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Senior Advisory Council

Senior Advisory Council

Sir Michael Arthur

Former UK High Commissioner to India, and Ambassador to Germany

Sir Michael ArthurSir Michael is a British Diplomat and has been the UK's Ambassador to Germany since 2007. He was previously the UK's Head of Mission in New Delhi between 2003 and 2007. Past positions include Director General for Europe and Economic at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (2001-2003), Minister and Deputy Head of Mission in Washington (1999-2001), and Director Resources, Chief Inspector and Principal Finance Officer at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (1997-1999).

Mrs Shobhana Bhartia

CEO, Hindustan Times Group

Mrs Shobhana BhartiaMrs Bhartia is the Chairperson and Editorial Director of the Hindustan Times group. She has worked at the Hindustan Times since 1986 and is regarded as one of the crucial people who played a pivotal role in the transformation of the Hindustan Times newspaper into a 'bright and young paper', its circulation now being the second largest in India. In February 2006 she was also nominated Member of India's Upper House in Parliament, the Rajya Sabha, on a recommendation by the ruling United Progressive Alliance.

Ms Katherine Boo

The New Yorker Magazine

Ms Katherine BooMs Boo is a staff writer for The New Yorker and has been a contributor to the magazine since 2001. Her work focuses on poverty, opportunity, social and economic policy, and education. Prior to her current post, she was a writer and editor of The Washington Post, Washington City Paper, and The Washington Monthly. From 2002-2006 she was a New American Foundation Senior Fellow researching into how changing economies have in turn altered the 'infrastructure of opportunity' for the working poor. She received the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2000, and was awarded a MacArthur 'Genius' Fellowship in 2002. Her first book, Behind the Beautiful Forevers, has received critical acclaim for her account of the Annawadi slum in Mumbai.

Ms Nandita Das

Film Actress and Director

Ms Nandita DasMs Das is a film actress and director. She has acted in over 30 feature films including Fire, Earth, Bawandar, Four Women, and many others. Firaaq, her directorial debut feature film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2008 and has won over 10 international awards. She has a Masters in Social Work from the University of Delhi, and continues to advocate issues of social justice and human rights. Recently, the French government bestowed on her the award of Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters. In 2011, Ms Das was the first Indian to be inducted into the Hall of Fame of the International Women's Forum, Washington DC. She is currently Chairperson of the Children's Film Society, India, and is committed to its vision of producing and distributing high quality films for children. 

Ms Jane Hamlyn

Director, Frith Street Gallery

Ms Jane HamlynMs Hamlyn is the Founder and Director of the Frith Street Gallery, a position which she has held since 1989. The daughter of the late publisher and philanthropist Paul Hamlyn, she has continued her father's charitable work as Chair of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation since 2004. Ms Hamlyn is an Arts graduate of the City and Guilds School of Art in London.

Ms Leila Janah

CEO, SamaSource

Ms Leila JanahMs Janah is CEO and Founder of SamaSource, a non-profit organisation providing dignified, computer-based work to women, youths, and refugees living in poverty. She first developed the idea behind SamaSource while working as a management consultant at Katzenbach Partners (now Booz & Co.), where her clients included global leaders in outsourcing and telecom sectors, and a number of prominent non-profits. She has also founded Incentives for Global Health with Professors Thomas Pogge and Aidan Hollis. She is a former Visiting Fellow at the Stanford Program on Global Justice and the Center for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at Australian National University.

Sir Anish Kapoor 


Anish Kapoor

Sir Anish Kapoor is a sculptor whose artworks and installations explore matter and non-matter, evoking duality and void in form and space. The first living artist invited to do a solo exhibition at the Royal Academy in London, his well-known works include ‘Turning the World Upside Down’ (Jerusalem); ‘Ark Nova’ (Japan); and most recently, the ‘ArcelorMittal Orbit’ (Olympic Park, London).

Prof Rahul Mehrotra 

Architect & Professor of Urban Design and Planning, Harvard University 

Rahul Mehrotra profileRahul Mehrotra is a practicing architect and Professor or Urban Design and Planning at Harvard University. At Harvard, he is member of the Steering Committee of the South Asia Initiative; he is currently leading a university-wide research project (with Professor Diana Eck) entitled ‘The Kumbh Mela: Mapping the Ephemeral City’. In Mumbai, his firm RMA Architects has designed and executed projects for government and non-government agencies, corporate and private individuals, and institutions.

Mr Vikram Mehta

Executive Chairman,  Brookings India

Mr Vikram MehtaMr Mehta is the Executive Chairman of Brookings India. He stepped down as the Chairman of Shell Companies in India on 31 October 2012, after being in the role for over 12 years. He is a member of the National Council of the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) and Chairman of its Hydrocarbons Committee. He is on the boards of Colgate Palmolive India Limited, the Indian Public Schools' Society, the Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, Gujarat (India), and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University (USA). He is a recipient of Asia House's 'Businessman of the Year 2010' Award.

Mr David Miliband

President and CEO,  International Rescue Committee

Rt Hon David MilibandMr Miliband is the President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee. As a British Labour Party politician he served as an MP for South Shields from 2001 to 2013. He started his career at the Institute for Public Policy Research and went on to become Tony Blair's Head of Policy whilst the Labour Party was in Opposition. From 2001, he was in various junior ministerial posts including at the Department for Education & Skills, before becoming Environment Secretary. It was in this role that he pioneered the world's first legally binding emissions reduction Bill. He studied at Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford, where he obtained a First Class Honours degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. In 1988-1989,he took an S.M. Degree in Political Science at the Massachussetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he was a Kennedy scholar.

Dr George Perkovich

Vice President of Research, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Dr George PerkovichDr Perkovich is Vice President for Studies and Director of the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. His research is on nuclear strategy and non-proliferation, with a focus on South Asia and Iran, and on the problem of justice in the international economy. He is the author of the award-winning book India's Nuclear Bomb, and is an expert on U.S. Foreign Policy, non-proliferation, security, global governance, non-governmental actors, India, Iran, and Pakistan, and in 1989-1990 served as a speechwriter and Foreign Policy Advisor to Senator Joe Biden. Dr Perkovich is an Advisor to the International Commission on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament, and a member of the council on Foreign Relations' Task Force on U.S. Nuclear Policy.

Manish Sabharwal

Chairman, TeamLease Services

Manish SabharwalManish Sabharwal is co-founder and Chairman of TeamLease Services (India). He holds a degree in Management from Wharton, and sees himself as a crusader of labour rights. Since its inception in 2002, TeamLease has placed more than one and a half million people in temporary and permanent jobs across India.

Mr Aveek Sarkar

CEO and Publisher, Anand Bazaar Patrika 

Mr Aveek SarkarMr Sarkar is CEO of the Indian publishing and media corporation Anand Bazaar Group. He is known in the Indian media industry as the 'Renaissance Man', having played a major role in advancing Ananda Bazaar from a regional publishing house to a national corporate enterprise. In 1985, Mr Sarkar worked with the Penguin Group to found Penguin India. In 2003, he was appointed Chairman of India's Star News's Controlling Company, Media Content Communications Services India Pvt Ltd. He is also Member of the Board of Directors of the Press Trust of India, the country's premier news agency.  

Professor Amartya Sen

Harvard University

Professor Amartya SenProfessor Sen was awarded the 1998 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for his work in welfare economics and social choice. He is best known for his work on the causes of famine, and his research led to the development of solutions for limiting the effects of food shortages. After attending Presidency College in Kolkata, he studied at Trinity College, University of Cambridge, taught Economics at the universities of Jadavpur and Delhi, London School of Economics, the universities of London and Oxford, and Harvard University. In 1998 he was appointed Master of Trinity College. His book, Poverty and Famines: An Essay on Entitlement and Deprivation, showed how declining wages, unemployment, rising food prices, and inefficient food distribution could lead to starvation; his views encouraged policy-makers to maintain stable food prices.

Sir Martin Sorrell


Sir Martin SorrellSir Martin founded WPP in 1985, and has been the CEO throughout its history. Prior to that, he held a number of senior positions -- from 1977 to 1984 he was Group Finance Director of Saatchi & Saatchi, and instrumental in planning and implementing its international expansion. He serves on many boards including being the Non-Executive Director of Formula 1; Member of the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum; IOC Digital Task Force; UK Prime Minister's Business Advisory Group; Member of the Advisory Board, Stanhope Capital; Vice-Chairman, Shanghai IBLAC 2011. Sir Martin also works on many education boards including being Chair of the Centre of International Business & Management at the University of Cambridge; Deputy Chairman at the London Business School; Dean's Advisory Council, Boston University; Board Member, Indian School of Business, and European Advisory Board, Harvard Business School.

Mr Gautam Thapar

CEO, Avantha Group

Mr Gautam ThaparMr Thapar is Chairman and CEO of the Avantha Group, one of India's largest conglomerates. He previously served as Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of Group subsidiary Ballarpur Industries in 2001, and subsequently became Chairman in 2006. He is the President of the All India Management Association (AIMA), the apex body of professional management in India, and the Founder and Director of Osian's, India's first art auction house. A keen philanthropist to higher education, he is the President of Thapar University and Trustee of the Patiala Technical Education Trust and PrathaM Educational Trust, for whom he also acts as Director on the Pratham India Education Initiative Board. Furthermore, he is Chairman of The Aspen Institute India, which aims to internationalise India's business, political and cultural leadership. In 2011, his company funded an endowed post at the King's India Institute, creating the Avantha Chair to support Director and Professor Sunil Khilnani.        

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