Sujata Lamba has over 30 years experience in private sector finance: 27 with leading development finance institutions in emerging markets (24 with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), 3 with the World Bank), where she was the Director of Finance and Private Sector Development for South Asia. Prior to that, Sujata spent 10 years with international commercial banks in Asia, Kuwait, and Turkey. She is also a board member of two US-based women-oriented entities, a senior fellow in Partnership for Social Change, and a Global Advisory Council Member of a women-focused entity. Sujata led high-impact, innovative, strategic investments in 45 countries across Southern Europe, Turkey, Balkans, Asia, Latin America and Africa in about 65 projects globally. She has managed and shaped a US$2 bn financial sector portfolio, and tried to empower women and focuses on the nexus between women and finance. Her passion has been to explore untraveled parts of the world, such as, Madagascar, Chad, Mozambique, Komasi, Ghana, Bosnia, the Balkans, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Nicaragua, and of course, the remote areas of India, to observe women and appreciate their many forms of artistic expressions.
Victoria Walker is an experienced Australian diplomat currently on leave and based in Ottawa, Canada. Her career-long focus on Indo-Pacific includes a five year posting in New Delhi. Ms Walker consults to governments and community groups on the political economy of Indo-Pacific, and when she is not caught up exploring textiles and curating textile stories, she runs a small business sourcing and exporting high quality, ethically produced Indian textiles.
Catherine Henggeler has worked in the artistic field since the early 80s. She assisted Juerg Altherr, a respected Swiss sculptor for many years. She also has teaching experience and various teaching degrees. Catherine Henggeler has traveled extensively. She has an international network within the field of the arts and design. With her love for travel and her international contacts, she likes her spaces to be a center for international exchange and encounters for artists, researchers, academics. Catherine has been designing for various museum shops, collaborating and working closely with weavers and crafts persons from around the world.
Sonam Dubal, revival artist, graduated from the National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi in 1990 and has been working in the field of design and textiles since then.
Exploring the route of storytelling in textiles, traditional designs and modern craft through his venture, Sanskar, he consciously ventured into understanding linkages between the traditional and contemporary Arts.
His work seeks to reconcile modern influences and traditional workmanship creating global reflections through local craft reflective of his craft linked projects with many not for profit organizations. Like Sasha, Kolkata, Sewa in Lucknow and Adishakti in Pondicherry where he had a workshop “Stories on Textiles”. Having an academic approach to design and an awareness of the interdependence of Art, Design, Film and contemporary Craft, his latest venture has been taking part in Seminars and symposiums affecting global environment.
Ina Puri is a writer, biographer, art curator and collector. She is the author of several books, including In Black & White (a biography of Manjit Bawa), Faces of Indian Art (iconic artists seen through the lens of Nemai Ghosh) and Journey with a Hundred Strings (on the music and life of Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma). She produced Meeting Manjit, a film on Bawa, her friend and collaborator, which won the National Award. She currently occupies the position of Editor at Art Varta and has recently published a pictorial memoir on Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma entitled, The Man and His Music. Ina’s three-decade-long engagement with the arts embraces everything from tribal art and folk theatre to contemporary performing arts, visual arts and literature. She lives in Gurgaon with her husband, Ravi, son, Arjun, and canine soulmate, Leyla.