Distinguished Fellows

Distinguished Fellows

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Ms Prabha Rao

Ms. Prabha Rao is Executive Director, South Asian Institute for Strategic Affairs and Distinguished Scholar at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. She is a former IPS officer from Karnataka cadre (1982 batch) who went on a deputation to cabinet secretariat and served in several locations abroad. She also runs an NGO — Encourage India, for skilling victims of trafficking and left-wing extremism.

Ms Karuna Gopal

Ms. Karuna Gopal, is an Internationally acclaimed Thought Leader, Keynote Speaker and a Futurist. She is the Founder President of Foundation for Futuristic Cities, a think tank that has influenced Urban Transformation in India for two decades.

Her work is at the Intersection of TECHNOLOGY | INNOVATION | FUTURE CITIES. As a Plenary Speaker, she represented India at the Commonwealth Local Government Conference (CLGC) 2023 Rwanda, AFRICA | BRICS Innovation Forum 2023 Moscow, RUSSIA and COP21-UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) Paris, FRANCE.

Ms Gopal contributed to the design of the '100 Smart Cities Mission' of India and has been invited to speak at the launch of the Mission by the Prime Minister. Her innovation SCULPT YOUR CITY- 2009 (Crowd Sourced Protocol for Co-Creation) has shaped the Mission guidelines and has been declared a National Best Practice.

In the past, she served as an Urban Expert for The WORLD BANK, DFID (Department for International Development, UK), USAID (United States Agency for International Development) & ADB (Asian Development Bank).

Ms Gopal lectures senior IAS officers at India’s Premier Academy LBSNAA (Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration) Mussoorie, WBI (World Bank Institute) and ASCI (Administrative Staff College of India).

Ms Gopal has given more than 100 Keynote addresses globally and was invited to address Harvard Asia – Business Conference 2020 at Harvard University, USA. She currently heads the Policy Research division for Women in Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). She also serves on the Board of Engineers India limited, under the Union Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Government of India.

Mr Come Carpentier

Come Carpentier has been, since 2003, the convener of the International Editorial Board of World Affairs - The Journal of International Issues. He has travelled and lectured in more than fifty countries. in universities and institutions of Europe, the Americas and Asia. He has written and co-authored several books and more than 200 articles and essays on subjects related to philosophy of science, geopolitics, international relations and the history of civilisations in more than thirty journals, newspapers and magazines in France, India, Italy, the USA, Russia and Switzerland. He was associated for many years with the World Public Forum Dialogue of Civilisations as a member of the founding association and a regular guest and speaker on that platform. He is a member of the Advisory Sub-Committee of the Paris-Berlin-Moscou Committee and an advisor to the International League of Phoenician , Chananean and Punic Cities (Lebanon). He has been a consultant to various American and European high-tech corporations and was between 1992 and 1999 the Secretary of the Tissot Economic Foundation (Switzerland). He initiated at the India Foundation the international conference on exploring consciousness - The Man-Machine Debate (Non-Duality to Non-Locality) held at NIMHANS, Bangaluru in September 2022. The next edition will be held at the University of Padova in Italy in February 2024.

Dr Swadesh Singh

Dr. Swadesh Singh is an author, columnist, teacher and activist. He holds a PhD degree from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and PG Diploma in Mass Communications from Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), New Delhi. During India's Presidency of G20, he looked after the Civil20 forum which is responsible for the civil society sector. He has visited 15 countries to participate in leadership summits, workshops and seminars. Recently he represented India at BRICS Expert School in Russia. He has 4 books to his credits - 'Modian Consensus, The Rediscovery of Bharat', 'Ayodhya Ram Mandir, Bharat's Quest for Ram-Rajya', 'Aatmanribharta: Revisiting the Idea and Practices', and 'Electoral Reforms: Ushering a Just Political Regime'. Dr. Swadesh Singh runs an academic forum named 'Academics For Nation'. He teaches Political Science at Satyawati College, University of Delhi. His core areas of interest are Political Parties, Social Justice, Caste, Dalit, Hindutva and Media.

Ms Sonu Trivedi

Dr. Sonu Trivedi is Associate Professor, Political Science at Zakir Husain Delhi College, University of Delhi and Distinguished Fellow, India Foundation, New Delhi. She was on deputation as Director, Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre, Embassy of India, Seoul from Sept. 2019–March 2023. Before moving to the diplomatic assignment at Seoul, she was a Fellow at Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi (April 2018–Sept 2019). She was also a Visiting Fellow at Institute of Asia Pacific Studies, CASS, Beijing (2011), member of Myanmar Core Group at ICWA (2014) and a Visiting faculty at IIM, Indore (2015–16). She was also the Convenor, Southeast Asia Research Group at Department of Political Science, University of Delhi and Founder Director, Centre for Vietnam Studies, New Delhi. Her book ‘Transition from Authoritarianism to Democracy: Comparative Study of Indonesia and Myanmar’ was published in early 2015 and her last book on Democratisation in Myanmar: Progress and Prospects was published in 2018. She has also co-edited a book with Shri Shakti Sinha titled ‘Emerging Horizons in India-Vietnam Relations’.

Rami Desai

An alumnus of King’s College, London she has degrees in Anthropology of Religion and Theology. She has been actively involved in research, fieldwork and analysis of conflict areas, with a special focus on the North East region of India for over a decade.