Global Think In Mumbai

RAVINA AGGARWAL (MODERATOR) | Ravina Aggarwal is the Director of the Columbia Global Center | Mumbai, located in Mumbai, India. Prior to joining Columbia, she was a Program Officer at the Ford Foundation’s New Delhi office from 2007-2015, where she was responsible for strategic planning and grant-making for programs in development, social justice and public policy primarily focusing on the fields of education, media and technology, and culture and the arts. Her work in the philanthropy sector followed a career as a sociocultural anthropologist. After receiving her doctoral degree from Indiana University in 1994, she joined the faculty of the Department of Anthropology at Smith College, where she was tenured and also served in the Women’s Studies Program. Her research was based on extensive fieldwork in the Himalayan region of Ladakh in South Asia. Her study and teaching included political anthropology, peace-building, cultural studies, gender, and development. Dr. Aggarwal is the author of several publications including Beyond Lines of Control: Performing the Border in Ladakh, India (Duke University Press, 2004). She is co-founder of the journal Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism and a founding trustee of Ladakh Arts and Media Organization, a non-profit society.
GOVINDRAJ ETHIRAJ | Govindraj Ethiraj is a television & print journalist and Founder of Boom News, a next generation television news initiative. He also anchors seasonal shows on Indian news television – currently the weekly `Policy Watch’ on public service broadcaster Rajya Sabha (RS) TV. Before ‘Policy Watch’ he was seen on Bottom Line on Headlines Today. He continues to write for newspapers like Business Standard. Previously, he was Founder-Editor in Chief of Bloomberg TV India, a 24-hours business news service launched out of Mumbai in 2008 in a partnership between Bloomberg LLP and the UTV Group in India. He has been Editor for New Media at Business Standard with a specific mandate to integrate the newspaper’s news operations with its digital platform. He also spent around five years each with CNBC-TV18 & The Economic Times. He is a Fellow of The Aspen Institute, Colorado & a winner of the BMW Foundation Responsible Leadership Awards for 2014.
MANJEET KRIPALANI | Manjeet Kripalani is the co-founder of Gateway House: Indian Council on Global Relations, and acts as the executive director of the institution. Prior to the founding of Gateway House, she was India Bureau chief of Businessweek magazine from 1996 to 2009. During an extensive career in journalism (Businessweek, Worth and Forbes magazines, New York), she won several awards, including the Gerald Loeb Award, the George Polk Award, Overseas Press Club and Daniel Pearl Awards. Kripalani was the 2006-07 Edward R. Murrow Press Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, New York, which inspired her to found Gateway House. Kripalani holds two bachelor’s degrees from Bombay University (Bachelor of Law, Bachelor of Arts in English and History) and a master's degree in International Affairs from Columbia University, New York. She is a member of the Asian advisory board of the International Centre for Journalists and the Overseas Press Club, and sits on the executive boards of non-profit organizations Gateway House, the Indian Liberal Group and Emancipation.
LAKSHMI LINGAM | Lakshmi Lingam is a well-known gender specialist and professor at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. In addition to her outstanding teaching and research activities, she has contributed to gender and equity mainstreaming activities of Government departments in a number of states in India. Dr. Lakshmi was a member of the National Resource Group of the Government of India, the Mahila Samakhya program for women’s empowerment under the Ministry of HRD and most recently was the Deputy Director at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), in Hyderabad from May 2011- May 2016. She was the General Secretary of the
Indian Association for Women Studies during the period 2000 -2002 and now sits on the Curriculum Advisory Boards of several Women Studies Departments at a number of Indian universities and serves as the Technical and Ethical Advisory Board member for several NGOs. She is a three-time Fulbright Fellowship holder, an Indo-Shastri Visiting Scholar associated with the University of Montreal, Canada (2011) and Visiting Fellow, Gender, Sexuality and Law Fellowship program, at the School of Law, Keele University, UK (2007). Her research interests range from exploring gender issues in development and macro-economic policies; urban and rural poverty and women's livelihoods; studying women’s movements and other social movements in the period of globalization; understanding women's health and reproductive rights; and exploring issues of culture, women's identity and agency.
ANLA CHENG | Anla Cheng is a senior partner of Sino-Century, a China Private Equity Fund, and Chief Executive Officer of SupChina, a digital news outlet geared toward connecting English speaking millennials with the Chinese diaspora. She is a member of the National Committee of U.S. China Relations and Vice Chair, Treasurer, and Business Committee Chair of the China Institute.
VISHAKHA N. DESAI (MODERATOR) | Vishakha Desai is Senior Advisor for Global Affairs to the President of Columbia University and Senior Research Scholar at the School of International and Public Affairs. She also serves as senior advisor for global programs to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. From 2004 through 2012, Desai served as president and CEO of the Asia Society, a global organization dedicated to strengthening partnerships between Asia and the U.S. Prior to becoming president, Desai served in several senior executive positions at the Asia Society for more than a decade. Under her leadership, the Asia Society became a much more global 6/8 organization with new offices in India, and Korea, and with two new architecturally acclaimed buildings in Hong Kong and Houston. She also developed groundbreaking new initiatives such as the U.S-China Center, a transnational young leaders program, and a national program of internationally themed public high schools. A recipient of numerous awards and five honorary degrees, Desai holds a BA in political science from Bombay University and an MA and PhD in Asian Art History from the University of Michigan.
BERNARD HARCOURT | Bernard Harcourt is the Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law, Professor of Political Science, a CGT member, and director of the Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought at Columbia University. He also serves as Directeur d’études at the École des Hautes Études en sciences sociales in Paris, and is currently a visiting professor at the Institute for Advanced Studies. His scholarship focuses on social and critical theory, with a particular interest in punishment and surveillance. He also offers pro bono legal services for death row inmates. His most recent book, Exposed: Desire and Disobedience in the Digital Age, explores how contemporary media shapes the circulation of power in society.
SHARON MARCUS | Sharon Marcus is the Orlando Harriman Professor of English and Comparative Literature and the Dean of Humanities in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Columbia University, as well as a Fellow of the New York Institute for Humanities. She specializes in 19th-century British and French literature, with a focus on performance studies, theater, and the novel; literary theory; and gender and sexuality studies. Professor Marcus is also the founder and Co-Editor-in-Chief of Public Books, an online review of books and arts. She is the author of two prize-winning books: Apartment Stories: City and Home in Nineteenth-Century Paris and London (University of California Press, 1999) and Between Women: Friendship, Desire, and Marriage in Victorian England (Princeton University Press, 2007). She is a member of the CGT.
JOSEPH STIGLITZ | Joseph Stiglitz is a Nobel Prize-winning economist, a University Professor at Columbia University, and a CGT member. He is currently Co-Founder and Co-President of Columbia's Initiative for Policy Dialogue, Chief Economist of the Roosevelt Institute, and Co-Chair of the High-Level Expert Group on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). He has served as Chair of the Council of Economic Advisors, Chief Economist and Senior Vice-President of the World Bank, and Chair of the UN Commission of Experts on Reform of the International Financial and Monetary System, among others. He is the author or co-author of over 300 articles and over 30 books, including most recently The Euro: How a Common Currency Threatens the Future of Europe, published in 2016. Professor Stiglitz is credited with the creation of a new branch of economics, the economics of information, and is considered one of the world’s most influential living economists.
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