Dr. Shantha Sinha

Prof. Shantha Sinha, born January 7, 1950, is an anti-child labour activist of international reputation. She is the founder of Mamidipudi Venkatarangaiya Foundation, popularly known as MV Foundation (which is named in memory of her grandfather Mamidipudi Venkatarangaiah), and is a Professor in the Department of Political science in Hyderabad Central University. She headed the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights for two consecutive terms (3 years each); The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) was set up in March 2007 under the Commission for Protection of Child Rights Act, 2005, an Act of Parliament (December 2005). Professor Sinha was its first chairperson. She was awarded the civilian honour of Padma Shri by the Government of India in 1998.

Dr. Dhir Jhingran

Dhir Jhingran, a retired senior IAS officer who is a member of the Delhi State Advisory Council for Education

Dr. Dhir Jhingran is the Founder Director of Language and Learning Foundation. He has worked in the primary education sector for over two decades, within and outside the government. As an officer of the Indian Administrative Service, he served as Principal Secretary, Education with the Government of Assam and as Director in the Ministry of Human Resource Development and Mission Director of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan as well as the District Primary Education Programme. In addition, he has handled several other profiles, such as Senior Advisor to UNICEF India, Asia Regional Director and Chief Program Officer with Room to Read and Country Director, TESS India. He has made significant contributions to the development and implementation of early grade reading programs in several countries in Asia and Africa and several states in India. Dr. Jhingran has authored two books based on empirical researches in primary education that he conducted and has contributed to many books and journals.

Dr. Harsh mander

Harsh Mander is an activist, who works  with survivors of mass violence and hunger, as well as homeless persons and street children. He is the Director of the Centre for Equity Studies and a Special Commissioner to the Supreme Court of India in the Right to Food case.He is associated with various social causes and movements, and writes and speaks regularly on issues of communal harmony, tribal, dalit and disabled persons’ rights, the right to information, custodial justice, homelessness and bonded labour.


Dr. Rajiv Malhotra

Rajeev Malhotra bridges the world of academics and policy making, A development economist and a civil servant with over 28 years of experience, he has worked with the Government of India, where until August 2012 he was Economic Adviser to the then Union Finance Minister. From 2002 to 2008, he worked at UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva and prior to that at the Planning Commission, New Delhi. Over the years, he has been a consultant to several international organisations. He has expertise in macroeconomic issues in development policy; fiscal policy and budgeting; planning, monitoring, evaluation and impact assessments; poverty estimation and human development; and human rights and development. He has led research on human rights and rights sensitive development indicators at the UN and is recognised as an international expert on that subject.


Shankar Venkateswaran

Shankar Venkateswaran has about 35 years of experience of working in the corporate and social development sectors. He started his career in mainstream management consulting before going on to set up Partners in Change, a pioneering non-profit specializing in corporate sustainability and CSR. He has also set up the India office of the American India Foundation and served as its Executive Director, India and Director of the think-tank and consultancy firm, SustainAbility, before joining PwC as Director, Sustainability. In 2017, he retired as Chief of Tata Sustainability Group. Shankar has held board and advisory positions with several non-profits and academic institutions in India and overseas.



Dr. Shyam B. Menon

Shyam Menon has been a Professor at the Central Institute of Education, University of Delhi since 1994. He had been Dean, Faculty of Education and the Proctor of the University of Delhi. He had earlier been Director, School of Education, Indira Gandhi National Open University and a Professor at the Central Institute of Educational Technology, NCERT. He had also taught at the M.S. University of Baroda for several years.