Manav Vikas: India Human Development Awards 2012 - Jury

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Ela Bhatt, founder, Self-Employed Women's Association, India
Born in 1933, Padmabhushan Ela R. Bhatt, a Gandhian, is widely recognized as one of the world's most remarkable pioneers and entrepreneurial forces in grassroots development. Known as the "gentle revolutionary," she has dedicated her life to improving the lives of India's poorest and most oppressed women workers. In 1972, she founded the Self-Employed Women's Association (SEWA), a trade union with more than 1.3 million members now. She founded SEWA Cooperative Bank in 1974 which has an outreach of 3 million women now. She was a Member of the Indian Parliament Rajya sabha and subsequently a Member of the Indian Planning Commission. She founded and served as chair for Women's World Banking, the International Alliance of Home-based Workers (HomeNet), Street Vendors (StreetNet) and Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing, Organizing (WIEGO). She also served as a trustee of the Rockefeller Foundation for a decade.

She has received several awards, including Padmashree, Padmabhushan, the Ramon Magsaysay Award and the Right Livelihood Award, George Meany-Lane Kirkland Labour Rights Award by AFL-CIO, US and Légion d'honneur by France, Madrid Creatividad Award, CGAE Human Rights Award by Spain as well as honorary doctorates from Harvard, Yale, Natal and other Universities. Member of the Council of The Elders brought together by Nelson Mandela (2007). Director, Central Board of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), (2011). She has authored "We Are Poor but So Many" book published by Oxford University Press, NY (2006).

Jairam Ramesh

Jairam Ramesh, Minister of Rural Development, Government of India
Jairam Ramesh is presently Minister of Rural Development, Government of India. Between February 2006 and February 2009, he was Minister of State for Commerce as well as Minister of State for Power during April 2008-February 2009. From May 2009 till July 2011, he was Minister of State (Independent Charge), Environment & Forests. Since 2004, he has been a Member of Parliament representing Andhra Pradesh in the Rajya Sabha. He is a member of the High-level Panel on Global Sustainability which released the report Resilient People, Resilient Planet: A Future Worth Choosing earlier this year. He has also been an office-bearer in the Congress Party and has worked in the Government of India in various capacities in the Prime Minister's Office, Finance Ministry, Planning Commission and the Ministry of Industry. Minister Ramesh studied engineering at IIT, Mumbai, public management at Carnegie-Mellon University and has also spent a year at MIT in an interdisciplinary programme. He has been a newspaper and magazine columnist between 1994-2004. Two anthologies of his columns have been published.

Khalid Malik

Khalid Malik, Head of the Human Development Reports Office, United Nations Development Programme
Khalid Malik is the head of the Human Development Reports Office at UNDP. In a long and illustrious career in the United Nations, Mr. Malik has served as Special Advisor with the UNDP Partnerships Bureau; United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in China; Director of the UNDP Evaluation Office and UN Representative in Uzbekistan. Mr. Malik has also served as Senior Economist in the Africa Bureau of UNDP and held programme management positions across Asia and the Caribbean. Prior to joining the United Nations System, Khalid undertook research and teaching at Pembroke College, Oxford and at the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics in Islamabad. He holds a post-graduate degree from Oxford University; an MA in Economics from Essex University; MA in Economics from Cambridge University and a BA in Economics/Statistics from Punjab University.

Lalita Panicker

Lalita Panicker, Senior Associate Editor, Hindustan Times
Lalita Panicker is senior associate editor, Hindustan Times and works on the editorial pages. She specializes in development issues ranging from poverty, to gender issues, to population to child rights. She has traveled extensively and reported from the field on these issues as well as other subjects. Before joining Hindustan Times, she was senior assistant editor with the Times of India and before that with Indian Express. She has served on the jury of the Laadli awards and is on the board of trustees of National Book Trust. She has written on development issues for over 25 years always with a focus on the disadvantaged and marginalized. She has also served on the advisory boards of numerous national and international NGOs working in the field of development.

Prof. M.S Swaminathan

Prof. M.S. Swaminathan, Founder, M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation; Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha), India; and Member, National Advisory Council, Government of India
Declared by TIME magazine has one of the twenty-most influential Asians of the 20th century, Prof. M.S Swaminathan is the founder of M S Swaminathan Research Foundation in Chennai, India. A plant geneticist by training, Prof. Swaminathan is often called the "Father of Economic Ecology. " He is a Member of the Parliament of India (Rajya Sabha), nominated by the Government of India in 2007 in recognition of his contributions in the field of agricultural research and development. Prof. Swaminathan is also a member of the National Advisory Council of the Government of India. He was Chairman of the United Nations Science Advisory Committee in 1980, Independent Chairman of the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and has also served as President of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources. A consistent advocate of sustainable agricultural practices, he is widely regarded as a leading voice on issues of sustainable food security. Prof. Swaminathan was awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Community Leadership in 1971, the Albert Einstein World Science Award in 1986, and the first World Food Prize in 1987. He is the recipient of 64 honorary degrees from universities around the world.

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