Mr Sameer Kochhar, Chairman, Skoch Group
He is President of Skoch Development Foundation, which is a leading think tank on digital, social and financial inclusion issues in India. He has been passionately working towards promoting participatory democracy, empowerment, and bringing improvements in delivery systems. He is CEO, Skoch Consultancy Services, and is an industry veteran with a multifaceted career spanning over two and a half decades. He is India strategy and management consultant to several Fortune 500 as well as large Indian companies for over a decade. He is also Chief Editor of INCLUSION—a quarterly publication focused on development economics issues. He is considered to be one of the most respected independent voices on inclusive development and citizenship issues in India. He is a member of several expert groups and committees and his research opinion and writings have shaped many a public policy dialogue. He is a Member of the Expert Group constituted by the Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Government of India advocating a case for strengthening of Panchayati Raj Institutions (village councils) through use of technology. He is also a Planning Commission nominee on Committee formulating the national ICT plan for the 12th Five Year Plan. This is in addition e-Inclusion Committee constituted by the Department of Information Technology, Ministry of Communications and IT. He has written extensively on areas of emerging management practices, infrastructure, governance, technology, finance, economics, e-Governance, Panchayati Raj and ICT for development. He has published several widely acclaimed books, namely Infrastructure and Governance (2008); Financial Inclusion (2009); Urban Renewal: Policy and Response (2009); Speeding Financial Inclusion (2009); India on the Growth Turnpike: Essays in Honour of Vijay L Kelkar (2010); Building from the Bottom: Infrastructure and Poverty Alleviation (2010); Growth and Finance: Essays in Honour of C. Rangarajan (2011); Policymaking for Indian Planning: Essays in Honour of Montek Singh Ahluwalia (2012); An Agenda for India’s Growth: Essays in Honour of P. Chidambaram (2013). He has recently authored ModiNomics: Inclusive Economics Inclusive Governance (2014), and Growth and Governance: Essays in Honour of Nandan Nilekani (2014), published by Skoch Media.