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Gauri Shankar Gupta
Gauri Shankar Gupta is a member of the Indian Foreign Service. Since 2010, he has been India’s ambassador to Hungary as well as Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Born on July 15, 1956, Gupta spent his childhood in the small town of Ajitgarh in the state of Rajasthan, India. He did his schooling from the local government school. In 1973 he moved to Jaipur and joined the University of Rajasthan for his higher studies. He stood first in the Order of Merit at the university and was awarded gold medals both at B.Com. and MBA examinations.

Gupta served in a private sector bank for a period of three years. In 1980, he appeared for the Indian Civil Services Examinations and joined the Indian Foreign Service in July 1981.

As part of his diplomatic assignments, Gupta served in Indian missions in Belgium, Bangladesh and Bahrain as second secretary/first secretary. He was deputy chief of mission at the Indian embassy in Mexico, and deputy permanent delegate of India to UNESCO, Paris. During his assignment with the Indian mission to UNESCO, Gupta also served as alternate member of India on the executive board of UNESCO. Subsequently, he was posted as minister, embassy of India, Manila, from January 2001 to April 2003. From June 2003 till September 2006, he served as ambassador of India to Mongolia.

During his postings in Delhi, Gupta served in the Economic and Finance Divisions of the Ministry of External Affairs as deputy secretary, and as joint secretary (Establishment) in the Ministry of External Affairs. During his capacity as joint secretary (Establishment), he was in-charge for administrative and logistic issues of all Indian missions and posts abroad as also for the Ministry of External Affairs’ offices and residential units in India. Several important reforms were undertaken during this period in the functioning of the division.

A fluent speaker of Hindi, English, French and Spanish, Gupta has travelled widely. He is a prolific writer and has contributed many articles on diverse contemporary issues. He is the author of Mongolia: The Land of Blue Skies (published 2007); Droplets (2008), a compilation of English poetry; and Chand Lamhe (2010), a collection of Hindi poetry.


Pallav Moitra
Pallav Moitra is an industry veteran with more than 25 years of diverse experience in different domains of the media industry. Having worked with many of the publishing giants of India including ABP Group, Times Group, and The India Today Group, Pallav's career has traced the media revolution of the 1990s and the new millennium.

As a consultant, Pallav has offered his services to large media houses like leading Hindi news channel Zee News and newspaper groups Bhaskar Group and Amar Ujala Group, the two largest regional language newspaper groups in India. As an entrepreneur, he has done pioneering work in the areas of electronic and online media and event/sports management. This included production of TV and radio software including popular TV serials, and development of unique, industry-first innovative media content.

He has introduced many international magazine brands in India as well as published contract magazines for leading airlines and banks. A true media professional, Pallav has been at the forefront of the media industry as business head of quite a few successful ventures. In his last assignment, he was the CEO of Paprika Media, the media arm of the ESSAR group, which publishes the Indian editions of the renowned TimeOut magazine of London. Currently, he's consulting organizations in the areas of communication, CSR, training, and other strategic aspects of business. He's also a visiting faculty in some prestigious media/business schools.

Sachin Joshi
Sachin is deputy director at the CII-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development, a think and action tank of the Confederation of Indian Industry. He works with companies and entrepreneurs on sustainable and inclusive innovations and business models that create new markets and transform industry structures. He advises and mentors entrepreneurs, NGOs, academia, and governments on various sustainability issues. Sachin has authored various reports, case studies and articles on innovation, business models, CSR, climate change, ethics and values, and international relations.

Smita Singh
A post-graduate in Law, she has accumulated over a decade of experience across social development and legal initiatives. Her experience spans the corporate and the development sectors, at strategic as well as operational levels. She has a proven track record of business development and maintaining stakeholder relationships. She has, at various levels, been in charge of corporate engagement units, business and human rights projects, and unit of advocacy with government for reviewing and recommending at the policy tables.

She has developed and managed projects with a number of companies and partnered with a number of international governments, organs, civil society and corporate agencies. She has been advising at the strategy level on devising and handling policies on CSR, HR, gender mainstreaming, HIV/AIDS, workplace diversity, sexual harassment, etc. In her latest association, she participated as member of the drafting committee on national CSR guidelines and as mirror committee member on ISO-26000.

She has also streamlined the administrative and human resource functions of a number of organizations by developing and updating their human resource and finance manual. Presently, she is working with CARE as advocacy manager and is also a part of the Business and Human Rights Committee of the Indian network of UNGC. She has written a number of books, papers and articles.