Dr. Simrit Kaur, PhD in Social Work, 15+ years of experience in policy formulation, planning, implementation and monitoring of child protection programmes, has worked at international, national, state and community level and played a key role in setting up child protection systems. She started her journey as a frontline child protection worker in Canada, assessing the risk to children and formulating long term and short term plans to ensure safety and wellbeing of children. She then joined as a child protection officer in UNICEF (Bihar) where she was instrumental in establishing the child protection programme. Later, as a child protection specialist with UNICEF India Country office (New Delhi) she managed interventions on child marriage, children in emergencies at national level and supported state level interventions in the field offices. Presently, she works as a freelance consultant taking up varied assignments, preparing policy papers/undertaking situational analysis on child rights and gender issues. She is also a senior consultant with UNICEF (Egypt) on child protection systems. As a member of the High Level Committee (HLC), Government of India on status of women, Dr. Kaur has worked closely with government systems undertaking a review and analysis of various initiatives of the government to address discrimination against women and girls. She also undertook field visits across the country to understand critical issues and identify best practices; thereafter, proposing ideas and recommendations to bring about a change in social norms that discriminate girls in the society. Dr. Simrit Kaur is a recipient of many awards including Maharishee Karve Memorial Prize from the President of India.

Drs Anjo van Toorn, Public Administration, specialized in international relations, with 30+ years of experience in development and humanitarian work. During his career, Anjo worked in Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia for civil society, government and university on themes including governance and citizen participation, conflict transformation, humanitarian preparedness and response, livelihoods, basic social services, SRHR, youth and gender. Presently he is Civil Expert for Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands. He has experience on management of transformational organisational change; research, campaigning and influencing; business development including fundraising; co-creation of high-quality programmes with NGOs, private companies and other partners/stakeholders to name a few. Since 2000, Anjo has fulfilled different responsible leadership positions and governance roles with a visionary, entrepreneurial and result-oriented approach for Oxfam GB and Oxfam Novib. He was Regional Director, Asia for Oxfam Novib, in that capacity he also contributed to the establishment of Oxfam India.

Dr. Shushmita Chatterji Dutt, works in the field of Education, especially Elementary School Education focusing on girls’ education. She has worked with Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India (GoI) on monitoring, evaluation and forward planning for ECCE, Elementary School Education and Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV). Shushmita has wide experience of working with NGOs; international development organizations such as UNESCO, CARE, World Bank. She worked with UNICEF for over a decade on education and women’s concerns. Dealing mainly with programme designing and planning as well as execution at the field level, Shushmita has developed curricula for adolescent girls in rural areas focsuing on empowerment, social and economic development. She served as Member Advisory Committee, Deshkal Society (NGO); Member Editorial Advisory Board, Centre for Gender Economics and Innovation, University of Sydney, Australia; also, Member National Evaluation Committee KGBV. Shushmita contributes regularly to national and international development journals, and to publications on Education and Development.

Starting his career with PTI in 1982, Vinay Kumar moved to The Hindu in 1992 where he worked in the city reporting team as well as in the national bureau in various capacities. He became Chief of Bureau in New Delhi in 2013 and served the newspaper till April 2015. His journalistic career spans more than three decades with wide experience in various fields and travels on reporting assignments, including travels with the President and the Prime Minister as part of their media delegations. He has written on politics, Parliamentary affairs, internal security and defence and strategic affairs. In February 2016 Vinay launched his news portal theindiasaga.com. A regular in radio talk shows and TV channels, he writes for newspapers like The Tribune and Millennium Post. He was also a member of the IX Press Council of India and Vice Chairman of the Lok Sabha Media Advisory Committee.

Sanjay Kumar, Professional Fitness, Martial Arts and Self Defense Trainer is also the brain behind Di4C’s Fit Body Fit Mind Training Sessions. Sanjay is a Black Belt in Taekwondo (3rd Dan), Black Belt in Kick Boxing (1st Dan), Black Belt in Karate (1st Dan), and Black Belt in Hapkido ((1st Dan); he also has the 5th rank in Jeet Kune Do (JKD). Besides working primarily as a personal, also a gym trainer, Sanjay serves as Selector and Coach for various state teams. Students of Sanjay have won laurels at National Championships. He organizes lecture demonstrations in schools, colleges and corporates. He is the President, Kick Boxing Association, Delhi which has an affiliation from Mumbai & WFM USA; he is also the General Secretary, Amateur Hapkido Association Sports and Education Academy which hosted the 5th National Hapkido Championship in Delhi in 2017.

Nita Mishra, poet by passion, is a social researcher and reflective development practitioner working on development issues such as food, healthcare, livelihoods, and education. She has extensive experience of working with multiple stakeholders at the grassroots, civil society organisations, faith-based organisations, and donors both in India and Ireland. Currently, a tutor at University College Cork (UCC), Dublin, Ireland, Nita is an occasional lecturer across Irish and Indian Universities on Theories of Development, Ecofeminism, Poverty, Rights-Based Approaches and Duty-Bearers, NGOs, Hunger, Governance, and Food Policies in India. She also lectures on Research Methodology. Nita has initiated a sustainable eco-friendly income-generating projects for urban poor women in Chennai in 2001-2003. Her PhD thesis at the Department of Food Business and Development, UCC, is on “Operationalizing Rights-Based Approaches to Development: A study of State and non-State Duty-bearers in Odisha, India”. Nita has a number of research publications in leading journals to her credit. She is also a recipient of several awards including the prestigious Strategic Research Fund Award (2014-2015), Vice President's Office, UCC, for crosscutting research in the areas of Poverty, Human Rights, Environment and Sustainable Development. Besides working with a number of organizations in India previously (Indian Social Institute, NCAER), Nita now serves as a member/convenor in multiple committees and working groups in Ireland, notably as Convenor of Academics Stand Against Poverty-Irish network, a global body of academics engaged with poverty issues across 17 countries worldwide.

Sandeep Chatterjee, Communication & Media professional with over 22 years of experience. Starting his career in the development sector, working for CENDIT, Development Alternatives, Salaam Balak Trust and others, Sandeep’s work has now covered a series of content also socially relevant content aiming at the development sector, through diverse platforms and genres viz. feature films, long /short format TVC, original digital content, AFP. Sandeep has worked in culturally diverse landscape in Dhaka or handling Global brands in Dubai, launching television channels and web contents. He has been part of some trendsetters in Indian television programming and mainstream Hindi film along with digital strategies. With organizations, he plans their product launches besides measuring the impact of telecom and social media within a broad user-engagement strategy. This has also led him to play leadership roles in implementing organisational management’s strategies, and providing key inputs in various organisational processes and systems (e.g. staffing, budgets, external relationships, brand building, partnership management, etc). For Sandeep, in today’s digital age a DSLR and MacBook Pro with FCP can create equally strong communication as a multi crore TVC or film.

Dr. Paramita Majumdar, MPhil/PhD in Geography, 20 years of experience in managing programmes, research & policymaking, driving campaigns on issues related to gender mainstreaming. She has worked in various capacities for NGOs, development organizations; also as adviser to Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD), Ministry of Panchayati Raj (MoPR), Government of India (GoI). She has worked at the international, national, and sub-national level playing a key role in empowering the marginalized through engendering of policies, budget tools, and processes. She is an empanelled resource person on Gender Budgeting with MWCD. With MoPR and specifically with the Gender Budget Cell, MWCD, Paramita has provided technical inputs for advancing implementation of governments’ gender mainstreaming agenda through the tool of gender budgeting across all sectors and levels of governance. She has served in various Committees and Working Groups set up by GoI on gender issues. Presently, she is a freelancer preparing policy review on gender mainstreaming and gender budgeting issues, undertaking gender audit, engendering the budget processes of the national and sub-national government, training various stakeholders on gender budget. She has also worked as a trainer, facilitator, researcher, also policy advocate for the Elected Women Representatives (EWRs) with the Institute of Social Sciences.

Dushyant Meher, MA Sociology and PG Diploma in Print Journalism; 15+years of experience in development sector focusing especially on women, children and education. Dushyant has extensively worked for the Planning Commission, Government of India, during the Mid-Term Appraisal of Eleventh Plan, Twelfth Plan Approach Paper, as part of its Steering Committee, Working Groups, Sub-Committees; he also works as a consultant for the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) looking into inter-departmental convergence on elementary education and pre-primary education, safety and security of children in school setting, child labour situation in mines and stone industries, life skills and vocational training of the children in need of care and support, and children in conflict with laws staying in childcare institutions. His special skills include developing Management Information Systems (MIS), Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), Guidelines besides undertaking social audits, developing concepts notes, acting as resource persons providing technical support. Dushyant has previously served with child based NGOs like Salaam Balak Trust; Humara Bachpan Campaign and Trees for Life International.