Professor Rajeev Gowda is a Rajya Sabha MP from Karnataka and part of the Congress party’s team of Spokespersons. He has a BA from St. Joseph’s College, Bangalore, and an MA in Economics from Fordham University and a PhD in Public Policy and Management from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He has been a post-doc at the University of California, Berkeley and taught at the University of Oklahoma. Until recently, he was Professor of Economics and Social Sciences at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore and a Director on the Central Board of the Reserve Bank of India. He has authored and edited books, scholarly articles and reports on policy issues. He has mentored start up companies and works on urban renewal and youth empowerment, among other areas of interest. He was the Founder Secretary of the Karnataka Quiz Association and national runner up on BBC TV’s Mastermind India in 2002.
Ms. Nayantara Urs
Nayantara Urs has a Bachelors Degree in Commerce and Law. She has been practicing as a Lawyer for the last 22 years with the erstwhile Amarchand Mangaldas and now with Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas. Coming from a family of lawyers, judges and academicians, the value of a sound education has been instilled in her from an early age. She firmly believes that there is no substitute for a good education and the empowerment that it brings with it.