Panel Discussion, 12th January, Seminar Room – LSR


  1. DR. K. K UPADHYAY, an alumnus of Institute of Rural Management, Anand(IRMA), is a seasoned professional with over three decades of experience across government, not-for-profit and corporate. He has conducted and commissioned research studies for USAID, UNDP and IIED London. DR. Upadhyay headed the FCCI Aditya Birla CSR centre for excellence. Currently he is Advisor with National Skills Foundation of India.
  2. MOHNISH MALHOTRA got introduced to the Delhi Queer culture in 2006-7. Still in his teens, he decided to get involved as a volunteer to support the LGBTQIA movement in India. In 2008, he helped organize Delhi’s first Queer Pride Parade after which the movement got a national foot print and he has been volunteering for the last 10 years. In this journey, he continues to raise awareness around issues of LGBTQIA lives and has been invited by many media houses nationally as well globally to share his opinion.
  3. COL PRAKASH TEWARI (Retd) is the, Executive Director – CSR of DLF Ltd. He was nominated by Rotary International and Rotary Foundation for Rotary Peace and Conflict Studies Program from Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand. A motivational speaker, he addresses number of Universities all over the World, conducts Business Development workshops in Asia, Africa and Middle East and sits on the Board of various National, International and Non-Governmental Organisations and Universities. His case studies are available in Harvard Business School, IIM Bangalore, Yale University, European Case Clearing House etc. He has just published his first book on Leadership Development “Bunker to Bliss” which is his spiritual journey in understanding the concept of ‘Unlimited Liability’ and retrospection on the meaning of life and duty.
  4. HARNIDH an alum of Lady Shri Ram college is a somewhat poet, raging feminist, social media aficionado, and policy work. She has done her Master of Art in Public Policy from St. Xavier’s College. She’s the author of two collections of poetry- The Inability of Words and The Ease of Forgetting. She’s currently under contract with Westland Publishers. She works as a sanitation policy analyst at Dasra.
  5. DANISH SHEIKH is an Assistant Professor and Associate Director of the Centre for
    Health, Law Ethics and Technology at the Jindal Global Law School. His research
    largely focuses on the intersection of law and the humanities and the legal regulation
    of gender and sexuality. He has served as a consultant with the United Nations
    Development Programme on a project relating to legal gender recognition across
    multiple Asian countries. His writing has appeared in law reviews such as the Yale
    Human Rights and Development Law Journal and the Law and Society Trust Review,
    while his commentary has appeared in publications including the Hindu, the Indian
    Express, Business Standard, the Wire, Mint, Deccan Chronicle, Daily News and
    Analysis, Scroll and Daily.



    7. MANAK MATIYANI is a feminist queer activist and development professional with
    over a decade of experience. He is currently the Executive Director of The YP
    Foundation, which works to develop youth leadership to advance the rights of the
    young women and girls and other marginalised young people, particularly in the areas
    of gender, sexuality, education, health and civic participation. Manak is also a trained
    documentary filmmaker and holds a Masters Degree in Mass Communication from
    Jamia Milia Islamia University.



    is currently a masters in International Affairs student at the
    prestigious Graduate institute of International and Development studies in Geneva.
    She graduated from LSR in 2016 having pursued Journalism and mass

    communication. She additionally holds a degree in Conflict Transformation and peace
    building from LSR. She has worked with previously with various NGOs, Media
    organizations and International Organizations such as becoming I foundation, MSF,
    Indian express, HT, WHO world health organization etc. She has recently finished
    working for the OHCHR UN High Commission on Human Rights.