Speakers

Prof. Naila Kabeer

is Professor of Gender and Development at the Gender Institute, London School of Economics. Her research interests include gender, poverty, social exclusion, labour markets and livelihoods, social protection and citizenship and much of her research is focused on South and South East Asia.

Ms. Pamela Philipose

began her career with The Times of India, is currently a senior fellow with the Indian Council of Social Science Research. Until June 2014, she was director and editor-in-chief of Women's Feature Service (WFS), an agency mandated to highlight development issues with a gender focus in media coverage. She was also an advisor to the Media Task Force of the Government of India’s High Level Status of Women Committee Report.

Dr. Vinoj Abraham

is Associate Professor at the Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum. His main areas of research interests are Labour Economcis, Economics of Technology and Innovation, Regional Development and Development Economics.

Prof. KN Harilal

Professor at the Center for Development Studies. His main interest area is regional analysis economy of Kerala. His PhD dissertation was on India – EEC trade wherein the focus was on trade barriers facing India’ exports to the European Community.

Prof. US Mishra

Professor at the Center for Development Studies, is a demographer and statistician. He is engaged in teaching and research on population and development issues. His interest areas of research include aging, health, nutrition, population policy and programme population.

Dr. Praveena Kodoth

Associate Professor at the Center for Development Studies. Her interest areas include social Policy, Higher Education, State Politics and Policy.

Prof. S Irudaya Rajan

Professor at the Center for Development Studies. He has more than two decades of research experience in Kerala, and has coordinated six major migration surveys in Kerala (with Professor K.C. Zachariah).

Ms. Manjula Pradip

Executive Director, Navsarjan, Gujarat. After receiving a Masters in Social Work from M.S. University in Baroda in 1992, Manjula immediately joined Navsarjan. She is the executive member since 2004 after working with the organization for 12 years as its first female member.

Ms. Monisha Behl

Executive Director, North East Network. She is the founder member of North East Network. Tracellig widely in rural areas of India, Monisha conducted gave talks and produced several papers to highlight issue of the NE. She initiated several projects on women’s development with in the region, one of which has grown into a significant community based intiatives Nagaland.

Ms. Durga Sob

Founder, Feminist Dalit Organization (FEDO), Nepal. She is the founding member of Feminist Dalit Organization (FEDO), Nepal. She is a lifelong advocate for the rights of Dalit and women, Ms. Sob has written numerous papers and articles in national and international publications. She is a former president of the Dalit NGO Federation (DNF), was the member secretary of the National Dalit Commission, and acted as an executive member of the NGO Federation of Nepal.

Dr. Meera Velayudhan

Senior Policy Analyst. She has been involved in gender studies since its inception since early 1980s, focusing on women’s struggles and forms of organization in varied historical contexts both pre independence and contemporary.

Dr. Sumangala Damodaran

Ambedkar University, Delhi. Her Research interests include development studies, History of slavery, Medieval women, Abbaisd history and Abbasid literature.

Prof. Neeta N Pillai

Senior Fellow and Professor (CWDS), New Delhi.

Dr. Indira Hirway

Director and Professor of Economics at Center for Development Alternatives, Ahmedabad. The major areas of her interest are poverty and human development, labour and employment, globalization and related policies, development alternatives and development paradigms, environment and development, environment accounting, gender and development, time use studies etc. She has written several books and published a large number of research papers in reputed Indian and international journals.

Prof. AV Jose

is a Development Economist with specialization in labour markets, employment, wages and income distribution. A retired official of the International Labour Office in Geneva, he worked as the Head of Education Program in the International Institute for Labour Studies. Currently based in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, Dr. Jose is an Honorary Visiting Professor at the Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram and a member of the Standing Committee on Labour Force Statistics, Central Statistical Organization, Government of India.

Ms. Nalini Nayak

Secretary of SEWA, a national organization of self-employed, unorganized sector women. She has over the last two decades, played a central role in helping the small scale, traditional fisherman of Kerala’s coast to develop their first marketing co-ops and unions.

Ms. Flavia Agnes

women's rights activist and lawyer. She has expertise in marital, divorce and property law and has written and published numerous articles. Her own experience with domestic violence inspired her to become a women’s rights lawyer. She also advises the government on law implementation and currently advises the Ministry of Women and Child Development in Maharashtra.

Dr. Bindulakshmi Pattadath

is a Assistant Professor, Advanced Center for Women’s studies, School of Development Studies at Tata Institute of Social Sciences.

Prof. Rosa Maria

is associated with ISCTE- Lisbon University Institute. Her research interest includes Social structures, Social segregation, Subaltern studies, Fieldwork methodology, Portuguese colonialism and post colonialism in India, Globalisation and Diaspora, Anthropology and Cinema.

Mr. Subhash Mendhapurkar

is an Indian social activist based in the state of Himachal Pradesh, active in the fields of Women Self-reliance, Rural Self-governance, Rural Healthcare, Anti Alcoholism, Microfinance, Water management and Ecomanagement. He is the founder and Director of SUTRA (Society for Social Uplift Through Rural Action), a Non- governmental organization which has been credited for the Socio-economic transformation of thousands of rural women in the foothills of the Himalayas of the Shimla and Solan area.

Mr. Anand Pawar

is the Executive Director of SAMYAK, an NGO based in Pune, India. He is a male gender trainer and an activist involved with women’s and men’s groups working towards gender equality and a violence-free society. He is also an active member of the South Asian Network to Address Masculinities (SANAM) and one of the Asia Board members of the Women’s Peace Maker Programme (WPP). Having travelled extensively international borders, he has served as a consultant to many INGOs and developmental agencies including several UN agencies.

Mr. Satish Kumar

(Additional Director at Centre for Health and Social Justice. He is overseeing the thematic area of Men and Gender Equality in CHSJ. He has been working on social justice issues since 23 years and on the issue of gender equality, masculinity, sexuality and gender based violence since 10 years. He is a part of SAHAYOG, HUMSAFAR, FEM and Men Engage.

Ms. Bimla Chandrashekhar

is Founder and Director of EKTA. a resource center for women based in Madurai, India. Her interest areas include governance, human rights and gender and masculinities.

Mr. Shrinivas Rao

Azad Foundation, New Delhi. He is a social worker by profession with MPhil in Economics. He has worked on issues of rural and urban development and local self-governments in Delhi and Chhattisgarh. He comes with a lot of grassroots experience. Shrinivas has previous experience of working with PRIA and UNDP.

Prof. Rama V Baru

Professor, Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health School of Social Sciences,JNU. Her areas of interest include Health Policy, Commercialization of Medical Care, Inequalities and Health.

Prof. David Legge

is a scholar emeritus in the School of Public Health and Human Biosciences at La Trobe University in Melbourne. David has teaching and research interests in the political economy of health, comparative health systems, primary health care and international health policy. From 1998 to 2010 he directed the La Trobe China Health Program which is a research and teaching collaboration with a number of universities in China in the areas of health management and health policy. David has also been involved with the international People’s Health Movement since its formation in December 2000 in Bangladesh.

Prof. Sundari Ravindran

is a professor at Sree Chitra Thirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology. Her areas of interest include Sexual and reproductive health and rights, Gender and Health, Health Systems and Health Financing, Health Policy and Advocacy.

Dr. Indira Chakravarty

is an Indian public health specialist, scholar and environmentalist. She has been involved with two projects of the World Health Organization (WHO) such as the World Summit for Children and the Hunger Project. Some of the studies conducted by Dr. Chakravarty, such as the one she conducted on the street vendors of Calcutta, have led to policy changes and new initiatives at the government level.

Dr. MR Santhosh

is an Assistant Professor at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Guwahati

Prof. Mohan Rao

Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health, JNU, New Delhi. His areas of interest include studies on Family Planning, Political Economy of Health, History of Health.

Ms. Renu Khanna

is a trustee of SAHAJ (Society for Health Alternatives). Khanna is a founding trustee of SAHAJ - Society for Health Alternatives in Gujarat, India. She has an MBA from the Faculty of Management Studies at Delhi University, and is a joint convener of the People’s Health Movement, a Steering Committee Member of the Coalition for Maternal Health and Safe Abortion, and a Member of Medico Friend Circle.

Dr. Nima Ganga

Postdoctoral Associate, Duke Global Health Institute. Nima completed a fellowship with the South Asian Hub for Advocacy and Research (SHARE) where she conducted a case study on identifying policy challenges to better mental health in India.

Dr. Dipta Bhog

Co-Director, Nirantar Trust, Centre for Gender and Education, New Delhi.

Prof. Uma Chakravarti

is a feminist historian who taught at Miranda House, University College for Women, Delhi from 1966 to 1998. She writes on Buddhism, early Indian history, the 19th century and on contemporary issues. Since the 1970s Uma Chakravarti has been associated with the women’s movement and the movement for democratic rights and in this capacity she has participated in many fact finding teams to investigate human rights violations, communal riots, and state repression.

Ms. Kamla Bhasin

is a feminist activist and gender trainer in South Asia. A social scientist by training, Bhasin has worked on the issues of development, education, gender, media and others.

Ms. Pat Mitchell

is the current President and Chief Executive Officer of The Paley Center for Media (formerly the Museum of Television and Radio) in New York City and the former President and CEO of Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).

Dr. Peter Custers

is a Campaigner, Journalist, Writer, and Theoretician. Dr. Peter has first-hand experience in grassroots’ peasant organizing, while stationed in Bangladesh as leading Dutch journalist, writing for both Dutch and international newspapers and magazines. Over the last twenty years, Custers has led or helped initiate a variety of international campaigns on Southern causes, while lobbying actively towards the European Parliament and other Brussels-based European institutions.

Dr. Gita Gopal

has a doctorate in law from the Harvard Law School and worked as a development expert with the World Bank in Washington between 1991 and 2011. She is currently the Honorary Gender and Child Protection Advisor to the Government of Kerala and consults intermittently with several international organizations.

Dr. Amita Bhide

is associated with Centre for Urban Policy and Governance, M East Ward Social and Economic Transformation Programme, School of Habitat Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. Her areas of interest are urban development and habitat issues particularly focusing on Housing, livelihood and poverty and governance. Her recent work has focused on urban displacement and resettlement, migration, urban social movements and political economy of urban development and public housing.

Dr. MK Jeyraj

is associated with C H Mohammed Koya Memorial State Institute for the Mentally Challenged.

Ms. Sabriye Tenberken

Founder, Kanthari International. Coming from the margins of society, Sabriye Tenberken developed an intrinsic interest to create ethical social change. She studied Tibetology / Central Asian Sciences at Bonn University. abriye started the first school for the blind in Tibet. This school formed the foundation of Braille Without Borders, an organization that empowers blind people to take their lives in their own hands. In 2005 she co-founded kanthari in Kerala, South of India. kanthari fosters participants from all over the world, who, like Sabriye, have a passion to make the world a better place and strength to be forces of good rather than victims of circumstance.

Ms. Mercy Kappen

Director of Programmes, Visthar, Bangalore. Specialised in Gender, Disability and Development.

Mr. Graham Varley

Kanthari International. Graham is an experienced health and social care practitioner and manager from the UK Over the past 30 years, he has designed, implemented and developed services and ventures for marginalised communities, both within the voluntary sector and inside local government. As a policy maker and strategist, Graham has held lead roles in key change areas such as personalisation, social rehabilitation and stakeholder engagement. Throughout his career, Graham has maintained his commitment to grass roots social change activism, particularly in relation to disability.

Dr. Glyn Williams

Lecturer, University of Sheffield, UK. His research interests lie include international development, and more specifically in the interaction between development programmes, governance practices, and citizenship in the Global South.

Dr. Guro Aandahl

is a senior researcher, NIBR. Her Specialisation on India include poverty and livelihoods, development policies and politics, environmental challenges, and state-society relations (field experience from India since 1998), research on development theory and the role of ideas in development processes, development policies and politics; climate change vulnerability and adaptation; implementation and the relationship between planning and practice. She is also Project leader for “Self-help or social transformation? The role of women in local governance in Kerala (India) and South Africa”

Dr. Michelle Williams

Her research and interest area include political sociology, social movements, social theory, comparative historical analysis. Currentlywith the funding from the Norwegian Research Council and in collaboration with colleagues from Norwegian Institute of Urban and Regional Research Council and the Center for Development Studies, she is in involved in research on women’s participation in economic and political spaces.

Dr. Berit Aasen

is trained as a sociologist, with more than 25 years of experience in development research. She has broad research experience from Eastern Africa and South East Asia. Her interest includes decentralization, participation and local development analysed in a multilevel perspective. She is currently team leader of research projects on Local implementation of global HIV/AIDS programmes in Africa, Social and economic transformation of coastal communities in Vietnam, Church networks, gender and peace building in Eastern DR Congo, and Women’s political participation in South Asia.