Trailblazers 2017: INK Fellows Retreat

March 10 - March 12, 2017 in Bangalore, India




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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Anjney Midha

Anjney Midha

Venture Capitalist; Partner, KPCB

Anjney is a partner at the American venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, where he focuses on consumer digital investments and ProductWorks, the firm’s newly launched platform to help entrepreneurs develop transformative products through Engineering, Design, and Product Management. Anjney joined KPCB from First Round Capital’s Dorm Room Fund (DRF), where he was a founding Managing Partner. While at DRF, Anjney focused on the fund’s investments in early stage internet technologies.
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Anupam Mukerji

Anupam Mukerji

The Fake IPL Player

Anupam is best known as the man behind India's biggest viral sensation - The Fake IPL Player. He has gone on to start Pitch Invasion as an alternate, interactive online live cricket commentary platform. An entrepreneur for 9 years in areas ranging from sports documentaries, marketing consulting, marketing communications, online social media marketing, and sports media, Anupam is also the author of a best-selling novel, and a general prankster. 
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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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C Mallesham

C Mallesham

Inventor

Making the adage, 'necessity is the mother of all inventions', ring true is C Mallesham, who, moved by his mother's suffering, innovated an automatic loom, that is also reviving the dying tradition of the Pochampally silk sari weaving. Laxmi Mallesham is now perhaps the happiest mother in Sharjipet, a village of handloom weavers in Andhra Pradesh. She, and many women weavers, is now free from pain and stress that consumed her for hours on the manual loom.
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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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Charles Ma

Charles Ma

Bharatnatyam dancer

Charles Ma was initiated into the sacred world of Bharatanatyam under Guru Smt.Vidya Shimladka. His dance stands out for its distinct individuality, personality and control. Charles is also a contemporary choreographer and teacher. He believes that dance is sacred and the essence of his dance is a deepened spirituality and respect for its tradition and aesthetics.
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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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Haleem Khan

Haleem Khan

DANCER

Haleem Khan grew up in a rich mix of Islamic and Telugu cultures, and was drawn to the classical Indian dance form of Kuchipudi. At 9-years-old, he started his training under the revered Guru Sri K.V Subrahamanyam, disciple of the venerated Guru Sri (Dr.) Vempati China Satyam. Haleem lives in Hyderabad and has given more than 800 solo and group performances all over India and abroad.
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Harshvardhan Kadam

Harshvardhan Kadam

Visual Artist

Harshvardhan is an independent visual artist who makes street art across India. He has been running his travel studio, Inkbrushnme since 2007 which has been producing children's illustrated books, graphic novels and character designs for animation and gaming projects.
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Joi Barua

Joi Barua

Musician

Joi Barua is a musician from Assam, India who fell in love with music at the age of four, after his father gifted him a violin. Growing up, his town had one piano and no music teachers, and his father had to cross the border and get him a keyboard from Bhutan. Since then, Joi has been making waves in the advertising, music, and film circuit in Mumbai with his musical stylings and melodious voice. He is also the lead vocalist of the band Joi and has a mixed musical style incorporating elements of rock, soul, jazz, folk and world music.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Neeraj Kakkar

Neeraj Kakkar

Entrepreneur

Neeraj is co-founder and CEO of Hector Beverages, the makers of Paper Boat drinks, traditional Indian beverages. Their other brand is Tzinga Energy Drink, the second largest selling energy drink in India.  Prior to starting with Hector Beverages, Neeraj had an impressive career with The Coca-Cola Company for 8 years.
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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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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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Priyanka Kohli

Priyanka Kohli

Leader, People Operations, GREY ORANGE

Priyanka Kohli--a 2015 INK Fellow--leads People Operations at GreyOrange, a pioneering Indian startup that designs, manufactures and deploys advanced robotics systems for automation at distribution and fulfillment centres. The company's two key products are The Sorter, a high-speed sortation system for order consolidation and routing and The Butler, a bi-directionally scalable material handling system for goods-to-man. 
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Pulkit Datta

Pulkit Datta

Filmmaker

Pulkit is a writer and filmmaker based in New York City. Growing up in six countries across four continents, Pulkit's global upbringing drives him to discover and tell stories that connect people intrinsically to one another beyond traditional and restrictive boundaries. With a background in cinema studies and film/TV production from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and Miami University (Ohio), he has worked in creative and production capacities on a range of international projects including narrative films, Sundance-backed documentaries, web content, commercials, short films and multimedia campaigns. Pulkit's first short film as writer/director "Jason."  was screened at numerous festivals, won the Reel 13 online vote competition and was broadcast on PBS. He has also produced the documentary "The Forgetting Game" (distributed by IndiePix Films), experimental short "Acetate Diary" (Official Selection, Tribeca Film Festival 2014), and executive produced "Three Shades of Brown," a British-Asian comedy web series. As a writer, Pulkit has also written numerous arts and culture articles for Buzzfeed, The Aerogram, NewsLaundry, The NRI, and more. 
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Samyak Chakrabarty

Samyak Chakrabarty

Managing Director, X Billion Labs

Listed by Forbes as one of Asia's most influential under 30 year olds, Samyak leads X Billion Labs - an eco system of impact enterprises. Through his unique ability to align different stake holders such as governments, private sector & grassroot organizations - he is building future relevant businesses in areas such as employability, agriculture, population control, healthcare and rural development. He is currently developing a skilling model to enable India's youth to remain professionally relevant in a digital economy (Skill Lab), an information access platform for rural Indian youth (Netpar - Tech Lab) and a behavior change model to positively influence people's choices (Action Lab). In the past, he has founded some of the country's pioneering youth platforms such as Operation Black Dot, The Indian International Model U.N, The Green Batti Project, Youthportal.in, UN Young Changemakers Conclave & Nimaya Foundation which have collectively engaged a million + young citizens.
Through all his work, Samyak's core aim is to enhance the quality of life & raise the standard of living for India's next billion. 
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Sandesh Reddy

Sandesh Reddy

Chef

Sandesh Reddy is steadily climbing the ladder to become one of India's most promising chefs. It is his love for good food and more importantly the art that goes behind it, that fuels his passion. What sets him apart is his ability to deconstruct cuisines and reinterpret existing dishes that provoke the senses and promote personal memories. Sandesh's expertise lies across a broad range of culinary traditions, from the spicy ethnic fare of his ancestral hometown Nellore to contemporary trends in international cuisine.
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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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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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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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Shashwat Ratan

Shashwat Ratan

Technology Educator

Shashwat co-founded Robo Shack Microtronics with the aim of making learning about technology fun and engaging. Electro Bricks, the low-cost electronics kits designed for children by Robo Shack do not need any prior skills in programming or soldering. The bricks are pluggable with each other and one can create complex circuits using a number of different combinations of the bricks. 
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Shilo Shiv Suleman

Shilo Shiv Suleman

Artist

Shilo Shiv Suleman is an Indian illustrator, animator and visual artist based in the city of Bangalore. Her primary area of interest is visual storytelling through multiple mediums. She illustrated her first book for children at the age of 16 and has illustrated eight others since with some of the most well known publishing houses in India. She has also been actively involved in setting up community art projects and collectives that get people to appreciate and create street art in their surroundings as well as use art and design to bring socially relevant issues in India to the forefront.
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Shivam Sai Gupta

Shivam Sai Gupta

Game developer

Shivam Sai Gupta is a 14 year old student of Class nine in St. Mary's school, Patna, Bihar. He develops games, 3D animations and Visual effects. After the Mumbai Terror attacks on 26/11/2008, he was so disturbed that he began developing a first person 3D shooter game called 'Project Fateh'. Without any formal training in programming, Shivam built the whole game in 8 months, braving constant body pain due to a rare genetic disease, and has today launched the game as a free download.
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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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Vicky Roy

Vicky Roy

Photographer

Vicky Roy ran away from home as child and became a ragpicker to earn pocket money. He found refuge at a NGO for street children where he met a photographer that changed his life. Despite his turbulent past, Vicky pursed his passion for photography in which he was selected to photo document the reconstruction of the World Trade Center in NYC. Today, Vicky focuses on helping the disadvantaged by giving them a voice through his photography. 
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