Sameer Kochhar, Chairman, Skoch Group
He is the CEO, Skoch Consultancy Services, and is an industry veteran with a multifaceted career spanning over two and half decades. He is India Strategy and management consultant to several Fortune 500 as well as large Indian Companies for over a decade. Is the President of Skoch Development Foundation, a leading think tank on digital , social and financial inclusion issues in India. He has been passionately working towards promoting participatory democracy, empowerment, and bringing improvements in delivery systems. He is also Chief Editor of Inclusion -a quarterly publication focused on development and citizenship issues in India. He is a member of several expert groups and committees and his research opinion and writings have shaped many public policy dialogue. He is also a member of the expert group constituted by the ministry of Panchayati Raj, Government of India advocating a case for strengthening of Panchayati raj institutions (village councils) through use of technology, finance, economics, e-governance, panchayati raj and ICT for development. He has published several widely acclaimed books, namely Infrastructure and Governance (2008); Financial Inclusion (2009); Urban Renewal: Policy and response (2009); speeding financial inclusion (2009); India on the growth Turnpike: Essays in Honor of Vijay L. Kelkar (2010); and Building from the Bottom: Infrastructure and Poverty Allevation (2010).
Gursharan Dhanjal, Editor & CEO, Skoch
Gursharan Dhanjal, M.Phil. and Ph.D. from Delhi University is an expert in strategic affairs. He has over 17 years of working experience ranging from academics to research and business journalism to consulting. He has taught at Delhi University and has worked for Asia Business News - Dow Jones and CNBC for several years. He has led various research projects in e-governance and ICT for development that included traversing across the country collecting citizen voices for over eight years now. He also leads the video case study projects. His areas of expertise include research, and rich media content. A prolific writer, Dr. Dhanjal has written over 200 columns in various national dailies and several journals of repute in addition to authoring a widely acclaimed book entitled Tarapur: The Politics of Nuclear Age. This, in addition to a recently published edited book entitled Infrastructure and Governance. He is also a Visiting Faculty and Member, Course Preparation Team at Indira Gandhi National Open University and Department of Political Science, University of Delhi.