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Adhik Kadam

Adhik Kadam

SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR

Adhik first visited Kashmir in 1997 to study the political conditions and local problems.  His initial efforts were centered around volunteering, working for various NGOs from Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Jammu and Srinagar, and UNICEF supported projects.  
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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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Anshul Tewari

Anshul Tewari

FOUNDER & EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, YOUTH KI AWAAZ

Anshul is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of YouthKiAwaaz.com (YKA), India's largest online platform empowering young people to express themselves on issues of importance. He has worked across new media and online journalism and is a first generation entrepreneur. Anshul is an Ashoka Fellow; he has also served as a Director on the Board of Collectively, a World Economic Forum and Unilever collaborative non-profit, to help make the future better.
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Avinash Saurabh

Avinash Saurabh

CEO & CO-FOUNDER, ZOOJOO.BE

Avinash is the CEO and Co-Founder of zoojoo.be, a social wellness platform that is helping companies around the world drive positive and healthier behavior, within their workforce. Zoojoo.be is an IIM Bangalore incubated startup that has raised $1 Million in seed round from Round Glass Partners, a US based venture firm. 
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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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Dheeraj Roy

Dheeraj Roy

PRESIDENTIAL GRADUATE FELLOW, MIT

Dheeraj is a neuroscientist and Presidential Graduate Fellow at MIT. Following his graduation, Dheeraj pursued a prestigious research assistantship at Harvard University, where he realized his passion for neuroscience. He has been at MIT since 2013, in the lab of Prof. Susumu Tonegawa, who received the 1987 Nobel Prize in Physiology & Medicine. 
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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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Harshit Agrawal

Harshit Agrawal

TECHNOLOGIST

Harshit Agrawal is an artist, HCI researcher, poet and traveler who builds tools to study how technology can help enhance human creative expression. He studies this from a human augmentation, cultural integration and human-machine collaboration aspect. 
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Jennifer Broutin Farah

Jennifer Broutin Farah

CEO, SPROUTSIO

As Co-founder and CEO of SproutsIO, Jennifer leads the development of new technologies that redefine our interaction with food. Drawing from her childhood experience growing fruits and vegetables in the suburbs of Detroit, sher believes the spirit of the gardener extends beyond growing plants- it represents the ability to thoughtfully nurture and participate in the world around us.  
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Kalyani Khona

Kalyani Khona

CO-FOUNDER, INCLOV

Kalyani is the Co-Founder of Inclov, the world's first matchmaking app for people with disability and health disorders. Inclov is accessible to people with visual impairment and cerebral palsy amongst others. The app matches people on the basis of cure availability, medical condition, level of independence and lifestyle choices. Kalyani successfully crowdfunded Rs 6 lakhs for the prototype of this app with the help of 143 global backers, on India's leading online crowdfunding platform, Wishberry.
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Kenta Koga

Kenta Koga

FOUNDER & CEO, GAKKO

Kenta is the Founder and CEO at GAKKO, a collective of thinkers and makers working through design, technology, and pedagogy to question the way people learn. GAKKO's mission is to craft experiences that inspire reflection and action, and through education, to form compassionate and engaged citizens of the world. GAKKO aims to make education richer and more accessible by re-modularizing it through thoughtfully designed digital learning tools and experimental summer camps created by collaborators around the world. 
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Keshav Reddy

Keshav Reddy

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, GVK AIRPORTS

Keshav is a third-generation entrepreneur from the Indian Infrastructure giant, GVK. He graduated with a double major in Industrial & Operations Research Engineering and Entrepreneurship from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. He is working in the corporate finance and business development teams at the company’s airports division – GVK Airports. 
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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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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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Neha Bagaria

Neha Bagaria

FOUNDER, JOBSFORHER

Neha founded JobsForHer to reverse female brain-drain from within the Indian workforce. JobsForHer.com is an online portal to enable women to restart their careers following any breaks they’ve taken for reasons relating to marriage, motherhood or elderly care; as the case may be. Through this portal, women can connect with all they need to re-enter the workforce and companies can recruit experienced female talent.
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Nirali Kartik

Nirali Kartik

MUSICIAN

Nirali is an Indian Classical Vocalist from Mumbai. She nurtured the dream of being a classical vocalist from her childhood; backed by support from her parents and her music Guru Vikas Parikh. Nirali was the recipient of Shrestha Sadhaka Award by Gujarat Sangeet Academy. 
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Pallavi Gupta

Pallavi Gupta

FOUNDER & MANAGING DIRECTOR, FIFTHESTATE

Pallavi is the Founder and Managing Director of FifthEstate, a not-for-profit that works in partnership with the state governments in India to create collaborations between social entrepreneurs, Government departments and Corporates. She also sits on the State Innovation Council of Uttar Pradesh and has been a guest lecturer at Indian IAS Academy, Mussoorie and UP IAS academy.
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Pavan Kumar

Pavan Kumar

CO-FOUNDER, COCOON CAM

Pavan is the cofounder of Cocoon Cam, a Silicon Valley startup that is developing a the next-generation of smart baby monitors. Cocoon Cam uses computer vision to analyze video streams and provide real-time insights on the safety and wellbeing of your baby. It detects and streams your newborn's heart rate, respiration and skin temperature to a secure mobile app, without ever touching your baby, giving parents peace of mind they deserve. 
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Prasenjeet Yadav

Prasenjeet Yadav

Science communicator/ Photographer

Prasenjeet Yadav is a molecular ecologist turned photographer and a National Geographic Explorer. Prasenjeet holds a masters degree in molecular biology for several years at National Centre for Biological Sciences in Bangalore, India. Early in his scientific career, he realized that his real 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. Prasenjeet is one of the very few photpgraphers who integrates sciences deeply into his photo stories. He chooses ignored subjects, landscapes and species and find ways to develop engaging and accessible photos.
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Pratik Shah

Pratik Shah

HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY, MIT MEDIA LAB

Pratik works at the intersection of nanotechnology, imaging, low-cost diagnostics, entrepreneurship and scalable solutions for improving human health. He is leading the health and technology efforts run by the MIT Media Lab’s Camera Culture Group. Patik has scientific expertise in clinical imaging for machine learning, low-cost diagnostics, non-profits; startups, medical devices and several high-throughput approaches, including massively parallel DNA sequencing, digital gene expression technology, proteomics and metabolomics. He is developing and deploying the next-generation of non-ionizing clinical imaging systems powered by computer vision and machine learning platforms. 
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Sameer Seth

Sameer Seth

FOUNDER & CEO, THE BOMBAY CANTEEN

Sameer has over 8 years of experience in the restaurant business in both India and the USA. With a degree in Chemistry and an MBA, he started his career in banking before realizing that his interests lay in the world of hospitality and restaurants. Sameer’s time at Shalom in Delhi became his education in the business and from here he went on to Cornell University’s Hotel School and to work in New York. Whilst in New York, Sameer had the opportunity to work at some of the finest names in the business - Chef Daniel Boulud’s Bar Boulud and Danny Meyer’s North End Grill. 
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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

Sarvesh Shashi at an early age, decided to stop running and start living when he looked at the world around him and it depended more on materialistic gains. At 17, he met his Guru, who introduced him to the discipline of Yoga and inspired him to seek enlightenment from within. In 2013, this reformed Yogi, started Zorba, India's largest chain of yoga studios and went on to become the nation's youngest CEO in the fitness sector. 
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Sattvik Mishra

Sattvik Mishra

CEO, SCOOPWHOOP MEDIA PVT. LTD.

Sattvik started ScoopWhoop in 2013 as an experiment with 4 friends – he had no intention of being an entrepreneur or starting a company. He spent 6 months doing his day job at an advertising agency whilst simultaneously working as the CEO/Content Writer for ScoopWhoop. 
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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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Sheetal Amte

Sheetal Amte

PUBLIC HEALTH EXPERT

Sheetal is a public health expert, disability specialist and social entrepreneur. She currently works as Chief Executive Officer and Board Member for one of India’s leading non-profits, Maharogi Sewa Samiti (MSS), Warora. She operates from one of the most backward districts of Central India, building livelihood capabilities of most marginalized people, especially those with disabilities like- the leprosy afflicted, orthopedically handicapped, vision and hearing impaired and primitive tribal populace for last 67 years.
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Suranga Nanayakkara

Suranga Nanayakkara

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, SUTD

Suranga is an Assistant Professor from the Engineering Product Development Pillar at Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). In 2011, he founded the Augmented Human Lab (www.ahlab.org) to explore ways of creating ‘enabling’ human-computer interfaces as natural extensions of our body, mind and behaviour. 
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Veerappan Swaminathan

Veerappan Swaminathan

CO-FOUNDER, ONEMAKER GROUP

Veerappan is a pioneer of the Maker movement and a well-known social entrepreneur in the youth and environment sector in Singapore. He has led organizations to accolades such as the President's Challenge Youth Social Enterprise Award 2015, UNESCO-Daimler Mondialogo Engineering Award as well as the ASEAN+3 Young Enterprise For Sustainable Development Award 2015. 
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