Kickoff Speakers 2017

We’re really fortunate to have three great speakers to introduce some of the big issues and initiatives facing India today. 

Rema Nagarajan is a Times of India reporter. She works for the Times Insight Group, which looks at stories behind the headlines. She writes mostly about policies and and decisions which determine how public services are delivered and accessed by people. Her focus is on how issues such as health, poverty, gender and rights intersect to impact people’s lives and wellbeing.

Among other honors, Rema was a 2011-12 class of Nieman Fellow at Harvard University where she studied patterns and trends in mortality, fertility and population growth and their relationship with population health, the impact of poverty, class, gender and geography on access to health care and medical ethics.”

Ishani Butalia is a research associate with Zubaan, an imprint of India’s first feminist publishing house. Ishani works with Zubaan’s Sexual Violence and Impunity (SVI) project which studies both the history and current prevalence of sexual violence in South Asia.

Ishani is interested in local movements for gender equality that don’t get attention from the national media.


Polash Mukerjee studied development economics at IIT Madras. He now works in the Clean Air and Sustainable mobility team at the Centre for Science and Environment, one of the leading environmental and policy advocacy and education organization.


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