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Mentors & Speakers

Aarti Khetarpal – Model, Actor and TV Show Host (NDTV)

Aarti Khetarpal is an actor, model and TV Show Host. She has shot with Amir Khan, Hritik Roshan, Purab Kohli and many others in the movies and ad commercials and has recently shot for the movie – ‘Secret Superstar’, to be produced by Aamir Khan Productions. Her advertisement for Sonata Watches Act, was appreciated by Salman Khan and recognised by many. Aarti was recently made the ambassador of Mathura and Vrindavan to urge the citizens to come out and excercise their vote in the Uttar Pradesh state elections. She has also been a speaker and host at the Bombay Stock Exchange at the Water Conservation Conference and a motivational speaker at various schools like Birla School and some others in UP. Previously, Aarti did her TV debut in a Star Plus show ‘Airlines’, followed by Zee, Sony, 9x and NDTV Prime, as a host for the tech series – Go Digital.  She has followed her passion to make the most of her talent. Apart from being featured on covers and editotials of magazines like Femina, Grehlaxmi etc, her TV commercials include – Sonata Watches, Acer Laptops, Sony Rox, Franklin Templeton, PwC, ICICI Bank, Nikon, Tupperware, Philips, Delhi Metro and many others.

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Aashish Beergi – Co-founder & CEO, MASH Project

Aashish is a youth activist and a social entrepreneur. He loves building innovative platforms for young people to engage with social development work. Aashish has represented MASH Project on a global platform and is the youngest to attend the Experts Meeting on Youth Mobile initiative by UNESCO at its headquarters in Paris, France. Aashish has been British Council’s Global Changemaker from India in 2009 and represented his country at the fourth Global Youth Summit in London, U.K. Later in 2011, he was also selected as a member of the Indian delegation to the International Youth Forum, Seliger in Russia. In 2015, he was invited to speak at the International Workshop on Climate Change organized by The World Youth Foundation in Malaysia. Recently, he was invited to be delegate at BRICS Youth Summit. Microsoft featured Aashish as one of the young innovators in their online campaign called ‘Everyday 25’. During his college time, he setup a waste management project, which went on to become one of the finest models of decentralized urban waste management in India. He has organised various youth events like Rolex Leadership Forum; TEDx Talks and StartUp Weekend among others.

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Abheyraj Singh – Interaction Designer & iOS Developer

Abheyraj Singh is an Interaction Designer and iOS Developer based out of New Delhi. He was one of the initial iOS Developers of Wynk Music App covering all areas of the product including networking, UI, Core Data and other optimizations ensuring a smooth experience.He has also worked as a part of the Interaction Design Project at Housing Labs, developing Hush Tour App, which involves finding better ways of showing customers houses. Previously he was a part of the conceptualization, product design and development of Pipal, an app that helps you connect with the people living in the same locality.

Recently he has co-founded a real time music sharing app, Lisn, which lets you share music with your friends in real time. Abheyraj is a skateboarder and musician in his free time. He is also fond of twiddling his thumbs on a Dualshock 4 Controller.

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Abhishek DabasCo-founder & CEO – Zolt Energy

Abhishek holds a Bachelors degree from IIT Delhi and a PGDM from IIM Calcutta. Prior to starting Zolt, Abhishek had worked in Project Finance, Marketing and Project Management for 4 years. He left his job with an intent to start a company with a positive impact on the society and Zolt happened when he found the right mix of passion, skill-set and a sense of duty. Zolt’s core focus is to make it easy for residential customers to adopt solar energy.

While the returns on a lifestyle investment on an energy independent home are great, the 2 main inhibitors to mass solar adoption are high upfront cost and perceived risk on performance as it is early days for something that is supposed to last 25 years. Zolt, with easy financing, online monitoring and generation guarantees specializes in de-risking solar adoption. Since March 2016, it has installed solar on more than 40 homes, which together generate clean energy equivalent to offsetting carbon footprint @1 tree/day. Zolt started out of Delhi & Hyderabad and now has operational capabilities to execute projects in most Tier-1 cities of India.

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Aditi Gupta – Managing Partner (India), DesignThinkers Group

Aditi is part of the founding team for India office of DesignThinkers Group. She is working with an international team of design thinkers to help Indian organisations devise effective strategies using ‘Design Thinking’ methodology.

 Aditi has spent most of her work life being an entrepreneur or working with/for them. With about a decade of work experience, she has been known to be an aggressive leader, target & detail oriented manager and someone who is able to work across age groups, geographies, domains and sectors. She is highly interested in the intersection between design, technology, entrepreneurship and sustainability and has experience in entrepreneurship, photography, design (design thinking, service design, product), technology (clean tech, healthcare, social tech), innovation (frugal, democratic), sustainability and retail.

She also loves photography and works as a freelance photographer whenever she finds time. Previously she has worked as a manager at IIM Ahmedabad’s ‘Centre for Innovation Incubation and Entrepreneurship’ and several other amazing organisations in multiple challenging roles.

Ajay Chaturvedi – Founder & Chairman, HarVa

Honored by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader 2013-­18, Ajay Chaturvedi, is an ex-­Ci1 where he served in Strategy and Sales posi1ons. An Engineer from BITS Pilani and a Graduate in Management of Technology from the School of Engineering and The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and holds a Diploma in Global Leadership & Public Policy from The Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Ajay was awarded CNN IBN Youth Icon / Young Indian Leader of the year 2011 and was nominated as one of the Amazing Global Indian by Times Now News 2012-­2013 and Yahoo unsung Heroes 2012-­2013.

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Ajaya MohapatraFounder & CEO – We The People, Co-founder & Managing Director – Justrojgar and Rojgar Academy

Ajay has over 20 years of experience in the social sector of India, spanning NGOs, chambers of commerce and bilateral agencies. Prior to his current assignment, he worked with BYST – CII, WWF-India, Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC-IC), PRIA, PHDRDF and CASA. He was a member of the State Steering Committee on Panchayati Raj, Government of Himachal Pradesh, India. As a professional trainer, he has imparted training to more than 15,000 representatives of Panchayats, Himachal Pradesh Administrative Service (Probationers), government functionaries, corporate sector, NGOs and other civil society organizations across the country. He has demonstrated experience in the field of micro-entrepreneurships, livelihoods and micro-finance, skills development, policy and programme advocacy, strategic planning and management, organisational development and networking. He has written books, manuals, and published several articles in the magazines of national and international repute.

He holds a Post Graduate degree in Rural Development from XISS, Ranchi. He was awarded visiting fellowship by the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex (U.K.) for his outstanding contributions in strengthening institutions of local self-governance in India. To his credit, he steered several innovation projects that include his leading role in developing Mentor Online Training (MOL) for micro-entrepreneurship development for CII-BYST supported by International Finance Corporation (IFC), which is first of its kind in India. He launched Pre-Election Voter’s Awareness Campaign (PEVAC) for PRIs on behalf of PRIA in the year 2000 in Rajasthan which is become a national level campaign adopted by many state governments with the identical acronym viz. PEVAC.

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Akshay Makar – CEO, Climatenza

Akshay Makar is a social entrepreneur currently dealing with United Nations’ 3 sustainable development goals (SDGs) related to climate change, renewable energy and quality education in India. He is highly passionate about providing solutions for climate change and is currently working on innovation in the solar energy space. With an aim to transform the energy sector, he is working with leading institutes and organizations from Greece, USA and India.

He has also written a book to spread the Awareness on Climate threat, “CLIMATENZA – A threat to human beings”. This book will be launched in February 2017. Akshay is also the Indian ambassador for 3DS – social entrepreneurship in Austin, commonwealth youth ambassador network for peace and 350.org. In his free time, he works with 3 NGOs as a volunteer, including ‘Teach for India’, ‘Humans for animals’ and ‘Greenpeace India’ and is also the regional Head for Bhumi – Delhi.

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Alok Agrawal Founding Partner – The Growth Labs and Founder of Knexnet.com

Alok has worked for over 25 years in advertising, marketing and media – as Group COO, Network 18 (Reliance Group), CEO, Zee News, COO, Cheil Worldwide (Samsung Group) and EVP at WPP Group agencies. He is an IIT Kanpur, IIM Bangalore and The Wharton School alumnus. Alok has built a large number of Indian and global brands in India – Samsung, Nokia, Hyundai, CNN, Zee News, Vodafone, Mars, Wrigley’s, Dabur, Arrow, Lee Jeans, Chevrolet, Philips and Govt. of India and led large corporations, startups, mergers, acquisitions, diversifications and new service expansion in media and advertising.

He enjoy mentoring and advising young people and reads a lot about technology, management, brand marketing and other boring stuff. Alok loves the 70s Rock music but has also learnt to enjoy Country and Blues. He believes in the motto – ‘great minds like a think’.

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Ameya Ambulkar – Lead – English Literacy Program, LeapForWord

Ameya is a firm believer in Swami Vivekananda’s definition of “Education”. Education according to him that process, through which character is formed, the strength of mind is increased, and the intellect is sharpened, as a result of which, one can stand on one’s own feet. He is currently heading the ‘English Literacy Program’ at LeapForWord & attempting to create an effective on-ground solution to erase the english illiteracy problem, affecting many in our country.

LeapForWord truly believies that a good teacher in a classroom can beat any level of technology / tools. The english language challenge exists because the current skill level of teachers with respect to english language from rural parts of India and urban poor communities is very limited or is abysmally poor.

Ameya is also a vising faculty member at HR College of Commerce and Economics and has previously taught at Amity University, RGIT and some others.

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Ankush KheraFounder & CEO – FOX MY BOX, Artist and Space Designer

With his quirky ideas and creative mind, Ankush is on the mission to make this world a little less ordinary. Ankush loves coffee, colours and designs. He designs spaces like CoworkIn and adds life to them. Through his venture, FOX MY BOX, he makes the black and grey gadgets a little less boring and a lot more classy by creating custom art. The mission of this venture is to re-imagine and transform existing products beyond what the manufacturers intended and the user expected, bringing superior quality and custom-made, innovative products. Ankush is witty, he is funny and can tell you everything about shades, patterns, designs and colours.

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Annu Grover – Founder & Managing Director, Nurturing Green

Annu Grover is the Founder & Managing Director of Nurturing Green. Nurturing Green is the pioneer in India in promoting the Green concept of Gifting, Decor, Landscaping and other related Services. Starting from a very small idea to ‘Gift A Plant. Gift A Life’ in place of monotonous gifts, now with more than 30 Stores in the top eight cities of the country and hundreds of corporate clients. Annu has received numerous accolades like The Hindustan Times Bright young Climate Leader Awards, the most promising idea in the ET-Power of Ideas 2010, among others.

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Anubha Batra – Managing Director, Torah Learning Solutions

Anubha possesses over 12 years of cross-functional experience in Training & Development. The passion to understand human behavior and constantly create methodologies for the development of human resource has helped her maturate in the training industry. She has explored different facets of training and worked with multiple organizations of repute.
She has been professionally associated with organizations from varying industries like Publishing, Printing, Insurance, beauty and care, IT, ITES, and Marketing. This has aided her diverse knowledge pool.

Anubhav Razdan – Business Development, Girnar Soft (CarDekho.com, Gaadi.com, ZigWheels.com)

Anubhav started his professional journey organizing volunteer projects, with people from across India and the world. He went on to build 7+ years of rich experience with the not-for-profit & start-up sectors, in Indian & foreign markets.

Anubhav’s love for multicultural and divergent premises helps work through problems with a critical thinking based approach.Formal leadership positions and, more importantly, striving to take the initiative in a group has taught him the most: work with people where they are, establish a clear picture of the future and execute a milestone-based, feedback-supported plan to get where the group wants to be.

Now, he employs these strengths in the fields of business innovation and increasing organizational effectiveness. He also considers requests for personal coaching.

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Dr. Anubhooti BhatnagarFounder & Director – NeoFusion Creative Foundation, Certified Life Coach, Author and Professional Artist

Dr. Anubhooti Bhatnagar holds a Doctorate Degree in Sociology. She is also a certified life coach, author & a professional artist. She forayed into social entrepreneurship in 2008 with a strong passion and commitment to work for the betterment of the underprivileged communities. She envisions developing creative hidden skills in underprivileged youth of India and helping the communities in realising their talent which can make them financially self reliant.

She runs a coaching firm by the name of 3 A NeoFusion. She believes that every single one of us is naturally creative and resourceful. As a coach she helps adolescents and young youth to see their strengths more clearly. She has also worked as an Art Consultant in Time –NIE (Chennai). Her social work has been acknowledged by many in the Indian society and the foundation has received recognition for its continuous efforts in uplifting the underprivileged children.

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Anurag Batra – Chairman, BW|BusinessWorld and Editor-in-Chief, Exchange4Media Group

Anurag is a first generation entrepreneur and is a media observer, journalist and mentor rolled into one. He is a B. Tech in Computer Sciences, a degree, which he acquired before joining Management Development Ins1tute (MDI). His businesses include exchange4media.com, PITCH, IMPACT, Realty Plus and Franchise Plus.

He is passionate about Magazines and is on the Executive Committee of the Associa1on of Indian Magazines (AIM). He wants to give back to the industry and his love for teaching is incredible.

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Anurag Maloo – Regional Manager (South & Central Asia), Techstars Startup Programs

Anurag is working as an entrepreneurial evangelist who empowers community leaders to foster entrepreneurship and a thriving startup ecosystem. He creates grassroots leadership, empowers entrepreneurs and builds strong communities across South & Central Asia. For example – Startup Weekend India Powered by Google for Entrepreneurs.

Prior to this, he has spent a gap year taking up experiential and entrepreneurial learning journeys and consulting to setup a foundation, which promotes responsible consumerism and sustainable development. Prior to that he was working as an educational development Manager at InOpen Technologies, incubated at IIT Bombay, and as a Fellow at Teach For India in Pune. Anurag loves travelling and has been to far South (Antarctica) as 2041 Antarctic Youth Ambassador, Jagriti Yatra and many other similar initiatives.

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Anureet Sethi – Founder, Trijog

Anureet Sethi has over the past 28+ years in the field of counseling, psychological assessment and psycho-educational intervention. Apart from being the co-founder of Trijog, she is also the HOD of the Inclusive Education Cell for the prestigious Podar Network of Schools, heading over 94 schools in india and is a consulting clinical psychologist at the Dr.L.H.Hiranandani hospital and Anusang centre at Chembur.

She has won many professional accolades in her rich and rewarding career span but what she holds most dear to her heart are the success stories of her wards and their journeys.

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Archit Malhotra – CoFounder, Advaitha Startup, Eco-system Builder

Archit is an amateur artist, foodie, beard enthusiast and poet. He started his entrepreneurial journey at the age of 16 by selling mobile phones and started a magazine as a platform for school and college students to showcase their art. He was also part of some of India’s first coworking spaces like Moonlighting and CoworkIn and has worked closely with many startups. Archit has been an active part of helping build up the startup ecosystem for the last 4 years, including initiatives like Startup Weekend Powered by Google for Entrepreneurs.

He believes that businesses are built on clear goals, clean delivery and action not thoughts alone. He likes things to be simple and would rather execute than think things through. Recently, Archit has co-founded Advaitha – a luxury skin care brand.

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Arihant Singhvi – Founder & CEO, Handtribe.com

Arihant founded Handtribe – an exclusive marketplace for handmade, art & craft and unique products. His mission is to promote and start a habit amongst people to buy and use handmade products. He is a sports lover, travel enthusiast and consumer behaviour expert. He has over 6 years of business development experience in leading media houses like Conde Nast and Times of India across India and England.

Previously, he worked as the Vice President, Marketing of SAMM’s Juke Box. Arihant holds an MSc in Marketing from Henley School of Business, England.

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Arushi Sethi – Founder, Trijog

Arushi Sethi, inspired by her psychologist mother’s journey, took it upon herself to take the beacon forward and embarked on an entrepreneurial journey, founding Trijog as it is known today – a 360 degree mental wellness organization that services individuals with mental health concerns across the spectrum that has transformed more than 2500 lives to date.

Her passion for the mental health movement, creativity and foresight helped develop and mould the brand. From ideation to conceptualization and finally attaining realization, attention to detail is what she emphasizes making Trijog the most unique organization in its skin.

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Avani Parekh – Founder & CEO, Lovedoctor

Avani’s goal is to connect with other social entrepreneurs so that we can all make our ideas bigger and better through sharing and collaboration. Her creation, LoveDoctor is focused on bringing real-time sexuality and healthy relationship counseling to the masses in India using technology.

It is a love, sex and relationship counseling service Avani also plays the role of the ‘director of community and empathy’ with SHEROES, where she is responsible to help make it the largest destination for women in the world and connect them with opportunities to improve their work, life and bank balance. Avani likes to describe herself as a – loud mouth and activist counselor with a do-good streak. Avani will be mentoring on 18th September.

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Ayesha Huda – Global Brand Manager, Unilever

Ayesha is passionate about brand management, consumer insights and research. In her current role at Unilever, she is responsible for innovation & communication for ‘Dirt is Good’ machine wash products across emerging economies like Vietnam, India, Indonesia, South Africa. Previously, she worked with ITC, JWT, Leo Burnett, Wow!Hyderabad and several other amazing organisations.

In 2012, Ayesha completed her MBA from ISB, with marketing, strategy and leadership as her focus areas. During this time, she was also the winner of ‘Best Experiential Learning Project’ and ‘Indian School of Business Torchbearer’ awards. In 2009, Ayesha’s love for travel and adventure led her to being a team member for the ‘International Antarctica Treaty Expedition’.

She was one of the two youth leaders selected as a recipient of the Credit Suisse Scholarship of USD 25,000 on the expedition. She secured media coverage for the ‘Antarctic Treaty’ issue through media engagement (NDTV, Hindustan Times) and participated in the ‘Sustainability Leadership Program’ in Antarctica focused on climate change mitigation. Ayesha also raised awareness amongst youth on climate change mitigation through workshops.

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Carmen PohlCo-founder – Culture Fox

Carmen is an art enthusiast who believes in art advocacy and cultural exchange. She has been doing what she loves and has turned her passion into her career and life. She considers art and culture to be the most elementary part of the human existence.

She has worked with numerous cultural institutions in Austria in the fields of theatre production, art education and cultural management. Her curiosity brought her to India, where she worked as a Project Manager for the Austrian Embassy in New Delhi for the Austrian Cultural Forum. Her long experience in arts in both Europe and India came together when she started Culture Fox.

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Carson Dalton – Head – Communications, Facebook

With over a 100 million active users, India is the second largest country for Facebook. Carson leads the corporate and policy communications across the Indian sub-continent. He is an award winning communications professional with over a decade of international experience of having worked in Singapore, London, New Delhi and Pune. His passion for public speaking has provided multiple opportunities to address audiences in Singapore, Hong Kong, London and India on Reputation management, Media relations and Social media.

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Darius Chinoy – Director, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)

Darius Chinoy works as a Director with Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), New Delhi. JETRO is a government agency with the Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry, Japan. His role is managing the ‘Invest Japan’ program and communications (Internal and External) for Chief Director General and agency in India with the Government of India. Earlier experience was a 10 year stint with GE across Training/HR and Finance. In his free time, Darius follows an alternative career in Directing/Screenwriting in English and Hindi. He has done a few TV commercials and print ads for Adidas, Eicher Trucks, Patanjali etc and others. He believes in staying healthy and has run a few Half Marathons over the last 10 years. He is a Post Graduate in HR from XLRI Jamshedpur and does teach there occasionally as a visiting Professor.

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Daniel Vaverka – Project Specialist, Home Credit

Daniel Vaverka is a ‘Project Specialist’ with Home Credit, one of the fastest growing financial services companies in India. He is an alumnus of London School of Economics and Political Science. Daniel was previously the President of AIESEC UK and went on to work with Ernst & Young, ‘The Waste Ventures and ‘The Grameen Creative Labs’. He loves developing entrepreneurial outlook amongst the youth.

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Deepak Goel – Founder & CEO, KarmaCircles

Deepak Goel is the founder & CEO of KarmaCircles. Prior to that, he was co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Packback (a Chicago-based startup funded by Mark Cuban & other notable angel investors) where he built their product strategy, online marketing strategy and engineering team.

Prior to that, he was the Chief Product Officer of IndiaHomes (backed by NEA, Foundation Capital & Helion Ventures) where he built & led product management, marketing and engineering teams. Before that, he was Director of Product Management at Coupons.com (COUP) where he created & grew several multi-million dollar products. He has also been a senior executive at Microsoft & Nokia.

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Deepak Hariharan – Co-founder, Chief Mentor and CEO, MentorYes

An alumnus of IIM Calcutta, Deepak Hariharan is the Co-founder, Chief Mentor and CEO of MentorYes – a platform to connect young people with mentors who are achievers, toppers, leaders and star performers from diverse disciplines and walks of life. Previously, Deepak was working as a Lead Consultant and Senior Advisor in ‘FEEDBACK INFRA’ for eight years in a leadership role. He has worked towards advising various government agencies and developers on the less-organized and yet vital sectors of infrastructure – with a special focus on realty and social infra.

His experience ranges from business planning, feasibility assessments, to entity and financial structuring, etc., across a multitude of domains. Now he is running MentorYes, which connects young professionals and students to the right mentors for guidance on Academics, Admissions, Careers and more.

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Deepshikha SharmaFounder & CEO – FoodieZine, Author

Deepshikha personifies the luminous ray of radiance that spreads the essence of life among people. A young chirpy girl, Deepshikha aspires to win people’s heart with the magic of her words and her smile that’s as enigmatic as reassuring. She has also composed a poetic saga titled- “A pinch of life – Sweet & sour”. Having found love for people, travel and food, she dreams of orchestrating her passion with her profession. Owning a chain of restaurant, becoming an international motivational speaker and visiting all the famous exotic locations in the world are just a few items on her long wish list. She holds an MBA in Tourism and Hospitality from JNTU, Hyderabad.

Apart from writing, she loves cooking, tarot reading, meeting interesting people and learning new things. Deepshikha wants her writings to warm up people to appreciate the seemingly insignificant joys in everyday life giving them a break from the ceaseless worries and miseries. She believes in the magic of three magical words—NEVER GIVE UP!

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Dhruv Gupta – Fellow at Teach for India

Dhruv Gupta is a fellow at Teach for India. His passion lies in bringing innovation in the education space. He has designed and implemented an IVR based English learning intervention during summer holidays for 500+ students across Teach for India in Delhi.

Dhruv has also assisted and supported 13 fellows to develop better classroom strategies impacting more than 500 students by organizing trainings, learning circles and individual support plans as a Fellow Advisor in the second year. He has been a Research Assistant for Dept. of Strategy & Entrepreneurship at London Business School. Previously Dhruv was VP Operations of AIESEC India and President of AIESEC Delhi IIT.

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Dilip Chenoy – CEO & Managing Director, National Skill Development Corporation

Dilip spearheads NSDC that aims to skill 150 million Indians by 2022 and hence contributes in harnessing India’s demographic dividend. Prior to NSDC, he was associated with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) for 19 years and served as the Regional Director for Southern region.

His track record of leading a very vibrant sectorial organization, as well as his ability to understand Industry and Government alike led him to the helm at NSDC, presenting an enormous opportunity to transform the skills landscape of India and impact the livelihood of millions of people.

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Dr. Amrita Bahl – Young Indians

Dr. Amrita Bahl is the Chair of CII’s Young Indians Delhi chapter. She is passionate about building social capital through the use of peer networks to effect social change. She has 15+ years of experience in Health and Education.

Amrita developed the Social Education and Health Advocacy Training (SEHAT) Program, a peer-led health education program aimed to train prisoners to become community health educators, which was implemented in partnership with the India Vision Foundation and UNODC in Tihar and Amritsar Prisons.

She is also a certified Regional Master Trainer for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime for their project on prevention of HIV among incarcerated substance users. Amrita returned to India after completing her Doctoral studies and continues to work with public and private sector organizations.

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Dr. Seema Khanvilkar – Professor, Business Communication, MISB Bocconi

Dr. Seema Khanvilkar is a Ph.D. in Management in the area of Communication and has been teaching the mechanics of the language for the last 18 years. Currently, she is with MISB Bocconi, as Professor, Business Communication. Earlier, she headed the ‘Department of Communication’ at the School of Business Management and was Chairperson of the Soft Skills Development Centre at NMIMS University.

Seema is also a well known corporate trainer. She has trained middle level and senior management executives of both the private and the public sector in India as well as internationally.

She holds workshops on Presentation Skills, Written Business Communication, Analysis of Communication Styles, Assertive Behaviour, Business Etiquette, Business English, and Cross-Cultural Sensitivity. A recipient of the Andrew Towl Foundation fellowship, she has attended the Executive Education program at Harvard Business School, Boston. She has won the Best Faculty of NMIMS (2009-10) award and has been conferred with the Dewang Mehta award for the ‘Best Professor in General & Strategic Management’, 2012. She was also bestowed with the ‘Teaching Excellence’ award in April, 2015 by NMIMS University.

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Durgesh Nandan – Founder & CEO, InMotion India

Durgesh is passionate about providing fin-tech solutions to people who drive India. Through InMotion, he is building a financial ecosystem for daily wage earning communities primarily focusing on auto rickshaw drivers. Giving them the simplest way to save money, access to finance, insurance, and pension in-order to become financially stable.

The ecosystem also gives them the opportunity to earn more. The essence is to cut through the vicious cycle of hand-to-mouth existence and help them redeem a better life standard. Durgesh is often seen mentoring young entrepreneurs during Startup Weekend and other similar events.

His life mission to create equal opportunity for all, irrespective of their socio-economic background. He wishes to do that through his contribution in the areas of – financial inclusion, farmers welfare, gender equality and education at the school level.

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Gagandeep Singh Sapra – CoFounder – SproutBox and Love 4 Apple, Serial Entrepreneur and Tech Expert, Contributing Journalist (Technology), Hindustan Times

Gagandeep Singh Sapra, known as ‘The Big Geek’ is a serial entrepreneur, who started his first company at the age of eleven, and called it ‘Pilot Engineers’. The Company in 1983 offered Data Entry and Computer Automation Services. It was eventually renamed as ‘System 3 Net Technologies Pvt. Ltd.’. In 1996, System 3 became India’s first Data Centre company with a Delhi based Boutique Data Centre. Today, it is a group of multiple companies with Gagan and his wife Harpreet at the helm of affairs as Founders and Co-founders. It deals with Interests in Data Centre’s, Information Technology Infrastructure, Remote Infrastructure Management, Digital Media and E-Commerce. An Electronics Engineer with specialization in Data Communication, Gagan is based out of Delhi and is an active member of Rotary.

He was also the President of his Rotary Club in 2015-2016 and can be found actively speaking at conferences and on panels of quite a few discussions around Technology and Entrepreneurship. Other than running his companies full time and his Rotary Efforts, he also writes a weekly technology column for the Hindustan Times News Paper, and for the Open Magazine. His achievements also includes being the owner of one of the first e-commerce companies in India, called Aapka Bazaar in 1997, starting India’s first Blog (though they called it a Webzine in 1995) called Etcetra and also hosting the first Technology Radio show in India in 2007 called Gadget Guru Ka Gyan. Gagan and Harpreet, who met online in 2000 and later got married, chose to not have children, and support various schools and other activities to promote education, health, and well being. They both run a personal trust that supports these activities both as volunteers and with financial augmentation.

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Gaurav Kumar – Associate Director, KPMG

Gaurav is a graduate from IIM Indore and one of the youngest members of KPMG India’s top management team. He is an expert in management consulting and advising clients on entry, growth & turn-around strategy, capacity building, business plan, PPP and sales strategy development.

Focus on social infrastructure- education, skill, and livelihood. Previously he has been a part of a start-up, led strategy and rollout of affordable solutions in vocational education, skill development and cost-effective training & assessment modules at academic institutions.

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Gautam SethCo-founder & Director – Webcontxt

Gautam’s love for numbers, stumbled him upon marketing & sales role at companies of different sizes. Upon realising his passion for digital and the opportunity available, Gautam co-founded Webcontxt, a Digital & Tech company, six years back. It provides solutions for Mobile Apps & Web | Web & UI Design | Web Marketing | Interactive PR/Online PR | Social Media Management | Online Advertisements | Search Engine Marketing | Live & On demand webcast | Digital Content | E-newsletters | Web & Social media Based application. Started with 2 people, today Webcontxt is 70 people strong with operations in Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur & Dubai. Competition & Numbers flow in his veins. A sportsman at heart, he derives his inspiration from legends like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Mohammed Ali, Roger Federer & Milkha Singh.

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Ira Trivedi – Best-selling Author and Orator, ‘India in Love’

Ira is a graduate of Columbia Business School and is the bestselling author of What Would You Do to Save the World? (2006), The Great Indian Love Story (2009) and There Is No Love on Wall Street (2011). Her latest book and first work of non-fiction is India in Love: Marriage and Sexuality in the 21st century, a landmark book on India’s new social revolution in marriage and sexuality.

Ira contributes to a wide variety of publications including Foreign Affairs, Hindustan Times Brunch, Forbes, Outlook, Daily News & Analysis (DNA), The Asian Age, the Telegraph (India) amongst many others.

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Ishani Chattopadhyay – Head of Asia Region, Grassroots Business Fund

Ishani is a graduate from London Business School, a serial entrepreneur and an expert in investing and managing early stage start-ups. She has created and worked with a number of start up and specializes in working with them to take them to a critical size of operation and investment Coaching and mentoring executives, entrepreneurs, women leaders also close to her heart.

She has done some extensive work in climate change mitigation and sustainable development. Her other areas of interest include media and branding experience especially with green events and conferences.

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Ishita Anand – Founder & CEO, BitGiving

Ishita Anand is the Founder and CEO of BitGiving, India’s leading online crowdfunding platform which helps raise funds online and gives wings to entrepreneurial ideas, creative minds and social issues. A self confessed geek, Ishita was quick to be bitten by the technology startup bug and started her first venture at an early age of 22.

Passionate about making impossible dreams come true through her fin-tech venture, she envisions revolutionising crowdfunding in India. Ishita’s infectious energy, perseverance and foresightedness has helped BitGiving grow from a two member company to a leader in the crowdfunding niche. An erstwhile film-maker, Ishita is an alumnus of Lady Shri Ram College. She is also affiliated with the Lean In Foundation and is heading the circles for Women Entrepreneurs in India.

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Jeroninio Almeida – Founder – iCONGO, Inspirational Author & Orator

Jerry has inherently believed from his days as a teenager, that the greater purpose of life is not to just create wealth for oneself and one’s family, but that life is to be lived for our greater purpose. This reason of life is to create and leave behind a legacy of a better world for future generations where there is social equity, a better world and environment for one and all.

He believes that this in turn shall contribute towards building a more just, humane & responsible society, nation & world for all our children and future generations.

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Kamal Seth – Founder & Chief Happiness Officer, Human Circle

Kamal Seth is the Founder & Chief Happiness Officer for Human Circle and a professional recruiter. Previously he has been on the interview panel for Mindvalley’s Awesomeness Fest, a youth brand ambassador for Microsoft and an organiser for Startup Weekend Powered by Google for Entrepreneurs. Kamal is also a TEDx speaker and delivered a talk on ‘Making the 21st century, a century of wisdom. In the last ten years, he has interviewed and mentored more than a thousand people for companies like, Philips, Nestle and many startups.

He is passionate about driving the #DoWhatYouLove movement globally and impact the young generation to create an impact. He has delivered entrepreneurship & leadership development programs across Europe and Asia and has been to more than 20 countries so far.

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Kanika Sagar – Founder, Parth

Kanika Sagar was first hit by the degrading quality of education in our society when her maid’s 11 year old daughter was deprived of her education right, and was soon married off. Thereafter, she worked in various volunteering organizations including ‘Teach for India’, to understand the educational crisis in India. In 2015, she founded Parth, a non-profit organization that focuses on bridging the gap between teaching and learning. Parth believes that all schools will have an opportunity to raise their standard of education.

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Karan Narang – Assistant Manager – Marketing, MISB Bocconi

Karan Narang, a Mass Media Graduate from the University of Mumbai, started working in his first year of college to figure out what he loves to do. He eventually landed in Marketing after eliminating a couple of other job functions. His forte lies in organizing programs, managing events, offline activities, advertisements, short movies, presentations. He has been traveling & riding for almost a decade now.

In this current role, he is working in the marketing department of MISB Bocconi – the world’s only offshore presence of Università Bocconi, one of Europe’s premier universities. It offers a Post-Graduate program in Business and Executive Education, designed and taught by the faculty of SDA Bocconi, Milan, Italy. He looks after the marketing activities PAN India, helping the brand – Bocconi University to reach out to the Indian audience and maintain the legacy of more than 100 years.

Currently, with his job, he is able to pursue his passion for Biking and traveling. He has traveled more than one lakh kms, across the country, on his bike. He also blogs his personal travel & riding experience to inspire others. While pursuing his graduation in Mass Media, he started interning with the companies like Nirvana Films, the company which made Vodafone famous for ZooZoos. Following which, Karan also worked with almost 7 companies, including Percept D’Mark (Sunburn Goa ’11), Viacom18 (VH1), SulaFest, etc. and few other start-ups. After his graduation, he got an opportunity to work with Bain & Company.

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Karan Shah – Founder & CEO, The Indian Institute of Digital Education (IIDE)

Karan Shah is the founder and CEO of IIDE. He has 4 years of experience in teaching digital marketing to top university students in Mumbai under his other brand Goodlife Education. He has trained over 2500 students in digital marketing. He has previously worked at Social Kinnect and done digital marketing for brands such as Gits Food, ADF Foods, Havmor Icecreams, BlackDog etc. Previously, Karan had majored in Finance from NMIMS University followed by a Masters Degree in Management from Mumbai University. He recently returned with credits in Private Equity and Ecommerce Strategies from Harvard University.

Malvika Grover – Consultant, KPMG

Malvika is a graduate from TERI School of Advanced Studies and a young professional in the education development consulting space. She is passionate about skill development and channelizing resources to develop the youth. Previously she has worked with the NaLonal Skill Development Corporation and worked on large scale projects and research assignments. NaLonal Council of Skill Development is mandated to skill 30% of the overall target of 500 million by 2022.

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Manas Dowlani – Global Executive Designate, International Youth Council

Manas is a creative thinker, MENSA member and a Young Leader towards sustainable development. He is currently the Global Executive Designate at the International Youth Council and has also served as the Country Coordinator for the Youth Assembly at the United Nations amongst other things. Manas currently works with the Policy and Strategy Group of the UN’s World We Want and is also a member of the UN Inter Agency Network on Youth Development.

As a social entrepreneur he has led the Indian Legal Foundation as its CEO and  remains involved with various global organizations such as the International Bar Association, World Energy Forum and Karios Society, where he remains committed to growing their outreach internationally.

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Maria MendesFounding Member & President – Educational and Development Initiatives, Head of Kamalini

Maria is a founding member of Educational and Development Initiatives (EDI), a Registered Society started in Delhi in 1995, with the aim of fostering ideals of service, advancement of learning, and relief for the poor. She currently heads Kamalini – EDI’s project in Gurgaon – which works to empower rural women to attain holistic development through encouragement, basic education and vocational skills.

During her tenure as lecturer at Kianda and Strathmore College, Nairobi, she helped direct a range of activities for college girls for their own personal development, and to sensitise them to engage in activities to provide relief to the needy.

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Neha Kumar – Consultant, KPMG

Neha Kumar works as a Consultant with KPMG. She has been extensively involved in internal audit & process reviews across the Health care,FMCG , real estate and media sector. While working with Protiviti earlier, she was conducting assignments for evaluating the key processes followed by clients, understanding the economic dynamics of client’s business and industry, identifying risks and process gaps, recommending solutions for mitigating of the identified risks. Previously she was the Vice President of AIESEC Delhi IIT.

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Nehha Bhatnagar – Founder & President, Sarvam Foundation

Nehha Bhatnagar has been a force for change in Performing Arts in India. A renowned Bharatanatyam exponent, Nehha performs in festivals in India and abroad. She is the youngest Arts Impresario in India, and runs her foundation, Sarvam Foundation. It organizes unique classical arts festivals and collaborations including international exhibitions, international calendars, residencies and other endeavors. It also runs free classes for the underprivileged girls in Delhi, who then perform frequently in India and abroad. Nehha is also a frequent speaker in the TEDx circuit and is the Licensee and Curator of one of India’s largest TEDx events – TEDxTughlaqRd. She is a mentor for arts and a speaker on creativity and entrepreneurship.

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Nikhil Bhaskar – Management Consultant , The Boston Consulting Group

Nikhil Bhaskar is a management consultant with ‘The Boston Consulting Group.’ He is an alumnus of ISB and has previously worked with Ernst & Young and PwC in a wide variety of auditing and consulting projects. Nikhil’s focus areas have been revenue enhancement / business strategy / cost reduction / manufacturing excellence / Six Sigma within the Consumer Products, FMCG, Retail and Financial Services industries. He is a great orator, loves problem solving and guiding the youth to reach their career goals.

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Nikhil Jain – Co-founder & Business & Strategy Head, Culture Fox

Nikhil is a travel enthusiast and passionate about innovation. He believes in the supreme power of organic learning through experience and interaction with different cultures around the globe. This firm belief got him to start Culture Fox to connect art lovers with the finest professional artists internationally. With over 8 years of experience in business strategy, his responsibilities include the promotion and expansion of this worldwide cultural initiative. Nikhil holds an MBA from National University of Singapore.

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Nikita Singh – Associate Consultant, Korn Ferry Hay Group

Nikita is passionate about talent management and organisation development. She strongly believes that business strategy and employee engagement are inextricably linked.

Nikita has two years experience of working in multicultural team environments of AIESEC across Asia Pacific and Europe, on challenging projects. She has recently completed her Masters in Organizational Behaviour at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

She is currently working as a HR Consultant at Korn Ferry Hay Group. Her work cuts across diverse work streams including leadership and talent, organisational design and Reward. She is extremely passionate about HR/business psychology consulting because it gives her the opportunity to serve organisations that value the power of people in impacting business outcomes.

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Omang Agarwal – Youth For Peace International

Omang Agarwal is a Peacebuilder and Youth activist advocating for inclusion of UNSCR 2250 in the National Security policies and works on engaging youth in peacebuilding efforts. He is the Asia Co-ordinator for Commonwealth Youth Peace Ambassadors Network and works on involving young people towards peacebuilding on issues like reconciliation, refugee crisis and violent extremism.

He co-founded Youth for Peace International (YfPI), a not for profit organisation working towards the amalgamation of young people with peacebuilding. It’s aim is to create a tolerant environment which could prevent and transform conflict, through training these individuals. YfPI has been conducting Peace Education Programs both in rural and urban settings in Northern India. YfPI also leads online and offline campaigns on countering hate speech and promoting peace between India and Pakistan and has been working for the welfare of Rohingya Refugees in Delhi.

Omang hails from Bengal and has been nominated for the National Youth Award 2017. He is also a runner up of the Queen’s Young leader award given by the Royal Commonwealth Society and Queen Elizabeth Golden Jubilee trust. YfPI also offers social development work opportunities around to the YIC participants.

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Onkar K Khullar – Founder & CEO, I Impact India & Presentation Ink

Onkar K Khullar popularly known as “Digital Gandhi” started his first company, I Impact India Partners at the age of 21 and later Presentation Ink, creating a niche for himself as the youngest consultant in the ‘Cause Branding & Marketing’ industry internationally.

He is a three time drop-out and has recently spoken at a couple of TEDx events in Delhi. His core areas of expertise and passion are – social impact, branding, marketing and social innovation. You can find more details about him here – onkarkhullar.com. He is now also a partner for jarjewellery.com and goodnetwork.co. He is well renowned for introducing a new way of life called 5-year-Old Philosophy through his book 5 year old Billionaire.

He is a Blogger with Cause Artist. In 2016 he is has pledged to spearhead India’s Social Entrepreneurship Movement amongst the youth called ‘Gandhi with a laptop’ through his workshops across the nation.

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Pallavi Singh – Founder & CEO, Pallavi Linguistics Services

Pallavi is a no-frills 25 year old young entrepreneur who prefers a “paav” more than “bhaav”. Born and raised in Delhi and now based in Mumbai; she believes ” Nothing is a coincidence”. Having lived in 15 neighbourhoods in Mumbai and spent days eating bhajiya for breakfast, lunch & dinner; she realized pretty soon that its (mostly) all about the money! She believes to have graduated from “University of hard-knocks”.

Founder & owner of one of the most niche businesses in Mumbai: Hindi Lessons for Foreigners in India, her patrons include American, Canadian, Australian, Belgian & Spanish Consulates along with 4 relocation companies & two leading International Schools.

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Papa Cj – Stand-up Comedian

Papa Cj is a stand-up comedian from India. In November 2014 he won the ‘Asia’s Best Stand-up Comedian’ award by Top 10 Magazine in Kuala Lumpur. He has toured sell-out shows across five continents and in October 2011 he taped a Showtime USA Stand-up Comedy Special with Russell Peters in Amsterdam.

Papa CJ’s international TV credits include shows on various channels including Comedy Central, Paramount, ITV, BBC, The Comedy Channel, NBC, Showtime USA, Omni TV and MTV. He has been invited as a guest on multiple radio shows across the globe, including NPR in the USA and the BBC. He has also been seen on multiple TV channels in India. In 2012 the event and entertainment industry in India gave him an award for India’s Best Stand-up Comedian.

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Parul SoniGlobal Managing Partner and Co-Founder – TTC – Thinkthrough Consulting., Executive Director, WEConnect International in India, Speaker, Author & CSR – Corporate Social Responsibility Expert

Parul is a renowned thinker, speaker and author with an in-depth understanding of divergent challenges met in the cause of community empowerment. A prominent personality in the development sector, Parul has received several accolades for his invaluable support and thought leadership in the field of CSR and social development. Prior to setting up Thinkthrough Consulting (TTC), a professional services firm that specializes in providing advisory support to sustainable development initiatives, he was a Partner and Global Co-leader of Not-for-Profit sector advisory in Ernst & Young Global and was instrumental in launching the Development Advisory Services. Within 20 months of launch, TTC is now a global firm with offices and partner firms in US., UK. & Japan. Parul is a relentless supporter of women inclusion and Entrepreneurship.

He is also the India Lead for WEConnect International, a corporate driven global non-profit that helps women-owned businesses succeed in global value chains. He was instrumental in organising ThinkBig 2016, Asia’s largest summit on women entrepreneurship and women owned businesses. ThinkBig 2016 helped bring together over 3,500 delegates, 400 women-owned businesses, 300 industry thought leaders, over 50 companies and their procurement specialists, 35 top banks and 45 Women’s and Business Associations from 19 States across India and 15 countries around the world. A transformational development leader with nearly two decades of diverse experience, he actively encourages, mentors and supports entrepreneurs via the Advisory board of BD Foundation earlier Biz Divas. He is also Advisor and Promoter Director in India for The Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN); a Founding Board Member of Save the Children-Bal Raksha, the Indian evolution of Save the Children International network and a board Member of SaveLIFE Foundation and Handicap International.

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Pierre Mario Fitter – Associate Director – Social Media, IPG Media Brands

Pierre loves storytelling. He has been doing it for more than a decade. In his current role, he leads a team of social media managers, executives and analysts, at an award-winning digital agency. Together with web developers, designers, media planners and content producers, he likes telling the clients’ stories to their customers. Before his stint in digital marketing, he spent 8 years in print, TV & digital newsrooms, producing originally reported multimedia content for the India Today Group, INX News and Businessworld Magazine.

He has handled everything from news anchoring to reporting, TV production, camerawork, photography, and writing. Prior to that, he worked for AIESEC – a global, non-profit youth organization at their offices in India, Russia and China. His work there centered around communications, PR, and recruitment.


Piyush Suri – Founder & Director, 5By7

Piyush co-founded 5By7 in 2009. 5By7 creates stunning marketing products for some of the leading global brands to excite & engage their customers, employees, partners and other stakeholders. Since it’s inception, 5By7 has been creating advertising & promotional products for some of the most loved brands in the world. The company helps organizations & brands execute a better, more effective promotional strategy by focusing on design and innovation, thereby delivering an incredible gifting experience to audiences everywhere. Piyush is an alumnus of PwC & Accenture. He has worked in Mumbai, Beijing, New York, London and New Delhi. He has several years of leadership experience and specializes in marketing & product design. Previously, during his final year in college, Piyush was the President of AIESEC Chandigarh, where he substantially built the organisational capacity of the local committee.

Piyush Tewari – Founder & CEO, Save Life Foundation

Piyush is currently championing the development of a comprehensive national road safety law for India. Appointed member of the expert panel constituted by the Supreme Court of India to monitor road safety and emergency care across the country. Formerly, he was the India-­head of Calibrated Group, a US-­ based Private Equity firm. Piyush is also an Ashoka Fellow, Echoing Green Fellow and Rolex Laureate; member of The Outstanding Speakers Bureau; subject of ‘The Golden Hour’, an award-­winning feature documentary produced by the Film School at University of Colorado, Denver, USA.

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Pranay Swarup – Co-founder & CEO, Chtrbox

Pranay is passionate about branding, marketing and digital media. He loves finding creative solutions to build a strong connection between corporate brands and the youth through experiential marketing initiatives. Over the years, Pranay has led several teams to deliver some game changing products, services, events and ideas. Previously, as the COO & Co-founder of Letsintern & Youthink, he has led overall strategy, operations, growth, monetization, marketing, team hiring & management. Letsintern was acquired by ‘Aspiring Minds’ in 2015.

 Letsintern.com was formed in 2011 with a vision to enable the youth to connect to their careers. With 4 million+ visits in 2014-15, Letsintern.com grew to become one of the largest web and mobile platforms connecting students and organizations, globally.

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Prateek BhargavaFounder & CEO – Mindler, EdTech Entrepreneur

Prateek is the Founder & CEO of MINDLER – a technology enabled eco-system for career planning, development and mentoring for school and college students. The company leverages technology, research, machine learning and algorithms to minimize the human bias in career decision making process. Prateek has done a double MBA from ISB Hyderabad and MDI Gurgaon, specializing in Strategy & Leadership, Finance and Human Resource Management.

With work experience of over 8 years, Prateek was working as a Strategy Consultant at Accenture Strategy Consulting in the past. The projects he has worked on span the domains of Growth Strategy, Business & Sales Transformation, Spend Optimization, Turnaround Management and Change Management. He has also worked for over 3 years with the largest automotive manufacturer in India, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd, in an executive associate role to the Chief Operating Officer. The role spanned responsibilities such as Business & People Strategy design and implementation, Vendor Capability Development, Change Management, Cross Functional Leadership, Organization Development, Global Strategic HRM, Drive Innovation, Employer Branding among others.

In the education domain he was the Strategic Advisor to Taxmann Publication Pvt. Ltd., market leader in tax & corporate law publication in India. The role involved conceptualizing global expansion strategy and steering the organization re-structuring exercise.

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Dr. Prateek SondhiSenior Resident – Dermatology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)

Pranay is passionate about branding, marketing and digital media. He loves finding creative solutions to build a strong connection between corporate brands and the youth through experiential marketing initiatives. Over the years, Pranay has led several teams to deliver some game changing products, services, events and ideas. Previously, as the COO & Co-founder of Letsintern & Youthink, he has led overall strategy, operations, growth, monetization, marketing, team hiring & management. Letsintern was acquired by ‘Aspiring Minds’ in 2015.

 Letsintern.com was formed in 2011 with a vision to enable the youth to connect to their careers. With 4 million+ visits in 2014-15, Letsintern.com grew to become one of the largest web and mobile platforms connecting students and organizations, globally.

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Prerna Mukharya – Founder, Outline India

Prerna is a data-preneur and champions the case of research startups that create business opportunity at the bottom of the pyramid. Over the past four years her organization Outline India – a for-profit social enterprise – has partnered with academics, policy makers and private stakeholders to deliver data driven solutions for resolving some of India’s most critical development challenges across 22 states and 2000+ villages. By leveraging technology, including drones for mapping in villages and innovating on traditional data collection methods, Outline India’s work has widely impacted the manner in which government agencies, donor organizations and not for profits view complex development challenges in India. An economist by training, Prerna has previously worked in varying research capacities at Harvard University, MIT and the Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi.

Prerna is a 2017 Raisina Fellow, awarded by Ministry of External affairs, Govt Of India and ORF Foundation, a 2016 Australia India Youth Dialogue Fellow, and a TEDx speaker. She holds an MA in Economics from Boston University.

Priyank Narayan -­ Director, Entrepreneurship Programmes, Ashoka University

Priyank is a seasoned entrepreneur, management consultant and academician. He started his career as a HR partner for IBM and then followed his passion to start diverse organiza1ons like Reach Potential, People Dynamics and IndiaPreneurship. He is passionate about supporting young entrepreneurs to execute their ideas and advises several start-­ups on strategy and design thinking.

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Rachit Malhotra – CoFounder – Advaitha, Business Development Professional

Rachit is an average student turned topper,a science nerd turned entrepreneur. and a thinker turned doer. After pursuing his Electronics and Communication from NSIT,Delhi he went on to pursue his MBA from SP Jain Institute of Management and Research, Mumbai; between which he also worked as a consultant at Deloitte.

As of now he handles his family businesses in Delhi and Haridwar where he does everything from closing deals, to developing new vendors, to exploring new avenues of businesses. Rachit focuses on looking at problems in a structured way, and tries to keep a clean approach to solving them. He believes in the thought that life turns out to be how you want it, only by taking very, very deliberate steps and decisions all along the way. Recently, Rachit has co-founded Advaitha – a luxury skin care brand.

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Rajeev AgarwalaCEO – Erudio Consulting, Software Training & Development Expert

Rajeev is passionate and committed to Training and Development of working professionals and fresh engineers to become Global Consultants in the area of ‘Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)’ and ‘Systems, Applications, Products (SAP) in Data Processing. He wants to empower young professionals to create a career beyond line management. As partners in progress with SAP and Siemens he trains, hires, consults and recruits consultants with SAP and Siemens partners and customers.

As a leader in the field of Learning it is his endeavor to provide 360 Degrees Success. This has Professional Assessment, Business Understanding, Technical Skills, Project Management and Behavioral Skills to convert Line Managers to Global Consultants.

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Rajeev Gupta – CoFounder – Sproutbox, Serial Entrepreneur & Startup Mentor

Rajeev is currently one of the principal architects of Glisco Advisors LLP, the holding company of Sprout Box. He is passionate about empowering small businesses, especially social entrepreneurs, to achieve higher levels of productivity by consolidating all the business functions and giving it a new direction. A seasoned entrepreneur, Rajeev, after participating in his family business, started a couple of ventures – from India’s First Fully Automated Rose Growing Farm in 1996, to an Export Business that dealt with emerging markets in Japan and Africa.

He has also worked with his customers from Oil Fields to Coal Fields across the North East of India. A Mechanical Engineer by Profession from the Birla Institute of Technology (BITS) Pilani, Rajeev has travelled the world extensively and has a great understanding of both mature large scale business models as well as startups. With a keen interest in helping startups both as a Mentor and as an Advisor, Rajeev has helped a number of brands become who they are today

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Rajiv Vij – Founder and CEO, Carzonrent

An Alumnus of Faculty of Management Studies Rajiv Vij is now the Chairman of Carzonrent India which operates a fleet of over 10000 cars across India servicing corporate and leisure travelers operating from airports, city centers, railway stations, housing condos, IT parks, university campuses etc. providing cars with driver and on Self-drive basis under Carzonrent and Myles brands. Rajiv has been involved with Automobile and Travel industry through his professional and entrepreneurial career and can be credited with contributing to the growth and expanded reach of global car rental concepts across India and helping build and consolidate the industry to attract global players and marquee investors in this space. His experience of partnering with global players in automobile and ground transportation industry and setting up and achieving market leadership in mobility solutions business in a short period of time against tough competition from established Indian and international players speaks volumes about his strengths and abilities as a successful entrepreneur.

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Rajpal SinghDirector – Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI)

An Alumnus of Faculty of Management Studies Rajiv Vij is now the Chairman of Carzonrent India which operates a fleet of over 10000 cars across India servicing corporate and leisure travelers operating from airports, city centers, railway stations, housing condos, IT parks, university campuses etc. providing cars with driver and on Self-drive basis under Carzonrent and Myles brands. Rajiv has been involved with Automobile and Travel industry through his professional and entrepreneurial career and can be credited with contributing to the growth and expanded reach of global car rental concepts across India and helping build and consolidate the industry to attract global players and marquee investors in this space. His experience of partnering with global players in automobile and ground transportation industry and setting up and achieving market leadership in mobility solutions business in a short period of time against tough competition from established Indian and international players speaks volumes about his strengths and abilities as a successful entrepreneur.

Rajpal is passionate about creating the sports eco-system by providing a lead role in policy debate and facilitating invaluable partnership opportunities for long term development. He has been a catalyst in promoting investment in the business of sports through public-private-partnership. He helps in contributing to human capital resource such as skill training and professional management expertise and keeps all the member companies updated on policies, regulatory and other related issues in the concerned sector. Rajpal works closely with the Government Ministries, Associations and Corporates on the development of Sports Policies & Industry.

He has done fundamental research and prepared study / background papers on latest issues pertaining to national policies and business issuesto promote & facilitate trade & investment. He also takes keen interest in conceptualising and organising events on latest policy issues.

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Rasik Pansare – Co-founder & Chief Marketing Officer, Get My Parking

Entrepreneurial by attitude, Rasik started Get My Parking, a smart parking startup. He holds an MBA from Faculty of Management Studies, New Delhi and was the President of entrepreneurship cell there. He believes in the philosophy of ‘Live Life, not Exist” and encourages the pursuit of passion.

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Ravi Sreedharan – Founder – Indian School of Development Management (ISDM), Social Entrepreneur

Ravi is currently the Founder and Director of Indian School of Development Management – ISDM. He is passionate about equity and equal opportunities in the society. This requires a complex combination of work in driving systemic change combined with committed, passionate work at grass root levels. He believes that building professional leadership and management for the Development Sector will significantly improve the impact, sustainability and scalability of the work being done by organizations in the sector for a better society. He founded ISDM, to reach closer to this vision and purpose. Ravi is a graduate of IIM Ahmedabad (MBA) and IIT-BHU (B.Tech.).

He has worked for 24 years in the Corporate Sector most of which was at HSBC. At HSBC, Ravi has worked as the Regional Marketing Head for Middle East and Africa, Head of Consumer Products for Asia Pacific, Consumer Banking Head of Indonesia, CEO and President Director of Bank Ekonomi (a local bank in Indonesia that was acquired by HSBC). He quit his corporate career and switched to the social sector 5 years ago with Azim Premji Foundation where he was the Head of Education Leadership & Management.

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Rishabh Jain – Creator, Telescope Watch Trainer & Speaker – Astrophotography

Rishabh Jain is an astronomy lover who has travelled across the length and breadth of India to capture clear skies with his camera. Over the past few years he has spent a mind-boggling amount of time spreading the science among the masses by participating in, guiding and leading certain Astronomy Clubs, Workshops, and Public outreach events and through several published articles and his own crafted lesson plans on General Science and Astronomy.

He is also an avid astro-photographer and is well known in the Astrophotography Community. He has trained several educators and several thousand students over the last few years enchanting them with intricacies and the marvels of stargazing. Rishabh has asteroid discoveries under his belt and his work has been featured in popular magazines and websites like BBC Earth and Universe Today and often appears on TV as an expert on panels during major celestial and earth events. He also runs a Non-Profit collective called ‘Telescope Watch’ where he teaches Astronomy and Science for free.

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Saurabh Kaushik – Founder & CEO – Peopleist India, Leadership Coach, Speaker & Master Trainer

Saurabh is a trusted leadership advisor, board consultant, life & business strategist and a passionate coach who enables people from all walks of life. From seasoned business owners, start-up entrepreneurs, directors, CEO’s, VP’s, and even some top calibre ivy league students, he’s enabled them all to achieve breakthrough personal and professional results by helping them define, build and grow themselves and their businesses.

He is an inspiring motivational keynote speaker and a high impact professional master trainer who has served some of the world’s greatest brands ranging from leading Fortune 500 Corporations to both large and small family owned businesses apart from also speaking at leading forums, colloquiums, seminars at colleges like IIMs etc to share his knowledge on business, leadership and areas of human resource development.

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Sarvesh Pande – Co-founder, Ecomytra

Things were going well with Sarvesh while pursuing a dual degree B.Tech-M.B.A course from NMIMS Mumbai in 2012. That’s when he decided to take a jump to opt out and co-founded Ecomytra in April 2013, a social youth venture helping urban people move towards a greener lifestyle and empower rural communities. With a team of 5 and bootstrapping the startup since 3 years, they have expanded operations to U.S, U.K and Singapore.

He was invited for Startup India launch at Vigyan Bhavan this January. He has completed a certificate course by UNCTAD Empretec’s Entrepreneurship Training Workshop. With an interest in brand communication, he is actively involved with International Advertising Association-Young Professionals, in creating a youthful community of communications professionals. Prior to this he had taken up leadership roles at AIESEC and TEDxGateway.

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Sayan Ghosh – Associate Consultant, Avendus Capital

Sayan is currently working as an investment banking associate with Avendus Capital – a leading provider of financial services with an emphasis on customized solutions in the areas of financial advisory, capital markets, wealth management and alternative asset management. Prior to his current role, Sayan did some entrepreneurial ventures in the entertainment and financial domains. He pursued B.Tech in computer science engineering from West Bengal University and MBA in Finance/Strategy from FMS, Delhi University. He held key roles in entrepreneurship cells of both the institutions.

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Sebastian Maier – Systemic Coach & Trainer, Germany

Sebastian Maier is a systemic coach and trainer from Germany. He is has lived and worked in several European countries like Sweden and Austria. He is passionate about training and empowering individuals to reach their highest potential to reach their life goals. His curiosity and love for travel has currently brought him to India, where he is closely working with the Human Circle team to develop an online platform to increase the capacity of the #DoWhatYouLove movement.

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Seema K Bharwani – Content Development Expert

Seema K Bharwani wants to live in a world where people design their lives around the idea of #DoWhatYouLove and get paid big bucks while doing it – a world where people don’t try to just find a job but instead focus on finding their purpose and living their mission. As the founder and chief content strategist at www.contentbyseema.com, she’s worked with over 20 Fortune 500 companies and 100’s of entrepreneurs to help them turn their passions into profits. When she’s not busy brainstorming and creating content magic, you can find her at the airport heading off on her next adventure or curled up on the sofa reading a book. Her first three businesses were sales consulting at age 13, selling friendship bands at age 16 and selling stickers at age 18.

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Sharanya Chandran – Co-founder, Director MentorYes, Vice-President, Senior Dancer & Choreographer – Natya Vriksha

Sharanya Chandran has an experience in Bharatnatyam since 25 years now. As the Vice President of Natya Vriksha Dance Company, she is empanelled with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations and DoorDarshan. She has been an International Cultural Ambassador, performing for President Barack Obama, to prime audiences in New York, London, Bangkok, Sydney, Boston, and Melbourne. An ambassador of SPICMACAY, she has also been spreading culture to schools in rural India. She completed her Masters in Development Studies from London School of Economics and Political Science in 2010. She worked as the curator for the ‘World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community’.

In 2011 she started working as the Principal Consultant for National Skill Development Agency, Government of India (formerly, Office of Advisor to the Prime Minister of India on Skill Development. In 2014, she started working as a Policy Manager for J-PAL South Asia at IFMR – Abdul Lateef Jameel Poverty Action Lab – named in honor of Abdul Latif Jameel, father of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) alumnus Mohammed Abdul Latif Jameel. In 2016, she co-founded MentorYes, which connects young professionals and students to the right mentors for guidance on academics, admissions, careers and more.

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Shamshir Rai Luthra – Veteran RJ and Creative Activist

Shamshir is a celebrated speaker who has motivated millions through his trendsetting radio shows, TV appearances, books, and live events for nearly three decades. He shares his light through various mediums such as writing, social service, education, arts and public speaking. In 1994, he led the way in speaking ‘bolchaal bhasha’ on air. In 1997, he awakened the need for self-confidence, personality development & voice training for each Indian. He has authored two books, ‘Talk To Win’ in 2002 and ‘Lazy Ways To Enlightenment’ in 2003.

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Shivani Marwaha – Consumer Intelligence, Microsoft

Shivani is a graduate from IMI and an award-winning consumer Insights expert. She has a deep understanding of consumers in India. This understanding has been leveraged to lead large-scale strategic projects to bring the consumer voice to the ‘heart of decision making’. For these she has also been conferred the award of “Role Model for Nokia India” a CEO’s Choice award. In addition to managing consumer insights for India she also leads the brand advocacy program for the company. This is a pan India engagement program with the youth.


Shravan Thampi -­ Manager, Marketing and Business Dev, Lenskart

Shravan is a young professional with a global experience in organizations like Lenskart, PWC and AIESEC. He currently heads the marketing and business development func1on for lenskart’s home eye check-­up business unit. Before this role, Shravan was working in Mexico for PWC’s International Business Center. He is passionate about developing business for upcoming organizations and is also speaks at various events to inspire the youth to reach their highest potential.

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Shronit Ladhani – Head of Sales and Marketing at BUCON

Shronit is currently Head of Sales and Marketing at BUCON Engineers and Infrastructure a real estate and infrastructure company and also Founding Partner and Angel Investor at Tykee Capital Partners. He is the past President of AIESEC in Mumbai, a global organization that focuses on developing youth leaders and has previously worked with Financial Technologies/63 Moons to help them set up their Entrepreneur in Residence Incubation Program.

He also serves as an advisor to AIESEC in Mumbai and 2 social startups- Project Khushiya and Navayuvak Entrepreneurs. From being a MHT-CET state topper to being a disillusioned student of VJTI College, he has experienced the highs and lows of the Indian education system and is extremely passionate about education and is currently working on a platform that aims to bridge the talent gap that exists in the youth today.

He has also done a teaching internship in the Czech Republic. When he isn’t working he will most probably be found immersing himself in a travelling experience or in the ocean at a dive site or surfing spot and has been to 32 countries till date. He believes that every individual is a work in progress, and is capable of far more than one thinks and loves to spend his time inspiring others to push their boundaries and achieve more.

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Shveta Raina – Founder & CEO, Talerang

Shveta Raina is a graduate of the Harvard Business School (HBS) where she was awarded 2nd year Honours (~top 15% of the graduating class) and was also a recipient of the Horace Goldsmith Fellowship for Social Enterprise. She led an independent research project at HBS under the guidance of Professor Das Narayan Das to find a solution to India’s employability crisis, which grew into a business-plan and finally into her start-up, Talerang.

Her research and pilots were funded by a grant from the Social Enterprise Initiative at HBS. Shveta has been recognized as one of India Inc’s Rising Women Leaders (2015) by the Economic Times Corporate Dossier and Spencer Stuart India.Prior to HBS, Shveta was on the start-up team of Teach For India as the Director of Recruitment, Marketing and Selection. She started her career as a consultant at McKinsey’s New York City office, where she worked on client engagements for several global financial institutions, and founded and ran the Female Business Analyst Mentorship Program (North America).

She graduated Magna cum Laude from Brown University in Applied Mathematics, International Studies and Economics.

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Sankalp Chabbra – Project Manager – CSR, Partnerships & Strategic Initiatives, Snapdeal

Sankalp manages corporate social responsibility program for Snapdeal called Sunshine. Previously he has worked with ‘The Planning Commission of India’, Corporate Executive Board, Hewlett Packard and CBSE. He is a graduate of Delhi College of Engineering and completed his MBA from Indian Institute of Foreign Trade. Sankalp loves anchoring (hosted 300+ shows) & teaching (Physics, Maths & Interview Preparation – Online coached people from 6 continents, 18+ countries, helping candidates receive offers from McKinsey, BCG, Bain, etc).

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Sonia Joanna Szymczak – Founder & CEO, Business Etiquette Redefined

Sonia is a cross-cultural business communication trainer and business etiquette consultant. She recently launched her Business Etiquette Redefined project to support entrepreneurs and employees working in a multicultural environment, at all stages of their careers, from startups to corporations. She made a deliberate choice to live and work on three different continents in culturally distinct countries including Poland, Belgium, India, and the United Arab Emirates.

She utilizes the exposure and experience she gained both in small companies and corporations by creating bespoke seminars and workshops for business executives who need familiarization with alien business and social cultures.

She believes that mutual understanding between people of different cultures starts with respect and non-judgmental approach.

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Tushar Jain – Local Committee President, AIESEC Delhi IIT

Tushar is a very simple person when it comes to wishes in life. He never asked for much. He had no desires or didn’t know what to choose as a career when all his friends were already talking about which college they want to go to, but he never really cared much about it.

He always told himself, “I am confident and capable enough to do something worthy in my life, do not worry.” But this careless attitude soon showed him the reality of this competitive world, when he was at a verge of getting compartment in his class 12th boards exam.

He listened to his heart, telling him to play a soccer tournament during boards and not listening to his brain, telling him to study. Soon, he heard about an organization called AIESEC. In the summer of 2013, he worked in Indonesia trying to impact their society. On his return, he decided to join AIESEC as a local committee member. From there on, his life completely changed.

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Dr. Vasanthakumari Jayaraman – Trustee – INCAD Foundations & HKRAFT International, Women Empowerment Activist

Dr. Vasanthakumari Jayaraman is based in Chennai and has been working as a Learning Adviser and Consultant Psychologist for the last two decades. She is passionate about meeting people, coaching, mentoring, guiding, counselling and training. She has done her Masters in Sociology, Psychology & Management with a Ph.D. in Women Entrepreneurship from Annamalai University & University of Madras. She is a ‘Prevention of Sexual Harassment’ Committee Member at Michelin and a ‘Learning Development’ Consultant at NIS Sparta. Dr. Vasanthakumari has a great experience in developing successful women entrepreneurs.

She is passionate about change and practices effective for change management through counselling and consulting. She has conducted 1000 Man-hours training programs for employees, all over Tamil Nadu. She is a practising Counsellor for depression/stress related issues and also has experience in behavioural training, marital / Industrial counselling. Previously she has worked as an external faculty member for the MBA students on Entrepreneurship Programs for Vellore Institute of Technology. In association with the CSR wing of CII, she has also worked as a mentor for the Southern region.

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Vishal Rewari – Manager – Operations, Housing.com

Vishal Rewar graduated as an IT engineer with Masters in Operations Research from IIT Bombay. After graduation, he started working as a software engineer, but soon got stuck with a dream to get into IIT Bombay. Dreams do come true.

In 2012 he started pursuing his Masters there. Earlier he had been on the executive body of AIESEC Ahmedabad. Somehow, he was always in love with the tall and long skyline of cities.

In 2014 he joined the young and dynamic startup in real estate, Housing.com and since then he has been involved in the operations of the growing startup in its quest to make the real estate sector a little more organised.

Wioleta Burdzy Seth– Co-founder & Chief Operating Officer, Human Circle, Trainer and Life Coach

 

Wioleta Burdzy Seth is the Co-founder & Chief Operating Officer for Human Circle, a trainer and life coach. She is passionate about transforming the lives of young people and helping them reach their highest potential. She has a strong academic and practical experience in social psychology.

Wioleta has previously worked with some multi-nationals like Inditex (Zara) and Statoil as a HR expert. She has lived and worked in five countries and has a rich experience in learning and development. She is from Poland has travelled to more than 25 countries so far.

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Yamini Singh – Editor-in-Chief, Everything Experiential

Yamini is an experienced marketing and content professional who is passionate about experiential marketing. Everything Experiential is an online platform to connect professionals in the entertainment space with the event management industry and also share innovative marketing ideas. As the head of the business unit, she has enabled it to grow from scratch and now looking to expand it further with the launch the magazine format.

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Yatin K Thakur – Founder & CEO, CoworkIn and Startup India

Yatin is a startup traveler and founder of one of the fastest growing co-working chains – CoworkIn. He loves sharing stories, experiences and thoughts on empowering youngsters and inspiring them to be entrepreneurs. He is an eco-system developer for a better entrepreneurship experience in India. Through his startups, he is developing and sustaining entrepreneurship in India. Yatin is the founder of over 7 startups in India around Wireless Tech, Media, Rural Development & National Security and a force behind many upcoming startups.

He is passionate about low cost startup infrastructure development, organic farming and community development. As the founder of CoworkIn, Mesmobia & Grameenmobia and co-founder of Moonlighting, EIR at UP Global, Global Facilitator of Startup Weekend; Yatin has made a big impact for enabling a systemic growth in India. Yatin is also working towards the development of a progressive policy framework to empower people to startup. He is often invited at local, national and global forums as an expert in the co-working and startup space.

Yogesh Shukla – General Secretary, Vishwagram, Govt. of India

Yogesh is an inspiring political leader who has worked tirelessly for the upliftment of the masses in the rural areas across India. He was the national co-­convener for the Panchayat Raj cell during the Vajpayee government and travelled across the country to understand the challenges and create innovative models of governance. He is a member of BJP’s executive council for Uttar Pradesh and has also been a member of the national youth commission for the government of India.

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Zuber Memon – Product Engineer – Healthcare R&D GE India

Zuber Memon works on building affordable medical technology solutions for emerging markets. A graduate of GE’s ‘Edison Leadership Program’ at the John F. Welch Technology Center, he has championed technology development initiatives through crowdsourcing models, design thinking and open innovation – a key highlight being Jugaad-a-thon, a medical technolgy hackathon in India co-hosted with CAMTech, MGH Boston. He is currently working on developing education solutions for first-time CT users in remote areas. An IIE/GE Foundation scholar, Zuber graduated BE in Mechanical Engineering from Manipal University and is pursuing a Masters in Systems Engineering from Pennsylvania State University. Zuber is also an Adjunct Faculty at Manipal University – mentoring students and teachers – with a keen interest in re-modelling Indian higher education to enhance the employability index of graduates.