AGK Menon is an architect from IIT Kharagpur and has two masters from Illinois Institute and Columbia University respectively. He was part of the GREHA team that founded the TVB School of Habitat Studies, New Delhi, and was its Director from 1994 – 2007, when it became the University School of Architecture and Planning, under GGSIP University, Delhi. He was a founder member INTACH and is the convener of its Delhi chapter now. Currently he is also an Expert Member of the Doctoral Research Committee in the Departments of Architecture, Urban Design and Conservation Studies, SPA. He now writes critical articles and give key note presentations on architecture and urbanism worldwide.
Recognized as one of the leading fashion designer of the country, a member of Board of Governors of FDCI, Payal Jain graduated summa-cum-lauda from Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, California in 1993. She ventured back to India to start Atelier Payal Jain and her ensembles have found a market all over the world as she sells from some of the best stores across India, U.S.A., Europe, U.A.E and South East Asia. Payal has been actively involved in revival of handicrafts and has worked tirelessly in tiny villages across Rajasthan, Orissa, Uttar Pradesh, Gujrat and Bihar.
Payal is particularly known in the corporate design space where she combines functionality with style to create uniforms for prestigious hotels, hospitals and schools across the globe such as Hyatt, Four Seasons, Shangrila, Aman Resorts, Leela, Radisson etc. Payal has also written a book on fashion studies that serve as a reference for XI standard students for the CBSE curriculum.
An Italian only by birth, Peter D’Ascoli and his studio Talianna has found its home in India. A graduate of textile design from the famous Fashion Institute Of Technology (FIT) in Manhattan, New York, Peter has his first encounter with India early on when the Indian Government’s Handicrafts & Handloom Export Corporation (HHEC) invited him to spend a year in India traveling throughout the country working with local designers and craftspeople developing new products and new ways of promoting rural crafts.
He returned to New York to spend the next two decades creating bestselling fashion products for some of the most prestigious brands, distributors, and retailers in the U.S. and Europe. Since 2006 he has settled down in New Delhi, to be closer to the factories producing his designs.
An exhibition designer by qualification, Amardeep Behl has found expression and deeper meaning in working with space by merging various media like architecture, graphic design, industrial design, and audio-visual and digital multimedia, into a common language to be able to create emotive, storytelling experiences. A graduate of NID, Amar and his firm Design Habit's area of professional practice has been in this design domain of visual communication and expressions in space. He is well known for designing Virasat-e-Khalsa museum in Anandpur Sahib, that has drawn 70 lakh visitors since its inception in 2011; 'Darshan', the museum dedicated to Sadhu Vaswani, the Sindhi saint in Pune; and 'The Journey' - the DS Group's corporate museum in their offices in Noida.
Neha Kirpal is the founder and Director of India Art Fair. She is credited with making art accessible to every Indian through India Art Fair which has grown to be the single largest confluence of artists, curators, gallerists and collectors in India, as also the second largest attended art fair in the world. A graduate of Lady Sri Ram College and a postgraduate from University of Arts, London, Neha worked in marketing, PR, and event management for 4 years before starting the IAF in 2008. All these functions are now handled in-house for IAF with no outside agency being involved.