Cicero, A Trans National Advisory, is a sole proprietary, founded in 2004 by Oopali Operajita, one of India’s Senior Political and International Affairs Advisers, to foster understanding and partnerships between nations and cultures, and top international political and business leaders, with special focus on education, the environment, sustainable development and climate change, and women’s empowerment.
Cicero’s arms are its:
- Leadership and Business Advisory which links political and business leaders worldwide to India’s senior political and business leaders as well as senior government officials.
- Knowledge Advisory which establishes educational partnerships between universities and colleges worldwide and top ranked, bona fide and reputed Indian institutions.
- Environment, Sustainable Development and Women’s Empowerment Advisory which establishes sustainable development and climate change mitigation partnerships between international bodies on the environment and India; and establishes environment and climate change studies in India’s school and university curricula. We also help foundations and philanthropic organizations identify and tie up with worthwhile and bona fide partners in India, with a proven track record, in the areas of sustainable development, poverty alleviation and women’s empowerment.
Our advantages are access to the top echelons in the sectors mentioned above, across India, and cross cultural awareness.
Our CEO has helped leaders worldwide forge lasting partnerships with India’s leaders, over a career spanning a decade as adviser to India’s prominent political leaders, and has facilitated international business-to-business collaborations.
Gaining access to the bureaucracy in India can be a daunting challenge — we help forge alliances with “progressive” bureaucrats, who think out of the box, so that projects are initiated and move ahead in a timely fashion.
Several top ranked international educational institutions, in the USA, Canada, the UK and Europe have sought to establish partnerships with Indian institutions and have been unable to identify appropriate partners, mostly out of a lack of knowledge of the prevalent scenario and sociocultural factors. Because of our CEO’s presence and experience on university campuses in North America for 20 years, and her close contact with heads of apex institutions in India, we have been able to forge very successful alliances in this area. Additionally, we have been able to help universities pick precisely the kind of Indian student who would make a success of his/her academic life abroad. Finding the right match is often tricky and entails cross cultural experience.
In the philanthropic and NGO sector, there has been growing concern about the appropriate utilization of funds. We help philanthropists and foundations connect with genuine organizations in India with a credible track record.
For further information, please contact: cicerotransnational (at) gmail (dot) com
Oopali Operajita is one of India’s prominent political and international affairs advisers. She spent 20 years in the USA and Canada, in two leading universities, Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, USA and Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada. During her tenure as a Distinguished Faculty Fellow at Carnegie Mellon between 1989-99 where she was appointed by President Richard Cyert, its legendary founder president she firmly established India on campus, bringing Indian ambassadors and cabinet ministers to visit campus for the first time. She started advising a few of India’s top political leaders and cabinet ministers, upon their requesting her, on US-India and Canada-India relations. When she returned to India, she swiftly established herself as a much sought after adviser in the bastions of political power. She established Cicero, A Trans National Advisory, of which she is CEO, as India occupied centre stage in the new world order and the knowledge economy, and where it is now an undisputed leader.
In the recent past, in her capacity as one of India’s leading political advisers, Operajita has been invited to meet with, among others, the following leaders and the top ranked delegations that have accompanied them to India: Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, Prime Minister Gordon Brown of UK, President Hu Jintao of China, President Dr Anabel Cavaco Silva of Portugal, President Vladimir Putin of Russia, Prime Minister Matti Van Hanen of Finland, WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy, Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero of Spain, President Chirac of France (when he was president), Premier Dalton McGuinty of Ontario, Canada, Larry Summers, Director of the White House's National Economic Council for President Barack Obama, President Nicolas Sarkozy of France, former US Assistant Secretary of State, Rick Boucher, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former US Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright and Dr Henry Kissinger, and the delegation led by Governor Tim Kaine of Virginia to India.
In 2008, Oopali Operajita was appointed adviser to The Sankat Mochan Foundation by its president and founder, Dr. Veer Bhadra Mishra, who was named one of TIME’s Heroes of the Planet in 1999, and invited by President Clinton to share the dais with him in Agra for a special discussion on the environment during the president’s state visit to India.
A highly regarded scholar and critic of dance and other arts, for over two decades now, Operajita Operajita holds an MAPW (the equivalent of an MBA, with specialization in Organizational Management, Writing, Rhetoric, Communication Planning and Design), from Carnegie Mellon University, from where she graduated with distinction. She earned an M.A. in English from Delhi University, and was a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar at Canada’s Dalhousie University, where she earned another M.A. with specialization in American fiction, Shakespeare and twentieth century British literature, and wrote her thesis on Lawrence Durrell, under the supervision of celebrated Canadian poet, Andrew Wainwright. She was educated at the world renowned Rishi Valley School in south India, and earned a B.A. (Honours) from Utkal University, where she studied English, History and Philosophy.
Operajita has represented India in many diplomatic and cultural exchanges and accompanied India's Prime Ministers and Presidents on international state visits outside the country. Among her many national and international awards are: a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship, a Canada Council Arts Award, a Senior Performing Arts Fellowship from the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, a nomination for a Harry Schwalb Award for Excellence in the Arts by Pittsburgh magazine, a nomination for an Outstanding Established Artist Award by The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, the National Science Talent Award, India (of 200,000 students competing for this premier science scholarship, she placed first in the interviews), a National Scholarship for academic excellence, India, a Junior Research Fellowship from the University Grants Commission, India, the Chancellor's Prize for the Best Debater in her university, a prize for being the Best All Round Student in her university and numerous prizes for theatre; she was chosen to represent India at the English Speaking Union of the Commonwealth, UK. At age 18, she was an expert on the Syllabus Committee on the Performing Arts in the new ten-year school Curriculum of the NCERT, the National Council of Educational Research and Training, India’s apex educational body.
Operajita was born into one of India’s most distinguished academic and political families — her parents, the late Prof. Bidhu Bhusan Das and Prof. Prabhat Nalini Das are some of India’s most distinguished academics and intellectuals, who were educated at Harvard, Columbia, Christ Church, Oxford and the University of Minnesota. Her father studied with Lionel Trilling, Edmund Wilson, Mark Van Doren and Joseph Cambell at Columbia, and with A. J. Ayer, J. R. R. Tolkien, L. H. Myers and W. H. Auden at Oxford. Her mother was a Fulbright Smith-Mundt Fellow at the University of Minnesota in 1954, and studied with Murray Krieger, John Hospers, Robert Penn Warren and Samuel Monk, and became Dean of Humanities at IIT-Kanpur in the early sixties and pro Vice Chancellor of the North Eastern Hill University (NEHU), at its Kohima campus. They taught generations of students who rose to become speakers in parliament, chief ministers of India’s states, cabinet ministers in New Delhi, inspiring academics, and top ranked government officials. Her paternal grandfather, Rai Bahadur Durga Charan Das was from the foremost echelons of the civil service during the British Raj (and well remembered for defying the British), and her paternal grandmother, Shrimati Nirmala Devi, who belonged to the aristocracy, was a famous, award-winning Oriya poet. Her maternal grandfather, Prof. Radha Krushna Das, was a venerated professor of Physics who studied at the fabled Saha Institute of Physics in Kolkata. A great uncle, Shri Nityanand Kanungo, was Union Minister for Commerce and Industry in the first cabinet of Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, after India won independence; he was also governor of the states of Gujarat and Bihar.
One of India’s celebrated and decorated Odissi classical dancers and choreographers, Operajita has performed extensively in India and internationally and has represented India at international festivals and events worldwide for three decades.