About Chief Guest

Dr. Mihir Shah is an eminent scholar, researcher, policymaker and grassroots practitioner, and a tireless champion of livelihood security for India's rural and marginalised population.

He co-founded Samaj Pragati Sahayog, a grassroots organisation in Madhya Pradesh, which grew into one of the largest grassroots initiatives for water and livelihood security of India's drylands and rainfed areas. He has served as a member of the erstwhile Planning Commission, Adviser to the Commissioner appointed by the Supreme Court of India in the Right to Food Case, and Honorary Adviser to the Technical Committee on Watershed Programmes set up by the Government of India in 2006.

He has worked and travelled extensively in rural and tribal India in pursuit of an alternative Indian vision of development.