Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Served as the 11th President of India from 2002 to 2007.

Dr Bharat Karnad is a research Professor in national security studies at the centre for policy research

Dr Apathukatha Sivathanu Pillai is a distinguished Scientist, and the recently retired Chief Controller R&D, DRDO and CE & MD of Brahmos Aeroscape - the Highly Acclaimed Indo- Russian

Col Harjeet Singh took early retirement from the Army in 1998 after a tenure as Instructor at the Defence Services Staff College,

Maj Gen (Retd) G D Bakshi SM, VSM is the quintessential Scholar- Warrior. He is one of the most combat experienced officers of the Indian Army.

Dr Vijay Sakuja is Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of South East Asian Studies (ISEAS), Singapore.

Prof. Srikanth Kondapalli is Professor in Chinese Studies and Chairman of Centre for East Asian Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Amb Ranjit Singh Kalha has held the important posts of Joint Secretary (Americas) and (East Asia) dealing with China and Japan.

Wilson John is a vice president with the Observer Research Foundation. His areas of research include Pakistan, India's neighbourhood policy and terrorism.

Prof. Dennis Rumley is currently Professor of Indian Ocean Studies, Distinguished Research Fellow, Curtin University, Western Australia.

Dr. O. C. Handa is a well-known connoisseur of art and culture, especially of the Himalayan region. Having been in the field now for more than half a century,

Satish Kumar, former Professor of Diplomacy at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and currently, Director, Foundation for National Security Research, is among the most eminent scholars in the field of International Relations. He has held several distinguished positions, participated in numerous international conferences and delivered special lectures at several universities and think tanks across the world.

Shakti Sinha
is the Director of the Nehru Memorial Museum & Library, New Delhi. He has a Masters in Public Policy from George Mason University, and a Masters in Indian and Chinese history from Delhi University. He was a member of the Indian Administrative Service from 1979 to 2013, when he took VRS.

Dr. Arvind Gupta Currently is the Direct General of the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) and convener of the Indian Pugwash Society. Earlier he held the Lal Bahadur Shastri Chair, at the IDSA.

Alok Bansal is Director of India Foundation, New Delhi and the Secretary General of Asian Eurasian Human Rights Forum (AEHRF), an organisation, which has been accorded ECOSOC status by UNESCO. He is also the founder Executive Director of South Asian Institute for Strategic Affairs (SAISA) and an Adjunct Professor of Strategy and International Relations at New Delhi Institute of Management (NDIM) and facilitator of India Policy Group (IPG) on Afghanistan for Tract II Dialogues by Friedrich Ebert Stiftung. 

General V.P. Malik
served as Chief of the Army Staff of the Indian Army from October 1997 to September 2000. Concurrently, he was the Chairman, Chiefs, of Staff Committee of India from January 1999 to September 2000. General Malik has authored several papers on defence planning and security issues, and addressed and participated in various national and international workshops, seminars, conferences and track 2 dialogues in the US, UK and Germany.

Dr Amiya Chandra, a senior Civil Servant by profession and an academician by orientation, earned his doctorate degree from the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India. He has a rich experience of working in various ministries of the Government of India in different capacities –  including handling of the imports and exports policies and procedures

Dr. Nivedita Das Kundu, ( PhD) an academic with University teaching and think tank research experience. She completed her master’s and doctoral studies from Jawahar Lal Nehru University, New Delhi and University of Helsinki. She did her post- doctoral study from Woodrow Willson Centre for Scholars, Washington DC. Her Ph.D and post doctoral studies is in International Relations.


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