Ashok Malik
Domestic politics journalist and foreign/trade policy expert

Ashok Malik, co-founder Digital India Foundation, has been a journalist for 20 years is now a columnist who writes for leading Indian and international publications including the Times of India, Hindustan Times, Asian Age, Pioneer and YaleGlobal Online. He focuses on Indian domestic politics and foreign/trade policy, and their increasing interplay, as well as on the broader process of globalisation and how it is influencing policy choices in not just the economy but in social sector spheres such as health, education and urbanisation.

In 2011, Ashok co-authored a paper, India’s New World: Civil Society in the Making of Foreign Policy, published by the Lowy Institute for International Policy, Sydney. It looked at the influence of Indian business, news media and overseas communities on the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi. In 2012, Ashok’s book, India: Spirit of Enterprise (Roli Books) was published. It encapsulates the story of the growth of India’s leading private sector industries since 1991, and their role in the Indian economy. In the same year, he was a member on the bilateral Taskforce on Perceptions commissioned by the Australia India Institute, University of Melbourne, to assess and make recommendations on the relationship between Australia and India.

In June 2013, Ashok was named to the Australia India Institute-ORF Chair for Indo-Pacific Studies. His work will focus on the bilateral relationship between India and Australia as well as emergent challenges related to maritime and energy security, and new institutional architecture, in the Indo-Pacific region.

Arvind Gupta
Innovation Evangelist, Technology Entrepreneur and Policy Advisor

Arvind Gupta is the Founder of Digital India Foundation. He spearheaded the Digital and Social Media campaign for Prime Minister Modi during Elections 2014 for which he was awarded the Digital leader of the year and PathBreaker award and has been covered in leading PR, trade publications including WSJ, FT, Gartner, PRWeek.

Mr. Gupta is an Innovation Evangelist who has over 20 years of experience in leadership, policy & entrepreneurial roles, both in Silicon Valley & in India. He is an Eisenhower fellow for Innovation and an active member of Industry Forums NASSCOM, TiE and Founding Member of ISPiRT (Indian Software Products Industry Round table). He is on the Board of Directors of IIT – BHU Alumni Association, PAN-IIT Alumni Association and Illinois Alumni Board. He also mentors many start-ups like IdeasWall, eLitmus, Team361, SatvaCart and is a Guest Speaker at Global B-Schools and CxO events.

He holds a B.Tech in Electronics Engineering from IIT-BHU and a Masters in Computer Science and MBA from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. He is based in New Delhi and tweets at @buzzindelh

Samir Saran
Regulation / Policy, Media Studies, Climate Policy Expert

Samir Saran is Co-founder of the Digital India Foundation and a Senior Researcher & Vice President responsible for Development and Outreach at the Observer Research Foundation. An Electrical Engineer by training, he has a Masters in Media Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science and has been a Fellow at the University of Cambridge Program for Sustainability Leadership. He is visiting Fellow at the Australia India Institute and faculty at a number of other schools and programs. 

He has had a rich and diverse experience in the Indian private sector and was actively engaged with regulators and policy makers during the 1990s as India undertook economic reforms. He was part of the business development team of Reliance Industries, India’s largest business conglomerate, and helped to develop its investment plans in the Power Sector. From 2000 onwards - he served the company in its regulatory and corporate affairs team for the Telecommunications business at New Delhi and was a member of the Government - Industry panel on Intellectual Property and Broadcasting regulation. As Vice President at Reliance Industries, he was entrusted with the task of external communications and government relations across the group’s businesses including Retail, SEZs, Oil & Gas, Petrochemicals and Textiles. 

Samir is also a prolific writer and authors frequent columns in India’s most widely circulated newspapers such as the Times of India, The Hindu, Mail Today and the Indian Express. He has also published his research in some of the most reputed journals in India and abroad on issues such as, Climate Change, Non-Traditional Security, Radicalism, BRICS, Development Policy and Cyber Governance. He has recently published a book "Re-imagining the Indus: Mapping Media Reportage in India and Pakistan" and co-authored the report "A Long Term Vision for BRICS" commissioned by the Indian government. His latest work in the ’Seminar’ magazine delves into "Privacy, Property and Sovereignty in the Cyber Age."