christ University), Bangalore for 10 years.

His capacity building training programme for senior leadership team and Management Committee members for educational institutions has been widely recognized within India and abroad.

Dr. Senthil has shown himself to be a passionate teacher, a catalyst for change, persistent, and a leader with expressiveness for excellence in all fronts of his work in the education sector.

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Namrata Jha

Namrata Jha

Namrata is the Director of the Institute of International Education’s New Delhi office. She joined IIE in 2009 and had been in her current position since 2011.

She brings 16 years of experience in Leadership Development, Capacity Building, Communication and Program Management. Acknowledged for her integrity, high professional standards, “big-picture” vision and sensitivity to manage projects with commitment, passion, and creativity, Namrata is a recipient of the coveted Business School Affaire & Dewang Mehta Business School Award for Leadership in Education and has been featured in Forbes.

She holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from Delhi School of Social Work, Delhi University and a B.A. in Psychology.

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Makiko Deguchi

Makiko Deguchi

Makiko Deguchi received her B.A. from Wellesley College (U.S.) in 1988. She obtained an M.A. degree in Psychology from Boston University in 1997 and in Human Development and Educational Psychology from Boston College in 1998. In 2006, she received her Ph.D. in cultural psychology at Boston College.

She has taught at St. Lawrence University (U.S.), Kobe College (Japan), and is currently an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Foreign Studies at Sophia University. She currently teaches cultural psychology, psychology of discrimination, psychology of privilege, and qualitative research methods as well as English writing and speaking courses.

Her research interests include minority experiences of discrimination, social identity and collective action, the psychological process of members in privileged (dominant) groups, and social justice education.

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FranciscoMarmolejo

Francisco Marmolejo

Francisco Marmolejo is the World Bank’s Lead of its Global Solutions Group on Tertiary Education, and since July 2016 he also serves as the Lead Education Specialist for India, based in Delhi. He serves as the World Bank’s focal point on the topic of tertiary education (also known as higher education in several countries), and provides advice and support to country‐level related projects that the Bank has in more than 60 countries.

Previously, he served as founding Executive Director of the Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration, a network of more than 160 tertiary education institutions primarily from Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, based at the University of Arizona (UA), where he also worked as Assistant Vice President. At UA, he was Affiliated Researcher at theCenter for the Study of Higher Education, and Affiliate Faculty at the Center for Latin American Studies. Previously, he was an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow at the University of Massachusetts, and also he has been Vice President for Administration and Academic Vice President at the University of the Americas in Mexico.

He serves or has served on advisory boards at a variety of universities and organizations, including the International Association of Universities, the American Council on Education’s Commission on International Initiatives, NAFSA, World Education Services, and the Centre for Internationalisation of Higher Education at UNICATT‐Milan.

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Daniel Obst
Daniel Obst, President and CEO of AFS Intercultural Programs

Daniel Obst

Daniel is the President, Chief Executive Officer, and member of the Board at AFS Intercultural Programs.

He was previously Deputy Vice President for International Partnerships at the Institute of International Education (IIE). Since 2001, Daniel has provided strategic leadership for several groundbreaking IIE initiatives, research projects and sponsorships. Six years ago Obst led the launch of Generation Study Abroad, which mobilized 700 international partner organizations to help double the number of U.S. Americans who study abroad.

As the author and editor of many influential books and papers, such as Innovation through Education: Building the Knowledge Economy in the Middle East, Obst has helped shape the international education conversation worldwide.

Obst graduated from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. (USA) and London School of Economics (UK). He currently serves on the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO and is the treasurer of the Board of Directors of the German University Alliance. Daniel participated in the prestigious European Union Visitors Program.

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