Keynote Speakers

Shekhar Mehta
RIPE, 2021-2022

Shekhar Mehta is only the 4th Indian in 115 years to be nominated as the President of Rotary International for the year 2021-22. Shekhar Mehta was born in 1959 in Kolkata India. A keen academician, he graduated from St. Xavier’s College, and has the unique combination of Masters in Commerce, a qualified Chartered Accountant, Cost Accountant and Company Secretary. He heads the Skyline Group engaged in Real Estate Development in different parts of India, including the largest group housing in the state of Rajasthan. He is member of many professional, cultural and charitable organizations. He has served as trustee of

  • Shelter Box (UK)
He is a trustee of
  • Operation Eyesight India, a Canada based
Shekhar Mehta joined Rotary in 1985 He is a member of Rotary Calcutta Mahanagar.
  • He served as District Governor in 1999-2000 and was elevated to the Board of Directors of Rotary International for 2011-2013.
He has been Chairman of
  • Joint Partnership Committee of Rotary International
  • Strategic Planning Committee of Rotary International
  • Rotary India Literacy
  • Rotary Foundation
  • Rotary India Centennial
  • Rotary India Humanity
He served as Director on the Board of Rotary International from 2011 to 2013. While serving as Rotary International Director, he helped Rotary add 2 countries to its fold – Bhutan & Maldives. Keenly dedicated to service, Shekhar Mehta has led many major service initiatives in India & South Asia. Some significant initiatives are:
  • Constructing 500 homes for Tsunami survivors at Andaman & Nicobar
  • Starting the Shelter Kit program in India which has served about 20 disasters distributing more than 15,000 Shelter Kits helping about 75,000 disaster
  • He started saving little hearts a pediatric Heart Surgery Program – through this he has got done more than 2,500 heart surgeries for children from across India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal & African Countries. He also facilitated for the program to now become a National Program.
  • Conceptualizing nationwide T-E-A-C-H a literacy program in India having reached out to more than 50,000 Schools and 15 million children. T-E-A-C-H is a holistic program on literacy. Rotary is working on the T-E-A-C-H Program with the Central Government and many State Governments. The Program has been replicated in Nepal &
  • He has helped take the E-learning Program to millions of children through the television channels of Government of India. He is the architect of the Rotary Total Literacy Program of
  • He has been Instrumental in setting up more than 15 Eye Hospitals across India serving nearly 50,000 eye operations each
  • He started a scholarship program called UDAAN for marginalized children. Over last 10 years 1,000 scholarships have been given by his
  • Responding to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s national call – He has helped set up 6000 rural toilets benefitting 30,000
  • Shekhar Mehta is spearheading an India-wide projects in collaboration with the Government of India, in the areas of Water, Sanitation, Literacy, Healthcare, Environment and Disaster Management. The result of these programs he professes will be “Rotary’s Role in Nation Building in India”.
  • The Prime Minister of India and various cabinet Ministers have applauded these mega initiatives of Rotary in India.
Shekhar Mehta is a motivational speaker. He has spoken at hundreds of events nationally and internationally. His motivation skills are par excellence which has helped raise millions of dollars for The Rotary Foundation. Shekhar.Mehta is recipient of the highest awards of Rotary International & The Rotary Foundation,
  • “Service Above Self Award”
  • “The Meritorious Service Award”
  • “The Distinguished Service Award”.
He will serve as the world leader of 1.2 million Rotarians in 200 countries and geographical areas in the year 2021-2022. Shekhar Mehta is married to Rashi Mehta. She is a social worker and is a stage artist having performed in socially relevant plays across India. They have a son Chiraag married to Geeta, a daughter Geeta and a grandson Veer.   His guiding mantra in life is “Service is the rent that we pay for the space we occupy on this earth”.  .
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Jennifer Jones
RIPN, 2022-2023

Jennifer Jones is founder and president of Media Street Productions Inc., an award-winning media company in Windsor. She was chair of the board of governors of the University of Windsor and chair of the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce. She has been recognized for her service with the YMCA Peace Medallion, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, and Wayne State University’s Peacemaker of the Year Award, a first for a Canadian. Jones holds a Doctor of Laws (LL.D.).

A current Rotary Foundation trustee, Jones has been a Rotary member since 1997 and has served Rotary as RI vice president, director, training leader, committee chair, moderator, and district governor. She played a lead role in Rotary’s rebranding effort by serving as chair of the Strengthening Rotary’s Advisory Group. She is the co-chair of the End Polio Now Countdown to History Campaign Committee, which aims to raise $150 million for polio eradication efforts.

Jones recently led the successful #RotaryResponds telethon, which raised critical funds for COVID-19 relief and was viewed by more than 65,000. Jones has also received Rotary International’s Service Above Self Award and The Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service. She and her husband, Nick Krayacich, are members of The Rotary Foundation’s Arch Klumph Society, Paul Harris Society, and the Bequest Society.

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Peter Kyle
Zone 33 Director

Director 2020-22 Rotary Club of Capitol Hill (Washington, D.C.) District of Columbia, USA Peter R. Kyle was born and raised in New Zealand. After graduating with honors degrees in law and economics from Victoria University of Wellington, he clerked for the chief justice of New Zealand before pursuing postgraduate studies in law at the University of Virginia on a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship. In 1992, after a career in private legal practice in New Zealand and a senior role with the Asian Development Bank in the Philippines, Kyle returned to the United States to work as a senior international attorney with the World Bank, based in Washington, D.C. Two weeks after accepting the position, his first assignment took him to Moscow to advise on the transition of the former Soviet Union from a socialist system to one based on market principles. He retired in 2009 but continues to serve as a consultant to the World Bank.

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