Dr. P. Somasundaran Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering, Columbia University
Chair, Advisory Committee on Environmental Science & Acting chair, Advisory Committee on Science.
Dr.Somasundaran received his B.S, from Kerala University, B.E. from Indian Institute of Science, M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. After 5 years with the International Minerals and Chemical Corporation and Reynolds Industries; he was invited by Columbia University in 1970 to join the faculty of the prestigious Henry Krumb School of Mines.
Dr. Jagdish N. Bhagwati University Professor Columbia University
Chair, Advisory Committee on Economics
Dr. Jagdish Bhagwati received the Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1961 for a thesis titled "Essays in International Economics", supervised by Charles P. Kindleberger.
Dr. Bhagwati was an economics professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Bhagwati currently serves on the Academic Advisory Board of Human Rights Watch (Asia) and on the board of scholars of the Centre for Civil Society. He is a Senior Fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations. Dr. Bhagwati has previously served as an external advisor to the Director General of the World Trade Organization in 2001, as a special policy advisor on globalization to the United Nations in 2000, and as an economics policy advisor to the Director-General of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, from 1991 to 1993.
Dr. Robert N. Langer Institute Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Chair, Advisory Committee on Technology
Dr. Langer has written over 1,250 articles and also has nearly 1,050 patents worldwide. Dr. Langer’s patents have been licensed or sublicensed to over 250 pharmaceutical, chemical, biotechnology and medical device companies.
Dr. Langer has received over 220 major awards. He is one of 5 living individuals to have received both the United States National Medal of Science (2006) and the United States National Medal of Technology and Innovation (2011). He also received the 2002 Charles Stark Draper Prize, considered the equivalent of the Nobel Prize for engineers, the 2008 Millennium Prize, the world’s largest technology prize, the 2012 Priestley Medal, the highest award of the American Chemical Society, the 2013 Wolf Prize in Chemistry, the 2014 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences and the 2014 Kyoto Prize.
Mamatha Shekar is Director of Biomedical Informatics at Illumina, USA and Adjunct Professor of Human Disease Genetics at Centre for Human Genetics in Bangalore, India. She has over 30 years of industry experience specializing in genetics spanning from assay development to leading the development of innovative informatic software products for precision medicine. With doctorate degree in biotechnology, she topped her class in undergraduate and graduate studies winning national merit scholarships and awards. To her credit, she has over 20 publications in peer reviewed journals, chapters in few books and patents. As a leader in the field of genomic medicine, she has contributed to the establishment of standards for creating oncology reports.
Jagdish N. Sheth Charles H. Kellstadt Professor of Business, Emory University
Chair, Advisory Committee on Marketing
Jagdish N. Sheth is Charles H. Kellstadt Professor of Business in the Goizueta Business School at Emory University. He is globally known for his scholarly contributions in consumer behavior, relationship marketing, competitive strategy, and geopolitical analysis. Professor Sheth has over 50 years of combined experience in teaching and research at the University of Southern California, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Columbia University, MIT, and Emory University.
Professor Sheth is the recipient of all four top awards given by the American Marketing Association: the Richard D. Irwin Distinguished Marketing Educator Award, the Charles Coolidge Parlin Award for market research, the P.D. Converse Award for outstanding contributions to theory in marketing, and the William Wilkie Award for marketing for a better society.
Director (Rural Development), JSSMVP. Mysore
Ex-Vice Chancellor UAS, Dharwad
President, Forum of Former Vice Chancellors of Karnataka Universities
Prof. Mahadevappa, born in an agricultural family in 1937 in Madapura village in Karnataka, India got his Bachelor’s degree Mysore university, Masters & Doctoral degree from Agriculture college, Coimbatore, Madras university, served as Post doctoral fellow at CSIR CFTRI...