Workshops | People | Livestream Schedule | Schedule

DAY 1: Friday, October 16th, 2015

09:00 - 10:45 IST

SESSION 1: Erupt

Alexandru Ionut Budisteanu

Alexandru Ionut Budisteanu

Innovator

Alexandru Ionut Budisteanu is a young innovator and a computer geek born and raised in Hackerville - the cybercrime capital of the world. Alexandru puts a lot of passion and dedication in creating all kinds of software and devices in order to improve people`s lives. He won the $75,000 Gordon E. Moore award at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, for a low-cost self-driving car that was using Artificial Intelligence. He also received the $10,000 IEEE Presidents’ Scholarship for a device that was trying to help blind people to see with their tongue. TIME magazine listed Alexandru as one of the Most Influential Teens of 2013.
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Anand Varma

Anand Varma

Photographer

Anand Varma's photos tell the story behind the science of everything from primate behavior and hummingbird biomechanics to amphibian disease and forest ecology.  He started photographing natural history subjects while studying biology at the University of California, Berkeley. He spent several years assisting other photographers before receiving a National Geographic Young Explorer grant to document the wetlands of Patagonia. Varma has since become a regular contributor to National Geographic. His feature stories include "Mindsuckers" about mind-controlling parasites and "Quest for a Superbee" about the science behind honeybee declines.
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Anuradha Acharya

Anuradha Acharya

Founder & CEO, Mapmygenome

Anuradha Acharya is the founder and CEO of Mapmygenome, a molecular diagnostics company that offers personalized health solutions based on genetic tests. She is currently serving as a governing board member at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and is a governing board member at both the National Institute for Biomedical Genomics and the Association of Biotech Led Enterprises. Anuradha has received numerous accolades such as the “Young Global Leader” award by the World Economic Forum, Biospectrum’s “Entrepreneur of the Year” and Red Herring Magazine's “25 Tech Titans under 35", to name a few.
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Arshiya Bose

Arshiya Bose

Conservationist

Arshiya Bose is a conservationist and coffee addict who founded the Black Baza Coffee Co, a social/environment enterprise that supports coffee growers in India to follow biodiversity-friendly farming practices by providing incentives and guaranteeing a buy-back of coffee harvested from participating farms. Black Baza Coffee’s vision is to have a world where coffee farms support biodiversity and all producers have secure and stable livelihoods.
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Stuart Candy

Stuart Candy

Futurist

Stuart is a futurist whose work enables collective foresight and imagination through design. For the past decade he has developed experiential futures (transmedia interactions and immersive situations embodying future scenarios) to support strategy, changemaking, storytelling and education. Stuart is currently the Director of the Situation Lab and Assistant Professor of Strategic Foresight and Innovation in the Faculty of Design at OCAD University, Toronto.
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11:30 - 13:15 IST

SESSION 2: Expand

Arunabh Kumar

Arunabh Kumar

Founder & CEO, The Viral Fever

Arunabh Kumar, featured in Fortune "40 Under 40" List of India's Business Leaders of 2015, is the Founder & CEO of The Viral Fever (TVF Group), a new age media company, with the philosophy of  “Lights…Camera…Experiment !”. He is hailed as an expert on Youth Entertainment and a driver of Online Content Evolution in India. TVF's Online business entity "TVF-ONE" got featured in top 20 Start Ups in India of 2014. 
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Harsh Mariwala

Harsh Mariwala

Chairman, Marico

Harsh Mariwala leads Marico Limited as its Chairman. Over the past three decades, Mariwala has transformed a traditional commodities driven business into a leading consumer products and services company in the Beauty and Wellness space. From a turnover of Rs. 50 Lakhs in 1971, Marico's products and services in hair care, skin care and healthy foods generated a turnover of about Rs. 5,733 Crores during 2014-15.
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Manvendra Singh Shekhawat

Manvendra Singh Shekhawat

Hotelier

Manvendra Singh Shekhawat’s love lies in hotels, heritage conservation, design, experiential real estate and social entrepreneurship. His work is a representation of a unique way of life, carefully preserving the traditions of the past yet framing them in a modern idiom. His hotels take the path less travelled and his NGO, I Love Jaisalmer, was responsible for launching the city’s  largest cleanliness and conservation drive. Manvendra is currently working on building experiential hotels known for their intuitive and genuine hospitality, development of a renaissance township and the restoration of a 350 year old military fort. 
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Mohandas Pai

Mohandas Pai

Chairperson, Board of Manipal Global Education Services

T.V. Mohandas Pai is the Chairperson of the Board of Manipal Global Education Services Private Limited and Advisor to the Manipal Education and Medical Group. Mohan is also on the Board of Ascendas Property Fund Trustee Pte Ltd (“APFT”), as Trustee-Manager of Ascendas India Trust (“a-iTrust). Recently, he has co-founded AARIN Capital with the intention of funding operational support in Technology, Ecommerce, Health Care and Life Science. He is based out of Bangalore, India.
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Naved Shaikh

Naved Shaikh

Rap Artist

Naved Shaikh is an emerging rap artist from Mumbai. Known by his stage name Naezy, he is known for his 'desi rap' performances in Hindi.
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Nina Tandon

Nina Tandon

CEO, EpiBone

Nina Tandon is CEO and co-founder of EpiBone, the world’s first company growing living human bones for skeletal reconstruction. She is the co-author of Super Cells: Building with Biology, a book that explores the new frontier of biotech. She has a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering from the Cooper Union, a Master’s in Bioelectrical Engineering from MIT, a PhD in Biomedical Engineering, and an MBA from Columbia University. Her PhD research focused on studying electrical signaling in the context of tissue engineering, and has worked with cardiac, skin, bone, and neural tissue.
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14:30 - 16:15 IST

SESSION 3: Engage

Ayushmann Khurrana

Ayushmann Khurrana

Actor, Singer

 Ayushmann Khurrana is an Indian film actor and singer, who started his career as a television anchor. He deftly manoeuvred his way further in the entertainment industry by establishing himself as a TV host, and as luck would have it, he landed the lead role in Shoojit Sircar's Vicky Donor and therein went onto making his Bollywood debut in 2012.The film not only won rave reviews, but also established him as a bankable actor. The 'Paani da rang' song that he sung in Vicky Donor added another feather in his cap. His debut film won Ayushmann awards galore, not just for his acting, but his singing talent as well.
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Balan Ayyar

Balan Ayyar

Chief Operating Officer, Sevatec

Balan Ayyar is the chief operating officer of Sevatec, Virginia-based technology contractor. Prior to joining Seratec, Balam has served in the US Air Forces. A retired brigadier general, Balan has more than two-decade veteran in the areas of nuclear weapons, intelligence, national security and supply chain management.  He has led the Air Force’s sales, advertising and marketing arm and oversaw a multi-service interagency effort aimed at establishing rule of law as well as protecting U.S. and coalition troops in Afghanistan.
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Ganesh Natarajan

Ganesh Natarajan

VC & CEO, Zensar Technologies

Dr. Ganesh Natarajan is Vice Chairman & CEO of Zensar Technologies, a leading firm that optimises technology and processes for Fortune 500 companies. Natarajan's industry responsibilities include leadership of the HBS Club of India, Chairman of the National Committee on Knowledge Management and Business Transformation and the Western Region Committee on Skills for the Confederation of Indian Industry. He was Chairman of NASSCOM in 2008 and is a member of the Chairmen's Council of NASSCOM. He is also a fellow of the Computer Society of India. Ganesh is a Director of Social Venture Partners India and Convener of SVP Pune.
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M.R. Rangaswami

M.R. Rangaswami

Software Pioneer and Community Builder

M.R. Rangaswami is a software executive, investor, entrepreneur, corporate eco-strategy expert, community builder and philanthropist. In 1997, he co-founded Sand Hill Group one of the earliest “angel” investment firms and was featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal. He produced the prestigious Enterprise and Software conferences that were held in Silicon Valley. He was also listed on the Forbes "Midas" list of investors. 
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Priyamvada Natarajan

Priyamvada Natarajan

Theoretical Astrophysicist

Priyamvada Natarajan is a professor in the Departments of Astronomy and Physics at Yale University. She is a theoretical astrophysicist interested in cosmology, gravitational lensing and black hole physics. Her research is focused on making dark matter maps of clusters of galaxies, the largest known repositories of dark matter. She is also exploring a new channel for the formation of the first black holes and its observational consequences at high and low redshift. 
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Richa Singh

Richa Singh

Co-founder, Yourdost.

Alarmed by the rising rates of suicides and stress levels in India and the concurrent social stigma  attached to seeing a psychologist, Richa Singh co-founded Your D.O.S.T -- an emotional support network for people to anonymously discuss their problems with qualified and experienced individuals. Since its launch in December 2014, over 50,000 people have sought support on the portal and the numbers continue to grow.
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17:00 - 18:45 IST

SESSION 4: Evolve

Anand Gandhi

Anand Gandhi

Filmmaker, Screenwriter

Anand is a filmmaker, playwright and artist, deeply interested in philosophy, evolutionary psychology and sci-fi. His first feature film, Ship of Theseus, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it was touted as the ‘hidden gem of the year’. It has since gone on to win accolades worldwide – the only contemporary Indian film to be short-listed by the Critic’s Circle (UK) as one of 15 life-changing films of all time. Besides making films, Anand illustrates, writes songs, plays chess and dabbles in magic.
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Dr. Balamurali Ambati

Dr. Balamurali Ambati

Ophthalmologist

Dr. Balamurali Ambati M.D. PH.D. became the world’s youngest doctor, receiving his medical degree at the age of 17. He was rated #1 in a Top 40 under 40 global survey of ophthalmologists by The Ophthalmologist magazine in May 2015. Dr. Ambati has been chosen as one of the Moran Jazz Doctors, the NBA Utah Jazz team ophthalmologists. 
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Imaad Shah

Imaad Shah

Musician, Actor

Imaad Shah is an Indian actor and musician. He is one half of Madboy/Mink, India's leading Electro Cabaret-Disco-Funk duo. He is also a theatre actor, and works with theatre company Motley, founded by Naseeruddin Shah and Benjamin Gilani.
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Irrfan Khan

Irrfan Khan

Actor

Sahabzade Irrfan Ali Khan also popularly known as Irrfan Khan is an Indian actor in film, television and theatre. Khan has spread his acting prowess beyond India and is today one of the celebrated Indian faces internationally. Khan has won three Filmfare Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and an Independent Spirit Award nomination. In 2011, he became a recipient of the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award in India. He has appeared in more than 30 films in Bollywood, to name a few remarkable roles of the actor are Paan Singh Tomar, Haasil, Life in a metro, Gunday, Maqbool, and Haider.
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Kiran Rao

Kiran Rao

Filmmaker

One of India’s most admired film creators, Kiran Rao is an accomplished producer, director, and screenwriter. Getting her start as an assistant director, she contributed to such favorites as the Oscar-nominated epic Lagaan, the indie hit Monsoon Wedding, and many others. She also produced the box-office smash Delhi Belly and contributed to the production of the award-winning Taare Zameen Par. Kiran scripted and directed the 2011 drama Dhobi Ghat, which received critical acclaim for its nuanced, atmospheric depiction of Mumbai.
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Pavitra Mohan

Pavitra Mohan

Art and Design Curator

Pavitra Mohan started MASALA CHAI, a blog that showcases South Asian or 'desi' art and design from around the world. The idea was to scour the web for sub-continental art that was innovative and broke the 'brown' mold. She refers to this new breed of art and design as 'desihip', and has showcased over 450 artists and designers.
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Shamim Sarif

Shamim Sarif

Filmmaker, Author

British writer and director Shamim Sarif is an award-winning novelist, screenwriter, and feature film director. She has published three novels and one non-fiction book and has written and directed three feature films and a documentary.
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DAY 2: Saturday, October 17th, 2015

09:00 - 10:45 IST

SESSION 5: Merge

Annamma Spudich

Annamma Spudich

The Cultural Botanist

Annamma Spudich will blow your mind when it comes to connecting art, biology, ethno-botany and ancient scientific traditions. Annamma received her Ph.D and pursued postdoctoral work in molecular biology at Stanford University, and then carried out cell biology research at Stanford for 25 years – but something was still missing for her. After her work at the University of California, Anna left to devote her time to her life-long passion for ancient Indian scientific traditions in the natural sciences. With her extraordinary ability to connect the dots of seemingly separate fields, Anna curated a groundbreaking exhibit entitled “Such Treasure and Rich Merchandize: Indian Botanical Knowledge in 16th and 17th Century European Books”, and wrote several influential research papers about ethno-botany.
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Anuraag Saxena

Anuraag Saxena

CEO, World Education Foundation, UK

Anuraag Saxena is the Asia-Head for the World Education Foundation, UK and leads the Asia partnerships and entry-strategy. He spent his corporate years with GE Capital, Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse, where he was heading strategy and change teams across the Americas, Europe, Asia and Australia. Anuraag passionately believes that skills from academia and corporate-life, can and should be applied to solve social challenges as much as they solve economic ones.
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Maati Baani

Maati Baani

Musical Duo

Literally translated as “Language of the Earth”, Maati Baani is the musical pairing of composer/producer/guitarist Kartik Shah and vocalist/composer Nirali Kartik. Teaming up with other musicians, the twosome places Indian classical music within the different sounds, cultures, languages, and voices of the world. Not only is the result original, but the method of collaboration is as well: it’s all done completely online. The duo’s new video-album series, made with a “no rules, no boundaries” approach, features 70 artists across 20 countries.
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Mainak Chakraborty

Mainak Chakraborty

Co-CEO, GPS Renewables

Mainak is the co-founder and Co-CEO of GPS Renewables (Green Power Systems). GPS is one of Asia’s most promising cleantech firms, having received awards from various international and national platforms. He was listed as one of the top Indian innovators under the age of 35 by MIT Technology Review. Fortuna Media recently named him as “The Bioenergy person of the year, 2015”. He is also a Global Shaper, World  Economic Forum, as a part of which, he works towards making Bangalore a better place for its citizens.
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Ravi Chaturvedi

Ravi Chaturvedi

Former CEO, P&G Northeast Asia

Ravi Chaturvedi became the  first ever Asian President and Member, Global Leadership Council of the Procter and Gamble (P&G) company. He was also the Group Chief Executive, Jet Airways for a short tenure.
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Sharath Gayakwad

Sharath Gayakwad

Paralympic Swimmer

Sharath M. Gayakwad is an Indian Paralympic swimmer who has over 30 international and 40 national medals to his credit, one of them being a bronze medal at the 2010 Asian Para Games. Sharath is also the first Indian swimmer to qualify for the Paralympics and competed in the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London. At the 2014 Asian Games, he broke P.T. Usha's record for most number of medals by an Indian at any multi-discipline event by winning 6 medals. 
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11:30 - 13:15 IST

SESSION 6: Emerge

Babar Ali

Babar Ali

Educator

Named 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. He started a school, Ananada Siksha Niketan – Home of joyful learning, in his backyard when he was just 9-years-old, now with 300 regular students. It is an outdoor school and counts a total of 10 teaching and non-teaching staff who are providing their voluntary service. There are no tuition fees, thus making it affordable for the poor in this economically deprived area and thereby helping increase literacy rate there.
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Flavia Agnes

Flavia Agnes

Legal Scholar and Activist

Flavia Agnes is a pioneer in the women’s movement in India. Motivated by personal experience with domestic violence to earn her law degree, Flavia has since worked consistently on gender issues. As co-founder of MAJLIS, a legal and cultural resource center, her primary engagement has been to provide quality legal services to women and children. A prolific writer, she has provided incisive analysis of social trends and legal developments related to domestic violence, minority concerns, secularism, and human rights.
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Gingger Shankar

Gingger Shankar

Virtuoso Violinist, Singer, Composer

Gingger Shankar is a singer, virtuoso violinist, composer, model and songwriter, and was born into one of the world’s most influential musical families. Her accomplishments include working with top producers and film composers, and recently contributing to Katy Perry’s album “Prism” on the single, ‘Legendary Lover’. Gingger is an INK Fellow from the class of 2015. She is also the only female in the world to have mastered the 10-string double violin, an instrument that covers the entire range of the orchestra’s double bass, cello, viola and violin, and of which there are currently only two in existence.
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Kathryn Myronuk

Kathryn Myronuk

Knowledge Sommelier

Named one of CNN’s Top 7 Tech Heroes to Watch in 2015, Kathryn has spent the past decade teaching and doing research on exponential technologies, being there at the beginning for the first Singularity Summits, for Singularity University, and contributing research and analysis for two New York Times best sellers. Kathryn is a global expert on exponentially growing technologies and the synthesis of the broad set of related fields of the Singularity movement.
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Pranay Chulet

Pranay Chulet

Founder & CEO, Quikr

Pranay grew up in India but right after his education, he moved to New York to join Mitchell Madison Group, a strategy consulting firm that advised clients in media and finance industries. Two years into the country, he launched a startup which he later merged with Walker Digital, Priceline’s incubator. The startup focused on helping small businesses convert online leads into paying customers. His work at Walker Digital earned him a US patent in the area of matchmaking between buyers and sellers. Subsequently, Pranay helped large US media companies such as movie studios and publishers evaluate and launch new digital businesses as a Principal at Booz & Co. in New York.
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Rashesh Shah

Rashesh Shah

Chairman & CEO, Edelweiss Group

Rashesh Shah has spent over 25 years in the corporate and financial markets sector and is one of the leading spokespersons for the industry. He started Edelweiss in 1996 that has since grown into one of India’s leading diversified financial services conglomerates.
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Vidya Shah

Vidya Shah

Banker, Philanthropist

Vidya Shah is the CEO of EdelGive Foundation, which is the philanthropy arm of the Edelweiss group. Former Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the Edelweiss Group, she is now part of the board for various prominent organisations like Agastya International Foundation, Asian Venture Philanthropy Network, Common Purpose, Women on Wings, Toolbox India Foundation and Masoom in addition to  Edelweiss. In each of these organisations, her role enables her to contribute strategically which helps them build a stronger presence by implementing useful plans in an efficient manner. 
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14:30 - 16:30 IST

SESSION 7: Evoke

Anu Aga

Anu Aga

Businesswoman and Social Worker

Anu Aga is on the Board of Thermax Limited, the leading Indian player in energy and environment management. She retired as Chairperson of the company in October, 2004. The Government of India conferred her with the Padma Shri Award for her distinguished service in the field of social work in 2010.
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Emily Levine

Emily Levine

Humorist

Whether as a comedian, a writer,  a radio commentator and/or speaker, Emily updates her audience on Big Ideas from science and shows how these Ideas suggest changes in our social institutions, our business practices, even our everyday behavior. Emily’s brand of Big Ideas and Big Laughs provoke and inspire as well as entertain.
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Josh Radnor

Josh Radnor

Actor, Writer & Director

Josh Radnor is perhaps best known for his role as Ted, the central character on CBS's Emmy-nominated comedy HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER which ended its nine-season run in March 2014, but Radnor's talents extend beyond acting, and he has quickly established himself as both a gifted writer and director.
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Kaushal Dugar

Kaushal Dugar

Founder, TeaBox

Kaushal is the founder of Teabox, a startup that is disrupting the $40 bn global tea industry. On a mission to build Teabox as India’s first global tea brand, his company uses technology and supply chain innovation to ensure that its global customer base can access the freshest and best teas, within days of production. Teabox has already been noticed for its innovations with Business Today's coolest startup award (2014) and the Asia Pacific Online Food Retailer of the year (2015). In another first in the tea industry, Teabox launched a patent pending personalised subscription service that uses Artificial Intelligence to help customers select the right type of teas.
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Madhukar Dhas

Madhukar Dhas

Founder and director, Dilasa

Born into a shepherding family, Madhukar Dhas has a keen understanding of the struggles of rural farmers. Motivated by the need to conserve water, in 1995 Madhukar banded with like minds to found Dilasa. To date, this NGO has benefitted more than 110,000 farmers with sustainable initiatives such as holistic watershed management, mixed cropping strategies, and seed banks. Diliasa received the National Rural Innovation Award from the National Bank for Agricultural and Rural Development for its work in water channeling.
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Sanaya Bharucha

Sanaya Bharucha

Education Activist

Sanaya Bharucha leads special projects and outreach at Teach for India, a nationwide movement of young professionals who commit two years to teaching in under-resourced communities. In this capacity she directed the Maya Musical, a partnership with Broadway-based artists. The production served a demonstration of what’s possible for low-income students with no previous exposure to the arts. Through this and other projects, Sanaya promotes integrated education which combines exposure and access, values and mindsets, and academic achievement.
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Seema Kamble

Seema Kamble

Education Activist

Seema Kamble’s journey of educational achievement began when she was a student at the Akanksha Foundation, a nonprofit organization which provides underprivileged children with access to quality education. Flourishing with the foundation’s support, she went on to earn her Bachelor’s in Commerce. When granted admission into an MBA program, however, she declined--opting instead to focus on educational service. Seema has taught third and fourth grades and is currently a principal with Teach for India.
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Sharad Devarajan

Sharad Devarajan

Co-Founder & CEO, Graphic India

Sharad Devarajan is a creator, producer and media entrepreneur. His latest company, Graphic India, is the culmination of his lifelong dream to launch superheroes and stories that tap into the unique creativity and culture of India but appeal to audiences worldwide. In the same way the West has created superheroes or Japan launched anime, Graphic India is transforming the perception of India in character entertainment from being an ‘outsourcer” to being ‘the source.’ In addition to Graphic India, he is also the Co-Founder & Executive Chairman of Liquid Comics, a digital entertainment company that uses the medium of graphic novel storytelling to develop original content for various digital platforms, publishing, theatrical live-action films, animation and games.
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Zoya Akhtar

Zoya Akhtar

Indian Film Director and Screenwriter

Zoya Akhtar is an Indian Bollywood film director. She made her directorial debut with ‘Luck By Chance’ in 2009 and has won the Filmfare Award for Best Director for the multistarrer, critically acclaimed and commercially successful movie ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’. She had been an assistant director for films such as Lakshya, Dil Chahta Hai and Bombay Boys. Apart from movies, she has also appeared on the small screen advertisements for brands such as Finolex and Pepsi. Her latest release was an Indian punjabi film drama ‘Dil Dhadkne Do’. 
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DAY 3: Sunday, October 18th, 2015

09:00 - 11:00 IST

SESSION 8: Embrace

Amanda North

Amanda North

Founder & CEO, Artisan Connect

Amanda is founder and CEO of Artisan Connect, providing market access for high quality home décor products from artisans in developing countries to help them thrive. She conceived of Artisan Connect while she was recovering from injuries sustained in the Boston Marathon bombing.
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Benitha Perciyal

Benitha Perciyal

Artist

An emerging artist whose skill and imagination is at once striking and impressive, she describes her own art as self-reflexive, introspective and thought-provoking. The conflict and fragility of the mind is a constant theme that pervades her body of work.
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KP Mohanan

KP Mohanan

Linguist, Educator

K. P. Mohanan received his Ph. D in linguistics from MIT, Cambridge, USA in 1982. After teaching at the University of Texas at Austin, MIT, Stanford University, and the National University of Singapore (NUS), he joined the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune, India in January 2011. He has made significant contributions to linguistic theory in the areas of phonology, syntax, and morphology. His academic interests go beyond linguistics to include scientific inquiry and the nature of academic knowledge, and rational inquiry in general, against the broader backdrop of human beliefs. He is also an ardent spokesperson for radical educational reform, and spearheaded a number of educational initiatives at NUS.
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Meagan Pandian

Meagan Pandian

Instrumentalist

Mastering more than one musical instrument is no easy feat, but Meagan Pandian has won acclaim on the piano, the violin, and the concert pedal harp. Named the Young Musician of the Year in 2014 by the Olga and Jules Craen Foundation, Meagan has performed all over India. Furthermore, she has taken part in music study and festivals in England, Scotland, and France. In addition to performing as an instrumentalist, Meagan also sings in choral productions and teaches children and adults.
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Ronojoy Adhikari

Ronojoy Adhikari

Physicist

Ronojoy Adhikari is a scientist at The Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai. His research focusses on two main areas, investigating the physics of materials and designing algorithms that make machines mimic human intelligence. Ronojoy is the recipient of the Faculty Research Award from Google Inc and the DAE-SRC Outstanding Investigator Award from the Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India.
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Sandya Kola

Sandya Kola

Violinist

Young Sandhya Kola has been studying violin nearly all her life—since she was four. Residing in an area with limited opportunity to study Western Classical traditions, Sandhya fed her passion through self-study and through Skype-based lessons. She is currently a grade 12 student at The International School Bangalore and plans to focus on music at university. Sandhya believes music is not only a means of self-expression but also a unique means of self-realization and introspection.
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Srikanth Bolla

Srikanth Bolla

CEO, Bollant Industries

Srikanth Bolla was the first visually challenged student in India permitted to study science beyond grade 10. Since then, he has blazed new trails with Bollant Industries, an organization that employs uneducated and disabled employees to manufacture eco-friendly disposable consumer products and packaging solutions. They also offer adhesives, printing inks, printing products and intermediate products for disposable product manufacturers. Bollant Industries now operates five manufacturing units and has sales crossing USD 70 million each year.
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11:30 - 13:30 IST

SESSION 9: Tandav

Angad Singh

Angad Singh

Co-founder, Lemonade.io

Angad Singh is a cofounder of Lemonade.io, a Silicon Valley startup that is building groundbreaking technology to measure and improve creativity. He believes that creativity is the most important skill for the 21st century workplace, where technology is rapidly eating jobs. Lemonade is supported by some of the world’s most prominent venture capitalists, angels and academics. 
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Anshulika Dubey

Anshulika Dubey

Co-founder & COO, Wishberry

Anshulika co-founded India’s first and most successful crowdfunding platform for creative ideas. So far over 250 projects across films, music, dance, comics and more have raised well over USD 1 million by over 11,000 backers using Wishberry. Inspired by Dagny Taggart and Miranda Priestly, this ex-McKinsey analyst discovered crowdfunding while on a project at McKinsey. It fascinated her so much, she ditched a US job opportunity and flew back to India to pioneer this concept. Anshulika doggedly believes that crowdfunding is a lifeline for all budding creative artists in India.
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Aparna Venkatesh

Aparna Venkatesh

Research Scientist

Aparna received a PhD in Translational Medicine (Immunology) on a scholarship from the University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy. Her PhD work focused on similarities and differences of innate immune responses, and in particular, dendritic cell activation. As a research scientist at the Molecular Engineering Laboratory in Singapore, she is working on a stem cell differentiation project to develop in vitro cellular models for neurological conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease. 
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Catherine Mohr

Catherine Mohr

Roboticist, Surgeon

Dr. Catherine Mohr is the Vice President of Medical Research at Intuitive Surgical, a high technology surgical robotics company that makes the da Vinci surgical robot. In this role, she develops new robotic surgical procedures, and evaluates technologies to improve outcomes with surgical robots. In addition, she is a Consulting Assistant Professor in the department of Surgery at Stanford School of Medicine where she works with the Goodman Simulation Center in the development of simulation based curriculum for teaching clinical skills.
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Kanniks Kannikeswaran

Kanniks Kannikeswaran

Composer

Dr. Kanniks Kannikeswaran is an award-winning composer, music educator, and scholar whose musical productions have been performed at venues around the globe. His productions are consistent with his vision of building bridges across cultures by celebrating threads of commonality. He is the recipient of several awards such as the McKnight Fellowship, the Ohio Heritage Fellowship, the Just Community Award, a lifetime achievement award from the Geeva Foundation, the Hindu American Foundation and more.
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Kirthiga Reddy

Kirthiga Reddy

Managing Director, Facebook India

Kirthiga Reddy is the Managing Director of Facebook in India. She has been featured in Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business 2013, Business Today's hottest young executives, Fortune India's Top 50 Most Powerful Women in India, #1 in IMPACT’s 50 Most Influential Women list in media, marketing and advertising 2015.
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Nishikant Deshmukh

Nishikant Deshmukh

Medical Researcher

Nishikant’s research work lies at the intersection of Medical Imaging, Computer Vision, Parallel Programming, and Computer Graphics. He primarily works on accelerating an ultrasound-based technique called elastography that enables surgeons to perform cancer tumor detection during a surgery.
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Samyak Chakrabarty

Samyak Chakrabarty

Managing Director, Social Quotient

Samyak creates platforms for young India to enable positive social impact. He recently lead a movement 'Operation Black Dot' which enabled 40,000 students to cast their vote in the 2014 General Elections. Samyak is currently developing a research model to understand youth mindsets more effectively and has published 2 books in this domain. Social Quotient is a result of his desire to change the way people look at the development sector and creating innovative ways for brands to engage.
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