Speakers

Abhay Deol

Abhay Deol

Actor

Indian film actor Abhay Deol, often hailed as a “thinking actor” in the Hindi movie circles, has appeared in popular films such as Dev D, Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!, and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara.
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Abhijit Bose

Abhijit Bose

CO-FOUNDER & CEO, EZETAP

Abhijit is CEO and Co-Founder of Ezetap, which was started in 2011 to help merchants leapfrog India’s cash economy by using mobile solutions built on next generation web technology. The Ezetap platform allows merchants to become a banking service point and accept any type of electronic payment through a mobile handset or tablet. Abhijit has over 20 years of experience in building and launching mobile and software products, and Ezetap is the third mobile product he has launched in India.  Previous experience includes leadership positions at ngpay (acquired by Flipkart) and Siebel Systems. Abhijit has a BS in Engineering from Cornell University and MBA from Harvard Business School.
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Adam Sadowsky

Adam Sadowsky

CREATIVE DIRECTOR AT SYYN LABS

Adam Sadowsky is Creative Director and founder of Syyn Labs, an award-winning art & engineering production company that specializes in unexpected and jaw-dropping kinetic installations for ads, viral videos, commercial spaces, events, and whenever the mood strikes. Clients include Google, Red Bull, Target, Allstate, Sears, ESPN, Ford, Chevy, and Willy Wonka.
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Aditi Chaudhary

Aditi Chaudhary

Aisha Chaudhary's Hero

Aditi Chaudary is the mother of the late INK speaker Aisha Chaudhary. Aisha was born with an immune deficiency disorder and overcame a predicted life expectancy of only one year to have become an accomplished artist today. Despite a serious lung disease called Pulmonary Fibrosis, her persistent optimism, extraordinary maturity in the face of impossible odds, and calm perspective on life’s challenges have been an inspiration to many.
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Adora Svitak

Adora Svitak

Child prodigy

Seeing Adora walk down the street, you might not think that the seemingly typical thirteen-year-old is a published author, activist, accomplished speaker and one of the world’s youngest teachers.
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Adrianna Svitak

Adrianna Svitak

Poet, Pianist

With a wide range of passions including music, poetry, and art, Adrianna Svitak studies piano and violin as well as singing. Her musical interests range from Michael Jackson to Mozart, Beethoven to Beyonce. Nine years of practice have led to awards from events, including the Seattle Young Artists’ Festival, the Performing Arts Festival of the Eastside, the Music Teachers’ National Association and the Bach Festival competition. In violin, her accomplishments include being named Concertmistress for the Redmond Junior High Honors Orchestra as well as the Junior All-State Orchestra.
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Aisha Chaudhary

Aisha Chaudhary

Inspirational Artist

Seventeen year-old Aisha Chaudhary was born with an immune deficiency disorder and overcame a predicted life expectancy of only one year to have become an accomplished artist today. Despite a serious lung disease called Pulmonary Fibrosis, her persistent optimism, extraordinary maturity in the face of impossible odds, and calm perspective on life’s challenges have been an inspiration to many.
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Alexander Tsiaras

Alexander Tsiaras

Techno artist

Alexander is a renowned technologist, artist, journalist and author. As an artist and technologist, he has participated in developing scientific visualization software to enable him to “paint” the anatomy using volume data.
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Amar Hanspal

Amar Hanspal

Digital Portfolio Designer

As a leader, Amar Hanspal builds teams that empower everyone to imagine, design and create a better world. 
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Amar Sen

Amar Sen

Shadowgrapher

Amar Sen's devotion to the arts has brought him fame for various specializations at different stages in his life; now the world knows him for a number of things including but not limited to singing, acting, magic, graphic arts, poetry and obviously his pet art, handShadowGraphy. The field of performance knows him better for his hardcore professionalism at whatever he does.
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Amish Tripathi

Amish Tripathi

Author

Described as the ‘Paulo Coelho of the East’ by Business World and a ‘People’s author like Jeffrey Archer’ by The Telegraph, Amish’s unique combination of crackling story-telling, religious symbolism and profound philosophies have made him an overnight publishing phenomenon.
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Amitabh Kant

Amitabh Kant

CEO, NITI AAYOG

The National Institution for Transforming India (NITI), is a Government of India initiative that aims to catalyze India’s developmental process; creating an enabling environment through partnerships, think tanks and information sharing through cooperative federalism.
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Anand Agarawala

Anand Agarawala

Interface designer

Anand Agarawala is an entrepreneur and product designer.
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Anand Kumar

Anand Kumar

Founder, Super 30

Anand Kumar is ushering in a revolution in the hinterlands of India by equipping youth to dream big through his education initiative ‘Super 30’ in Patna, Bihar.  In 1994, he was admitted to Cambridge University but was unable to afford it after his father, a low paid postal employee, passed away.  In the last eight years of ‘Super 30’, Kumar, now a noted mathematics teacher, has coached a phenomenal 212 students, most first generation learners from rural, poor backgrounds, to pass the joint entrance test of the Indian Institute of Technology.  Time Magazine selected ‘Super 30’ in the Best of Asia 2010, and Discovery Channel made a documentary film on ‘Super 30’.  
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Ananth Menon

Ananth Menon

MUSICIAN

Ananth Menon is a guitarist and singer from Bangalore, India. Ananth has been active in the blues and rock scene for the last 16 years and is one of Bangalore's most recognisable voices today.
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Ani Choying Drolma

Ani Choying Drolma

Musician, Humanitarian

Ani Choying Drolma is an internationally reputed singer. Having been educated in a Buddhist nunnery, she studied Buddhist meditation, chants, rituals and ceremonies, and soon advanced to chanting master. Ani recently performed on MTV's Coke Studio for a composition by A.R. Rahman that is said to have put a whole new spin to the term 'world music'. The proceeds from her concert tours, CD sales and donations goes toward running a school started by her in the year 2000 called Arya Tara School.
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Anil Ananthaswamy

Anil Ananthaswamy

Author, New Scientist journalist

Anil Ananthaswamy is a consultant for New Scientist in London. He has worked at the magazine in various capacities since 2000, most recently as deputy news editor. He has also contributed to National Geographic News and The Independent (UK). He studied electronics,electrical and computer engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (Bachelor of Technology), and the University of Washington, Seattle (Master of Science), and worked as a software engineer in Silicon Valley before training as a journalist at the University of California Santa Cruz. He is the author of The Edge of Physics, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (published as The Edge of Reason by Penguin, India).
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Anil Menon

Anil Menon

GLOBAL PRESIDENT, SMART+CONNECTED COMMUNITIES, CISCO

Anil Menon is global president of Cisco Smart+Connected Communities; helping cities become more efficient and sustainable. It provides solutions for urban services and data sharing challenges in communities, cities and even entire nations worldwide through digital transformation of infrastructure, data, and services.
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Anousheh Ansari

Anousheh Ansari

First female space tourist

On September 18, 2006, Anousheh Ansari captured headlines as the first female private space explorer travelling to and staying onboard of International Space Station. Back on Earth, as a successful serial entrepreneur, Anousheh returned to her job as co-founder and chairman of her latest technology company, Prodea Systems.
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Anu Aga

Anu Aga

Businesswoman and Social Worker

Anu Aga is on the Board of Thermax Limited, the leading Indian player in energy and environment management. She retired as Chairperson of the company in October, 2004. The Government of India conferred her with the Padma Shri Award for her distinguished service in the field of social work in 2010.
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Anubhav Gupta

Anubhav Gupta

CHIEF DESIGN OFFICER, GODREJ PROPERTIES

Anubhav currently serves as the Chief Design Officer, Business Head Vikhroli and Head of CSR and Sustainability at Godrej Properties Limited. It is one of India’ s fastest growing developers with over 120 million square feet under development in 12 cities across 50 projects in India.
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Anupam Mishra

Anupam Mishra

Environmental activist

A Gandhian and an environmental activist, the late Anupam Mishra is among the most knowledgeable persons in India on traditional water harvesting systems. He has travelled to various part of the country, especially Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh, visiting various water harvesting systems managed by people.
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Anupama Chopra

Anupama Chopra

Film Critic, Author

Anupama Chopra is a film critic and book author. She has written about the Hindi film industry since 1993. Film Companion, a YouTube channel, is her latest love letter to the movies. She is the film critic for Hindustan Times and NDTV 24/7 and a contributing editor to Vogue (India). She has anchored ‘The Front Row’ on Star World and 'Star Verdict' on Star Plus. Anupama  also presented and scripted a weekly film review show called Picture This on NDTV 24/7. Her work has been published extensively in India Today, India's largest English language magazine. She has also written about Bollywood for various international publications such as The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Variety and Sight & Sound.
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Anuraag Saxena

Anuraag Saxena

CEO, World Education Foundation, UK

Anuraag Saxena is the Asia-Head for the World Education Foundation, UK and leads the Asia partnerships and entry-strategy. He spent his corporate years with GE Capital, Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse, where he was heading strategy and change teams across the Americas, Europe, Asia and Australia. Anuraag passionately believes that skills from academia and corporate-life, can and should be applied to solve social challenges as much as they solve economic ones.
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Anuradha Acharya

Anuradha Acharya

Founder & CEO, Mapmygenome

Anuradha Acharya is the founder and CEO of Mapmygenome, a molecular diagnostics company that offers personalized health solutions based on genetic tests. She is currently serving as a governing board member at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and is a governing board member at both the National Institute for Biomedical Genomics and the Association of Biotech Led Enterprises. Anuradha has received numerous accolades such as the “Young Global Leader” award by the World Economic Forum, Biospectrum’s “Entrepreneur of the Year” and Red Herring Magazine's “25 Tech Titans under 35", to name a few.
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Arun Kumar

Arun Kumar

Poet and executive

Arun Kumar was nominated, on October 4, 2013, by President Obama to the position of Assistant Secretary of Global Markets and Director General of the US and Foreign Commercial Service. 
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Arunachalam Muruganantham

Arunachalam Muruganantham

Innovator, entrepreneur

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

Arvind Gupta

Toymaker, innovator, science educator

Science educator Arvind Gupta uses simple toys to teach. A graduate from IIT Kanpur (1975 batch), Arvind Kumar Gupta took a year’s study leave from TELCO (in 1978) to work with the grassroots village science teaching programme for children in the tribal district of Hoshangabad, Madhya Pradesh. While there, he developed many useful low-cost teaching/science teaching aids using locally available materials. The possibilities of using ordinary things for doing science and recycling modern junk into joyous products appealed immensely to children. Arvind Gupta’s first book, Matchstick Models and other Science Experiments, was translated into 12 Indian languages by various Popular Science groups and sold more than half a million copies. Gupta has conducted workshops in over 2000 schools and has won many national and international awards.
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Asima Ensemble

Asima Ensemble

Vocal and Percussion Ensemble

Asima is a boundary-breaking vocal and percussion ensemble from Trivandrum, Kerala. The word “asima” in sanskrit means "beyond boundaries", and the ensemble combines elements from India's rhythmic and melodic systems with harmonic traditions of western music. 
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Ayushmann Khurrana

Ayushmann Khurrana

Actor, Singer

 Ayushmann Khurrana is an Indian film actor and singer, who started his career as a television anchor. He deftly manoeuvred his way further in the entertainment industry by establishing himself as a TV host, and as luck would have it, he landed the lead role in Shoojit Sircar's Vicky Donor and therein went onto making his Bollywood debut in 2012.The film not only won rave reviews, but also established him as a bankable actor. The 'Paani da rang' song that he sung in Vicky Donor added another feather in his cap. His debut film won Ayushmann awards galore, not just for his acting, but his singing talent as well.
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Balan Ayyar

Balan Ayyar

Chief Operating Officer, Sevatec

Balan Ayyar is the chief operating officer of Sevatec, Virginia-based technology contractor. Prior to joining Seratec, Balam has served in the US Air Forces. A retired brigadier general, Balan has more than two-decade veteran in the areas of nuclear weapons, intelligence, national security and supply chain management.  He has led the Air Force’s sales, advertising and marketing arm and oversaw a multi-service interagency effort aimed at establishing rule of law as well as protecting U.S. and coalition troops in Afghanistan.
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Bickram Ghosh

Bickram Ghosh

New-age Percussionist

World famous percussionist and new age percussion star, Bickram Ghosh is ranked amongst the great tabla players from India. Equally brilliant within traditional as well as experimental genres, Bickram has carved out a unique niche for himself in his diverse avatars as classical musician, new age artiste and composer. With over 50 recordings as soloist, composer and collaborator, Bickram has performed in almost every top venue in the world, and his performances have met with accolades in international circuits.
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Brock Pierce

Brock Pierce

CHAIR, BITCOIN FOUNDATION

Brock Pierce is a venture capitalist and entrepreneur with an extensive track record of founding, advising and investing in disruptive businesses. He pioneered the market for digital currency in games and has raised more than $200 million for companies he founded. Brock is an early investor in Bitcoin, founding board member of Omni, and one of the largest investors in the Ethereum crowd sale. He is the Chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation and founder and Managing Partner of Blockchain Capital, the first sector-focused venture fund that invests in Blockchain technology companies (more than 40 to date) and the Bitcoin ecosystem.
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C J Meadows

C J Meadows

DIRECTOR, SP JAIN SCHOOL OF GLOBAL MANAGEMENT

Dr. Meadows is the Director of i2i - the Innovation & Insights Center at SP Jain School of Global Management, a Forbes Top-20 International Business School. She holds a Doctorate in Business Administration from Harvard Business School and was a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Management Accountant (CMA).
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Catherine Mohr

Catherine Mohr

Roboticist, Surgeon

Dr. Catherine Mohr is the Vice President of Medical Research at Intuitive Surgical, a high technology surgical robotics company that makes the da Vinci surgical robot. In this role, she develops new robotic surgical procedures, and evaluates technologies to improve outcomes with surgical robots. In addition, she is a Consulting Assistant Professor in the department of Surgery at Stanford School of Medicine where she works with the Goodman Simulation Center in the development of simulation based curriculum for teaching clinical skills.
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Christopher Kirchhoff

Christopher Kirchhoff

PARTNER AT DEFENCE INNOVATION UNIT EXPERIMENTAL

Christopher Kirchhoff was appointed by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter to lead the Pentagon's Silicon Valley Office, Defense Innovation Unit X (DIUx), as one of four partners overseeing the Defense Department's nation-wide investment portfolio harnessing emerging commercial technology for national security innovation. Christopher along with his team will steer nearly $100M of R&D co-investment funds and run offices in Boston and Silicon Valley scouting for technology that can be integrated into military systems. Chris previously worked as Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He investigated and documented the space shuttle Columbia’s accident report and co-authored the historical U.S. Government paper titled Hard Lessons: The Iraq Reconstruction Experience, that was coined “The Iraq Pentagon Papers” by the New York Times.
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Crystal Rose

Crystal Rose

CO-FOUNDER, SENSAY

Crystal Rose is an entrepreneur and technologist based in Los Angeles, California. She has founded a digital interactive agency and co-founded two technology startups. Crystal is currently co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer of Sensay, an interactive platform that lets you message strangers around the world about anything. Crystal is also founder and Director of the LA Startup Week, a 5-day series of events celebrating entrepreneurs and startups in Los Angeles. Crystal was previously involved in the Code for America Brigade in Los Angeles (Code for LA) supporting open government and civic hacking for the Mayor's Office.
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Dale Fox

Dale Fox

CEO, TRIBOGENICS

Dale Fox is CEO of Tribogenics where he leads a team that is revolutionizing X-ray technology across a $20B market space encompassing major industries such as recycling, mining, military, medical imaging, and security. Tribogenics has developed a technology that eliminates the need for high voltage, allowing miniature, low-cost X-ray sources to drive products and solutions. Tribogenics technology is venture-backed by prominent investors, including Peter Thiel’s Founders Fund.
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Dali and Finn

Dali and Finn

FOUNDERS, NALU

Dali Schonfelder is 15 years old and attends the Green School in Bali, Indonesia. She loves design and fashion and started her own fashion label when she was just 13. Her label is called Nalu. Nalu is not your ordinary label – it provides school uniforms to children who require them to remain in school, with the profits generated from sales. Dali also enjoys travelling to remote parts of the world and immersing herself in new cultures.
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Daniel Kraft

Daniel Kraft

Physician scientist

Daniel Kraft could have a sci-fi show based on his life and his research. Daniel is a Stanford and Harvard-trained physician-scientist with over 20 years of experience in clinical practice, biomedical research and innovation. Daniel is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics from Massachusetts General Hospital, and has completed fellowships and extensive research in hematology/oncology, bone marrow transplantation, stem cell biology and regenerative medicine.
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Darren Abrahams

Darren Abrahams

Tenor, Naciketa

Darren Abrahams is a singer and performer who has appeared in opera all around the world, working for such companies as the ROH, ENO, Scottish Opera, WNO, Wexford Festival Opera, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, American Opera Projects and the Young Vic. Darren regularly premieres new works and has helped develop new operas for The Royal Opera, Scottish Opera, Complicite, The Opera Group, Opera Circus, the Batignano Festival and the Brian Irvine Ensemble in places as diverse as Belfast, Italy and India. Concert appearances have taken him around the UK, US and Europe and includes performances with the LPO, the Royal Seville Symphony, and the St Petersburg Symphony. Darren is also a busy recitalist, creating concerts that defy genre and style.
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David Gallo

David Gallo

Deep Ocean Explorer

David Gallo is an American oceanographer and Director of Special Projects at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution - a preeminent, globally recognized scientific laboratory. For more than 25 years, David has been at the forefront of oceanic exploration, participating in and witnessing the development of new technologies and scientific discoveries that shape our view of planet earth. He has been described by TED as “an enthusiastic ambassador between the sea and those of us on dry land.” With more than 8 million views on his TED talk, “Underwater Astonishments” is among the top 3 most-viewed TED Talks to date.
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David Rowan

David Rowan

Editor, WIRED UK magazine

David Rowan is editor-in-chief of WIRED’s UK edition. He’s taken 120 flights in the past year to investigate the companies and entrepreneurs changing our world, recently spending time with the founders of WhatsApp, LinkedIn, Google, Spotify, Xiaomi, Nest, Twitter and countless other disruptive startups from Tel Aviv to Shenzhen. His recent keynote talks have included events for banks, governments and Fortune 100 companies, and recent stage interviews have ranged from will.i.am to James Murdoch and David Cameron. David has been a columnist for The Times, GQ, Condé Nast Traveller and The Guardian. At WIRED he has extended the brand into conferences, apps, and a consulting business. He is co-founder of FlowJourneys.com, taking amazing people for weekend adventures in the world’s most extraordinary locations. And he is still searching for the future.
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dbi.young anitafrika

dbi.young anitafrika

dubpoet. monodramatist. educator

d'bi.young anitafrika, affectionately know as d'bi. is an internationally celebrated Jamaican dubpoet, monodramatist and educator whose socially-conscious performance art works have made an indelible mark upon the global psyche. After moving from Kingston Jamaica in 1993, she exploded onto the Canadian theatre scene in 2001 as the unbelievable storyteller in 'da kink in my hair' which played at London’s Hackney Empire Theatre in 2006 and has toured globally.
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Deepak Chopra

Deepak Chopra

NYT best selling wellness author

New York Times bestselling author Deepak Chopra is acknowledged as one of the world's greatest leaders in the field of mind body medicine.
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Deepti Naval

Deepti Naval

Actress, activist, artist, poet

Deepti Naval is an artiste in the true sense of the word. Deepti is an acclaimed Indian actress who migrated to the US for university. She debuted in the Hindi movie, 'Ek Baar Phir' (1979), and has acted in over 60 films, including 'Mirch Masala', 'Main Zinda Hoon', and more recently, 'Leela'. She wrote and directed 'Thodasa Aasmaan', a TV serial about women, produced a travel show, and made her directorial debut with 'Do Paise Ki Dhoop, Chaar Aane Ki Baarish'. 'Lamha-Lamha' was her first poetry compilation, followed by 'Black Wind and Other Poems'. Coming up is a poetry collection from wanderings in Ladakh. She runs the Vinod Pandit Charitable Trust, in memory of her late companion, for the education of the girl child. Untold Story
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Derek Sivers

Derek Sivers

Entrepreneur, programmer, student of life.

Originally a professional musician and circus clown, Derek Sivers created CD Baby in 1998. It became the largest seller of independent music online, with $100M in sales for 150,000 musicians. In 2008, Derek sold CD Baby for $22M, giving the proceeds to a charitable trust for music education. He is a frequent speaker at the TED Conference, with over 5 million views of his talks. In 2011, he published a book which shot to #1 on all of its Amazon categories. Derek Sivers lives in Singapore, where he is creating his next company.
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Dianna Cohen

Dianna Cohen

Visual Artist. Creative Advocacy Director, PPC

Los Angeles-based multi-media visual artist, painter and curator Dianna Cohen is best known for her two-dimensional and three-dimensional works using recycled plastic bags – sewn together – ranging from small hanging pieces to room-sized installations. Since graduating from UCLA she has shown work in solo and group exhibitions at galleries and museums in the USA, Europe, Australia, and Africa. Dianna Cohen is Creative Director & co-founder of Plastic Pollution Coalition, a global alliance of individuals, organizations and businesses working together to stop plastic pollution and its toxic impacts on humans, animals and the environment.
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Dr. Balamurali Ambati

Dr. Balamurali Ambati

Ophthalmologist

Dr. Balamurali Ambati M.D. PH.D. became the world’s youngest doctor, receiving his medical degree at the age of 17. He was rated #1 in a Top 40 under 40 global survey of ophthalmologists by The Ophthalmologist magazine in May 2015. Dr. Ambati has been chosen as one of the Moran Jazz Doctors, the NBA Utah Jazz team ophthalmologists. 
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Dr. Jakob van Zyl

Dr. Jakob van Zyl

Jet Propulsion Expert

Dr. Jakob van Zyl is the Associate Director at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory responsible for Project Formulation and Strategy. He has more than 20 years of research experience in various aspects of satellite remote sensing. 
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Eames Demetrios

Eames Demetrios

Creator, Kymaerica and Kcymaerxthaere

Eames Demetrios is best known in the design world for his work as director of the Eames Office spearheading the successful re-discovery of the Charles and Ray Eames design heritage by new generations. The mission of the Eames Office is communicating, preserving and extending the work of Charles and Ray Eames. His current large-scale project, Kymaerxthaere, is a multi-pronged and ongoing work of multi-dimensional storytelling and has been underway for several years. The project can be found in stories set in bronze markers--like a novel where every page is in a different city. Kcymaerxthaere’s manifestations include writings, video, performances, images, installation, and limited edition prints. You can discover some of the stories in India in the small village of Sakad in the tribal area of the Madyha Pradesh. Demetrios looks forward to bringing more Kcymaerxthereal stories to India. He currently lives in Southern California with his wife and two sons.
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Emily Levine

Emily Levine

Humorist

Whether as a comedian, a writer,  a radio commentator and/or speaker, Emily updates her audience on Big Ideas from science and shows how these Ideas suggest changes in our social institutions, our business practices, even our everyday behavior. Emily’s brand of Big Ideas and Big Laughs provoke and inspire as well as entertain.
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Flavia Agnes

Flavia Agnes

Legal Scholar and Activist

Flavia Agnes is a pioneer in the women’s movement in India. Motivated by personal experience with domestic violence to earn her law degree, Flavia has since worked consistently on gender issues. As co-founder of MAJLIS, a legal and cultural resource center, her primary engagement has been to provide quality legal services to women and children. A prolific writer, she has provided incisive analysis of social trends and legal developments related to domestic violence, minority concerns, secularism, and human rights.
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Francesca Rosella

Francesca Rosella

Chief Creative Director, CuteCircuit

Francesca Rosella is the Co-Founder and Chief Creative Director of CuteCircuit, a fashion company based in London pioneer in the field of Wearable Technology. Founded in 2004, CuteCircuit has introduced many ground breaking ideas to the world of fashion by creating new beauty and functionality through the use of smart textiles and micro-electronics. Working alongside Ryan Genz, CEO of CuteCircuit, Francesca has built the first fashion company that creates haute couture with LED illumination worn by international stars on the red carpet and that has been also the first to sell illuminated fashion using LEDs in leading stores like Selfridges in London.
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Gaurav Hinduja

Gaurav Hinduja

CO-FOUNDER & MANAGING DIRECTOR, CAPITAL FLOAT

Gaurav Hinduja co-founded Capital Float, an online lending platform, in 2013. Under his direction, the company has grown to become the largest digital lender in India. As the Managing Director of Capital Float, he continues to drive leadership in the Fintech space through numerous strategic partnerships with industry leaders in the e-commerce, travel, hospitality and trade segments.
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Gavin Wood

Gavin Wood

CO-FOUNDER, ETHCORE

Before co-founding Ethcore, Gavin was the CTO and co-founder of the Ethereum Project. He is the co-designer of the Ethereum Protocol, the lead programmer on the C++ Ethereum software client, and was the project chief of the IDE, Solidity programming language, and the Swarm and Whisper protocols. He has pushed the state-of-the-art in video analysis tools and programming languages, as well as co-founding several technology start-ups. Gavin has given seminars and presented to numerous audiences around the world from keynotes at regional technology conferences to musings on the future of legal systems. He coined the terms 'web three' and 'alegality'.
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Gayatri Ganjawalla

Gayatri Ganjawalla

Singer, musician

Gayatri Ganjawalla is a classically trained vocalist both in Carnatic and Hindustani styles and is currently training under the tutelage of Pt. Shri Babanrao Haldankar. She was the first Indian woman to play the leading role in the London West End musical The Far Pavilions where her acting and singing abilities received critical acclaim. Gayatri has sung for several Bollywood films and in regional languages. She travels extensively, either as a solo performer or with her husband, multiple award winner Kunal Ganjawalla. UNTOLD STORY: In school, Gayatri wanted to be an astrophysicist. Her high point was when she won a book on how to make a telescope. She was also a national level volleyball player but didn’t grow tall enough to continue the game.
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George Mathew

George Mathew

Founder, Music for Life International, NYC

Singapore-born Indian conductor, George Mathew, founder and Artistic Director of MUSIC FOR LIFE INTERNATIONAL and UBUNTU-SHRUTI, has emerged as one of the leading forces in the classical music world bringing symphonic music to focus on global humanitarian issues and crises at the beginning of the 21st Century. In 2010-11 he made appearances in the US, India, Panama, Morocco and South Africa as conductor and ambassador for transformative action and awakening through music. www.music4lifeinternational.org He was a speaker at the inaugural INK Conference in 2010 and was thrilled by the array of inspiring, creative, humble, brilliant, warm, friendly people who are brought together at INK.
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Gokul Chandra Das

Gokul Chandra Das

Dhak musician

Gokul Chandra Das is a dhak (a traditional percussion instrument from Bengal played during religious festivals) player whose music is an amalgamation of classical and folk. Gokul Das was the first dhaki to play at the Hollywood Bowl. Gokul Chandra Das is one of the few dhakis, if not the only one, to take the dhak mainstream and introduce this regional instrument and art to the world. Das comes from a traditional 'Dhaki' family.
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Gouri Mirpuri

Gouri Mirpuri

COFOUNDER, THE LEARNING FARM

Gouri Mirpuri as the founder of Connected for Good, endeavours to connect the unseen dots around the world, for 'good'. Born in India, now a Singaporean living in Washington DC, Gouri will talk about her award-winning 'Learning Farm' in Indonesia, a residential organic farm for vulnerable street youth. 'The Leaning Farm' is an upstream program which has given hope to hundreds throughout Indonesia as it helps the disadvantaged young people “sow the seeds of change” in their own lives, as well as become agents of transformation in their communities.
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Gurcharan Das

Gurcharan Das

Author, commentator, public intellectual

Gurcharan Das is an Indian author, commentator and public intellectual. He is the author of The Difficulty of Being Good: On the subtle art of dharma which interrogates the epic, Mahabharata and the international bestseller, India Unbound, a narrative account of India from Independence to the global information age.
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Harish Hande

Harish Hande

Co-founder, SELCO India

Harish Hande co-founded SELCO-India with Neville Williams in 1995. Dr. Hande earned his Doctorate in energy engineering (solar specialty) at the University of Massachusetts (Lowell). He has an undergraduate degree in Energy Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur. Dr. Hande serves on the boards of many organizations, both national and international. 
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Harpal Singh

Harpal Singh

Healthcare revolutionary

The Mentor and Chairman Emeritus of one of India’s leading hospital chains, Fortis Healthcare, Harpal Singh is also the Founder Chairman of the Nanhi Chhaan Foundation, an initiative in support of the girl child and the environment. Harpal is also currently the Chairman of the Save the Children, India. He has chaired the second and third India Health Summit and delivered the prestigious ‘Friday Lecture’ at the Royal Institute of Great Britain on Integrating Global Healthcare.
WEBSITE
www.nanhichhaan.com
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Harsh Mariwala

Harsh Mariwala

Chairman, Marico

Harsh Mariwala leads Marico Limited as its Chairman. Over the past three decades, Mariwala has transformed a traditional commodities driven business into a leading consumer products and services company in the Beauty and Wellness space. From a turnover of Rs. 50 Lakhs in 1971, Marico's products and services in hair care, skin care and healthy foods generated a turnover of about Rs. 5,733 Crores during 2014-15.
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Heather Blair

Heather Blair

FEMINIST

Heather Blair is 17 years old and a recent graduate of The Green School in Bali, Indonesia.  She lives between Canada, California, Bali and the Caribbean.  Having studied musical theatre, acting and improv since she was five, Heather has taken these skills and put them towards speaking about sexual assault.  
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Henry Kaiser

Henry Kaiser

Guitarist, Diver, Filmmaker

If you thought there’s no more original music out there, think again. Guitarist Henry Kaiser is a prolific member of the San Francisco Bay Area music scene, as well as being a globally recognized leader of the "second generation" free improvisers. Kaiser has integrated the subtle string textures of the American blues stylists with traditional music of India, Korea, and Vietnam. Kaiser's non-stop creativity unearthed many unconventional electric guitar techniques during these years, and he combined these innovations with a strong sense of logic development. Henry also happens to be a diver-photographer and a filmmaker, with over 3500+ dives, 4 feature film collaborations, and 250+ record albums, there’s no telling what this creative genius will do next. 
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HK Venkatram

HK Venkatram

Violinist

HK Venkatram is one of the most accomplished and sought after violinists in the Carnatic Music field.  HKV also works for Intel Corporation as Director of Intel Architecture Group in India. He belongs to the rare creed in which he pursues two careers in parallel seeking excellence in both chosen fields. HKV has been performing solo concerts and also accompanying the top artistes of Carnatic Music for over three decades in India and abroad. He is known for his deep understanding of nuances of Carnatic Music and adherence to classicism. His playing is characterized by depth, knowledge, sincerity and maturity.
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Irrfan Khan

Irrfan Khan

Actor

Sahabzade Irrfan Ali Khan also popularly known as Irrfan Khan is an Indian actor in film, television and theatre. Khan has spread his acting prowess beyond India and is today one of the celebrated Indian faces internationally. Khan has won three Filmfare Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and an Independent Spirit Award nomination. In 2011, he became a recipient of the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award in India. He has appeared in more than 30 films in Bollywood, to name a few remarkable roles of the actor are Paan Singh Tomar, Haasil, Life in a metro, Gunday, Maqbool, and Haider.
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Itay Talgam

Itay Talgam

Conductor

Itay Talgam worked as a conductor with some of the world’s best musical ensembles and orchestras and assisted great Maestri such as Leonard Bernstein and Claudio Abbado.
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Jaaved Jaaferi

Jaaved Jaaferi

Actor, Comedian

Jaaved Jaaferi is an Indian actor, voice artist, dancer, comedian, impressionist known for his work in several Bollywood films and Indian television shows. Jaaferi has distinguished himself as one of India’s most versatile and popular entertainers with his flamboyance, quirky sense of humor and his incredible dancing ability. The son of legendary actor/ comedian Jagdeep, Jaaferi seemed destined for a career in showbiz. 
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Jason Wishnow

Jason Wishnow

filmmaker

Jason Wishnow is the filmmaker behind TEDTalks, the Peabody Award winning video series watched nearly a billion times (even in outer space). Wishnow works at the intersection of film and emerging technologies and has been called an “online-video virtuoso” (New York Times, 2009), the “enfant terrible of digital film” (The Guardian, 2000), and one of the ten most influential digital filmmakers of 1999 (RES Magazine). Prior to joining TED, Wishnow founded one of the first film websites, The New Venue, in the mid-’90s, an entire decade before YouTube.
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Jeff Marx

Jeff Marx

co-creator/writer of Avenue Q

Best known as the co-creator and co-writer of the hit Broadway musical Avenue Q. Winner of three 2004 Tony Awards including Best Musical. Avenue Q became the 20th longest running show in Broadway history and it is still running in New York and all over the world.
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Jennifer Aaker

Jennifer Aaker

Professor

A social psychologist and marketer, Jennifer Aaker is the General Atlantic Professor of Marketing at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. She is widely published in the leading scholarly journals in psychology and marketing, and her work has been featured in a variety of media, including The Economist, NYTimes, WSJ, Washington Post, BusinessWeek, Forbes, and Science. A sought-after teacher in the field of marketing, Professor Aaker teaches courses, including 'Designing Happiness', 'How to Tell a Story', 'Building Innovative Brands', and 'The Power of Social Technology'.
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Jeroen van de Waal

Jeroen van de Waal

CEO & Co-Founder, Orca Group

Originally from Holland, Jeroen has spend the last 19 years working in the USA, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, China and is now permanently established in Singapore - living and working as the CEO and co-founder of the Orca Group, a lifestyle and entertainment company. The Orca Group provides services and high end products from scuba diving training and equipment, sailing boats and most recently launched the cutting edge ebove™ bicycle simulator in South East Asia. Designed and created by Norwegian start-up Activetainment, the ebove™ bridges the gap between exercise, gaming and outdoor activities. The ebove bicycle simulator is going to rock the exercise, health, activity and gaming world by introducing a revolutionary connection of dynamic screen content and a motion controlled real time exercise device.
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Jesko von den Steinen

Jesko von den Steinen

Senior Advisor, Brand Identity at The Venetian Macao Resort

Jesko von den Steinen was formerly a principal solo artist with Cirque du Soleil, and at The House Of Dancing Water, the world’s largest water-based show created by the Franco Dragone Entertainment Group. He is currently working with Las Vegas Sands and Sands China as the Senior Advisor for Brand Identity developing the brand experience for a major upcoming integrated resort in Macau. Jesko has co-directed short films for Canada’s BravoFact TV, and worked as a creative strategist with advertising design agency Sid Lee, using his experience as a storyteller and theatre practitioner to integrate the performing arts into experiential advertising and events.
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Jesko von den Steinen

Jesko von den Steinen

SENIOR ADVISOR, BRAND IDENTITY - THE VENETIAN MACAO RESORT

Jesko von den Steinen was formerly a principal solo artist with Cirque du Soleil, and at The House Of Dancing Water, the world’s largest water-based show created by the Franco Dragone Entertainment Group. He is currently working with Las Vegas Sands and Sands China as the Senior Advisor for Brand Identity developing the brand experience for a major upcoming integrated resort in Macau.
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Jill Sobule

Jill Sobule

SINGER/SONGWRITER

Jill Sobule is a Denver-born, critically acclaimed, singer-writer with over 11 albums and over two decades of recording and performing. 1995’s Jill Sobule proved a major popular breakthrough and included the hit singles “Supermodel” (featured in Clueless) and the original, “I Kissed A Girl”.
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Jitish Kallat

Jitish Kallat

Artist

Mumbai artist Jitish Kallat’s work takes form in a wide variety of media including painting, sculpture, site-specific installations, animation videos and photography. Jitish’s work often overlays disparate historical dates, everyday images and events into interconnected palimpsests and portrays themes like time, sustenance and mortality. Kallat’s work has been exhibited widely at museums and institutions including Tate Modern (London), Martin Gorpius Bau (Berlin) and the Institut Valencia d’Art Modern (Spain) to name just a few and has been a part of the Havana Biennale, Gwangju Biennale, Asian Art Biennale, Curitiba Biennale, Guangzhou Triennale and the Kiev Biennale amongst many others.
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John Frame

John Frame

Sculptor, filmmaker, composer

John Frame has been making sculpture in the Southern California area of the United States since the early 1980s; his work has been exhibited extensively in the US as well as in Europe, Japan, and Taiwan. From the beginning of his career, he has undertaken an in-depth exploration of the human condition. Those who review Frame's work frequently suggest that its appeal lies in his propensity to probe the deep questions of life without arriving at easy answers. One critic captures this tension thus: “In Frame's work the meaning eludes us while the search for meaning captivates us.”
John twice has been the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and received the New Talent Award from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. In 1995 he was awarded the J. Paul Getty Museum’s Individual Artist Fellowship. He received an Honorary Doctor of Arts degree from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle in 2009.
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John Hardy

John Hardy

Designer, educator

Jewelry designer John Hardy co-founded the extraordinary Green School in Bali, where kids get a holistic and green education. At the Green School, students learn in open-air classrooms surrounded by acres of gardens that they tend; they learn to build with bamboo; and meanwhile they're being prepared for traditional British school exams. The centerpiece of the campus is the spiraling Heart of School, which may be called Asia's largest bamboo building.
WEBSITE
www.greenschool.org
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John-Henry Harris

John-Henry Harris

Lego creative designer

John-Henry Harris is a British creative designer who has been living and working in Denmark for the past three years. His thought-provoking environmental and social design philosophies, displayed at the 2008 New Designers exhibition in London, won him a dream job innovating toys at LEGO, where his passion now lies in spreading the essence of Play worldwide. At a recent TED event in New York, John-Henry's motto "Play Hard, Work Better!" challenged corporate responsibility and social attitudes towards play at work, and he now hopes to broaden the way businesses think about innovation culture globally. UNTOLD STORY: John-Henry loves building ferocious creatures with big teeth and sharp claws and his 'Fiery Legend' Dragon set contains three models that can be built from the same set of bricks. This, along with some designer web-tips, aims to inspire children into believing that they really can create anything out of one selection of bricks.
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Joichi Ito

Joichi Ito

director, MIT Media Lab

Joichi Ito is the Director of the MIT Media Lab. He is the Chair of Creative Commons, on the Board of The New York Times Company, on the Board of the MacArthur Foundation, on the Board of Trustees of The Knight Foundation, and co-founder and board member of Digital Garage an Internet company in Japan. He is on board of a number of non-profit organizations including The Mozilla Foundation and WITNESS. He is a member of the IT Strategic Headquarters of the Japanese Cabinet. He has created numerous Internet companies including PSINet Japan, Digital Garage and Infoseek Japan and was an early stage investor in Twitter, Six Apart, Wikia, Flickr, Last.fm, Kongregate, Fotonauts/Fotopedia, Kickstarter, Path, Pinwheel and other Internet companies.
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Jonathan Reiber

Jonathan Reiber

Sr Fellow, UCBerkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity

Jonathan Reiber is Senior Fellow at the University of California at Berkeley's Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity, where he focuses his research on policy planning, cybersecurity, and resilience. From 2009-2015 Jonathan held a number of senior positions in the Obama Administration, including Chief Strategy Officer for Cyber Policy in the Office of the U.S. Secretary of Defense. In this capacity, Jonathan led strategic initiatives across the cyber policy portfolio and advised government leaders. He is the principal author of the 2015 Department of Defense Cyber Strategy, and has written articles appearing in the New York Times (under senior officials' names), the Christian Science Monitor and other publications.
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Josh Radnor

Josh Radnor

Actor, Writer & Director

Josh Radnor is perhaps best known for his role as Ted, the central character on CBS's Emmy-nominated comedy HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER which ended its nine-season run in March 2014, but Radnor's talents extend beyond acting, and he has quickly established himself as both a gifted writer and director.
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Kamran Elahian

Kamran Elahian

Innovation Catalyst

Kamran Elahian is Chairman of the BIT-AMENA Center for Building Innovation Economies at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. As an entrepreneur, Kamran co-founded ten companies, of which three failed and six produced a total market cap of over $8B. As a VC, Kamran co-founded Global Catalyst Partners with investments in the U.S., Japan, China, India, Israel and Singapore. Underlying his global vision is the conviction that modern ICT can be instrumental in dissolving barriers between nations and bridging the social and political differences among people. As an innovation catalyst, he advises various governments on the needed transition from fossil based economies to sustainable innovation economies.
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Kathryn Myronuk

Kathryn Myronuk

Knowledge Sommelier

Named one of CNN’s Top 7 Tech Heroes to Watch in 2015, Kathryn has spent the past decade teaching and doing research on exponential technologies, being there at the beginning for the first Singularity Summits, for Singularity University, and contributing research and analysis for two New York Times best sellers. Kathryn is a global expert on exponentially growing technologies and the synthesis of the broad set of related fields of the Singularity movement.
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Kenneth Lacovara

Kenneth Lacovara

PALEONTOLOGIST/EXPLORER

Paleontologist Kenneth Lacovara has excavated some of the largest dinosaurs ever, including the infamous Dreadnoughtus, which weighs 65 tons and is one of the largest known land animals! Kenneth’s discovery of Dreadnoughtus in September 2014 made international headlines, and is the most complete skeleton of any super-huge dinosaur. When he's not digging-up fossils from far corners of the planet, Kenneth works on integrating new technology such as 3D printing, robotics to the study of paleontology.
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Kenneth Sebastian

Kenneth Sebastian

Stand-up comedian, Musician

Born and raised across different cities in India, Kenneth Sebastian is a musician, filmmaker and one of India’s most popular stand-up comedians. Having performed all over the country with comics such as Vir Das, Phil Nichol (UK), Scott Capurro (UK), Raj Sharma (US, HBO), Imran Yusuf (UK), Tanmay Bhat and many more, today Kenneth has done over 300 solo shows, is soon releasing a solo stand-up special, and working on hosting a TV show on Comedy Central. He also regularly performs at The Canvas Laugh Club and The Comedy Store and is actively involved with Bangalore based comedy group ‘The Polished Bottoms.’ Earlier this year, he started an improvisational comedy ensemble ‘The Improvisers,' which is one of the highest rated improve groups in the country and now plans to take over the world by spreading laughter.
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Kevin Kelly

Kevin Kelly

Digital visionary

Kevin Kelly is Senior Maverick at Wired magazine. He helped launch Wired in 1993, and served as its Executive Editor for its first seven years. From 1984 to 1990, Kelly was publisher and Editor of the Whole Earth Review, a journal of unorthodox technical news. He co-founded the ongoing Hackers’ Conference, and was involved with the launch of the WELL, a pioneering online service started in 1985. He is also a charter board member of the Long Now Foundation, which is building a monumental clock to tick for 10,000 years. He is currently Editor and Publisher of the popular websites Cool Tools and The Quantified Self. His newest book What Technology Wants was released in October, 2010. UNTOLD STORY: Kevin's first job as a kid was at the local library. It was the only job he should have been fired for; instead of working he would hide in the stacks reading old magazines.
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Kiran Rao

Kiran Rao

Filmmaker

One of India’s most admired film creators, Kiran Rao is an accomplished producer, director, and screenwriter. Getting her start as an assistant director, she contributed to such favorites as the Oscar-nominated epic Lagaan, the indie hit Monsoon Wedding, and many others. She also produced the box-office smash Delhi Belly and contributed to the production of the award-winning Taare Zameen Par. Kiran scripted and directed the 2011 drama Dhobi Ghat, which received critical acclaim for its nuanced, atmospheric depiction of Mumbai.
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Kirthiga Reddy

Kirthiga Reddy

Managing Director, Facebook India

Kirthiga Reddy is the Managing Director of Facebook in India. She has been featured in Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business 2013, Business Today's hottest young executives, Fortune India's Top 50 Most Powerful Women in India, #1 in IMPACT’s 50 Most Influential Women list in media, marketing and advertising 2015.
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KP Mohanan

KP Mohanan

Linguist, Educator

K. P. Mohanan received his Ph. D in linguistics from MIT, Cambridge, USA in 1982. After teaching at the University of Texas at Austin, MIT, Stanford University, and the National University of Singapore (NUS), he joined the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune, India in January 2011. He has made significant contributions to linguistic theory in the areas of phonology, syntax, and morphology. His academic interests go beyond linguistics to include scientific inquiry and the nature of academic knowledge, and rational inquiry in general, against the broader backdrop of human beliefs. He is also an ardent spokesperson for radical educational reform, and spearheaded a number of educational initiatives at NUS.
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Kumar Mahadevan

Kumar Mahadevan

CHEF, MEDIA PERSONALITY

Kumar, often referred to as the "Guru of Indian cuisine" in Sydney's dining circles, is recognised for popularizing authentic Indian food in Australia through his restaurants named after his sons, Abhi's and Aki’s.
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Kunal Bahl

Kunal Bahl

Co-founder & CEO, Snapdeal.com

With a business degree from Wharton, Kunal Bahl is the Co-Founder & CEO of India's largest online marketplace, Snapdeal.com. With the mission to create life-changing experiences through this platform, Kunal today has the largest online database with over 25 million members and 50,000 sellers. With millions of products from thousands of national, international and regional brands, Snapdeal.com has partnered with several global marquee investors to deliver products across the country to 5000+ cities and towns in India. What else keeps Kunal busy you may ask, he serves on Unilever’s Global Digital Advisory Board and the Board of Governors of The Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs.
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Kunal Shah

Kunal Shah

FOUNDER AND CHAIRMAN, FREECHARGE

Kunal Shah graduated with a degree in Philosophy from Mumbai and briefly studied towards an MBA before dropping out to become an entrepreneur.
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Lisa Staprans

Lisa Staprans

Designer

Lisa Staprans has practiced interior design and product design for 20 years. She travels the world for inspiration and to learn and study other cultures, art, architecture and lifestyles. The book she is currently writing, The Soul of Design, features art, interior design, architecture, gardens, and other soulful spaces around the world.
Lisa earned a Bachelors degree in Fine Art from the University of California at Berkeley, and later studied at the School of Visual Arts and Parson’s School of Design, both located in New York City. Her career in design began in New York City working for large and small firms. In 1992 she and her husband founded the company, Lisa Staprans Interior Design, currently known as Staprans Design. Lisa’s clients have homes in Virginia, New York, Utah, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, and many places in California.
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Luis Dias

Luis Dias

FOUNDER, CHILD'S PLAY INDIA FOUNDATION

Dr. Luis Dias is a physician, musician, and founder of Child’s Play India Foundation, a charity which works to bring classical music to underprivileged children in India. Child’s Play india Foundation is inspired by El Sistema, a Venezuelan initiative that promotes the collective practice of music and music education as a means of social change and empowerment. The creation of Child’s Play India Foundation was triggered by the stupendous performances of two orchestras, both made up of underprivileged youth from separate corners of the globe, at London’s Royal Albert Hall in 2007.
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Lynda Barry

Lynda Barry

Cartoonist

Lynda Barry has worked as a painter, cartoonist, writer, illustrator, playwright, editor, commentator and teacher and found they are very much alike. 
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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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Maira Kalman

Maira Kalman

Illustrator Extraordinaire

Maira Kalman is an author/illustrator who travels the world and depicts her experiences. She creates articles for The New York Times, The New Yorker and numerous other publications. She is the author of over twenty books for adults and children.
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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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Marc Koska

Marc Koska

Inventor

The alarm bells first rang back in 1984 for Marc when he read a newspaper article predicting the spread of HIV through re-using medical syringes. Appalled at the prospect of such an avoidable catastrophe, Marc decided to do something about it. Some 26 years later his solution the K1, an Auto Disable (AD) syringe, not only physically prevents re-use, but can be manufactured inexpensively, by using existing machinery and is now under license to 14 global manufacturers. Conservative estimates credit Marc with more than five million lives saved and 10 million diseases prevented. In 2006, after realizing that simply manufacturing a safe product was not enough, he identified a gap in the market between producing a product that would save lives and a lack of knowledge of the benefits such a product can bring. He established The SafePoint Trust, a UK based not-for-profit, that produces hard-hitting, public information films. Marc now spends all his time working with SafePoint lobbying for legislation change at government level, spreading public awareness and ensuring adequate healthcare worker training is in force to complete the changeover to a safe healthcare system. WEBSITE: www.marckoska.com, www.safepointtrust.org
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Marco Tempest

Marco Tempest

Cyber Illusionist

Marco Tempest is a cyber illusionist, combining magic and technology to produce astonishing illusions. He began his performing career as a stage magician and manipulator, winning many awards and establishing an international reputation as one of the world¹s most unique performers. His interest in computer generated imagery led him to incorporating video and digital technology in his work and the development of a new form of contemporary illusion. The expansion of the internet and social media provided more opportunities for digital illusions and ways of interacting with audiences and creating magically augmented realities.
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Mark Magidson

Mark Magidson

Visionary Filmmaker

An entrepreneur, inventor and industrial designer with a diverse technical background, Mark is a filmmaker who has undertaken artistic projects that are epic in scale, entail great technical complexity and innovation, and transcend an ordinary view of the world. Producer, co-writer, co-editor of award winning films Chronos (1985), Baraka (1992), and Samsara (2012), he has taken crews to over 50 countries in search of profound and one of a kind imagery.
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Mark Foster Gage

Mark Foster Gage

Architect

Mark Foster Gage is a recognized innovator in the fields of architecture and design. His pioneering designs combining architectural practice with digital technologies, advanced materials, and emerging media platforms have been exhibited in institutions including the Museum of Modern Art and the Art Institute of Chicago, and featured in the press such as Vogue, Wired, Fast Company, The New York Times, USA Today, PBS and MTV.
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Meenakshi Raghavan

Meenakshi Raghavan

KALARIPAYATTU PROFESSIONAL

Meenakshi, is a 75 year old Kalaripayattu professional. Kalaripayattu, is one of the oldest forms of martial arts, originating from Kerala, India.
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Min Xuan Lee

Min Xuan Lee

Co-founder, PlayMoolah

Min is the co-founder and Princess of Possibility at PlayMoolah, an innovation company that empowers the next generation to develop a positive relationship to money, using money mindfully for the well-being of people and the planet. The team is known for their innovative methods and award-winning products that combine educational, digital and community experiences with the power of play. Min brings an eclectic blend of experiences to lead product innovation, strategy, and community engagement. She has spoken to audiences around the world on various topics ranging from best practices in social enterprise, to connecting money with values for inner transformation.
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Mohandas Pai

Mohandas Pai

Chairperson, Board of Manipal Global Education Services

T.V. Mohandas Pai is the Chairperson of the Board of Manipal Global Education Services Private Limited and Advisor to the Manipal Education and Medical Group. Mohan is also on the Board of Ascendas Property Fund Trustee Pte Ltd (“APFT”), as Trustee-Manager of Ascendas India Trust (“a-iTrust). Recently, he has co-founded AARIN Capital with the intention of funding operational support in Technology, Ecommerce, Health Care and Life Science. He is based out of Bangalore, India.
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Mukund Rajan

Mukund Rajan

Dr. Mukund Rajan serves as a Member of the Group Executive Council at Tata Sons Ltd., and is the Tata Brand Custodian and Group Spokesperson. Additionally, he serves as Chief Ethics Officer of the group and oversees Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities as Chairman of the Tata Global Sustainability Council.  Dr. Rajanjoined Tata through the Tata Administrative Service (TAS) in January 1995 and has served in various roles since.
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Mussaret Zaidi

Mussaret Zaidi

Public health expert, researcher

Dr. Mussaret Zaidi heads the research laboratory at the Hospital Regional de Alta Especialidad in Yucatan, Mexico. During the last decade, she has studied anti-microbial usage in animals and the human health impact of anti-microbial-resistant bacteria in the food chain and environment.
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Nam Do

Nam Do

Serial tech entrepreneur

Prior to forming Emotiv, Nam Do co-founded and ran SASme, a pioneer in providing SMPP platforms to telecommunication carriers and content aggregators in Australia and Asia. In 1995, Nam won one of Vietnam’s most prestigious study abroad scholarships. Nam came to Australia’s RMIT University under a full merit scholarship, and started his first technology company in his final year. A regular guest-lecturer at Harvard Business School, HAAS Business School and Stanford University, in 2007, Nam was voted as one of Australia’s Top 10 Digital Entrepreneurs. UNTOLD STORY: In 2003, Nam Do had dinner with Professor Allan Snyder FRS. They discussed at length about Allan’s work on non-conscious mind with autistic savants. At 4am, Nam told Allan, “you know what, the last 20 years have been the era for DSP (digital signal processing), the next 20 years will be the era for ESP (emotional signal processing)”. Allan loved it and that’s how Emotiv was formed.
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Nameet MVS

Nameet MVS

Horticulturist

Japanese Mizuna, exotic lettuces, and rare peppers from the Peruvian Andes – all grown locally in Karnataka, India? Yes, this is actually happening, thanks to Nameet MVS, co-founder of First Agro, India’s first commercial grower organization with Zero Pesticide™ fresh produce. After leaving his full-time job as a pilot and flying instructor in 2011, Nameet , his brothers Naveen MV and KN Prasad came together to pursue their passion for healthy fresh produce.
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Nancy Duarte

Nancy Duarte

CEO of Duarte Design, author

Since 1988, Nancy Duarte’s firm has created over a quarter of a million presentations. As one of the largest woman-owned businesses in Silicon Valley, her experience working with global companies and thought leaders has influenced the perception of some of the world’s most valuable brands and many of humanity’s common causes. Fascinated by presentations as the most powerful persuasive medium, Duarte determined to crack the code on why some presentations are riveting and others are unbearable. In Fall 2010 she released Resonate—Present Visual Stories that Transform Audiences which identifies hidden story structures inherent in great communication.
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Nancy Silberkleit

Nancy Silberkleit

Businesswoman

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

Narayana Peesapaty

FOUNDER, BAYKEYS FOOD

Narayana came up with the idea of edible cutlery, which he supplies through Bakeys Food. He holds bachelor of science degree in Chemistry from Osmania University and an MBA from IIFM-Bhopal.
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Naved Shaikh

Naved Shaikh

Rap Artist

Naved Shaikh is an emerging rap artist from Mumbai. Known by his stage name Naezy, he is known for his 'desi rap' performances in Hindi.
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Neil Jacobstein

Neil Jacobstein

Co-chair of AI and Robotics, Singularity Universit

Neil Jacobstein is the Director of Executive Academics and Co-chairs the AI and Robotics Track at Singularity University whose mission is to assemble, educate, and inspire leaders to understand and facilitate the responsible development of exponentially advancing technologies in order to address humanity’s grand challenges. He also served as President of Singularity University from Oct 2010 – Oct 2011.
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Nigel Osborne

Nigel Osborne

Composer, Naciketa

Nigel Osborne has studied composition with Kenneth Leighton, Egon Wellesz, and Witold Rudzinski. 
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Nitin Ron

Nitin Ron

Neonatologist, mountaineer

I am a neonatologist (baby doctor!) and love high altitude trekking and mountaineering. I am an associate professor of pediatrics at New York Methodist Hospital, and love to use innovative methods to teach medical students. I am constantly humbled and amazed by what love and compassion can do to heal little premature and sick babies! I have also been leading a research project in the Himalayas, including the Mt. Everest region, involving ultrasound of the eye(optic nerve) and the body, to predict mountain sickness, and have also looked at the effect of meditation in acclimatizing the body to high altitude. I constantly encourage my students to break the rules, rearrange the paradigms with which they run their lives, and therefore to re-invent themselves every moment! I also volunteer as an art guide at the Rubin Museum of Himalayan Art in New York City, and this is a reminder to me that medicine is so much of an art as well as a science!
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Oikyotaan

Oikyotaan

Folk music platform

Oikyotaan, a Contemporary Folk Platform founded by, Biswasjit “Bonnie” Chakraborty, aims at performing, archiving and spreading the infectious philosophy and melody of Indian Folk Traditions. The sound is rooted in the rhythm and melody of Indian folk music, with a special emphasis on  Baul music from Bengal. Their foundation of sound is created, using an equal set of unique components from Indian Folk-Classical and other forms of Contemporary music. The magic of pulsating rhythms, weaving themselves together with soul-stirring melodies and spinning a web of lyrical arrangements.
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Patsian Low

Patsian Low

SVP, Head of DBS Foundation at DBS Bank

As the Head of DBS Foundation, Patsian Low drives the focus on championing social entrepreneurship in Asia. The Foundation is an endeavor from DBS Bank to make an even greater impact in addressing Asia’s evolving social needs. Patsian was the former Director of the Philanthropy division in the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre (NVPC) to provide programmes that promote and engage philanthropy from different donor sectors in Singapore. Some initiatives include the online philanthropy platform - SG Gives, independent charity analyst reports from the ICAn programme, bi-yearly Philanthropy In Asia Summit in 2012 and 2014 Funders Roundtable, among others.
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Prakash Amte

Prakash Amte

Social activist

Magsaysay Awardee Prakash Amte runs Lok Biradari Prakalp to provide community services to tribal people in rural Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Chhatisgarh. The project has grown into a hospital, residential school and an orphanage for injured wild animals.
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Prakriti Dutta

Prakriti Dutta

Dhrupad Singer, Naciketa

Prakriti Dutta is an internationally acclaimed dhrupad singer .She is a performer, actor and composer. After securing first position in M.A from Rabindra Bharati university, India, she had received a MSc degree in Music in the community from University of Edinburg and honed her skill as an music therapist and community musician .She was under the tutelage of  Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar in his dhrupad gurukul in Mumbai.  Recently she has founded a performing art company ‘Sound Space’ for sound, movement and arts in her hometown Kolkata. It is an organically designed amphitheatre which promotes creative minds and art in South of Kolkata. Presently her work is divided between two cities Kolkata and London. She is actively associates with a London based music theatre company ‘Opera Circus’ in their production Naciketa based on Upanishad.
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Raghava KK

Raghava KK

Artist

Raghava KK is a renowned Indian artist and a tech entrepreneur, named by CNN as one of 10 most remarkable people in 2010. 
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Raghu Dixit

Raghu Dixit

Singer, composer

Raghu Dixit is a unique and popular composer, song-writer & singer from India. His music is a seamless amalgamation of ethnic music and styles from across the world. His lyrics, though intense, are simple and speak about every common man’s emotions and experiences. Inserting Indian ethnic folk, Sufi and classical music phrases cleverly into his songs, Raghu’s singing style can be described as unique. Being a completely self- taught guitarist and singer, his vocal range and versatility has been appreciated with awe and has become one of the most recognizable voices in the country! UNTOLD STORY: Raghu is a gold medalist in Masters in Microbiology from the prestigious University of Mysore and a professionally qualified Indian classical dancer.
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Rajika Puri

Rajika Puri

Danced storyteller, choreographer, writer

Rajika Puri is an exponent of two forms of Indian dance - Bharatanatyam and Odissi – which for several years she performed internationally in solo recital (including a command performance for the President of Mexico). After playing ‘Narrator/goddess Kali’ in The Transposed Heads directed by Julie Taymor (Lincoln Center Theater, ’86), she developed a form of danced storytelling in which she accompanies her dances with songs, chants, vocalized rhythmic syllables, and a narrative in English. An evening of such stories, commissioned by the Rubin Museum of Art, was also presented off-Broadway: Devi-Malika: a garland of danced stories on the feminine divine in India (Duke on 42nd, ’08).
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Rajiv Subba

Rajiv Subba

Sculptor

Rajiv Subba’s sculpture work will make you do a double – no, triple – take. The talented graduate from Chandigarh Art College connected with fellow NID classmate Mamta Gautam to form ‘Dirty Hands’ in 2008, a collective of skilled and specialized architects, designers and artists. Everything really started for Dirty Hands when a Delhi-based designer needed a hyper-realistic silicon mannequin, and thus, work commenced. Two-and-a-half years and several mannequins later, Rajiv and his team created a mind-blowingly realistic sculpture, practically indistinguishable from its human counterpart. Since then, Rajiv has done work for prosthetics in Bollywood films, and hopes to expand into more scientific fields, such as aesthetically superior medical prosthetics. Step aside, Madame Tussaud’s, Dirty Hands is slowly re-sculpting the prosthetics and art industry from all different angles.
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Ramachandra Budihal

Ramachandra Budihal

Heritage Imagineer

A software architect at Wipro Technologies, Bangalore, with geek credentials going back two decades, Ramachandra Budihal drew from his work in digital image processing and multimedia to co-found the Mahabharata Samshodhana Pratishthanam (Mahabharata Research Foundation), a non-profit organisation on a mission to digitize and protect works of Indian heritage and make them relevant to the contemporary society. One of the foundation's projects focuses on the Mahabharata, India's most famous epic. Budihal is helping develop and compile an encyclopedia of the Mahabharata - 18 volumes - that's set to debut in 2012. With the foundation, he also devised and built Samanveshak, a digital document-scanning laboratory housed in a bus with state-of-the-art scanners, satcoms and telepresence. To date, the team has digitised and documented more than one million folios of ancient medical manuscripts from remote areas in Tamil Nadu and Kerala.Ramachandra is also recepient of a presidential honour, 'Maharishi Badrayan Vyas Samman' (2007), conferred by then President of India Dr Abdul Kalam, in recognition of his breakthrough work in the area of cultural heritage preservation and promotion using technology.
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Ramanuj Dasgupta

Ramanuj Dasgupta

Senior Scientist, Genome Institute of Singapore, A*STAR

Dr. Ramanuj DasGupta received his Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from St. Stephen’s College and an affiliated Master’s degree in Genetics from Cambridge University. He also went on to earn a Ph.D. in Developmental Biology at the University of Chicago and to pursue postdoctoral studies at Harvard Medical School. In 2005, Ramanuj started his own laboratory at NYU School of Medicine/NYU Cancer Institute and recently transitioned it to the Genome Institute of Singapore. Currently, his lab is focused on investigating the molecular regulation and function of cancer-signaling pathways in tumor progression, metastasis and treatment resistance using the power of the murine/human disease-relevant cell culture and animal PDX models.
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Ramesh Rao

Ramesh Rao

Director, Calit2 UCSD

Named a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers for his leadership in wireless communications, Dr. Ramesh Rao is a faculty member at UC San Diego and Director of the Qualcomm Institute (QI), UCSD division of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology. Prior to QI (Calit2), Professor Rao was also the Director of UCSD's Center for Wireless Communications (CWC). Dr. Rao is involved on a day-to-day basis with a wide variety of research initiatives at QI. He leads several major interdisciplinary and collaborative projects and has been a PI on dozens of federal-, state-, foundation- and industry-funded grants. Among his most recent honors and distinctions, he received a 2011 Casa Familiar Abrazo Award for engagement with underprivileged area of San Diego.
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Ramesh Raskar

Ramesh Raskar

Associate Professor, MIT Media Lab

Ramesh Raskar is an Associate Professor at MIT Media Lab. Ramesh Raskar joined the Media Lab from Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories in 2008 as head of the Lab’s Camera Culture research group. His research interests span the fields of computational photography, inverse problems in imaging and human-computer interaction. Recent projects and inventions include transient imaging to look around a corner, a next generation CAT-Scan machine, imperceptible markers for motion capture (Prakash), long distance barcodes (Bokode), touch+hover 3D interaction displays (BiDi screen), low-cost eye care devices (Netra,Catra), new theoretical models to augment light fields (ALF) to represent wave phenomena and algebraic rank constraints for 3D displays(HR3D).
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Rani Paruchuri

Rani Paruchuri

Managing Director & CEO, Dream Tekis

Rani Paruchuri is a serial entrepreneur, visionary and technologist with over 22 years of experience in information technology. She served with Intel Technologies for several years prior to founding Dream Tekis, a software products company for building B2B core insurance enterprise products. A well-recognized and respected name in the realm of corporate training in the domain of ERP and Sun Technologies in India, Rani’s brand equity lies in the rare combination of a passion for success, practical business sense and undoubtable technical expertise.  
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Ravi Chaturvedi

Ravi Chaturvedi

Former CEO, P&G Northeast Asia

Ravi Chaturvedi became the  first ever Asian President and Member, Global Leadership Council of the Procter and Gamble (P&G) company. He was also the Group Chief Executive, Jet Airways for a short tenure.
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Ravi Venkatesan

Ravi Venkatesan

BUSINESS LEADER/ AUTHOR/ MENTOR

Ravi Venkatesan is Chairman of the Board at Bank of Baroda. He is also the founder Chairman of Social Venture Partners India, a partner at Unitus Seed Fund and a fund advisor at Kalaari Capital. Ravi serves on the boards of the Rockefeller Foundation, Infosys Ltd and several advisory Boards. He authored Conquering the Chaos: Win in India, Win Everywhere which was published by the Harvard Business Review.
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Rick Smolan

Rick Smolan

Photographer, Filmmaker

Rick Smolan is a former TIME, LIFE and National Geographic photographer best known as the co-creator of the "Day in the Life" book series. He is currently CEO of Against All Odds Productions, a cross-media organization which utilizes the skills of hundreds of the world's leading photographers, writers, filmmakers, designers and programmers to merge creative storytelling with state-of-the-art technology. Rick's global crowd-sourced photography projects combine creative storytelling with state-of-the-art technology and have generated hundreds of millions of media impressions and have been featured on the covers of Fortune, Time, and Newsweek.
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Ricky Kej

Ricky Kej

COMPOSER & CONSERVATIONIST

Ricky's Grammy award winning album Winds of Samsara is based on the ideals of peace set by Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela. He was also a featured musician on a Grammy Winning album and 2 Grammy Nominated albums at the 2015 Grammy Awards.
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Ritesh Agarwal

Ritesh Agarwal

FOUNDER & CEO, OYO

Ritesh is the founder & CEO of OYO, India’s largest branded network of hotels. 22-year-old Ritesh started travelling across India when he was 17 and realized that the lack of predictable and affordable hotels was plaguing the Indian hospitality sector.
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Rives

Rives

Poet, multi-media artist

Rives is a poet and multi-media artist from Los Angeles, who applies new technologies to ancient art forms. He has appeared on Romanian billboards, in Scottish pubs and inside a 1964 Cadillac with a supermodel for the Bravo TV special Ironic Iconic America. He is the co-host of the annual TEDActive conference and his hobby is rooftops. Offstage, Rives designs and writes pop-up books. He has appeared on multiple seasons of HBO’s Def Poetry Jam and was a member of the Def Poetry international tour group. Untold Story
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Robert Vijay Gupta

Robert Vijay Gupta

Musical activist, violinist

Violinist Robert Vijay Gupta joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic in June 2007 at the age of 19.
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Roger Fisk

Roger Fisk

Presidential PR Guru

Roger Fisk has had a key "behind the scenes role" in President Obama’s organization since then-Senator Obama announced his run for president in February 2007. He has seen from the beginning the development of cutting-edge organizing strategies, the application of agile on-line organizing tools, and a truly innovative, thoroughly modern mobilization of social media.  With 6 months of service on the President’s successful 2012 re-election, Roger has worked with all of those tools as they were perfected in the second campaign.  
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Rohini Nilekani

Rohini Nilekani

FOUNDER-CHAIRPERSON, ARGHYAM

Rohini Nilekani is the Founder-Chairperson of Arghyam, a Foundation she set up with a private endowment to work on water and sanitation issues in India. She is also founder of Pratham Books, a charitable trust which seeks to put "a book in every child's hand".
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Ruchi Sanghvi

Ruchi Sanghvi

Entrepreneur, technologist

Ruchi is the founder and CEO of Cove - a company she started with other early ex-Facebookers. Prior to starting her own company, Ruchi was the first female engineer at Facebook.
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Sabriye Tenberken

Sabriye Tenberken

Co-founder of Kanthari, Social change agent

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

Sanaya Bharucha

Education Activist

Sanaya Bharucha leads special projects and outreach at Teach for India, a nationwide movement of young professionals who commit two years to teaching in under-resourced communities. In this capacity she directed the Maya Musical, a partnership with Broadway-based artists. The production served a demonstration of what’s possible for low-income students with no previous exposure to the arts. Through this and other projects, Sanaya promotes integrated education which combines exposure and access, values and mindsets, and academic achievement.
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Sandeep Divekar

Sandeep Divekar

Serial Technology Entrepreneur

Sandeep Divekar is GM of Global Technology Initiatives at Reliance MediaWorks. He is responsible for commercializing the company's Academy Award winning image processing and film restoration technology and for finding new application areas for the technology. Prior to joining Reliance Mediaworks, Sandeep Divekar set up a South Asian IPTV network for Neulion Inc. which involved negotiating contracts with South Asian television channels, setting up satellite capture teleports in Nepal and India, market research, designing packaging and pricing and launched the network to consumers in Canada and the US.
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Sanjeev Bikhchandani

Sanjeev Bikhchandani

FOUNDER AND CHAIRMAN, NAUKRI.COM

Sanjeev graduated from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and then proceeded to set up Info Edge (India), which is the parent company of the job portal Naukri.com.
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Satyajit Bhatkal

Satyajit Bhatkal

Filmmaker

Indian television and film director, Satyajit Bhatkal is best known as the creator of the Indian talk show Satyamev Jayate featuring actor Aamir Khan. Born and raised in Mumbai, Satyajit first practiced law for over a decade. As a student and as a young lawyer, Satyajit was actively involved in important social and political causes and wrote extensively on these issues. After his experiences as an activist and as a lawyer led him to believe he had a story to tell and in his mid-thirties he quit law to work in film and television. Satyajit also wrote and directed 'Bombay Lawyers', a critically acclaimed mini-series broadcast on NDTV India, which dealt with important social issues in the format of fictionalized courtroom drama. 
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Scott Cook

Scott Cook

Financial Software Maven

Scott Cook's was born and raised in an LA suburb after his parents emigrated from Wisconsin. Scott was 'nerdy' as a kid and even programmed his school district's one computer. Scott attended USC and later went to Harvard Business School.
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Sekou Andrews

Sekou Andrews

POETIC VOICE

Sekou is an elementary schoolteacher turned actor, musician, national poetry slam champion, entrepreneur, and now award-winning Poetic Voice. aAny given day may now find him presenting an original talk for international marketing executives, giving a keynote speech at a leadership conference, or performing pieces for Barack Obama in Oprah’s backyard.
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Shamim Sarif

Shamim Sarif

Filmmaker, Author

British writer and director Shamim Sarif is an award-winning novelist, screenwriter, and feature film director. She has published three novels and one non-fiction book and has written and directed three feature films and a documentary.
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Shantanu Moitra

Shantanu Moitra

Music director, composer

Folk music is rapidly disappearing from mainstream music, but never fear! Shantanu Moitra is a man on a mission to save folk musical traditions. Shantanu is a renowned Indian music composer and restorationist. With a father as an accomplished sarod player and his mother as a talented artist, creativity naturally runs through his veins. He has worked on many landmark Bollywood films, including "Parineeta", "3 Idiots", and "Madras Cafe".
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Sharad Devarajan

Sharad Devarajan

Co-Founder & CEO, Graphic India

Sharad Devarajan is a creator, producer and media entrepreneur. His latest company, Graphic India, is the culmination of his lifelong dream to launch superheroes and stories that tap into the unique creativity and culture of India but appeal to audiences worldwide. In the same way the West has created superheroes or Japan launched anime, Graphic India is transforming the perception of India in character entertainment from being an ‘outsourcer” to being ‘the source.’ In addition to Graphic India, he is also the Co-Founder & Executive Chairman of Liquid Comics, a digital entertainment company that uses the medium of graphic novel storytelling to develop original content for various digital platforms, publishing, theatrical live-action films, animation and games.
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Shawn Hoon

Shawn Hoon

Research Fellow, Molecular Engineering Laboratory

Shawn Hoon, a Research Fellow at Molecular Engineering Laboratory, is currently working on developing means to amplify nucleic acids with bacterial cells, small RNA characterization in model organisms and applying genomics to biomimetic research. Shawn did his undergraduate work in computer engineering at the University of Virginia and obtained a PhD in genetics at Stanford University working on chemical genomics using yeast as a model organism. He is interested in projects that have both a computational and experimental bent.
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Sheena Iyengar

Sheena Iyengar

Social psychologist, professor

Sheena Iyengar looks deeply at choosing and has discovered many surprising things about it. For instance, her famous "jam study," done while she was a grad student, quantified a counterintuitive truth about decisionmaking -- that when we're presented with too many choices, like 24 varieties of jam, we tend not to choose anything at all. (This and subsequent, equally ingenious experiments have provided rich material for Malcolm Gladwell and other pop chroniclers of business and the human psyche.)
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Shirin Juwaley

Shirin Juwaley

Human rights activist

An acid attack survivor herself, Shirin started the Palash Foundation to address social reintegration and livelihoods for people with disfigurement. In 1998, her husband threw acid on her after she requested divorce.
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Shradha Sharma

Shradha Sharma

FOUNDER AND CEO, YOURSTORY

Shradha Sharma is founder and CEO of YourStory, India’s biggest and most popular media platform for stories of entrepreneurs and change-makers. Shradha lives her life in stories and believes that every story is unique and every story matters.
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Shruti Haasan

Shruti Haasan

Actress, singer

Shruti Haasan is an Indian actress, singer and music composer who works in the South Indian film industry and Bollywood. She sang her first song at the age of six and has continued her stint in music through her work as a singer in Indian languages. She trained in Hindustani classical music and studied at the Musicians Institute in California.
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Shwetal Patel

Shwetal Patel

Officer, Kochi Muziris Biennale

Born in India, Shwetal A. Patel spent his childhood in Lusaka, Zambia, migrating to the U.K when he was nine years old. During his time in the U.K, Patel studied Economics at the University of London, graduating in 2001 whilst working in the fields of music, fashion, film & art in the burgeoning artistic scene of East London. Patel chose Florence, Italy as a base to live and work for 4 years and in 2010 was invited to Mumbai to develop a project to create India's first contemporary art biennial; an artist led initiative spearheaded by the Kochi Biennale Foundation.
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Shyamrao Kulkarni

Shyamrao Kulkarni

Hindustani music guru

Pandit Shyamrao Kulkarni is a doyen of North Indian Classical Music. He is a vocalist of the highest caliber, whose voice provides an effortless rendition of his musical thoughts as he creates beautiful expositions of various raagas.
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Simon Lewis

Simon Lewis

Film producer, author

Simon Lewis is a film and television producer and author. After earning law degrees from Christ’s College Cambridge and Boalt Hall, Berkeley, Lewis moved to Los Angeles where his Hollywood experience includes managing writers, directors and stars as well as producing Look Who’s Talking (1989), The Chocolate War (1988), the Emmy award-winning international co-production for HBO and ITV Central Age Old Friends/A Month of Sundays (1988), and variety specials starring Howie Mandel.
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Sonia Shirsat

Sonia Shirsat

FADISTA GOESA-GOAN FADISTA

Goan singer Sonia Shirsat is rated as one of the best Fadistas in India of all time. She has been singing professionally for the last 10 years, and has performed in Goa, Luxembourg, Macau, Kuwait, France, Hawaii -and all over the world, really. Sonia has sung and performed in 13 languages and in 2010, released her debut album, Saudades de Fado; recorded in Lisbon.
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Stefan Sagmeister

Stefan Sagmeister

Designer

Stefan Sagmeister is one of the most celebrated figures in the world of visual communication. He has won two Grammy Awards for his work in album covers and packaging design. Sagmeister & Walsh produces work that stands out among mediums and disciplines of graphic design.
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Subodh Kerkar

Subodh Kerkar

ARTIST

Subodh Kerkar was born in a small picturesque village of Keri on the northern border of Goa in 1959, just 2 years before the liberation of Goa from the Portuguese rule.
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Sujay Tyle

Sujay Tyle

Entrepreneur, environmentalist

Sujay is currently 19 years old and the VP of Business Development at Scopely, a venture-backed gaming start-up in Los Angeles. He was awarded one of Peter Thiel's 20 under 20 fellowships and took a leave of absence from Harvard University, where he had matriculated at 15. Prior to Scopely, Sujay was the Head of Market Strategy at Kyruus, a health IT startup in Boston. He has worked at the Blackstone Group in Tokyo, Japan and conducted Malaria Research in Dakar, Senegal. Most significantly, Sujay conducted 6 years of biofuel research and successfully converted cellulose into ethanol in a cheap 1-step process for viable, cheap alternative energy. Sujay is an avid speaker and leader in young entrepreneurship and energy and recently delivered a TEDxTeen talk in NYC. Sujay has received distinctions from AT&T, Coca-Cola, DuPont, HSBC, Intel, Sanofi-Aventis, The Thiel Foundation, and Toyota. He has been featured on 60 Minutes, ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, and the Weather Channel; in a documentary produced by Dogpatch Films; and in BusinessWeek, Forbes, and India Abroad for his achievements. He recently delivered a TEDx talk in NYC.
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Sunil Thankamushy

Sunil Thankamushy

Creative Director Virtual Worlds

Sunil Thankamushy is a US-based, sixteen-year veteran of the video game industry who was part of the core teams that developed highly acclaimed, successful video game franchises, such as as Call of Duty™, Finest Hour™, and Medal of Honor™.
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Sunitha Krishnan

Sunitha Krishnan

ANTI-TRAFFICKING CRUSADER

Sunitha Krishnan, Founder and Director of Prajwala, or “an eternal flame”, is an eminent anti-trafficking activist internationally known for her fight against girl child trafficking for the purposes of commercial sexual exploitation. A mental health professional, she has done extensive research and is essentially a field practitioner. Prajwala runs 17 schools throughout Andhra Pradesh, India, for 6,000 children and has rescued more than 4,200 women from prostitution, 2,100 of whom Krishnan personally liberated.
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Susan Lim

Susan Lim

Surgeon

Dr Susan Lim is the current Co-chair of the Global Advisory Council of the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR). At 35, she broke through the gender glass ceiling in transplantation surgery and became the first in Asia, and the second woman in the world to have performed a successful cadaveric liver transplant. Since then, Susan’s desire to discover that next big thing has kept her actively focused on robotics and stem cell research. She strongly believes that as society increasingly embraces technology, communication and interactions will extend beyond humans to robots and other inanimates.
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Swanand Kirkire

Swanand Kirkire

Writer, song-writer, actor, director

Swanand Kirkire has many strings to his bow, he is a writer, song-writer, actor, playwright and director in the Hindi film industry. Graduating from the National School of Drama in 1996 he soon moved into the world of television, and then, in 2003, progressed to film, making his debut as a lyricist & singer with Hazaaron Khwaishen Aisi.
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Swetha Suresh

Swetha Suresh

ARTIST

Swetha is a singer, dancer and whistler who secured first place at the World Whistling Competitions, held in Tokyo, Japan. In 2014, Swetha entered the Asia Book of Records, India Book of Records and the Tamilnadu Book of Records, for whistling 197 songs in 18 hours, starting at 4.52am and ending at 10.52pm.
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Sydney Brenner

Sydney Brenner

Nobel Prize winning biologist

Dr Sydney Brenner earned degrees in medicine and science in 1947 from Johannesburg’s University of Witwatersrand before moving to England, where he received a doctorate in chemistry from Oxford University and began taking part in leading-edge research into DNA, molecular biology and developmental genetics. It was Sydney’s pioneering research with Caenorhabditis elegans, however, that led to his Nobel Prize. In 1965, he began to lay the groundwork to make C. elegans, a small, transparent nematode, into a major model organism for genetics, neurobiology and developmental biology research. As a direct result of his original vision, this tiny worm became the first animal for which the complete cell lineage and entire neuronal wiring were known.
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Talavya

Talavya

Classical tabla ensemble

Globe-trotting percussion ensemble Talavya bring tabla to the center stage, distilling its age-old classical spirit and practice into a high-energy, highly accessible performance. Composed by music maestro Pandit Divyang Vakil, the quartet of Rushi Vakil, Kaumil Shah, Sahil Patel and Rahul Shrimali with accompaniment by Heena Patel moves between rousing peaks and smooth meditative passages, revealing the colours of tabla.
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Tan Hock Beng

Tan Hock Beng

Principal, Maps Design Studio

Tan Hock Beng graduated from the School of Architecture, National University of Singapore, with a Bachelor of Architecture (Honours). He was awarded the Singapore Institute of Architects Medal in 1989, and has been involved in many competition-winning projects for a diverse range of building types globally. Tan is deeply committed to the study of traditions and cultures of Southeast Asia, and is particularly interested in how these relate to contemporary practices. He lectures widely throughout the world and his works have been exhibited in many cities including Tokyo, San Jose, Costa Rica, and the prestigious 9th Exhibition of Art and Architecture at the Biennale de Venezia in Venice, 2004.
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Tania Luna

Tania Luna

entrepreneur. educator.

Tania Luna loves pit bulls and elephants. She also teaches psychology, writes non-fiction and fiction, helps companies increase employee and customer happiness, and is CEO of a very surprising company. She moved to the U.S. from Ukraine as a child, and has been living in New York City ever since - a place she adores for its unpredictability.
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Tirthankar Dash

Tirthankar Dash

CEO, Quantum360 Design Solutions Lab

Thirthankar Dash created Quantum360, a human insights and design solutions lab that helps organizations innovate around powerful human insights. Prior to this, he also created StoryCompany, a unique search engine that helps individuals and communities find meaning in their lives. In addition, he authors askingmyself.com, a blog which provokes people to ask themselves un-frequently asked questions. He speaks often in classrooms and at conferences and forums.
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Tod Machover

Tod Machover

Musical Innovator

Tod Machover is head of MIT Media Lab's Opera of the Future group. An influential composer, he has been praised for creating music that breaks traditional artistic and cultural boundaries; his music has been performed and commissioned by some of the world's most important performers and ensembles. In 1995, he received a "Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres," one of France's highest cultural honors, and in 1998 he was awarded the first DigiGlobe Prize from the German government. He has composed five operas and is the inventor of Hyperinstruments, a technology that uses smart computers to augment virtuosity. Hyperinstruments have been used by performers such as Yo-Yo Ma, Prince, and Peter Gabriel. Machover is also the creator of the Toy Symphony, an international music performance and education project. His research group is currently examining ways to use music in therapy for emotionally and physically challenged individuals.
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Tom Wujec

Tom Wujec

Design innovator

Tom Wujec is a pioneer in business visualization, the emerging practice of using images, sketches and data-driven infographics to help teams solve complex problems. Tom’s work has been featured in many international conferences, such as TED, Pop!Tech and the Fortune Innovation Summit. Tom is also the author of three books on creative thinking and is a highly sought after international speaker, delivering visually rich innovation keynotes, workshops and knowledge maps. He has brought several software applications to market, including Autodesk SketchBook Pro, PortfolioWall, and Maya which won an Academy Award for its contribution to the film industry. Tom has worked as a creative director, writer and animator, has designed dozens of museum exhibits, and lives in Toronto with his wife and two children. BOOKS: Five Star Mind, Pumping Ions, Return on Imagination
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Usha Arunachalam

Usha Arunachalam

biotechnologist. Hindustani vocalist.

Dr. Usha Arunachalam is a biotechnologist with over 20 years of business experience with biotech companies, especially early-staged biotechnology companies. She currently consults for IndUS Pharmaceuticals, an India-US cross border biotechnology company.
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Usha Uthup

Usha Uthup

The Voice

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

Vidhya Subramanian

Bharatanatyam Dancer

There are no artistic boundaries for award-winning dancer Vidhya Subramanian. After dazzling audiences the world over with her performances, receiving international acclaim and having taught the dance as well, Vidhya continues to bring tremendous energy and dedication to promoting and preserving the ancient art form of Bharatanatyam. Known for her bold, modern themes and strong choreography, Vidhya has given back to her specialty of the traditional Vazhuvoor style.
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Vidya Shah

Vidya Shah

Musician, singer, composer, producer

Born into a family with a rich musical heritage, Vidya Shah is a vocalist who has trained in both North and South Indian musical traditions. Blessed with a rich and captivating voice, she has performed at national and international fora, including the Kennedy Centre in Washington D.C, Asia Society in New York, Assilah Arts Festival in Morroco, The Kala Utsav in Singapore, the Humbolt Forum, Berlin, Germany and the Schaffhauser Jazz Festival, Switzerland. Vidya conducts workshops on music appreciation and spiritual traditions in Indian music.
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Vidya Shah

Vidya Shah

Banker, Philanthropist

Vidya Shah is the CEO of EdelGive Foundation, which is the philanthropy arm of the Edelweiss group. Former Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the Edelweiss Group, she is now part of the board for various prominent organisations like Agastya International Foundation, Asian Venture Philanthropy Network, Common Purpose, Women on Wings, Toolbox India Foundation and Masoom in addition to  Edelweiss. In each of these organisations, her role enables her to contribute strategically which helps them build a stronger presence by implementing useful plans in an efficient manner. 
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Vikram Bhaskaran

Vikram Bhaskaran

Co-founder, Samosapedia

Vikram Bhaskaran is the CEO and Co-Founder of Samosa Media whose flagship product is Samosapedia: The Definitive Guide to South Asian Lingo.
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Vikram Gandhi

Vikram Gandhi

Filmmaker

Vikram Gandhi is the award-winning director and star of Kumaré, a film in which he impersonates a wise guru from the East and starts a following of real people in the West. Kumaré won the Audience Award at SXSW Film Festival in 2011 and was released theatrically in North America in 2012. Vikram lives in New York and is developing his next feature film.
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Vinay Venkatraman

Vinay Venkatraman

Designer. Entrepreneur. Innovator.

Vinay Venkatraman is the co-founder and partner at CIID (Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design). Vinay helps shape the strategy and content for CIID through consulting, teaching and research lead initiatives. He is trained as product & interaction designer in India and Italy. His works in the past have spanned design of consumer products, software and film visual effects. He currently spends his time between creating new education curriculums, shaping policy initiatives for the Danish government and consulting large global companies on innovation around new product experiences and design strategy.
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Vineet Singal

Vineet Singal

Executive Director, 100KCheeks campaign

Named by The Huffington Post as one of the "Top 10 Changemakers Under 40", Vineet Singal is a senior at Stanford University and leads 100KCheeks, an initiative to register 100,000 new bone marrow donors using the power of personal stories and social media.In working closely with Professor Jennifer Aaker at Stanford Graduate School of Business and a team of 12 dedicated Stanford students, Vineet helped 100KCheeks reach its goal in 1 year. Vineet is currently leading efforts to register a million bone marrow donors worldwide in 2012 and jumpstart the creation of national marrow registries in countries like India and Indonesia.
Vineet wants to use his skills as a social entrepreneur and future physician to fight for greater access to quality and affordable healthcare for the underserved. His resolve solidified in Galveston, TX during the fall of 2009, when he took a leave of absence from Stanford to volunteer full time at St. Vincent’s free clinic. Back at Stanford, Vineet co-founded Anjna, a national nonprofit organization that aims to utilize technology at free clinics. Vineet helped build a network of 250+ undergraduates, medical students and faculty and is leading efforts to create health education programs at free clinics in high need areas nationwide, in addition to conducting groundbreaking pilot studies on utilizing interactive, tablet based education and SMS technology at clinics in the bay area.
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Vishal Gondal

Vishal Gondal

Founder & CEO, GOQii Inc.

While most kids were grappling with the realities of growing up, Vishal took a head start and started his first company – FACT, soon after finishing school at the ripe young age of 16. 
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Vivek Wadhwa

Vivek Wadhwa

Academic, Researcher, Writer, Entrepreneur

Vivek Wadhwa is a Fellow at Arthur & Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance, Stanford University; Director of Research at the Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization at the Pratt School of Engineering,  Duke University; and Distinguished Fellow at Singularity University. He is author of  “The Immigrant Exodus: Why America Is Losing the Global Race to Capture Entrepreneurial Talent”—which was named by The Economist as a Book of the Year of 2012, and ” Innovating Women: The Changing Face of Technology”—which documents the struggles and triumphs of women.  He was named by Foreign Policy Magazine as Top 100 Global Thinker in 2012. In 2013, TIME Magazine listed him as one of The 40 Most Influential Minds in Tech.
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Vladi Ruppo

Vladi Ruppo

Founder, Beautiful Years

Vladi Ruppo is a seasoned software executive with almost 30 years of international experience. Born and brought up in St. Petersburg, Russia, he worked for 12 years in Jerusalem, Israel, before moving to Bangalore to set up a branch office of a British MNC. After stepping out of his role as VP, Engineering, CISCO, Vladi now wants focus on Beautiful Years, an elder care startup that aims to improve the lives of senior people and of those who care for them by facilitating mutual support, bringing innovative products, and providing socially reviewed listings of elder care services.
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Will Travis

Will Travis

Creative entrepreneur

Will Travis is a leader of infectious passion, drive and tremendous insight, gained from leading creative agency ATTIK, which he helped expand into London, New York, San Francisco and Sydney, and most recently with the US division of the world’s largest agency Dentsu, where he held the post of CEO of Dentsu America. A long-term creative entrepreneur, with a hell-bent focus on creating unique brand experiences with the energy to deliver.
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William Pennell Rock

William Pennell Rock

Social Anthropologist

William Pennell Rock developed ORIGINS, a methodology for presenting insight into self-development and realization in workshops and performing arts. He began his professional career as a child actor appearing on television and theater. 
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Yann Vasnier

Yann Vasnier

Perfumer

Yann Vasnier was born in Brittany, France and from an early age he was drawn to appreciate the nuances of fragrances. He trained as a perfumer at ISIPCA, the prestigious Versailles perfumery school and he graduated Valedictorian in 1999. During his studies, Yann also worked as a trainee perfumer for Quest International in Paris. Upon graduating, he was offered a position as a junior perfumer with the Fine Fragrance team in Paris, trained by Francoise Caron. In 2001, Yann was the recipient of the International Young Perfumer Award. In July 2003, Yann joined the Quest New York as a perfumer and in 2007 joined Givaudan.
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Zia Mody

Zia Mody

Corporate Lawer

Zia Mody is considered an authority on corporate merger and acquisition law, securities law, private equity and project finance in India. She is a Senior Partner of the Law Firm of AZB & Partners which has its offices in Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore in India. Zia Mody did her law at Cambridge University and then went on to do an LLM from Harvard University. Zia is also the recipient of the Economic Times Awards for Corporate Excellence as the Businesswoman of the Year, 2010. She was selected as one of the 25 most powerful women in Indian business by Business Today in 2004 and was selected as one of India's 100 most powerful CEO's by the Economic Times in 2005.
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Zoya Akhtar

Zoya Akhtar

Indian Film Director and Screenwriter

Zoya Akhtar is an Indian Bollywood film director. She made her directorial debut with ‘Luck By Chance’ in 2009 and has won the Filmfare Award for Best Director for the multistarrer, critically acclaimed and commercially successful movie ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’. She had been an assistant director for films such as Lakshya, Dil Chahta Hai and Bombay Boys. Apart from movies, she has also appeared on the small screen advertisements for brands such as Finolex and Pepsi. Her latest release was an Indian punjabi film drama ‘Dil Dhadkne Do’. 
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