International Commercial and Corporate Lawyer ; Author and Speaker
Chief Inclusion & Diversity, Pernod Ricard India
Co-Founder And Lead, VIDHI Centre for Legal Policy
Practicing Lawyer & Chevening Scholar
Advocate, Bombay High Court
Founder & CEO, Aspire for Her
Founder & Chief Consultant, Diversity Simplified
With over 20 years of legal expertise across various verticals at leadership levels, Dr. DDharaniikota is a versatile professional who's donned many hats including that of a Author, Trainer, Consultant, International Corporate Lawyer, General Counsel, Vice President, Head - Legal.
Since 2013, he has been actively involved in implementation of PoSH and creating awareness about PoSH in Hyderabad on various platforms. Over the years, he has conducted more than 1000 training & awareness programs and investigations. He is a panelist on TV news channels for law related news programs and has also co - authored the book “Professional Ethics and Morals” which is a part of the 1st year Engineering curriculum of 325 Engineering colleges in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India.
Born in Mumbai, Zainab is a transgender person and is one of the petitioners in the National Legal Services Authority v. Union of India case on transgender rights and in the marriage equality case.
She currently works with Pernod Ricard India as the Chief - Inclusion and Diversity; prior to this she worked with KPMG as the Director - Diversity and Inclusion. Zainab holds an MBA in HR and was the National Manager - Health and Human Rights at the UNDP country office in India, and was the regional policy analyst on human rights in Asia.
Her areas of interest are health and social development issues, and has over 20 years of national and international work experience.
Zainab currently serves as the Western India representative in the National Council for Transgender Persons. She is a Kamalnayan Bajaj Fellow, a part of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Alok Prasanna Kumar is Co-Founder and Lead, Vidhi Karnataka. His areas of research include judicial reforms, Constitutional law, urban development, and law and technology. He graduated with a B.A. LL.B. (Hons) from the NALSAR University in 2008 and obtained the BCL from the University of Oxford in 2009.
He writes a monthly column for the Economic and Political Weekly and has published in the Indian Journal of Constitutional Law and National Law School of India Review apart from media outlets such as The Hindu, Indian Express, Scroll, Quint and Caravan. He has practiced in the Supreme Court and Delhi High Court from the chambers of Mr Mohan Parasaran, and currently also co-hosts the Ganatantra podcast on IVM Podcasts.
Vaishali is the first lawyer in the country who was selected in the TCS Chevening Scholarship program on Cyber Defense & international collaboration on Cyber Policy by the British High Commission and Tata Consultancy Services.
She is a practicing civil and cyber lawyer with 24 years of experience in litigation & advisory practice. Her work includes civil commercial litigation, property law, employment law, family law, succession and Wills. She specializes in Cyber Law & her work also focuses on law relating to violence against women & children.
Vaishali is an external member on several ICCs across India has a vast experience in dealing with Inquiries and Appeals under PoSH ACT. Her training on ICC capacity building and First Response are very well received. Vaishali has conducted PoSH (Prevention of Sexual Harassment) & POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Harassment) for a large number of Boards & First Responders.
Vaishali is an advisor to several companies and is on the advisory board of several chambers of commerce, Maharashtra State Commission for Women, Maharashtra Cyber (Police) for Legal Reforms and Board of Studies for Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning, Symbiosis Skills University and the Suryadatta Institute on Cyber Security.
C J Joveson is a highly accomplished legal expert who holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a Bachelor's Degree in Laws. With an impressive career spanning over 15 years, Joveson has successfully practiced in the Original, Civil, Criminal, and Commercial Jurisdictions of the esteemed Bombay High Court and its subordinate courts. In addition, he has appeared before renowned courts such as the Supreme Court of India, Kerala High Court, Goa Bench of Bombay High Court, Ahmedabad, and Calcutta since 2016.
Furthermore, Joveson serves as a distinguished arbitrator for commercial causes since 2018, demonstrating his ability to bring parties together and find fair resolutions outside of the courtroom. Joveson's specialized knowledge encompasses areas such as Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Constitutional Law, Medical Jurisprudence and Forensics, Interpersonal Relationships, and Conflicts at the Workplace and Home.
As a Visiting Faculty at Amity University, Mumbai Campus, Joveson actively contributes to shaping the minds of aspiring legal professionals.
Madhura is the Founder & CEO of Aspire For Her, a unique start-up to motivate women to enter and stay in the workforce. With an impressive 25-year career in banking, holding leadership positions in esteemed institutions such as IDFC, Standard Chartered, and ANZ Grindlays Bank, Madhura brings a wealth of industry expertise. She was also one of the 12 women in India to receive the prestigious British Chevening Scholarship in 2003.
Since its launch on Women's Day in 2020, Aspire For Her has swiftly grown into a vibrant community and a global movement for women. By uniting members, supporters, and mentors, the organization strives to unleash the incredible trillion-dollar potential of the Indian economy. Madhura's groundbreaking work has garnered significant media attention, with coverage by prominent outlets such as CNBC, NDTV, BBC, The Times Of India, and New Indian Express.
Aspire For Her has been recognized with prestigious awards from UN Women, Economic Times, T-Hub, NDTV, and the International Advertising Association. Madhura's contributions have also been acknowledged by the HR Association of India, placing her among the esteemed Twenty-Three list. She is frequently invited to speak at prestigious forums including IITs, IIMs, Niti Aayog, G20, UN Women, Global Fintech Forum, National Commission of Women, and highly regarded podcasts. Aspire For is also a part of Google India's inaugural cohort of Women Founders, solidifying their position as a pioneering force in the industry.
Tina Vinod is the Founder and Chief Consultant of Diversity Simplified – a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Consultancy with a vision to help workplaces & teams overcome barriers to adopt and operationalize high-impact DEI strategies, practices, programs and solutions.
With a successful track record of implementing DEI strategies and solutions both globally and in India, Tina is an award-winning DEI expert with more than two decades of experience. She has conceptualized, designed and executed DEI programs that promote inclusive and equitable practices, fostering employee engagement, and driving positive social change with innovative strategies that result in lasting transformation.
As a former DEI and Social Impact leader at Thoughtworks, a renowned global tech. consultancy, Tina has led various high impact DEI programs and also demonstrated expertise in CSR Strategy, Business Operations & Program Management, Policy design, Marketing, Learning and Development, Inclusive Employer Brand Initiatives, Training & Onboarding Programs, and PoSH execution.
An active writer, speaker and thought leader in the DEI space, Tina is dedicated to the advancement and promotion of DEI practices, making her an invaluable partner for any organization striving to create sustainable and meaningful change.
December 7, 2023
Last Date for Submission October 01, 2023
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