His Excellency Mr Amish Tripati, Minister (Culture), Indian High Commission, UK & Director, Nehru Centre, London
Andy Street was re- elected as the Mayor of the West Midlands in May 2021.. The primary function of the role is t chair the West Midlands Combined Authority and brings with it significant powers over transport, housing, skills and jobs. Before becoming Mayor, Andy combined a career with John Lewis, Britain’s most successful workers’ co-operative, with a host of high-profile economic development roles, working with local and national government. Starting on the John Lewis graduate scheme, He was the Chair of the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership between 2011 and 2016, helping to build the relationships that have underpinned the economic growth of the region. Additionally, he has been lead non-executive director for the Department for Communities and Local Government as well as a member of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group. Outside of work, Andy is passionate about the arts, particularly in the West Midlands. In June 2015, Andy was awarded the CBE for services to the national economy.
He was awarded the OBE for services to urban regeneration in 1995. In 2004 he was awarded a CBE for services to business and education in the West Midlands. He was awarded the prestigious Lunar Society Medal for his outstanding contribution to public life. He has received Honorary Doctorates from Aston University, Birmingham City University and University of Birmingham. Paul was appointed as the first non-white Lord- Lieutenant in 2007 and held this post until September 2015. In October 2017 in recognition of his outstanding services as Lord-Lieutenant of West Midlands Her Majesty the Queen bestowed her personal recognition by conferring on him the prestigious and rare Commander of the Royal Victorian Order. He is the Patron of the British Carnatic Choir and ShruthiUK, a South Asian organisation based in Birmingham.
Amish is a diplomat, author and columnist. He has taken over as the Director of The Nehru Centre in London in October 2019. Amish has been listed among the 50 most powerful Indians by India Today magazine in 2019. Forbes India has regularly ranked Amish among the top 100 most influential celebrities in India. Amish was also selected as an Eisenhower Fellow, a prestigious American programme for outstanding leaders from around the world, in 2014. Amish published his first book in 2010, and has written 8 books till date. His books have sold 5.5 million copies, and have been translated into 10 Indian and 9 international languages. Amish is an alumnus of the prestigious Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Calcutta. He worked for 14 years in the financial services industry before turning to writing.
Dr Shashank Vikram, Consul General of India, Birmingham is Diplomat from the 2004 Batch of Indian Foreign Service (IFS). Dr Vikram is a medical graduate. Before assuming the charge of CG, Birmingham, he has served in various capacities in Government of India, in Indian embassies abroad and in the State Government of Uttar Pradesh. He has worked in Embassy of India, Lisbon, Embassy of India, Brasilia and also as Consul General of India, Durban, South Africa. In Ministry of External Affairs he has served in PAI and OIA Divisions. In Uttar Pradesh, Dr Vikram has served as Special Secretary (Health & Family Welfare) & Additional Mission Director for National Urban Health Mission and as Special Secretary(Tourism) & Managing Director, UP State Tourism Development Corporation (UPSTDC). Dr Vikram is the Chief Patron of the World Music Conference, with the aim of promoting Music and Mental Health.
Dr. Pallavi Vedantam is a passionate immunologist with a deep rooted interest in music, culinary sciences and theology. She is a senior scientist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York.
Prof. Raja is a passionate educator, entrepreneur, researcher, and mentor with 15+ years of experience. He is one of the judges in QS Reimagine Awards 2020 (the Oscars of Education) and was a shortlist judges in QS Reimagine Awards - 2018. He co-founded multiple UK businesses and has mentored many successful start-ups in the past. He was also the part of the Trade missions led by ex-British Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Theresa May and Sir Malcolm Grant, Chairman of NHS. He is currently working as Professor & Director - Research & Consultancy, GITAM University, India, where his main responsibility is to build sustainable research and innovation ecosystem.
Samuel Quinto Neuroscientist, Professor, Pianist, Writer.
Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA). United Nations Ambassador. Commander by the Ministry of Culture of Brazil. Full Professor at University Anhembi Morumbi. Artist of the largest piano factory in South America - Fritz Dobbert. Founder of the Samuel Quinto Academy of Music and Acoustic Project. Musical director of Igreja Batista Nações Unidas in SãoPaulo. Specialist in Neuroscience Applied to Education; Psychopathology and Psychosocial Care, DigitalTechnologies for Education; MBA in Educational ManagementDegree in Pedagogy and Music Pedagogy; Master in Public Health; Doctor in Philosophy; Doctorate candidate - Digital Media Art.
Ramya Palacholla is a Primary Care Physician and a faculty member of the Harvard Medical School. She is the co-author of one of the first books to be written for clinicians on novel treatment methods for the management of Military Sexual Trauma in war veterans. She was also honored with the "Woman of the Year" award in 2019 by the INE News for her contributions to health care innovation in the U.S and was featured as one of the “Women to Watch in Health IT” by Beckers Hospital Review.
Dr. Shantala Hegde, is an Additional Professor and Consultant at the Neuropsychology Unit, Department of Clinical Psychology and Consultant to the Department of Neurorehabilitation, National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), Bengaluru. She is the Intermediate Fellow of the Wellcome Trust UK-DBT India Alliance and is a mentee to Dr. Gottfried Schlaug, Professor of Neurology and Biomedical Engineering University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School - Baystate Medical Center Biomedical Engineering - IALS / UMass Amherst and to Dr. Matcheri S Keshavan, Stanley Cobb Professor and Academic Head of Psychiatry, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Massachusetts Mental Health Center, Harvard Medical School. She is the first clinical psychologist to receive this prestigious fellowship in the country. Since February she is the Visiting Assoc Professor of Psychology and a visiting scientist at BIDMC, Harvard Medical School and Since June 2022. She was in BIDMC from February 2023- August 2023 as part of the work outside the host institution as part of her ongoing intermediate fellowship. Shantala has also been the honorary adjunct faculty of the Consciousness Studies Programme, National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), IISc Campus, Bengaluru. Dr. Hegde obtained her M.Phil in Clinical Psychology and PhD in the field of Clinical Neuropsychology, both from NIMHANS. Her research interest is in the area of Clinical Neuropsychology and neuropsychological rehabilitation. She has worked towards developing home-based and hospital based cognitive remediation programs for patients with Schizophrenia. Her specific focus is in the area of music perception and cognition and the application of music-based intervention in neuropsychological rehabilitation. Dr. Hegde has established and currently heads the Music Cognition Laboratory at NIMHANS, the first of its kind in India. She is trained in Neurologic Music Therapy from the International Academy of Neurologic Music Therapy. She is one of the first Affiliate Professional Members- The Academy of Neurologic Music Therapy from India. She also actively collaborates with Dr. Michael M Thaut and his team, University of Toronto, Canada. She has many fellowships and awards to her credit. She was the recipient of the fellowships awarded by the University of Helsinki, 2016, Science fellow - the Shepherd School of Music and Rice University, Houston, TX, USA and she was nominated for the 'Young researcher award' by the Society for Education, Music and Psychology Research (SEMPRE) in 2012 and received the ‘International Young Investigator award’ by the International Congress on Schizophrenia research in 2009. She has obtained training in the Laboratory for Music-Neuroscience attached to the Montreal Neurological Institute and University of Montreal; University of Burgundy, Dijon France and collaborated on research projects with Music Cognition Laboratory with researcher at the University of Tufts, USA and University of Burgundy, France. She has carried out research projects funded by the DST, ICMR, ICSSR and now currently taking forward her project funded by the Wellcome Trust-DBT India Alliance. She is also a musician (Vocalist) trained in the Hindustani Classical Music tradition and composed and sung for a music CD named ‘Uma Sahasram’ . She continues to learn under the tutelage of Smt Bharathi Prathap, disciple of the Vidushi Lalith j Rao of the Agra Atrauli Gharana.
The Lord Mayor is a Science Graduate from the Punjab University. He came to England in 1969 and settled in Birmingham with his wife Tazeem.He was very much interested in community work and joined the Labour Party in 1970 and became very active politically in his community. A passionate believer in education, the Councillor was the Chair of the Governing Body of Anglesey Primary School for over 30 years. He was also the Director of Birmingham Settlement a major Birmingham charity offering a wide range of services to Birmingham’s residents to help people gain the skills and confidence they need to overcome life’s challenges and bring about positive change
He has been awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award for public services by former Secretary of State of Foreign Affairs, David Miliband in recognition of everything he has done for the City.
He was also awarded the Community Service Award by the Right Reverend Jessie Jackson (American Senator) for his long services to the community in Birmingham.
Cllr Muhammed Afzal is one of the esteemed patrons of the bBitish Carnatic Choir.
Sruthi Ramakrishnan is a keen musician who is currently pursuing a degree in Dental Surgery in the UK.
She was brought up around strong musical influences, such as her mother, Dr Chithra Ramakrishnan, which facilitated her interest in learning to sing, play the piano, bassoon, and carnatic violin.
Her role on the conference committee involves formulating creative ideas related to the theme, coordinating speakers, and aiding event logistics to ensure the smooth-running of the event.She is a member of the Royal Asiatic Society.of Great Britain and Ireland..
Wajdi Samir Abou Diab is a composer, musicologist, and music educator,.He draws inspiration from his dual cultural background in Arabic Levantine and Western classical music. born in Lebanon in 1991 and graduated from the Lebanese National Higher Conservatory of Music (LNHCM) in Piano and Music Composition, and currently pursuing his Master’s degree in “Musicology of tradition” in the Antonin University. He has been recognized by the international music community through numerous accolades from several competitions, as well as receiving honorable mentions and being selected for various calls for scores. Wajdi's publishings include three music books and many articles and research papers in the domain of Middle Eastern music theory and ethnomusicology of the Middle Eastern music heritage. His composer’s residencies include residencies at Cite Musicale De Metz and Cite Musicale De L'abbaye Aux Dames De Sainte.
He graduated at the Corfu Conservatory, holding diplomas in choral conducting, wind band conducting and instrumentation, composition, and music theory. He also holds a Diploma di Direzzione from the Academy of Fermo (IT) and has graduated the two-year Corso Superiore di Direzione di Banda of the Istituto Superiore Europeo Bandistico (ISEB). He received a Postgraduate Diploma in Musicology, MA in Music, from the Open University of London. As a guest conductor he has collaborated with many bands, orchestras and musical organizations and his works are often performed by orchestral and vocal ensembles in Greece and abroad (Italy, Denmark, Spain, Portugal, Cyprus, Israel, Argentina,
Mexico, U.S.A.). He is tutoring conducting in international organizations such as Probandas Latinoamericanas and the Sociedad Musical Giuseppe Verdi of which he is an active member. He is one of the Honorary Conductors of the Korean K-Orchestra. He is a member of the coordinating committee of the Hellenic Philharmonic Society, acting as a member of the organizing committee and rapporteur of international conferences in the years 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021, while he has given speeches at the Panionian Conference of 2018 in Argostoli and other international conferences.
Since 2016 he has been working as Conductor and Music Director of Philharmonic School of Pallis in Cephalonia, Greece. He is also band conducting and advanced theory professor at the Conservatory of the Holy Metropolis of Peristeri in. Athens
Maestro Mohamed Elfakahany
A composer, arranger and a conductor.
Was graduated in music composing and
conducting, from The High Institute of Arabic Music, Academy of Arts.
Has many peices of music compositions in the forms of international and Arabic folk
He participated by arranging and conducting in a lot of international festivals as well. Established and conducted many other bands like Angham Alkhalej Orchestra ,
Aghared Orchestra , Academy Orchestra , Sound of Egypt Orchestra , The National Orchestra for The ministry of Education of Kuwait State , The Egyptian Arabic Band in Kuwait , and conducting many concerts at opera house.
Performed with many famous Arabic singers in Egypt and across all Arabic countries. Head of the Music Department at the Intellectual Education Rehabilitation School for Children with Intellectual Disabilities, Ministry of Education, Kuwait.
Presented lots of educational series on youtube, facebook and Instagram.