LSE South Asia Development Conference
Initiate. Empower. Lead.





Kailash Satyarthi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 for his work in the field of child rights and education. He is the founder of the 'Bachpan Bachao Andolan' in India and an activist against child labour.


Sunil Babu Pant

Sunil Babu Pant is a Nepalese politician and the founder and director of the Blue Diamond Society, Nepal’s first LGBTI rights organisation.


Iqbal Latif

Mr.Iqbal Latif, a writer and a scholar, has written on a range of diverse topics. He will offer an open rebuttal of Dr.Shashi Tharoor's call for Britain to pay reparations to its former colonies in South Asia. His thesis can be found on his blog here

Anupam Kher

Anump Kher is an Indian actor who has appeared in over 400 films and many plays.
He has held the post of chairman of Central Board of Film Certification and National School of Drama in India. He is currently the chairman at Actor Prepares.[2] The Government of India honoured him with the Padma Shri in 2004 and the Padma Bhushan in 2016 for his contribution in the field of cinema and arts.


Garimella Subramaniam

 Dr. Garimella Subramaniam is the Senior Assistant Editor of ‘The Hindu’ in India. Though born blind, he has not let it limit his ambitions in anyway. This is reflected, for example, by the fact that he completed his post doctorate from the London School of Economics independently. He acts as an inspiration to the differently-abled in India and abroad.Economist at The World Bank in Washington.

Hina Rabbani Khar

Hina Rabbani Khar is the youngest and first Pakistani woman to have served as the Foreign Minister of Pakistan. She served from 2011 until 2013, after which she retired from active politics. She is a member of the Pakistan People's Party and a public speaker on foreign policy.



Beena Sarwar

Beena Sarwar is a journalist, artist and filmmaker from Pakistan focusing on human rights, gender, media and peace. She is currently the Pakistan Editor of the Aman ki Asha (Hope for Peace) initiative, that aims to develop peace between the countries of India and Pakistan. The initiative is jointly sponsored by the Jang group in Pakistan and the Times of India across the border.