Mr. Mittal is the former Chairman and President of NASSCOM, the premier trade body for the IT-BPM Industry in India. He has held corporate leadership roles in the IT industry at companies such as Wipro, Digital, Compaq, and Hewlett Packard. Mr. Mittal has served as a member of the Prime Minister’s Committee on National e-Governance and on the Global Advisory Council of the World Information Technology and Services Alliance. He is currently an independent director on several boards and is associated with several NGOs. He is also Chair of the Advisory Council set up for developing the IT Vision for Indian Railways.
An alumnus of the Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Mr. Sinha started as a management trainee at Esso Standard Eastern in India. He joined the executive board of Hindustan Lever Ltd. in 1981, and was also on the boards of Brooke Bond India Ltd., Lipton India Ltd., Lintas India, and Nepal Lever. In 1992, he took over as Managing Director of Pepsi Foods Ltd., and went on to become the President of Pepsi Cola Beverages International South Asia. Mr. Sinha is currently on the board of Azim Premji Foundation, SURGE (Society Urban Regeneration Gurgaon), and NCPEDP.
Mr. Gupta is the Chairman of the CyberMedia Group, South Asia's first and largest specialty media house with publications, websites, events, and TV programmes in the areas of information-technology, telecommunication, consumer electronics, and entrepreneurship. An angel investor and mentor to a number of entrepreneurs, Mr. Gupta is the co-founder of Indian Angel Network and is and has been on the board of UTI AMC, IIT Mandi, TiE Global, PanIIT Global, Indian Newspaper Society, IvyCap Ventures’, etc. An engineering graduate from IIT Delhi and an MBA from IIM Kolkata, he is the recipient of the NCPEDP-Shell Helen Keller Award.
Major General Ian Cardozo
A decorated war veteran, Major General Cardozo became the first officer with a disability in the Indian Army to be approved for command of an infantry battalion and brigade, after losing a leg during the battle of Sylhet in Bangladesh. He was also the first officer of the Indian Army to be awarded the Sena Medal for gallantry on a patrol in the erstwhile North-East Frontier Agency (NEFA) in 1960. Major General Cardozo has been part of the Sino-Indian war of 1962, and the Indo-Pak wars of 1965 and 1971. After retirement as Chief of Staff of a Corps in the North East of India, he worked as Vice President of the War Wounded Foundation and was later appointed as the Chairman of the Rehabilitation Council of India. His books ‘Param Vir’, and ‘The Sinking of INS Khukri’ have been widely acclaimed.
Dr. Garimella Subramaniam
A print journalist of 20 years standing, Dr. Subramaniam is currently Deputy Editor with The Hindu, where he covers international relations, political economy, and human rights. Blind since birth and a passionate cross-disability rights advocate, Dr. Subramaniam is under no illusion that in any country, improvements in the lives of people with disabilities are contingent upon the overall standard of living of the general population. Dr. Subramaniam is currently on the board of Sightsavers India, and NCPEDP. He holds a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and M.A. and M.Phil from Jawaharlal Nehru University.
Ms. Pamnani is a Solicitor practicing mainly in the Bombay High Court in the field of Corporate, Testamentary, Property and Disability law. A graduate in Commerce from Sydenham College and a postgraduate in law from the University of Bombay, Ms. Pamnani has completed two courses from the World Intellectual Property Organisation, Geneva and a course in Arbitration from the Indian Merchant’s Chamber and a diploma in Intellectual Property Law from the University of Bombay. She has passed the examination of the Bombay Incorporated Law Society and additionally the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Test from the Law Society, England.
Mr. Narayanan has been working with the hearing impaired community for the past 25 years. He is the Secretary of National Association of the Deaf, India. He is actively involved in the setting up and functioning of Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre. Currently, he is leading the campaign for the recognition of Indian Sign Language as one of the official languages of India, issuance of driving licenses for deaf people, and captioning on TV, among other issues.