Aambra Foundation has an extremely distinguished Advisory Board comprising eminent citizens of society.
Founder , AAMBRA Foundation
Vinita is an alumnus of Delhi School of Economics, an author and a social entrepreneur.
She has founded a nonprofit organization- Aambra Foundation, with a vision towards women empowerment. Her focus Project She Speaks,is a triannual seminar series. And the policy advocacy takes the form of gender focused programmes that highlight themes dealing with the issues faced by the contemporary South Asian women.
Vinita has a passion for literature and writes fiction and non-fiction, bilingually. She has recently released her debut work of fiction, 31 Miles with Rupa. The book was released by Nandana Sen in Jaipur Literature Festival 2017. The book has been widely covered and reviewed by national and international media, senior journalists, and cinema personalities such as, writer director Imtiaz Ali, ITV New York, Huffington Post, DD National, The Hindustan Times, The Hindu, The Pioneer, The Statesman, The Tribune, The Asian Age, The Millennium Post, The News Now, The Different Truths, Savvy, Urban Asian and many other big and small newspapers and magazines. She is part of the regular festival circuit and has been a panelist at Jaipur Literature Festival, World Book Fair, London Stardust Show and Delhi Literature Festival besides other prestigious forums. She is currently working on sequel of 31miles and will soon be publishing her debut Hindi novel, ‘Bindu ka Dayra’ on a women centric theme. She also regularly contributes to Evesly, women’s portal of Indian Express.
She is currently the Director of National Institute of Jewellery, a Govt. of Delhi undertaking.
Rashmi SinghSecretary, Industries A&N
Rashmi Singh is a civil servant with more than two decades of distinguished track record in the government having served in various capacities such as Director, Welfare in New Delhi Municipal Council (1999-2004), Director, Mission Convergence, Delhi Government (2008-2011). She is the Convener of a National Forum for Action on Convergence, which brings civil society, experts and government on a common platform on the issue of social inclusion and gender justice. She is the President of " Network and Alliance for Nonprofit Activities and Knowledge" another platform through which innovations on integrated development of villages in Bihar is being fostered. She speaks in national and international forums on the intersection of good governance, leadership and gender issues. Ms. Singh has been honored nationally and internationally for her work - the Commonwealth Association for Public Administration & Management ( CAPAM) Innovation awards for Stree Shakti ( 2006); Mission Convergence ( 2010); Leadership Award for Internationals from University of Minnesota, USA ( 2011); Women of Excellence Award from FICCI-FLO; Devi AhilyaBai Holkar Award, Stree-Shakti award by the Ministry of WCD, Govt of India ( 2010) and the Dayawati Modi Stree Shakti Samman, 2013.
Rajiv MakhniMedia Personality
Rajiv Makhni is known as India's Tech Guru and has just been awarded The Television Anchor of the year 2012 by the Indian Television Academy. He is Managing Editor, Technology, NDTV and also Head of Alternate Media for NDTV Ltd. He hosts multiple TV shows on Technology (Gadget Guru, Cellguru, Newsnet 3.0, Walk the Tech Talk), and Lifestyle (Men can’t dance, The next Big thing), anchors India's only Daily show on the Net, hosts a talk show on Men, was a successful model (and manages to look sufficiently embarrassed about it when asked) and is currently writing a book (not on technology). He has an extensive following on Social Media and is also one of the most sought after speaker and moderator at Key Events in India and abroad. He is a multiple award-winning columnist and writes for major publications like Hindustan Times, GQ, Outlook, Cnet and many others in India and Abroad. He is married, lives in Delhi and has just discovered that Fatherhood may well be the best tech-education in life.
Arvind graduated from IIT-Roorkee (B.E. 1975-79, Electronics & Communication) and went on to complete his MBA (1980-82, Finance & Marketing) from UCLA USA. He started his career as a Management Trainee with DCM Group in 1979, and then worked with DCM Data Products, Birla VXL, and Modern Suitings before founding Technopak in 1992. Technopak (www.technopak.com ) is one of India’s leading management and operations consulting firms, highly focused on a few sectors that include Textiles & Clothing, Retail & Consumer Products, Healthcare, Education, and Food Services & Agriculture. Arvind’s personal interests are in the areas of Textiles, Education, and Healthcare.
Over the years, Arvind has been invited to speak at leading academic institutions and professional forums which include Harvard (USA), Wharton (USA), ESADE (Spain), various IIMs (India) and IITs (India), and the Vatican to list a few. Arvind is also a regular columnist at leading Indian business papers including Business Standard and Economic Times, and a frequent contributor to major Indian and international business publications that include Wall Street Journal.
Arvind has served on several committees in the leading chambers of commerce and industry in India, across different sectors, including Textiles, Education, and Healthcare. Arvind is based out of Delhi.
Amarendra KhatuaFormer DG, ICCR
Dr Amarendra Khatua belongs to 1981 Batch of Indian Foreign Service.
During his diplomatic career, he has held Trade and Economic positions in various Indian Missions including Madrid, Mexico City, Karachi, Moscow and New York.
At the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi, he has worked in different capacities in key divisions including Finance, Administration, Northern Division and Latin America Division. He has also served in the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Planning Commission and Ministry of Industry.
He assumed charge as Director General, Indian Council for Cultural Relations and also holding the post of Secretary (Special Assignment) in Ministry of External Affairs. Prior to this appointment he was Dean, Foreign Service Institute on January 4, 2016, Ambassador of India to Argentina and concurrently to Uruguay and Paraguay from 2012 to December 2015 and Ambassador of India to Cote D'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) and concurrently as Ambassador to Guinea and Liberia and as High Commissioner to Sierra Leone.