Shobhana Rana is Vice-President of the Harvard Club of India. In addition to advising on key areas of Indo-US cooperation, she is the Chief Executive Officer of the Kareri Group, an international consulting firm that advises governments and the private sector on conflict management and governance. Her organisation is also active in setting up a foreign affairs think tank in India. Her firm channels some of its profits toward rural communities in the hill state of Himachal Pradesh, setting up small businesses for rural women and improving the quality of education throughout the state.
She has worked for over two decades in conflict resolution and crisis management, working with the United Nations, European Union and the International Civilian Office in Bosnia/Herzegovina, Ethiopia and Eritrea, Kosovo and also at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
Shobhana earned her Bachelor of Arts(A.B.) degree and Master of Liberal Arts (ALM) in Government from Harvard. As Vice-President, she is in-charge of events, fund-raising and working with the team to nurture talent and help craft a future direction for the Club and its activities.
Adwait Vikram Singh is the Treasurer of the HCI. He is Co-Founder of Stealth Innovations, an analytics company which helps analyse data for political campaigns and other organisations. Adwait has worked in the 2017 UP election campaign and is currently pursuing engagements with many other upcoming campaigns in India. His work was covered by The Gaurdian, Times of India, Indian Express, Hindustan Times and other major newspapers.
Adwait has been actively involved with the startup community and helped draft Uttar Pradesh startup policy. He has also been involved in student politics and worked on various developmental projects with the Central Government and various reputed NGOs in India.
Adwait earned his Master of Laws (LLM ) degree from Harvard Law School.
As Treasurer, Adwait manages all financial details of the HCI and is also active in fund-raising initiatives as well as developing and planning the launch of the upcoming Mentor-Menthe programme.
Meenakshi Datta Ghosh is an Indian career civil servant, and currently, Chairman, Government of India, High Level Committee on Disciplinary Cases in Professional Institutes; Government Nominee, Institute of Company Secretaries, India, Disciplinary Committee; Chairman Jan Elaaj (a health start up); Board Member, Consumer Online Foundation and Partnership for Safe Medicines (PSM) India initiative; Charter Member Institute of Health Systems Hyderabad, Advisor, Bolpur Manav Sewa Sanstha, an NGO, in Shantiniketan, West Bengal.
She writes regularly on health and local government related policy and programme initiatives.
She earned her Masters in Public Administration(MPA)degree from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Meenakshi has been a past President of the HCI. She organises the Club’s annual policy debate that brings a cross section policy-makers, intellectuals and other members of civil society together to debate the burning issues facing India.
Meera Bhatia is a practising Senior Counsel for the Central Government in the High Court and Supreme Court of India. She has been Standing Counsel for the state of Haryana and an Executive Member of the High Court and Supreme Court Bar Associations.
Meera has been a legal correspondent for the Indian Express and Statesman newspaper and an Associate Editor of the Taxman. She has been a mediator with the Mediation Centre. She has presented numerous papers at international conferences and was instrumental as Amicus Curie before the High Court in ensuring the installation of closed circuit cameras in police stations and high crime areas.
Meera trained in Public Interest Litigation (PIL) at Harvard.
She has been Treasurer, Secretary and Vice President of the Harvard Club of India. As a current Executive Committee member she is part of the team organising events of social and legal relevance to India.
Prerna Makkar works in social sector policy and implementation issues across various organisations.
Over the last decade, she has seen policy view from the vantage point of the UN Secretary General’s Executive office to large scale grassroots impact through the design and roll-out of deworming programs in India. Prior to that, she worked in mainstream management consulting, advising clients on strategy, operations and organisation.
Prerna earned her Master of Public Administration (MPA) from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. At the school, she was a marketing director for the Social Enterprise Conference, A Dean’s Ambassador for outreach and Planning and a Planning Committee member for the first University-wide Day of Service.
In the Executive Committee, Prerna works on external relations and liaison with a cross-section of the Club’s partners including embassies, universities, think tanks, international organisations as well as the private sector.
Alok Sangwan is a practicing lawyer in Supreme Court of India. He started his career as a lawyer in the office of Mr. M.N. Krishnamani, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India in August, 2000. Presently he is Additional Advocate General for State of Haryana in Supreme Court. Mr. Sangwan is trained as Negotiator from Harvard Law School.
He is legal consultant to some of the reputed IT Companies based out of Silicon Valley, California. He also advises several law firms having ton their international operations. He is also associated with few charity organisations, which are working for the upliftment of rural India in the field of Environment, Health, Education and empowerment of women.
Alok received his negotiation training at the Harvard Negotiation Institute..
Ghanshyam Tiwari is an education entrepreneur, public policy advisor, socialist politician, and a ready mentor to children and youth.
Over the past seventeen years. he has worked in engineering roles at companies such as Intel Corp and consulting and advisory roles for McKinsey and Co., London School of Economics, and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He has helped develop non-profits such as Bharat Abhyudaya Foundation. Progressive Foundation, and Leadership Projects for Bihar. He has worked closely with the Chief Ministers of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh and is currently the National Spokesperson of the Samajwadi Party (SP). He runs an education programme building a large network of teachers to train them in high-school teaching.
Ghanshyam earned a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
He brings invaluable political insight on national issues for the Executive Committee and organises events with political leaders from various corners of the country. He is also an integral member of the team currently planning the Harvard India Conference in the fall of 2018.