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ALESSANDRO LUTMAN

ALKA PANDE

AMAN NATH

AMIT CHAUDHURI

ANANYA CHATTERJEE

ANANYA VAJPEYI

ANJANA BASU

ANILA GILL

ANITA NAIR

ANITA RATNAM

ANJUM KATYAL

ANSHUL TIWARI

ANUBHA BHOSLE

ANUSHKA RAVISHANKAR

ARSHIA SATTAR

ARTHUR CARDOZO

ARYA RAJAM

ASHOKE VISWANATHAN

AVIK CHANDA

BABY HALDER

BAISALI CHATTERJEE DUTT

BASHABI FRASER

BHARATI RAY

DR. CHANDRA SHEKHAR MUKHERJEE

DEBASHISH LAHIRI

DEBORAH SMITH

DEVDUTT PATTNAIK

ELODIE GUIGNARD

ESTHER SYIEM

GAYATRI CHAKRAVORTY SPIVAK

HAJI SYED SALMAN CHISHTY

JAEL SILLIMAN

JERRY PINTO

JOIE BOSE

JON LANG

K. SUJATHA RAO

KAARTHIKEYA BAJPAYI

KAMA MACLEAN

KIRAN NAGARKAR

KISHORE BHIMANI

KUNAL BASU

LYNN DEAS

MALASHRI LAL

MARCOS GIRALT TORRENTE

MICHAEL DWYER

MODHURIMA SINHA

NABANEETA DEV SEN

NAINA LAL KIDWAI

NANDITA PALCHOUDHURI

NARESH KUMAR

NAVEEN KISHORE

NAYANTARA SAHGAL

NEAL HALL

OINDRILLA DUTT

PARAMBRATA

PRAJWAL PARAJULY

PRATEEK RAJA

PRITHA KEJRIWAL

PROITI ROY

Q

RACHEL DWYER

RAJ KAMAL JHA

RAJU RAMAN

RAMANJIT KAUR

RAM RAHMAN

RANJAN PALIT

REEP PANDI LEPCHA

RITU MENON

ROBIN CORNER

ROSINKA CHAUDHURI

RUBY HEMBROM

RUCHIRA GUPTA

DR. RUPALI BASU

DR. SAMIRAN NUNDY

SADAF SAAZ SIDDIQI

SAIKAT MAJUMDAR

SAMANTAK DAS

SANDIP HOR

SANDIP ROY

SANJEEV CHOPRA

SARASWATHI MENON

SELINA SEN

SHASHI THAROOR

SHOBHAA DE

SHRABANI BASU

SHUBHRA SHAH AGARWAL

SHUKTARA LAL

SISTER M. CYRIL

SREERADHA DUTTA

STEPHANIE SIRIWARDENE

SUDHA MENON

SUJATA SEN

SUNAINA SINGH

SUNDEEP BHUTORIA

SUPRIYA CHAUDHURI

SUSANNA GOHO QUEK

URVASHI BUTALIA

VAYU NAIDU

WASIM KAPOOR

WENDY WERE

YASSMIN ABDEL-MAGIED

   

 

Alessandro Lutman

Alessandro Lutman

Young Italian poet. He published his first work - Poesie d'autunno. Raccontandomi in versi - in 2015 as a 20 year old, becoming one of the youngest poets of his country. He presented his works in Algeria, Denmark, France and Russia. He is studying Literature and History in Udine and writes about literature in regional cultural magazines.

 
Alka Pande

Alka Pande

An art critic, curator, teacher, cultural theorist and an author, she currently holds the position of the Consultant Arts Advisor and Curator of the Visual Arts Gallery at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. She is the recipient of the Charles Wallace Award (1999-2000), Australian Asia Council Special Award. She is also a distinguished receiver of the Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) award in 2006. She has curated the latest international exhibition at the Pinacothèque de Paris titled The Kama-Sutra: Spirituality and Eroticism in Indian Art. Her publications include Leela, The New Age of Kamasutra for Women, Ardhanarishvara the androgyne, Indian Erotica Art, & Shringara: The Many Faces of Indian Beauty, which is her most recent work.

 
Aman Nath

Aman Nath

Writer, hotelier, and architectural restorer. He is the co-founder and co-chairman of Neemrana Hotels the chain along with Francis Wacziarg, which have won awards from UNESCO and the Indian travel trade industry. He has co-written/authored 14 illustrated books on art, history, architecture, corporate biography and photography, two of which have won National Awards. These are also used as the official gifts of the President and the Prime Minister of India. His book Jaipur was the first Indian book to be marketed internationally by Christie’s.He has also been the curator at Art Today.

 
Amit Chaudhuri

Amit Chaudhuri

A novelist, his latest work is Odysseus Abroad (2014). He is also a critically acclaimed singer in the north Indian classical tradition. He was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award in 2002 for his novel A New World. In 2012, he won the Infosys Prize for Humanities-Literary Studies for his literary criticism. He is currently Professor of Contemporary Literature at the University of East Anglia. He has been recently involved with preservation and restoration of architectural heritage of the city of Kolkata through his new endeavor Calcutta Architectural Legacies (CAL).

 
Ananya Chatterjee

Ananya Chatterjee

Poet and a software professional (gold medalist from Calcutta University) she has published three books, The Poet and His Valentine, Another Soliloquy and A Blind Man's Rainbow. Her works have been published both nationally and internationally. She is also a translator for works of Soumitro Chatterjee and Jogen Chowdhury. She holds the post of Treasurer of the poetry group, Poetry Paradigm.

 
Ananya Vajpeyi

Ananya Vajpeyi

Scholar and award-winning writer, is a Fellow and Associate Professor at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi and a Global Ethics Fellow with the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, New York. Her book, Righteous Republic: The Political Foundations of Modern India (2012) was published by Harvard University Press and won the Crossword Award for Non-Fiction (2013), the Tata First Book Award for Non-Fiction(2013) and the 41st Thomas J. Wilson Memorial Prize. It was listed as a Book of the year by The Guardian and The New Republic, and reviewed widely in both academic journals and the popular press. Vajpeyi writes regularly on ideas, politics and the arts for The Hindu and Foreign Affairs, among other Indian and international publications.

 
Anjana Basu

Anjana Basu

Fiction writer, poet. She has also written stories for local newspapers and Cosmopolitan. Her work has been published by Orient Longman India, Penguin India, The Wolfhead Quarterly, The Blue Moon Review, Recursive Angel etc. Her novel Curses in Ivory was published by Harper Collins in 2003. She has been awarded the Hawthornden Fellow. She also writes for young adults, which includes her most recent work, Leopard in the Laboratory. She has also worked on scripts with director Rituparno Ghosh for ‘Antarmahal’ and ‘The Last Lear’ and has subtitled several of his films including ‘Unishe April’, ‘Dahan’ and ‘Chokher Bali’.

 
Anila Gill

Anila Gill

A photographer of French and Indian descent, she has been working on a project about the wine making process over the period of two years. Currently, she is settled in the beautiful region of Touraine, which is known for its castles and wines.

 
Anita Nair

Anita Nair

An author, best known for her fiction and poetry. Her novels The Better Man and Ladies Coupe are bestselling works and have been translated in twenty one languages. Chain of Custody (2016) dealing with child trafficking is her most recent work.

 
 

Anita Ratnam

A highly respected performer, writer, speaker, arts entrepreneur and culture mentor. She uses voices, singing, Vedic hymns, drumming, and contemporary mythology in her performances. Her acclaimed choreographies include SEVEN GRACES, NEELAM. Ratnam has founded Narthaki.com, the largest portal on Indian dance in the virtual world and restored the 15th century theatre ritual performance of KAISIKA NATAKAM in her ancestral village temple of Tirukurungudi in Tamilnadu. She is in the Executive Board of the Sangeet Natak Akademi.

 
Anjum Katyal

Anjum Katyal

Consultant (Publications), Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies (MAKAIAS), Kolkata, she is also the Co-Director of the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival. Shehas been the Chief Editor, Seagull Books, Calcutta (1987–2006) and Editor, Seagull Theatre Quarterly (1994–2004), as well as the Web Editor, Saregama-HMV (2006–11) and Editor, Art and the City, a web magazine on the contemporary arts in India (2010–13). She is the author of Habib Tanvir: Towards an Inclusive Theatre (SAGE, 2012). She has translated Habib Tanvir’s Charandas Chor and Hirma ki Amar Kahani (The Living Tale of Hirma), as well as Usha Ganguli’s Rudali and stories by Mahasweta Devi and Meera Mukherjee. Her most recent work Badal Sircar: Towards a Theatre of Conscience garnered much critical praise. She has a background in education and teacher training. A published poet, she also sings the blues, and writes on theatre and the visual arts.

 
Anshul Tiwari

Anshul Tiwari

An Ashoka Fellow and the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of YouthKiAwaaz.com (YKA), which is India's largest online platform for young people to express themselves on issues of importance. He also serves as a Director on the Board of Collectively, a World Economic Forum and Unilever collaborative non-profit, to help make the future better. He was recently invited to speak at the United Nations Forum on Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law.

 
Anubha Bhosle

Anubha Bhosle

A journalist, she is the Executive Editor at CNN-News18 and author of the critically acclaimed Mother, Where's My Country? She edits the Citizen Journalist Show and reports from Kashmir and the North East regularly. As part of her fellowship for the People’s Archive of Rural India (PARI), Anubha along with journalist and film maker Sunzu Bachaspatimayum have produced three short films and reportage on the lives and traditions of the Meitei community of Manipur. She won Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards in 2009 and Chameli Devi Award for outstanding woman media person.

 
Anushka Ravishankar

Anushka Ravishankar

An award winning author of children's books, and co-founder of Duckbill Books, publishing house. Often referred to as India’s Dr.Seuss, her most popular works include Catch that Crocodile! , Elephants Never Forget and Tiger on a Tree. She collaborates with artists from South Africa, Switzerland, Italy and India.

 
 

Arshia Sattar

A translator, writer and teacher, her note-worthy translations include Tales from the Kathasaritsagara (1993) in Sanskrit and Valmiki’s Ramayana (1996). She also published her essays on the Valmiki Ramayana, Lost Loves: Exploring Rama’s Anguish (2011) which was short-listed for the Crossword Vodafone Non-Fiction Award. Her recent work is Valmiki’s Uttara. Along with DW Gibson, Sattar founded the Sangam House International Residency Program which has hosted nearly one hundred writers from across India and all over the world.

 
Arthur Cardozo

Arthur Cardozo

Poet, ad-man, dramatist, script writer, feature writer and cartoonist. He had his own advertising, communication and branding agency organization called Cardozone Communico. He is the Vice- President of Poetry Paradigm.

 
Arya Rajam

Arya Rajam

Rajam was born in New York and raised in India. She came into the limelight with her interesting and engaging first novel on the life of a ballet dancer, Blood, Sweat and Tears (2013). Much inspired by writers like Daphne Du Maurier, her writing brings together the elements of romance, drama and real life experiences of dancers. Influenced by several generations of women in her family, which includes her mother famous danseuse Anita Ratnam, Arya has formed a great love for the arts, especially dance, music, theater and couture fashion. She is deeply committed to encouraging young students to pursue a literary profession, and does so by traveling to several high schools pan India, to give talks on the subject.

 
Ashoke Viswanathan

Ashoke Viswanathan

A filmmaker and a theatre practitioner has made many award winning films including documentaries. He has been an Assistant Director at Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute and a guest lecturer at Jadavpur University. His films include an array of films like The Lighthouse, The Ocean and The Sea, Shunya Theke Shuru, Kichu Songlap Kichu Prolap. He also has experience as a Chairperson of the Jury non-feature films for the National Film Awards. He is the President of Poetry Paradigm.

 
Avik Chanda

Avik Chanda

Poet and novelist. He graduated from Presidency College and completed his education at the Delhi School of Economics. Following a brief stint in media, he has pursued a career in management consulting over the last ten years, during which time he has also been moonlighting as a freelance journalist, painter and more recently, a poet, writing in both English and his native Bengali. His debut novel Anchor, presenting 1990s Calcutta has received critical and popular acclaim.

 
Baby Halder

Baby Halder

An inspirational woman who went from being a domestic help onto becoming a published author, with her autobiography, Aalo Andhari which was translated by Urvashi Butalia to English, renaming it as A Life Less Ordinary(2006) which became a bestseller. The book received a lot of media attention due to its thematic story of the harsh lives of a domestic help. It later got translated into twenty one languages. Her second book, Eshat Roopantar , was also well received. She is currently working on her third book.

   
Baisali Chatterjee Dutt

Baisali Chatterjee Dutt

A former columnist, she was an agony aunt columnist for Mother &Baby and also a contributor to Parent & Baby. She has compiled and edited two volumes of the Chicken Soup for the Indian Soul series. She has also written the biography of Sharbari Dutta, one of Calcutta’s fashion inspirations. She is currently working as a drama facilitator at The Creative Arts Studio and South Point School.

 
Bashabi Fraser

Bashabi Fraser

A poet, children’s writer, translator and editor, she is the joint director of the Scottish Centre of Tagore studies and teaches English and creative writing at Edinburgh Napier University.

 
 

Bharati Ray

An eminent educationist and historian, she was the first woman Pro Vice Chancellor of Calcutta University and founder of Women's Studies Research Centre. She also served as Vice President of Indian Council for Cultural Relations. She was a member of Rajya Sabha and a member of Joint Parliamentary Committee on Empowerment of Women. . She published extensively on women's issues and also on Rabindranath Tagore. Her most notable works include Daughters : A Story of Five Generations and Early Feminists of Colonial India. Sarala Devi Chaudhurani and Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain.

 
Dr. Chandra Shekhar Mukherjee

Dr. Chandra Shekhar Mukherjee

A senior medical practitioner and founding member of Children in Pain, he is a visiting consultant, lecturer and adviser to various public and private institutions in India and the U.K. His other interests include meditation-brain research, medical journalism and the theatre.

 
 

Debashish Lahiri

Professor of English Literature at Lal Baba College (affiliated to University of Calcutta), he has also taught at various universities like University of Calcutta, Rabindra Bharati University and West Bengal State University. His interest areas are Postcolonial theory, African and Australian Poetry and European Modernism. His first book of poems First Will and Testament was published from Writer’s Workshop. His poems have been published in various journals like The Journal of the Poetry Society of India, Muse India, Indian Literature, Inkapture and The Poetry Slazburg Review. No Waiting Like Departure is his recent release.

 
Deborah Smith

Deborah Smith

A literary translator of Korean fiction. She has translated The Vegetarian by Han Kang. She became the first translator to share the Man Booker International Prize with an author, in 2016. Apart from being a translator, she founded the Tilted Axis Press, which focuses on contemporary fiction especially from Asia. Having only started to learn Korean in 2010, she has already translated three books. Her translated works include Han Kang’s Human Acts, Bae Suah’s A Greater Music. She has graduated from Cambridge University and is currently a research fellow at SOAS.

 
Devdutt Pattnaik

Devdutt Pattnaik

A mythologist, writer, illustrator and communicator. He has also been the Chief Belief Officer at Future Group. Although trained as a doctor, he became a leadership consultant. Following his passion for mythology, he has written over thirty books, amongst which the most popular are Myth=Mithya: A Handbook of Hindu Mythology, Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata, Sita: An Illustrated Retelling of the Ramayana, Business Sutra: An Indian Approach to Management, Shikhandi And Other Tales They Don’t Tell You, My Gita. His most recent work, Olympus: An Indian Retelling of the Greek Myths sheds light on Greek mythology and compares it with Indian mythology. He has published over 600 articles. He has also been part of the popular television series, Devlok with Devdutt Pattnaik, as the mythology expert.

 
Elodie Guignard

Elodie Guignard

A Photographer and author who works in Paris. She has been working on photographic research about the human body and its link with the world. Her work reflects delicate movements and moods. She visits Kolkata regularly and has extensively photographed the inhabitants of the village of Ushagram, Nadia district. She is also a member of the studio Hans Lucas since 2015.

 
 

Esther Syiem

A professor of English at the North Eastern Hill University, Shillong, she is the author of the book , Race of the Rivers, which is her first book with Tulika Books. Her writing aims to revive and reinterpret the traditional Khasi folktales. Her publications also include two collections of poetry, Oral Scriptings and Of Follies and Frailties of Wit and Wisdom and a play in Khasi, Ka Nam. She is also a member of the Advisory Boards at Sahitya Akademi.

 
Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak

Scholar and professor at the Columbia University, she is the founding member of Institute for Comparative Literature and Society. In 2012, Spivak was awarded the Kyoto Prize in Arts and Philosophy and in 2013 she was awarded the Padma Bhushan. She is best known for her path-breaking essay, ‘Can the Subaltern Speak?’ and her translation of Derrida’s Of Grammatology. She has been hailed as one of the founders of postcolonial theory. Her other works are: In Other World, Outside in the Teaching Machine, Death of a Discipline, Other Asias and An Aesthetic Education in the Age of Globalization.

 
Haji Syed Salman Chishty

Haji Syed Salman Chishty

A founding member of the Chishty Foundation, he is also the Gaddi Nashin (Hereditary Custodians/Key Holders) of Sultan ul Hind Hazret Khawaja Moinuddin Hasan Chishty. He has been invited to speak in some of the world’s top University Conferences such as Harvard University, John Hopkin’s University. He works with the ideas of Islamic Spirituality, Sufism, Spiritual Understandings, and spiritual Ethics of the Chishty Sufi Order. His special artistic line of Sufi Musafir Photography has been exhibited at various Galleries, Studios, and Exhibitions and others.

 
Jael Silliman

Jael Silliman

She was An associate Professor of Women's Studies at the University of Iowa and the author of Jewish Portraits, Indian Frames: Women's Narratives from a Diaspora of Hope which chronicles Calcutta's little-known Jewish community through the lives of four generations of Jewish women in Silliman's family. She has also started a digital archive called Recalling Jewish Calcutta, which documents the lives of Calcutta’s Baghdadi Jews. She has collaborated with the School of Cultural Texts and Records, Jadavpur University; Trinity College, Dublin and National University of Ireland, Maynooth for the creation of this website. Her most recent publication is her debut novel titled The Man With Many Hats (2013). Her new novel is The Teak Almirah (Milestone Books, 2016).

 
Jerry Pinto

Jerry Pinto

Mumbai-based poet, prose and children's fiction writer, journalist. Pinto writes in English, and his works include, Helen: The Life and Times of an H-Bomb (2006) which won the Best Book on Cinema Award at the 54th National Film Awards, Surviving Women (2000) and Asylum and Other Poems (2003). His first novel Em and The Big Hoom was published in 2012 for which he won the Windham-Campbell prize in 2016. This also won the Sahitya Akademi award in 2016.

 
Joie Bose

Joie Bose

Poet and a student of literature from SXC and JNU, she has been writing for over fifteen years, Her first book of poems Corazon Roto and Sixty Nine Other Treasons was published in 2015 and individual works have been published both nationally and internationally. Professionally an educator, she is attached to Jadavpur University, TIU, SMU, Bangabasi College. She is the General Secretary of Poetry Paradigm and is currently editing a book of short stories on Calcutta entitled Calcuttadotes.

 
Jon Lang

Jon Lang

An Emeritus professor at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia where he served as the Head of the School of Architecture during the 1990s. Professor Lang was born in Calcutta and educated there, as well as in South Africa and the United States. He has served as a UNESCO consultant in Turkey and a NATO Fellow in Belgium. As a Ford Foundation Fellow he has taught at The Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur. He has co-authored with Madhavi Desai and Miki Desai Architecture and Independence: The Search for Identity (1997). He is also the author of Creating Architectural Theory (1987) and Urban Design: the American Experience (1994).

 
K. Sujatha Rao

K. Sujatha Rao

K. Sujatha Rao served as Union Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for the government of India until 2010, where she was involved in the first ever national program for non-communicable diseases; the process for a national policy for use of antibiotics; and introducing vaccines in public health. Previously she was Director General of the National AIDS Control Organization (NACO) from 2006-2009, where she was instrumental in establishing systems and building up NACO with a capacity to implement programs with a five-fold budget increase. She has represented India on boards of the WHO, Global Fund and UNAIDS. Ms. Rao was previously a Takemi Fellow for International Health at Harvard School of Public Health (1993). She is currently the first Gro Harlem Brundtland Senior Leadership Fellow at Harvard School of Public Health.

 
Kaarthikeya Bajpayi

Kaarthikeya Bajpayi

A JN Tata Scholar and journalism graduate, whose first published work Chandamama was at the age of nine. His works have since appeared in Tehelka, Helter Skelter, Muse India, Reading Hour, Sahitya Academy’s Indian Literature Journal, Spark Magazine, Roots and Meanderings Anthology, Significant Anthology, Everyman’s Science among others. He has given two TEDx talks and been a panelist/speaker in numerous literary events. He lives in New York, and is pursuing his masters in Creative Writing and works part time at the India China Institute.

 
Kama Maclean

Kama Maclean

Associate Professor of South Asian and World History in the School of Humanities (UNSW), she is the editor of South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies which has been published by the South Asian Studies Association of Australia. She has worked across a range of topics related to north India, including nationalist mobilisation, the politics of pilgrimage, theories of social communication and inter-colonial histories. A Revolutionary History of Interwar India: Violence, Image, Voice and Text is her latest work. Her current project, Imagining India in White Australia: Intercolonial Relations and the Empire, is funded by an ARC Discovery Grant. She is currently working to extend her work on political violence in British India, as well as developing a research project on R. G. Casey, the Australian Governor of Bengal.

 
Kiran Nagarkar

Kiran Nagarkar

Novelist, playwright, film and drama critic and screenwriter both in Marathi and English, and is one of the most significant writers of postcolonial India. His works include, Saat Sakkam Trechalis (tr. Seven Sixes Are Forty Three) (1974), Ravan and Eddie (1994), and the epic novel, Cuckold (1997) for which he was awarded the 2001 Sahitya Akademi Award. Nagarkar was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, described as the 'highest tribute Germany can pay to individuals'.

 
Kishore Bhimani

Kishore Bhimani

Veteran sports journalist and commentator, he has recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award at 5th H&G Clinic Journalism Award for his contribution in the field of journalism. He is formerly a graduate of London School of Economics currently holds the prestigious position of being a faculty member of Pailan School of Media Studies, where he shares his wisdom with his students.

 
Kunal Basu

Kunal Basu

Author. He completed his PhD from the University of Florida (Major: Business Administration (Marketing)); an MSc from the Florida Institute of Technology (Major: Mechanical Engineering; Dean’s Honour list) and a Bachelor of Engineering from Jadavpur University (India) (Major: Mechanical Engineering; First Class Honours and Best All-Round Graduate).He is the author of five novels: The Opium Clerk (2001), The Miniaturist (2003), Racists (2006) and The Yellow Emperor’s Cure (2010) KalKatta (2015). He has also written a collection of short stories, one of which – The Japanese Wife – has been made into a critically acclaimed film.

 
Lynn Deas

Lynn Deas

Writer, horse-owner, businesswoman, and mother of two, started her publishing career much before her 21st birthday. She has been the proud owner and has been associated with some of the finest Thoroughbred horses over the past 25 years, including Derby and Classic winners. She is also the publisher of Racing World, India’s only equestrian racing magazine, launched in 2003. Her latest book, Horse-Racing in India: A Royal Legacy will be launched at the festival.

 
Malashri Lal

Malashri Lal

Professor of Department of English, and the Joint Director of the University of Delhi, she specializes in literary studies. She has written and lectured extensively on women's socio-cultural positioning and women's writing. Her publications include, The Law of the Threshold: Women Writers in Indian English, and the co-edited volumes Women's Studies in India: Contours of Change; Interpreting Homes in South Asian Literature, and most recently, The Indian Family in Transition. Lal has served on the international jury for the Commonwealth Writers Prize and received fellowships from the Fulbright and the Rockefeller Foundation.

 
Marcos Giralt Torrente

Marcos Giralt Torrente

Spanish writer and literary critic, graduated in philosophy from the Universidad Autónoma in Madrid. His first work was the collection of short stories titled Entiéndame (1995). He has published three novels and three short story collections. He won the National Prize for Fiction for his novel titled Lifetime, which is his most recent novel. His work has been translated into English, German, French, Italian and Portuguese.

 
Michael Dwyer

Michael Dwyer

Publisher at Hurst Publishers. He joined Hurst Publishers, a London-based independent non-fiction publishing house in 1986 and became the head in 2007 after the death of Christopher Hurst. He mostly works with African Studies, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, South Asian Studies and War and International Relations.

 
Modhurima Sinha

Modhurima Sinha

Director of Public Relations and Marketing at Taj Bengal in Kolkata. She is a writer and director of the short film, The Third Eye (2015), which got selected for screening at Indische Film Festival Stuttgart. She has also worked as the Bureau Chief of the Asian Photography in Kolkata.

 
Nabaneeta Dev Sen

Nabaneeta Dev Sen

An award-winning poet, author and academic. She is noted for her poetry and prose in Bengali. Her prominent works include Bama-bodhini; Nati Nabanita; Srestha kabita; and Sita theke suru. She is also a well-loved children’s writer and has been felicitated with numerous prestigious awards like Bharatiya Bhasha Parishad Award, Padmashree, Sahitya Akademi Award and many more.

 
Naina Lal Kidwai

Naina Lal Kidwai

Indian banker, Chartered Accountant and business executive, she has been the Group General Manager and Country Head of HSBC India. She is also a former President of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).

 
Nandita Palchoudhuri

Nandita Palchoudhuri

Social entrepreneur Curating and Consulting internationally, in the field of Indian Folk Art Craft and Performance Practices.Her work creates cutting edge artistic and functional applications using traditional skills that often address a current social need. This explores the possibility of Art to re-examine the old and create new relationships between social engagement and aesthetic gesture. She serves as trustee and memberon various prestigious boards like Ford Foundation - International Initiative for Social Philanthropy, Academy of Fine Arts, Calcutta School of Music and others.

 
Naresh Kumar

Naresh Kumar

Iconic sports personality, is a former tennis player who played on the India Davis Cup Team for eight years. He began his career in 1952. He had served as the team captain and also reached the 4th Round of the Wimbledon.

 
 

Naveen Kishore

Theatre practitioner, he is also the founder of Seagull books which began primarily as a response to the growing need for an Indian publishing house for theatre and the other arts. Bringing back titles into circulations which are usually not taken up by bigger publishing houses, Seagull has now several projects which work towards bringing relevant literature to the public.

 
Nayantara Sahgal

Nayantara Sahgal

English fiction writer deals with India's elite responding to the crisis engendered by political change. She is a member of the Nehru–Gandhi family and is the second of the three daughters born to Jawaharlal Nehru's sister, Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit. She was awarded the 1986 Sahitya Akademi Award for English, for her novel, Rich Like Us (1985). She is revered for her take on political ideas.

 
Neal Hall

Neal Hall

Internationally acclaimed poet who stresses on social and racial issues. A medical practitioner turned poet, he is an award-winning author of four books of poetry. Nigger For Life, The Appalling Silence, (with selections of his work translated into Telugu and Urdu, was published and launched in India), Where Do I Sit are some of his most notable works.

 
Oindrilla Dutt

Oindrilla Dutt

Social entrepreneur. She is the director of Open Doors, the event management company.

 
Parambrata

Parambrata

Bengali actor and director in film and television. His directorial debut feature film is Jiyo Kaka starred by Rituparna Sengupta and Rudranil Ghosh which was followed by his second venture, Hawa Bodol. His other notable performances as an actor include films like , Hemlock Society, Baishe Srabon and Chotushkone. He has won the Bengal Film Journalists' Association – Most Promising Actor Award in 2006.

 
Prajwal Parajuly

Prajwal Parajuly

Author. His works focus on Nepali-speaking people and their culture. Parajuly's works include the short-story collection The Gurkha's Daughter and novel Land Where I Flee. His debut work was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize.

 
Prateek Raja

Prateek Raja

Art enthusiast. Started the Experimenter with his wife Priyanka Raja which works with experimental and alternative artists from the entire South Asian subcontinent and artists globally who have a South Asian connection to their practice. He has studied contemporary Asian art at the Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London.

 
Pritha Kejriwal

Pritha Kejriwal

Founder and editor of Kindle Magazine. Under her leadership the magazine has established itself as one of the leading torch-bearers of alternative journalism in the country, having won several awards, including the United Nations supported Laadli Award for gender sensitivity and the Aasra Award for excellence in media. She is also a poet, whose works have been published in various national and international journals.

 
Proiti Roy

Proiti Roy

Illustrator of Children’s books. She graduated in Fine Arts from Kala Bhavan, Shantiniketan. She has also been involved as a graphic designer in advertising and manufacturing. Apart from working with handicrafts, she has taught art and craft to children in Kolkata.

 
Q

Q

Film director. He is known for his quirky and unconventional outlook of cinema and life, in general. He uses a pseudonym of ‘Q’ in place of Qaushiq Mukherjee. The Kolkata-based director is known for his 3 most popular movies Gandu, Tasher Desh and Ludo. His film Gandu was an official selection at the Berlin International Film Festival and was also screened at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival. He is the founder and CEO of film production Overdose Joint.

 
Rachel Dwyer

Rachel Dwyer

Professor of Indian Cultures and Cinema at SOAS, University of London. She took her BA in Sanskrit at SOAS, followed by an MPhil in General Linguistics and Comparative Philology at the University of Oxford. Her PhD research was on the Gujarati lyrics of Dayaram (1777-1852). Professor Dwyer has published ten books, several of which are on Indian cinema. She has recently completed 'Bollywood's India: Indian cinema as a guide to modern India’. She is currently researching the Asian elephant in India.

 
Raj Kamal Jha

Raj Kamal Jha

Chief Editor of The Indian Express and an internationally acclaimed novelist. A student of IIT Kharagpur he got his Bachelor of Technology with Honors in Mechanical Engineering. Jha's first novel, The Blue Bedspread won the 2000 Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book (Eurasia region) and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. His fourth and latest novel She Will Build Him A City is published by Bloomsbury in India, Australia, UK and US which has been shortlisted for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature in 2016.

 
Raju Raman

Raju Raman

S.V.Raman, popularly known as Raju Raman, retired as Programme Director of Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Kolkata in April 2010. He is presently Programme Consultant to Victoria Memorial Hall, teaches public speaking/communication/journalism/film/German at various institutions and is a freelance journalist, translator and interpreter. He is actively connected with several social and cultural organizations in various capacities.

 
Ramanjit Kaur

Ramanjit Kaur

Theatre practitioner, she founded ‘The Creative Arts’, which aims to offer training in theatre for children and adults. Her filmography includes Deepa Mehta’s ‘Videsh- Heaven On Earth’, and ‘Fire’ and, Samir Mehanovich’s ‘Ananth. She has been the lead actor in Neelam ManSingh Chowdhury’s The Company for over two decades. She made her International directorial debut with the play ‘Crab Soup’ at the Lylian Baylis Studio, UK in 2008. She has also conceived and directed many plays including Site-Specific productions like ‘Is Job Charnock coming to dinner? ‘, ‘Upon A Yarn’ and ‘The Merry Go Round’.

 
 

Ram Rahman

Noted contemporary Indian Photographer and curator based in Delhi. He is one of the founding members of the Safdar Hashmi Memorial Trust (SAHMAT) in New Delhi, a leader in the resistance to communal and sectarian forces in India through its public cultural action. Ram Rahman is one of the leading photographers in Project 365, a public photo art project that creates and preserves photographic visuals of the fast changing ancient culture and lifestyle of the tri-sangam territory of ancient Tamilakam.

 
 

Ranjan Palit

Cinematographer, Producer, and Director is known for his films like Jashn-e-Azadi, Words on Water, In the Forest Hangs a Bridge, Kamlabai amongst others. His work ranges from documentaries on slum demolitions and protest poetry to the Bhopal gas tragedy and the Kashmiri struggle for autonomy. He has also worked for BBC and UNICEF. Voices from Baliapal won the National Award (1989), the Golden Conch (1990) and the City of Freiburg Award (1991). The Magic Mystic Marketplace, won the Golden Conch (1996) and the UNESCO Prize (1997).

 
Reep Pandi Lepcha

Reep Pandi Lepcha

Reep Pandi Lepcha is a SYLFF Fellow (Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leader Fellowship Fund) at Jadavpur University. Her research focuses on the oral narratives of the indigenous Lepcha community—an area often silenced in the mainstream historiography. She was recently awarded a research grant to access valuable manuscripts at Leiden University, and consult folklore experts at University of Tartu, Estonia. One of her articles, ‘Assessing Positive Discrimination’ in the volume on Tribal and Adivasi Studies: Perspectives from Within Identities and their Struggles in North East (adivaani, 2015) deliberates on issues pertaining to the indigenous Lepcha community.

 
Ritu Menon

Ritu Menon

Publisher and writer who has been active in the South Asian women's movement for over 20 years. She is co-founder of Kali for Women, India's first and oldest feminist press, and founder of Women Unlimited, an associate of Kali for Women. Her recent work (co-authored with Kalpana Kannabiran) is titled From Mathura to Manorama: Resisting Violence Against Women in India. She also recently penned a travel memoir, Loitering with Intent: Diary of a Happy Traveller.

 

Robin Corner

Famous jockey in the mid-ninetees who represented India at various locations like Perth, Istanbul, Turkey. Although he has retired two decades ago, his passion for the sport hasn’t faded down a bit. His minor back ailments restrict him from riding horses but he continues being a part of it by officiating races. Currently, he works as a Stipendary Steward with Bangalore Turf Club.

 
Rosinka Chaudhuri

Rosinka Chaudhuri

Professor of Cultural Studies at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Kolkata. She had completed her D. Phil from University of Oxford. She has been a visiting fellow at eminent institutions like South Asian Institute, Columbia University and also the Charles Wallace Fellow at Cambridge University. Gentlemen Poets in Colonial Bengal: Emergent Nationalism and the Orientalist Project and Freedom and Beef Steaks: Colonial Calcutta Culture, The Literary Thing: History, Poetry and the Making of a Modern Cultural Sphere are some of her published works.

 
 

Ruby Hembrom

Founder and Director of Adivaani, which is a publishing outfit of adivasis. It strives to bring out adivasi stories into the public sphere. She has established Adivasi Pickle which is a prize for indigenous thought, ideology and knowledge. She has been nominated for the award of ‘NDV Women of Worth’ in the category of Literature for her contribution in making an effort in reviving tribal literature.

 
Ruchira Gupta

Ruchira Gupta

Founder and President of Apne Aap Women Worldwide, a grassroots organization in India working to end sex trafficking by increasing choices for at-risk girls and women. In 2009 Gupta won the Clinton Global Citizen Award and in 2007, she won the Abolitionist Award at the UK House of Lords. In 2008 and 2009, Gupta addressed the UN General Assembly on human trafficking. She won an Emmy in 1997 for her work on the documentary “The Selling of Innocents,” which inspired the creation of Apne Aap. Prior to founding Apne Aap, Gupta worked in the United Nations for over ten years. She also taught courses on human trafficking for New York University’s School of Global Affairs.

 
Dr. Rupali Basu

Dr. Rupali Basu

President and CEO of Apollo Hospitals Group. She has been a speaker at Hospital management Asia and other healthcare industry forums. She currently holds the position of the President of Association of Hospitals in Eastern India.

 
Dr. Samiran Nundy

Dr. Samiran Nundy

Dr Samiran Nundy is the Emeritus Consultant of the Department of Surgical Gastroenterology and Liver Transplantation at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital and Dean of the Ganga Ram Institute for Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (GRIPMER), New Delhi. Dr. Samiran Nundy is an Indian Gastrointestinal surgeon, medical academic, writer and the former head of the department of Gastrointestinal surgery at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. He is a former member of faculty at the Cambridge University, London University and Harvard University and is the founder editor of the National Medical Journal of India and the Tropical Gastroenterology. The Government of India awarded him the fourth highest Indian civilian honour of Padma Shri in 1985.

 
 

Sadaf Saaz Siddiqi

Poet, writer, entrepreneur and women’s rights activist, co-founded the Dhaka literary festival in 2011, and has been a driving force since its inception. She is based in Dhaka, and runs several businesses, including Jatrik, an arts management and travel company, which has managed the festival since 2011, and continues to produce Dhaka Lit Fest. She is author of a collection of poetry, Sari Reams, published by UPL.

 
Saikat Majumdar

Saikat Majumdar

Novelist and critic. He is the author of three books, most recently, the novel The Firebird, one of The Telegraph’s Best Books and a finalist for the Atta Galatta-Bangalore Literature Festival Fiction Prize for 2015, and shortlisted for the Mumbai Film Festival Word-to-Screen Market in 2016. The novel is forthcoming in the US in April 2017 as Play House. He is also the author of Prose of the World (2013), which received Honorable Mention in the Modernist Studies Association’s Annual Book Prize, 2014,).His work appears in The Hindu, Caravan, The Times Higher Education, The Times Literary Supplement, the Los Angeles Review of Books, The Times of India, Public Books, and in various collections and anthologies. He is currently at work at a new novel, a book of criticism titled The Amateur, and a nonfiction book on higher education in India, forthcoming in 2017. He is Professor of English and Creative Writing at Ashoka University.

 
 

Samantak Das

Associate Professor, Department of Comparative Literature at Jadavpur University. He is a lecturer in the Department of English and Other Modern European Languages, Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan, from October 1991 to March 2001.

 
Sandip Hor

Sandip Hor

Australia based freelance travel writer and photographer who has been living in Australia for the last 30 years. He have travelled to 87 countries in 6 continents instead of 65 countries in 5 continents and has a portfolio of travel articles published in mainstream media in Australia, India and other countries. Currently he is the Chairperson of Australia India Travel & Tourism Council.

 
Sandip Roy

Sandip Roy

Former Senior Editor at the popular news portal Firstpost.com and blogs for the Huffington Post. He is also an editor with New America Media. Roy has won several awards for journalism and contributed to various anthologies including Storywallah!, Contours of the Heart, Because I Have a Voice: Queer Politics in India, Out! Stories from the New Queer India, New California Writing 2011 and The Phobic and the Erotic: The Politics of Sexualities in Contemporary India. His debut novel Don’t Let Him Know brings together the two forms of the short story and the novel, narrating the story of secrets and sagas of a middle class Indian family, traversing between India and US. The novel was included in the long-list for the DSC Literature Prize 2016.

 
 

Sanjeev Chopra

IAS Officer with over thirty years in the government at the apex level, with degrees in law, history and literature, and a PhD in Management Studies. He holds prestigious fellowships (Hubert H. Humphrey at Cornell and Robert S. McNamara at World Bank). He has also taught at the LBS National Academy of Administration was the coordinator of the faculty of Management and the Vice Chair of the Centre for Co-operatives and Rural Development. He has been the Guest scholar/Visiting Faculty at Brookings Institution, IIM-A, IRMA, LBSNAA and State ATIs.

 
Saraswathi Menon

Saraswathi Menon

Sociologist who has been appointed as a panelist for UN Peace Actions. She is a former lecturer of the Madras University, who has pursued a doctorate in sociology from JNU. She is the director of United Nations Development Programme at the Evaluation Office. Her knowledge about Women and developmental issues has enabled her to lead the UN as the director of policy division for women, gender equality and empowerment of Women.

 
Selina Sen

Selina Sen

Author, whose work has been compared to Jhumpa Lahiri’s writings. Her first novel titled A Mirror Greens in Spring is based on the author’s mother’s memories of her ancestral home that is now in present-day Bangladesh. For over a decade she has worked as the North Indian correspondent for a Hong Kong-based publication which brings out magazines on Asian economic affairs. She has charmed European audiences and her work has been translated into French, Italian, and Spanish.

 
Shashi Tharoor

Shashi Tharoor

Indian politician and a former diplomat who is currently serving as Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha (from Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala since 2009). He also currently serves as Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs. Tharoor is also an acclaimed writer, having authored 15 bestselling works of fiction and non-fiction since 1981, all of which are centred on India and its history, culture, film, politics, society, foreign policy, and more. His most distinguished works are The Great Indian Novel, Riot, Nehru: The Invention of India and An Era Of Darkness that has recently been published in November, 2016.

 
Shobhaa De

Shobhaa De

Shobhaa De is a prolific writer - author, blogger, columnist, who has monitored and written extensively on India's socio-cultural-political contours for over four decades. As a prominent opinion shaper across social media, she is seen as a fearless commentator and an independent media voice.

 
Shrabani Basu

Shrabani Basu

Journalist and historian, she is the author of For King and Another Country: Indian Soldiers on the Western Front 1914-18, Victoria & Abdul: The Story of the Queen’s Closest Confidant, Spy Princess: The Life of Noor Inayat Khan and Curry: The Story of Britain’s Favourite Dish. She is also the founder and chair of the Noor Inayat Khan Memorial Trust. She has been the London correspondent of Ananda Bazar Patrika group since 1988--writing for Sunday, Ananda Bazar Patrika, and The Telegraph.

 
Shubhra Shah Agarwal

Shubhra Shah Agarwal

Shubhra Shah Agarwal is a single mother to two brats, Anisha and Yash. Her third child is a mad dog named Coco. Shubhra loves to read, swim, and loves life and laughter. She is the author of Leatherback's Big Win and is currently writing a sequel.

 
Shuktara Lal

Shuktara Lal

Theatre artist, children’s director at the studio theatre The Creative Arts. Her involvement in her father’s (Ananda Lal) productions, while studying in Jadavpur University, marked the beginning of her career in theatre. She is currently working with Sanved on the significance of theatre and how it can be used for rehabilitation and empowerment of abused women. She wants to bridge the gap between Bengali, Hindi and English theatre audience.

 
Sister M. Cyril

Sister M. Cyril

Educational innovator who is a native of Ireland and a Sister of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary. A recipient of the Padma Shri Award in 2007 has played a pivotal role in bringing about quality education for underprivileged children in rural and urban areas since 1956. She became the Principal of Loreto Day School Sealdah since 1979.

 
Sreeradha Dutta

Sreeradha Dutta

Director of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies, Kolkata, Evolving Nature of India-Bangladesh Relations. She works for India’s Northeast Complexities and India-Myanmar’s bilateral relations. Prior to ISDA, she was a co-ordinator with the South Asian Centre for Strategic Studies, New Delhi. She is a regular participant in Indo-Bangladesh Track II dialogues and also has been working on climate change and water security issues in South Asia.

 
Stephanie Siriwardene

Stephanie Siriwardene

Publishing Assistant at Scribe Publications, she has worked in editorial capacity for various non-profit organisations and provides editorial and production support at Scribe. She is making efforts to establish new opportunities for Scribe’s frontlist and backlist authors and to expand Scribe’s list of commercial titles. She received her bachelor’s degree in English Literature/History and Master’s degree in Publishing and Editing from Monash University. In a former role at at the Judicial College of Victoria, she coordinated Judgment Writing workshops for the Victorian judiciary and edited the College’s inaugural online journal.

 
Sudha Menon

Sudha Menon

Sudha Menon is an author of three best-selling non-fiction books, Legacy, Gifted and Leading Ladies. Her fourth non-fiction book, Devi, Diva or She Devil, will be in stores next week. A former newspaper journalist, Sudha is now a columnist, a writing coach and a speaker on diversity and inclusion issues. Deeply interested in the journeys of women, Sudha recently launched Writing With Women, a writing workshop series to get women from diverse backgrounds together to share their experiences through writing and telling their stories. “When women write down their stories, it is not just about them. Through their stories we get a peek at social milieu of the times- family structures, gender equations....Unfortunately, far few women think of documenting their experiences.” Sudha is also the founder of Get Writing, a writing workshop that mentors aspiring writers, and Writing In the Park, an initiative to get people to explore their creativity in the outdoors, writing in public parks and gardens.

 
Sujata Sen

Sujata Sen

Sujata Sen CEO, Future Hope. Ex-Director East India, British Council. She also leads on Re-Imagine: India-UK Cultural Relations in the 21st Century, a research and dialogue initiative which attempts to understand what the relationship between the two countries will look like in the future and how it can be shaped for mutual benefit. She was Director with British Council Management Services, NOIDA. Before joining the British Council she has been a journalist, columnist and a publishing editor. She holds honorary positions in various organisations and Trusts.

 
Sunaina Singh

Sunaina Singh

Professor of English at the English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU). Before embarking on this prestigious position, she was a Professor of English at Osmania University. She has published seven books and a number of research papers over the years. She is the recipient of the Commonwealth Academic Staff Scholarship Award (1984) and a Postdoctoral Faculty Award (2005). Her outstanding contributions to Indian Education have enabled her to become the recipient of Rashtriya Gaurav Award (2011).

 
Sundeep Bhutoria

Sundeep Bhutoria

Rajasthan-born-Kolkata-based social and cultural activist whose name is synonymous with social welfare activities and promotion of Indian folk art, literature and culture. He is an outspoken community conscience and a youth icon representing India in United Nations Associations and various other fora and non-governmental organisations. He has been featured as one of the 50 youth figures that India can look up to by the Asia Magazine in 2005. In September 2010 he was felicitated with the “The Pride of India” Award in London for his chosen area of work at The House of Lords.

 
Supriya Chaudhuri

Supriya Chaudhuri

Academic scholar who is Professor Emeritus at Kolkata's Jadavpur University. Her scholarship ranges over many fields, notably literary theory, 18th Century British Literature, modernism, and the Renaissance. She specializes in the history of ideas. Her works include Writing Over: Medieval to Renaissance (edited along with Sukanta Chaudhuri), Literature and Gender: Essays for Jasodhara Bagchi (edited along with Sajni Mukherji) ,Literature and Philosophy: Essays in Connexion, Petrarch and the Renaissance (edited along with Sukanta Chaudhuri). She is a major contributor to the Oxford Tagore Translations and has translated Relationships (Jogajog).

 
Susanna Goho Quek

Susanna Goho Quek

Children’s book author and illustrator, an artist and art curator. Her books include God is Hu, Fun at the Opera and The Teddy Bear Activity Book. In her book Fun at the Opera, she opens up the arena of Chinese Opera to children. She particularly enjoys capturing spontaneous expressions of children onto her drawings. Her work is the perfect example of conglomeration of the love for both art and children.

 
Urvashi Butalia

Urvashi Butalia

Author. She co-founded Kali for Women in 1984 and Zubaan in 2013. She also has a long involvement in the women’s movement in India. She has several works to her credit, key among which is her path-breaking study of Partition, The Other Side of Silence: Voices from the Partition of India which won the Oral History Book Association Award and the Nikkei Asia Award for Culture. She has also taught publishing for over 20 years and is on the advisory boards of a number of national and international organisations. She has received many awards, among which are the Pandora award for women's publishing, the French Chevalier des Artes et des Lettres, the Nikkei Asia Award for Culture and the Padma Shree, the highest civilian honour awarded by the Indian government.

 
Vayu Naidu

Vayu Naidu

Novelist and storyteller. She has created a unique voice in Intercultural Storytelling via concert performance, oral tradition and street text. As the Founder and Artistic Director of the Vayu Naidu Company, funded by the Arts Council England from 2002-2012, she collaborated with a range of agencies and worked with people in prisons, victims of domestic and abused children across Britain and Ireland. She was the AHRC post doctoral Fellow at University of Kent. Her plays have been broadcast by BBC Radio 4 while her novel Sita’s Ascent, launched at the Jaipur Literature Festival and LSE, was nominated for the Commonwealth Book Award. Her forthcoming novel is titled The Subaltern Sari and looks at the tensions between the authority of written histories and evolving oral traditions across borders.

 
Wasim Kapoor

Wasim Kapoor

Artist and painter. Kapoor has always been a central figure on the Indian art scene. He has been exhibiting his works in solo and group shows for more than thirty years now, and seems to have achieved more in this time than most artists do in their entire careers. He has contributed proceeds from some of his sales towards a leprosy centre and even taken part in the Picasso centenary exhibition by Calcutta painters in 1981. His series like Nudes and Silence have been widely appreciated.

 
Wendy Were

Wendy Were

Executive Director Australia Council for the Arts in the Strategic Development and Advocacy Team, she has held positions as the CEO at West Australian Music, Business Advisor with the Centre of Creative Industries Innovation Centre, Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Sydney Writers’ Festival. She also has a PhD in literature. She has immense experience in arts management, curation and business development.

 
Yassmin Abdel-Magied

Yassmin Abdel-Magied

Mechanical engineer, social advocate, writer and petrol head, she is the 2015 Queensland Young Australian of the Year. She advocates for the empowerment of youth, women and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and founded Youth Without Borders at age 16. Her new book Yassmin’s Story: Who do you think I am has received both critical and popular acclaim.

   
 
   

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