Keynote Speakers


paramita2.fw.pngParamita Banerjee was born and raised in Kolkata and after acquiring a Masters degree in English Literature, she moved to London in 1997.   She cherished her love for the arts, especially music, theatre and cinema from a very early age. She was also an ardent admirer of the Indian Film Director Satyajit Ray.

Paramita is also a gifted and established artist in her own right. She is a vocalist of Indian music and performs worldwide. She has several publications to her name. In London she worked as a Senior Financial Consultant in a leading UK financial institution for several years and left her job in 2008 to pursue her career in music and in film.Paramita’s creative collaboration with Amit started with musicals, dance theatres and in short films since 1998. Paramita has produced most of Amit’s short films and documentaries since 2007/8. Bridge is her first independent feature film. 


biswas.fw.pngAmit Ranjan Biswas was born and brought up in Kolkata. Amit was exposed to the arts, literature and cinema from an early age and was hugely influenced by the films of Satyajit Ray. His passion for creative arts flourished with his years of training and performing the Indian classical dance form of Kathak and musicals. He also published two books of poetry, dance dramas and plays. Two of his recent plays achieved huge acclaim and success in India.

Amit came to the UK in 1997 to further his medical career, however he continuously wrote, directed and performed in musicals, dance dramas and stage shows.  His first short film One Short Sleep Past was shown at the Kolkata International Film Festival. Bridge is Amit’s debut feature film, made with a shoe string budget with a bunch of highly dedicated and passionate international cast and crew.

Amit lives in London and works as a consultant child and adolescent neuropsychiatrist and ex honorary senior lecturer. He leads a specialist multidisciplinary mental health team.


martineza.fw.pngJoan Martinez-Alier is a Catalan economist, Emeritus Professor of Economics and Economic History and senior researcher at the ICTA of the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Founding member and past president, International Society for Ecological Economics. Editor of Ecología Política since 1990. Author of Ecological Economics: Energy, Environment and Society (1987) and The Environmentalism of the Poor: A Study of Ecological Conflicts and Valuation (2002). He received an ERC Advanced Grant 2016-21 for the project “A global movement for environmental justice: the EJAtlas”. Kenneth Boulding award (2008) and Wassily Leontief prize (2017).


modhumita.fw_.pngModhumita Roy teaches in the English department at Tufts University in the US. Most recently she is the co-editor of Sharing the Earth. An International Environmental Justice Reader.  Her publications include essays on South African literature; feminism; black British fiction; and cultures of the British empire.




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