PROF PAM RAJPUT
Dr. Pam Rajput is the former Chairperson of the High Level Committee on the Status of Women and is an academic turned activist who has engaged in the women’s movement since the mid-1970s from the grassroots to the global level, with links to local, national, regional and international networks as well as to governments and institutions. She is former Dean, Faculty of Arts at Punjab University, Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Political Science and Founder Director of the Centre for Women›s Studies and Development, Panjab University. Rajput has been a member of expert committees of the National Commission for Women (NCW), the 11th Plan Working Group on Empowerment of Women, the 12th Plan Working Group on Women›s Agency and Empowerment, and Convenor, Think Tank for Engendering the Planning Process. She was member of the Central Monitoring Committee of the NMEW and the Governing Council of the Central Social Welfare Board. She helped organize and was the first Speaker of a “Women’s Parliament” that brought together over 500 women leaders from every part of India.
ABDUL RASHEED KHAN
is a senior corporate professional who has had extensive experience of strategy and marketing across product markets and geographies, He has held senior positions in both the Tata as well as the Reliance group. He has launched McDonalds, Samsung, Nike and IBM in the country. At Reliance Infocom he was the Chief Marketing Officer, working closely with the Chairman and MD to successfully launch the company, Reliance Mobile, Reliance Web World and the R-world portal. He has been CMO at Tata Teleservices as well, having conceptualized and successfully launched Tata Photon as well as Tata Docomo. Subsequently he joined Reliance Industries as advisor to the CMD, working on social development projects and Jio. He is presently part of the founding team of a NJ based Mobile Internet startup which is set to catalyze the 3.3 Trillion dollar MI eco system. He is passionately committed to using his expertise and ability to contribute to development. He is a graduate of IIT Kharagpur and IIM Ahmadabad.
“Gender inequality is a huge barrier in human development worldwide. India ranked 130 out of 155 countries on the gender inequality index in 2014. This situation is simply untenable. To me gender equality is a fundamental issue of equal rights and equal opportunity. Gender based discrimination is senseless and it simply has to end. Education and law are the two weapons needed to eradicate this. The one thing men can do is to say No to gender discrimination starting from home to their workplaces. Only small steps will create a mass movement so. Power foundation is an organised attempt to start possibly what could be a global wave of women standing tall; aware of their rights and helping catalyze development, and more important men standing in support. Each of Power Foundations initiatives have been in this direction. I wish them the very best”
is a senior editor covering international affairs at The Daily Milap, India’s oldest and largest circulated Urdu daily newspaper. He is an internationally recognized journalist known for his strong views and opinions on global politics and diplomacy. His interviews with various international personalities and heads of states and his articles on different subjects in India and the Middle East have been widely acclaimed and appreciated. Rishi is one of the select few certified diplomatic correspondents by the Ministry of External Affairs in India and has been part of various international delegations and programs like the International Visitor Leadership program run by the State Department of the United States of America. Apart from being a Fellow (Media) with the Australia India Council and a Chevening Alumni since 2013, he is also involved in planning & advising various national and international organizations like the Australia India Youth Dialogue in Sydney, the Global Partnerships Program run by the Tampa Bay City Council in Florida, the Dehradun Community Literature Festival in Uttarakhand. Rishi also serves on the advisory boards of a couple of Delhi based NGO’s and also a news organization called Grin News.
Other than being an Editor, Rishi also plays an administrative role in the publication as he is part of the fourth generation of the family running the newspaper, started by Mahashay Khusal Chand Ji, later known as Mahatma Anand Swami Saraswati in Lahore (now in Pakistan) on the 13th of April, 1923. The Daily Milap was a social reformist newspaper and an instrument of social change while fighting tooth and nail for the freedom of the country. Gradually through the love of the people, Milap grew and prospered and, even in its current functioning carries with it many values which it has stood for over the years. It is this lineage which has greatly contributed to Rishi’s knowledge, personality and development of his thought proc
Dr FARHAT NAAZ AMIR
a student of Cathedral School, Christ Church College, IT College and Lucknow University, she studied Medicine from RG Kar Medical College, Calcutta. She worked at AIIMS and Apollo Hospital, Delhi for some time before migrating to UK. Completed MRCS (General Surgery) from Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 2007 and MSc (Immunology) from University of Liverpool in 2008. Currently, she is working as a Registrar in General Surgery at Walsall Manor Hospital, Walsall, England. Daughter of Mr Amir Ahmad, retired Director, Geological Survey of India and currently a practising lawyer based in Lucknow, and late Mrs Musharraf Amir, previously a teacher, who gave up her career to look after their four daughters; her parents have set very high standards for their daughters and have set an example of nurturing girls to be progressive and empowered. Having had a very privileged upbringing she is a strong, independent human being.