Speakers 2013

SHARAD PAUL

SHARAD PAUL

THE DOCTOR WHO DECODES THE SKIN COLOUR MYTH Sharad Paul is almost too good to be true – but unlike the cynical version of that adage, this one holds up to closer scrutiny. He’s a skin cancer specialist who does 3,000 free skin cancer checks annually without any external funding. His clinic has, since 1996, Read More…

SHEKHAR KAPUR

SHEKHAR KAPUR

THE ACCIDENTAL STORYTELLER If there’s an underlying motif to Shekhar Kapur’s life, it’s irony. He studied chartered accountancy at the behest of his parents, who didn’t want him to go into show business – his mother was a stage actress and he is nephew to Dev Anand – but was constantly offered modelling jobs rather Read More…

SHYAM SARAN

SHYAM SARAN

THE ARTFUL AMBASSADOR At present Chairman of the National Security Advisory Board under the National Security Council and Senior Fellow with the Centre for Policy Research, Ambassador Shyam Saran is well known for his writings and thoughts on politics and foreign policy issues. A post graduate in Economics, the career diplomat is multilingual, speaking Hindi, Read More…

SISTER JESME

SISTER JESME

THE CHURCH’S WHISTLEBLOWER In 2009, after 33 years with the Congregation of the Mother Carmelite, Sister Jesme dealt a very public blow to the Kerala Catholic Church by leaving it because of, what she called, years and years of emotional and mental torment. The Church was already under a troubled spotlight following the murder of Read More…

SUZETTE JORDAN

SUZETTE JORDAN

THE WOMAN WHO DEMANDED A NAME In the aftermath of that cold and horrific night in Delhi this December, if there was one sentence that could encapsulate the rage, the pain and incredible frustration that drove women out to the streets, it would be this — “My name is Suzette Jordan.” One year ago, in Read More…

TINA BROWN

TINA BROWN

THE EDITOR WHO CHANGED THE NEWS She can gather Hillary Clinton, Angelina Jolie, Christine Lagarde, Meryl Streep and Sheryl Sandberg at the same table without the risk of being overshadowed. In many ways, that alone is all you need to know about Tina Brown. She may have held some of the most influential magazine publishing Read More…

TONI BENTLEY

TONI BENTLEY

THE DANCER WHOM WRITING LIBERATED To break Toni Bentley’s life down into factual slices is to strip it of its most remarkable quality: poetry.  It’s unusual to call a life poetic – especially one built on the shoulders of grit, sweat and almost mind-numbing discipline – and yet Toni’s life has epitomised poetry in every Read More…

TOSHI NAKAMURA

TOSHI NAKAMURA

TECHNOLOGY’S CONSCIENCE-KEEPER Toshi Nakamura dreams big, but even he wouldn’t have imagined that three years after setting up his ingenious entrepreneurial venture, he’d show up on the same list as Bill Gates, the Prince of Wales, and Jimmy Carter. That’s exactly what happened though when the Global Public Interest Design Initiative recently released its annual Read More…

TUSHAAR SHAH

TUSHAAR SHAH

THE WATER WARRIOR The wars of the future, many wise men warn us, will be fought over water. It is a resource that makes up 70 percent of the Earth’s surface, but lack of access where it counts already means one in every nine people doesn’t have any way to obtain clean drinking water. Moreover, Read More…