Gauri Shankar Gupta
Gauri Shankar Gupta is a member of the Indian Foreign Service. He is presently serving as High Commissioner of India to Trinidad and Tobago, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada and Montserrat.
Born in the small town of Ajitgarh in Rajasthan, India, on 15 July 1956, Gupta spent his childhood in a rural milieu. He did well in his academic career and was awarded several gold medals. After completion of Master’s in management, Gupta served in the banking sector for three years before joining Indian Diplomatic Service in 1981.
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, Bahrain, Mexico, France, and the Philippines in different capacities. In France he also served as Deputy Permanent Delegate of India to UNESCO. Subsequently, he served as India’s ambassador to Mongolia, Hungary and Bosnia & Herzegovina.
Gupta is a writer and a poet. His books include Mongolia: The Land of Blue Skies, Droplets, and Chand Lamhe. His fourth book, Unraveling Mysteries of Life – Modern Science and Ancient Wisdom (2012), is based on extensive research on the fundamental issues of human life both from the perspective of modern science and ancient wisdom. The book has received excellent reviews around the world and has been translated into various languages including Hungarian, Czech, Romanian, Hindi, Spanish and Bhasha Indonesia.
Gupta has authored many articles on foreign policy and spiritual issues. His latest articles include Science and Spirituality and Defining God – A Vedic Interpretation, published by the World Congress of Faiths.Gupta has presided over several academic conferences and seminars, and has participated in many international conferences. He is a motivational speaker and has delivered hundreds of talks on spiritual, environmental, developmental, and health issues. Some of his talks and speeches are available at YouTube – gaurishankargupta100 and on his website gaurishankargupta.com. An enthusiastic traveller (been to over 85 countries), Gupta speaks Hindi, English, French, and Spanish.
Gupta has been bestowed with these honours: a) Ambassador of the Club of Budapest; b) Amicus Curiae Medallion by the President of the Curia, Hungary; c) Hungarian Government -- Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit of Hungary (Civil Division); d) Kabir Samman by Adharsila World Hindi Meet 2013; e) Silver Star of Peace by the Mongolian Foundation for Peace & Friendship; and f) Award for Selfless Service by Inter-Religious Organization of Trinidad and Tobago.
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.