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DAY 1: Friday, September 16th, 2016

09:00 - 10:45 IST

SESSION 1: Yellow Brick Road

C J Meadows

C J Meadows

DIRECTOR, SP JAIN SCHOOL OF GLOBAL MANAGEMENT

Dr. Meadows is the Director of i2i - the Innovation & Insights Center at SP Jain School of Global Management, a Forbes Top-20 International Business School. She holds a Doctorate in Business Administration from Harvard Business School and was a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Management Accountant (CMA).
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Chandan Gomes

Chandan Gomes

PHOTOGRAPHER

Chandan studied Philosophy at St. Stephen’s College, Delhi (2009). Themes of beauty, imitation and abandonment interest him as a photographer.
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Harshit Agrawal

Harshit Agrawal

TECHNOLOGIST

Harshit Agrawal is an artist, HCI researcher, poet and traveler who builds tools to study how technology can help enhance human creative expression. He studies this from a human augmentation, cultural integration and human-machine collaboration aspect. 
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Kenneth Lacovara

Kenneth Lacovara

PALEONTOLOGIST/EXPLORER

Paleontologist Kenneth Lacovara has excavated some of the largest dinosaurs ever, including the infamous Dreadnoughtus, which weighs 65 tons and is one of the largest known land animals! Kenneth’s discovery of Dreadnoughtus in September 2014 made international headlines, and is the most complete skeleton of any super-huge dinosaur. When he's not digging-up fossils from far corners of the planet, Kenneth works on integrating new technology such as 3D printing, robotics to the study of paleontology.
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Kenta Koga

Kenta Koga

FOUNDER & CEO, GAKKO

Kenta is the Founder and CEO at GAKKO, a collective of thinkers and makers working through design, technology, and pedagogy to question the way people learn. GAKKO's mission is to craft experiences that inspire reflection and action, and through education, to form compassionate and engaged citizens of the world. GAKKO aims to make education richer and more accessible by re-modularizing it through thoughtfully designed digital learning tools and experimental summer camps created by collaborators around the world. 
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Sonia Shirsat

Sonia Shirsat

FADISTA GOESA-GOAN FADISTA

Goan singer Sonia Shirsat is rated as one of the best Fadistas in India of all time. She has been singing professionally for the last 10 years, and has performed in Goa, Luxembourg, Macau, Kuwait, France, Hawaii -and all over the world, really. Sonia has sung and performed in 13 languages and in 2010, released her debut album, Saudades de Fado; recorded in Lisbon.
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10:45 - 11:15 IST

Coffee Break

11:15 - 13:15 IST

SESSION 2: Pink of Health

Ananth Menon

Ananth Menon

MUSICIAN

Ananth Menon is a guitarist and singer from Bangalore, India. Ananth has been active in the blues and rock scene for the last 16 years and is one of Bangalore's most recognisable voices today.
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Avinash Saurabh

Avinash Saurabh

CEO & CO-FOUNDER, ZOOJOO.BE

Avinash is the CEO and Co-Founder of zoojoo.be, a social wellness platform that is helping companies around the world drive positive and healthier behavior, within their workforce. Zoojoo.be is an IIM Bangalore incubated startup that has raised $1 Million in seed round from Round Glass Partners, a US based venture firm. 
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Dale Fox

Dale Fox

CEO, TRIBOGENICS

Dale Fox is CEO of Tribogenics where he leads a team that is revolutionizing X-ray technology across a $20B market space encompassing major industries such as recycling, mining, military, medical imaging, and security. Tribogenics has developed a technology that eliminates the need for high voltage, allowing miniature, low-cost X-ray sources to drive products and solutions. Tribogenics technology is venture-backed by prominent investors, including Peter Thiel’s Founders Fund.
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Dheeraj Roy

Dheeraj Roy

PRESIDENTIAL GRADUATE FELLOW, MIT

Dheeraj is a neuroscientist and Presidential Graduate Fellow at MIT. Following his graduation, Dheeraj pursued a prestigious research assistantship at Harvard University, where he realized his passion for neuroscience. He has been at MIT since 2013, in the lab of Prof. Susumu Tonegawa, who received the 1987 Nobel Prize in Physiology & Medicine. 
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Jennifer Broutin Farah

Jennifer Broutin Farah

CEO, SPROUTSIO

As Co-founder and CEO of SproutsIO, Jennifer leads the development of new technologies that redefine our interaction with food. Drawing from her childhood experience growing fruits and vegetables in the suburbs of Detroit, sher believes the spirit of the gardener extends beyond growing plants- it represents the ability to thoughtfully nurture and participate in the world around us.  
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Kumar Mahadevan

Kumar Mahadevan

CHEF, MEDIA PERSONALITY

Kumar, often referred to as the "Guru of Indian cuisine" in Sydney's dining circles, is recognised for popularizing authentic Indian food in Australia through his restaurants named after his sons, Abhi's and Aki’s.
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Narayana Peesapaty

Narayana Peesapaty

FOUNDER, BAYKEYS FOOD

Narayana came up with the idea of edible cutlery, which he supplies through Bakeys Food. He holds bachelor of science degree in Chemistry from Osmania University and an MBA from IIFM-Bhopal.
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Pavan Kumar

Pavan Kumar

CO-FOUNDER, COCOON CAM

Pavan is the cofounder of Cocoon Cam, a Silicon Valley startup that is developing a the next-generation of smart baby monitors. Cocoon Cam uses computer vision to analyze video streams and provide real-time insights on the safety and wellbeing of your baby. It detects and streams your newborn's heart rate, respiration and skin temperature to a secure mobile app, without ever touching your baby, giving parents peace of mind they deserve. 
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Pratik Shah

Pratik Shah

HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY, MIT MEDIA LAB

Pratik works at the intersection of nanotechnology, imaging, low-cost diagnostics, entrepreneurship and scalable solutions for improving human health. He is leading the health and technology efforts run by the MIT Media Lab’s Camera Culture Group. Patik has scientific expertise in clinical imaging for machine learning, low-cost diagnostics, non-profits; startups, medical devices and several high-throughput approaches, including massively parallel DNA sequencing, digital gene expression technology, proteomics and metabolomics. He is developing and deploying the next-generation of non-ionizing clinical imaging systems powered by computer vision and machine learning platforms. 
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Samim Rizvi

Samim Rizvi

INTERNATIONAL CYCLIST

Samim is an international cyclist and the first Indian to qualify and compete in Race Across America - a 5000 kilometer race that spans across 12 days.
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13:15 - 14:30 IST

Lunch Break

14:30 - 16:30 IST

SESSION 3: Green Arrow

Anil Menon

Anil Menon

GLOBAL PRESIDENT, SMART+CONNECTED COMMUNITIES, CISCO

Anil Menon is global president of Cisco Smart+Connected Communities; helping cities become more efficient and sustainable. It provides solutions for urban services and data sharing challenges in communities, cities and even entire nations worldwide through digital transformation of infrastructure, data, and services.
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Anubhav Gupta

Anubhav Gupta

CHIEF DESIGN OFFICER, GODREJ PROPERTIES

Anubhav currently serves as the Chief Design Officer, Business Head Vikhroli and Head of CSR and Sustainability at Godrej Properties Limited. It is one of India’ s fastest growing developers with over 120 million square feet under development in 12 cities across 50 projects in India.
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Gouri Mirpuri

Gouri Mirpuri

COFOUNDER, THE LEARNING FARM

Gouri Mirpuri as the founder of Connected for Good, endeavours to connect the unseen dots around the world, for 'good'. Born in India, now a Singaporean living in Washington DC, Gouri will talk about her award-winning 'Learning Farm' in Indonesia, a residential organic farm for vulnerable street youth. 'The Leaning Farm' is an upstream program which has given hope to hundreds throughout Indonesia as it helps the disadvantaged young people “sow the seeds of change” in their own lives, as well as become agents of transformation in their communities.
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Jill Sobule

Jill Sobule

SINGER/SONGWRITER

Jill Sobule is a Denver-born, critically acclaimed, singer-writer with over 11 albums and over two decades of recording and performing. 1995’s Jill Sobule proved a major popular breakthrough and included the hit singles “Supermodel” (featured in Clueless) and the original, “I Kissed A Girl”.
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Prasenjeet Yadav

Prasenjeet Yadav

PHOTOGRAPHER

Prasenjeet is a photographer, researcher and storyteller based out of India. He holds a Masters degree in Molecular Biology and has pursued research in Molecular Ecology for several years at the National Centre for Biological Sciences in Bangalore, India. Early in his scientific career, he realized that his true passion lay in storytelling. He now combines his experience in research with his photography skills to popularize ecological and conservation sciences in the wider society.
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Ricky Kej

Ricky Kej

COMPOSER & CONSERVATIONIST

Ricky's Grammy award winning album Winds of Samsara is based on the ideals of peace set by Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela. He was also a featured musician on a Grammy Winning album and 2 Grammy Nominated albums at the 2015 Grammy Awards.
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Rohini Nilekani

Rohini Nilekani

FOUNDER-CHAIRPERSON, ARGHYAM

Rohini Nilekani is the Founder-Chairperson of Arghyam, a Foundation she set up with a private endowment to work on water and sanitation issues in India. She is also founder of Pratham Books, a charitable trust which seeks to put "a book in every child's hand".
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Shannon Olsson

Shannon Olsson

SCIENTIST & RESEARCHER

Born in the rural St. Lawrence Valley of New York State, Shannon has travelled across four countries and three continents to dedicate herself to promoting the biodiversity and chemical ecology of India’s remarkable ecosystems. Shannon heads the Naturalist-Inspired Chemical Ecology (NICE) group at the National Centre for Biological Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in Bangalore. 
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16:30 - 17:00 IST

Coffee Break

17:00 - 18:15 IST

SESSION 4: Silver Lining

Akshay Nanavati

Akshay Nanavati

VETERAN, ADVENTURER, ENTREPRENEUR

Akshay Nanavati is a Marine Corps veteran, an adventurer, an entrepreneur and the creator of Fearvana. A recovery from drug addiction, PTSD from fighting the war in Iraq, and a battle with alcohol that pushed him to the brink of suicide, Akshay decided to dedicate his life to mastering the forces that drive human behavior. 
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Anirudh Sharma

Anirudh Sharma

ENTREPRENEUR, GRAVIKY LABS

In 2011 Anirudh started the LeChal project. Anirudh won the MIT Tech Review TR35 ‘Innovator of the Year’ award.
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Heather Blair

Heather Blair

FEMINIST

Heather Blair is 17 years old and a recent graduate of The Green School in Bali, Indonesia.  She lives between Canada, California, Bali and the Caribbean.  Having studied musical theatre, acting and improv since she was five, Heather has taken these skills and put them towards speaking about sexual assault.  
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Kalyan Varma

Kalyan Varma

WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER

Kalyan Varma is a wildlife photographer and filmmaker specializing in environmental issues in India. He is a freelancer with many of the world’s leading magazines and channels like National Geographic and BBC.
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Keshav Reddy

Keshav Reddy

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, GVK AIRPORTS

Keshav is a third-generation entrepreneur from the Indian Infrastructure giant, GVK. He graduated with a double major in Industrial & Operations Research Engineering and Entrepreneurship from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. He is working in the corporate finance and business development teams at the company’s airports division – GVK Airports. 
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Krithi K. Karanth

Krithi K. Karanth

CONSERVATION BIOLOGIST

Dr. Krithi K. Karanth (Associate Conservation Scientist at Wildlife Conservation Society) is a Fellow at the Centre for Wildlife Studies, and Adjunct Assistant Professor at Duke University. 
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Mahesh Jadav

Mahesh Jadav

FOUNDER, MAHESH FOUNDATION

 Mahesh was moved by the plight of HIV+ children when he first got a detailed look into their lives and problems back in 2008 whilst he was on a volunteering project. During this process he observed that there were many HIV + children, most of them orphans with no shelter and no one to care for them. 
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Sandhya Goli

Sandhya Goli

CHESS PLAYER

Sandhya is an internationally rated chess player who completed her MCA from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU), Anantapur. In the span of a few years, Sandhya has already been awarded the Silver medal in the 2015 Women’s World Amateur Chess Championship (Greece), 3rd place in the 2015 Women’s World Open Chess Tournament (USA), Mixed Doubles First place in the 2014 World Open Chess Tournament and Millionaire Chess open (USA), Gold medal in Sri Lanka Open (Women’s) Chess Championship.
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DAY 2: Saturday, September 17th, 2016

09:00 - 10:45 IST

SESSION 5: Red Spark

Crystal Rose

Crystal Rose

CO-FOUNDER, SENSAY

Crystal Rose is an entrepreneur and technologist based in Los Angeles, California. She has founded a digital interactive agency and co-founded two technology startups. Crystal is currently co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer of Sensay, an interactive platform that lets you message strangers around the world about anything. Crystal is also founder and Director of the LA Startup Week, a 5-day series of events celebrating entrepreneurs and startups in Los Angeles. Crystal was previously involved in the Code for America Brigade in Los Angeles (Code for LA) supporting open government and civic hacking for the Mayor's Office.
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David Rowan

David Rowan

Editor, WIRED UK magazine

David Rowan is editor-in-chief of WIRED’s UK edition. He’s taken 120 flights in the past year to investigate the companies and entrepreneurs changing our world, recently spending time with the founders of WhatsApp, LinkedIn, Google, Spotify, Xiaomi, Nest, Twitter and countless other disruptive startups from Tel Aviv to Shenzhen. His recent keynote talks have included events for banks, governments and Fortune 100 companies, and recent stage interviews have ranged from will.i.am to James Murdoch and David Cameron. David has been a columnist for The Times, GQ, Condé Nast Traveller and The Guardian. At WIRED he has extended the brand into conferences, apps, and a consulting business. He is co-founder of FlowJourneys.com, taking amazing people for weekend adventures in the world’s most extraordinary locations. And he is still searching for the future.
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Jesko von den Steinen

Jesko von den Steinen

Senior Advisor, Brand Identity at The Venetian Macao Resort

Jesko von den Steinen was formerly a principal solo artist with Cirque du Soleil, and at The House Of Dancing Water, the world’s largest water-based show created by the Franco Dragone Entertainment Group. He is currently working with Las Vegas Sands and Sands China as the Senior Advisor for Brand Identity developing the brand experience for a major upcoming integrated resort in Macau. Jesko has co-directed short films for Canada’s BravoFact TV, and worked as a creative strategist with advertising design agency Sid Lee, using his experience as a storyteller and theatre practitioner to integrate the performing arts into experiential advertising and events.
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Laura Kriefman

Laura Kriefman

ARCHITECTURAL CHOREOGRAPHER

Laura is an Architectural Choreographer, known for her groundbreaking work in Augmented Dance; the fusion between movement and technology. Her most recent work includes Mass Crane Dance (www.masscranedance.org ) which was launched as part of her Creative Fellowship with WIRED Magazine. Mass Crane Dance is a spectacular meeting of music, light, and synchronized construction cranes dancing across the skyline at night. 
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Meenakshi Raghavan

Meenakshi Raghavan

KALARIPAYATTU PROFESSIONAL

Meenakshi, is a 75 year old Kalaripayattu professional. Kalaripayattu, is one of the oldest forms of martial arts, originating from Kerala, India.
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Sattvik Mishra

Sattvik Mishra

CEO, SCOOPWHOOP MEDIA PVT. LTD.

Sattvik started ScoopWhoop in 2013 as an experiment with 4 friends – he had no intention of being an entrepreneur or starting a company. He spent 6 months doing his day job at an advertising agency whilst simultaneously working as the CEO/Content Writer for ScoopWhoop. 
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Suranga Nanayakkara

Suranga Nanayakkara

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, SUTD

Suranga is an Assistant Professor from the Engineering Product Development Pillar at Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). In 2011, he founded the Augmented Human Lab (www.ahlab.org) to explore ways of creating ‘enabling’ human-computer interfaces as natural extensions of our body, mind and behaviour. 
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Veerappan Swaminathan

Veerappan Swaminathan

CO-FOUNDER, ONEMAKER GROUP

Veerappan is a pioneer of the Maker movement and a well-known social entrepreneur in the youth and environment sector in Singapore. He has led organizations to accolades such as the President's Challenge Youth Social Enterprise Award 2015, UNESCO-Daimler Mondialogo Engineering Award as well as the ASEAN+3 Young Enterprise For Sustainable Development Award 2015. 
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Vikas Bahl

Vikas Bahl

Filmmaker

Vikas is the director of the 2014 film Queen, which garnered tremendous acclaim and a super run at the Box Office. His first film Chillar Party was also a successful film, which won a National Award for writing, apart from other acclaims.In his earlier roles, he has been one of India’s most respected Media Executives, with leadership roles at Sony Television and Radio Mirchi. 
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10:45 - 11:15 IST

Coffee Break

11:15 - 13:15 IST

SESSION 6: Grey Matter

Bala Deshpande

Bala Deshpande

SENIOR MANAGING DIRECTOR, NEW ENTERPRISE ASSOCIATES (INDIA)

Bala is based in Mumbai and responsible for creating and building the NEA India platform. She serves on the board of several NEA portfolio companies such as Financial Software and Services, GOQii Inc, Nova Medical, IndiaWorld Technologies, Panacea Medical, etc.
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Kunal Shah

Kunal Shah

FOUNDER AND CHAIRMAN, FREECHARGE

Kunal Shah graduated with a degree in Philosophy from Mumbai and briefly studied towards an MBA before dropping out to become an entrepreneur.
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Luis Dias

Luis Dias

FOUNDER, CHILD'S PLAY INDIA FOUNDATION

Dr. Luis Dias is a physician, musician, and founder of Child’s Play India Foundation, a charity which works to bring classical music to underprivileged children in India. Child’s Play india Foundation 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 India Foundation 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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Ritesh Agarwal

Ritesh Agarwal

FOUNDER & CEO, OYO

Ritesh is the founder & CEO of OYO, India’s largest branded network of hotels. 22-year-old Ritesh started travelling across India when he was 17 and realized that the lack of predictable and affordable hotels was plaguing the Indian hospitality sector.
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Sanjeev Bikhchandani

Sanjeev Bikhchandani

FOUNDER AND CHAIRMAN, NAUKRI.COM

Sanjeev graduated from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and then proceeded to set up Info Edge (India), which is the parent company of the job portal Naukri.com.
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Sekou Andrews

Sekou Andrews

POETIC VOICE

Sekou is an elementary schoolteacher turned actor, musician, national poetry slam champion, entrepreneur, and now award-winning Poetic Voice. aAny given day may now find him presenting an original talk for international marketing executives, giving a keynote speech at a leadership conference, or performing pieces for Barack Obama in Oprah’s backyard.
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Shradha Sharma

Shradha Sharma

FOUNDER AND CEO, YOURSTORY

Shradha Sharma is founder and CEO of YourStory, India’s biggest and most popular media platform for stories of entrepreneurs and change-makers. Shradha lives her life in stories and believes that every story is unique and every story matters.
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Sunil Rao

Sunil Rao

STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS DEVELOPMENT, GOOGLE INDIA

Sunil is responsible for designing programs to enhance the local internet ecosystem by supporting developers, entrepreneurs and IT professionals to understand the endless opportunities of working on google technologies.
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Veerappan Swaminathan

Veerappan Swaminathan

CO-FOUNDER, ONEMAKER GROUP

Veerappan is a pioneer of the Maker movement and a well-known social entrepreneur in the youth and environment sector in Singapore. He has led organizations to accolades such as the President's Challenge Youth Social Enterprise Award 2015, UNESCO-Daimler Mondialogo Engineering Award as well as the ASEAN+3 Young Enterprise For Sustainable Development Award 2015. 
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13:15 - 14:30 IST

Lunch Break

14:30 - 16:30 IST

SESSION 7: Golden Age

Abhijit Bose

Abhijit Bose

CO-FOUNDER & CEO, EZETAP

Abhijit is CEO and Co-Founder of Ezetap, which was started in 2011 to help merchants leapfrog India’s cash economy by using mobile solutions built on next generation web technology. The Ezetap platform allows merchants to become a banking service point and accept any type of electronic payment through a mobile handset or tablet. Abhijit has over 20 years of experience in building and launching mobile and software products, and Ezetap is the third mobile product he has launched in India.  Previous experience includes leadership positions at ngpay (acquired by Flipkart) and Siebel Systems. Abhijit has a BS in Engineering from Cornell University and MBA from Harvard Business School.
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Brock Pierce

Brock Pierce

CHAIR, BITCOIN FOUNDATION

Brock Pierce is a venture capitalist and entrepreneur with an extensive track record of founding, advising and investing in disruptive businesses. He pioneered the market for digital currency in games and has raised more than $200 million for companies he founded. Brock is an early investor in Bitcoin, founding board member of Omni, and one of the largest investors in the Ethereum crowd sale. He is the Chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation and founder and Managing Partner of Blockchain Capital, the first sector-focused venture fund that invests in Blockchain technology companies (more than 40 to date) and the Bitcoin ecosystem.
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Gaurav Hinduja

Gaurav Hinduja

CO-FOUNDER & MANAGING DIRECTOR, CAPITAL FLOAT

Gaurav Hinduja co-founded Capital Float, an online lending platform, in 2013. Under his direction, the company has grown to become the largest digital lender in India. As the Managing Director of Capital Float, he continues to drive leadership in the Fintech space through numerous strategic partnerships with industry leaders in the e-commerce, travel, hospitality and trade segments.
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Gavin Wood

Gavin Wood

CO-FOUNDER, ETHCORE

Before co-founding Ethcore, Gavin was the CTO and co-founder of the Ethereum Project. He is the co-designer of the Ethereum Protocol, the lead programmer on the C++ Ethereum software client, and was the project chief of the IDE, Solidity programming language, and the Swarm and Whisper protocols. He has pushed the state-of-the-art in video analysis tools and programming languages, as well as co-founding several technology start-ups. Gavin has given seminars and presented to numerous audiences around the world from keynotes at regional technology conferences to musings on the future of legal systems. He coined the terms 'web three' and 'alegality'.
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Neha Bagaria

Neha Bagaria

FOUNDER, JOBSFORHER

Neha founded JobsForHer to reverse female brain-drain from within the Indian workforce. JobsForHer.com is an online portal to enable women to restart their careers following any breaks they’ve taken for reasons relating to marriage, motherhood or elderly care; as the case may be. Through this portal, women can connect with all they need to re-enter the workforce and companies can recruit experienced female talent.
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Thomas John Muthoot

Thomas John Muthoot

CHAIRMAN, MUTHOOT PAPPACHAN GROUP

The Muthoot Pappachan Group (MPG) is one of the leading family promoted corporate houses in South India with a total business turnover of Rs. 20,000 crores and a loyal business base of over one million. The multifarious economic activities of the MPG include Retail Banking & Financial Services, Power Generation, Hospitality, Real Estate and Health Care. Thomas John Muthoot was awarded the "Business Man of the Year" title by the Chamber of Commerce in 2009.
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DAY 3: Sunday, September 18th, 2016

09:00 - 11:00 IST

SESSION 8: Chasing Rainbows

Adam Sadowsky

Adam Sadowsky

CREATIVE DIRECTOR AT SYYN LABS

Adam Sadowsky is Creative Director and founder of Syyn Labs, an award-winning art & engineering production company that specializes in unexpected and jaw-dropping kinetic installations for ads, viral videos, commercial spaces, events, and whenever the mood strikes. Clients include Google, Red Bull, Target, Allstate, Sears, ESPN, Ford, Chevy, and Willy Wonka.
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Anshul Tewari

Anshul Tewari

FOUNDER & EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, YOUTH KI AWAAZ

Anshul is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of YouthKiAwaaz.com (YKA), India's largest online platform empowering young people to express themselves on issues of importance. He has worked across new media and online journalism and is a first generation entrepreneur. Anshul is an Ashoka Fellow; he has also served as a Director on the Board of Collectively, a World Economic Forum and Unilever collaborative non-profit, to help make the future better.
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Christopher Kirchhoff

Christopher Kirchhoff

PARTNER AT DEFENCE INNOVATION UNIT EXPERIMENTAL

Christopher Kirchhoff was appointed by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter to lead the Pentagon's Silicon Valley Office, Defense Innovation Unit X (DIUx), as one of four partners overseeing the Defense Department's nation-wide investment portfolio harnessing emerging commercial technology for national security innovation. Christopher along with his team will steer nearly $100M of R&D co-investment funds and run offices in Boston and Silicon Valley scouting for technology that can be integrated into military systems. Chris previously worked as Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He investigated and documented the space shuttle Columbia’s accident report and co-authored the historical U.S. Government paper titled Hard Lessons: The Iraq Reconstruction Experience, that was coined “The Iraq Pentagon Papers” by the New York Times.
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Ere Gowda

Ere Gowda

SCRIPTWRITER

Ere is a Scriptwriter and Assistant Director on films. His 2012 short film Eka, shot with just a DSLR camera, went on to be screened at 21 international film festivals and won many awards. 
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Kalyani Khona

Kalyani Khona

CO-FOUNDER, INCLOV

Kalyani is the Co-Founder of Inclov, the world's first matchmaking app for people with disability and health disorders. Inclov is accessible to people with visual impairment and cerebral palsy amongst others. The app matches people on the basis of cure availability, medical condition, level of independence and lifestyle choices. Kalyani successfully crowdfunded Rs 6 lakhs for the prototype of this app with the help of 143 global backers, on India's leading online crowdfunding platform, Wishberry.
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Sameer Seth

Sameer Seth

FOUNDER & CEO, THE BOMBAY CANTEEN

Sameer has over 8 years of experience in the restaurant business in both India and the USA. With a degree in Chemistry and an MBA, he started his career in banking before realizing that his interests lay in the world of hospitality and restaurants. Sameer’s time at Shalom in Delhi became his education in the business and from here he went on to Cornell University’s Hotel School and to work in New York. Whilst in New York, Sameer had the opportunity to work at some of the finest names in the business - Chef Daniel Boulud’s Bar Boulud and Danny Meyer’s North End Grill. 
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Sarvesh Shashi

Sarvesh Shashi

FOUNDER, ZORBA, CO-FOUNDER, TAKE OFF

With universal happiness as his vision, Sarvesh, at 24 years, is India’s youngest CEO in the yoga and wellness fraternity, funded by a listed company - Talwalkars Better Value Fitness Limited. With a design in mind, and an uncompromising vision, he setup the first Zorba studio in a basement of a commercial building in December, 2013. A little over two years ago today, Zorba has its presence in 20 cities, pan India; with 33 studios and another 100 more to come. He plans to go international with this, in due course. 
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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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Swetha Suresh

Swetha Suresh

ARTIST

Swetha is a singer, dancer and whistler who secured first place at the World Whistling Competitions, held in Tokyo, Japan. In 2014, Swetha entered the Asia Book of Records, India Book of Records and the Tamilnadu Book of Records, for whistling 197 songs in 18 hours, starting at 4.52am and ending at 10.52pm.
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11:00 - 11:30 IST

Coffee Break

11:30 - 13:30 IST

SESSION 9: White Collective

Amitabh Kant

Amitabh Kant

CEO, NITI AAYOG

The National Institution for Transforming India (NITI), is a Government of India initiative that aims to catalyze India’s developmental process; creating an enabling environment through partnerships, think tanks and information sharing through cooperative federalism.
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Dali and Finn

Dali and Finn

FOUNDERS, NALU

Dali Schonfelder is 15 years old and attends the Green School in Bali, Indonesia. She loves design and fashion and started her own fashion label when she was just 13. Her label is called Nalu. Nalu is not your ordinary label – it provides school uniforms to children who require them to remain in school, with the profits generated from sales. Dali also enjoys travelling to remote parts of the world and immersing herself in new cultures.
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Jill Sobule

Jill Sobule

SINGER/SONGWRITER

Jill Sobule is a Denver-born, critically acclaimed, singer-writer with over 11 albums and over two decades of recording and performing. 1995’s Jill Sobule proved a major popular breakthrough and included the hit singles “Supermodel” (featured in Clueless) and the original, “I Kissed A Girl”.
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Madan Padaki

Madan Padaki

CO-FOUNDER & CEO, RUBANBRIDGE

Madan Padaki is co-founder and CEO, RubanBridge, a last-mile services platform for Rural India; Co-founder & Director of Sylvant Advisors, an education advisory & investments entity and Co-founder & Trustee of Head Held High Foundation, a social organisation for eradicating rural poverty where he leads the Global Action on Poverty (GAP) Initiative. He is also co-founder & former CEO of MeritTrac Services, one of India’s largest Skills assessment company; acquired by Manipal Global Education. In 2011, Madan was conferred The Young Education Leader Award by the EDGE Forum – a forum of leading educationists and educational institutions in India.
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Nirali Kartik

Nirali Kartik

MUSICIAN

Nirali is an Indian Classical Vocalist from Mumbai. She nurtured the dream of being a classical vocalist from her childhood; backed by support from her parents and her music Guru Vikas Parikh. Nirali was the recipient of Shrestha Sadhaka Award by Gujarat Sangeet Academy. 
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Pallavi Gupta

Pallavi Gupta

FOUNDER & MANAGING DIRECTOR, FIFTHESTATE

Pallavi is the Founder and Managing Director of FifthEstate, a not-for-profit that works in partnership with the state governments in India to create collaborations between social entrepreneurs, Government departments and Corporates. She also sits on the State Innovation Council of Uttar Pradesh and has been a guest lecturer at Indian IAS Academy, Mussoorie and UP IAS academy.
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Ravi Venkatesan

Ravi Venkatesan

BUSINESS LEADER/ AUTHOR/ MENTOR

Ravi Venkatesan is Chairman of the Board at Bank of Baroda. He is also the founder Chairman of Social Venture Partners India, a partner at Unitus Seed Fund and a fund advisor at Kalaari Capital. Ravi serves on the boards of the Rockefeller Foundation, Infosys Ltd and several advisory Boards. He authored Conquering the Chaos: Win in India, Win Everywhere which was published by the Harvard Business Review.
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Subodh Kerkar

Subodh Kerkar

ARTIST

Subodh Kerkar was born in a small picturesque village of Keri on the northern border of Goa in 1959, just 2 years before the liberation of Goa from the Portuguese rule.
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