The Grand Jury for the 11th edition of mBillionth Awards 2020-21 was successfully held on March 16, 2021 in a virtual mode. This year, we have received a total of 185 nominations across 10 categories. Out of which, 31 entries were selected after the first round of screening for the final evaluation by our Jury members. A panel of 15 Jurors deliberated, voted, and shortlisted the filtered nominations for Winners and Special Mentions.
The list of Winners and Special Mentions will be revealed on April 23, 2021 in an online mBillionth Award ceremony.

DR. GYANA RANJAN
Assistant Professor, Department of Public Policy, Law and Governance,
Central University of Rajasthan, Government of India 

Dr Gyana Ranjan Panda currently works as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Policy, Law and Governance at the Central University of Rajasthan. His expertise includes Public Policy, ICT and Development, Digital Policy and Regulation in India. He is also a visiting professor in the School of International Relations and Public Affairs in the Shanghai International Studies University (SISU), China. Dr. Panda was formerly associated with the Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability (CBGA), a New Delhi based Think-Tank on the issues pertaining to Budgets and Governance in India.

ANURATI SRIVASTVA
Project Officer, UNESCO MGIEP

Anurati is a learning experience and game designer, creative technologist, and new media artist. She has over 5 years of experience working in the education sector with UN agencies, non-profits, and government bodies reimagining the future of learning using technology and human-centered design. Currently, she works in the Games for Learning team at UNESCO MGIEP, creating innovative online curricula, and visual narratives around digital games that promote social-emotional learning. Formerly, she was the Product Manager at Katha, where she led the product development of the storytelling and games mobile app KathaKhazana. She is passionate about using the power of play, creative storytelling, and emerging technologies to enable a generation of curious and empathetic learners.

NARESH KUMAR GUPTA
Senior Director,
Samsung Electronics

Naresh is a technology leader, Author, and an Innovator.

JAGDISHKUMAR KARSHANBHAI DHANANI,
Managing Director,
Digital Agrimedia

Jagdish Kumar is a Managing Director of Digital AgriMedia. He has experience of more than 32 years in agriculture and allied fields. He has successfully established Digital AgriMedia, which is working on Digital Village for the farmers by providing them latest scientific agricultural knowledge and information to raise their productivity and prosperity since 2005.

DEEPAK MAHESHWARI
Public Policy Consultant,

Deepak Maheshwari has a keen research interest in the interplay of policy with technological innovations and socio-economic development, especially in the Digital Ecosystem. He is a Senior Fellow at Centre For The Digital Future (CDF); a Senior Visiting Fellow at Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER); a Distinguished Fellow at Consumer Unity and Trust Society (CUTS) and Advisory Board Member at the Software Freedom Law Centre, India (sflc.in). He has served as Global Chair of the IEEE Internet Initiative; Secretary of the ISP Association of India; Chair of the BSA Asia-Pacific Policy Committee, Chair of the AMCHAM India Cyber Security Committee and on the Board of IIM Ahmedabad-Idea Telecom Center of Excellence. He was also a member of the Committee on Artificial Intelligence and the Working Group on Cloud Computing, both constituted by the Government of India. A strong believer in the transformative power of public – private partnerships, he co-founded National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI) and the ITU-APT Foundation of India.

ROHIT TIRKEY
Head of Business & Marketing,
Jiny, lnc.

An entrepreneur at heart, Rohit currently spearheads business and marketing for Leap.is (Previously Jiny). Through Jiny (the parent co. of leap) he set out to solve a huge problem that exists in our country – Digital Literacy. Prior to this, he has co-founded 2 startups Campus Hash and DoSelect. He also acts as a consultant to help several non-profit organizations.

SANJAYA MISHRA
Education Specialist,
Commonwealth of Learning

Dr Sanjaya Mishra joined COL as Education Specialist: eLearning at its headquarters in Canada in 2015. Previously, he served COL as Director of the Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA)

Dr Mishra is one of the leading scholars in open, distance and online Learning. Prior to joining COL, he was Programme Specialist (ICT in Education, Science and Culture) at UNESCO, Paris.

NATASHA BADHWAR
Independent Film-maker, Author & Columnist

A post graduate in Mass Communications, Natasha started her career as one of India’s first women camera persons in news television. She has worked with NDTV for 13 years and resigned as Vice President, Training and Development.

Along with Harsh Mander and John Dayal, she has co-edited Reconciliation – Karwan e Mohabbat’s journey of solidarity through a wounded India. She leads the media team at Karwan e Mohabbat – a people’s campaign devoted to the universal values of the constitution.She is also an author of many popular memoirs.

CHETNA CHAWLA
Technology Director (SEA)
DAI Global

Ms Chetna Chawla is Technology transformation/ innovations professional with over 20 years of progressively responsible positions in leadership roles. She works with DAI Global Technology Director leading the digital health portfolio for South-East Asia and supports large global strategic initiatives cutting across other sectors.

For the past 8 years, Chetna has been engaged with International Social Enterprises focusing on delivery of digital/ eGovernance solutions and leadership on digital health programs in under developed & developing countries. Prior to this, She has been part of large technology consulting organizations – Deloitte and KPMG.

MUKUL CHHABRA
Co-Founder & CEO
Swapeco Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

Mukul is a Co-founder & CEO at “Swapeco”, a waste management startup that provides a digital recycling platform (App/Web) where users can dispose of their recyclables in an organised and rewarding way. He was also a Co-founder & Ex-CTO at DroneMed. Mukul is an Electronics & Communication Engineering Graduate from IIIT Delhi.

SUBHASHISH BHADRA
Principal,
Omidyar Network

Subhashish Bhadra is a Principal at Omidyar Network India, and invests in both for-profit and non-profit entrepreneurs who help make the data economy more inclusive, privacy-protective, secure, transparent, and well-governed. He writes extensively on data protection, internet governance, digital ID and regulatory design.

A Rhodes Scholar, Subhashish received an M.Phil. in economics from Oxford University and a B.A. in economics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi.

HEMAVATHI MURTHY
Vice President & Chief Analytics Officer,
EnglishHelper Education

Hema Murthy is Vice President & Chief Analytics Officer at EnglishHelper Education Technologies. EnglishHelper is an education technology company providing affordable learning solutions to millions of learners from under-served & low-income segments in India and globally. Hema has over two decades’ experience in data analytics. At EnglishHelper, she is instrumental in applying her experience in analytics, measurement and assessment to enhance product & service delivery to customers.

Vikas Chauhan
Co-Founder,
1mg Technologies

Vikas Chauhan is the Co-founder at 1mg, which is India’s largest digital health platform offering a wide range of health care services. Prior to 1mg, he worked at HealthKart, which is India’s largest nutrition eCommerce business.

Vikas started his entrepreneurial journey with FreshnDaily, which was India’s first e-grocery. Post that, he forayed into healthcare with HealthKart and then 1mg. At 1mg, Vikas drives all Strategic initiatives, with a focus on Pharma, Insurance and Corporates. He has a bachelor’s degree in Engineering and an MBA from K. J. Somaiya Institute of Management.

Naghma Mulla
President & COO
EdelGive Foundation

Naghma Mulla serves as the President, the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Board Member of EdelGive Foundation, the philanthropic initiative of Edelweiss Group – one of India’s leading diversified financial services group.

Over the last nine years, Naghma has been instrumental in strategically driving the vision of social transformation by steering the holistic development of small to medium-sized grassroots NGOs spread across the span of India.

Naghma is also a member of the Core Committee of the India Climate Collaborative (ICC) – a collaboration of India’s leading philanthropies committed to addressing the climate crisis in India.