Dr Day has worked for the Australian Department of Education and Training since 2007, primarily in school education policy. Her focus has been on assessment and reporting through the National Assessment Program (www.nap.edu.au), which includes both domestic and international student assessment. Prior to this role, Dr Day also managed initiatives such as the My School website (www.myschool.gov.au); increasing school autonomy and school improvement programs. She also worked on languages, Asian studies in schools policy and values education initiatives. Dr Day began her career as a Japanese high school teacher in Canberra. In addition to speaking Japanese, Dr Day is learning Hindi and holds a PhD in nineteenth century Australian History from the Australian National University.
She has worked in the sphere of Education for over three decades. She specialized in a variety of fields ranging from Creative Arts, special needs, Curriculum Development and Peace Studies. She has held several posts in India and abroad, at both school and university level.
She is a recipient of the prestigious National Teachers Award 2005 from the President of India, Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam on teachers day and the Endeavour Award 2009 – 10, from the Australian government for her work in the area of Asia Literacy along with innumerable awards nationally and internationally. She is a member of the panel of experts at the Oslo Coalition, at the Nobel Institute. She is on the UNESCO committee in Geneva for education of peace and human rights.
She has conceived and produced the material for the school reforms in Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE), the Value Education Kit and Gender Manual for SCERT.
She is a teacher trainer for life skills, CCE and value education and has taken workshops across the country for Principals of CBSE and state board schools.
Mrs. Wattal is on several expert committees both Nationally and Internationally -
Member of the Council for National Council of Teacher Education nominated vide Gazette of India No. 976 dated 1st May 2013.
Member of the Executive Council of NCERT, Government of India (May 2012).
Member of the Governing Body of the Board of Central Board of Secondary Education (January 2013).
Member of the Delhi School Education Advisory Board, Government of New Delhi (May 2013).
Member of a Committee of NCTE to review certain regulatory functions. (May 2013).
Lead Member in the Global Leaders Education Programme, a 15-country initiative, which is supported by the CBSE.
On the board of several schools across the country.
Bianca Brijnath is a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work. Her disciplinary training is in primary healthcare, public health and medical anthropology and her research expertise is in mental health in primary care and community-based settings. Within these disciplinary and contextual boundaries, she has undertaken several studies exploring mental health and culture. Her PhD, completed in 2010 in Anthropology and Public health at Monash University Australia, explored meanings and practices of dementia care in Indian families. Since then, she has extended her PhD topic on dementia care in India by building expertise in mental health in primary care and community-based settings, with a particular focus on India and Indian diaspora.
From 2012 to 2016, she held a highly competitive and prestigious fellowship from the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia for her work on depression and health-seeking in Indian- and Anglo-Australian communities. With over 60 publications, including her sole-authored book, Dr Brijnath has an impressive track record and in recognition of her talents, she was accepted into the International Primary Healthcare Leadership Programme delivered by the Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford, UK. Most recently, she was one of five Australians invited to receive mentorship from senior Fellows at the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.
He specializes in the politics and security of the Indo-Pacific including great and middle power dynamics, the South China Sea, ASEAN, the drivers and constraints to international collaboration and competition, and the pre-conditions to peace and post-conflict resolution.
Christopher lived in Japan and Singapore for five years and has nearly two decades of field experience throughout Asia including all the ASEAN nations plus Japan, South Korea, and China. Christopher has completed over fifty publications including books (2 sole authored and 2 edited), journal articles, chapters, conference papers, commentaries, and reports. These works have also addressed the politics, security and foreign policy approaches of Myanmar, Brunei, Laos, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Australia.
Born on May 13, 1940, Gopalaswami Parthasarathy is a career Foreign Service Officer who retired from Service on May 31, 2000. Prior to his entry to the Indian Foreign Service Mr. Parthasarathy was a Commissioned Officer in the Indian Army (1963-1968), after having graduated with a B.E. Degree in Electrical Engineering from the College of Engineering, Guindy, Madras in 1962 He has served as Ambassador of India to Myanmar, 1992-95, High Commissioner of India to Australia 1995-98, High Commissioner of India to Pakistan 1998-2000 and High Commissioner of India, Cyprus 1990-92. He also served in Indian Missions abroad as Second/First Secretary, Embassy of India, Moscow (1969-1973), Deputy High Commissioner to Tanzania (1974-1976), Counsellor, (Political and Press), Embassy of India, Washington D.C., (1978- 1981); and Consul General of India, Karachi (1982-1985).
In New Delhi, Mr. Parthasarathy was Deputy Secretary in the Foreign Secretary’s Office (1976-1978). He has served as Spokesman, Ministry of External Affairs and Information Adviser and Spokesman in the Prime Minister’s Office with Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi (1985-90). He has been a member of Indian Delegations in several international conferences including summits at United Nations, Non-Aligned Movement and SAARC.
Mr. Parthasarathy is presently Visiting Professor in the Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Centre for Air Power Studies in New Delhi. He was a Member of the Government of India’s Task Force to Review National Security Structures in India. He recently headed the Special Committee on Documenting, Narrating and Exhibiting Sardar Patel’s role in the Integration of Princely States and Unification of India. He is on the Panel of Experts from India for Track 2 Dialogue with ASEAN and Director in the India-Sri Lanka Foundation. His main areas of interest are developments in India’s neighbourhood and issues of economic integration, energy and national security and terrorism.
Dr. Indu Shahani has been acknowledged worldwide as a visionary thought leader for her significant contribution to education and value-based leadership. She has over four decades of teaching experience at the college and university level.
Dr. Indu Shahani was appointed Sheriff of Mumbai in 2008 and the one year term was extended to an additional term in 2009. Dr. Shahani was also the first Indian to be appointed Vice-Chair on the Board of the Governors of the International Baccalaureate and has over a decade of experience with the IB worldwide 2001 - 2010.
Dr. Indu Shahani has been nominated on leading boards of large national and global companies that has provided an impetus for 'academia - industry collaborations' the subject of her PhD from University of Mumbai. She was awarded the Honorary Doctor of Letters degree by the University of Westminster in London on November 16, 2009. As a tribute to Dr. Shahani, the University had instituted the Sheriff of Mumbai's Scholarships for Women from Mumbai to study a Master's programme in the years 2009 and 2010 in London.
Dr. Shahani is a Visiting Faculty Member at the UC Berkeley, NYU Stern, USA and she is a Lead Speaker at various conferences in India and abroad. She has also developed many linkages for student and faculty exchanges with leading universities in USA, UK, Europe, South Africa, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand.
Dr. Shahani has received many awards, prominent among them are 'Women of the Decade Achievers Award' by ASSOCHAM; 'Citizen of Mumbai Award' by Rotary Club of Bombay and 'Excellence in Education Award' by the FICCI FLO.
He was elected to his second term (2014 – 2019) in the Lok Sabha (House of the People) from Kendrapara Constituency, Odisha. Earlier, Jay Panda had been elected to the Lok Sabha in May 2009 as well as twice earlier to the Rajya Sabha (parliament's other house, the Council of States) in 2000 and 2006, also from the State of Odisha. He is one of the founding members of the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) party, whose Founder President is Naveen Patnaik, currently serving in his fourth term as Chief Minister of Odisha.
Jay Panda represents the new face of Indian politicians, several of whom have been educated abroad and have had alternate careers before choosing to serve the nation through politics. He graduated from the Michigan Technological University and, with a background in Engineering and Management, worked in the corporate sector before joining politics. He assisted the late Biju Patnaik and subsequently Naveen Patnaik, who founded the Biju Janata Dal party, which has found strong acceptance from the people of Odisha and has been repeatedly voted back in elections.
Jay Panda had helped to form the erstwhile Young Parliamentarians Forum (YPF) and was its Convener. He has also been associated with the India-USA Forum of Parliamentarians from its founding in 2001 and is currently its Chairman. He was awarded the “Bharat Asmita National Award” for best parliamentary practices by the Hon’ble Chief Justice of India in 2008. Since its inception in 2007, Jay Panda has been associated with the Citizens’ Alliance Against Malnutrition, an advocacy group including many parliamentarians across parties, Bollywood actors, other celebrities, civil society activists and non-governmental organizations. The Citizens’ Alliance has undertaken numerous initiatives to battle child malnutrition in India, including field visits to rural districts in several states, continual engagement with media organizations to highlight the issue, repeated interactions with the Prime Minister, Leader of Opposition, Chief Ministers and other political leaders to raise the priority given to this critical issue.
In his earlier corporate career, Jay Panda was active in industry organizations like the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and the International Chromium Development Association. In the past he has also been associated with the Govt. of Odisha’s Industrial Advisory Committee and been a Director on the Industrial Promotion & Investment Corporation of Odisha (IPICOL). As a parliamentarian, he has been a member of many important committees like the Parliamentary Standing Committees on Finance, Home, Energy and Urban Development.
In Parliament and public life, Jay Panda passionately espouses the cause of his home state Odisha as well as other national issues close to his heart, such as economic development, education and information technology. He frequently participates in national television discussions and writes op-ed pieces in newspapers. He holds a Private Pilot’s License for aircraft and helicopters and enjoys adventure sports like skydiving and bungee jumping.
Currently, he is a member of the Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs as well as the Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Finance and Corporate Affairs.
Jency has made significant contribution and added new knowledge in the field of diabetes and cognitive impairment. She has significant experience working with range of antioxidants including omega-3 fatty acid and polyphenols. She is keen to understand the effect of metabolic syndromes such as obesity, hypertension, dyslipidemia and diseases like cardiovascular and diabetes on mental health outcomes.
Jency's paper "Dietary Supplementation with resveratrol and/or docosahexaenoic acid alter hippocampal gene-expression in adult C57Bl/6 mice". Journal of Nutrition Biochemistry, was awarded the best original research paper, by University of Newcastle 2013. Her achievement is also recognised by an invitation to write a book chapter on "diabetes and gene expression". Currently she is involved in number of projects, including a project on Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health Data (ALSWH), where Dr Thomas has access to the database of a large cohort of Australian mid-aged and old age Women (>20,000).
Dr Thomas is investigating the mental health profile of mid aged and old aged diabetic Australian women; this project is undertaken as a "Master's Thesis Project", for whom Dr Thomas is one of the primary supervisors. Dr Thomas is also involved in the capacity of an external supervisor to Mr. Narayankutty Nair, JSS University India, titled "A Prospective Cohort Study on Early Cognitive Decline in Type-2 Diabetes Mellitus in the Ooti urban hospital population in India".
He has a degree in South Asian history and Hindi from the Australian National University and has worked in India as a foreign correspondent, diplomat, consultant and tour guide.
He is the author of two books. The Last Nizam: An Indian Prince in the Australian Outback, (Panmacmillan 2007, Picador India 2008) was a best-seller in Australia and India where it is still in print. His latest book The Mysterious Mr Jacob: Diamond Merchant, Magician and Spy (Random House 2012) was named one of the best books on India in 2012 by The Wall Street Journal.
He is currently writing a doctoral thesis at the University of New South Wales on historical links between Indian and Western stage magicians.
She holds a Personal Chair in Public Policy at Deakin University and researches on public policy analysis, applied social policy, regulatory theory and global governance, CSR and the social and environmental implications of new technology. She is an acknowledged expert in CSR and for 5 years was Director of the Deakin University Corporate Citizenship Research Unit.She has been a Chief Investigator (CI) on seven national Australian Research Council (ARC) research grants; currently working on two, and has extensive experience in NGO and industry collaborative research. This research relates to her role as a Chief Investigator on the Ethics, Public Policy and Engagement team of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES).
She obtained her Ph.D. from the same department. She was awarded the Next Step Initiative Fellowship (2015), Australia-China Young Scientist Fellowship (2014), Dyason Fellowship, University of California (UCLA), Los Angeles, USA (2013), Early Career Researcher (ECR) Award from Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2013) and Solander Fellowships, Lund University (2007 and 2008). She was the recipient of the Vice-Chancellor's Engagement Award (2010) and Vice-Chancellor's Knowledge Transfer Award (2008) for her research at the University of Melbourne. She was among the short-listed applicants for both 2009 and 2010 "LOreal Australia for Women in Science Fellowship", out of over 200 female scientists applied in Australia. Two of the papers she has co-authored with her PhD students received the "Best Paper Award" (2012) and "Best Student Paper Award" (2011).
She has published more than 60 peer-reviewed technical articles attracting over 525 Citations. Her Research Gate: Impact Points = 52.62 and RG Score = 26.08. She currently co-supervises a group of 2 PhD students and she has co-supervised 3 PhD student to completion (2013 & 2015) at the University of Melbourne. She is the Associate Editor for International Journal of Wearable Device, Editorial Board member of Asia-pacific Proceedings of Applied Science and Engineering for Better Human Life (ASEHL Book Series), an IEEE Senior Member and was the Program Co-Chair, Track Co-Chair, Publication Chair, Advisory Chair, Publicity Co-Chair, Track Chair, Track Co-chair, Session Chair and a Member of the Technical Program Committee (TPC) for 58 international conferences, Guest Editor for 3 Special Issues. In addition to publications, these works have acquired significant attention, resulting in an invitation to present 32 invited/guest lectures including Oxford University, Ohio State University, and 7 IEEE talks.
She has also conducted 14 journalist/media interviews and articles (Science Alert, Melbourne Voice, Moreland Leader and GradNews etc.) as well as two video interview including ABC News Australia in May 2014. Her current research interests include investigating biological effect of radiofrequency and extremely low-frequency electromagnetic fields (from mobile phones, base stations and power lines) on humans, energy management in wireless sensor networks and prediction of natural disasters (flood and bushfires).
Currently, she is working in the Australia India Institute (AII), Delhi with the Incoming Leaders Fellowship.The speaker's home page is: http://people.eng.unimelb.edu.au/malkah/
An initiative that seeks to promote the leadership of South Asian women in the areas of peace, security and regional cooperation. She is also Principal Emerita of Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi and she has served the college as Principal for 26 years from 1988-2014. She was the first woman to serve as member of the National Security Advisory Board (NSAB) of India.
Dr. Gopinath is a member of multi-track peace initiatives in Kashmir and between India and Pakistan including the Neemrana Peace Initiative, the Pakistan India Peoples’ Forum for Peace and Democracy and the Chaophraya Dialogue. She has authored among others Pakistan in Transition, and co-authored Conflict Resolution – Trends and Prospects, Transcending Conflict: A Resource book on Conflict Transformation and Dialogic Engagement and has contributed chapters and articles in several books and journals on Gandhi, the politics of Pakistan, the arts Conflict Resolution, Gender and Peace Building et al. Her interests include issues of human rights and gender, conflict transformation and Buddhist and Gandhian philosophy. In recognition of her contribution to the field of women’s education and empowerment, she has received several awards including the Padma Shri Award, Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi Award, the Rajiv Gandhi Award for Excellence in Education and the Mahila Shiromani Award and the Delhi Citizen Forum Award and Qimpro Platinum Standard Award for Education and Celebrating Womanhood South Asian Recognition Award for Social Harmony and International Lifetime Achievement Award – 2009 for outstanding work in the field of justice, Equity, Peace and Progress and the L.M. Singhvi fellowship Award at the David Davies Memorial Institute of International Studies (DDMI), University of Wales, Aberystwyth, Award of Honorary Doctorate Degree for significant contribution to the education of women and the commitment to fostering global peace through Conflict Resolution, La Trobe University, Australia and Honorary Adjunct Professor, La Trobe Asia, La Trobe University, Australia, Distinguished Alumna Award, by Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi for meritorious contribution in the field of Education, Visiting Distinguished Scholar 2015, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, and Nirbhaya Puraskar 2017, by OYSS Women (Odisa Yuva Sanskrutik Sansad) for exemplary courage and accomplishment in the field of Education.
Dr. Gopinath serves on the Governing Boards of research institutes, NGOs, educational institutions and corporate bodies. She also is a member of the Nonviolent Peaceforce, International, The Club of Rome, Asian University for Women, Centre for Policy Research, Shri Ram Foundation, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, B.P. Koirala India-Nepal Foundation, Welham Girls School, Shri Ram School, Track Two initiatives in the South Asian region and many more. She has been a Fulbright scholar and has received several fellowships including the Australian International Education Foundation Fellowship (1996-97) and the University Grants Commission Indo-Israel Exchange Fellowship (1994-1996) among others.
Born in Secundrabad in 1960, she was educated at St. Stephen's College, Delhi, and at the Department of History, University of Delhi. She taught at Hindu College (University of Delhi) from 1982 till 1993, and thereafter at the Department of History (University of Delhi) (till 2015). She has served as Dean of Colleges at the University of Delhi from 2007 till 2010 and as Dean of International Relations from 2006 till 2007.
Lahiri's many books include Pre-Ahom Assam (1991), The Archaeology of Indian Trade Routes (1992), The Decline and Fall of the Indus Civilization (2000), Finding Forgotten Cities - How the Indus Civilization was Discovered (2005), Marshalling the Past - Ancient India and its Modern Histories (2012), Ashoka in Ancient India (2015) and Monuments Matter - India’s Archaeological Heritage since Independence (2017). She has served on the editorial board of American Anthropologist (U.S.A.), and is presently on the editorial board of Archaeologies (U.K.) and on the advisory editorial board of World Archaeology (U.K.). She has been a visiting fellow at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), University of Cambridge (U.K.), the Daniel Ingalls Fellow at the Harvard-Yenching Institute, Harvard University (U.S.A.) in 2006 and the O.P. Jindal Distinguished Speaker (Spring 2017) at Brown University (U.S.A). She has also served as an Advisory Member of the Shanghai Archaeology Forum of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing.
Lahiri was awarded the Infosys Prize in Humanities – Archaeology for 2013, and her book Ashoka in Ancient India won the John F. Richards prize of the American Historical Association for the best book in South Asian History for 2015.
Nik is also the President of the Australia India Business Council inQueensland. Until 2015 Nik was country head (MD) of Rio Tinto in India, a role that he held foralmost 10 years. Nik is a geologist and has spent over 35 years in the mining industry with roles inexploration, operations, strategy and external relations. He chaired the mining committee of CII,was instrumental in establishing the Sustainable Mining Initiative for the Indian mining industry andinitiated the Skills Council in the Mining Sector. Nik was educated in India, Australia and as a RhodesScholar in the UK.
He is also the Coordinator, of Global Understanding Course at University of Jammu being run in collaboration with East Carolina University, USA. He is Member of the Tourism Advisory Board of the State of Jammu & Kashmir. The Board is headed by the Hon'ble Chief Minister of State of Jammu & Kashmir.
He has been a Visiting Professor to Zhubanov State University of Akotbe, Akotbe, Republic of Kazakhstan, Bashkir State University, Ufa, Bashkortostan, Russia and Graduate School of Business, ESAN University, Lima, Peru. Parikshat earned his PhD in Brand Positioning Strategies from University of Jammu. He did his Post Master’s in Electronic Commerce and Information Science from Alber’s School of Business at Seattle University, USA with a Distinction and MBA from University of Jammu, India. He has been teaching Internet Marketing, Brand Management, Destination Management and Marketing Management at both undergraduate and graduate level and Tourism Research Development to the PhD and other research students in the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management and The Business School, University of Jammu since 2001. His research interests are Tourism, Recreation, and Hospitality Management, Education and Marketing, Sustainable and Responsible Tourism, Brand Management, Post Conflict Tourism and Peace Building Strategies (Revival Tourism), Film Induced Tourism and Destination Marketing.
Prof. Parikshat was runners-up at the Institute of Hospitality- Education Research Award, 2016 at the EuroCHRIE conference in Budapest, 2016. He has been awarded Major Project’s as the Project leader under the UK India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI) Thematic Partnerships Scheme during the year 2015 and 2017. He was a Commonwealth Fellow for the year 2014, Hungarian Faculty Research Fellow in 2013 under the Indo Hungarian Educational Exchange Program for the year 2012-13, Shastri Indo-Canadian fellow in 2009 and won Career Award for Best Young Teacher (CAYT) awarded by All Indian Council for Technical Education (AICTE) – Government of India, 2009. He has been awarded Major Research Projects by University Grants Commission (UGC) and Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.
Dr. Parikshat is Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Management and Sustainability and Journal of Hospitality, Tourism Cases (JHTC) of International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education (ICHRIE), Journal Regional Statistics of the Hungarian Central Statistical Office, Hungary, Asia-Pacific Journal of Innovation in Hospitality and Tourism, Taylor’s University, Malaysia and TEAM (Tourism Educators Association of Malaysia) Journal of Hospitality and Tourism. He is also former Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Education (JHTE).
He is also Member Advisory Council for the Centre for Research and Innovation (CRiT), Taylors University, Malaysia (2016 -2018). Dr. Parikshat is board member of the Asia Pacific Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education (APacCHRIE) and also member - Research Committee and Education Committee of International Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education (ICHRIE). He has been member of Board of Studies of Various Universities around the world. He was also Member, All India Board of Hospitality and Tourism Management (AIB – HTM) of AICTE. He has authored 7 books and more than 70 research papers which have been published in Journals, Edited Books, and in the Conference Proceedings.
As a regular political commentator on international affairs for the Hindi newspaper ‘Prabhat Khabar’, and occasional contributor to The Hindu Businessline and the Chennai Centre for China Studies, I have keenly followed the different trajectories of China-India bilateral relations. I have expanded my interest to a deeper scholarly investigation by currently pursuing a doctoral program at Deakin University, Melbourne.
Who is currently a Member of Parliament being a presidential nominee to the Rajya Sabha. He is a Padma Bhushan recipient for his contribution to Literature and Education.
Her work explores the ways in which animals – particularly those regarded as heritage or sacred icons in India, such as cattle – are invoked as symbols of human identity politics and/or as resources for growth in cities. Animals have a significant yet invisible role of in city building, and urban religion can be complicit in enabling animal exploitation for urban development. Her work now also seeks to develop frameworks for multi-species inclusive urban planning. Her work on animals and development has been published in leading journals including Environment and Planning D, Society and Animals, and Sustainable Development. Her book Religion, Heritage and the Sustainable City: Hinduism and Urbanisation in Jaipur (Routledge) was published in 2015, and edited volume Religion and Urbanism: Reconceptualising Sustainable Cities in South Asia (Routledge) was published in 2016. She publishes widely in media on issues related to animal rights, including The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy, Huffington Post and Animal People Forum. She has been interviewed at the animal rights radio channel Freedom of Species, and for documentaries on vegan political philosophy and animal rights advocacy in India.
He is Member of l’Institut de Droit International; General Assembly, ICCR; International Advisory Panel, American Law Institute. He is on Editorial Boards of Chinese Journal of International Law (Oxford) and Human Rights and International Legal Discourse (Brussels).
He was Dean, Faculty of Law, South Asian University; Dean, School of International Studies, JNU; Director, Human Rights Teaching and Research Centre, JNU; Professor, City University of Hong Kong; Member, Law Commission of India; Director, Research Centre, The Hague Academy of International Law; Executive Editor, Indian Journal of International Law.
He held visiting appointments at London School of Economics, Max Planck Institute for International Law, University of Tokyo, East China University, University of Georgia at Athens, etc. Besides his book, The UN Human Rights Committee (Cambridge University Press), he published in British Yearbook of International Law, Cambridge Journal of International Law, Journal of World Trade, Michigan Journal of International Law, Social Science and Medicine, Texas International Law Journal, etc.