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Shyam Benegal

Veteran filmmaker Shyam Benegal, a recipient of the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, is a prolific Indian director and screenwriter known for creating a new genre in Indian cinema: the middle cinema. Benegal has also been awarded the Padmashri and Padmabhushan. He has represented India in several international film festivals including the Cannes Film Festival, the Berlin International Film Festival and the Moscow International Film Festival. Benegal is also a board member of Prasar Bharati.


Renowned journalist Mrinal Pande has recently become the chairperson of Prasar Bharati, after concluding a long and distinguished stint as editor-in-chief of Hindi broadsheet Hindustan Times. Pande also hosts a weekly interview show, Baaton Baaton Mein on Lok Sabha TV.

Piyush Pandey

Piyush Pandey is group director and national creative director of Ogilvy & Mather. He is India’s most celebrated creative advertising man, and has been at the forefront of Indian advertising for over a decade. Pandey recently won the AAAI Lifetime Achievement Award.

Smita Parekh

Smita Parekh is the director of United World Colleges, an umbrella group comprising 13 colleges and schools across five continents. Parekh is the wife of Deepak Parekh, chairman of HDFC Ltd.

Chanda Kochhar

Chanda Kochhar is managing director and chief executive Officer (CEO) of ICICI Bank, currently the fourth largest bank in India. Last year, she was ranked No. 20 in Forbes World's list of 100 Most Powerful Women. Kochhar has helmed ICICI Bank through an exceptional growth graph—the bank’s net profits saw an increase of 16.8 per cent in the first quarter of 2010.