Shri S.M. Vijayanand is a former Chief Secretary of Kerala and an expert in decentralised planning. He is one of the architects of Kerala’s democratic decentralization initiative. He has officiated as Secretary, Panchayati Raj, with an additional charge of Secretary, Rural Development, in the Ministry of Rural Development. As the chairman of the Kerala Institute of Local Administration (KILA), he has played a major role in the efforts at decentralization of power in the State through the Panchayat Raj system.
Dipa Sinha is an Assistant Professor at the School of Liberal Studies, Ambedkar University Delhi. Before joining AUD, she worked with the Office of Commissioners to the Supreme Court, Centre for Equity Studies and Public Health Research Network, and is actively involved with the Right to Food Campaign. She holds an MA in Economics from JNU, an MSc in Development Studies from School of Oriental and African Studies, London, and a PhD from JNU.