Fellows


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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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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Alok Shetty

Alok Shetty

Architect

Alok Shetty designed a full fledged, multi-specialty hospital at the age of 20, and has since then gone onto start a firm that takes simple ideas and combines them with innovative building solutions to bring about radical change in the social infrastructure of a community. Whether its projects like creating rural clinics made of locally available materials, designing aquamarine parks that are a source of fresh water and electricity, or transforming shipping containers into auditoriums, Alok is striving to improve the standard and quality of living in developing countries around the world.
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Anand Giridharadas

Anand Giridharadas

Author & NYT columnist

Anand Giridharadas is the author of “India Calling: An Intimate Portrait of a Nation’s Remaking,” which will be published by Times Books in January, 2011. He writes the “Currents” column for The New York Times and its global edition, the International Herald Tribune: it explores fresh ideas, global culture and the social meaning of technology, among other subjects. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, and a graduate of the University of Michigan, he worked in Bombay as a management consultant until 2005, when he began reporting from that city for the Herald Tribune and the Times.
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Anand Gandhi

Anand Gandhi

Filmmaker, Screenwriter

Anand is a filmmaker, playwright and artist, deeply interested in philosophy, evolutionary psychology and sci-fi. His first feature film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it was touted as the ‘hidden gem of the year’. It has since gone on to win accolades worldwide – the only contemporary Indian film to be short-listed by the Critic’s Circle (UK) as one of 15 life-changing films of all time. Besides making films, Anand illustrates, writes songs, plays chess and dabbles in magic.
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Andrea Colaço

Andrea Colaço

INK Fellow from the MIT Media Lab

Andrea hails from Goa, and is currently a PhD student at the MIT Media Lab. Her research focuses on creating novel user interfaces in the smart-everything era. Recently, she invented a miniature, low-power 3D sensor for touch-less gestural input to mobile devices and other wearable tech (like the Google Glass). Andrea is also an aspiring tech entrepreneur – her startup, 3dim, is producing a compact, low-power mobile 3D camera. In her spare time she enjoys mentoring young geeks. In 2010 she co-founded the Media Lab Design and Innovation workshop series, conducted annually in partnership with top Indian universities.
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Anirudh Sharma

Anirudh Sharma

INK Fellow from the MIT Media Lab

In 2011 Anirudh started the LeChal project- haptic shoes for the blind mobility which won him the MIT Tech Review TR35 ‘Innovator of the Year’ award. The invention spun into a startup, manufacturing the low-cost shoes for the visually impaired in India. Anirudh’s love for using technology to inspire wonder has taken him to the MIT Media Lab, where he invents across disciplines.
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Anu Sridharan

Anu Sridharan

Founder-CEO of NextDrop

As a Civil & Environmental Engineer, Anu is passionate about providing more reliable government services to citizens. NextDrop began by tackling the problem of erratic water supply – in most of urban India, water is available only a few hours at a time or a few times a week, but residents have no way of knowing when. Working with operators in the field, NextDrop sends text messages 60 minutes before water arrives in your tap, while also offering utility boards the tools to better manage and track leakages in water supply. Anu has also been selected to the Forbes “30 Social Entrepreneurs Under 30” list.
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Anu Vaidyanathan

Anu Vaidyanathan

Ultraman athlete, IP professor

Anu Vaidyanathan is the only Asian to have competed in and finished 6th at Ultraman – a three day stage-race comprising a 10K swim, 420K bike ride and an 84.4K run. She also received her Ph.D., is a visiting professor of intellectual property, and has her own intellectual property managment company. 
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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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Ashwini Chidananda Shetty Akkunji

Ashwini Chidananda Shetty Akkunji

Sprint athlete

Ashwini Chidananda Shetty Akkunji is an Indian sprint athlete from Udupi district in Karnataka, India. Ashwini, who specializes in 400 metres, won gold medals in the 4X400 m relay at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India, and the 2010 Asian Games at Guangzhou, China, and an individual gold medal in the 400 metres hurdle in China. Born in a village to farmer parents, Ashwini grew up on a farmland of arecanut plantations, often running around barefoot.
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Ayah Bdeir

Ayah Bdeir

Ayah Bdeir is an interactive artist and a graduate of the MIT Media Lab. Bdeir's work has been exhibited at numerous venues including The New Museum, Ars Electronica and Location One. Bdeir has been awarded fellowships with Eyebeam and Creative Commons, and has taught graduate classes at NYU and Parsons. Bdeir was a mentor in the reality tv-show Stars of Science promoting technology innovation in the Middle East. Bdeir works between Beirut and New York. In 2011, Ayah Bdeir received the highly prestigious TED Fellowship which includes an invitation to give a talk at the TED event in Long Beach in 2012.
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Balazs Gardi

Balazs Gardi

Photographer

Hungary-born Balazs is a leader in the practice and theory of photojournalism, with a vision to reshape modern media practice for the 21st century. His multi award-winning work includes in-depth coverage of the Afghan war - much after media attention had turned to Iraq - and initial photography of daredevil Felix Baumgartner during his jump to earth from the stratosphere. His project 'Facing Water Crisis' is an independent worldwide expedition exploring the far-reaching consequences of water scarcity. The latter has evolved into Azdarya, an online documentary magazine solely dedicated to water, which he recently launched with his wife.
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Bilal Ghalib

Bilal Ghalib

Catalyst

Bilal Ghalib is an Iraqi American promoting the maker spaces (a "Do-It-Yourself"/ open-source platform) around the world.  His makerspaces fostered ideas such as landmine detection systems and a heart monitor that works without the use of electricity, a limited resource in developing nations. 
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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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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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Chakshu Roy

Chakshu Roy

Political technologist

Chakshu Roy heads technology initiatives at PRS Legislative Research (PRS), New Delhi.  PRS is a unique initiative that provides non-partisan analysis to all Members of Parliament in India.  Chakshu is developing a comprehensive technology strategy to engage large sections of the population in the policy process.  He has conceptualised and developed India’s only online database of all state laws.  Chakshu has conducted capacity-building workshops for over 1000 journalists on tracking the work of legislators.
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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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Dale J. Stephens

Dale J. Stephens

Lifelong Learner and Entrepreneur

Dale J. Stephens left school at twelve to become an unschooler, the self-directed branch of homeschoolers. Instead of going to middle and high school he organized collaborative learning groups, found mentors, and volunteered in his community. Dale leads UnCollege, the social movement empowering students to create their own education. 
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Darbuka Siva

Darbuka Siva

Performer/ Music Producer/ Entrepreneur

‘Darbuka’ Siva focuses on reviving ancient folk forms, which are almost extinct. He identifies rare artists and engages them in collaboration with contemporary artists, which creates an accessible art form for everyone around the world. He has put together a platform for folk music called ‘La Pongal’ for Tamil folk musician to take their music outside of the interiors of Tamil Nadu. 
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Deepak Ravindran

Deepak Ravindran

Entrepreneur

Deepak Ravindran is the founder and CEO of Innoz, which he started in his college dorm room in 2008 with 3 other college mates. Deepak left Kannur University,LBS College of Engineering,Kerala as a dropout with a novel idea of giving Internet to the offline world. Deepak was named one of the MIT Technology Review outstanding innovators under 35, for the year 2011. He is also an INK Fellow & TED Talent Search participant for 2011.
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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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Dr Uma Ramakrishnan

Dr Uma Ramakrishnan

DNA Scientist

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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Elishai Ezra

Elishai Ezra

Bioengineer

Elishai’s polymathic training in Electrical and Bioengineering, Life Sciences, History and Philosophy lead him to found Jerusalem’s Centre for Trans-disciplinary Innovation, looking at complex questions like the origins of life and alternatives to monetary economics. A recent graduate of Singularity University, Elishai has co-invented new medical interfaces like the ‘Glove Tricorder’ to seamlessly integrate technology into the patient-physician relationship. He is based at the Hebrew University where he is a PhD candidate for Bioengeering, teaches mathematical programming, and received the 2013 Nano-science and Nano-technology award.
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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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Girish Ramdas

Girish Ramdas

Entrepreneur

Girish is the CEO and Co-founder of Magzter, the world’s fastest growing cross-platform digital newsstand selling magazines and books. Girish’s foray into digital publishing comes from understanding first-hand the pain of being a magazine producer and getting people to buy magazines, in today’s difficult publishing world. Magzter is currently the only platform that provides publishers a host of tools that simplifies the digital publishing process, making it easier to offer digital editions globally. With 15 million+ users, 2,500+ magazines and 900+ publishers, Magzter is revitalising an age-old industry.
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Guillermo Rivero

Guillermo Rivero

Founder, Pase Usted

Guillermo Rivero was born in Puebla, Mexico. He studied International Relations and Transatlantic Studies specializing on cultural institutions as pivotal elements to create supranational identities. In 2008, Guillermo and his partners started developing Pase Usted, a project that aims to create a collective knowledge of positive ideas that would benefit Mexican society with creative solutions. Always from a multidisciplinary standpoint Guillermo aims to create a movement that would make Mexico a better place to live in.
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Hind Hobeika

Hind Hobeika

Self-tracking engineer

Hind Hobeika is a self-tracking engineer who believes biological parameters are the most fascinating input for technological systems. She is the founder of Instabeat, an award winning startup that creates high-tech tools that track and improve athletes' performance and well-being. Hind is a WEF Global Shaper and founder of the Quantified Self, Beirut chapter.
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Isabel Pedraza

Isabel Pedraza

Physicist

Isabel Pedraza is a high energy physicist from Mexico, and works on cutting edge science such as the search for the 'God particle' at CERN. Besides science, she also skis, boxes, and sings. 
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Isha Sharvani

Isha Sharvani

Dancer

Isha began her journey in dance at the age of 8 under the guidance of her mother and Guru, Daksha Sheth. She trained in  yoga, gymnastics, and various movement traditions from different states of India, including Kathak, Kalaripayattu, Malkhamb, Aerial ring technique and Mayurbhanj Chhau.  Today, she is one of India’s most prominent young dancers. She has also acted in both Bollywood and Malayalam films, and has films like "Luck by Chance", "David" and "5 Sundharikal" to her credit. She has performed at various venues, including "Lets Dance" Festival in Leicester, Jamshed Bhabha Theater in Mumbai, The Perth International festival and at The South Bank Center in London.
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Ishita Chaudhary

Ishita Chaudhary

Founder & CEO, The YP Foundation

Ishita Chaudhry is the Founder & CEO of The YP Foundation (TYPF). TYPF enables young people to create programmes and influence policies in health, education, gender, sexuality, and the arts and governance, reaching out to 300,000 young people in India. Ishita works with youth communities on developing leadership skills and enabling their access to sexuality education. She has received the ChangeLooms Award (Ashoka Foundation 2008), Seen&Heard British Telecom Award 2008, Karamveer Puruskaar 2007 and the President of Nepal’s Young Achiever’s Award, 2009.
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Joi Barua

Joi Barua

musician

Joi Barua grew up in a sleepy town called Jorhat in Assam, the North East of India. He was gifted a violin by his father when he was four, and he fell in love with Music. The only music he has access to those days was a 30 minute friday slot on radio. His town had one piano, and no teachers, and his father had to cross the border and get him a keyboard from Bhutan. He has no formal training in singing, and is now making waves in the advertising, music, and film circuit in Mumbai.
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Kalki Koechlin

Kalki Koechlin

Actor & Writer

Kalki Koechlin is an Indian film actress of French origin. She has starred in critically acclaimed films such as That Girl in Yellow Boots and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. Kalki also stars in award-winning plays which she writes and directs. 
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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. Varma has co-founded India Nature Watch, the largest online community of wildlife photographers, and also shares his knowledge of photography and wildlife with people in various platforms.
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Karthik Reddy

Karthik Reddy

Managing Partner at Blume Ventures

Karthik believes the venture capitalist industry was imported into India from the US with very little adaptation to Indian conditions or recognition of the building required to support local businesses. With a view to inspiring and facilitating young entrepreneurs in India who can truly shape the country, Karthik is instigating a reimagination of startup financing with Blume Ventures.
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Kelli Swazey

Kelli Swazey

Anthropologist

Kelli is an American-born cultural anthropologist based in Indonesia, whose work focuses on the role of the media in the construction of religious identity. With a strong belief in the potential of new media to change perspectives, she is launching a collaborative platform to facilitate the circulation of stories and voices from the communities of Eastern Indonesia. Her work has landed her in interesting situations - she once lived with and studied the Toraja people of South Sulawesi, whose practice it is to live with the mummified bodies of their deceased relatives.
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Krithi K. Karanth

Krithi K. Karanth

Conservation Biologist

Krithi has been studying wildlife conservation in India and its human dimensions for 16 years, assessing patterns of mammal extinction, the impacts of wildlife tourism, voluntary resettlement, human-wildlife conflicts and land use change. She has published over 45 scientific and popular articles, and received grants and awards from the US National Science Foundation, the Indian Government, Yale, Duke, Columbia, and Cambridge universities, amongst others. She is a Associate Conservation Scientist with Wildlife Conservation Society (NYC) and Executive Director of the Centre for Wildlife Studies (Bangalore). She was chosen as National Geographic Society’s 10,000th grantee in 2011 and Emerging Explorer for 2012.
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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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Luke Iseman

Luke Iseman

Inventor

Luke is chief technology officer and cofounder of Soil IQ, a wireless soil sensor for small gardens and farms, which helps regular people grow their own produce. He is passionate about using open source hardware and the physical computing revolution to build a more sustainable world. He has invented an automated gardening computer, built and managed a fleet of 25 pedicabs, and written a book about travelling the world. His projects have been covered by publications like Make Magazine, Wired, Treehugger and TechCrunch.
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Madhu Acharya

Madhu Acharya

Founder, Antenna Foundation Nepal

Madhu Acharya is one of the key founding members of Antenna Foundation Nepal and served as its Director from 2006 to 2010. Antenna (est. 2002) is a vibrant production and training facility catering local and community radio stations in Nepal. Madhu’s pioneering work includes introducing mobile radio-Doko Radio into remotes villages of Nepal. He began his career as one of the founding producers of Radio Sagarmatha in 1996 and worked there for five years. Madhu, as a Knight Fellow 2010-11 at Stanford University, is studying share-casting, two-way communication, as a tool for development and democracy.
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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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Mansukhbhai Prajapati

Mansukhbhai Prajapati

Inventor

Mansukhbhai R Prajapati was born in Nichimandal village in Gujarat in a family of potters and terracotta craftsmen. Being the eldest among four siblings, he became the helmsman of his family and its craft legacy. Despite financial constraints, Mansukhbhai's parents managed to educate him till high school. Mansukhbhai has developed an entire range of earthen products for daily use in the kitchen. These products include water filters, refrigerators, hot plates, cooker and other such items of daily use.
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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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Mushtaq Ahmed Dar

Mushtaq Ahmed Dar

Serial innovator

Mushtaq Ahmed Dar is a 28 year old serial innovator. He started inventing his own tools when he could not take his exams and study beyond the 10th standard due to the untimely death of his father. Mushtaq has developed a series of innovative tools, including a walnut cracker, a device to climb electric poles and trees, a machine to crack almonds, a plastering machine, and a seed broadcaster and sprayer.
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Nachiket Udupa

Nachiket Udupa

Social entrepreneur

Nachiket Udupa graduated as a Civil Engineer from IIT Guwahati after which he worked for a year as a Derivatives Trader. Subsequently he worked for a year at a non-profit in Bangalore and then did his Masters in Education Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University. For the past few months he has been volunteering with the Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan. In the long term he plans to work on agricultural cooperatives, education and health.
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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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Neville Mars

Neville Mars

Architect & Urban Researcher

Neville is a Dutch architect who has been active in China since 2003 as the head of the Dynamic City Foundation, an international research platform investigating hyper-speed urbanization. At his design studio, Mars Architects, Neville works on sustainable projects on all scales – from buildings and furniture to urban master plans. Working on the premise that urban growth is essentially organic, Neville has applied his radical new Evolutionary Planning methodology in response to China’s accelerated and pressured market conditions. His most fascinating projects include the new Sino-Dutch Ecocity in Shenzhen, and an ongoing sustainability strategy for Mumbai with the BMW-Guggenheim Lab.
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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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Noorie Sadarangani

Noorie Sadarangani

Urban designer

Noorie Sadarangani invents narrative products and experiences using disappearing antiquated manual industrial processes still found in slums and various other informal areas of Mumbai. By setting up artisan schools, she formalizes and cultivates out-dated floating talent. The idea is to transform common things that otherwise would be factory-cut (without totally busting the wallet).
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Param Jaggi

Param Jaggi

Eco-innovator

Param is the 19-year-old founder & CEO of Ecoviate, a research and development company focusing on disposable green-technologies. Since the age of 13, he has innovated bio-fuel preparation, designed highly effective bioreactors, created a device that mitigates motor vehicle emissions (currently patented), and many more. Param was named to the 2012 & 2013 Forbes ‘30 Under 30: Energy’ list for his work in green-technologies. Aside from being a Junior at Vanderbilt University, studying Mechanical Engineering & Economics, Param has consulted as a research associate and even a rocket scientist.
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Peter Frykman

Peter Frykman

Entrepreneur

Peter Frykman is the founder and CEO of Driptech, Inc., which is concerned with the challenge of water scarcity, especially in developing countries. His professional interests include mechatronics, medical devices, and design for extreme affordability. He is an avid rower and two time national champion for Stanford.
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Priyanka Sharma

Priyanka Sharma

Nano-biotechnologist

Priyanka is a Ph.D. in environmental nano-biotechnology with a great aptitude towards biotransformation and biomonitoring of environmental pollutants . Her research focuses on the development of low cost immunosensors for pesticides detection. She has published many research papers in prestigious international journals cheering high impact factors. Recently, she has been selected as a sole women MIT TR35 young innovator award. She was also among the top innovators under the DST - Lockheed Martin India Innovation Programme 2012. Her innovation has been covered worldwide in many prestigious magazines and newspapers (CSIR News, Technology review, India today, Tehelka, Elektor, Femina, Chemical industry Digest, Good News Tab, BBC etc.). She has also been invited by Northwestern University, IL (USA) as a visiting research fellow .
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Pushpa Basnet

Pushpa Basnet

Social Worker

A CNN Hero of the Year 2012, Pushpa set up a home in Nepal for children who once lived in prisons with their incarcerated parents. For seven years, she has been running a centre to provide them with education, food, medical care and a happy childhood outside of prison walls. The children call her “Mamu” because of her loving and motherly care. With about 80 children still living inside prison walls, she is determined to bring them out and live out her promise as “Mamu” to these children in need.
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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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Remya Jose

Remya Jose

Serial innovator

Remya Jose, all of 23 years from Malappuram in Kerala, is a gifted innovator, with a number of path-breaking innovations to her credit. The washing-cum-exercise machine that she developed received a National Award from former Indian President Abdul Kalam. The idea for the machine came to her as washing clothes was a tiresome chore and her family could not afford a regular washing machine. Remya works at National Innovation Foundation, Ahmedabad, and is responsible for many other innovations.
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Rohan Dixit

Rohan Dixit

Meditation Neurotechnologist

Trained in classical neuroimaging at the Harvard-MIT-MGH Martinos Center and Stanford Medical center, Rohan started a company called BrainBot which helps users collect their brain data to see how meditation is changing their brainwaves. His work is based on his first-hand research with sadhus and monks in the Himalayas, where he recorded their brainwaves while they were meditating.
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Ronak Samantray

Ronak Samantray

Inventor

Ronak is the co-founder of NowFloats, a start-up aiming to make the internet relevant for India’s innumerable small businesses. Without access to the internet or even a computer, NowFloats helps business owners set up and update their own websites entirely by SMS. Ronak has also co-designed a ‘Speech Glove’ which has the capability to recognise finger gestures and convert them to speech.
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Saba Ghole

Saba Ghole

Architect, Urban Designer, Entrepreneur

Saba Ghole is an architect and urban designer turned education and technology entrepreneur. As the Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of NuVu Studio, Saba leads a innovation center for middle and high school students. NuVu’s focus on creativity and experimentation sets the stage for students to collaborate with experts on projects ranging from new medical technologies to interactive games to brainwave-generated music and art.
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Sachin Malhan

Sachin Malhan

Co-founder, Inclusive Planet

Sachin Malhan is the co-founder of Inclusive Planet, which is working to enable online collaboration amongst the world’s print-impaired population. Before Inclusive Planet he co-founded two ventures in the education space – Law School Tutorials, the leading law test prep outfit that became an ISB case study in 2009, and Rainmaker, the leading talent advisory firm for the legal industry and manager of India’s Bar examination. In his ventures Sachin has worked intimately with technology and young people, and discovered the joy of teaching. Sachin is a graduate of the National Law School in Bangalore.
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Sai Gaddam

Sai Gaddam

Neuroscientist and Author

Sai Gaddam is a computational neuroscientist, a data geek, and the co-author of A Billion Wicked Thoughts, an internationally acclaimed book about desire. He believes understanding how our brains tick is the way to truly discovering and liberating ourselves. Sai is currently working on a book about anger. His parents are still holding out hope he will come to his senses and put his IIT pedigree to better use.
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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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Sanvar Oberoi

Sanvar Oberoi

Agricultural Entrepreneur

Sanvar is a first-generation agricultural entrepreneur who is re-instating a super crop long marginalised for its association with cannabis – industrial hemp. Bombay Hemp Company (BOHECO) works with the government, local industry and farmers to manufacture innovative agro-products for pharmaceutical, construction, energy, paper, food, textiles, autombobiles, oil and cordage, for a pan-Indian movement in poverty alleviation and rural development. Sanvar is pursuing his PhD in Business Economics, while working to reform agriculture and boost its role in the economy. He also co-founded the Thincquisitive Foundation, and enjoys giving walking tours of Bombay.
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Satya Hinduja

Satya Hinduja

Sound Artist

Satya's 9 year long journey has ranged from scoring for Indian films to collaborating with Indian artists and musicians. While her artistic footprint has evolved from eastern traditional to western electronica, Satya's spiritual vision is moulded by a blend of the two. Her label, Tabula Rasa, hopes to play a key role in revolutionizing the electronica movement.
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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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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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Shayamal Vallabhjee

Shayamal Vallabhjee

EQ Consultant & Sports Scientist

Shayamal Vallabhjee has over 12 years of experience in the sports industry, working with the world's best creatives, personalities and industrialists. Some include: the South African High Performance Cricket Team, Indian National Cricket Team, Indian Olympic Association, and many others. He has authored 5 books on sports science and motivation. Also, Shayamal is the director of Speed Kids -- a program that caters to the bio-mechanical gross motor development of children between the age of 3-8 years. 
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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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Shipra Jain

Shipra Jain

Jeweller

Shipra Jain is the vice president of Design and Merchandising of BlueStone.com, a leading online jewellery retail brand. Her last assignment was a design-it-yourself jewellery site Sheyna, based out of USA, that lets users create their own necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings. The website received accolades from key media segments such as Oprah's blog, NBC's Today Show and People Style Watch. Shipra has also previously worked with Jewellery brands such as Tanishq.
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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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Shruti Ganguly

Shruti Ganguly

Producer & Director

Based in NYC, Shruti has been involved in feature, short-film, fashion, music video and documentary production for 9 years. She ran NYLON TV, spearheads content and strategy for MTV Desi, and works with James Franco’s Rabbit Bandini Productions. Past projects include Tar, a biopic on the poet CK Williams starring Franco, Mila Kunis, Jessica Chastain and Zach Braff, and Black Dog, Red Dog with Whoopi Goldberg, amongst others.
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Shubhendu Sharma

Shubhendu Sharma

Founder/ Director at Afforestt

Shubhendu Sharma, an industry experienced Industrial Engineer turned Eco Entrepreneur, is the Founder/Director of Afforestt, a company which creates urban forests. Developed on world’s best afforestation methodology from Japan, backed by robust management, intensive research and cutting edge technologies, Afforestt creates a 100 years old natural forest in just 10 years.
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Snigdha Manchanda

Snigdha Manchanda

Tea Sommelier

Having grown up collecting exotic teas from around the world in her father’s old trunk, Snigdha went on to train as a Tea Taster in Sri Lanka. Under the tutelage of Tea Master Nao Kumekawa from Japan, Snigdha specialised in crafting hand-blended teas, and finally set up her own line named after her childhood treasure chest – Tea Trunk. Snigdha works closely with a number of tea estates across India to promote quality Indian teas – to her, India without tea is like France without wine. She next plans to launch a global learning hub for tea in India.
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Sophie Morgan

Sophie Morgan

Designer & activist

Sophie Morgan was born in the south of England, then educated in Scotland, before she returned to study at the University in London, where she now lives and works managing her own company. She is a product designer, a television presenter, a model, a campaigner, an artist and, as a result of a car accident seven years ago, a paraplegic wheelchair bound for life. Her work is centered on changing how disability is perceived and considered within society.
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Sourabh Kaushal

Sourabh Kaushal

Engineer & Space Explorer

Sourabh Kaushal is researching space debris mitigation and the development of a space elevator system(The transportation system from Earth into Deep Space). He also proposed new methods to mitigate space debris. His research was selected in many international conferences organised by NASA, ISRO, JAXA, ESA, IEEE, ISEC, Microsoft etc. Sourabh worked with Google Lunar X prize team-Team Indus as a System Engineer. He received "Dr. Kalpana Chawla Young Scientist Award", Runner Up "Jerome Pearson Award 2010" by ISEC, USA ," finalist of MIT TR35 Young Innovator Award and nominated for "Jerome Lederer Space Safety Award 2013" by IAASS, Received "Young Innovator Award 2013" by Indira International Innovation Summit, India. He has also spoken at TEDxBITS GOA, INK+MIT Media Lab Salons, SAM Youth Conference, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT-KGP). He also works to spread awareness about science and technology among youth in villages by teaching them how to conduct research, sort out their problems, and  link them with international and national experts. research work has been appreciated and recognized by The Vice President of INDIA, Sh. M.H.Ansari, Dr. V.Adhimurthy (ISRO), Donald Kessler (EX-NASA Scientist), Dr.K. Rao (ISRO), Dr. Peter Swan (ISEC,USA) and Dr. Angel Abbud Madrid (Director of the Centre for Space Resources,US). Website: www.sourabhkaushal.in
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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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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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Susant Pattnaik

Susant Pattnaik

Inventor

A highly motivated young innovator, Susant Pattnaik from Bhubaneshwar, Orissa, is helping differently-abled individuals with his range of innovations. The ‘Breathing Sensor Apparatus’ assists physically challenged people to operate an electronic wheel chair that uses changes in the breathing. Through this technology, they can even type messages in a specially designed cell phone for better communication. The National Innovation Foundation and Techpedia have filed for a patent for his invention.
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Tanmoy Ghosh

Tanmoy Ghosh

Wildlife conservationist

Tanmoy Ghosh brings new sustainable solutions to solve problems in wildlife conservation whether its through leading survey expeditions, promoting ecotourism, or wildlife photography. He has also discovered an new population of gharial, the most endangered crocodilians in the world. His many conservation projects paved way for collaborations with the BBC (Natural History Unit), Discovery Channel, National Geographic Channel among many others.
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Tendekayi Katsiga

Tendekayi Katsiga

Founder-CEO

Based in Botswana, Tendekayi produces high quality low-cost solar powered hearing aids made for deaf people by deaf people. Most children in Africa cannot sustain use of hearing aids due to lack of electricity or the cost of batteries – solar power solves this problem of accessibility. Deaftronics now operates in Mexico, Singapore, China, Jordan and India, and have sold 10,000 hearing aids and 50,000 batteries to over 40 countries. Tendekayi has also worked on creating sign language dictionaries for banking and HIV vocabularies.
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Tushar Vashisht

Tushar Vashisht

Health Entrepreneur

In 2011 Tushar and a friend conducted a lifestyle experiment in which they lived at the government-stipulated poverty line of Rs 32/day. The experiment and its documentation gave scientific voice to the poor, creating empathy amongst India’s privileged, and providing concrete policy solutions to the government. This inspired him to co-found HealthifyMe, the world’s first Indian nutrition and calorie tracker for healthy living. Prior to this, Tushar worked as a banker, and then helped initiate the Indian Government’s Unique ID project.
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Ugesh Sarcar

Ugesh Sarcar

Magician

Ugesh Sarcar is India's first and only contemporary and revered street magician. Ugesh was trained in the art of magic under the stewardship of his father – the "Living Legend" Prof. M. C. Sarcar. Thereafter, "Ugesh Sarcar's 3rd Degree," his first national TV appearance, became an instant hit and the highest rated show for the channel in over 3 years. There has been no looking back ever since, and his performances have won him accolades the world over.
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Vandana Srinivasan

Vandana Srinivasan

Musician

Vandana is an independent musician and playback singer with an eclectic range of influences. She grew up in Qatar where she trained in Carnatic music, moved to London where she explored the sounds of the Bangla migrant community, and finally moved to India to pursue her passion. She is the lead female vocalist for Staccato – a Chennai-based band that was chosen out of 10,000 entries from Asia to perform at the London Olympics. 
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Varun Agarwal

Varun Agarwal

Media/Merchandise Maverick

Varun Agarwal is a 25 years old filmmaker, entrepreneur and a bestselling author. He is the co-founder of Alma Mater, India's biggest college apparel/memorabilia company, author of bestseller 'How I braved Anu Aunty & Co-founded A Million Dollar 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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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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Vinay Gidwaney

Vinay Gidwaney

Co-founder, Energy Inside

Vinay Gidwaney is a co-founder at Energy Inside which is creating space in society for well-being through its products, DailyFeats and pepfly, both of which help people build healthy behaviors and emotions into their lives. Previously, Vinay was a researcher at the MIT Media Lab working in the field of optogenetics. Vinay also co-founded a software company that was acquired by CA in 2005. In 2002, he was recognized as one of the Top 100 Innovators under 35 by MIT Technology Review.
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Vivek Sahadevan Nair

Vivek Sahadevan Nair

Inventor & Entrepreneur

Vivek Nair had stumbled upon a process to convert carbon emissions into carbon nanotubes (a material stronger than steel). His discovery led him to start a company focused on automating this process and turning carbon emission into a useable resource for many applications. Vivek was named one of the today's disruptors and tomorrow's brightest stars by Forbes "30 under 30" list,for the year 2012 & MIT Technology Review outstanding innovators under 35, for the year 2012.He has also received the National award for meritorious invention from NRDC, Gov. of India. Vivek has also been named by Tehelka as "Tipping point - Architects of the Future", for the year 2012. He was also the winner of Ashoka/Staples Social Youth Entrepreneur award.  In addition, Vivek is doing his double doctorate in Materials Science and Mechanical Engineering at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore & Loughborough University, UK to further his effort in developing advanced materials of the future. 
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