The Manthan-AIF Award 2006 Jury

Chairman Of Jury (day 1)
Prof. Ashok Jhunjunwala
Professor, IIT Madras, Chennai
Prof Ashok Jhunjhunwala is from IIT Madras, and very well known for his innovative ideas in the areas of telecom revolution. He is also an incubator of many successful ideas. He helped in founding n-Logue, the company which started as the rural ISP and expanded into Common Service Centers based in rural areas.

Chairman Of Jury (day 2)
Prof. Anil Gupta
Professor, IIMAhmedabad &
Executive Vice Chairman, NIF,
Prof Gupta is from IIM Ahmedabad. He is Executive Chairman of National Innovation Foundation. He also founded and runs organisations like Sristi, HoneyBee, and GIAN. Prof Gupta is a proponent of Social Entrepreneurship and leaves no stone unturned in globalizing the local innovations, especially coming from the villages of India. He has traveled more than 2,500 kilometers to find local innovation across the rural villages of India.

Osama Manzar
Chairman, Manthan Award &
Director, Digital Empowerment Foundation
Osama is the Chairman of the Manthan Award and Director of Digital Empowerment Foundation, the organiser of Manthan Award. He is also on the board of World Summit Award, the International affiliate of Manthan Award and DEF. He has written three books so far on e-Content and Internet Economy. He enjoys putting all possible effort in making the local content reach out to global audience – the Manthan Award is formed to achieve that purpose among others

Ashis Sanyal
Director E-Gov, DIT
New Delhi

Mr. Sanyal is Director, E-Governance Programme Management Unit (EGPMU), Department of Information Technology, M/o Communications & Information Technology. He is a great proponent of spreading knowledge without inhibition, and has been putting great efforts in making the CSC (Common Service Centers) project of DIT to achieve its best objectives and goals.

Observer cum Co-Moderator
Sundar Krishnan
Head, ICT Division,
AIF, New Delhi
Mr. Sundar Krishnan is the Head of ICT division of American India Foundation. He has earlier worked with Media Lab Asia.

Members of The Grand Jury

Frederick Noronha
Freelance Journalist,
Frederick Noronha is a Goa-based independent journalist, co-founder of BytesForAll & active chronicler of ICT4D initiatives in India. He is also founder of (a network of alternative mailing lists) and space for alternative voices from Goa), and for the past decade he has been a member of the Admin Volunteer Team of Goanet (, Goa’s oldest and largest mailing list.

Vinnie Mehta
Executive Director,
Manufactures Association of Information Technology,
New Delhi
Vinnie Mehta has been involved in the promotion and polices formulation pertinent to the IT industry with the Centre and the State Governments in India as also internationally since 1992. He delivers lectures on industry strategy with reputed management institutes. He also conducts training programs and seminars for the IT industry. Prior to MAIT, Vinnie has worked for 2 years on the SCADA system (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) with the Gas Authority of India Limited.

Tanmoy Chakrabarty
VP & Head of the
Global Government
Industry Group.
Tanmoy Chakrabarty is the Vice President & Head of the Global Government Industry Group at TCS – Tata Consultancy Services, based in New Delhi. He is responsible for Sales and Business Development for TCS for the Government Industry worldwide. He has over 22 years of Sales & Marketing and Business Development. He is a member of the IT Sub-Committee at CII.

Dr Subho Ray
Internet and Mobile Association of India,
President, Internet and Mobile Association of India(IMAI). As the President, Subho heads the permanent secretariat of the association and is currently responsible for driving & delivering several turnkey objectives to change mindsets and working towards a mission of “100 million Internet users online” + “robust e-economy growth” from the Indian – citizen/consumer, business, and government point of view/perspective.

Sajan Venniyoor
Community TV,
Doordarshan, Prasar
Bharti, New Delhi
After 15 years in radio, and a brief stint in the Prasar Bharati secretariat, Venniyoor moved to Doordarshan, where he presently works in their community TV (‘Narrowcasting’) division, as well as Doordarshan’s DTH project, ‘DD Direct’.

Ravi Gupta
Editor – i4D Magazine
Ravi Gupta represents Centre for Science, Development and Media Studies (CSDMS), an NGO founded in 1997. His organisation has been involved in ICT4D issues. He is the editor of i4d (, eGov ( and Digital Learning ( magazines. He can be contacted at

Rufina Fernandes
Nasscom Foundation,
Ms. Rufina Fernandes holds significant responsibility for overall operations of Nasscom Foundation. Ms. Fernandes’s career that spans over 18 years includes managing a family business as well as assignments with Alpic Finance and thereafter with GTL Limited. Prior to joining NASSCOM Foundation, she was Sr. Vice President (Strategic Initiatives & Head – CSR).

Hareesh Belawadi
Joint Director, ASCENT,
He now leads ASCENT’s(Asian Centre for Entrepreneurial Initiatives) cluster development initiatives and also assists in the design, marketing, and delivery of ASCENT’s Entrepreneurship Development Services such as training, research, counseling, and project consulting. After his degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT Manipal, he joined TATA Motors as a management trainee in 1995.

Dr Reuben Samuel
WHO, New Delhi
Under the direct supervision of the Joint Secretary to the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India, in-charge of the GFATM and the overall supervision of the World Health Organization – Representative to India, Dr Samuel facilitating the establishment and the management of the Secretariat for the GFATM Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) in India.

Shubhendu Parth
Associate Editor –
Dataquest, CyberMedia
India Ltd., Gurgaon
A journalist by profession, Shubhendu Parth has been a strong advocate of technology for masses and moved on from the mainline media, The Indian Express, in 2000 to join Dataquest in order to push the cause. Over his six year stint with the Cyber Media Group he went on to head the CyberMedia News, India’s only technology wire service to steering the magazine’s e-Gov initiative. He is also credited with conceptualizing the Dataquest regional e-Gov Summit and the Dataquest e-Gov Champion Awards.

Ravi Gulati
Manzil, New Delhi

Mr. Gulati is an educationist and free thinker. After his management course at IIM Ahmedabad, he intentionally decided to dedicate his life along with his family to serve the urban needy children in the field of education and training so that they do not lag behind students who have all the resources to avail the best facilities in a typical urban milieu. He runs an organisation called Manzil to achieve the above mentioned objectives.

Dr. V K Dharmadhikari
Scientist G & HOD,
Internal Coordination,
New Delhi

Scientist G & HOD, Internal Coordination, EGPMU, Department of Information Technology, Ministry of Communication & Information Technology

Rajen Varada
Technology for the People,
Rajen is a Project Head for SSK at UNICEF Hyderabad and Founder of TFTP (Technology for the People). Rajen is the winner of Manthan Award 2005 as well as Winner of World Summit Award 2005 in the e-Health Category for the product called Sisu Samarakshak. He has just formed India’s first group of ICT for SHGs (Self Help Groups) in Kuppam, Andhra Pradesh

Mridula Chandra
Secretary, Health & Social
Development Research Centre, Jaipur
Ms Mridula Chandra is the Secretary, Health & Social Development Research Centre, Jaipur. She has a vast knowledge experiences in the social sector for over 20 years. A Masters in Social Work from Delhi School of Social Work, Ms Chandra has worked at the community level in the areas of health, HIV/AIDS, family planning and other grassroots areas. She is also a winner of Manthan Award 2005 in the e-Health category.

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