Mr. Bhaskar Ghose was educated in Mumbai and Delhi and joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1960, retiring from it after thirty-six years. He served in various capacities both in the government of West Bengal, the state to which he was assigned, and in the Government of India. He has held the posts of Director General, Doordarshan, Secretary, Department of Culture in the Ministry of Human Resource Development, and Secretary, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. He has been a visiting fellow of Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford. For the last fourteen years he has been a writer and columnist, and has written regularly for a number of major Indian newspapers and journals, among them The Pioneer, Delhi, The Telegraph, Kolkata, and the Hindustan Times, Delhi. He presently writes a column for Frontline. He has been involved with theatre for the last fifty years and has acted in and directed over forty plays. His first book Doordarshan Days was published by Penguin/Viking in 2005.
May, 2000 to May, 2003
Bhuvan Lall is a film producer, an award winning documentary filmmaker, international media journalist, landscape photographer and soon to be published novelist. Deeply moved by the events of 9/11 Lall launched, a film production and distribution venture “Lall Entertainment”, at the Cannes film festival 2003. The motto of the privately held company is “Vasudeva kutumb kambh” , (sanskrit for the world is one family). Lall Entertainment is currently producing inspirational and international feature films set in India. Bhuvan Lall’s first production is the fully funded multi million dollar Hollywood motion picture “Buddha”, (2011) to be directed by Academy Award nominated Ashutosh Gowariker and written by David Ward, an Academy Award winning screenwriter. On the 60th anniversary of Indian Independence Bhuvan Lall created and organised the multi million dollar “India Splendor” festival in Los Angeles in association with UCLA Film School & ICM.
Lall who splits his time between Hollywood and India, has worked as the Indian correspondent of Screen International for over 13 years and has had weekly columns in the leading Indian dailies The Hindustan Times (Hollywood Calling) and Business Standard (Hollywood Reel).
Prior to setting up Lall Entertainment, at 34, Bhuvan Lall was named Executive Director of the “Indian Broadcasting Foundation” (IBF), the trade organization of the US$ 2 billion broadcasting industry of India, a position he held for three years. At IBF, he pioneered a number of regulatory initiatives and was closely connected to policy making in the Government of India. He was appointed a member of the Planning Commission’s working group on Information & Broadcasting for India’s 10th five year plan (2002 – 07). Bhuvan Lall began his career as a documentary filmmaker, producing, directing and writing thirty five social documentaries and short films for international as well as Indian TV networks.
Lall earned a Bachelors degree in Sociology from the University of Delhi while making short experimental films and directing stage plays. Subsequently Lall professionally trained as a filmmaker and is a recipient of a first class Masters degree in Mass Communication (film, television & radio production) from the Mass Communication Research Centre in Delhi. Lall’s video docudrama “A ticket to the future” won the Desmond Doig Award for the best graduation film in the year 1988 and his science fiction short film, “Killing a sunrise on a full moon night” was awarded the highest marks in direction and scriptwriting.
N. P. Nawani
October, 2003 to September, 2010
Mr. N.P. Nawani, I.A.S. (Retd.) is a former Secretary, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting; former Member of Central Administrative Tribunal, Jaipur Bench & former Chairman of Public Service Commission of Uttaranchal. Other notable positions held by Mr. Nawani are -Planning Adviser to the North Eastern Council, Shillong & Chief Secretary, Tripura State.He served as a Commissioned Officer in the Corps of Signals of the Indian Army from 1964 to 1968.
Mr. Nawani has at credit many articles, case studies etc. on developmental issues and published two books “Nutritional Status of children in 0-6 years age group in India” and “Food for all: Ideas for New PDS”. A book on “ District Administration” is under publication. He acquired reputation as an officer with integrity, leadership qualities and result orientation, leaving behind an impact wherever worked. He is deeply attached to the welfare of backward areas and disadvantaged people.
March, 2013 to September, 2014
Mr. Shah has nearly three decades of experience in leadership roles, managing P&Ls and providing advisory services.
He has managed over thirty acquisitions almost all of which delivered better than stated performance in given timeframes.
Mr. Shah has worked with The Hay Group, PriceWaterhouse, Watson Wyatt, Satyam Computers and the JSW Group in his career spanning three decades. He was also involved with organisations such as The World Economic Forum, The Economic Development Board of Singapore and Nasscom.
Mr. Shah is a mechanical engineer; he has a Master's degree in Operations Research and an MBA in Finance. He has studied at Bangalore University, Syracuse University, Drexel University and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.