|Prof. Jagdish Bhagwati|
University Professor, Columbia University and the intellectual father of Indian Economic reforms
| Nirupama Rao|
Hon. Ambassador of India to the United States
|Dr. Kiran Bedi|
First female IPS officer, and core team leader of India Against Corruption movement
Global COO - Deloitte
President, US-India Business Council
Jagdish Bhagwati, is University Professor at Columbia University and Senior Fellow in International Economics at the Council on Foreign Relations. Bhagwati is widely regarded as the intellectual father of Indian economic reforms that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has led, which have transformed India into a rapidly growing force on the world stage. Columbia University has recognized his achievements by founding the Jagdish Bhagwati Chair in Indian Political Economy. Prof. Bhagwati has been honored by the Padma Vibhushan award by the Indian government, and was advisor to India 's Finance Minister, now Prime Minister, on India 's economic reforms.
Mrs. Nirupama Rao is the current Ambassador of India to the United States. She is a 1973 batch Indian Foreign Service officer, and served as the Indian Foreign Secretary prior to her current position. In a diplomatic career spanning over three decades, she served in various world capitals, including Washington, Beijing and Moscow. She acquired extensive experience in India-China relations, having served in the East Asia Division of the Ministry at policy level capacities for several years, and later serving as India's first woman Ambassador to China from 2006 to 2009. Her other ambassadorial assignments include Peru and Bolivia, and Sri Lanka (where also she was India's first woman High Commissioner).
Dr. Kiran Bedi
Kiran Bedi, Ph.D, is India’s first and highest ranking woman police officer. She joined the Indian Police Service in 1972 and retired in 2007. She is renowned for her innovative yet effective approach to law enforcement, through which she achieved extraordinary success in tough environments.Most recently she was a part of the core team led by Anna Hazare in the "India Against Corruption" movement. For her work, Kiran has received dozens of international awards and commendations, including the Ramon Magsaysay Award for government service (also known as the Asian Nobel Prize), the United Nation’s Serge Sotiroff Memorial Award for drug abuse prevention, the Joseph Beuys Award, and the Asia Region Award for Drug Prevention & Control by the International Organization of Good Templars.
Manoj Singh is Chief Operating Officer of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (DTTL). Singh previously served as Global Managing Director, Operations, for DTTL. In his previous role, Singh was one of the five global managing directors reporting to the global CEO. With overall responsibility for global operations, including strategy, finance, knowledge management, information technology, human resources, and legal, Singh focused on driving Deloitte investments around the world, leading global strategy and business planning, addressing operating performance challenges, and was especially involved in high-growth countries and emerging markets. Prior to this, Singh led Deloitte Consulting in North and South America as Managing Director, Americas, until 2003. Deloitte Consulting was consistently rated one of the best consulting practices in North America by analysts like Gartner and IDC, and was considered a top workplace for students and women by leading business schools in the United States and Fortune magazine. In 2003, Singh was recognized as one of the Top 25 Consultants in the United States by Consulting Magazine. He has extensive management consulting experience in advising national and multinational companies on mergers and acquisitions and shareholder value growth, with a specific focus on technology, manufacturing, and the energy industry.
Mr. Ron Somers is president of the U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC), the premier business advocacy organization committed to strengthening U.S.-India commercial ties and deepening two-way trade between these two dynamic economies. Previously, Somers was Unocal Corporation's chief executive in India, developing commercial opportunities in India's emerging energy market. Before that, he was managing director for India on behalf of Cogentrix Energy, tasked with setting up a 1000 MW electric power project in the Indian state of Karnataka. During Somer's residency in India, he served on the board of directors of Hindustan Oil Exploration Company, India's first private sector oil exploration company, as well as on the board of the U.S. Educational Foundation in India, which oversees the country's Fulbright and Humphrey scholarship programs. He is currently on the International Leadership Council of the Monterey Institute of International Studies, a professional graduate school preparing students for careers in cross-cultural, multilingual environments. He travels to India frequently. Somers holds an M.A. from the Bread Loaf School of English, where he studied at Lincoln College, Oxford University. He graduated with a B.A. (Honors) from Middlebury College in Vermont. Somers and his wife, Rebecca, live in Washington, D.C.
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