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Abhishek Bhagat

Abhishek Bhagat

Rural innovator of cooking machines

Abhishek Bhagat from rural Bihar developed an automatic food-making machine after he had to regularly chip in with the cooking at home. Robocook, as he calls it, is being further modified for commercial production. Abhishek received the Rashtrapati Award from the Indian President, Smt. Pratibha Patil, this year for his innovation.
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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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Anusha Yadav

Anusha Yadav

Photographer, Founder: Indian Memory Project

Anusha Yadav is a documentary photographer based in Mumbai. She is also the Founder of Indian Memory Project – an online project that traces a personal history of India through pictures found in family archives. It aims to become India's first open repository of a visual history made by its own people. 
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Arpit Mohan

Arpit Mohan

Co-founder, Gharpay

It’s neither jamming on the flute nor building India’s first humanoid that truly defines Arpit Mohan; it’s the drive to solve hard real-world problems. Today, this recent graduate from BITS-Pilani spends his time as a co-founder at Gharpay, applying technology to transform the way people transact online.
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Budhaditya Chattopadhyay

Budhaditya Chattopadhyay

Inventor and Entrepreneur

Born into a middle class Bengali family, Budhaditya Chattopadhyay was just 15 when he accidentally thought to create an artificial kidney. In 2007, Chattopadhyay’s research on TAK (the artificial kidney) was published in Oxford Journal, and in 2008, was recognized by the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). Chattopadhyay is now the founder of IDEAL ORGAN and Elixir Excellenza, and co-founder of several multinational ventures with several IPs already in the market.
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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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Deepak Ravindran

Deepak Ravindran

Founder & CEO, Lookup

Deepak Ravindran is the Founder and CEO of Lookup, a free and secure messaging app that connects shoppers with local businesses. A serial entrepreneur, Deepak has founded three mobile messaging companies in a decade: Innoz, Quest and Lookup. A 2011 INK Fellow, he has been recognized as one of the outstanding innovators under 35 by the MIT Technology Review and one of Asia’s 21 emerging leaders under 40 by the Asia Society. Recently, Business Insider described Deepak as the "Mark Zuckerberg of India".
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Dhaval Chadha

Dhaval Chadha

Social scientist, futurist

Harvard and Singularity University trained social scientist and futurist, Dhaval Chadha is a co-founder and Partner at Cria, an innovation consultancy and accelerator focused on creating shared value businesses. In its first year of existence, Cria has worked with clients such as Coca Cola, Whirlpool and the Museum of Tomorrow (to be launched in Rio in 2013) on projects ranging from innovation to scenario planning.
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Dina Buchbinder Auron

Dina Buchbinder Auron

Director, Deport-es para Compartir

Dina Buchbinder Auron has introduced an innovative, action-oriented education model, called Deport-es para Compartir, to a Mexican education system that has long struggled with passivity and rigidity. Deport-es para Compartir empowers teachers from a variety of school settings to foster social and environmental awareness while also teaching values such as teamwork and fair play.
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Elora Hardy

Elora Hardy

Creative Director at Ibuku

Having spent the first fourteen years of her life in Bali and the following fourteen in the United States, Elora left her position as the sole print designer at Donna Karan International in New York, returning to Bali to found Ibuku, an international design/build team providing fully functional homes and furniture made from natural substances allowing the occupants to live in an authentic relationship with nature. Her key realization was that with the right nurturing, Asia's creative minds, skilled hands,growing global perspective and unique natural materials will provide the force for positive change in our global future.
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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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Krushnaa Patil

Krushnaa Patil

Mountain climber

In May 2009, Krushnaa Patil became the youngest Indian woman to successfully climb Mount Everest. Patil was also the first Indian woman to climb the highest peaks in Antarctica, South America and Europe, and has successfully climbed the highest peaks on six of the seven continents. Patil is currently pursuing her MA in Political Science from Pune University.
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Madhumita Halder

Madhumita Halder

Educator, Entrepreneur

Madhumita Halder is the founder of MadRat Games, creators of the World’s first Indian Language word game – Aksharit (www.aksharit.com). She graduated in Computer Science from IIT Bombay and being an artist at heart, worked for a FX studio. However her creative energies not finding room for expression in the corporate world, she chose to work with children. She subsequently taught middle school children at an alternate education center for 4 years.
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Mohamed Ali Niang

Mohamed Ali Niang

Entrepreneur

Mohamed Ali Niang is the founding CEO of Malo Traders, a social venture based in Mali. Mohamed’s mission is to combat extreme poverty and malnutrition by amplifying the income of smallholder rice farmers while simultaneously providing fortified rice to malnourished consumers at an affordable price. Malo Trader’s first facility will produce enough fortified rice in its fifth year to meet the annual needs of 280,000 Malians.
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Nayana Somaratna

Nayana Somaratna

Doctor, programmer, entrepreneur

Nayana Somaratna is a doctor, programmer and entrepreneur. While still a medical student, he founded his own outsourcing company, completed another degree in IT, and taught students how to program. His vision is to make medical education entertaining, inexpensive and accessible to doctors and medical students via the medium of mobile phones.
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Nida Mahmood

Nida Mahmood

Fashion designer

Nida Mahmood is a self taught artist and trained designer from the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT). Indian Kitsch being her muse and forte, Nida’s collections at WIFW met with rave reviews, critical appreciation and commercial success. Hailed as the Queen of Indian Kitsch by the media, she travels extensively for fashion and art shows, talks, seminars and has an incorrigible wanderlust for everything in Technicolor.
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Nikhilesh Das

Nikhilesh Das

Rural innovator

Nikhilesh Das was awarded the fifth National Grassroots Innovation Award by the President of India, Smt Pratibha Patil, for his innovative research on controlling oil pollution in water. A student of Cotton College (BSc in Physics), Das aims to pursue a career in nuclear physics and bring the spirit of scientific innovation to students across India.
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Rasha Ali

Rasha Ali

Innovation & entrepreneurism creator

Rasha Ali, a young professional from Palestine, was born in Jerusalem and raised under occupation. She is dedicated to improvising an ecosystem for innovative entrepreneurs in a region of conflict and a continuously unstable economy. Rasha received her BSc in Business Management and Economics at Guilford College in North Carolina and works at Leaders Organization, a youth-led economic empowerment non-profit based in Ramallah.
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Reena Esmail

Reena Esmail

Music Composer

Composer Reena Esmail's works have been heard in performances and festivals across the United States and Europe. She holds degrees from Juilliard and the Yale School of Music, and is based in New Delhi for the 2011-2012 academic year on a Fulbright-Nehru Scholarship studying Hindustani classical music and exploring the integration of Indian elements into the music she writes.
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Selene Biffi

Selene Biffi

Founder of Plain Ink, social innovator

A humanitarian and social innovator, Selene Biffi is the founder of Plain Ink, a social enterprise producing free, educational comics for children and communities in India, Afghanistan and Italy. Prior to that, she founded Youth Action for Change, a non-profit, inspiring and training young people in 130 countries for free to become active agents of change.
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Suman Sridhar

Suman Sridhar

Counter-culture vocalist

Suman Sridhar is a singer, actor and songwriter. She forms one half of the contemporary music duo, Sridhar/Thayil. Rolling Stone India magazine calls them “two of the most uninhibited people that ever came together to play with music.” Suman has performed at the Great Escape Festival (UK), Galle Literary Festival (Sri Lanka), Southbank Centre (UK), National Centre for Performing Arts (Mumbai), Prithvi Theatre festival (Mumbai) and more.
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