INK2010: Untold Stories

December 9 - December 12, 2010 in Lavasa, India



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Adora Svitak

Adora Svitak

Child prodigy

Seeing Adora walk down the street, you might not think that the seemingly typical thirteen-year-old is a published author, activist, accomplished speaker and one of the world’s youngest teachers.
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Adrianna Svitak

Adrianna Svitak

Poet, Pianist

With a wide range of passions including music, poetry, and art, Adrianna Svitak studies piano and violin as well as singing. Her musical interests range from Michael Jackson to Mozart, Beethoven to Beyonce. Nine years of practice have led to awards from events, including the Seattle Young Artists’ Festival, the Performing Arts Festival of the Eastside, the Music Teachers’ National Association and the Bach Festival competition. In violin, her accomplishments include being named Concertmistress for the Redmond Junior High Honors Orchestra as well as the Junior All-State Orchestra.
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Alexander Tsiaras

Alexander Tsiaras

Techno artist

Alexander is a renowned technologist, artist, journalist and author. As an artist and technologist, he has participated in developing scientific visualization software to enable him to “paint” the anatomy using volume data.
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Anand Kumar

Anand Kumar

Founder, Super 30

Anand Kumar is ushering in a revolution in the hinterlands of India by equipping youth to dream big through his education initiative ‘Super 30’ in Patna, Bihar.  In 1994, he was admitted to Cambridge University but was unable to afford it after his father, a low paid postal employee, passed away.  In the last eight years of ‘Super 30’, Kumar, now a noted mathematics teacher, has coached a phenomenal 212 students, most first generation learners from rural, poor backgrounds, to pass the joint entrance test of the Indian Institute of Technology.  Time Magazine selected ‘Super 30’ in the Best of Asia 2010, and Discovery Channel made a documentary film on ‘Super 30’.  
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Anil Ananthaswamy

Anil Ananthaswamy

Author, New Scientist journalist

Anil Ananthaswamy is a consultant for New Scientist in London. He has worked at the magazine in various capacities since 2000, most recently as deputy news editor. He has also contributed to National Geographic News and The Independent (UK). He studied electronics,electrical and computer engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (Bachelor of Technology), and the University of Washington, Seattle (Master of Science), and worked as a software engineer in Silicon Valley before training as a journalist at the University of California Santa Cruz. He is the author of The Edge of Physics, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (published as The Edge of Reason by Penguin, India).
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Anita Goel

Anita Goel

Physicist, Physician, Nanotech Innovator

Dr. Anita Goel is the Founder, Chairman and Scientific Director of Nanobiosym, an innovation engine and hi-tech incubator at the convergence of physics, nanotechnology and biomedicine, and CEO of Nanobiosym Diagnostics to commercialize the Gene-RADAR technology platform to empower people worldwide with rapid, portable diagnostic information about their own health.
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Arvind Gupta

Arvind Gupta

Toymaker, innovator, science educator

Science educator Arvind Gupta uses simple toys to teach. A graduate from IIT Kanpur (1975 batch), Arvind Kumar Gupta took a year’s study leave from TELCO (in 1978) to work with the grassroots village science teaching programme for children in the tribal district of Hoshangabad, Madhya Pradesh. While there, he developed many useful low-cost teaching/science teaching aids using locally available materials. The possibilities of using ordinary things for doing science and recycling modern junk into joyous products appealed immensely to children. Arvind Gupta’s first book, Matchstick Models and other Science Experiments, was translated into 12 Indian languages by various Popular Science groups and sold more than half a million copies. Gupta has conducted workshops in over 2000 schools and has won many national and international awards.
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Babar Ali

Babar Ali

Youngest headmaster

He was called the “youngest headmaster in the world” by BBC in October 2009, at the age of 16. Babar Ali is an Indian student and teacher from Murshidabad, West Bengal. The school that he runs is an outdoor school and counts a total of 10 teachers - all of them students at nearby school or college - who volunteer to teach. There are no tuition fees, thus making it affordable for the poor in this economically deprived area and thereby helping increase literacy rate there. In 2009, Babar Ali won a prize from the program Real Heroes of the Indian English news channel CNN IBN for his work and was awarded the NDTV Indian of the year award. UNTOLD STORY: Babar Ali is now studying in his first year at Berhampur Krishnath College towards a BA (Honors in English). In the afternoons, he teaches students in the school he founded in his parents’ backyard in Murshidabad.
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Corey Bridges

Corey Bridges

Video game producer

Responsible for strategic planning and game-creation at Multiverse, Corey is helping build a network of interactive entertainment, which includes casual games, Massively Multiplayer Online Games (MMOGs), and 3D virtual worlds. Over the past year, Corey has overseen development of games for McDonald's and Coca-Cola, as well as the ground-breaking "Battle: Realms at War," the world's most extensive web-based MMOG.
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Deepak Chopra

Deepak Chopra

NYT best selling wellness author

New York Times bestselling author Deepak Chopra is acknowledged as one of the world's greatest leaders in the field of mind body medicine.
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Deepti Naval

Deepti Naval

Actress, activist, artist, poet

Deepti Naval is an artiste in the true sense of the word. Deepti is an acclaimed Indian actress who migrated to the US for university. She debuted in the Hindi movie, 'Ek Baar Phir' (1979), and has acted in over 60 films, including 'Mirch Masala', 'Main Zinda Hoon', and more recently, 'Leela'. She wrote and directed 'Thodasa Aasmaan', a TV serial about women, produced a travel show, and made her directorial debut with 'Do Paise Ki Dhoop, Chaar Aane Ki Baarish'. 'Lamha-Lamha' was her first poetry compilation, followed by 'Black Wind and Other Poems'. Coming up is a poetry collection from wanderings in Ladakh. She runs the Vinod Pandit Charitable Trust, in memory of her late companion, for the education of the girl child. Untold Story
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Derek Sivers

Derek Sivers

Entrepreneur, programmer, student of life.

Originally a professional musician and circus clown, Derek Sivers created CD Baby in 1998. It became the largest seller of independent music online, with $100M in sales for 150,000 musicians. In 2008, Derek sold CD Baby for $22M, giving the proceeds to a charitable trust for music education. He is a frequent speaker at the TED Conference, with over 5 million views of his talks. In 2011, he published a book which shot to #1 on all of its Amazon categories. Derek Sivers lives in Singapore, where he is creating his next company.
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Dinh Thi Hoa

Dinh Thi Hoa

Entrepreneur

Dinh Thi Hoa grew-up in communist North Vietnam during the Vietnam War. She went to university in Moscow and later returned to Vietnam to join the Foreign Service of the Vietnamese government. In 1990, she was chosen as the first Vietnamese to receive the World Bank scholarship to study at Harvard Business School. She returned to Vietnam in 1994. Hoa has been nicknamed "a serial entrepreneur" because she is the founder/manager of number of successful businesses in Vietnam, including Galaxy, the Paris Deli cafe chain, and Thienviet Securities among several others. She also supports education and art non-profit projects.
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Gayatri Ganjawalla

Gayatri Ganjawalla

Singer, musician

Gayatri Ganjawalla is a classically trained vocalist both in Carnatic and Hindustani styles and is currently training under the tutelage of Pt. Shri Babanrao Haldankar. She was the first Indian woman to play the leading role in the London West End musical The Far Pavilions where her acting and singing abilities received critical acclaim. Gayatri has sung for several Bollywood films and in regional languages. She travels extensively, either as a solo performer or with her husband, multiple award winner Kunal Ganjawalla. UNTOLD STORY: In school, Gayatri wanted to be an astrophysicist. Her high point was when she won a book on how to make a telescope. She was also a national level volleyball player but didn’t grow tall enough to continue the game.
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George Mathew

George Mathew

Founder, Music for Life International, NYC

Singapore-born Indian conductor, George Mathew, founder and Artistic Director of MUSIC FOR LIFE INTERNATIONAL and UBUNTU-SHRUTI, has emerged as one of the leading forces in the classical music world bringing symphonic music to focus on global humanitarian issues and crises at the beginning of the 21st Century. In 2010-11 he made appearances in the US, India, Panama, Morocco and South Africa as conductor and ambassador for transformative action and awakening through music. www.music4lifeinternational.org He was a speaker at the inaugural INK Conference in 2010 and was thrilled by the array of inspiring, creative, humble, brilliant, warm, friendly people who are brought together at INK.
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James Cameron

James Cameron

Film maker, Inventor

James Cameron has many avatars that allow him to be a film director, producer, screenwriter, editor and inventor. His writing and directing work includes The Terminator (1984), Aliens (1986), The Abyss (1989), True Lies (1994), Titanic (1997), and Avatar (2009). In the time between making Titanic and his return to feature films with Avatar, Cameron spent some years creating documentary films and also co-developing the digital 3-D Fusion Camera System. Cameron has also worked extensively in deep ocean exploration, diving to extreme depths with his own submersibles, robotics and camera systems.FILMS: Avatar, Aliens of the Deep, Ghosts of the Abyss, Titanic, Strange Days, True Lies, Terminator II: Judgment Day, The Abyss, Aliens, Rambo: First Blood Part II, The Terminator, Piranha II: The Spawning
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Jennifer Aaker

Jennifer Aaker

Professor

A social psychologist and marketer, Jennifer Aaker is the General Atlantic Professor of Marketing at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. She is widely published in the leading scholarly journals in psychology and marketing, and her work has been featured in a variety of media, including The Economist, NYTimes, WSJ, Washington Post, BusinessWeek, Forbes, and Science. A sought-after teacher in the field of marketing, Professor Aaker teaches courses, including 'Designing Happiness', 'How to Tell a Story', 'Building Innovative Brands', and 'The Power of Social Technology'.
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John-Henry Harris

John-Henry Harris

Lego creative designer

John-Henry Harris is a British creative designer who has been living and working in Denmark for the past three years. His thought-provoking environmental and social design philosophies, displayed at the 2008 New Designers exhibition in London, won him a dream job innovating toys at LEGO, where his passion now lies in spreading the essence of Play worldwide. At a recent TED event in New York, John-Henry's motto "Play Hard, Work Better!" challenged corporate responsibility and social attitudes towards play at work, and he now hopes to broaden the way businesses think about innovation culture globally. UNTOLD STORY: John-Henry loves building ferocious creatures with big teeth and sharp claws and his 'Fiery Legend' Dragon set contains three models that can be built from the same set of bricks. This, along with some designer web-tips, aims to inspire children into believing that they really can create anything out of one selection of bricks.
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Joichi Ito

Joichi Ito

director, MIT Media Lab

Joichi Ito is the Director of the MIT Media Lab. He is the Chair of Creative Commons, on the Board of The New York Times Company, on the Board of the MacArthur Foundation, on the Board of Trustees of The Knight Foundation, and co-founder and board member of Digital Garage an Internet company in Japan. He is on board of a number of non-profit organizations including The Mozilla Foundation and WITNESS. He is a member of the IT Strategic Headquarters of the Japanese Cabinet. He has created numerous Internet companies including PSINet Japan, Digital Garage and Infoseek Japan and was an early stage investor in Twitter, Six Apart, Wikia, Flickr, Last.fm, Kongregate, Fotonauts/Fotopedia, Kickstarter, Path, Pinwheel and other Internet companies.
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Kamran Elahian

Kamran Elahian

Philanthropist, VC

As an entrepreneur, Kamran Elahian co-founded ten companies, three failed (e.g. Momenta), six produced a total market cap of over $8B and one is going IPO. As a VC, he co-founded Global Catalyst Partners with investments in the U.S., Japan, China, India and Israel.  Underlying Kamran’s global vision is the conviction that modern IT is instrumental in dissolving barriers between nations.
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Kevin Kelly

Kevin Kelly

Digital visionary

Kevin Kelly is Senior Maverick at Wired magazine. He helped launch Wired in 1993, and served as its Executive Editor for its first seven years. From 1984 to 1990, Kelly was publisher and Editor of the Whole Earth Review, a journal of unorthodox technical news. He co-founded the ongoing Hackers’ Conference, and was involved with the launch of the WELL, a pioneering online service started in 1985. He is also a charter board member of the Long Now Foundation, which is building a monumental clock to tick for 10,000 years. He is currently Editor and Publisher of the popular websites Cool Tools and The Quantified Self. His newest book What Technology Wants was released in October, 2010. UNTOLD STORY: Kevin's first job as a kid was at the local library. It was the only job he should have been fired for; instead of working he would hide in the stacks reading old magazines.
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Leonie Casanova

Leonie Casanova

Singer & Lyricist

Leonie Casanova is a London-based singer and songwriter. Born and raised in Zambia to an Italian father and Zambian mother, and schooled in Swaziland, England and the USA where she studied Economics and French Literature, Leonie’s colourful and almost nomadic background has deeply informed her approach to songwriting and to the intrinsic and essential story-telling element of this process. Leonie crosses and fuses genres and musical textures fluidly which allows exploration of what she calls “an endless work playground”. UNTOLD STORY: Leonie thinks her obsession with mangoes and her ability to sit and “observe the world” may have something to do with days spent climbing and sitting on mango trees as a child in Zambia!
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Luis Dias

Luis Dias

Founder of Child’s Play Foundation

Dr. Luis Dias is a physician, musician, and founder of Child’s Play, a charity which works to bring classical music to underprivileged children in India. Child’s Play is inspired by El Sistema, a Venezuelan initiative that promotes the collective practice of music and music education as a means of social change and empowerment. The creation of Child’s Play was triggered by the stupendous performances of two orchestras, both made up of underprivileged youth from separate corners of the globe, at London’s Royal Albert Hall in 2007.
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Lynda Barry

Lynda Barry

Cartoonist

Lynda Barry has worked as a painter, cartoonist, writer, illustrator, playwright, editor, commentator and teacher and found they are very much alike. 
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Mami Varte

Mami Varte

Singer

Mami is a well-known singer in Mizoram. Her debut album, Damlai Par, released in 2007, was rated as the top selling album of the year and led to a hat-trick of awards at the Mizoram Music Awards; Best Female Singer, Best Music Video and Song of the Year for the title track. Her following three singles reached the top 10 leading to another prestigious MMA in 2008. Mami recently released her new music video Hmangaihna Vanduai Maw with her second album to follow next year. UNTOLD STORY: I was recently invited to a school year function, I had a television appearance later on in the evening, so, feeling guilty, I made my excuses and left early, telling them to be sure to watch the telecast live on local cable that night. I got home, changed, did my make-up and waited to be collected, and waited, and waited... Eventually, I called them. The date was for the following week! I was totally embarrassed - the worst part is that when my mom got home - her advice was "Drink a glass of water and sleep on it!!"
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Marc Koska

Marc Koska

Inventor

The alarm bells first rang back in 1984 for Marc when he read a newspaper article predicting the spread of HIV through re-using medical syringes. Appalled at the prospect of such an avoidable catastrophe, Marc decided to do something about it. Some 26 years later his solution the K1, an Auto Disable (AD) syringe, not only physically prevents re-use, but can be manufactured inexpensively, by using existing machinery and is now under license to 14 global manufacturers. Conservative estimates credit Marc with more than five million lives saved and 10 million diseases prevented. In 2006, after realizing that simply manufacturing a safe product was not enough, he identified a gap in the market between producing a product that would save lives and a lack of knowledge of the benefits such a product can bring. He established The SafePoint Trust, a UK based not-for-profit, that produces hard-hitting, public information films. Marc now spends all his time working with SafePoint lobbying for legislation change at government level, spreading public awareness and ensuring adequate healthcare worker training is in force to complete the changeover to a safe healthcare system. WEBSITE: www.marckoska.com, www.safepointtrust.org
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Matt Groening

Matt Groening

Cartoonist, creator of The Simpsons

Matt Groening created the longest-running comedy in television history, The Simpsons. It exploded into a cultural phenomenon in 1990 and has remained one of the most groundbreaking and innovative entertainment franchises, recognizable throughout the world. He followed it with his creation of the hit sci-fi series FUTURAMA, currently one of the top rated shows on Comedy Central. As a cartoonist, Groening began his Life in Hell weekly comic strip series in the 1980’s which continues to this day in newspapers nationwide.
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Michael Foley

Michael Foley

Product designer

If Michael Foley’s behind a product, expect a technological marvel that is strong on both form and functionality. 
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Mussaret Zaidi

Mussaret Zaidi

Public health expert, researcher

Dr. Mussaret Zaidi heads the research laboratory at the Hospital Regional de Alta Especialidad in Yucatan, Mexico. During the last decade, she has studied anti-microbial usage in animals and the human health impact of anti-microbial-resistant bacteria in the food chain and environment.
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Nam Do

Nam Do

Serial tech entrepreneur

Prior to forming Emotiv, Nam Do co-founded and ran SASme, a pioneer in providing SMPP platforms to telecommunication carriers and content aggregators in Australia and Asia. In 1995, Nam won one of Vietnam’s most prestigious study abroad scholarships. Nam came to Australia’s RMIT University under a full merit scholarship, and started his first technology company in his final year. A regular guest-lecturer at Harvard Business School, HAAS Business School and Stanford University, in 2007, Nam was voted as one of Australia’s Top 10 Digital Entrepreneurs. UNTOLD STORY: In 2003, Nam Do had dinner with Professor Allan Snyder FRS. They discussed at length about Allan’s work on non-conscious mind with autistic savants. At 4am, Nam told Allan, “you know what, the last 20 years have been the era for DSP (digital signal processing), the next 20 years will be the era for ESP (emotional signal processing)”. Allan loved it and that’s how Emotiv was formed.
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Nancy Duarte

Nancy Duarte

CEO of Duarte Design, author

Since 1988, Nancy Duarte’s firm has created over a quarter of a million presentations. As one of the largest woman-owned businesses in Silicon Valley, her experience working with global companies and thought leaders has influenced the perception of some of the world’s most valuable brands and many of humanity’s common causes. Fascinated by presentations as the most powerful persuasive medium, Duarte determined to crack the code on why some presentations are riveting and others are unbearable. In Fall 2010 she released Resonate—Present Visual Stories that Transform Audiences which identifies hidden story structures inherent in great communication.
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Philippe Starck

Philippe Starck

Creator

“I like to open the doors to people’s brain.”
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Raghava KK

Raghava KK

Artist

Raghava KK, named by CNN as one of the 10 most fascinating people the world is yet to know of, is a multi-disciplinary artist, working in genres as disparate as painting, film, installation, multimedia, performance, and his own wedding.
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Raghu Dixit

Raghu Dixit

Singer, composer

Raghu Dixit is a unique and popular composer, song-writer & singer from India. His music is a seamless amalgamation of ethnic music and styles from across the world. His lyrics, though intense, are simple and speak about every common man’s emotions and experiences. Inserting Indian ethnic folk, Sufi and classical music phrases cleverly into his songs, Raghu’s singing style can be described as unique. Being a completely self- taught guitarist and singer, his vocal range and versatility has been appreciated with awe and has become one of the most recognizable voices in the country! UNTOLD STORY: Raghu is a gold medalist in Masters in Microbiology from the prestigious University of Mysore and a professionally qualified Indian classical dancer.
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Ramachandra Budihal

Ramachandra Budihal

Heritage Imagineer

A software architect at Wipro Technologies, Bangalore, with geek credentials going back two decades, Ramachandra Budihal drew from his work in digital image processing and multimedia to co-found the Mahabharata Samshodhana Pratishthanam (Mahabharata Research Foundation), a non-profit organisation on a mission to digitize and protect works of Indian heritage and make them relevant to the contemporary society. One of the foundation's projects focuses on the Mahabharata, India's most famous epic. Budihal is helping develop and compile an encyclopedia of the Mahabharata - 18 volumes - that's set to debut in 2012. With the foundation, he also devised and built Samanveshak, a digital document-scanning laboratory housed in a bus with state-of-the-art scanners, satcoms and telepresence. To date, the team has digitised and documented more than one million folios of ancient medical manuscripts from remote areas in Tamil Nadu and Kerala.Ramachandra is also recepient of a presidential honour, 'Maharishi Badrayan Vyas Samman' (2007), conferred by then President of India Dr Abdul Kalam, in recognition of his breakthrough work in the area of cultural heritage preservation and promotion using technology.
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Rick Smolan

Rick Smolan

Photojournalist, Producer

Rick is a former Time, Life and National Geographic photographer best known as the creator of the 'Day in the Life' book series. As CEO of Against All Odds Productions (which Fortune describes “One of the 25 Coolest Companies in America), Rick's global crowd-sourced photography projects (which also utilize the skills of hundreds of the world’s leading photographers), combine creative storytelling with state-of-the-art technology. His projects each generate hundreds of millions of media impressions and have been featured on the covers of Fortune, Time, and Newsweek. Untold Story
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Rives

Rives

Poet, multi-media artist

Rives is a poet and multi-media artist from Los Angeles, who applies new technologies to ancient art forms. He has appeared on Romanian billboards, in Scottish pubs and inside a 1964 Cadillac with a supermodel for the Bravo TV special Ironic Iconic America. He is the co-host of the annual TEDActive conference and his hobby is rooftops. Offstage, Rives designs and writes pop-up books. He has appeared on multiple seasons of HBO’s Def Poetry Jam and was a member of the Def Poetry international tour group. Untold Story
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Sandy Smolan

Sandy Smolan

Documentary & tv director

Sandy Smolan is an award-winning director whose work spans features, documentaries and television. His debut feature film Rachel River was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance. 12 Stones, his documentary about the transformation of a group of illiterate women in Southern Nepal, won the jury Prize in 2009 for Best Short Documentary at the Tallahassee and Newport Beach Film Festivals.
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Shamim Sarif

Shamim Sarif

Filmmaker, author

Writer/director Shamim Sarif is an equally successful novelist (the Pendleton May First Novel Award, Betty Trask Award), screenwriter, and feature film director. Her two feature films have won over 30 international awards. She has published many short stories and has built a successful career in script editing and screenplay adaptation. An accomplished speaker who has spoken at TED events in London, Jerusalem and India, Shamim has also directed music videos and written lyrics for recorded songs. In 2008, Shamim received an AfterEllen Visibility Award as International Lesbian/Bi Woman of the Year. With her partner and producer on her films, Hanan Kattan, she runs the Enlightenment group of companies, based in London, and the Sarif-Kattan Foundation, focused on empowering and educating women and children.
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Shantanu Moitra

Shantanu Moitra

Music director, composer

Folk music is rapidly disappearing from mainstream music, but never fear! Shantanu Moitra is a man on a mission to save folk musical traditions. Shantanu is a renowned Indian music composer and restorationist. With a father as an accomplished sarod player and his mother as a talented artist, creativity naturally runs through his veins. He has worked on many landmark Bollywood films, including "Parineeta", "3 Idiots", and "Madras Cafe".
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Simon Lewis

Simon Lewis

Film producer, author

Simon Lewis is a film and television producer and author. After earning law degrees from Christ’s College Cambridge and Boalt Hall, Berkeley, Lewis moved to Los Angeles where his Hollywood experience includes managing writers, directors and stars as well as producing Look Who’s Talking (1989), The Chocolate War (1988), the Emmy award-winning international co-production for HBO and ITV Central Age Old Friends/A Month of Sundays (1988), and variety specials starring Howie Mandel.
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Sunitha Krishnan

Sunitha Krishnan

Anti-trafficking crusader

Sunitha Krishnan, Founder and Director of Prajwala, or “an eternal flame”, is an eminent anti-trafficking activist internationally known for her fight against girl child trafficking for the purposes of commercial sexual exploitation. A mental health professional, she has done extensive research and is essentially a field practitioner. Prajwala runs 17 schools throughout Andhra Pradesh, India, for 6,000 children and has rescued more than 4,200 women from prostitution, 2,100 of whom Krishnan personally liberated.
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Susan Lim

Susan Lim

Pioneer liver transplant surgeon

Dr. Susan Lim performed the first successful cadaveric liver transplant for Singapore and Asia in 1990. She is also widely known as the ‘Spirit of the Century’, an Award conferred upon her by the Singapore public in a national contest held to identify the role model for the 21st century.  
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Tom Wujec

Tom Wujec

Design innovator

Tom Wujec is a pioneer in business visualization, the emerging practice of using images, sketches and data-driven infographics to help teams solve complex problems. Tom’s work has been featured in many international conferences, such as TED, Pop!Tech and the Fortune Innovation Summit. Tom is also the author of three books on creative thinking and is a highly sought after international speaker, delivering visually rich innovation keynotes, workshops and knowledge maps. He has brought several software applications to market, including Autodesk SketchBook Pro, PortfolioWall, and Maya which won an Academy Award for its contribution to the film industry. Tom has worked as a creative director, writer and animator, has designed dozens of museum exhibits, and lives in Toronto with his wife and two children. BOOKS: Five Star Mind, Pumping Ions, Return on Imagination
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Vishal Gondal

Vishal Gondal

Founder & CEO, GOQii Inc.

While most kids were grappling with the realities of growing up, Vishal took a head start and started his first company – FACT, soon after finishing school at the ripe young age of 16. 
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