Natasha Badhwar is a writer, filmmaker and media trainer. She is also co-owner of the online fashion brand, Ochre Sky. Natasha writes a popular column, “My Daughters’ Mum” for Mint Lounge, where she documents contemporary family and relationships in today’s socio-political landscape in a candid and personal style. An independent media professional, Ms. Badhwar is a content and communications consultant with Oxfam India, Water Aid, Edelman and Sheroes. She was also India’s first female news videographer in 1995 and has worked with NDTV for 13 years where she was Vice President, Training and Development in 2007. She takes Documentary film-making and Videojournalism workshops at Delhi University, Centre for Science and Environment and the Express Institute of Media Studies.
Surath Giri is an entrepreneurship activist turned entrepreneur. He currently runs two companies – Onion Films Nepal, an audio-visual production company that also trains young people on visual storytelling as a part of its social mission and Nepal Language and Research Solutions, a translation and research agency that is also building an online dictionary of languages spoken in Nepal as a part of its social mission. He looks after the business development and the implementation of the social mission for both the companies.
Tauseeq Haider is a renowned broadcaster, TV show host, filmmaker and TV and Radio Producer, and is globally recognized for his extensive work on media over the last two decades. He is the Managing Director of Black Box Sounds, Pakistan’s largest Development Communications Company, where he heads the production of documentary films and media campaigns addressing a diverse set of social and developmental issues across Pakistan. Mr. Haider is also an international visiting Lecturer and longtime Trainer, having been a facilitator with the International Academy for Leadership (IAF), Germany, the National Democratic Institute (NDI), and Friedrich Naumann Foundation Pakistan, Afghanistan, India and Romania.
Parth J. Shah
Parth J. Shah is founder president of the Centre for Civil Society. CCS advances social change through public policy. Their work in education, livelihood, and policy training promotes choice and accountability across the private and public sectors. To translate policy into practice, CCS engages with policy and opinion leaders through research, pilot projects and advocacy. Parth taught economics at the University of Michigan before returning to India to start CCS. He has published academic articles in the areas of development economics, welfare economics, business-cycle theory, free or laissez-faire banking, and currency-board systems. He has edited Morality of Markets, Friedman on India, Profiles in Courage: Dissent on Indian Socialism, Do Corporations have Social Responsibility?, and co-edited Law, Liberty, and Livelihood, The Terracotta Reader, and Agenda for Change. He writes regularly in newspapers and magazines.
Dr. Ronald Meinardus
Before joining the Regional Office in New Delhi in 2014, Dr. Ronald Meinardus served the Foundation in that position at the Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) in Cairo, Egypt for seven years. Earlier, he represented the Foundation in Greece, South Korea and the Philippines. A journalist by profession, Dr. Meinardus is also a political commentator and blogger and enjoys writing about developments in the region and beyond.