André Béteille is widely regarded as India’s most distinguished sociologist and social anthropologist. A former Chairman of the Indian Council of Social Science Research, from 1972 to 1999 he was Professor of Sociology at the Delhi School of Economics. He has been Commonwealth Visiting Professor at the University of Cambridge, and Tinbergen Professor at Erasmus University. His many books include Caste, Class, and Power (University of California Press, 1965), Inequality among Men (Blackwell, 1977), Equality and Universality (Oxford University Press, 2003), and Democracy and its Institutions (Oxford University Press, 2012). He is a Fellow of the British Academy and a recipient of the Padma Bhushan.
Rukmini Banerji is CEO of Pratham Education Foundation in India. She joined Pratham in 1996 and has extensive field experience in program implementation in rural and urban areas as well as in research. Rukmini also led the ASER (Annual Status of Education Report) effort for 10 years from 2005 to 2014. ASER measures basic learning levels of children in every rural district in India. Initially trained as an economist in India, she completed her Ph.D. at the University of Chicago. Originally from Bihar, she is now based in New Delhi.
Nayanjot Lahiri is an historian and archaeologist of ancient India and a professor of history at Ashoka University. She is the winner of the 2013 Infosys Prize, for her work in archaeology and the John F. Richards prize for her book Ashoka in Ancient India.