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VIVEK AGNIHOTRI

Movie Director

Vivek Agnihotri is an Avant-Garde Indian film producer, director, music producer and screenwriter. With a portfolio spawning a plethora of conventional and experimental genres, Agnihotri is touted as one of the bests in Indian Cinema. He is known for his unconventional techniques of filmmaking, which makes his creations stand out in the crowd of populist Bollywood movies. Vivek is credited to direct India's first mainstream football film (Dhana Dhan Goal) at a time when not many producers were investing in sports films in Bollywood. One of his most ambitious projects, “Buddha in a Traffic Jam” garnered universal acclaim from critics and viewers alike. The movie was an official entry in various international film festivals and grabbed Agnihotri a lifetime achievement for excellence in cinema.

SUSHRUTHI KRISHNA

Model & Architect

Model, Architect, Classical Dancer and Social worker, Sushruthi Krishna is really the woman extraordinaire. She was crowned the 1st runner up of FBB Femina Miss India 2016 contest. Though an architect by heart, Sushruthi has created something evocative out of beauty pageants. Her dream project Anatta, aptly titled Beauty titled Beauty with a purpose, an endeavor to empower girl child by creating healthy education environment has garnered universal acclaim. Sushruthi’s contagious enthusiasm, unique perspective and unrelenting pursuit for universal girl child education just go on to show her multifaceted genius.
VIVEK AGNIHOTRI

Movie Director

Vivek Agnihotri is an Avant-Garde Indian film producer, director, music producer and screenwriter. With a portfolio spawning a plethora of conventional and experimental genres, Agnihotri is touted as one of the bests in Indian Cinema. He is known for his unconventional techniques of filmmaking, which makes his creations stand out in the crowd of populist Bollywood movies. Vivek is credited to direct India's first mainstream football film (Dhana Dhan Goal) at a time when not many producers were investing in sports films in Bollywood. One of his most ambitious projects, “Buddha in a Traffic Jam” garnered universal acclaim from critics and viewers alike. The movie was an official entry in various international film festivals and grabbed Agnihotri a lifetime achievement for excellence in cinema.
SUSHRUTI KRISHNA

Model and Architect

Model, Architect, Classical Dancer and Social worker, Sushruthi Krishna is really the woman extraordinaire. She was crowned the 1st runner up of FBB Femina Miss India 2016 contest. Though an architect by heart, Sushruthi has created something evocative out of beauty pageants. Her dream project Anatta, aptly titled Beauty titled Beauty with a purpose, an endeavor to empower girl child by creating healthy education environment has garnered universal acclaim. Sushruthi’s contagious enthusiasm, unique perspective and unrelenting pursuit for universal girl child education just go on to show her multifaceted genius.

KASHYAP DEORAH

Enterpreneur

A serial entrepreneur and author for over 15 years, Kashyap Deorah is a man of versatile talents. Splitting his time between Silicon Valley and India, he has built the legacy of four companies that have gone on to become very successful. Being used to the nits and grits of the entrepreneurial game, he has also penned “The Golden tap: the inside story of hyper funded Indian startups”, providing a first-person account of Deorah's journey as an entrepreneur. Having started his first company Righthalf.com during his final year at IIT Bombay, is really a testament to his acute mind.With Righthalf’s successful acquisition, Deorah founded Chalo, a payments app which was acquired by OpenTable in 2013. Prior to that he founded Chaupaati, a phone commerce marketplace, sold to Future Group in 2010. He served Future Bazaar as president for over two years, which is just another feather in his stellar cap. Kashyap Deorah also the founder of his fourth startup, hyper Track, which has created software for tracking products or people across the globe.

KIRAN MANRAL

Author

Kiran Manral is a popular Indian author and blogger. Her blogs, "Thirtysixandcounting" and "Karmickids", at their height, both were considered to be among the most popular blogs in India. Kiran began her career as a journalist before she moved out to set up a content supply company during the first dot-com boom. Carrying on her passion for writing, Kiran has written one non-fiction and three fiction books which have gained her a nationwide love. Known as one of India’s most stylish authors, Manral is also the founder of ‘India Helps’, a volunteer network which works with disaster victims. Currently, she is a senior consultant at Vector Insights LLP and a columnist with iDiva.com.
KASHYAP DEORAH

Enterpreneur

A serial entrepreneur and author for over 15 years, Kashyap Deorah is a man of versatile talents. Splitting his time between Silicon Valley and India, he has built the legacy of four companies that have gone on to become very successful. Being used to the nits and grits of the entrepreneurial game, he has also penned “The Golden tap: the inside story of hyper funded Indian startups”, providing a first-person account of Deorah's journey as an entrepreneur. Having started his first company Righthalf.com during his final year at IIT Bombay, is really a testament to his acute mind.With Righthalf’s successful acquisition, Deorah founded Chalo, a payments app which was acquired by OpenTable in 2013. Prior to that he founded Chaupaati, a phone commerce marketplace, sold to Future Group in 2010. He served Future Bazaar as president for over two years, which is just another feather in his stellar cap. Kashyap Deorah also the founder of his fourth startup, hyper Track, which has created software for tracking products or people across the globe.
KIRAN MANRAL

Author

Kiran Manral is a popular Indian author and blogger. Her blogs, "Thirtysixandcounting" and "Karmickids", at their height, both were considered to be among the most popular blogs in India. Kiran began her career as a journalist before she moved out to set up a content supply company during the first dot-com boom. Carrying on her passion for writing, Kiran has written one non-fiction and three fiction books which have gained her a nationwide love. Known as one of India’s most stylish authors, Manral is also the founder of ‘India Helps’, a volunteer network which works with disaster victims. Currently, she is a senior consultant at Vector Insights LLP and a columnist with iDiva.com.

ANSHU MOR

Stand Up Comedian

India’s digital content spearhead and the brain behind Xbox 360 in India, Anshu Mor is the quintessential corporate turned comedian. Mor recently left corporate life to pursue his dreams of becoming a stand-up comedian. A lot of folks do that! Except they don't do it in their 40s and don't quit a job as head of Xbox to do it! Mor is also the Founder and CEO of Talking Mime, an 'Entertainment and Storytelling' Company focused on Original & Branded Digital Content Creation, Comedy Scriptwriting, Stand Up Comedy, Brand Consulting and Corporate Training (Art of Storytelling). Being an essential cog in the Microsoft wheel for 11 years, Anshu spearheaded the launch of Kinect for 360 and Xbox one in India.
ANSHU MOR

Standup Comedian

India’s digital content spearhead and the brain behind Xbox 360 in India, Anshu Mor is the quintessential corporate turned comedian. Mor recently left corporate life to pursue his dreams of becoming a stand-up comedian. A lot of folks do that! Except they don't do it in their 40s and don't quit a job as head of Xbox to do it! Mor is also the Founder and CEO of Talking Mime, an 'Entertainment and Storytelling' Company focused on Original & Branded Digital Content Creation, Comedy Scriptwriting, Stand Up Comedy, Brand Consulting and Corporate Training (Art of Storytelling). Being an essential cog in the Microsoft wheel for 11 years, Anshu spearheaded the launch of Kinect for 360 and Xbox one in India.

VITHIKA YADAV

Human Rights Activist

Vithika Yadav is the Head of Indian Operations for Love Matters, a web platform that challenges the idea that sex cannot be discussed in public. Created by Radio Netherlands Worldwide in 2011, the Love Matters web and mobile sites provide easy-to-access information and news on sexuality and sexual health and sex education for teenagers and young adults. In her view, sex education is not a privilege reserved for certain countries, cultures or communities, but an inherent human right. Today, Yadav openly calls for better sex education for India's youth. After more than nine years of tireless campaigning, she perceives a change in urban India’s sexual landscape. More and more, the need for sex education is being publicly discussed.

NIRALI KARTIK

Activist

A Classical Vocalist from Mumbai, India, Nirali Kartik started to learn music at the young age of nine. A culturally rich environment at home provided the foundation for her art and nourished her creative abilities. A recipient of Shrestha Sadhaka Award, 2004 and Guru Gangadhar Pradhan Award, 2012, Nirali formed the widely acclaimed music group ' Maati Baani' with her husband Kartik Shah and started a new thread of music where Indian Classical met various forms of World traditions in a one-of-its-kind experiment on Youtube. Together they collaborate with musicians from different countries and create the freshest forms of original music.
VITHIKA YADAV

Human Rights Activist

Vithika Yadav is the Head of Indian Operations for Love Matters, a web platform that challenges the idea that sex cannot be discussed in public. Created by Radio Netherlands Worldwide in 2011, the Love Matters web and mobile sites provide easy-to-access information and news on sexuality and sexual health and sex education for teenagers and young adults. In her view, sex education is not a privilege reserved for certain countries, cultures or communities, but an inherent human right. Today, Yadav openly calls for better sex education for India's youth. After more than nine years of tireless campaigning, she perceives a change in urban India’s sexual landscape. More and more, the need for sex education is being publicly discussed.
NIRALI KARTIK

Artist

A Classical Vocalist from Mumbai, India, Nirali Kartik started to learn music at the young age of nine. A culturally rich environment at home provided the foundation for her art and nourished her creative abilities. A recipient of Shrestha Sadhaka Award, 2004 and Guru Gangadhar Pradhan Award, 2012, Nirali formed the widely acclaimed music group ' Maati Baani' with her husband Kartik Shah and started a new thread of music where Indian Classical met various forms of World traditions in a one-of-its-kind experiment on Youtube. Together they collaborate with musicians from different countries and create the freshest forms of original music.

ANANTH RAMESH

Technologist

Ananth is a structural designer. The work entails analysis and optimisation of the entire spacecraft and design of brackets. He is a master from Cranfield University in Aerospace vehicle design. He is a part of Team Indus. Team Indus is in the Google Lunar X Prize to send a spacecraft to the moon and send back HD images. He is also into making satellites.

DHERANDRA KUMAR

Clinical Psychologist

An expert in Clinical Psychology from the University of Delhi with 12 years of experience. He is the director of Psyindia and he works as a consultant with Apollo Hospital, Noida.He is regularly consulted by media organizations like NDTV, Time, Times of India, Zee News, Hindustan, India Today, Child, etc as an expert. He has been invited to deliver lectures at more than a dozen of institutes of higher learning in the area of his expertise. He has conducted various workshops for schools and colleges as a clinical and Child Psychologist. He has delivered lectures in various national & international conferences and seminars.
ANANTH RAMESH

Technologist

Ananth is a structural designer. The work entails analysis and optimisation of the entire spacecraft and design of brackets. He is a master from Cranfield University in Aerospace vehicle design. He is a part of Team Indus. Team Indus is in the Google Lunar X Prize to send a spacecraft to the moon and send back HD images. He is also into making satellites.
DHERANDRA KUMAR

Clinical Psychologist

An expert in Clinical Psychology from the University of Delhi with 12 years of experience. He is the director of Psyindia and he works as a consultant with Apollo Hospital, Noida.He is regularly consulted by media organizations like NDTV, Time, Times of India, Zee News, Hindustan, India Today, Child, etc as an expert. He has been invited to deliver lectures at more than a dozen of institutes of higher learning in the area of his expertise. He has conducted various workshops for schools and colleges as a clinical and Child Psychologist. He has delivered lectures in various national & international conferences and seminars.

AALOK MISRA

Physicist

A Ph.D from University of Rochester, USA, Dr. Aalok is a globally recognized physicist for his work in String Theory and High Energy Physics. He has participated and contributed to numerous researches around the globe including those at CERN Geneva, Neils Bohr Institute, Copenhagen et al.

GAURAV GOEL

Co-Founder,Samagra Development

Gaurav Goel is the Co-Founder of Samagra Development, An MBA from IIM Calcutta and a Computer Engineer from IIT Delhi. He has 3+ years of management consulting experience with McKinsey & Company, where in addition to serving leading clients in the transport infrastructure sector (roads, sea ports, airports and metros) he worked closely with the Department of Post, Government of India, on revamping the Speed Post network in the country.He has led all projects undertaken by Samagra since its inception in 2012.
AALOK MISRA

Physicist

A Ph.D from University of Rochester, USA, Dr. Aalok is a globally recognized physicist for his work in String Theory and High Energy Physics. He has participated and contributed to numerous researches around the globe including those at CERN Geneva, Neils Bohr Institute, Copenhagen et al.
GAURAV GOEL

Co-Founder,Samagra Development

Gaurav Goel is the Co-Founder of Samagra Development, An MBA from IIM Calcutta and a Computer Engineer from IIT Delhi. He has 3+ years of management consulting experience with McKinsey & Company, where in addition to serving leading clients in the transport infrastructure sector (roads, sea ports, airports and metros) he worked closely with the Department of Post, Government of India, on revamping the Speed Post network in the country.He has led all projects undertaken by Samagra since its inception in 2012.

SATISH GUPTA

Artist

A versatile artist, Satish Gupta is a painter, sculptor, poet, writer, printmaker, skilled draftsman, muralist, designer, calligrapher and ceramicist all in one. Winning the Sanskriti award at an early stage in his career, his work, that comes in a fine blend of his skills in multi tasking and a deep engagement with mysticism and Zen spirit has been exhibited in more than 33 solo shows at important art galleries within the country and abroad including those in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Calcutta, London, Paris, Altea, Murcia, Amsterdam, San Francisco, New York , Washington and Melbourne besides numerous group exhibitions in various parts of the world.

RIFAT JAWAID

Journalist

Rifat Jawaid With a compelling 17 years of experience in the domain of impact journalism, this former BBC Editor has scaled all divisions and platforms. Excellent Editorial judgment and expertise on Indian and international affairs radiate in his work- digital journalism, TV/radio production, editing and managing programmes and teams. Rifat Jawaid is known for fostering key partnerships and content integration within and outside the BBC thereby reaching out to millions. Also an ex-TV Today Managing Director, he is an epitome of leadership skills, renowned for leading very successful, creative and productive teams.
SATISH GUPTA

Artist

A versatile artist, Satish Gupta is a painter, sculptor, poet, writer, printmaker, skilled draftsman, muralist, designer, calligrapher and ceramicist all in one. Winning the Sanskriti award at an early stage in his career, his work, that comes in a fine blend of his skills in multi tasking and a deep engagement with mysticism and Zen spirit has been exhibited in more than 33 solo shows at important art galleries within the country and abroad including those in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Calcutta, London, Paris, Altea, Murcia, Amsterdam, San Francisco, New York , Washington and Melbourne besides numerous group exhibitions in various parts of the world.
RIFAT JAWAID

Journalist

Rifat Jawaid With a compelling 17 years of experience in the domain of impact journalism, this former BBC Editor has scaled all divisions and platforms. Excellent Editorial judgment and expertise on Indian and international affairs radiate in his work- digital journalism, TV/radio production, editing and managing programmes and teams. Rifat Jawaid is known for fostering key partnerships and content integration within and outside the BBC thereby reaching out to millions. Also an ex-TV Today Managing Director, he is an epitome of leadership skills, renowned for leading very successful, creative and productive teams.

NEELAM KLER

Neonatologist

An eminent neonatologist, she was awarded the Padmabhushan in 2014 for her pioneering work on neonatal intensive care and ventilation. Her prolonged efforts to develop a state-of-the-art department of neonatology rendered the survival rate of extremely tiny preterm babies (less than 1000 grams) to rise to 90 per cent. Dr. Kler has constantly collaborated with leading global communities like World Health Organisation (WHO) and United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF). She also chairs National Neonatology Firm and is an advisor in CNAG services. She has also contributed in initiating a three-year doctoral program in neonatology by the National Board of Examinations.

KRUSHNA PATIL

Mountaineer

Krushnaa Patil is an Indian mountaineer. In 2009, at the age of 19, she became the youngest Indian woman to successfully ascent Mount Everest, earth's highest mountain. She is also the first civilian woman from Maharashtra to scale the peak. Her record of the youngest Indian to climb Everest has subsequently been surpassed by younger mountaineers. In 2010, Krushnaa attempted to ascent the Seven Summits. Her last summit on Mount McKinley had to be abandoned due to technical reasons, leaving her one short of completing the feat.
NEELAM KLER

Neonatologist

An eminent neonatologist, she was awarded the Padmabhushan in 2014 for her pioneering work on neonatal intensive care and ventilation. Her prolonged efforts to develop a state-of-the-art department of neonatology rendered the survival rate of extremely tiny preterm babies (less than 1000 grams) to rise to 90 per cent. Dr. Kler has constantly collaborated with leading global communities like World Health Organisation (WHO) and United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF). She also chairs National Neonatology Firm and is an advisor in CNAG services. She has also contributed in initiating a three-year doctoral program in neonatology by the National Board of Examinations.
KRUSHNA PATIL

Mountaineer

Krushnaa Patil is an Indian mountaineer. In 2009, at the age of 19, she became the youngest Indian woman to successfully ascent Mount Everest, earth's highest mountain. She is also the first civilian woman from Maharashtra to scale the peak. Her record of the youngest Indian to climb Everest has subsequently been surpassed by younger mountaineers. In 2010, Krushnaa attempted to ascent the Seven Summits. Her last summit on Mount McKinley had to be abandoned due to technical reasons, leaving her one short of completing the feat.

SONAM KALRA

Singer, Songwriter

She’s a singer-songwriter and a national award winner who featured in Commonwealth Games 2010 and Coke Studio 2013. Her brainchild, The Sufi Gospel Project, is an enchanting blend of the ‘voices of faith' and has moved the audience from Delhi to Muscat, Jodhpur to Toronto. Sonam Kalra, with her perfect diction and warm tonal quality encompasses an appealing blend of Western genres like Jazz and Gospel, as well as Classical Opera. Also the founder of World Sufi Spirit Festival, Rajasthan, The Rajasthan international Folk festival, The Bengaluru International Arts festival, to name a few, she became the voice of Discovery Travel and Living, and was heard in several jingles.
SONAM KALRA

Singer,Songwriter

She’s a singer-songwriter and a national award winner who featured in Commonwealth Games 2010 and Coke Studio 2013. Her brainchild, The Sufi Gospel Project, is an enchanting blend of the ‘voices of faith' and has moved the audience from Delhi to Muscat, Jodhpur to Toronto. Sonam Kalra, with her perfect diction and warm tonal quality encompasses an appealing blend of Western genres like Jazz and Gospel, as well as Classical Opera. Also the founder of World Sufi Spirit Festival, Rajasthan, The Rajasthan international Folk festival, The Bengaluru International Arts festival, to name a few, she became the voice of Discovery Travel and Living, and was heard in several jingles.

ANUP TAPADIA

Consultant

At the age of 16 he established a company called 'TechnoKarma'. For being the youngest achiever of Microsoft Certifications he has received written compliments from Bill Gates(Microsoft), Azim Premji (Wipro) and President of India. Presently he works as a Part time Consultant to ‘Express Ventures’ on hi-tech startups.

NEHHA BHATNAGAR

Dancer

Nehha Bhatnagar is a Bharatanatyam dancer and has a degree in International Relations from the Knox College, USA. Nehha was an All-India Topper in her C.B.S.E Board Exams and she completed a transfer undergraduate degree in International Relations from Lady Shri Ram College, She recently performed at the Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games 2010. Nehha as a youth of today is clothing the idea of bilateral and multilateral relations of countries improving through the idea of culture.
ANUP TAPADIA

Consultant

At the age of 16 he established a company called 'TechnoKarma'. For being the youngest achiever of Microsoft Certifications he has received written compliments from Bill Gates(Microsoft), Azim Premji (Wipro) and President of India. Presently he works as a Part time Consultant to ‘Express Ventures’ on hi-tech startups.
NEHHA BHATNAGAR

Dancer

Nehha Bhatnagar is a Bharatanatyam dancer and has a degree in International Relations from the Knox College, USA. Nehha was an All-India Topper in her C.B.S.E Board Exams and she completed a transfer undergraduate degree in International Relations from Lady Shri Ram College, She recently performed at the Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games 2010. Nehha as a youth of today is clothing the idea of bilateral and multilateral relations of countries improving through the idea of culture.

HARISH NATRAJAN

Managing Director,Baushch&Lomb

An innovator and business leader himself, is an alumnus of IIT-Madras and IIM-Ahmedabad. He is currently the managing director of Bausch & Lomb (B&L) India, where he leads a huge team of extremely talented professionals in a conglomerate that is dedicated to help people see, look, and feel better through innovative technology and design.

Mathew Chandrankunnel

Journalist

Prof. Chandrankunnel did his post doctoral research studies from Harvard University, Cambridge, Boston. He is also a trained journalist, and has published more than 500 articles in various journals, news papers and magazines. Professor of philosophy of science at "Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram" and "Christ University" Bangalore, Dr Chandrankunnel is the author of several books like "Philosophy of Quantum mechanics", "The Condemnation and Rehabilitation of Galileo Galilei".
HARISH NATRAJAN

Managing Director, Bausch&Lomb

An innovator and business leader himself, is an alumnus of IIT-Madras and IIM-Ahmedabad. He is currently the managing director of Bausch & Lomb (B&L) India, where he leads a huge team of extremely talented professionals in a conglomerate that is dedicated to help people see, look, and feel better through innovative technology and design.
Mathew Chandrankunnel

Journalist

Prof. Chandrankunnel did his post doctoral research studies from Harvard University, Cambridge, Boston. He is also a trained journalist, and has published more than 500 articles in various journals, news papers and magazines. Professor of philosophy of science at "Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram" and "Christ University" Bangalore, Dr Chandrankunnel is the author of several books like "Philosophy of Quantum mechanics", "The Condemnation and Rehabilitation of Galileo Galilei".

MOHIT SAXENA

Founder,InMobi

Mohit is the Technology Founder and is responsible for InMobi's technology development, including infrastructure, application management and IT. rior to joining InMobi, Mohit was based out of San Francisco and managed the technology operations at Virgin Mobile, world's largest mobile virtual network operator (MVNO). At Virgin Mobile, he was instrumental in designing and deploying post-paid billing system and revenue recognition system on a pre-paid platform. This helped significantly to make Virgin Mobile the largest and the most successful MVNO in the US.

JODIE UNDERHILL

Dancer

Jodie Underhill was born in Great Yarmouth, England, and she would have stayed there and lived a comfortable life but for her zeal to improve the world around her. She started organizing mass clean ups in McLeod Ganj, India and founded a voluntary organization "Mountain Cleaners" which is based in Himachal Pradesh and is committed to clean up the Himalayas. She has made the mountains her home and vows to make them a better place to live and improve the ecosystem.
MOHIT SAXENA

Founder,InMobi

Mohit is the Technology Founder and is responsible for InMobi's technology development, including infrastructure, application management and IT. rior to joining InMobi, Mohit was based out of San Francisco and managed the technology operations at Virgin Mobile, world's largest mobile virtual network operator (MVNO). At Virgin Mobile, he was instrumental in designing and deploying post-paid billing system and revenue recognition system on a pre-paid platform. This helped significantly to make Virgin Mobile the largest and the most successful MVNO in the US.
JODIE UNDERHILL

Activist

Jodie Underhill was born in Great Yarmouth, England, and she would have stayed there and lived a comfortable life but for her zeal to improve the world around her. She started organizing mass clean ups in McLeod Ganj, India and founded a voluntary organization "Mountain Cleaners" which is based in Himachal Pradesh and is committed to clean up the Himalayas. She has made the mountains her home and vows to make them a better place to live and improve the ecosystem.