Shahabuddin is the former Chief Election Commissioner of India, having retired in 2012. He has held several key positions including Special Secretary in the Health Ministry and Director General of National AIDS Control Organisation and Doordarshan (an Indian public service broadcaster). He has also served as Director General of Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan, a rural youth development agency, and has a PhD in communication and social marketing.
Shahabuddin founded the Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development in Tamil Nadu. He is known for his contributions in social sector reforms covering health, education, population, drug abuse and civil society action, and has carried out extensive work in the fields of gender, women and child development, HIV/AIDS, youth and adolescent issues.
Srila is Chief Operating Officer and Executive Producer at Highlight Films, which produced ‘Bhopal Express’, a feature film about the Bhopal gas tragedy. She is also a founding partner of Blue Frog Media. Srila has a masters degree in management from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute and is known for her interest and engagement in philanthropy, especially in disability and child development.
Ashok has consulted with Sightsavers since 2001 and has served on several committees and task forces established by the government of India and Maharashtra. He is the founding Director of the Institute of Health Management, Pachod, specialising in the management of primary health care, reproductive and child health, adolescent health, HIV/AIDS and community ophthalmology.
Director, Forbes Marshall Ltd
Rati Forbes is Director at Forbes Marshall Ltd – a company which has been, for over six decades, building steam engineering and control instrumentation solutions that work for the process industry. Rati is responsible for the Social Initiatives, which the company supports in the areas of community health, education and women’s issues.
Rati is a graduate in Psychology and Sociology and has done courses in Human Resource Management from IIM Ahmedabad, and more recently, on Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship from Stanford University. Continuing to learn and grow, she lately completed a Master’s degree in Sustainability Leadership and Management, from Cambridge, UK.
Garimella has been with The Hindu, an English daily newspaper in India, since 1995, moving into the role of senior assistant editor in 2005. With more than 15 years of experience in journalism, Garimella has covered a wide range of issues including nuclear disarmament, regional and global peace, international labour organisations, United Nations and disability rights.