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Kiran Pasricha is the Executive Director & CEO of Ananta Aspen Centre & Ananta Centre. The Centres focus on leadership development and encourage frank and open dialogue on the most important issues facing Indian society, to help foster its transformation. They also engage civil society, business, governments and other key stakeholders on issues of importance to India’s development, foreign policy, strategic affairs and national security. The Centres work on Track II dialogues with countries including the US, Israel, Singapore, Japan, Turkey, China and Bhutan. As part of leadership development, the Centres offer a number of programs, targetting both children and adults. Kiran was the Deputy Director General of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) before joining Ananta Aspen Centre. Her association with CII exceeded thirty years wherein she held a number of positions including Head of Department of Membership Services and the President’s Office. She took over the responsibility of the North America Desk in 1993 and moved to Washington, DC in 1995 to establish the CII U.S. office. She moved back to India in 2011 to head Ananta Aspen Centre (formerly known as Aspen Institute India). She is a graduate from Kolkata University and also has the experience of working in the private sector in Kolkata. Kiran is the first Indian recipient of the Peace Through Commerce Medal Award of the United States Department of Commerce.