The eNGO Challenge South Asia Award 2013 Grand Jury was successfully held on 29th October, 2013 in New Delhi, India.

The Jury marked the second and final stage of selection of best practices for the eNGO Challenge Award. The Jury marked a fine amalgam of great minds from vastly different walks of life in sync with diversity in 5 award categories.

In totality, there were 260 valid nominations received in its 9 weeks nomination process. Preceding the Grand Jury process, the internal Jury process in consultation with a panel of virtual Jury members managed to filter 260 valid entries to 119 for the convenience of the main Grand Jury members and for a smooth and quality evaluation process. A panel of 7 members Grand Jury panel looked into the 119 pre-filtered Nominations in 5 different categories.

The discussions of the selected nominations and the voting on each of the category began on 23rd October. The Grand Jury concluding marked the moments of felicitation of the Jury members with Jury Citation & token gifts as a token of appreciation to all Jury members for their invaluable volunteering efforts in adding value to the Award process.

Meet the Jurors

  • OSAMA MANZAR (JURY MODERATOR) FOUNDER & DIRECTOR, DIGITAL EMPOWERMENT FOUNDATION. Osama Manzar is a convert social entrepreneur spearheading the mission to overcome the information barrier between India’s rural sector and the so-called developed society, through Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF).

  • DR AMIR ULLAH KHAN, PRESIDENT GLOCAL UNIVERSITY. Amir Ullah Khan is a development economist and President of the Glocal University in Saharanpur in India. He is Fellow at the India Development Foundation, Adjunct Professor of Law and Economics at the Edith Cowan University in Western Australia and Policy advisor to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Amir started his career in the Indian Civil Service and has worked for the Government of India, the UNDP, headed editorial operations at Encyclopedia Britannica and directed research at IDF.

  • Amitabh Singhal Board Member PIR.ORG. He was Founder and former President of Internet Service Providers Association of India, which was in continuation of its predecessor, the Email Service Providers Association since 1994. Various policy and regulatory achievements including, amongst others, helping the Government to write key elements of the ISP policy, opening up Internet for private competition and those that led Indian companies to set up International Gateways and become dominant Bandwidth owners, opening up of Internet Telephony, etc. is credited to him.

  • Ravina Aggarwal Programme Officer-Media Rights & Access Ford Foundation. Ravina Aggarwal is the Program Officer for the Ford Foundation’s Advancing Media Rights and Access initiative in India. Her grant-making supports infrastructure planning and policy reforms for bridging the digital divide and increasing broadband and broadcast access for the poor. Prior to joining the Ford Foundation in December, 2006, Ravina was a professor of anthropology at Smith College in Massachusetts for 12 years. Her scholarship focused on media, culture, gender, and peace-building, and her extensive field research in the trans-Himalayan region of Ladakh resulted in several publications.

  • Hempal Shrestha Practitioner ICT For Education and Social Development 15 years. Hempal Shrestha has served many national and international organizations from social, educational, private and government sectors in various capacities. His core competencies are in the fields of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capacity building, knowledge sharing and knowledge management. In the course of his career, had led the Open Development Programme in the Asia region for Bellanet International Secretariat.

  • Rajen Varada Founder Technology For The People. Rajen Varada is a core group member of a think tank group of technology and knowledge management innovators who have been instrumental in the formation of “The Open Knowledge Community” which is being co-founded by UNESCO and civil society organisations. Rajen is the current CEO of the Open Knowledge Community. He has been an ICT practitioner since 1995 and continues to be actively engaged in designing and implementing proof of concept solutions for rural development using technology and in particular ICT.

  • Manju Dhasmana Lead – Community Affairs/Corporate, Social Responsibility, Microsoft India. Manju Dhasmana is Lead – Community Affairs at Microsoft India, where she drives Microsoft’s CSR mandate of building skills and employment opportunities for youth. She also leads the portfolio of partnerships with NGOs on technology, employee engagement and disaster response. Manju has worked extensively in the development sector for 15 years on issues of health, gender, rights and access. In 2009.

  • Pranshu Singhal Head, Sustainability at Nokia India Private Limited. The strongest citadels have been built from the deepest foundations and that is how Pranshu Singhal developed his career in sustainability. He was the Executive Officer at CII where he managed Environment & Development projects of CII with international agencies and consulted corporations on EMS implementation up to 2002. He took on a joint freelance assignment of Philips, Motorola, Panasonic and Nokia where he developed Key Environmental Performance Indicators (KEPIs) method for assessment of life cycle environmental impacts of mobile devices, which launched him as a Project Manager at Nokia, Finland in 2004.

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