Dr. S. Y. Quraishi

  • Former Chief Election Commissioner of India | Social Reformer | Keynote Speaker

Given his more than 35 years in the civil services in various roles, Dr. Quraishi best understands the intricacies of governance and policies of India and shares his insights on how the world’s largest democracy works. He has delivered lectures at several universities, including Harvard, Yale, Pennsylvania, California, North Carolina, UC Berkeley, Cambridge, and London.

Former 17th Chief Election Commissioner of India (2010 – 2012) and previously the Election Commissioner of India (2006-10), Dr. Quraishi introduced various innovative electoral reforms. He includes insights from his experience as the Election Commissioner in his speaking assignments to draw management lessons from Indian elections.

He is well regarded for his special contributions in social sector reforms covering health, education, population, drug abuse, civil society action, women and child development, HIV/AIDS, youth and adolescent issues. He is known to be the first person in the world to get a doctorate in social marketing, a concept he has effectively used for creating public awareness and behavior change.

He set up the India International Institute of Democracy and Election Management which, in a short span of two years, has already trained election managers of 35 countries.

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