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May 7, 2013 in Bangalore




Lakshmi Pratury

Lakshmi Pratury

Founder, Host , Curator

Lakshmi Pratury brought TED to India in 2009, when the first TEDIndia conference was held in Mysore. In December 2010, she curated and hosted the first INK Conference, in association with TED, which carried forward the momentum created by TEDIndia. Lakshmi Pratury brings with her a varied and rich experience that spans for-profit enterprises, venture capital and nonprofit organizations. Featured in the list of ‘100 Most Powerful Women’ by Forbes Asia in 2010, Lakshmi has traversed an incredible distance professionally.
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Manivannan

Manivannan

Managing Director, BESCOM

Mr Mannivanan, graduate from Regional Engineering College, Trichy, a 2008 batch IAS officer, broke traditions by installing a CCTV camera in his chamber and linking it to his department’s official website, and his chamber has a see-through glass door.Manivannan carried the tag of Demolition Man when he served as deputy commissioner, Dharwad, where removed a number of major encroachments and illegal constructions of influential people to construct a public road. He took charge first as MUDA Commissioner and in - charge Commissioner of City Corporation on 24th August 2007 and then as Deputy Commissioner on 28th January 2008. He was also in charge of JNNURM projects. He was chief of MUDA and headed Karnataka Exhibition Authority. He had set up 12 control rooms and 130 mobile police stations with a 20,000-strong staff In the two months leading up to elections, he slapped case after case against violators of the code of conduct, seized Rs 1.25 crore in cash and generally ensured that malpractices were checked.Presently managing director of Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (BESCOM), he has introduced a secret voting for staff before arriving at  decisions. Has has also created a platform in social media where public can interact with the BESCOM and post problems and complaints which are resolved immediately. It is little surprise that he has got transferred 11 times in his 12- years service!With a 25-year career ahead of him, Manivannan believes the learning curve never stops. That every educated person should teach others. That’s why every Thursday, he’s at office quite early, teaching a batch of 15 UPSC aspirants how to ace the exam. 
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Ramji Raghavan

Ramji Raghavan

Social entrepreneur

Mr. Raghavan is the Founder Chairman of Agastya International Foundation, the world's largest hands-on mobile science education program for economically disadvantaged children and rural teachers.
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Shubhendu Sharma

Shubhendu Sharma

Founder & Director, Afforestt

Shubhendu Sharma, an experienced industrial engineer turned eco-entrepreneur, is the Founder & Director of Afforestt, a company which creates urban forests. Developed using the Miyakwaki methodology for growing saplings from Japan, backed by robust management, intensive research and cutting edge technologies, Afforestt can create a "100 year old natural forest" in just 10 years. Shubhendu is an INK Fellow from the class of 2012.
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Vasundhara Das

Vasundhara Das

Singer, actress

Vasundhara Das is a singer, songwriter, composer and actress. She has starred in several films in various languages, and has worked extensively as a playback singer in Bollywood, as well as in South Indian regional language films. Vasundhara is also a qualified drum circle facilitator, having trained with Arthur Hull. She spearheads Drumjam’s community and children’s programmes.
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