Daring Debates Grand Finale, 2019
2 February || The International Centre Goa
Pooja Bedi is a former Bollywood actress, television talk show host and newspaper columnist. She is the daughter of actor Kabir Bedi and the late Protima Bedi, a prominent dancer. Pooja participated in the popular reality show, Bigg Boss in 2011.
Deepti Datt is a media producer who works in the US and India, to develop content, launches media brands, and successfully executes large-scale festivals and events. Deepti has consulted and produced for global media companies, including: MTV, Sony, Star TV Channel [V], Moser Baer, Vogue, IMG Fashion For Relief, Lionsgate, Elite Models & Ford Models (SMOW). Deepti ran Universal Music Asia’s electronic sub-label, ContraBass Records, and she is the India EP for the Electronic Music Alliance (ema-global.org <http://ema-global.org>), a California based, global non-profit advocating for sustainability in the electronic music festival arena.
In her personal work, Deepti designs functional-art installations, which explore identity, culture, evolution and the feminine paradigm through visual and interdisciplinary narrative.
Matthew Kurian is a Social Worker and Founder of El Shaddai Charitable Table Trust. He is notably known for his advocacy on child rights and juvenile justice. He runs Residential Homes for children who are underprivileged, orphans, living in streets and children of commercial sex workers. He also started Daycare Shelter and Community Centres that provides education and vocational training; Maana Khana, that distributes free food for children and adult living on streets, and establishing slum schools. For his commendable work, Mr. Kurian was awarded the National Award for Child Welfare, 2007-2008 and Global Achiever Foundation Award in 2012.
Jennifer Lewis e Kamat,
Dr Jennifer Lewis e Kamat was recently appointed as member of the Managing Committee of (Indian Concrete Institute) ICI – Goa. Dr Jennifer has a doctorate in Civil Engineering from the University of Birmingham (UK). She is also director of Kamat Infratech Pvt Ltd and head of Engineering Services, BDK Consultants, Vasco. She is the chairperson of the Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Women’s Wing and member of the National Core Committee of the Green Education Program of CII – Sohrabji Godrej Green Business Centre. She has been part of the national delegations to the G20 Young Entrepreneurs Summits in 2011, 2012 and the CAAYE summit in Pakistan in 2013.