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Advisory Board
Anthony Pratt
Executive Chairman Visy

Anthony Pratt is Executive Chairman of Visy, one of Australia's largest privately owned companies.
Visy employs more than 9,000 people, mainly in Australasia and the USA. Visy's focuses on recycling, paper, packaging and clean energy production. The paper making arm, Visy Paper, is one of Australia's largest manufacturing exporters to China, Southeast Asia, Europe, Africa and the United States. Group sales exceed $4 billion.
Prior to his return to Australia in April 2009, Anthony was based in the United States where he led the Pratt family's business expansion in the United States. Under Anthony's leadership as Chairman, Pratt Industries USA expanded to more than 50 sites across 20 states and group sales of more than $1 billion. With some 3500 people employed in 'green collar' jobs, Pratt Industries USA now employes more US citizens than any other Australian company.

Anthony is firmly committed to environmental causes. In 2007 he made a commitment at President Clinton's Global initiative in New York City to invest $1 billion in clean energy and recycling infrastructure over the next ten years. He is also a member of the Climate Group, a leading international environmental group founded by former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair.

Anthony sits on the National Board of the Muhammad Ali Museum and Education Center in Louisville, Kentucky, and is active in numerous charity organisations throughout Australia and the United States.
Ronnie Screwvala

An unstoppable force, Ronnie has staked out a powerful position within the Indian broadcasting, internet and production industries. As a producer and founder of leading Indian film studio UTV Group, he helped introduce Indians to cable TV and soap operas and established modern standards of studio efficiency and movie production. Disney, keen to increase their presence in a country with a massively expanding middle class, took notice and Ronnie successfully sold UTV to create Walt Disney Company India, of which he is now Managing Director.
Amit Khanna

Amit Khanna is the chairman of Reliance Entertainment, Director of Reliance BIG TV & Reliance MediaWorks Ltd. He started his film career with Dev Anand's banner in 1971 and has written lyrics for 400 film and non-film songs. He was the President of All India Film Producers Council, Film & Television Producers Guild of India Ltd., for three terms and Vice President of The Association of Motion Picture & TV Program Producers for seventeen years.
Amit has been involved with all aspects of media from theatre, radio, television, journalism, films and new media. He was the first Indian to serve on the International Emmy's jury. Besides serving on various international, governmental and trade organizations and institutions he has won several awards including three National Film Awards
Simi Garewal

A highly respected and popular actress, director, writer, producer and television host, Simi Garewal has seen great success in many fields across film and television. Her first acting role was in the English language film ‘Tarzan Goes to India’ (1962). In the 1960s and ‘70s she acted for many Indian and international directors from Raj Kapoor to Satyajit Ray to Conrad Rook’s critically acclaimed ‘Siddhartha’.
In the early ‘80s Simi’s attention turned to writing and direction, forming her own production company under which she made documentaries and television commercials, for which she won the 1st Prize at the 1988 Paters Awards in Australia. She is most recently known for anchoring the talk show ‘Rendezvous with Simi Garewal’ which was a trend-setter in the genre.
Vikram Malhotra

As a former marketing star, Malhotra successfully launched new brands that became household names. His ability to package now equips him well as head of both the Digital and Motion Picture divisions of Viacom 18 Media, the instant powerhouse created by America’s Viacom and India’s Network 18 in 2007. He’s guided Viacom 18 Motion Pictures to major player status by engaging an increasingly connected “middle India” with fresh ideas from exciting creative talent. Vikram’s strategy has paid off with big hits including Gangs of Wasseypur, Kahaani and OMG- Oh My God.
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