Meet the Speakers for Pecha Kucha Night #26 on ‘Democracy 2.0′

If it is true that the quality and character of our institutions is determined by the way in which we communicate. If it is true that we are communicating in dramatically new ways and if it is true that there is a tremendous yearning for change in the way our government systems work then perhaps it is time for Democracy 2.0.
Much of the architecture of governments around the world was innovated in a period between 300-150 years ago after which there have only been incremental changes. With social and mobile media, citizens are often more aware of the ground realities. The question is how can governments change to be able to take advantage of all this big new data? How can governments use the power of data, media and technology to become more participatory, responsive and citizen centric? These are the themes of our Pecha Kucha Democracy 2.0, staged bang in the middle of one of India’s most exciting National Elections.

As always, we’ve got an exciting and varied line up of brilliant speakers. Also added to our stellar line-up will be the top 3 teams from Start-up Weekend Delhi’s latest edition, speaking on how their business ideas work with Democracy 2.0 (as they see it).

Anil Verma

Mr. Anil Verma photoAn Army Officer, who retired after 37 years of distinguished service in the Indian Army. During his tenure in the Army, he has held various staff and command appointments all over India in different terrains and operational conditions. He was awarded G0C-in-C Commendation and Chief of Army Staff Commendation card twice for his distinguished service. He joined ADR in December 2013.


Sumandro Chattopadhyay

sumandroA researcher interested in history and politics of informatics in India, media and technology studies, and political economy. He is associated with The Sarai Programme at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, and ‘Exploring the Emerging Impacts of Open Data in Developing Countries’ project at HasGeek Media LLP.
Aditya Gupta

Aditya GuptaAditya is a gender facilitator and a social entrepreneur attempting to challenge the problem of gender-based violence through his initiative, People for Parity. Aditya hails from a small town in Punjab and has grown up in Delhi. He has previously worked as a consultant with The Parthenon Group and in technology based farmer interventions with TechnoServe in East Africa.He dreams of being a writer and a songwriter someday.
Prukalpa Sankar

Prukalpa_SankarPrukalpa is the co-founder of Social Cops (www.socialcops.org) – where they using mobile phones and technology to turn citizens into human sensors, to create a layer of social data to aid data driven decisions in civic issues, public health, education. She also writes a column on Inc42 and YouthKiAwaaz. She has previously worked in Goldman Sachs and Exxon Mobil. She studied Engineering and Entrepreneurship at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and is currently based out of New Delhi, India.
Sumeeta Banerji

sumeeta banerjiSumeeta Banerji is a social development professional and currently Heads the Democratic Governance Program at the United Nations Development Programme in India. She handles a portfolio of programmes providing technical assistance and policy advice to key Government of India Ministries and State Governments on a wide range of governance themes including public administration, access to justice, capacity development for local governance and decentralised planning, human development, and rights based social security interventions. Prior to this, she was leading a ‘Community of Practice’ (CoP) on Poverty Reduction for the United Nations in India. Prior to joining the UN in India, Sumeeta spent several years with the Canadian International Development Agency leading projects in the areas of democratic governance, human rights, child rights, inclusive education, livelihoods and, HIV/AIDS., focusing on building the capacity of local partners in addressing concerns of the poor in these sectors. Sumeeta is a Fellow of the Aspen Institute’s India Leadership Initiative.

Surendran Balachandran

Surendran works as a senior campaigner with Change.org India Team, the world’s largest petition platform. He has been actively involved in helping people start, join and win grassroots campaigns to bring about positive social change. He has been working with people from across the country who start petitions on Change.org, supporting them with campaign and strategic inputs to make them win. Prior to joining Change.org, Surendran was associated with Nokia and Oxfam made “create to inspire@ fellowship program. “Create to inspire” is an initiative that aims to engage young people, on the issue of sustainable consumption.

20 slides for 20 seconds each – the stage is set for some sort of a political ideological showdown of sorts.

When: 7-9 pm, 17th of April(Thursday), 2014.
Where: Vihara Innovation Campus, D-57, Chatarpur Enclave, New Delhi, Delhi, India.
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