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Gina Rinehart

Executive Chairman | Hancock Prospecting

Hancock Prospecting is a privately owned mineral and exploration company founded by Gina Rinehart’s father Lang Hancock in the 1950s. Mrs Rinehart, who is Australia’s richest citizen, took her late father's bankrupted estate and rebuilt it into something much larger. The biggest piece of her fortune comes from Hope Downs, a joint-venture mine she has with Rio Tinto. The other is the massive Roy Hill project, a world-class iron ore mine in Western Australia that started shipments to Asia in December 2015. She also owns a stake in the Ten television network.

Anil Agarwal

Group Chairman, Vedanta Resources Plc and Chairman Emeritus | Vedanta Ltd (Formerly known as Sesa Sterlite Ltd)

Founded by Mr Anil Agarwal in 1979, Vedanta Resources, in the last decade, has grown from a Company with revenue of $1 billion to revenue of $13 billion. In the last 10 years, the group has invested over US $ 20 billion in India on organic growth projects. Mr. Agarwal has over 40 years of entrepreneurial and business experience. Under his leadership, the Group has achieved tremendous growth both organically and through value-generating merger and acquisitions, creating a world-class diversified portfolio of large, structurally low-cost assets generating strong cash flow. The Chairman chooses to focus on Sustainable Development to ensure the development of the communities in the locations, Vedanta’s operations.

Sajjan Jindal

Chairman | JSW Group

A mechanical engineer by training, Mr Sajjan Jindal has been instrumental in transforming the functioning of the Indian steel industry with his progressive engagement of all stakeholders in the development process at JSW Steel. Under his leadership, JSW Group over the years has expanded in other core sectors of the economy such as power generation, infrastructure building and cement manufacturing. His dedication to the cause of a self-reliant India is reflected in the technological innovations that define and set apart each JSW company. Today, the JSW Group runs some of the most energy-efficient and eco-friendly manufacturing facilities in the country.

Amitabh Kant

CEO | NITI Aayog

Mr Amitabh Kant is a 1980-batch IAS officer of Kerala cadre. He is the author of Branding India - An Incredible Story and has been a key driver of Make in India, Startup India, Incredible India and God’s Own Country campaigns. These campaigns have won several international awards and embraced a host of activities - infrastructure development, product enhancement, private-public partnership and positioning and branding. Mr Kant was till recently Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion. He did his schooling from Modern School, Delhi; B.A. Economics (Hons) from St. Stephens College, Delhi University; and M.A. from Jawaharlal Nehru University. He is a Chevening Scholar.

James Gordon Carr

Minister of Natural Resources | Canada

Mr James Gordon Carr has been a dedicated business and community leader in Winnipeg for more than 30 years. He began his career as a musician, moved on to journalism, and entered public l ife in 1988, when he was elected to represent Fort Rouge in the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba. He was also the deputy leader of his party. Jim later went on to become the founding CEO of the Business Council of Manitoba, where he worked alongside business leaders to address issues critical to Manitobans and Canadians. In particular, Jim was one of the architects of the ‘Winnipeg Consensus’ process, which brought together Canadian think tanks and energy leaders, and informed the Canadian Energy Strategy released in 2015 by Canada’s provinces and territories.

Piyush Goyal

MoS (Independent Charge) | Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines

Mr Piyush Goyal is the Minister of State with Independent Charge for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines in the Government of India. He is currently a Member of Rajya Sabha and was earlier the National Treasurer of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He headed the BJP’s Information Communication Campaign Committee and oversaw the publicity and advertising campaign of the party including the social media outreach for the Indian General Elections 2014. During his 28-year-long political career, he has held several important positions in the BJP. A rank-holder CA, he was a well-known investment banker and he has advised top corporates on management strategy and growth.

Dharmendra Pradhan

MoS (Independent Charge) | Petroleum and Natural Gas

Mr Dharmendra Pradhan is a post graduate in Anthropology from the Utkal University in Odisha. His father Devendra Pradhan, who was a minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government, vacated his Lok Sabha seat, Deogarh, in 2004, making way for his son. Starting his political career as a member of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, Mr Pradhan was elected President of Talcher College Students’ Union in 1985. In the past, he has worked as election in-charge of Bihar, organisational in-charge of party affairs in Karnataka, Uttarakhand, Jharkhand and Odisha. He has been working on several issues concerning the youth, such as unemployment, lack of skill-based education, rehabilitation and resettlement of farmers, displaced persons and other backward classes.

Gajendra Singh Khimsar

Minister for Forest,Environment, Youth Affairs & Sports | Rajasthan

Mr Gajendra Singh Khimsar is a BJP Member of Legislative Assembly from Lohawat, Rajasthan. He belongs to the royal family of Khimsar. He was Minister of Energy, Government of Rajasthan from 2003 to 2008. He has also held portfolios of Industries, NRI, State Enterprises Department, and DMIC in the past. A hotelier, he owns the Khimsar Group of Heritage Hotels that has been a recipient of the ‘National Grand Heritage Award for Excellence’ – the highest recognition conferred upon any heritage property by the Department of Tourism, Government of India. Khimsar studied at Doon School, Dehradun, graduated from St Stephen’s College, New Delhi and pursued post-graduation in business administration at The University of Western Ontario, Canada.

Melody Meyer

President | Melody Meyer Energy LLC

Ms Melody Meyer recently retired after 37 years of distinguished service from Chevron to pursue new opportunities in the energy industry. She is the former President of Chevron Asia Pacific Exploration and Production Company and was responsible for Chevron’s exploration and production in the Asia Pacific region. Ms. Meyer has extensive leadership expertise in international and US upstream operations, strategic and business planning, major capital project execution, capital allocation, and delivering superior financial results. Ms Meyer also took a lead role as Executive Sponsor of the Chevron Women’s Network and in formation of Women with Energy LLC. She graduated from Trinity University in 1979 with a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering Science and attended the Dartmouth Tuck Executive Education program in 1997.

Kiren Rijiju

MoS | Home Affairs

Mr Kiren Rijiju is the Union Minister of State for Home Affairs. He forms part of the youth brigade in the Modi government. Mr Rijiju is a two-time Member of Parliament having been elected for the first time in 2004. In the 2014 General Elections, he was again elected as MP, representing the Arunachal West constituency. He has emerged as among the most influential voices from the North East. He earlier served as a Member of Khadi and Village Industries Commission from 2000 to 2005.

Prakash Javadekar

Union HRD Minister | BJP

A household name as BJP’s Spokesperson for years, Mr Prakash Javadekar is the incumbent Minister of Human Resource Development. Earlier, he served as MoS (Independent Charge), Environment, Forest & Climate Change, MoS, Parliamentary Affairs, and MoS (Independent Charge) - Information and Broadcasting. He is a Member of Rajya Sabha representing Madhya Pradesh from June 2014. He has also served in Parliamentary Standing Committees of Defence, HRD and Consultative Committee of Power. Mr Javadekar was born to Keshav Krishna Javadekar and Rajani Javadekar on January 30, 1951 in Pune. His father was a journalist and his mother a schoolteacher. He got associated with the RSS right from his school days.

Manohar Parrikar

Chief Minister | Goa

Mr Manohar Parrikar took over as the Chief Minister of Goa in March 2017 after the Bharatiya Janata Party retained the state in the Assembly elections. He served as India’s Defence Minister from November 2014 to March 2017 before returning to Goa, where he was the Chief Minister thrice before. (2000-2002, 2002-2005, and 2012-2014). An IIT-Mumbai graduate in metallurgical engineering, Mr Parrikar is known for his development initiatives and administrative acumen. An RSS pracharak from Goa, he was first elected to the second Legislative Assembly of Goa in 1994.

Shivraj Singh Chouhan

Chief Minister | Madhya Pradesh

Mr Shivraj Singh Chouhan is the 18th and current Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh. He assumed office in November 2005 and is currently serving his third term as Chief Minister. As a leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party, he has served as its general secretary and as president of its Madhya Pradesh state unit. He has been a five-time Member of Parliament, representing Vidisha in the Lok Sabha since 1991. At present, he represents Budhni constituency, a tehsil place in Sehore district, in the Madhya Pradesh assembly. He has been a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh volunteer since 1977. A farmer by profession, Mr Chouhan is deeply interested in music, spiritual literature, and debates.

Rajiv Pratap Rudy

MoS (Independent Charge) | Skill Development and Entrepreneurship

Mr Rajiv Pratap Rudy is the Union Minister of State with Independent Charge for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship. Earlier, he worked as MoS, Commerce and Industry in 2001, and was subsequently elevated as the Civil Aviation Minister in 2003. He has had several terms, both in Upper House and Lower House of Parliament, spanning more than 20 years. Professionally, he is an academician, and has also had a stint as a legal counsel. He represents the Parliamentary constituency of Saran in Bihar.

Rajyavardhan Rathore

MoS | Information and Broadcasting

Col (Retd) Rajyavardhan Rathore is the Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting. He is a shooter-soldier who has voluntarily retired to serve the nation as a politician. He was in the army for 23 years (1990-2013), during which he served in the anti-insurgency operations in J&K and other active areas. Col Rathore represented India in the Olympics, becoming the first Indian, post Independence, to win individual Silver Medal at Athens in 2004. He was awarded Padma Shri, Ati Vishisth Seva Medal, Arjuna Award and Khel Ratna Award for his services to army and sports. In 2013, Col Rathore took voluntary retirement from military to serve the nation as people’s representative.

Jitendra Singh

MoS (Independent Charge) | Development of North-Eastern Region

A key face of the NDA government, Dr Jitendra Singh is currently the Minister of State with Independent Charge for Development of North Eastern Region. He is also MoS, Prime Minister’s Office, Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions. He earlier served as MoS (Independent Charge), Ministry of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences. Dr Singh was elected to Lok Sabha from Udhampur, J&K in 2014. Before contesting elections, he was a busy doctor practising medicine and specializing in endocrinology. He doubled up as a columnist writing on contemporary issues in media.

Mahesh Sharma

MoS (Independent Charge) | Culture and Tourism

Dr Mahesh Sharma is the Minister of State with Independent Charge for Culture and Tourism. In May, 2014, he got elected as a Member of Parliament from Gautam Buddha Nagar Parliamentary constituency in Uttar Pradesh. He is a doctor by profession. Raised in a small village in Rajasthan by his father who was a schoolteacher, Dr Sharma remained a bright student throughout his education journey. He got involved with the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh at the age of fourteen. He later joined the student wing of ABVP, before finally joining the BJP as an active member.

Suresh Prabhu

Union Railway Minister |

Mr Suresh Prabhu is the current Railway Minister of India. He is a fourth-time Member of the Lok Sabha from Rajapur constituency of Maharashtra. Between 1998 and 2004, he served as Industry Minister, Environment Minister, Fertilizers & Chemicals Minister, and Power Minister. He is credited with championing and enacting the Electricity Act, 2003 and the reforms that created securitization of dues from the states. He is a Chartered Accountant by profession and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

Jayant Sinha

MoS | Ministry of Civil Aviation

Mr Jayant Sinha is the Minister of State for Civil Aviation, a Member of Parliament and formerly the Minister of State for Finance. He has also been an investment fund manager and management consultant. In May 2014, he was elected to the Lok Sabha, representing the Bharatiya Janata Party from Hazaribagh, Jharkhand. Mr Sinha's prior business experience includes 12 years with McKinsey & Company. He holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School, an MS in Energy Management & Policy from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Technology degree from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi.

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