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Over the years, VM has welcomed accomplished speakers to share their thoughts and ideas with us on our platform. This includes politicians, authors, journalists, business leaders, and activists. Here are some examples of speakers who have participated in our recent past events.

Shashi Tharoor

Gad Saad

Makarand Paranjape

Abhijit Iyer Mitra

Sachin Nandha

Navalkant Prinja

Amy Fitta

George Thomson

Joanne McCormack

Sugata Mitra

Professor Eugenio Proto


Suhag Shukla

Aniruddha Rajput

Drishti Mae

Anil Asthana

Pippa Malmgren

Laura Lee

Ravi Sidhoo

Tracey Robbins

Virendra Arora

Acharya Vidyabhaskar

Lou Marinoff

Rev. Peter Groves

Manoj Ladwa

Mathew McManus

Rishi Handa

BoB Blackman, MP

Ravi Ladva

Tushar Shah

Prashaanta Singh

Jamie Whyte

Eric Lonergan

Amish Tripathi

Andy Bayley

Aditya Gurtu

Divya Prabha

Vandana Saxena Poria, OBE

Guillermo Guzman Dumont


Ram Madhav

Eimear Burke

Harsh Gupta

Kushal Mehra

Jonathan Woolley

Geoff Hoon

Paul Gately


Shashi Tharoor

Author,  Politician and Senior Diplomat with the United Nations

An author, politician and former senior diplomat with the United Nations, living in India. During his nearly three-decade long prior career at the United Nations, he served as a peacekeeper, refugee worker, and administrator at the highest levels, serving as Under-Secretary General during Kofi Annan's leadership of the organisation. Dr. Tharoor is also an award-winning author of works of both fiction as well as non-fiction. He has written twenty books.

Acharya Vidyabhaskar

Head of Sanskrit and Indian Philosophy at the Omkarananda Ashram

He completed his Masters in Comparative Religion and has a Postgraduate in Organisational Psychology from the University of Freiburg. He is currently working on several translation projects, including the Ten Upanishads of the Vedas, the Yoga sutras of Pantanjali and the Essence of the Rigveda.

Jamie Whyte

Liberal Economist, and Former Director of Research at the Institute for Economic Affairs, a London-based think-tank

He holds a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Cambridge. He has taught philosophy at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. He is the winner of the prestigious Bastiat Prize for journalism for his columns in the Financial Times. His books include Bad Thoughts: A Guide to Clear Thinking in the UK; 2003), A Load of Blair (2005), Free Thoughts (2012) and Quack Policy (2013).

Steve Tsang

Director of the SOAS China Institute, London

He is an Emeritus Fellow of St Antony’s College at Oxford, and an Associate Fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House).

Gad Saad

Author and Professor of Evolutionary Psychology

He is a professor of evolutionary psychology at Concordia University and is the research chair in evolutionary behavioural sciences and Darwinian consumption. He is an author of three books including his latest called The Parasitic Mind.

Ram Madhav

Founder and Director of India Foundation, a Policy Institute based in Delhi

He is the General Secretary of the ruling Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) of India. He is the author of “Uneasy Neighbours: India and China after fifty years of the war”. He is widely known as the strategist behind the rise of the BJP in India’s elections and advocating for a more active foriegn policy in South-east Asia.

Suhag Shukla

Executive Director of the Hindu American Foundation (HAF)

A lawyer by training, she has helped steer the foundation towards being recognised as a leading voice for civil rights, human rights, and religious freedom. 

Lou Marinoff

Professor of Philosophy at the City College of New York

He is the founder of the American Philosophical Practitioners Association, and is an international best-selling author. He is a world authority on applying philosophical traditions to problems of everyday life. His books include Plato: not Prozac (1999), The Middle Way (2007), On Human Conflict (2019).