Albertina Almeida is a lawyer, human rights activist, independent researcher and rights sensitiser. She holds a doctorate in law and teaches ‘Gender, Human Rights and Law’ for the MA in Women’s Studies programme at Goa University. She is also a member of the Board of Studies, Department of Women’s Studies, Goa University. Albertina engages and addresses meetings, symposia and workshops on social justice and rights issues. Among others, she is a Focal Point of the Feminist Law Programme of the Asia-Pacific Forum on Women Law and Development. She writes regularly for local periodicals and occasionally for the national media. Her writings can be accessed on the website of The Alzulaij Collective. She is the author of Tug and Tear: Dealing with Child Sexual Abuse (2008). Albertina has co-founded several rights initiatives and groups interrogating ‘development’, including Bailancho Saad, Citizens’ Initiatives for Communal Harmony, Saad Aangan, and SEZ Watch. She is also a legal consultant to various organizations working on gender and child rights issues, migrant concerns, transgender rights, and human rights. She has also been a part of official and civil society committees for advocacy and drafting of laws for women and children.
Abhay Sardesai has been the Editor of ART India, the premier art magazine of India, since November 2002. He has been a Visiting Faculty in Aesthetics at the Department of English, University of Mumbai; and the Chair of Humanities, Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute of Architecture, Mumbai. Abhay has also taught at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS); the Bhau Daji Lad Museum (BDLM); and Shreemati Nathibai Damodar Thackersey (SNDT) Women’s University. He writes in English and translates from Marathi, Konkani and Gujarati. Abhay has written widely on art and literature and read from his work at various places.
Aruna Ganu is a retired teacher, Department of Marathi, from St. Xavier’s College, Mapusa. She is also involved in translation of poems from Hindi to Marathi and has also written weekly columns for a Marathi daily, ‘Goan Varta.’
Ibha Gupta is a doctoral research scholar with the Dept. of English and an assistant professor in the Dept. of French, at Goa University. She specializes in the area of Crossover Fiction, Narratology and Dialogic Criticism. She has presented papers at universities like Jawaharlal Nehru University, Pondicherry University, and St. Aloysius, amongst others. Her paper on the construction of girlhood in the 21st century was published in the book Young Adult Literature: Issues and Trends. She also works with Goan Writing in English. Her paper on Lambert Mascarenhas has been published in a book titled Goa Matters in Lore and Letters: Writings of Land, Loss and Longing, and her paper on Mahabaleshwar Sail has been published in a book titled Probing Perspectives. She has completed a course on Literary Theory under Prof. Roland Greene (Stanford) and Prof. Galin Tihanov (Queen Mary) at Indian and Foreign Languages University. She is also a member of the NGO, Goa Heritage Action Group, and has previously organized talks and events on aspects of Goan Heritage.
Ivo de Figueiredo (b. 1966) is the critically-acclaimed biographer of Norway’s treasured cultural icon, Henrik Ibsen (Yale University Press, April 2019), and his next book is the official biography of Edvard Munch, commissioned by the Munch Foundation. In 2002, he was awarded the Brage Prize for a biography of Johan Bernhard Hjort, the co-founder of the Norwegian Fascist Party. A Stranger at My Table was influenced by such authors as W.G. Sebald and Daniel Mendelsohn. The book received one of the highest non-fiction honors in Norway, the 2016 Language Prize and was nominated for the Brage Prize that same year. Figueiredo works as a critic at Morgenbladet and Aftenposten and is a member of the Norwegian Academy.
Seema Mundoli is a faculty at Azim Premji University. She has worked with NGOs involved in conservation, advocacy on mining, land and forest rights, and education of indigenous communities. More recently her research examines the social and ecological interactions around ecosystems in a rapidly urbanizing India. She has co-edited the ‘State of the Environment, Andaman Archipelago’ (Universities Press, 2006) and authored ‘Cities and Canopies: Trees of Indian Cities’ (Penguin India 2019, with Harini Nagendra).
In the Learning and Development profession since more than 44 years, Parimal is a results-oriented, innovative, gifted and acclaimed international facilitator, consultant, speaker and author. By now, he has trained over 100000 participants and 1000 trainers. His abiding interest lies in the application of timeless philosophies to human life for holistic learning, development, performance and happiness. With academic backgrounds in Chemical Engineering, Literature and several international certifications, he orchestrates heart-felt learning experiences in his areas of interest: Leadership, Spirituality, Teams, Customer Service, Innovation, Time Management and Trainer Training. His client list ranges from Fortune 500 companies to small and tiny industries and families. He has spoken at several international conferences and works in India, Mexico and USA.
He has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Indian Society for Training and Development and the V Care Foundation Award for ‘facing cancer four times with indomitable courage and resilience’.
Born in Jaipur, Meenal Shrivastava now lives in North Saanich, British Columbia where she is a writer and a professor of political economy and global studies at Athabasca University. Currently, aside from serving on several professional boards, Shrivastava regularly speaks on the erasure of women in historical narratives and issues in the global political economy. Her research has led to more than thirty peer-reviewed publications, more than seventy paper presentations, and two books. In Amma’s Daughters, her first work of creative non-fiction, Shrivastava weaves together interviews, her mother and grandmother’s writings, and archival research to tell the story of her remarkable family. The stories in the book show that the personal and the political are relentlessly interconnected, both in how our lives unfold and in how we curate human history(s). Individual stories make these connections immediate and personal by revealing the continuum between past and present, local and global, and us versus them.
Priya Kuriyan is a children's book author and illustrator and comics maker based in Bangalore. She has directed educational films for the Sesame Street show (Galli Galli Sim Sim) and has worked on various TV commercials. She has illustrated many comics and children’s books including 'Ammachi's glasses' and 'Princess Easy Pleasy'. She was part of the Indo German collaboration 'Elephant in the room' published by Zubaan books and has collaborated with the writer Devapriya Roy on a graphic biography of Indira Gandhi for young adults.
Saba Hasan is a noted contemporary artist with a diverse multimedia repertoire developed over twenty five years of highly distinguished practice. Saba has been nominated for the Celeste Contemporary Art Prize for her video La Verite/ Haqeeqat/ the Truth; she is the recipient of the French Government Cultural Fellowship, the Moscow Foto Award, the Raza National Award.
Her works have been exhibited at major international venues like the 55th International Venice Biennale, the Met Brauer Museum New York, the National Gallery of Art Colombo, The Assab One, Milan and the Hohenburg Castle Austria. Saba works in a plurality of media comprising photography, video art, book sculptures, paintings and sound installations spanning contemplative, conceptual ideas and a long engagement with organic materials. Her use of natural elements like the sun, sand, leaves, water, the Urdu script, and her voice make her work idiosyncratic, nuanced and powerful. In a subtle thoughtful tone she reminds us that human consciousness is capable of creating a reality which is not only beautiful but also filled with hope which is so integral to our fractured world.