INK Live 2015 Co-host

Varun Agarwal

Varun Agarwal

Media/Merchandise Maverick

By the age of 25, Varun Agarwal was already a filmmaker, entrepreneur and the bestselling author of 'How I braved Anu Aunty & Co-founded A Million Dollar Company'. He is the co-founder of Alma Mater, India's biggest college apparel/memorabilia company, and also the co-founder of Reticular, a social media marketing firm. The pursuit of his interests brought about collaborations with A.R. Rahman, Preity Zinta, and many others.
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Speaker Interactions at INK Live 2015

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Scott Knox

Scott Knox

Architect

Scott Knox is a Boston based architect who is creating pop-up housing solutions for the sadhus of the Ujjain Kumbh Mela in India.
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Performers at INK Live 2015

Abhijit Jejurikar & Dharavi Rocks

Abhijit Jejurikar & Dharavi Rocks

Junk Percussion Band

Dharavi Rocks is part of an educational project of Acorn Foundation, working for the welfare of slum children and waste collectors/rag-pickers. The band started a few years ago with children in the age group of 7-17 years. With a mission to give slum kids a voice by initiating them into music, Dharavi Rocks create music out of all the waste material like drum barrels, coffee shakers, paint cans, plastic boxes and all other type of junk stuff that we can find in the areas of Dharavi Slums emphasizing on the concept of Recycle, Reuse & Respect.
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Vandana Srinivasan

Vandana Srinivasan

Musician

Vandana Srinivasan is a Playback Singer, Independent Musician and Live Performer based in Madras. Currently in her fourth year in the Film Industry, she has several noteworthy songs with reputed composers in Tamil as well as releases in Telugu and Kannada. She has toured the world with multiple performances in Australia, Canada, Singapore, Dubai; the most special one being at the London Olympics 2012 where she showcased Indian music along with her band Staccato. At the moment, she is actively collaborating with various musicians and hopes to release her album very soon. 
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