Ambassador V. Latha Reddy

Cultural Ambassador
Member, Advisory Board, CHATS

Ambassador Latha Reddy is the former Deputy National Security Adviser of India. She joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1975 and has served on diplomatic assignments in Lisbon, Brasilia, and as Consul general in Durban and Deputy Chief of Mission in Vienna. Ms Reddy served as Ambassador of India to Portugal from 2004 to 2006 and to the Kingdom of Thailand from 2007 to 2009. Originally trained in English Literature, Ambassador Reddy has had a deep involvement in Indian Cultural Studies and has also held the post of the Deputy Director General of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations in India. She currently serves as a Chairperson of the Deccan Heritage Foundation, India.

Dr. Olinda Timms DA, PGDMLE, PGDB

Medical Ethicist
Member, Advisory Board, CHET

Dr Olinda Timms is an Anesthesiologist and alumnus of Christian Medical College, Vellore. She has worked as Consultant Anesthesiologist at private and mission hospitals in Bangalore since 1987. Her interest in the field of Medical Ethics led to post graduate Diplomas in Medical Law and Ethics from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore and in Bioethics from the Indian Council of Medical Research. She serves as Advisor of Bio-Medical ethics at IIACD's Centre for Health Ecologies and Technology and is Chairperson of the Institution Ethics Committee of St Martha’s Hospital, Bangalore and Member of Institutional Review Board of Bangalore Baptist Hospital. She is an Adjunct Professor in the Division of Health and Humanities at St Johns Research Institute, Bangalore. Dr. Timms has been teaching and writing on Medical Ethics. Her publications include a book on Biomedical Ethics for undergraduate medical students and several newspapers and magazine articles. She also developed the curriculum on Medical Ethics for the IGNOU Bachelor of science course in Allied Health Sciences and is an Adjunct Faculty at CMC Vellore for Research Ethics.

Dr. Parvez Imam

Psychiatrist and Filmmaker
Member, Advisory Board, CHET

Dr. Parvez Imam specialized in psychiatry and worked at the Central Institute of Psychiatry (CIP), Ranchi. His experiences of the brutal face of an asylum led Dr. Imam to switch from pyschiatry to filmmaking to communicate the stories of patients and help generate awareness of mental illness in India. After experimenting with script writing, he created short films including documentaries like The Turning Point Programme, Guru Hanuman and other short science films. His independent documentary titled "Between the Lines" won the Best Film award in the New Delhi Video Film Festival. At the MITIL awards in Switzerland, this film was nominated in the top 6 films. It was also screened at other festivals including the prestigious 'Film South Asia’ in Nepal. After moving to Switzerland, Dr Imam has been editing his films shot in India and working with his team in Delhi through interconnected Studios in Switzerland and in Delhi. Dr. Imam has recently made a series of education films for Public Pealth Foundation of India.