Arjun Appadurai is the Goddard Professor in Media, Culture and Communication at New York University, where he is also Senior Fellow at the Institute for Public Knowledge. He is a Senior Research Partner at the Max-Planck Institute for Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Gottingen. He was previously Senior Advisor for Global Initiatives at The New School in New York City, where he also held a Distinguished Professorship as the John Dewey Distinguished Professor in the Social Sciences. Arjun Appadurai was the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at The New School from 2004-2006. He was formerly the William K. Lanman Jr. Professor of International Studies, Professor of Anthropology, and Director of the Center on Cities and Globalization at Yale University. Appadurai is the founder and now an advisor of PUKAR (Partners for Urban Knowledge Action and Research) in Mumbai, India.
Rahul Mehrotra is Professor of Urban Design and Planning and Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design at Harvard University, Boston. A graduate of School of Architecture from the Harvard University, he is a practicing architect, urban designer, and educator. He has designed and executed many projects, from restoration of Chowmahal Palace in Hyderbad to drawing a conservation master plan for Taj Mahal. Rahul Meherotra has written and lectured extensively on architecture, conservation, and urban planning in India including several published books and monographs on Mumbai / Bombay. He divides his time between Boston & Bombay.
Zia Mody passed her Law from the University of Cambridge, UK in 1978, started her own practice from 1984 and started the firm, AZB & Partners, Advocates & Solicitors from April 2004 onwards. The firm has over 120 lawyers. Zia Mody is a Trustee of the Bahai School, New Era High School, in Panchgani. She is a Member of the CCI Committee on Capital Markets and a Member of the CII National Council on Corporate Governance and Regulatory Framework.
Zia Mody has been awarded the “Business Woman of the Year” by the Financial Express in the category of “The Best Knowledge Manager”. She has been selected as one of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Indian Business by Business Today. She was selected as one of India’s 100 Most Powerful CEOS by the Economic Times. AZB & Partners was nominated as the best Indian National Law Firm 2006 by the International Financial Law Review.