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Our Speakers (cont'd)

Joanne McCormack

General Practitioner (GP)

Dr. Joanne McCormack is a Medical General Practitioner in the UK. She is the founder of the charity www.PHCuk.org. She spoke on the limitations of veganism. 

Award-winning sex workers' rights campaigner and speaker

Laura Lee argued for the de-criminalising prostitution and the legal rights of sex workers.

H.M. King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein of Jordan Fellow for the Study of Love in Religion at Regent’s Park College, Oxford

Dr Dallh offered his perspective on what the suffering in the world tells us about God.

President of INSA and Doctorate of Quantum Entanglement at University of Cambridge

Mruttinjoy Majumadar explored the modern relationship between India and Britain and debated whether an emerging India can save a declining Britain.

Leader of the Liberal Democrats from 1988 until 1999

Lord Ashdown joined us in the lead up to the Brexit vote, to debate whether we should leave or stay in the EU.

Reader in Culture & Law, Queen Mary, University of London

Dr Shah came on to the VM platform when parliament was due to debate the Caste provision of the Equality Act. We explored the history and implications for the Caste system. 

Indian–American researcher and writer

Rajiv Malhotra presented the context in which Indian history is written and interpreted in the Western world.

Ravi Ladva

Public Historian

Historian and Writer, specialisation in Indian history between 1500 and 1947 especially the Maratha Empire. He spoke about history of pandemics and how nations managed the impacts.

Managing Director of Cynergy Bank

Ravi Sidhoo explored the modern relationship between India and Britain and debated whether an emerging India can save a declining Britain.

Professor at the Ghent University in Belgium

Professor Balagangadhara argued against the popular translation of itihaas as 'history'. He explored the historical roots of this misinterpretation and its consequences.

Indian author, Professor of Strategy and former Chairman of the Aeronautical Society of India

Professor Modh questioned whether we can rethink the Welfare State. During this discussion, we explored capitalism, communism and a possible 'third way'. 

Current Chairman and co-founder of Castewatch UK

Satpal Mumon came on to the VM platform when parliament was due to debate the Caste provision of the Equality Act. We explored the history and implications for the Caste system. 

Writes and lectures on aspects of Indian and European thought

Dr Cross explained the influence of Hindu thought on western scholars in the past, during the renaissance and in the present world. He highlighted the growing embrace of 'alternative' lifestyles as people begin to combat the forces of crude materialism and its effects such as environmental damage.

Best-selling author and psychologist, specialised in parenting and boys' education

Professor Biddulph highlighted the differences between raising boys and girls, which followed on to a discussion of the challenges we face in raising children with Hindu values in Britain today.

Investor in Disruptive Technologies

Subhash Jogia explored the pros and cons of moving into the technological age, where it has become increasingly faster to create and destroy our world, and his emphasis lay on the need for a 'Dharma centred' technology.

Professor of Educational Technology

Professor Mitra explained his research, which demonstrates how children teach themselves, and each other, in the absence of formal teaching and supervision. He put forward ideas on how should we educate the next generation to be prepared for a world that is rapidly changing. 

UK Delivery Manager for the Eden Project Communities team

Tracey Robbins leads the work on loneliness, delivering initiatives that bring people together encouraging connection, engagement and participation. She explored what causes and reduces loneliness.

Entrepreneur with a social conscience

Tushar Shah chaired the event exploring Swami Vivekananda's influence in modern Britain. 

Director at UK India Business Council

Vandana Saxena Poria spoke on 'A Path Less Trodden' about her move to India where she works with the UK government to support British companies starting business in India.

Ved Nandha

Professor of Law

Prof. Ved Nanda has been teaching law for over thirty years and is the Director at the International Legal Studies Program at the University of Denver, USAHe spoke on International Law in relation to India's global aspirations.

Historian and author of the most comprehensive biography on Bhagat Singh

Virendra Aurora spoke about the life and philosophy of Bhagat Singh; who he was and the underlying motivation behind his actions.

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