INK Women 2014

March 8, 2014 in Mumbai




Alicia Souza

Alicia Souza

Illustrator

After working as a banker, Alicia took up a full-fledged career in illustration as a designer for Chumbak, India’s trendiest home-grown souvenir company. A year and a half later, she set out on her own as a freelancer, drawing cute and quirky everyday cartoons for a sizeable and loyal online fan-base, and illustrating for some of India’s oldest institutions – like Tinkle magazine!
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Anusha Ravi

Anusha Ravi

CEO, Park Group Institutions

Anusha Ravi is the CEO of Park Group of Institutions, Coimbatore and Chennai. Prior to this she worked with Onair communications (an Airbus subsidiary), and Annheuser Busch, USA. Anusha is an active Rotarian, and is also the president elect for 2010-11 for the all-women Rotary Club AAKRUTHI of Coimbatore. She is the trustee of 'Aravanaippu' which helps motherless or fatherless children with school and college fees. Till date 1000 children have benefited. The goal is to have 25,000 children benefit over next five to 10 years. She is also a member of the TED community, actively spreading new ideas to the world. She is also an organizing committee member of ASTIA.org which is a US-based organization entering India for facilitating venture capitalists for women entrepreneurs.
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Arunachalam Muruganantham

Arunachalam Muruganantham

Innovator, entrepreneur

Arunachalam Muruganantham of Jayaashree Industries designed, created, tested and implemented a sanitary napkin-making machine that operates on a small scale.
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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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Megha Ramaswamy

Megha Ramaswamy

Director of Newborns

Megha is a screenwriter, director, and a film producer based in Mumbai. Her screenplay of ‘Girls’ was selected at the NFDC Binger screenwriter’s lab (Venice, Goa) and had been shortlisted by the Sundance Institute Writer’s Lab 2012. At Recyclewala Labs, the studio collaborating in the production of ‘The Newborns’, she provides creative supervision to the narrative fiction and transmedia projects.  
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Nancy Silberkleit

Nancy Silberkleit

Businesswoman

Nancy Silberkleit, daughter-in-law of Louis H. Silberkleit one of the founders of Archie Comics Publications, stepped into her role as Co-CEO of the company in 2009 with a vision that the comic book as a graphic novel is a valuable tool for developing literacy among first-time readers and instilling a love of reading for everyone. As a former public school educator, homemaker and mother, she knows the importance of learning to read and coined a personal motto that “Children+Comic Books=Reading, Knowledge and Confidence.”
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Parmesh Shahani

Parmesh Shahani

Dot Connector - Author - Fashion Victim

Parmesh is the founder of the Godrej India Culture Lab, a space that aims to interrogate the textured nature of Indian modernity by cross-pollinating the best minds working on India from across the academic, creative and corporate worlds. In addition, he serves as the Editor-at-Large for Verve, a fashion and lifestyle magazine. In the past, he founded Freshlimesoda, India's first online youth expression community, and worked across the Indian media and corporate landscapes, as a writer, editor, and venture capitalist, at organizations like Elle, the Times of India group, Sony Entertainment Television and Mahindra and Mahindra. Parmesh is a TED Fellow, a MIT Futures of Entertainment Fellow, and Utrecht University's Impakt Fellow for 2012. His first book - Gay Bombay: Globalization, Love and (Be)Longing in Contemporary India (New Delhi, London, Los Angeles, Singapore: Sage Publications) was released in 2008. Parmesh has undergraduate degrees in Commerce and Education from the University of Mumbai and a Master's degree in Comparative Media Studies from MIT.
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Robin Chaurasiya

Robin Chaurasiya

Activist

While serving in the US military, Robin had a bone to pick with her big bosses: along with several other activists, she campaigned against the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy, which forbade lesbians, gay and transgender people from serving openly. Herself a lesbian and survivor of abuse, Robin’s interest in girls’ and women’s issues led her to work with NGOs around the world for 10 years before starting her own NGO in Mumbai to challenge the status quo. Kranti empowers girls from Mumbai’s red-light areas to turn round the ‘victim’ status and become agents of social change.
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Sabriye Tenberken

Sabriye Tenberken

Co-founder of Kanthari, Social change agent

Coming from the margins of society, Sabriye Tenberken developed an intrinsic interest to create ethical social change. She studied Tibetology/Central Asian Sciences at Bonn University. Travelling on horseback through the Himalayas she discovered that Tibetans who in majority are Buddhists have a stigma against people with disabilities. Especially blindness is seen as a punishment for something you have done in your previous life. Accordingly blind children are often neglected, locked away in dark rooms or sent to the streets to beg for money. Experiencing this situation inspired Sabriye to start the first school for the blind in Tibet. This school formed the foundation of Braille Without Borders, an organization that empowers blind people to take their lives in their own hands. In 2005 she co- founded Kanthari in Kerala. Kanthari fosters participants from all over the world, who, like Sabriye, have a passion to make the world a better place and strength to be forces of good rather than victims of circumstance. Sabriye is the driving force behind the academic program.
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Shankar Tucker

Shankar Tucker

Clarinetist, composer

Shankar Tucker is an American-born clarinetist and composer who creates music that explores contemporary and traditional Indian sounds. He collaborates with other musicians to represent new generation Indian artists - bringing their music to an internationally and culturally diverse audience, both on- and offline.
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Sugata Mitra

Sugata Mitra

Education Researcher

Sugata Mitra is Professor of Educational Technology at Newcastle University. His “Hole in the Wall” experiments, begun in 1999, revealed that groups of children can learn almost anything by themselves given Internet access and the ability to work collaboratively. He developed this original idea into the SOLE [the Self Organised Learning Environment] approach, reaching out to children with minimal or no educational opportunities, in remote corners of the globe. He has driven research into making this approach part of mainstream education. At TED2013, Sugata Mitra made a bold TED Prize wish: to revolutionize the future of learning. The School in the Cloud is making this possible with self-organised learning and Sugata’s methodologies at its heart. Whilst Sugata has home bases in Newcastle, UK and West Bengal, India, his ideas are having an impact world-wide.
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Sunil Khandbahale

Sunil Khandbahale

Linguistic Enabler

Sunil’s goal is to help Indians bridge the ‘language’ and ‘digital’ divides, due to the dominance of English on the internet and in technical published texts. He has developed digital dictionaries for mobile phones and computers with a repository of 9.6 million audio and textual words in 16 domains, like Legal, Agriculture and Pharmacy, in 22 different Indian languages. Educated in Marathi-medium in a village near Nashik, Sunil believes the root of the rural inferiority complex is the linguistic divide, due to which many abandon their education. He hopes to reverse this with his free platform.
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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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Uma Ramakrishnan

Uma Ramakrishnan

Scientist, TIFR

Uma uses genetic data to understand the history, present and potential future of populations. Her early research explored how choosiness for mates impacts genetic variation, and the relationships between African click-speaking hunter-gatherer groups. Uma now applies her research to wildlife, using non-invasive DNA sources (like poop!) to investigate tiger population sizes over the last 200 years, connectivity between populations, and how species came to the Indian subcontinent, given their recent arrival to Asia. She is a National Board for Wildlife member, Ramanujan fellow and DAE Outstanding Scientist.
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Usha Uthup

Usha Uthup

The Voice

For over 44 years now, Usha Uthup has spread a message of love and unity, peace and harmony, tolerance and integrity, and happiness – through music. From discotheques to concerts, across India and the World, she has addressed the youth about the values of music that makes us human.  She lives as she believes, presenting even the most contemporary songs dressed in traditional attire projecting the fact that India is a true melting pot of cultures, with its own distinctive cultural identity.
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Vani Kola

Vani Kola

Managing Director, Kalaari Capital

Vani Kola is a Managing Director at Kalaari Capital, based in Bangalore, India. Her leadership at Kalaari centers around her commitment to the development of entrepreneurs and her conviction that Indian companies are poised to become global players. Vani brings 22 years of Silicon Valley experience as a founder of successful companies to her role as a mentor and enabler of startup companies in India. She serves on several company boards and speaks widely on entrepreneurship and leadership.
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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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