Mathangi Subramanian, Ed.D., is an award winning author and educator who writes for children and young adults. Her novel Dear Mrs. Naidu was shortlisted for the Hindu-Goodbooks prize and won the 2016 South Asia Book award. In 2015, an excerpt from her novel in progress won the Middle Grades category of the Katherine Paterson award for short fiction. Her nonfiction has appeared in Al Jazeera America, The Washington Post.Com, The Hindu, The Indian Express, Quartz, and Open Magazine, among others. She currently teaches writing online at The Writers Center and is a freelance commissioning editor at Pratham Books.
A former government school teacher, assistant vice president at Sesame Workshop, senior policy analyst at the New York City Council, and Fulbright Senior Scholar, she holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from Brown University, and a Doctorate in Education from the Teachers College of Columbia University. She currently lives in New Delhi, India with her husband, her daughter, and far too many picture books.
Yashveer Singh is Director – South Asia of the Youth Venture program at Ashoka Innovators for the Public, the world’s largest network of Social Entrepreneurs. He earned his MBA at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, where he was the only MBA student to receive prestigious, Vice-Chancellor Social Impact Award 2014 for his initiatives as Co-Chair Social Impact, Oxford Business Network (OBN).
Prior to this, Yashveer founded the National Social Entrepreneurship Forum (NSEF) to address talent inequity in the development sector and influence youth culture in India by inspiring, educating, and supporting university students to pursue social innovation and entrepreneurship.
For his work, Yashveer has been recognized as one of the Social Entrepreneurs in “Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia” list in the year 2016. He was also awarded prestigious Youth Action Net 2012 Fellowship – as one of the 20 young social entrepreneurs representing 16 different countries by International Youth Foundation. He was recognized as Global Shaper 2011 by the World Economic Forum. As the President of Student’s Union BITS Pilani 2006-07, Yashveer co-founded the University VISION 2020 Plan.