6:30 - 7:30pm


Drinks & hors d'oeuvres



Keynote, followed by dinner




Idali Sambar Chatpata Chat Daal Vadas

An exclusive evening at the beautiful waterfront
Mercer Island Beach Club.

Enjoy chatpata chaat, chana bhaturas, steaming idli-vadas, Indo-Chinese and a whole lot more!

Sip fine wine, indulge your tastebuds, and meet our keynote speaker, Jaideep Hardikar.

Jaideep Hardikar

Jaideep Hardikar is an award-winning journalist and recipient of the prestigious Prem Bhatia award for environmental journalism. Based in Nagpur, he is a core member of the People's Archive of Rural India (PARI) and a Fellow of the Mumbai School of Economics and Public Policy.

Jaideep's journalistic career spans two decades. Appointed at The Telegraph as their Central India Assistant Editor, he has reported extensively, in particular on Vidarbha and the crisis of farmers' suicides and agrarian distress. His reports have appeared in several prominent media outlets, including the BBC, New Internationalist Magazine,, and Indian Express Online.

Author of the book, 'A Village Awaits Doomsday', Jaideep provides a vivid account of what happens to people who are displaced by development projects in India. He is currently writing a second book on farmers' suicides and cotton growers' struggles in a globalized world.

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Meet our AID Founder

Ravi Kuchimanchi, is the founder of AID, and an inspiration for Swades movie.

He founded Association for India’s Development (AID) in 1991 with the vision “problems are interconnected, so must be the solution.” Ravi's involvement in developing the pedal power generator to light remote, off-the-grid village schools in the Narmada river valley in western India, inspired the Bollywood film Swades (2005) that became a symbol for Non-Resident Indians interested in India’s development.