Mahesh Uppal was educated at St Stephens College, Delhi, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, and City University, London. He was part of the research staff at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Cambridge University, Cambridge, and Sussex University at Brighton in United Kingdom.
Uppal has 20 years of experience in telecommunications in its roles as a major industry and utility as well as a tool to deliver national development, productivity, and competitiveness. He has advised several international technology companies as well as telecom operators on several emerging regulatory issues such as spectrum, competition, industry structure. He has frequently augmented the work of other consultancy teams and investment advisors in several projects.
He has consulted for several international development agencies including the World Bank, International Telecommunication Union, United Nations Development Programme, Canadian International Development Agency, and International Development Research Centre. He also advised several governments on telecom policy and regulatory issues. He has worked with several civil society organizations in India to build capacity in dealing with consumer issues in a market driven telecom environment.
Uppal was actively involved in the formative years of regulation and competition in India’s telecom sector. He contributed extensively to the process in creating the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), India’s first market regulator.
Through frequent articles in newspapers and magazines, interviews, and comments in print, radio and television, Uppal has contributed to major industry issues, debates and dialogues. He was recently adviser to two new reports – on India’s wireless sector and on broadband and internet in India.
Anita Anand has multidisciplinary expertise including a Masters in Education from Ohio University, Ohio, USA. She started her development career in Madhya Pradesh, India, and continued in Washington DC as a public policy analyst, with twin responsibilities at the UN headquarters in New York.
She began moving to the communications area in the early 1980s and went on to manage the only international news-feature service, the Women’s Feature Service, from Italy and then India. Over the years, Anand acquired extensive national, regional and international experience in development project design, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and management, and as a fund-raiser. She is involved in analysis and formulation of policy, planning and advocacy, and has experience and knowledge of development issues in mainstream media. Being based in the USA and Europe, her experiences extend to most regions of the world, and across sectors. She has worked extensively with UN agencies, national governments, NGOs, and academic and research organisations. Anand is listed in Asia Pacific Who’s Who; Educationist’s Who’s Who, Prominent Asian’s Who’s Who. In 1999, Anand was listed as one of India’s top 40 women in Femina, the nation’s largest circulation magazine for women.