Veritas Pharmaceuticals Ltd. is ?quality you can measure? the name Veritas means TRUTH, is what we stands for. Veritas was the name given to the roman virtue of truthfulness which was considered to be one of the main virtues and good citizen should have posses. Vertias Pharmaceuticals Ltd. is a world class pharmaceutical industry based in Gazipur, Bangladesh. Built on a seven acre site, it boasts state of the art facilities which comply with the international regulatory requirements such as current good manufacturing practice.
Veritas was established in the year 2009 in Gazipur Bangladesh. Veritas Pharmaceuticals in an ISO 9001-2008 certified company. Veritas believes in the power of healing aim to deliver potent medication, with accessibility, affordability and diversity. Veritas aim to be at the forefront of research and development to be the first to deliver the most recent technology of medications to the market.
Veritas Pharmaceuticals Limited endeavors to preserve and improve the Nation?s health by consistently producing and delivering high quality, safe and effective specialty pharmaceuticals products that meet to exceed customer expectations.
Recognizing the importance of human capital, Veritas has assembled a strong management team and employees are committed to successful assure continued high quality, safe and hygienic VPL products for the valued customers. The team is lead by Sharita Millat Managing Director of VERITAS PHARMACEUTICALS under her administration with 12 years of experience. She brings financial skills for her concern.
She established her business in the year 2003 with a small scale of home made kitchen products through which she produced quality food items with the best hygiene standards, with an efficient and spread-out network all over in Chittagong, Bangladesh.
Veritas aims to be the premier healthcare provider helping to improve health through quality products at an affordable price. The vision of veritas is to be the world?s admirable pharmaceutical company through innovative products, services and relationships, to add to life?s enjoyment.
Sharita Millat was born in 1971. She obtained her graduation and master?s degrees in Economics from Florida International University Miami, Florida USA. In personal life she is married and she is the mother of two children. Her husband Prof. Dr. Md. Habib Millat FRCS (Edin), is a renowned Physician and Surgeon as well as MP of the Ministry of Parliament in Bangladesh.
Dr. Shruti Nada Poddar
Founder, Shruti Foundation
Dr. Shruti Poddar (Saundaryaambika) is a Wellness Mentor and Vibrational Healer, a Musician, Poet, Educationist and a Practitioner of Indigenous Knowledge Systems. She is also a Heritage Conservationist and Grassroots Entrepreneur in Tourism and Hospitality. She is a world consultant on culture, heritage conservation, museum development, community development, use of indigenous knowledge systems and cross-cultural collaborations, cultural events and festivals between institutions and governments in India and abroad.
Dr. Shruti created the ?Nada Vibronics? Vibrational Healing Ecosystem, which uses Yogic and Indigenous Knowledge Systems, Ancient Indian Sound and other Vibrational technologies along with Scientific understanding and applications, to Cure Disease as well as Heal and Empower people through consultancies, workshops and retreats. Her Spiritual and Healing music is used worldwide for meditation and healing psychological and physiological conditions and specific diseases. She was awarded the Delhi Ratna Award in 2003 for her pioneering work with Spiritual healing sound and music, followed by an NRI award for enhancing international cultural relations. She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in December 2017 for Education and Wellness.
As a Global Educationist she has conducted Mentoring workshops personally since 1996 and through the Shruti Foundation, a research and charitable foundation since 2007, for promoting education, wellness and healthcare, value based leadership, with a special focus on indigenous knowledge systems and sciences.
She has worked with thousands of teachers, administrators and students in India and abroad. She does talks, workshops and retreats internationally on various subjects ranging from culture, wellness, healing, integral education, leadership and community development. She has been advocating and also facilitating use of tangible and Intangible Cultural Heritage for students, women, global learners, innovators and entrepreneurs.
Shruti Poddar founded the Shruti Foundation in 2007, a research and charitable foundation for promoting cultural learning and collaboration, women empowerment, education, wellness and healthcare, value based leadership, advocacy, with a special focus on indigenous knowledge systems and sciences. Her Foundation has been involved with intangible and tangible cultural heritage, conservation, restoration, museum development, and revival of as well as re-adaptive use of heritage sites and Havelies for development of local economies. Shruti Foundation also creates festivals and events worldwide inviting cultural collaboration and development of education culture across the world.
Rhea Singhal is Founder and CEO of Ecoware, India?s largest sustainable food packaging company. Prior to which, Rhea was a senior sales executive in the Oncology team at Pfizer UK. She founded Ecoware with the sole aim of fixing India?s plastic menace. Ecoware disrupted the food packing industry by introducing a fully compostable alternative to plastic and styrofoam. Ecoware is made from the waste of common agricultural crops, that would otherwise be burnt in the open to clear farmland. One of her greatest successes has been to persuade the Indian Railways, the largest food service operator in India, to switch to biodegradables. Rhea has been featured in many national and international publications ? Forbes, Fortune, Hindustan Times, Economic Times, India Today, Gulf News. As a mother to twoyoung children, Rhea know first-hand the harmful impact of pollution on themost vulnerable. This is her constant motivation to do better.
Head Strategic Commercial Projects, Mylan
I have over 10 years of experience, predominantly in the Pharmaceutical Industry across varied business roles in leadership positions. The exposure I have is global in nature given that I have worked both in the Indian pharmaceutical market as well as in emerging markets across Middle East, North Africa and South East Asia. My experience covers biosimilars, generics & novel products across therapeutic categories coupled with deep market knowledge and operating experience across markets. Have handled strategic assignments including M&A, Commercial Strategy, Business Analytics and Sales Operations. External Recognitions: Won the TSCFM (Thadomal Shahani Centre for Management) Awards for Innovation (June 2014), instituted to recognise out-of-the-box ideas and innovations in the functional areas of Finance, Marketing and HR.
Stringent qualifying criteria including academic qualifications, quality of work experience, fastTracker/high potential, people orientation and CSR were applied while judging the 110 entries. Final list of awardees comprised 9 people including the likes of CFO Aditya Birla Retail, Director Structured Finance SCB, Head HR Omkar Realtors, Head Innovations Times Group among others.
Parvathi is the Managing Director at Innovation Alchemy Consulting Pvt Ltd, an innovation facilitation & advisory practice; and she is also the Co-Founder, CEO of Fresh Harvest Pvt Ltd., an agri business enterprise in horticulture production. Parvathi has a Masters in Communication from the Hyderabad Central University and is an alumnus of the Management Programme for Women Entrepreneurs at the IIM Bangalore. As an Innovation Facilitator, Parvathi has a deep conviction in the power of empowered leaders to create change and impact in large and small organizations. She combines a deep passion for the innovation mind set, the power of entrepreneurial leadership and the tools for operational excellence that are needed to make organizations succeed in a highly competitive world. She believes strongly in the adage that innovation is 1% inspiration and 99% execution excellence and in her career as a Consultant and Advisor she has facilitated business leaders across multiple industries, including clients ranging from ITC eChoupal, Tata Fertilizers, Samsung and the World Bank Group in achieving breakthrough goals and leveraging innovation mind sets.
Fresh Harvest, the horticulture venture, under her leadership has been in production for 18 months now and the team has taken over 40 tonnes of vegetables including cabbage, carrots, beans, tomatoes, beetroot, leafy greens, chillies and lemon to the market. Fresh Harvest?s market linkage now delivers to large retail chains across multiple cities in south India including Reliance Fresh, Aditya Birla More and Namdharis, and offers a direct-to-home vegetable basket for residents in Bangalore. Additionally, demonstrating a portfolio approach in horticulture, over the last 9 months Fresh Harvest has cultivated and delivered 3,40,000 stems of exotic Gerbera flowers to markets in South India.
Parvathi is recognized for her strategic facilitation skills, combined with an entrepreneurial leadership capability, her capacity to cull out fundamental insights, deep knowledge of leadership mind sets, innovation design & execution; and the ability to build meaningful collaborations with people and organizations in the corporate & government ecosystem.
Parvathi is also an empanelled facilitator with Harvard Business Publishing in India for over three years, and has led strategic leadership programmes at global organizations such as The Asian Development Bank (Phillipines); American Express (South Asia & Pacific); The Adani Group and ABBOTT (India).
Parvathi blogs actively and can be found on twitter @parvathimenon & @innovalchemy where she shares learning and insights from her various engagements in the emerging markets of India.
Mrs Anju Handa is the CEO and Director of GREENS a consultancy and event management company established in 1999. She is B.SC and M.A. in English from the most prestigious ? Barring Union Christian College ? in Punjab.
She started her career as teacher in Bangalore. After her marriage in Delhi she ventured in various professions like Hobby Classes, Cooking Classes, Soft Toys making but finally she got an opportunity to show her talent for a chain of Preschools
without a relevant degree in NTT or B.Ed. Her knowledge and vision coupled with dedication and hard work bestowed laurels with recognitions and rewards. During the tenure of three years in school she was promoted to many responsible positions. she proved her capability at every step and finally became the marketing head leading a team of ten people. With her proven record of work
she got the best marketing manager award for her work. Her determination and desire to achieve much more led her to leave the job and start her own Pre school consultancy company by the name of GREENS. She has total expertise in imparting complete know how to pre schools whether it is designing infrastructure, planning curriculum with activities, teacher?s training, orientation for parents and every other necessary requisite for running the school with success. She was instrumental in initiating the concept of Marketing and pioneering with the idea of promotional events in Pre schools. With her intellectual capabilities, vast vision and innovative mind she has been instrumental in establishing number of pre schools in and outside Delhi. She is also running a event company which organises events for school as well other organisations of repute. She is a self motiviated person with a clear vision to excel with perfection in every assignment she has undertaken. With her creativity and potential of innovative ideas she has developed an activity oriented curriculum for pre school. Her curriculum envisage the needs of a preschooler and ample of scope for fun filled activities. She believes that children learn best through play. The curriculum
is designed for children to learn while they are playing, having fun, enjoying with activities which also help in their growth and all round development. Mrs Handa believes that children are like clay and can be moulded into any desired shape by providing conducive and stimulating environment.
Romaine San Francesco
Chairperson-Environment (Goa Chapter), All Ladies League India
Projects Coordination, administration, liaison, reporting, editorial, environmental activism, librarian
South Asia?s Reptile conservation, research, public education; preservation of nature & natural resources-IUCN/SSC Groups, monitoring of western & eastern ghats, coastal, endemic flora & fauna and indigenous tribes of the Andaman & Nicobar Archipelago; Irula tribal welfare, empowerment, art & cultural heritage. 2009-2016: Project Head, Samarpan Foundation (Chennai Chapter)
Conceptualising, Management, Coordination, Implementation of environmental, ecological, sustainability , programmes in Chennai/suburbs: raising forest nurseries, mangroves, mosquito eradication,rainwater harvesting trenches waste management, eco innovations.
Chief Sneeze, The Big Sneeze
Gayatri Pahlajani holds an MSc in Gender and the Media from the London School of Economics (LSE) and has worked for MTV, HIT 95 FM as well as hosted a show on All India Radio during her first job as a qualitative researcher at ACNielsen. With twelve years? experience in commissioned work, she started The Big Sneeze (TBS) to design ideas that truly tickle, and she continues to court carpel tunnel syndrome writing in both long-form and short-form formats. Having finished a filmmaking course at the New York Film Academy (2013) ? coupled with her time working on promos at MTV ? she also directs and conceptualizes corporate films and documentaries. And, using her past experience in radio and TV, she also redesigns Integrated Voice Response Systems (national 1800 numbers). Depending on the project, she ghostwrites or co-writes books but does not, as someone mistakenly asked her once, specifically write about ghosts.
Director, Prag Electricals pvt ltd
Indrani Deb, Chairperson of Ficci Flo NE, Federation of Indian Chamber of commerce and Industry, Ladies Organization, North East Chapter, Guwahati. The Managing Director of Prag Electricals Pvt. Ltd.- Guwahati. Academic Qualification ? Bachelor of Education. BA from St. Mary?s College Shillong ? Guwahati University. Masters in English Literature from North East Hill University, Shillong Bachelor in Education, BEd from North East Hill University, Shillong. Served as a Lecturer of English in Swadeshi Academy College. Have completed certificate courses on ? Flo workshop on ? Leadership and Entrepreneurship Skill Development, conducted by IIM Ahmedabad, 2013. Management Development Programme on Board Readiness (Advanced Level), 2016 from IIM Lucknow. I love to practice philanthropy. Worked for All Bengal Women Union, Old age home was my greatest joy and learning, Kolkata. Besides innumerable other social work, Reading, Music, Travelling, Working for women empowerment through various channels is my hobby. Public speaking is one of my powerful means of branding.
CEO, WePersonalize & Chairperson, All Ladies League (ALL)
Charismatic, Vibrant, Cheerful personality, an ardent entrepreneur. Someone who is an avid reader, loves soft music, movie buff, loves traveling & hungry for assimilating new ideas & wants to spread love all around her. Have always believed & followed the ideology of thinking OUT OF THE BOX & doing things ?Zara- hatke?. Born n raised in the beautiful city of Ludhiana, an indulgent mother of two beautiful girls & as per my husband ?High Maintenance? partner. Academically I?ve been a bright student (as per my parents) and was fond of books from a very early age, a Psychology Honours Graduate from Punjab University & always had the zeal to create my an Identity of my own.
From a housewife/mother to a successful business woman, the journey definitely has not been a smooth sail. My first Entrepreneurial project ?WePersonalize? has not been a cakewalk. As the brand name itself is self-explanatory, seeds of inception stated germinating when my daughter was about to start high school. I felt the need of personalizing her belongings and making them beautiful, innovative yet simple. Researched over n over again, flipped through every possible page on the internet to finally come up with cute little personalized Name tags for her, which to my surprise came out exceptionally well. Compliments, appreciation from friends & family firmed the evolution of the Brand ?WePersonalize?. Personalized stationery as a concept has been prevalent for many years abroad. We soon realized that this would revolutionize & change the Indian way of looking at our stationery. Significant amount of market research and sample development went into the conceptualization of the brand ?WePersonalize?. After experimenting for eternity we finally came out with products which are elegant & exquisite looking stationery for both kids & Corporates and have surpassed all expectations of our clients & the feedback from our clients is positive. We currently have more than 300+ designs to woo our clients.
Principal, J M International School
Ms. Anuradha Govind is the recipient of Sarla chopra memorial NATIONAL AWARD for invaluable and path breaking contribution for the promotion of Education, Social Welfare, Art & Culture, International School Award by British Council for innovative curriculum attributing the global dimension in education. During her tenure as Principal, the Srijan School got acclaimed as one the best schools of North Delhi by Hindustan Times C-Fore Survey. She is a prolific thinker, practitioner, a dynamic researcher and path-breaking educationist in the field of multi-dimensional & child-centered curriculum designing, innovative teaching methods, experiential learning strategies and a transformational trainer for teacher development, self- empowerment, leadership skills and team building. She has been regularly writing articles for Newspapers and magazines.
Design Development, HARZAN EXPORT HOUSE
Among the first women to go abroad Germany ? Beaux Arts Switzerland ? to study Art & Design. On return decided to contribute to India Development and became consultant Design and States, with Handloom Handicraft Export Cooperation, under Mrs. Pupul Jayakar. She worked tirelessly to open up export markets, and even spent a year in Japan. She then represented Bloomingdales and Worldwide stores and started the India Exposure of India Festivals, and expansive research and foreign interest in creativity and expansion of the export markets. Kanwal also conceived of starting a University of Crafts and Artisans, whereby the artisan in trained in a particular craft and receives a Streeniketan or Artisan India Degree, regardless whether they are educated in other ways. This degree would then be recognized by the export industry. She was also instrumental in bringing NIFT to India, and has been on their Jury.
With her worldwide experience, this idea was partially realized with Former Prime Minister Chandra Shekharji at Bondsi. She would like the present ministry to pursue this concept, and work actively towards making an Artisan a respected recognized person.
* Multilinguist and already a recipient of many awards, Kanwal Chaudri has given a lifetime to India Development and Economic growth.
Suman Virdi Batra
Kids Yoga & Mindfulness Coach
Suman Virdi Batra is a registered children?s yoga teacher and mindfulness coach. She has a passion for incorporating the path of yoga into all walks of life. Suman has been trained directly under Teressa Ascencia, who has taught more than 5000 hours of yoga over the span of 25 years in many countries, working with children all over the world. The Ministry of Education in Canada highly recommends her programme ?yoga in your school?. Suman has a passion for children and believes in the importance of practicing mindfulness, compassion and gratitude from an early age with the vision of leading to a more positive community and world. As a mother of a school aged child herself, she knows very well the stresses on students in India and wishes to reduce or eliminate these tensions by incorporating mindfulness programmes into schools throughout India. Having a master degree in communication studies, she has a vision of creating a model, which builds a culture where positive behavior and developing a true self, is taught. A model which is embedded across the whole school because schools are now seen as institutions where their role extends beyond academic competence to further preparing the ?whole child?. Happiness and success are defined by each of us, and the source of both lies within. Based on a rich inner understanding and with our support, our children will be empowered to create the condition for their own thriving. The next generation of leaders is following our lead, and a lot depends on how we choose to lead as parents and educators.
Healthcare professional with twenty years? experience in hospital administration, having worked leading Superspecialty Hospitals in Kolkata.
Qualified in Economics, Hospital Management & Medical Law and certified with Six Sigma.
Voracious reader, passionate about travelling and loves to pen down travellogues.
Enjoys being a woman to the core, loves caring about others and believes in empowerment of women. Works towards training women from economically challenged strata to get into jobs for their own sustenance.
Also helps in assisting child education from downtrodden section through facilitating enrolment in government/municipal schools.
All the work so far are done in individual capacity, in an effort to contribute to society as a responsible citizen.
Managing Director, Tatva Leadership
Kuku Singh has been a founder member and principal consultant of several leadership development consultancies focusing on Executive Coaching, Leadership & Diversity and Inclusion. In the last thirty years, she has coached senior management executives, conceptualized and developed long term leadership programmes anchored on the concept of wholesome leadership, lead change management initiatives for creating engaging, enabling, inclusive environments. She has clients in manufacturing, fast-moving consumer goods, medical, information technology, information technology enabled services, banking and insurance in India, Sri Lanka, Dubai, AbuDabi , Mexico & UK etc Having worked in the corporate sector first as an employee at Citi Bank & then an entrepreneur for developing talent in organisations, it was eight years ago that she embarked on the journey of Diversity and Inclusion, with an intent to see more women leaders in the C-Suite. Her current focus is on working with organisations to build the women leadership pipeline. She works with senior managemnt to evolve the Diversity business case, identify high potential women at all levels and create a sustainable platform for their career advancement to leadership positions. One of the projects that she and her company are engaged in are preparing women for board positions. Kuku works with a number of NGO?s which are women centric and have an agenda of economic & personal up-liftmen of its members.
CEO, Puppet Media
PUPPET MEDIA is the brainchild and hard work of the dynamic and super talented Seetha Lakshmi. Seetha Lakshmi is a name synonymous with Media Planning, Project and Marketing Designing, Celebrity Management and Promotions in the Malayalam film industry. Seetha has proven her media planning skills and communications expertise in various streams of this industry. She is trained Classical Dancer too.
Her tryst with Media began during her college days when she started working part time as a VJ on Asianet. She worked in several channels, in all kinds of media roles behind the screen, gaining precious experience on the go and all that while completing her graduation and post-graduation diploma. First job, after completing her education, was at Oxygen FM, Dubai as a Program Producer and RJ. However it was the next job at Surya Television that changed her routes to PR in entertainment industry permanently. In 2013 Seetha resigned from Surya TV and started her independent career in Movie Promotions as a freelancer, with the film Honey Bee. Ever since then there was no looking back. Till date she has worked for over 60+ Malayalam films, 2 Tamil films and a handful of corporate events followed her repertoire. She still occasionally does the VJ and celebrity interviewer role when in demand.
She also handles celebrities for various events and promotion works with her artist management team. Her major events where she did celebrity management are Flowers Indian Film Awards 2018, Asianet comedy awards 2017 and Yuva award 2017 which was held in Qatar. She also works as a personal Celebrity Manager for many notable celebrities from Malayalam film industry.
Seetha has been a role model for many woman in the industry who usually doesn?t take up promotion or media planning as their career. Many notable Medias have given stories about her successful career n media planning. In her interviews, she says she wanted to brake the taboo of woman, being only an object in front of camera, instead she proved that woman can do wonders in the media planning and marketing field as well. She received an award from Indi wood for being the best media planner for the year 2017.
The feather in her cap came as the supreme success of the first 150 crore Malayalam film, Pulimurugan that she diligently promoted across the country. Along with that, the cult movie Angamali Diaries also. In 2016, Seetha registered her Media Management Company as PUPPET MEDIA. Another top movies like Kammara Sambhavam, Mohanlal, AADU 2, Ramaleela Cult movies like AAMI and Thondimutalum Driksakshiyum are also in the list. At Puppet Media, Seetha has curated a strong team that executes the campaigns designed for its reputed clients. She continues her victory journey in 2018 also. Her clients value the relationship built with her, just as much she values them.
CEO & Managing Director
Kumud Sharma, Chief Executive Officer of SuperSeva Services Pvt. Ltd, Bangalore. The core strength of SuperSeva is excellence in service delivery. She has been reinforcing this in every person working in SuperSeva day and night.
Kumud hails from Muzaffarpur in Bihar. She is B.E. (Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering) from BIT, Sindri and underwent General Management Course from Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Bangalore. SuperSeva offers a full range of solutions custom-tailored to meet the needs of the organisations in the Industry, including IT-enabled concierge service, Managed Front office service, Facilities Management Services , TrakMail ? Automated Mailroom management, Asset management Services and more. SuperSeva is headquartered in Bangalore and has a PAN India presence with 6 offices and presence in 12 cities. Under her leadership, she reinforced SuperSeva brand name amongst their corporate clients along with expanding opportunities for other entrepreneurs in her community. SuperSeva is also registered as one of the women owned business with WEConnect Internationals. Recently recognized by rotary club for her outstanding work in the area of vocational excellence and entrepreneurship. Recipient of ?Think Big? award from Karnataka govt. for bringing Innovation at work place in 2016
Apart from regular 600+ employees , 400 entrepreneurs have partnered with SuperSeva today who are happily creating and selling their services to SuperSeva?s more than 10 lakhs consumers and 95 corporate clients across the country.
Her hobby is gardening and painting. She is married and gifted with two lovely kids.
Marketing Manager, SAP India
Paroma has over thirteen years of experience in technology and digital marketing, spanning hardware, software and services, across B2B and B2C domains. She spent 12 years in the US working with companies like National Semiconductor and Dolby Laboratories and returned to India in 2013 to spend one year in the philanthropy domain. In India, Paroma headed Marketing and Content for NDTV Ethnic, an ecommerce startup. Currently she leads Industry & Innovation Marketing at SAP. Paroma has an MBA from Berkeley (Haas), MA (Advertising) from UT Austin and MS (Computer Engineering) from UT Austin. Her passions lie in the market adoption of innovative technologies that improve people?s lives. In her spare time, Paroma loves to travel, write short stories, and play with her cats.
Advocate & Legal Consultant
Priya Khanna is an Advocate and a Legal Consultant providing independent consultancy legal services with a niche focus on laws pertaining to sexual harassment of women at workplace. In addition to her legal qualifications, Priya is also a certified Image Consultant of Soft Skills Trainer certified by National Accreditation Board for Education and Training (NABET) and the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA). Invigorated with her vast global exposure and immaculate communicative and organizational skills as well as refined client counselling abilities and interpersonal skills, Priya is a creative and versatile professional with a proven record of achievements. Belonging to one of the most well known family of lawyers in India has added to her credibility and goodwill. Her father, Dr. Lalit Bhasin is one of India?s most revered lawyers of international acclaim with a career spanning over 55 years.
Advocate, Civil Law
A product of Kendriya Vidyalayas Ms. Ashima Puri graduated in L?w in the year 2008 and has been practicing law since then. Advocate Ashima Puri has an extensive experience in the field of Civil Law. She has been successfully handling all kinds of Civil and Corporate Commercial Litigation before the Delhi High Court and many other District Courts. Ms. Ashima Puri has been Non Executive Independent Director of Virtualsoft Systems Ltd. since October 13, 2015. Ms. Puri was invited as a Mentor to educate the girls of KL University on the Legal Rights of Women in the first National Women?s Parliament held in Amravati, Andhra Pradesh in February, 2017. She is a cyclist and a runner by Passion apart from Legal Practice which is her first love. Recently, Advocate Ashima Puri has also applied for lecturing/ teaching/ educating pro-bono the patients of the life-limit diseases.
Director & Legal head, Om Metals Infraprojects Ltd
Seema Kothari is Director & Legal head, Om Metals Infraprojects Ltd
Swati Nanda Wadhwani
One of the most popular models in recent memory, Swati Wadhwani is truly a modern day icon. Adorning her delightful presence, she has graced her matchless beauty on magazine articles as well as been a part of ad campaigns, fashion weeks, and so much more. She is a charismatic figure with great appeal to the public and has been sought out by some of the top photographers in the business including award winning fashion photographer, Vikram Bawa. At a young age of 25, Swati accomplished so much ? in beauty, fashion, education?, a teacher , adventure, fitness and more. She?s the kind of woman that other women get inspired by. A multi-talented, confident and a courageous millennial woman, striving to create her own benchmarks. With her modish tall body, and newfangled coiffure, created quite a stir in the modeling industry. Her polished urbanity and flair was an eccentric fashion trend for other female models and left quite a major influence on the fashion industry. Known for her tough, smart, ?gritty? style and lifestyle, she continues to be a self-confidant at all walks of life. When it comes to fashion, we see no greater trendsetter than Swati.?
Founder Director, The Sanshil Foundation
Shilpa heads The Sanshil Foundation where she has been actively involved in charitable and social
work aimed towards uplift of the underprivileged children and vocational livelihood activities for adults. She has pioneered the model where ?green energy? and ecologically sustainable practices are a source of livelihood for the economically weaker sections Her main focus is on creating literacy programs and vocational training with a new perspective ? for children and adults at the bottom of
the pyramid. In the past, Shilpa has been actively involved in ensuring the Anti Sexual Harassment Policy at work place is compliant with. She was impaneled as ICC (Internal Complaints Committee) member with many organisations and actively supporting the Anti Sexual Harassment Act at work. Shilpa is Secretary ? Spic Macay Gurgaon ? A Voluntary organization that is dedicated to promotion of Indian Art, Music and Culture amongst the youth. She is Co-Author of the book ?Globalization and Voices from Indian Practitioners? ? ? The Non-Profit world in Modern times?.
Aakriti Raizada Sharma
Founder & Managing Editor, Legal Era- Legal Media Group
Aakriti is a passionate person driven by her vision to make a difference to the society at large. With 11 years of progressive experience, has traveled extensively across India and the Globe and has hands-on experience in dealing with local and international issues. Aakriti has designed and led several successful initiatives in the field of CSR, corporate governance & education. She is the Founder of Legal Era Magazine & Legal Media Group and has successfully channeled the company into multiple publications, including Legal Era Magazine and IP Era Magazine. Legal Era is India?s leading legal thought leadership publication that prides itself in taking proactive initiative in assembling leading professionals to engage in matters of compelling importance and relevance.
She has a deep understanding of the political wind and systems of the country. She is the President of the Global Business Lawyers Network and also the Vice President of the Today?s Women Network. She has also started Blue Water Advisory Services, which counsels law graduates for international studies, starting a law firm, and becoming a counsel. She constantly works with the industry on policy & regulatory affairs and believes in bridging the gap between the government & industry.
Principal, G D Goenka School
Ms. Ritu Pathak, is the founder Principal of G.D. Goenka Public School, Rohini, New Delhi. With 30 years of holistic experience in developing productive, student-focused environments that maximize the learning experiences, she is committed to highest personal and professional standards as an academician and possesses exemplary management and organizational skills. Heralding an educational paradigm based on innovation, experiment and research, she initiated and established various reputed CBSE institutions including a residential school with pronounced decision-making, policy direction and curriculum planning. She has served as the Centre Superintendent during CBSE examinations like CTET, JEE Main (AIEEE) and AIPMT (NEET), and functioned as the Chief Nodal Supervisor during CBSE Spot Evaluation for History (Class XII) and Social Science (Class X) She pioneered the school to become the proud recipient of British Council?s prestigious International School Award, and has been a participant of the first Indian Principal?s Conference held at The United Kingdom, selected on the basis of the school?s performance. She is an alumna of La Martinere Girls College and Isabella Thoburn College, Lucknow. She obtained her Management Diploma in Educational Planning and Administration from Amity Institute of Education, and a Post-Graduate degree in History from Aligarh Muslim University.
Rashi Mittal Nair
Co-Founder & CEO,WOOP, Women of Opinion
Rashi Mittal Nair is a word-??of-??mouth marketing addict, that has spent the last 13 years obsessing over what really gets people talking and how brands can best leverage those insights. She?s also an avid believer of linking business success to real social impact. Having been a Specialist at Influencer Marketing for close to 5 years at Procter & Gamble, she at times led or was part of a series of International & National award winning work, (including 3 Cannes and 2 Stevies) which usually meant being part of fantastic teams! She was also the head of the Corporate Social Responsibility program, Shiksha.
Brief assignments at JWT & Grey Worldwide have helped lay an early foundation to a creative communication mindset. She has had the privilege of working on leading brands such as Britannia, Pepsi, Gillette, Ariel, Oral B, H&S, & Whisper. She was also part of the core teams to successfully launch Olay and Pampers in the country.
She was the founder of Brand Ripples, a word of mouth marketing consultancy that empowered organizations with secret sales teams (their existing consumers) to boost their ROI. Four years and 15 clients later, Brand Ripples merges into Advocacy Asia (the world?s most awarded word of mouth marketing agency).
She has now launched a new venture called WOOP (Women of Opinion) ? a unique value exchange platform that helps women get rewards, brands get authentic word of mouth, and the country get additional funds for girl child education. It?s a triple-?? win model that aims to make Marketing a force for Good. WOOP is a community of Women that are powered by technology and united by a cause. In less than 9 months WOOP has over 20+ paid clients on board, and has generated over 90,000 school days for girls in need via its partner Nanhikali.
Kavita C. Das
St. John?s High School, Chandigarh
Kavita C. Das is working as a Principal, St. John?s High School, Chandigarh. She has more than 25 years of teaching experience. She always taught in a Christian Brother Institution. She began teaching at St. Columba?s School, New Delhi in 1985. She came to St John?s in 1997 and became Principal of St. John?s High School in 2007. Under her guidance, the school has reached new heights of excellence and St John?s is currently ranked among the top Schools of India. The school and the Principal herself have received numerous national and state awards recognizing the sundry milestones reached. It is under Mrs Kavita Das? leadership that the senior secondary wing was started and her students are already being nationally ranked. She has also published papers on Inclusive Education and the school is recognized at the national level for it?s community service work?..a school with a heart of compassion.
Vice President, Tata Consultancy Services
Ms. Hema Gopal, Vice President and Global Head IBM Centre of Excellence, Tata Consultancy Services has completed her MS in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. She holds a Bachelor?s degree in Electronics Engineering from the Anna University and a Bachelor?s degree in Mathematics from the Madras University.
Hema has over 30 years of experience in winning, executing and managing engagements for various areas of Software Engineering for customers across the world. She is currently the Global Head for TCS? IBM Centre of Excellence. She has widely travelled to many countries, to meet the customers across various industry verticals.She has been a topper in her academics from the school days and she was a state rank holder in SSLC.She studied Pre University,B.S.C,B.Tech and M.S in Natioanl Merit Scholarship given by the Govt of India. She is well known Orator in Tamil throughout her life. Being one of the early Computer Science Specialists from IIT Madras, when the Indian IT Industry was at its nascent stage, Hema emerged as a Technology Specialist from her trainee days and was part of several challenging assignments for Indian customers. She has worked in multi-platforms ranging from ICL, Tandem, IBM Mainframes and Burroughs. She possesses thorough knowledge on IBM Mainframe, was trained by IBM in New Zealand in 1986 and has worked on a variety of Mainframe and its related products for over three decades. In early 90s, Hema has executed stateof-the-art, complex platform migration, application migration and application convergence projects for customers across the globe. After these successful turnkey engagements, many strategic customers, such as a large Manufacturing customer and a large Cards Issuer, became TCS customers for more than three decades due to the exceptional quality of deliverables. In late 90s, Hema and team delivered several millions of lines of code for Y2K (Year 2000) remediation for customers across the globe with 100% delivery certainty. In early 2000s, she pioneered IT outsourcing, offshoring and transition methodology for various global customers. During this period, TCS bagged large outsourcing deals from multiple customers, which helped the organisation to take a quantum leap.
Founder, The Curvy Yogi
Luvena Rangel is the founder of The Curvy Yogi, a themed experience promoting body acceptance and wellness without bias. She comes with over 15 years of experience in International Oil & Gas, Aviation and Logistics business. With an academic background in Medicine, she simultaneously pursued her passion to develop and deepen her knowledge and skills in Holistic Health and Wellness, Yoga, Ayurveda & Meditation as well as built a reputation as a certified Coach and Trainer alongside her career. Today, she has set a niche for herself as one of Bangalore?s leading educators in Yoga Anatomy and has assisted numerous individuals to heal from spinal injuries and thyroid conditions. Luvena?s successful transition from a lucrative corporate career to a purpose-driven venture has been the source of inspiration for her programs, talks and workshops that have helped numerous women to embark on fulfilling career, business and life goals. Her focus clientele include women struggling with financial dependence or economic abuse within domestic relationships ? especially high-profile women who feel the pressure to conform to social or career restrictions. She is presently engaged as Transformational catalyst for Women Pre-Entrepreneurs to learn strategies on Financial Independence through Purposeful Careers. A powerful motivational speaker, she is often invited to speak at public forums and is a strong advocate of empowering women, especially those silently withstanding domestic, economic and financial abuse. Luvena is currently the India Chairperson for Social Media Support & caps her day by being a dedicated mother raising three young very active children.
Regional HR Head, Nestle
Divya Kohli is a 2011 MBA graduate from SCMHRD with 9+ years? experience with Global MNCs ? Nestle, Johnson & Johnson, Tata Global Beverages, Tech Mahindra. In addition to HR Business Partner role, she has worked on global assignments and projects impacting multiple cultures in the areas of Total Rewards, Performance Management, Learning and Development, Talent Acquisition, HRIS, Employee Engagement, Diversity and Inclusion. Divya has been awarded the coveted award of ?Emerging Future HR Leader: Are you in the List?? in 2014 by People Matters and DDI from amongst over 2,000 HR professionals. Recently, she was recognized as the Top 40 Under 40 HR Leader by Jombay identified by a jury of HR titans of corporate India. Currently, as Regional HR Head for Nestl? Nutrition business for South Asia Region, responsible to drive the creation and execution of People Strategies and Plans that attract, develop and retain employees to support organizational short and long term business needs to drive competitive advantage and address opportunities/ threats. Divya is a mother of an 11 months old baby girl and is blessed to have a support pillar as her husband who is a Management Consultant. She truly believes in unleashing the power of AND ? ?You don?t always have to make a choice. Sometimes you can do both.?, as that is when nature conspires to make things work out!
Director , SPENTA Consultants Pvt Ltd
Sharmila Ganguly is a MBA from XLRI (1988) and a BSc Economics Hons from Presidency College Kolkata University. She has worked in Citibank , HSBC and BNP Paribas before diving into entrepreneurship in 1995. Sharmila is the Founder of SPENTA Consultants Private Ltd which offers Business Consulting, Executive Coaching and Executive Search She loves the cutting edge required to constantly innovate to succeed in an ever changing market place.
Sharmila has been the author of a blog for several years, a theatre actress and an Indian classical vocalist.
Lakshmy Ravi Shankar
Founder Director, Kaizen Consult
Lakshmy Shankar is an Entrepreneur engaged in the field of Human Capital Utilization. She founded Kaizen Consult a Business Consulting and Training Organization in 2000 and has been working innovatively since its inception on various dimensions of People management, Mentoring and coaching and creating value for the client organizations to fulfil the goal of Human Capital Utilization.
Lakshmy holds a Master?s Degree in Sociology and Psychology from University of Madras. A bachelor?s degree in Economics from Mumbai University. A practioners and Trainer of Chakra Energy learning and Meditation.
An avid reader & Food and Receipies curator. (A foodie at heart and Soul)
Kalaimamani Vasantha Vaikunth is a multi-faceted personality, an acclaimed dancer who has more than 200 shows to her credit in India and abroad. She believes in spirituality in dance, as she has titled her book, that was launched in Music academy Chennai and Mumbai. ?ART is my breath and a healing experience in my life.? She is a true Indian, patriotic and passionate on spreading Indian culture and heritage wherever she goes to live. She is a global person who imparts Indian art and the scriptural knowledge in the name of life and living. She has trained 100 students in Oman, India and US. She has spread Indian Art and culture in Gulf and she came to be known as the cultural ambassador of India, and won her the place as the senior panelist in Bharathiyapravasi held in Delhi. Her famous shiva shakthi school of dance has trained dancers who are performing artists today. ?It was not easy to create art awareness in the gulf region but I can proudly say that there are number of Indian art festivals held in the region today with respect? Says Vasantha. She has performed in France, Germany, UK, Austrian festival, Australia, USA and conducted workshops. She has been a good wife to her husband Mr Vaikunth, supported him in his career, and groomed a good, successful son along with her own career as a dancer and a living skill coach. Balancing life is also an art, you need creative energy and the divine grace to tide over the challenges to keep the family and career together. It is interesting to hear her miraculous journey of dance. She was medically advised not to dance, if she wanted to save her feet as she is born flat footed and has an extra bone growth in her feet. Her passion for dance defied all medical rules and made her bounce back to the art after 20 years in a land that did not inspire fine art. ? she is an oasis in the desert? said Mr Natwar Singh the then foreign minister of India. There was no turning back for Vasantha since then; she was called to perform dance for all the foreign delegates in India and Oman. She participated in all the festivals of India abroad that gave her the recognition as an extraordinary performing artist who represented India all over the world.
Vasantha toured USA extensively teaching, choreographing dance ballets in various universities and her dance productions were taken to TUFTS UNIVERSITY AND UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSSTTES. They awarded her the title KALAVIDUSHI and she is the only Indian dancer who got the opportunity to collaborate with world dance group in USA called NUT CRACKERS. Her contributions in the field of art gave her the recognition in BHARATHIYA PRAVASI Delhi. The ambassador of India to Oman gave her the title of THE CULTURAL AMBASODOR OF INDIA. She won the award ACHARYA KALAVIPANCHI from SRI BALAMURLIKRISHNA, and the first Indian NRI to receive the most prestigious award KALAIMAMANI from the government of Tamilnadu. She is also a curator of paintings, ran THE CENTER FOR PERFORMING ARTS in Bangalore and Oman. She encouraged the artists from different parts of Karnataka and promoted village artists. She took them from villages to the gulf countries and their blessings are very valuable to me says vasantha. Her ambitious achievement was when she got all the ambassadors of SAARC countries together under one platform in 2009 for the event called LATITUDES art beyond borders. There was a display of paintings from India, China, Pakistan, Korea, Srilanka, Bangladesh, Thailand. She was awarded from the Government Oman as a lover of peace. She ran a non profitable cultural organization called RAGAVARSHA that encouraged Indian artist from north and south to perform in the gulf and Muscat came to be known as Mecca of fine arts.
Founder, Word Weave
Anu Krishna is a Certified NLP Master Practitioner (NFNLP, USA), Certified Law of Attraction Practitioner (Global Sciences Foundation), Certified Diploma holder in Art Therapy (CPD) and a Certified Creative Writer (The Writers Bureau, UK). She is also Psychotherapist (World Pranic Healing Foundation and Institute for Inner Studies, Manila). She is the Karnataka Chairperson for Coaching (ALL) and responsible for making a difference in people?s lives through Coaching.
Anu is also the recipient of the Shikshaka Ratna Award that recognises teachers, trainers and coaches in their field of expertise. She was recently awarded the Exceptional Women of Excellence at the Global Annual Conference of Women Economic Forum (WEF 2018).
Anu has held several senior operations and marketing positions at corporates during her career, freelanced with Deccan Herald, and other publications such as Evescape Women?s magazine and this has enabled her to apply theory to practice, propel the knowledge gained to results and engage with audiences in a manner that connects with their purpose.
Dr Surabhi Jain is a celebrity nutritionist and health professional with more than a decade of progressive experience in the sector. Dr.Surabhi is a doctor by training who later, went on to pursue a Masters? in Business Administration and post-graduation in nutrition from the esteemed Public Health Foundation of India and M.Sc. (Nutrition). In the earlier part of her career, as a public health professional, she worked extensively in maternal, child health and nutrition. Her earlier public health stints with professional bodies, government and NGO?s like FHI, UNICEF , HLFPPT, GOI, MOHFW etc. became the drivers of her passion to finding organic and non-medicalized solutions to health issues. She is the Founder of ?NUTRIWELL INDIA?, one of the leading consultancies in Nutrition and Lifestyle Management. She has been the guiding force for team NUTRIWELL INDIA to provide context based, nutrition and dietary solutions for health problems.In partnership with corporates and NGOs, she has led numerous workshops and knowledge sharing sessions. Even to date, with innumerable success stories and testimonials to her account, she drives her passion to give indivualized, patient centric care. For Nutriwell?s invaluable contribution to the field of Health, It was awarded the ?EXCELLENCE IN HEALTH CARE? by the World Health Leadership Congress in 2016. Dr Surabhi Jain is also FEMINA , WWLC SUPER WOMEN ACHIEVER 17 in the health sector. For more on her, she has been a regular feature on the female show ?SANGINI?, ?Meri Saheli ? ETV She is Nominated for Excellence in Health care by FICCI FLO ( Uttar Pradesh Chapter). She is chosen among the few women Entrepreneur who are Mentors in Prestigious WE CAN Program by Cherie Blair foundation and US Embassy with DRITI for Woman Empowerment. She has been recognized for her contribution to health care by CWF and Leading Media Group Hindustan Times. She was awarded the prestigious ?Shining Star?17? Title from Women in work and Barclay?s for Most promising Diet Consultancy. Dr Surabhi , Is the only Nutritionist from the field of medicine who has worked extensively in Poly cystic ovarian syndrome Nutrition Planning. Her research papers are published in various Journals.
Dr. Monika Arora
Director, Health Promotion Division & Additional Professor
Dr Monika Arora is a public health scientist working in the area of preventing and managing Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) through health promotion and health advocacy. She is the Director of the Health Promotion Division and Additional Professor at Public Health Foundation of India. She is also Executive Director of HRIDAY (Health Related Information Dissemination amongst Youth) an NGO working on promoting youth health. Dr. Arora has been a member on various government and international expert committees on NCD related issues. She is also a member of WHO Civil Society Working Group on the third High-level Meeting of the UN General Assembly on NCDs.
Dr. Arora has been honoured with the Best Practices Award in Global Health in 2011 by the prestigious Global Health Council. She has also been awarded with WHO Director General?s World No Tobacco Day Award and Dr. Prem Menon outstanding service award by World-India Diabetes Foundation in recognition of her contributions to the education and prevention of diabetes among children in India.
Founder & CEO, Infinity Business Solutions & PublishBook.me
Bhavini Mehta is founder and CEO of both Infinity Business Solutions and Publishbook.me. She is a contemporary entrepreneur who is building both endeavours by empowering and lifting people around her. Right out of college, with an undergraduate degree from Christ College and an MBA from AESPG Institute of Management Ahmedabad, she entered the corporate world with HDFC Bank Ltd. and quickly found it was not for her. Her first entrepreneurial ventures include a loan channel partner company with both HDFC Bank and Kotak Mahindra Bank. Along with her entrepreneurial spirit is the strong belief that women are able to achieve at least everything a man can, and much more. Incorporating a sense of realism into her beliefs is that in nearly every woman?s professional life comes a time to plan a family. Bhavini faced that situation herself. Thence came a motivating factor in her life to seek to create a workspace conducive to all women in that special time of their lives. Her business focuses on employing work-from-home mothers and women students who need financial support to complete their education. ?There is opportunity for everyone, you must be vigilant to grab those? is her mantra for life and her advice for all. She has taken the outsourcing industry ? which encompasses both of her current ventures ? to employ people (now both women and men) from around the world to serve clients who, likewise, are from around the world. This concept took off for her when at the response to her presentation at a conference where she discussed her beliefs that people could well be free to work from home or anywhere else, move among departments, and learn to work on different projects. When she was finished, people flooded to her to ask for a business card and wanting to know more ? people who became both clients and part of her workforce!
Strong in her beliefs, she rejected funding to grow her business because with the investment would have come the requirement that her employees could not work from home and had to follow specific working hours. Infinity Business Solutions is a shared services outsourcing firm providing services such as bookkeeping, payroll process, Website Development, Integrated marketing, and other specialized IT services. Using today?s technology, such services may be provided by specialists who life half a world away from the client. Publishbook.me came about as one of Infinity?s services that grew to have its own needed set of specialists, such as writers, editors, designers, marketers, etc. Both firms are flourishing.
Managing Director, Ishan Vidya Prep Pvt Ltd.
Jayashree Srivastava is the founder and MD of Ishan Vidyaprep Pvt Ltd. Vidyaprep is an innovative consulting firm focussing on curriculum development, professional development of teachers, personality development of students and preparing young aspirants for success in top international universities.
Her story narrated in her own words:
Development as a motivating educationist: My journey into the path of academics and touching lives of young people began in 1981 when I went to a school for my son?s admission. The Director, Shri M.N Kapur, founder Principal of Modern School, New Delhi, a very unique and reputed educationist asked me in the interview of parents ?why have you wasted your degree?? On the spur of the moment I immediately replied ?give me a chance and I will work in your school? I said this despite the fact that I was already in a successful boutique business making designer clothes. He immediately gave me an application form which I filled and within a day, I was appointed as a teacher in his school. Very soon I realized that being in the midst of children and facilitating their learning was my calling. Mr. Kapur saw in me the spark of a teacher he envisioned, somebody who can motivate and explore the potential of each child and took me under his wings. In a very natural way, he started mentoring me about effective strategies in the classroom, motivational techniques, student-teacher relationship and the value of preparing young people for life. I moved from strength to strength as a teacher, House Master and then Head of Department, equipping children with life skills and making them life-long learners. Soon this became a passion with me and since then, I have moved in this direction no matter what the domain of my work may be. Today, I can say with pride that young people whom I have closely mentored are not only top scientists, bankers, artists, corporate professionals, businessmen but also famous designers, musicians, sportsmen and dancers. At this stage, I would like to share some of the basic tools I have used as a teacher, coach, admissions consultant and trainer to enrich the youth not only of India but of several countries in the globe. Love, motivation, acceptance of individual strengths and limitations and patient handling of young people have helped me to guide them in the appropriate direction always giving due emphasis to sound values and ethics. Progression into international education: Having established myself as a good teacher and HOD, I received an offer from The British School, New Delhi in 1990 to launch their ?A? level programme. Seeing the opportunities of exposure to international education and career enrichment, my Director encouraged me to move on in life and I joined The British School which had the Cambridge international curriculum.
Dr. Manimala Roy
Principal, Basava International School
An eminent educationist and literacy campaigner, Dr. Manimala Roy has focused on the deep linkages between early schooling and availability of white-collar jobs. In her doctoral thesis, she conclusively established that the surge in literacy in the 1990s could be adequately explained by the economic reforms. While successfully heading KLE Society?s Basava International School, Delhi, as its Principal, she has constantly promoted and campaigned for issues like peace education and understanding the problems of today?s children. At the helm of Basava she has taken a number of initiatives to address the issues arising out of certain fallouts of urban living like domestic violence, single parenting and alcoholism. She has spoken on different aspects of today?s education at many institutions and universities in India and abroad. An economist by training, she diversified in the field of education to produce work combining both disciplines.
Rachana Awatramani is Counseling Psychologist, Insight Counseling Services LLP
General Manager, Academics
Hailing from a small town in Kerala, she married an army officer and traveled within India and abroad, meeting people from all walks of life in remote difficult areas. Starting off as a teacher, she became a school principal, and after decades, ventured into writing and consulting, and is now the Academic Head of Jaipuria Group of Schools, managing more than twenty schools all over India. Throughout her career, she continued learning, and has two Masters? degrees and an M.Phil, as well as diplomas from IIT Delhi and IIM Ahmedabad. Through her career, she has worked to empower women ? from designing learning programs for tribal girls in the North East, to counseling women separated from their spouses by the tumultuous nature of military life. She is an active member of the Army Wives Welfare Association, setting up Skill development centers, empowering women and organizing revenue generation projects- like Swavlambhan.
Country Director, Young Lives India
Dr Renu Singh has over twenty-six years of experience in school management, teacher education, policy analysis and research both in India and abroad. Currently she is working as Country Director for Young Lives, University of Oxford, a fifteen-year longitudinal research study on childhood poverty. A trained Montessorian, special educator and educational psychologist, she has managed a school in Dubai, held the position of Director, School of Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Delhi, Director AADI (formerly Spastic Society of Northern India) and has been a member of the Senior Management Team of Save the Children, India. She has also held the position of Visiting Professor to Centre for Early Childhood Development & Research, Jamia Millia Islamia University. She has provided technical and strategic lead to an EU funded Technical Cooperation Fund to the MHRD entitled ?Exchange of International Best Practices Leading to Innovation in SSA?, working with seven states (Gujarat, AP, Rajasthan, Orissa, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi and Jammu & Kashmir) from 2010-2013 as well as a USAID Project (REACH-India) on Whole School Development from 2003-2007. She has been the Governing Body Member of Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) for two terms, a member of various Joint Review Missions of Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), a member of the Working Group on Early Childhood Care & Education, Ministry of Women & Child Development, responsible for drafting the National Policy of Early Childhood Care and Education, 2013 and a member of Expert Committees in Government Institutions such as the Rehabilitation Council of India. She has published widely, and her main areas of interest remain gender, early childhood and inclusion.
CEO, NDTV Gadgets360
?Bhawna Agarwal is an award-winning Digital leader & an entrepreneur with 17+ years of multi-cultural leadership experience in leading media houses, Internet companies & start-ups in India. She is currently the CEO of NDTV Gadgets360, which is India?s #1 Digital Technology platform and World?s 7th most visited tech platform, amongst the top international gadgets sites.
Having been a founding team member of leading brands like Yatra.com & Times Internet Limited that have created a benchmark in their industries, she successfully led P&L responsibility, provided operational leadership & built high performing teams. She scaled the businesses from incubation to becoming a leader in the online Travel & Ecommerce industry, building capacities of scale ensuring complete fiscal responsibility & accelerated high business growth.
A true entrepreneurial spirit at heart, she has been instrumental in launching & scaling the companies ground up and turning around businesses with strong focus on industry best efficiencies. Bhawna has carved a niche for herself for starting up & scaling large businesses through strategic vision, business intelligence, product innovation in technology & deep consumer in-sights.
Bhawna is very active across the start-up ecosystem in India & is a member of various forums, where she is involved in mentoring digital start-ups & nurturing entrepreneurship. She is on the advisory board of a lot of leading ventures helping them accelerate their journey to commercial success. Featured in exclusive ?Linkedin Power Profiles in India? ? selected as one of the 5 most visited Internet industry profiles in Year 2012 among 18mn+ professionals. She is also a guest lecturer at leading B-schools in the country, an avid writer and a keynote speaker at leading industry conferences on digital and e-commerce.?
Sr. Vice President & Head Insurance, SREI Group
Over 20 years of cross-functional expertise in Strategic Planning, Sales & Marketing, Insurance Risk, Operations, Audit and Customer Relationship Management. Proficient in managing business operations with focus on top & bottom-line performance and expertise in determining company?s mission and direction. A keen analyst, skilled in handling market forecasting and identifying & formulating strategies to exploit business opportunities.Expertise in developing and managing channels in order to derive required market share, revenue & profit for the organization. Possess credibility & personal integrity that leaves lasting impressions on decision makers, motivates employees and generates loyalty. Effective communicator & team leader combined with flexible & detail oriented attitude and ability to interact effectively with people. Presently, heading Insurance of SREI Group with two additional responsibilities as a Chairperson of SREI Bandhan Spouse Club & Chairperson of POSH ? Srei Group.
Director & Producer, Green Earth Productions
Manasi has wide experience of 30 years in Journalism in Print and Audio Visual. Manasi has won all round accolades for her creative ventures. All her productions bear indelible stamp of her creative talent at its best. She has produced more than 300 TV programs and documentaries for prestigious organizations and channels by her production house- Green Earth Productions. She has also launched First Indian Web portal www.teennews1.com for teenagers and youth in 2015. MANASI , travelled with President Pratibha Patil to cover her Foreign Visit . Had opportunities to meet and talk to senior leaders , Film Directors , Bureaucrats , Diplomats , Big Business man which includes Pratibha Patil , Sushma Swaraj , Nititn Gadkari , , Subhash Ghai , Gulzar , Prakash Jha , Emami Chairman R.S. Agarwal . Her regular Columns in Nai Dunia for youth published in book named Love Mantra. Travelled in India and abroad, which includes ? United Arab Emirates, Syria, China ,Nepal, Bhutan,Thailand etc.
Deputy Executive Editor, NewsX, the National English News Channel.
Latha Srinivasan is a senior journalist based in Chennai, India. Currently the Deputy Executive Editor with NewsX, the national English news channel, she comes with over 15 years of experience in the field of journalism. She has been with some of the best media organisations in India and has won numerous awards throughout her career for her work. She was formerly Editor of Yahoo! India, Senior Editor with Deccan Chronicle and Editor of Chennai Times, The Times of India. Latha has specialised in the Indian film industry but her journalism also extends to coverage of important national news. She is considered one of the leading entertainment journalists in India and has even declared the best entertainment journalist in South India by leading media houses.
Latha strongly believes that women?s empowerment is the need of the hour and has spoken on this on numerous occasions at various forums. The need to provide underprivileged women education, skills and employment opportunities is something she is constantly addressing and working on with her friends in the NGO sector. Last but not the least, she is also a breast cancer survivor and does her share in society to increase awareness about breast cancer. She has spoken in numerous women?s colleges and has been conferred awards for the same. On the personal front, she is an avid traveller who loves to experience different cultures and meet new people to share experiences and learn from them. And her motto in life is apt too ? change is the only constant.
Founder & CEO, Talerang
Shveta Raina is the Founder of Talerang with the vision to get 20 million graduates work-ready by 2020. Talerang has impacted over 2 million students in the past 3 years, through partnerships with colleges, corporates, the media and the United Nations Development Program. Shveta is a graduate of Harvard Business School, where she graduated with Honours (~top 15% of her graduating class) and the Horace Goldsmith Fellowship for Social Enterprise. She led an independent research project under the guidance of Professor Das Narayan Das to find a solution to India?s employability crisis, which grew into Talerang. Her pilots were funded by a
grant from Harvard?s Social Enterprise Initiative. She also graduated Magna cum Laude from Brown University in Applied Mathematics, International Studies and Economics. Shveta has been recognized as one of India Inc?s Rising Women Leaders by the Economic Times, and a Woman of Courage by India Today. She has been a speaker at TedX, the Harvard India Conference, UN Young Changemakers and the Women Economic Forum and writes a weekly national column on student issues. She is part of the Mumbai Youth Forum, The IMC Start-up Committee and IMC Skill Development Committee. She was awarded Young Womenpreneur 2017 by the DICE Ecosystem and the Governor of Maharashtra.
Previously, Shveta was a Director on the start-up team of Teach For India. She was a consultant at McKinsey?s New York City office where she founded and ran the Female Business Analyst Mentorship Program (North America)
International Award Winning Actress
Rekha Rana an International Award Winning Actress from India Delhi. She has Received 25 International awards as Best Actress all over india and abroad.
She acted in Following Feature Films
1) Tara the Journey of Love and Passion ( HIndi )
2) Tamil Mann ( Tamil )
3) Cinema Star ( Tamil )
4) Yahan Ameena Bikti Hai ( Hindi, English )
Her film ?Tara The Journey of Love & Passion? ( were she played the tittle lead ) was nominated for Oscars from West Africa from the president of Togo as Best Film in foreign language category for 87th Acadamy Award. The movie has received 120 International awards in 150 International Film Festival.
Rekha Rana is a student from New York Film Academy -Hollywood, CA. and worked in theatre with Mr. Dinesh Thakur.
Her 2nd movie ?Yahan Ameena Bikti Hai? where she played the role of a muslim girl Ameena, has also became an oscar entry from Cameroon, Central Africa.
Rekha Rana Brands endorsements :
Looks Cosmetic Clinic.
SCL and LG housys UPVC doors and windows.
South African NGO ?Star?.
Indian NGO ?Save our women?.
World Ambassador for ?Heart for India? foundation founded by Princess Francoise Sturdza.
Meta Health Master, Trainer
Anu Mehta is the pioneer and the First Master Trainer in a diagnostics tool called META-Health, Information technology called NES-health and Advanced Clearing Energetics, a therapeutic tool, created by Richard Flook. She is the only one who practices Information technology called NES-health and is integrating her work with knowledge of META-Health in India today. The Pro-Vision Nes- Health Scan she uses, helps her to find out the problems encountered by the human body and mind and thereby is able to help a wide spectrum of people, right from a two days old baby to a 90 years old. She also trains people in various emotion releasing techniques like Emotional Freedom Technique, Matrix Re-imprinting and Hypnotherapy. She is also trained in various other modalities like ?Luscher Colour Diagnostics? , Tarot cards, Angle cards, Lecher Antenna , Pendulum Dowsing and various others.She is an international speaker, who has spoken at the online international summit in  addressing the topic of Sexual Abuse, she spoke at stages of Luxembourg  on ?How to integrate NES-Health and META-Health? sharing her success story of a little girl who was able to walk due to integration of these two modalities. At UK  she spoke on ?My Healing Journey ? Life after sexual abuse ? she was graced with standing ovation for her work. She has also produced a short movie on the sexual abuse called ? The Unheard Screams? which was presented during this talk. In Hawaii-USA she spoke about two different topics like ?No pain no Gain? and also presented her research which was based on a city Ludhiana in north of India , where she found every fourth woman having breast cancer, uterus cancer or cervix cancer. She named her research ?Womb and the women?.She has also hosted this February 2017,The 8th International META-Health conference in India, Mumbai,for the first time. The speakers from various parts of the world like India, UK, Germany, Japan, Serbia, New Zealand, Norway, Czech ? Republic, Egypt, Ghana, Canada , Denmark and Netherland took the stage which was aimed at empowering people in their self-development. During the four days of this health conference embraced by the theme of ?Transform your mindset for Self-Healing? had various aspects of health covered like, ?Mind-Body-Soul connection?, ?New Developments in the field of Health?, ?Sexual awareness? and ?Mental Health awareness?. This conference was followed by four days of post conference workshops being conducted by the specialist from across the globe in their fields. Anu has been a speaker on Meta-Health at Rishikesh, Parmarth Niketan, on October 06, 2012 at the life Positive Expo during the international festival for holistic Living with life positive, She was a speaker at Zambala spiritual fair at Goa in 2013 organised by 70 Event Media Group, she has been the speaker for the Spiritual Newspaper ?The Speaking Tree ? Akasha in 2014 at Habitat Centre and later at Epicentre Gurgaon. She is a regular speaker for ?The Health library? [ You can find her talks by typing ? Anu Mehta ? Help Libraray talks video] which is the help free library at Mumbai. She has also been a speaker at various rotary clubs across India. She runs her regular workshops on META-Health, Emotional Freedom Technique , Matrix reimprinting at Mumbai and Delhi.
SOULACE, The Healing Studio
SHRUTI SUGWEKAR, one of the most dynamic personalities in the field of alternative medicine and therapeutic healing, has been giving promising solutions to a large spectrum of people, entertaining them with her charismatic aura and illuminative approach. Shruti has been an inquisitive frequent learner, which propelled her to get herself literate with a wide variety of the most effective modalities available throughout. Her hard work and precision in pursuing her studies helped her to plot her journeys? across the country. To name a few modalities that feature Shruti?s credentials, range from being a MASTER PRACTITIONER IN NEURO LINGUISTIC PROGRAMMING (NLP), ADVANCED LIFE COACH and being a PRACTITIONER OF EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE to that of studying the patterns of MOTIVATIONAL BEHAVIOR AND FACILITATIVE TRAININGS. She has been one of those few renowned personalities to acquire knowledge in a vast range of sciences. Since analyzing patterns causing changes in the human behavior has been of the keen subjects of her interest she also followed up on PSYCHOLOGICAL COUNSELING, PSYCHOTHERAPY and INTUITIVE HEALING giving life changing solutions to those who walk to her in distress and agony. She has pioneered the art of INTEGRATED CLINICAL HYPNOTHERAPY, PAST LIFE REGRESSION AND TRANSPERSONAL REGRESSION THERAPY WORK and various other such modalities that have always been intriguing her intellect. Nowadays people consult her as an official guide in some of the most difficult subjects and controversial case studies related to Human Dynamics. Her compassionate nature compelled her to take up Teachers Training in some of the most convincing subjects. She has been one of the most popular names when it comes to delivering trainings to an array of people, which lists from school and college students, corporate clientele, entrepreneurs to those big wig names of the city. Shruti proves to be an excellent motivational orator in her areas of interest. Shruti?s listening skills and empathy quotient becomes a great boon for the most inconsolable souls, delivers solace to all of those who walk to her to count upon her valuable advice and guidance. True to her philosophy in life, she believes in conveying a mirror to the client, leading them to self-introspection, causing them to get solutions from within?.this uniqueness of her justified her favoritism amongst her clientele. Shruti has always been driven by the benchmark that she kept achieving throughout her journey. She has being a SPEAKER IN GLOBAL FORUM AT ALL [ALL LADIES LEAGUE] WEF ? WOMEN ECONOMIC FORUM IN NETHERLANDS AND UK IN JAN-FEB 2017. She was invited to be one of the PANELISTS FOR THE SELECTION PROCESS OF THE MBA STUDENTS, IN SIBM, one of the most renowned institutes of the country. She was invited for a talk on MARITAL HARMONY/DISCORD AT INS SHIVAJI, NAVAL BASE AT LONAVALA. She also has featured in some of the most popular newspapers, magazines and the television on frequent base.
Shruti emotes, ?Learning is an ongoing process and one must strive and conquer the infinite?. She believes that her solutions are not outputs of individual modalities but an amalgamation of all the knowledge she has gained till now.
Socially responsible Business Consultant and Connector. Founder at R2Solutions ,CSR Advisory Consultant and Women startup Mentor. Founder Member of Enterprising Women Networks and Gurgaon Chairperson for Social Enterprise & Social Campaign India, ALL Ladies League. Spearheaded Corporate associations and strategy for Social Campaigns. Founding Member and Member, Governing Body at OISCA North India ( OISCA International) ? Initiated and successfully implementing numerous social projects with Schools and Corporates. Extensively involved in promoting the Children?s Forest Programs (CFP)in schools, organizing Adult & Child Literacy programs and actively involved in fund raising for supporting social projects. Past Guest Faculty at NIFT, Delhi. Published ? Impact of Multilingual Training on Employee Performance : Case of a Multi Trading Company ( THE INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BUSINESS & MANAGEMENT ? February 2016). Awarded ? FEMINA WORLD WOMEN LEADERSHIP CONGRESS & AWARDS ( 2017)/Women Icon of the Year & Women Super Achiever Award ? CSR Development/HR Consultancy of the Year at Asia Pacific HRM Congress Awards (2016)
Principal, Maxfort School, Dwarka
The Principal at Maxfort School, Dwarka, New Delhi is a versatile educationist. She is an alumni of the prestigious Convent of Jesus and Mary, Dehradun. She is a post graduate in English with a degree in education. A University of Cambridge CELTA qualified professional, she is a trainer par excellence. Her career spans over two decades in premium education institutions in Panjim, Ahmedabad and Delhi. She started her formal teaching journey at the prestigious Sharda Mandir School, Panjim. She then went on to develop the International Section of the Anand Niketan School, Satellite Ahmedabad, a school that is the front runner in international curriculum in Wes India. She is keenly involved with the development of curriculum and assessments at CBSE and SCERT. She was a member of the committee of courses of English language at CBSE. She has trained thousands of teacher?s in different states like Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Chattisgarh, Bihar, Orissa and Gujarat. She is instrumental in developing the early years curriculum of many premium schools. She has trained Principals not just from India but from Schools across the World. She has numerous inter-house, inter-school, inter-college and inter university championships to her credit in diverse co-curricular activities like debate, declamation, quizzing and dramatics. She has been keenly involved in curriculum development as well as incorporation of the best practices in education.
She is a recipient of the
1. ?Catalyst Award? for Excellence in Education
2. ?Inspiring Best Teacher Award? by University of Engineering and Management and Webcon, Government of West Bengal .
3. The prestigious Teachers Excellence Award by the Progressive Teacher Magazine, the foremost educational magazine in India and
4. The Excellence Award by Dwarka City for her work in community development.
Her dedicated efforts in the field of education are based on the belief that good education is accessible and affordable for all.
Principal, Maxfort School, Dwarka
Currently the CEO Infinity Hospitality Service, focusing on Tourism, Consultancy and Training. Has 25 Years of experience in the hospitality industry including all the key positions such as Sr. General Manager, General Manager, Corporate Sales & Marketing Manager, Banqueting Reservations and Front Office
Certified Independent Women Director, External Member of ICC of Muthoot Fin Corporation, Kochi, Chairperson ISTD
The Taj Group of Hotels, the Wonderla Group, Flora Airport Hotel and the Ramada Resort and Riviera Suites, are some of the business names she contributed to immensely, responsible for key areas as a business head responsible for profitability and customer delight of business in different areas.
The longest journey in the Hospitality and Tourism sector began when I joined Taj Group of hotels in 1989. Positions held as the Manager Banquets ? Conference Co-ordination and Sr. Sales Manager, in the 18 years that she spent with the Taj Group.
Smruti has been working in the genre of Corporate Communication for >8 years now (specialization:Green PR). Hailing from a background of English Literature-Mass Communication, MBA and PR, she has been imparting training sessions to the college students (including engineering, management/ IIM students) on various related topics. She has worked in New Delhi (which she describes as her Karmabhumi), Bhubaneswar (her native place) and now, settled in Guwahati. She has had an opportunity to work on some stories with an array of international and national media, including CNN-IBN, NDTV, Door Darshan, Al Jazeera English, Finland Times, etc. She is also a Climate leader (India), trained by Al Gore, former Vice President of US and a Nobel
Laureate, who is also the founder of The Climate Reality Project. She has been actively volunteering for various social & environmental causes, in association with different organizations, NGOs, clubs, individuals, etc. and has also been a part of several workshops on Energy Access, Biodiversity Analysis, Renewables, SDGs, and more. As a part of her volunteering activity, she has also mentored several school children, college students, and office goers on the allied issues. She was also one of the participating writers among many from all over the globe for ?Become a Negotiator Tracker at COP 22? Campaign (2016) -Makkarech. Among all her activities, she was also a part of the Climate Walk in New Delhi to showcase solidarity for COP 21. It was organized by Raahgiri (Action Aid) and The Climate Reality Project ?India. Now, she is volunteering for Walk for Water, a Hyderabad based NGO, as the State Campaign Head for Assam, to
promote various ways of conserving water and reduction of water wastage. Having the knack of branding, marketing communication strategies, in her DNA, she keeps herself upgraded and abreast with the happenings around the world, specifically related to the startup ecosystem, media, and news related to brands. Hence, she also works as a freelance Communication
Associate Editor, Young India & Director, ISAW
Associate Editor of Young India, the national news magazine. It covers a wide range of topics like politics, social, culture, arts, sports, films, fashion and entertainment.
Editor of Safari India, the leading business & leisure travel magazine. It covers Business and Leisure Travel, besides Hotels, Aviation, Travel Trade and Environment.
Author of India?s Most Powerful Women. This coffee table book features 51 women achievers from different walks of life. Inspirational stories of women who are truly empowered. It was an honour when President Pranab Mukherjee received the book at a high tea hosted by him at Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi at the time of release in India last year. The international release was done by Dr. Talib Rifai, Secretary General of United Nations WTO in Berlin on International Women?s Day. The book got rave reviews in the media both in India and abroad. Attached please find the cover of the book along with photos of President of India receiving the book at Rashtrapati Bhawan and Dr. Talib Rifai doing the international release in Berlin.
Founder, Rudra Communications
I have been involved in various things all my life ? I successfully run my company Rudra Communications for the past 22 years- since September 1996, without any family or financial backing from anywhere I have brought my company to be recognized as one of the top production houses- non channel ? in Delhi.
Deepa Rao Acharya
Author, Entrepreuneur, Lit Spirit
Deepa Rao Acharya is a writer and entrepreneur. She has donned various hats ? as a Times of India journalist, TV and Bollywood scriptwriter, short story writer and content creator. Her first book ? Lit Spirit ? came out recently and is in the spiritual fiction genre. Her event company Lit Spirit is tied up with her Foundation, which aims at bringing about social transformation through spiritual awareness. Its goal is to equip the younger generation with self transformative and coping mechanisms.
Founder & Director, Skillsgurucool
?Author of upcoming book-Shed Fears not Tears
?One of India?s Leading Learning and Development Specialist
?International Trainer & Key note Speaker
?Award Winning Entrepreneur in International Forums & Certified Mentor
?Expert Panelist on many News and Television Shows, Radio, Featured in numerous leading Print Media
?Behavioral scientist & Psychologist with technology edge,over 15 yrs of experience in Human
?Corporate Facilitator & NLP practitioner
?Certified Alternate healing practitioner, Kriya Yogi
?Advisor to Leading Universities
Corporate Trainer, Etiquette & Grooming
I am Vayjayanti Pugalia, a Corporate Trainer for Etiquette and Fine Dining.My brand of work Sonali?s Cubo does vivid soft skills/Culinary /Speech Therapy workbench for children and women. SONALIS CUBO I have been working very closely with children over the last 15 year.I believe discipline is what makes the ground for success.I am very proud to share that i have my own tower of accomplishment when it comes to teaching soft skills and etiquettes to children.I have been very fortunate to work with children from ace schools and institutions towards imparting manners and fine dining techniques to make them into finer human beings. Besides working with children i have been able to share my expertise with women and corporates ,guiding them through finesse and perfection related to fine dining/ networking strengths/fine dining etc. TABLE TAILOR As a Founder of TTT I emphasize on highlighting emotions on the table on festive occasions and more .I believe one tastes food with eyes then through the palette .Being a table stylist is my passion and my inclination towards ravishing food presentation. Brand Coordinator I am the Workshop and Guidance Coordinator for BOWTIE FORMALS, a brand of BOWTIE&CO. As A Philanthropist In the process of working with children what intrigued me was their innocence and the ability to receive knowledge and share gratitude. Hence Sonali?s Cubo came into working with philanthropic subjects with the motto being ?children for children?.Children unite to raise funds for the much deserving souls. I take keen interest in working with children for Community Service because i believe this will pave a way wholesome development of a family ,a community ,a nation. At Sonalis Cubo besides catering to life style based workshops i encourage children to serve for the society in their own small way. These young souls aged 3 onwards have executed many projects to support education to deserving children and also raised funds for food and other utilities.
Ex-President, FICCI Ladies Organisation
Usha Agarwala is an educationist and Ex-President of FICCI Ladies Organisation. She is actively engaged in the activities of the Sanathan Sangeet Sanskriti, an organisation that promotes ancient art and culture and We the Women, a endeavour for women empowerment through education. She is also involved with Aspirations India, a youth-oriented NGO.
CEO, Springboard by UpLearn
Savneet Bhasin is the co-Founder and CEO of ?Springboard by UpLearn?, a Valiant Group Venture. She believes that it?s important for children to upgrade their skills to excel in life and wants to provide the best in class enhancement programs for making this a reality. Her workshops were also featured in a leading newspaper, ?The Asian Age?. She also writes articles on children for a magazine named ?Bliss Equity?. She has recently been awarded ?WOW ? Women?s Excellence Awards 2017? in the category of ?Wow Entrepreneur- Learning and Development?.
Prior to Springboard, Savneet was the founder and CEO of corporate edge, a training and development company offering customized corporate programs that ran successfully from 2010-2013. She?s a passionate learning facilitator in experiential learning. She has done her ?Train the Trainer? program from ?Dale Carnegie?. Savneet understands the real need of the customers and has been appreciated for delivering on client expectations for over two decades. Alongside, Savneet has been mentoring school students for success in academics and in life. A graduate from Mumbai University, Savneet has also been an Abacus teacher. A mother of two, her hobbies include ethnic fashion design, cooking and meeting people.
Co-founder, ShikshaDaan Foundation
An alumnus of ISB, Hyderabad, Bindu, has a rich and diverse career spanning over 23+ years that has been about making a difference and getting people to exceed their potential. Bindu spent 11.5 years with Aon Hewitt till March 2015 and was the Service Delivery Leader, APAC region in her last role with them. In addition, Bindu led the corporate social responsibility for Aon in India under the banner of Aon Cares during her 11.5 years career with them. Bindu has extensive experience in leading large complex operations spread across several geographies, managing customer service organizations and leading change management initiatives. She has led a three part, three year transformational initiative called the ?Destiny? series in one of the business units in Aon, that led to outstanding business results. As a leader she has an abiding passion for leadership development and coaching. There are several senior leaders who have been coached by Bindu during her stints with Pizza Corner, Wipro Spectramind and Aon Hewitt. As a leadership coach she is coaching several senior leaders. Bindu did a three year stint as an entrepreneur early in her life, where she and her husband encountered severe losses. They struggled for many years as they repaid their dues. The event was a huge learning experience and made them realize the value of giving back and contributing to the community than just focusing on earning. As co-founder of ShikshaDaan Foundation along with her husband, she is currently on a multi year road trip titled ?ShikshaDaan Yatra? to every district of India. This Yatra has been undertaken to advocate giving for education and identifying partners for ShikshaDaan. Bindu?s Specialities : Leadership Coaching; CSR; Women empowerment
Mrs. Asia United Nations Elite 2018,
Hailing from Mumbai, India, Nisha Bhalla (popularly addressed as Eeshaa) is a holistic coach and consultant. She currently resides there with her 20 year old son. Her story began when her spiritual and devotional feelings flourished in the days of her girlhood, inducing an affinity towards meditation and intuition. She grew equanimous, insight ful and exuberant as she walked a rather unfrequented terrain for a young girl residing in Mumbai amid a family full of the who?s who of Bollywood. Her calling was to help people through philanthropy and guide them in the spiritual realm. She received the A ll Maharashtra Maheshwari Trophy from the hands of legendary actors Dilip Kumar and Rishi Kapoor at the age of 12 , for her work in aid of the NAB (National A ssociation f or the Blind) Foundation. She continued endeavouring to help those in need through her teens and obtained a bachelor?s degree in Mythology and History . It is then that she ventured into the holistic sciences and found t hat her prowess lay in them. She pursued several courses , practices and with all her learning and unlearning, started counselling and teaching. To succinctly summarise this phase in her words , she just became aware. She went on to start her ow n institute, ? Sai Institute of Kosmic Sciences?, to tutor or help those that sought them. With this vibrant force of dedication and love, she received numerous national level awards in this field over the years and has appeared on popular channels like Zee TV and Star Plus , exhibiting her craft in shows . She also won the title of Mrs . Asia United Nations Elite at the recently concluded Mrs. Asia UK pageant in London, on the 27th of January this year, and will be contesting for Mrs . United Nations 2018 in Jamaica this July. She?s here to infect her zest f or life into all who seek to live their lives to the fullest .
Shaheen Hussain Nongbri
Founder President, Char & Rural Development Society
Founder & President of char and rural development society (CARDS) which runs CARDS modern School, CARDS vocational training Centre, specially for women. CARDS has been associated with control arms foundation of India(CAFI)as a partner for the state of Assam . Working for the women in the conflict zone,helping them to sustain livelihood, she has been providing education to the under privileged children at Char area. She works on education and empowerment of women survivors of violence. She aims for empowerment of women through livelihood skill training such as vocational training in weaving. She is a well-known voice in the women rights movement ; her recent work gives emphasis to awareness programme on legal aspects as protection mechanism along with education, that being the most important in order to bring change in the society regarding the status of women. She was also awarded excellence in social service award 2016 by news 30 conclave. Recently she was invited as a speaker to represent Assam in the International Conference on Deepening Diversity,Women?s Rights And Democracy, along with speakers and delegates from UN,European Union and other countries.
Director & Programme Head, Kaushalya Foundation
Rekha Kumari, YALE GLOBAL SOCIAL ENTERPRENUERSHIP FELLOW and shaper & Ex-Curator at WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM-PATNA HUB, works closely on rural enterprise development, livelihood, and gender sensitive project implementation at grass root level in Bihar, India as well as to do policy advocacy through action research, workshops, and representation of voice of women on various platforms. She brings distinctive experience to her role as Director & Program Head at KAUSHALYA Foundation from her seven years of working after completing her MBA and sits on National Advisory Board of NGO Kasturi. She was an active member of Bihar Entrepreneur Association engaged in promoting entrepreneurs in Bihar to provided supportive ecosystem for them and member of Indian American Chamber of Commerce (IACC) Patna chapter. Through multipronged approach she has supported and empowered 8000+ women farmers in Bihar to promote rural enterprises, acquisition and strengthening of relevant skills and with enabling of resources required to lead a sustainable livelihood choice and live a dignified life with better social and financial status. She has played pivotal role to fight for women rights has voiced the need and wants of rural women at several forum including Indian Economic Summit 2014 and 2017 in New Delhi, Global Farmer Meet- 2014 held in Gurgaon, FICCI Global Summit on Agriculture in 2015, Star Forum, State Level Convention of women farmer for policy paper in Bihar, Bihar Entrepreneur Association-Gender Equality workshop and many such International, National , State and District level platform. She is a Master Trainer on ?Food and nutrition of women and child ?and a Certified trainer on ?combating violence against women and girl? from Ministry of women and child development (MWCD), Govt of India. For her contribution to address the challenges faced by women in Bihar she has been conferred with Women Bravery Award and was also featured in BEA exemplary entrepreneurship dairy. She advocates for gender equality & gender equity and sees great role of female sex in development of her state and world as well as to combat climate change. In her personal life, she is a simple person and values integrity. led by humanity and compassion, she believes to be fortunate to have opportunities in life and feel obliged to give back to her society and state where she believes more need to be done for women to achieve the state of equality and empowerment for holistic social and economic development.
Director, Sehgal Foundation
A management practitioner, CSR thought leader and development expert having worked on leadership roles with industry, development sector and United Nations in India and abroad, Aparna has been a UNDP International Technical Expert, UNDP Somalia, Kenya; UNDP India Country Specialist and UNDP India Consultant on Private Sector/Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR); Advisor, Corporate Communications, TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute) India, and CSR Programs Specialist, Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, UAE. Currently, she is Director, Partnerships and External Relations, Sehgal Foundation, Gurugram. In her career spanning several years, Aparna worked on specialized assignments with Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), IIT Delhi and Nestle India Ltd. She holds MBA degree and World Bank Institute, USA, Certificate in CSR and sustainable competitiveness. Aparna has several publications to her credit, including being an expert contributor author of two books on *World Guide to Sustainable Enterprise* and *World Guide to CSR*, published by Greenleaf Publishing, UK, in 2016, and 2010, respectively. She has been an invited speaker at many national and international conferences in CSR and development issues, and has been a Grand Jury Member of eNGO Challenge South Asia Awards 2014. Aparna is nominated as a Sustainability and Social Responsibility (SSR) International Fellow, UK, and an invited Honorary Life Member of All Ladies League
Founder Director, Kanchan Khatana & Associates
Advocate Kanchan Khatana holds a Graduate Degree in Economics from Punjab University, Graduate Degree in Law from Rajasthan University and a Master?s Degree in Business Administration with Honours in Human Resources Development from Punjab Technical University. She holds advance certifications on Project Management and Six Sigma from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT, Delhi) and is Certified Internal Auditor for ISO 27001 from British Standard Institute.She has completed Certificate Course in Cyber Laws and Intellectual Property Right from The Indian Law Institute
Ms. Khatana a seasoned Human Resources and legal professional. She carries over 18 years of extensive experience in steering matters across Employment Law, Corporate Law, Criminal Law, Regulatory Compliance, Mergers and Acquisitions, strategic alliances and joint ventures for many Multinational corporations across countries like India, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Australia, Philippines, Korea and Singapore.
Ms Kanchan Khatana is founder of one of India?s finest full-service law firm, Kanchan Khatana and Associates. Her Law firm is known for its in-depth research skills and strategic advice, coupled with prompt and effective turnaround. The mission of the firm is to make legal services efficient, effective, affordable and hassle free.
Ms Khatana is Vice Chair for Women Empowerment and Studies section of Indian National Bar Association.
She is a well-known Social Activist and has been working extensively in the field of Human rights, Prevention of Sexual Harassment at workplace, Women and Child Rights and welfare and various other victims of discrimination and injustice. She is on Advisory board of many NGO?s and industry Association.
Ms Khatana has led India?s largest survey for Indian National Bar Association on the topic of THE SEXUAL HARASSMENT OF WOMEN AT WORKPLACE (PREVENTION, PROHIBITION AND REDRESSAL). She further has delivered many awareness sessions across private and public-sector institutions, schools and colleges to create awareness on THE SEXUAL HARASSMENT OF WOMEN AT WORKPLACE (PREVENTION, PROHIBITION AND REDRESSAL) ACT, 2013. Thereby ensuring each and everyone is working to make our workplaces ?Free from Sexual Harassment?. Her Law firm provides Pro Bono Legal Services to victims of sexual harassment / assault, poor / underprivileged, Serving and Ex defence personnel.
Dr Gagandeep Kaur Gulati
Professor,Writer & Author
Dr. Gagandeep has converted her passion of teaching into a profession. She is a professor in the discipline of Commerce and Management. She loves to interact with the students, specially the youth. She feels that education is the most important weapon we can use to change the world. It creates greater opportunities to cultivate and encourage sustainable and viable economic growth.
Gagandeep was exceptional and achiever from the very beginning. She gathered a large number of degrees and is a source of inspiration for many who yearn to study but having the fear of failure in mind, leave their education midway. She has done M.Com, M.Edu, MBA and PhD. in Commerce and Management. She did this from the prestigious Punjab University, Chandigarh. She has also cleared UGC NET exam in Commerce. Her present profile includes teaching the Human Resource subjects to the students doing graduation/ post- graduation in commerce and management. Her favourite subjects include HRM, Organizational Behaviour, Values and Ethics in Business, Communication skills, Guidance and Counselling amongst many others. She gathered huge knowledge and still finds herself to be a learner. She is very passionate about teaching and sharing her knowledge with the students. She has vast 18 years of experience in both academics and corporate. She specializes in Human Resource Management and an expert in Guidance and counselling.
Dr. Meenakshi Mehta
Principal, Cosmos College Of Education
I (Dr. Meenakshi Mehta) hold administrator post in Teacher-Training Colleges/Composite Colleges, having Educational Qualifications M.Sc (Gold Medalist), M.Ed, M.Phill, Ph.D. (Zool), Ph.D. (Edu), MBA. I am a Chief Editor of National Journal ?COSMOS JOURNAL OF EDUCATION ?AAHANA? ?.I am also a visiting team member of NCTE. I have organized various seminars, workshops from time to time to make the students? problems related to daily life a bit easier. I have worked in various colleges over the time like RCCV Degree College, GZB. IPEM GZB, SIMS GZB, Janhit Group of Institutions,Ghaziabad. Currently, I am serving at Cosmos College of Education as a Principal-Director. I look forward to going on a journey with self-finance colleges & also having some strong networking with all colleges. My aim is to connect schools? management, Teaching staffs & local bodies with the aim of upliftment of girls. I would like to work further with Colleges where the tremendous need of introducing ?Empowering Women insight? is needed & to do whatever possible in rural areas & backward areas of my state as well my country through Teacher Education programs: involving the teacher educators & pupil teachers. My aim is to promote our PM?s agenda ?Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao?
Speaker, Entrepreneur, Coach
She is the founder of 7 Intelligence Pvt Ltd, Bangalore which was started half a decade ago. She is the youngest Indian to be conferred upon with Level IV certification along with many feathers to her cap. As a coach, she has helped hundreds of thousands of people with her expert teachings on business, money and relationships, making the experience exciting, intense and permanent, so people may live the Xtraordinary life. From being fired from her corporate job to being a successful Global Role model, Rohini teaches people all the secrets of leading a life which is wholesome, successful and meaningful.
Anuja Kapur is the famous Criminal Psychologist. She is a Delhi University Graduate and did her bachelor?s in psychology after that she joined Delhi Public School as a student counsellor. Later on, she got into the Criminal Psychology and did her Masters in same stream. The zeal to learn more led her into another course in Forensic Science from Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Science and University of Delhi under the guidance of Dr. Surinder Nath.
Almost all leading News Channels like CNN, Republic TV, Ibn7, BBC Hindi, AajTak, NDTV, ABP News, India News, News X, News Nation, Zee News etc invite her for her valuable inputs on various issues whether it is women empowerment, rape or any kind of violence in the society irrespective of gender or age.
Apart from News Channels she always gets place in various leading News papers like(The Times of India, Hindustan Times, The Hindu, Deccan Herald, India Today, The Pioneer, Punjab Kesari, Dainik Bhaskar etc), Magazines (like Greh Shobha, Greh Laxmi, Debut Life etc), News websites and actively followed by thousands of people on social media like Facebook, Twitter.
*MBA from XLRI,Jamshedpur
*GRADUATION: Economics & Political Science ,S.D.College Shimla
*SELF REALISATION FELLOWSHIP: Five year Study Course of ?Self- Realisation-Fellowship?, an Organisation founded by Yogananda Parmahansa Study aimed at ?Inner Evolvement? through relevant knowledge and Techniques For Practice. (It can be termed as Art & Science of living a Useful, Peaceful And Happy Life ) Was initiated to their advanced Technique : ?Kriya Yoga? in 1990.
(Learnt French , Japanese and Arabic . not very proficient at present ) Indian languages spoken : Hindi, Bengali, Punjabi, learning Kannada,
*One Week Workshop on ?KATHAK? with Birju Maharaj
Work Experience :
* 20 + years in Management positions in various organisations both in India and overseas :
*Academic Institution, as Managing Editor of Institute?s official Management journal ;?Management and Labour Studies?
*Developed Case Studies for Class room teaching from real life labour problems In Industry in and around Jamshedpur.
*In Industry in kolkatta and Chennai :
AstroTarotloger, Energy Healer?
Nandita Pandey is an internationally acclaimed Television and Media personality known for her expertise in various modalities of metaphysical world. She is an AstroTarotloger, Energy Healer, Past Life Regression Therapist, Spiritual Guide, Life Coach and much more?
With an exceptional accuracy rate of 99%, she is rated as the topmost AstroTarotloger amongst her contemporaries in India and all across the Globe.
Her international presence has been felt in Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), Australia, Discovery, ITV, New York, Hum Hindustani Newspaper, USA etc? Apart from this she is a columnist in various lifestyle magazines and news prints and is also a resident AstroTarotloger(columnist) for the Times of India Group since last 13 years.
She has to her credit various dedicated regular TV shows that ran for couple of years or more in Indian News Channels. ?Date with Tarot? a daily show ran for 8 long years in continuity. At present she is on the panel of Astro experts amongst all the top news channels of India.
She has been conferred with the prestigious Suryadatta National Award in 2012 for her pioneering work in Astrology and related sciences.
A spiritually gifted Soul and a natural mystic, her motto is to transform lives of people from distress to de-stress state, transforming them from low life condition to a high life condition.
Director at CognIQ Excellence
Surabhi Sahai, a native of India, is the Founder Director of CognIQ Excellence, Pune. She has done her masters in technology having specialization in mobile communication and Neuroscience & has published papers in National and International conferences and journals on the same.
A successful woman entrepreneur with deep interest in Brighter Minds ? neuroscience based cognitive development intervention- her organization CognIQ Excellence she helped aid the holistic development of numerous children from all strata society.
She has been a speaker and presenter in various forums across the country on the topics of importance of cognitive skills in children and on understanding the brain science.
As a certified Heartfulness and Meditation facilitator, Surabhi has visited various corporate establishments to introduce Heartfulness meditation and its benefits to the employees.
Former State Programme Director
She was recognized among top fifty leaders redefining education in 2008 by Education World. Her contribution to education of adolescent girls has been recognized by National and International Organizations.
She was State Project Director Mahila Samakhya Uttar Pradesh GOI, one of worlds? most successful and largest programme of women empowerment. She worked as Deputy Lead Operations Director India School Leadership Programme of UK India Educational Research Initiative GOI. She was a member of National Curriculum Framework 2005, has been a member of various programme and Steering Committees of GOI, also a member of Steering Group on Harvard Gender Violence Project on Adolescent Education, Harvard University.
She has more than twenty-five years of experience in the field of education, gender and development. Her contributions in establishment of residential schools for girls (KGBV) from social and economically backward sections and work for denotified tribes, rehabilitation of trafficked children are noteworthy.
Dr. Rajee. N. Kumar
Principal, N.K. Bagrodia Public School
Dr. Rajee N.Kumar, an innovative educationist with over 33 years of experience in the field has brought a paradigm shift on how education needs to be imparted to young students, owing to her clear understanding of the needs of the growing children. She is the founder Principal of N.K.Bagrodia Public School, Sector-4, Dwarka, New Delhi. In the year 2015 the School Average at CBSE class XII 2015 is 86.8% and 52.3% students scored 90% and above. In the year 2016 the School Average at CBSE class XII 2016 is 85.79% and 50% students scored 90% and above. In the year 2017 the School Average at CBSE Class XII 2017 was 82.7% and 39% students scored 90% and above. The school stands among the Top-10 Schools of Delhi & NCR as per TOI. She is the also the Manager of N.K.Bagrodia Global School, Sector-17, Dwarka. She has been instrumental in developing, organizing, conducting training programmes and seminars for students and teachers and actively disseminating her experiences and learnings. She is a doctorate in Botany specialized in Microbial Biotechnology and alumni and a Gold Medalist in M.Phil of Delhi University and an academician par excellence with more than 11 years of research experience with 30 publications in National and International journals to her credit. Her affable personality makes her endearing to students, faculty members and parents. Easy accessibility, an open door policy helps her to function in a democratic way. Under her stewardship, the school has won various Zonal, State and National level competitions. An educationist par excellence, she has contributed immensely in the personal and professional growth of the faculty members. Leads from the front, instrumental in spreading cheer among the less privileged. An able administrator, quintessentially workaholic lady, continuously motivates, encourages and counsels students to lead a healthy and virtuous life. She has explored curriculum and pedagogy through educational Exchange Programmes with European countries like France and Denmark. She has also attended a programme on Strategic Leadership at IIM, Calcutta. She played a key role in the school?s mission to enhance academic level of students for the past 14 years and the school was awarded International School Award 2012-15 under her able leadership and re-accredited from 2015-2018 by the British Council. She was also awarded Certificate of Felicitation and Bharat Excellence Award from Friendship Forum of India. She has also been applauded with Appreciation certificate from Manav Kalyan Yog Va Prakritik Chikitsa Avam Shiksha Sansthan for her outstanding contributions in the field of education. She was also awarded ?National Award for Excellence in School Education? from the Global Open University, Nagaland and National Award for Spiritual Education from 2011 World Spiritual Parliament. She was invited to present a paper in the EDUCARNIVAL-6th International Conference held between 26th ? 30th December 2014 at IIT, Delhi on the theme : High Achieving Schools on the topic : ?Attitude in life determines altitudes in life
Yoon Kyung (Ellen) Cho
Vice President Marketing at BIOAYURVEDA
Proactive initiator who love to venture out ? Still believe in ?good things happen to good doers.? Be conscious and do good to other creatures on earth whenever possible ? Have experienced that teamwork is the only way to have a successful career and no good teamwork is possible without effective communication skills and understanding of human behaviors. ? Believe in the power of details ? Follower of positive energy rules and practice Yoga and meditation every morning
Dr. Meenakshi Jain
Senior Consultant & Head Internal Medicine and Diabetes
A woman of impact: A physician leader, Dr. Meenakshi Jain, MBBS, MD (Internal Medicine) is the Senior Consultant and Head Internal Medicine and Diabetes at Max Healthcare. She is also Medical Advisor to Max Hospitals and Secretary of the Association of Physicians of India (Noida chapter). From obtaining leadership position in academic medicine to ethical, empathetic and successful medical practitioner, Dr. Meenakshi Jain has given a new definition of women physician?s role in today?s society. She did her MBBS and MD from prestigious Maulana Azad Medical College, and received various national and international awards and recognition. Since then she has been associated with Max Healthcare and her own venture Dr. Meenakshi?s Wellness Clinic. Concerned about rising incidence of diabetes in Urban India and particularly in young pregnant mother, she has taken initiative of research and studies in this field. She has organized various conference and public lectures to increase awareness about Gestational Diabetes and to reduce this epidemic in future generation. Keeping herself updated with latest in fields of medicine and diabetes, she is a women of knowledge and wisdom. There is no better time than now for women to rise up and lead as doctors,for they have an inbult healing touch and leadership qualities in their second X chromosome.
Dr. Preeta Kamboj
State President, Lions Club
State President Lions Club. A highly dexterous, empathetic, successful entrepreneur and solution-oriented professional dedicated to providing exceptional care and implementing cost-effective treatments. Demonstrated track records of success in academics as well as working with diverse clients. Effective motivator and communicator with the inherent ability to manage giving solutions for skin, hair and weight loss by proactively resolving issues and achieving challenging goals and objectives. Being a homeopathic practitioner developed innate ability to establish rapport quickly, build trust, interact with individuals on all levels. Superior leadership skills are proven in successful staff development and group facilitation. Strong interpersonal, organizational, leadership, and analytical skills.
Managing Partner, Astute Law
With 10+ years of experience in Litigation, Corporate and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR). Am practicing as a neutral, mediator, arbitrator, litigator, advocate, lecturer, trainer and problem solver. Participated in many conflict resolution process to reach optimally achievable results. Have gained prior experience at large, national, international law firms, including renowned firms such as Martin F. McMahon & Associates based at Washington DC, USA which is the first law firm to file a criminal case against the Government of Syria in USA, has also worked with Barkats & Associates based in Washington DC, USA and lastly was associated with LawQuest as a Partner and headed IP Department. Currently, I am also visiting faculty at K.C. Law College and Mumbai University schooling IPR and Criminology. I am also the Executive Director of Global Vision India Foundation, a NGO that?s works towards providing excellence in legal education and holds the position as of counsel for ITAG, a Knowledge Process Outsourcing (KPO) firm. I am also in charge of the IPR cell of Mumbai University.?Member of the regulatory bodies?Core Committee ? IP Policy Karnataka Government.?Managing Committe ? Parliamentary Bill Observers Committee.?Director ( Western Region) ? Indian National Bar Association.?Am actively involved in formulating the IP Policy for the Karnataka Government. Am also a member of the Managing committee for the ?Parliamentary Bill Observers Committee. Also holds the position as Director, western Region in National Bar Association. ?Pro Bono services?Being committed to serving society, I am also involved with the crime enforcement department of Mumbai Police for their Anti drug and cyber crime initiatives, and provides pro bono services to several charitable institutes like SAALT (South Asian Americans Leading Together), DrishtiPath, an NGO for the upliftment of Bangladeshi Immigrants in USA
Senior Communications & Branding Professional
Communications professional, with 17 years of diverse Corporate experience in communication strategy and tactical implementation of integrated Corporate and Market Communications programs, Public Relations, Branding& Reputation, internal- External communications, Digital, CSR, Governance, Change and events in the field of engineering, manufacturing and service industries like hospitality and media. Currently leading South Asia Region team & Co-ordinating for Middle East & Africa and also member of diverse global team in a leading Swedish Multi National Engineering Group. International advance Management Program from Stockholm School of Economics & Fuqua School of business, Duke University with Post Graduation in PR& Advertising . Digital Marketing from DMI, Ireland. Communications guest lecturer in Pune University and Management Institute in Pune.
Founder, Evoke Inspiring Lives
Sarita Chauhan is a business transformation expert & coach known for her exemplary contribution in Start to Scale and small to big Success journey of her clients and individuals (benefitted from her business consulting and training).
In a small span as a full time professional Business Coach, she has impacted and transformed more than 10,000 entrepreneurs and many small /medium sized businesses. Her clients include Business Owners, Self Employed, Corporates, professionals and driven individuals who want to make it BIG in life. Sarita is a ted speaker, mentor on startup platforms like INVENT (IIT-K social startups), Sheroes, Cherie Blair foundation. She was featured in Zee Business show ?The Big Business Ideas? as a successful women entrepreneur and has been in news for many initiatives she has taken in past. She has been felicitated twice for her contribution in the field of business training and social entrepreneurship. She has 10 national and international Publications and keeps writing articles and books to help
aspiring entrepreneurs. She has unique art of sculpting entrepreneurial mindset, pushing people to be more focused and driven, designing business strategies that work 100% every time and driving businesses towards profitability. Her 15 years of enriched corporate experience in Corporate Strategy, Project Management, Infrastructure Financing, Research and Policy advocacy with organization such as CII, FICCI, NIESBUD, NYCS and Srei has been foundation of her successful journey as a coach and business woman.
She holds Business Economics from Delhi University with specialization in Econometrics. She is a Certified Master Trainer from International Finance Corporation (IFC, World Bank) and has many other accreditations to her credit. She is now based in Delhi and travels the world for her events and programs.
Founder & CEO, Nature Organic
It isn?t everyday that life gives you a chance to rediscover yourself. Sonia Sharma?s career decisions, and her professional success is exactly what one would cite while trying to inspire somebody into taking up the tedious career of a Chartered Accountant! Great education, smart career choices, and professional experiences across the Globe, would make everybody look up inenvy. Then why, one may ask, did she choose to give it all up, and turn towards organic farming? ?I want to bring about a social change by supporting livelihoods and empowering farmers through fair trade and switching to sustainable traditional Indian farming practices,? says Sonia Sharma, Nature Organic Founder and CEO, on her inspiration to start a range of Organic staples and Superfoods from India. Passion, that stemmed from the pain of seeing farmers in India resort to suicide, set Sharma on a quest for answers that led her to dig deep into Farming, Food as Medicine, Ayurveda, and Nutrition, while unraveling the marvels of nature in India-right from the Himalayas, to the lush forests of Wayanad, Kerala. It brought her closer to nature, and formed a solid base for her true calling-Nature Organic.
Anju Arun Matta
Director, American Express India Pvt Ltd
A Professional Working Women, presently working as Director in a Fortune 100 company with 24 Years of Diverse and rich experience in Financial Shared Services & in Indian Public sector. She is a strong professional whose mission is to coach & mentor Talent to create the leadership pipeline. She has been involved in various strategies including Merger & Acquisitions, Technology transformations & setting up ?Centre of Excellence? to build efficiencies & control in the business situations. She is extremely passionate for women empowerment and leads a small initiative for girl child ?Pahchaan? i.e. Identity. She is admired as an inspiring & approachable leader within & across organizations. She is associated with Various NGOs i.e. All Ladies League as Delhi NCR Chapter lead of Mentoring & Coaching chapter & Volunteer for Drug Free World initiative.
Anchor & Celibrity show host on DDNATIONAL & DDNEWS
A familiar face on TV, Nidhi Kumar, a news anchor with nearly twelve years of experience in television anchoring, reporting and writing columns. She has reported extensively on a wide range of key political, economic, and social stories from the Indian subcontinent. From being an News Bulletin reader to hosting celebrity chat show ? Aaj Savere, Nidhi is known for her distinctive voice and style of conversation which has brought style and glamour to the programme. She has a great fan following across Social Media channels which is testimony of her popularity as well as TRP of the show. To name a few, Nidhi Kumar has had conversations with legendary Yoga guru Baba Ramdev, Bollywood legend Tom Alter, Ace photographer Raghu Rai, Acclaimed author Amish Tripathi, Army chief General Bipin Rawat .Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa and air chief Entrepreneur Deep Kalra among others.
Nidhi stands for many social causes and has actively engaged with and contributed to organizations like CRY, Cambridge Group of Institutions, National Association of Social Workers, Northwest Association of Social Workers, National Environmental Education and Training Foundation, SWAR Saraswati Foundation and India Sanskriti Gram Nidhi earned her M.A in English and Bachelor in Education from Lucknow University. A Master degree in Social Work from Sridhar University. She has Diploma in management from DSSC Wellington and Diploma in Mass Communication & Electronic Journalism from Lucknow University
Founder & CEO, meetingsandoffices.com
meetingsandoffices.com is a DIPP accredited startup and a winner of the NASSCOM Product Conclave 2017, Live Funding event. The company is founded and managed hands on by Meenal Sinha, herself an ?Exceptional Woman of Excellence? awardee by the Women?s Economic Forum. meetingsandoffices.com is India?s premier aggregator of coworking and other shared workspaces with presence across 18 Indian cities offering more than a lakh seats nationally.
Meenal started off in the shared workspace industry by building Servcorp ? one of India?s earliest shared space offerings ? into a profitable entity for K. Raheja Corp. She has subsequently also consulted extensively on the creation of conventional shared workspaces and the new age co-work spaces.
In a career spanning twenty-two years; the first decade in marketing and brand communications and the next in the commercial real estate niche of shared workspaces, Meenal has had the opportunity to get up close with all kinds of business entities, corporate, multinational, institutional, governmental and the ones she loves the most ? start ups and small businesses.
Founder & CEO, Ocim Healthcare
Dr. Anshu Agarwal is the founder of Ocim Healthcare which has recently launched CallmyDoctorAnytime ? a tele-healthcare platform which links the common man to registered doctors, for instant live consultations. An alumnus of IIT Kanpur, Dr. Agarwal received her PhD in Biochemistry from The Ohio State University in 1996, after which she worked at P&G Pharmaceuticals and University of Connecticut Health Center as a research scientist. She moved to India with her family in 2004 and has since been a consultant in various healthcare related organizations.
Dr. Agarwal started CallmyDoctorAnytime in 2016 in response to a dearth of accessible healthcare for daily and lifestyle ailments. Through this venture, she hopes to provide affordable, timely, reliable healthcare to bridge the gap between patients and doctors.
Dr. Anjali Hooda Sangwan
Dr. Anjali Hooda Sangwan is a renowned Bariatrician in Suraj Kund, Faridabad. Doctor has been successful Bariatrician for the last 21 years. Doctor has completed MBBS, MD ? Internal Medicine . You can meet Dr. Anjali Hooda Sangwan personally at Center For Obesity And Longevity in Suraj Kund, Faridabad. Save your time and book an appointment online with Dr. Anjali Hooda Sangwan on Lybrate.com. Lybrate.com has an excellent community of Bariatricians in India. You will find Bariatricians with more than 35 years of experience on Lybrate.com. Find the best Bariatricians online in Faridabad. View the profile of medical specialists and their reviews from other patients to make an informed decision.
iMithila is a social enterprise engaged in promoting hand painted Indian crafts and Handloom products. Started in the year 2016 by Ruchi Jha, an investment banker turned entrepreneur, iMithila is a part of the Government initiated Startup India program and is associated with Startup Bihar program as well. It is also a part of the launchpad program by Amazon and has been awarded a SuperStartup by the prestigious SuperBrand for the current year. iMithila was selected to be a part of the International Trade Fair 2017 under the Startup India Pavilion. Also, Ruchi Jha was among the chosen few to be a part of the prestigious GES2017. Ruchi Jha, holds an MBA degree in Finance and has close to 6 years of corporate experience with companies like HDFC Bank, TCS etc. iMithila is India?s fastest growing brand in Madhubani Painting Product Category. Madhubani Painting, also known as Mithila Painting, is among the oldest art forms of the world. We have worked towards expanding these painting designs from traditional mural form to newer, more widely used modern products like wall clocks in home decor to Sarees and Stoles in the apparel category. We have been striving to find a relevant application of Indian art forms in modern products for everyday use. In the process, we ended up creating a totally unique brand that has several takers who appreciate the craftsmanship. This is helping us create social impact in multiple ways as mentioned below. Firstly, we are helping create an environment of entrepreneurship and modernization in Class B and C cities of Bihar through establishing our contract manufacturing partners. Beside helping them financially, we work towards exposing them to the best manufacturing process and machines. Like our partners now manufacture bags and Kurtis in fully automated factories. These factories didn?t exist before. Hence iMithila & Madhubani painting is helping in Industrialization in a small yet unique manner. We ourselves are working towards establishing a clock Manufacturing unit at Darbhanga. This will be the only place in East India beside Kolkata where such factory will be operational in near future. This is helping us create jobs in different skill sets. It is a big boost to the economy of small towns. Secondly, we are helping the bottom of the pyramid artists find new ways of selling their art by expanding this Folk Art into modern d?cor and fashion products. Our customers are typically top of the pyramid. iMithila acts as the bridge between these artisans who are creating masterpieces and the art loving customers who are looking for authentic folk art based products. This helps them earn more as painting market in itself is not very easy to generate revenue. For us, this journey will be successful if we are able to create an entrepreneurial environment of small scale industrialization and job creation in our locations/ region of operation. This is the social impact we intend to make.
Dr. Kuiljeit Uppaal
Image Scientist & CEO, Krea
Dr. Kuiljeit Uppaal has been awarded with esteemed Inspirational Polymath Award? being an Image Scientist, a Pilot, a CEO and Entrepreneur, Creative Director, an Author and an Educationist amongst other hats that she wears. Dr. Kuiljeit Uppaal is an ?Asia Book of Records?, ?World Records India?, ?Bharat Book of World Records? and ?India Book of Records? holder for being the First Image Scientist in the World! She has been bestowed with the ?World Innovation Congress Award ? Hall of Fame Honour? 2019 and the ?Innovative Education Leadership Award ? Excellence in Social Innovation & Global Impact? 2019?. She has also been conferred with the esteemed honour of ?The Pride of Maharashtra?. She is also the ALL India Chairperson for Image Management.
Armed with a PhD in Image Management, three Masters Degrees in diverse areas and several other contrasting certifications to her credit, she has nearly three decades of work experience exploring a diverse career path in Aviation Education, Image Management, Information Technology, Advertising and Media. She is an expert on Persona & Image Management, Strategic Self Management, Corporate & Soft Skills, Psychometrics, NLP, Communication Skills, Personality Development, Aviation and Customer Service.
Dr. Kuiljeit Uppaal has been felicitated with many prestigious awards and accolades. She has been honoured at the prestigious World Education Awards 2018 with ?Inspirational Educator Award for Innovation?. She has also been bestowed with the ?National Award for Innovative Concept? 2018, ?Naari Udyamita Puraskar? 2018 by the MSME Ministry & WES, ?Exceptional Woman of Excellence? at the Global Women Economic Forum 2018, ?Global Iconic Woman Leader Creating a Better World? Award at WEF 2016, and ?Woman of Substance 2017? Award. She was also awarded the ?Inorbit Woman Achiever Award of Inspiration 2016? for inspiring and making a positive difference to women and the youth of the nation. She has been awarded the Crest of Honour ?Pride 2013? by BVU and IMED for invaluable contribution to the Indian economy. She has also been awarded ?Women Achiever Award 2012? for enterprise and remarkable performance in the world of education, by the JSPM Group of Institutes.
Being well versed with the ISO Standards, she has devised comprehensive Quality Management System integral to work structures at all levels for enhanced output and easy monitoring of projects underway in line with the Quality Policy of the companies she has been associated with. She is a Certified BAT 9 Interpreter and Associate Partner of Oscar Murphy International in Psychometrics; a certified NLP practitioner by ANLP UK; a Mind Mapping expert who has been helping individuals and organisations with enhancement of their human capital.
Dr. Manisha Anwekar
Founder & CEO, Spiritual Konnect
Dr. Manisha Anwekar, Founder &CEO of Spiritual Konnect is a Spiritual Mentor. She started meditating at the age of five, began teaching meditation at the age of 10 and Metaphysical Parenting at the age of 20. She has a clientele of over 20,000 across the globe. She is a Certified Spiritual Counsellor, Metaphysical Hypnotist, Spiritual Teacher, Author and a renowned speaker at national and international seminars/ forums. Recently she has been awarded with the prestigious ?Woman of Excellence? award for her contribution in the field of spiritual education. Apart from graduating in Science (Zoology) and pursuing MBA in Finance, she has earned her Bachelor?s, Master?s and Doctoral Degrees in Metaphysical Science; (summa cum laude) fromFlorida, USA. She also holds an advanced post-graduate diploma in Vedic Astrology. She also holds a certificate in training in Essential Oils, Perfumery and Aromatherapy. She is a member of many prestigious organisations from India, US and Australia. She is also an active Rotarian, and is engaged in various community projects through Rotary International also. She resides in Mumbai with her husband and two beautiful daughters
Global Head, Personal Excellence & Organisational Transformation, TCS
Nidhi is a firm believer in human potential and its ability to drive world changing & game changing transformations in world economics, industries, and business. With 18 years in business of which 14 years were spent in Business Development, Sales and Consulting, Large Deals and Innovation across fortune 500 companies, Nidhi, an INSEAD Alumnus, moved to People Transformation for the last 3 years. With the intent of strengthening the foundations on which the next era of mindful business and human capital transformations can be best launched, Nidhi is working with one of the best organisations in social responsibility and one of the biggest organisations in the Indian Corporate world to enable that. Nidhi was recently awarded 30 World Changing Women in Conscious Business
Educationists, Corporate Trainer, Ratna Sagar P. Ltd
Ms. Dhanya Bhaskaran has been actively engaged in the field of teacher empowerment and corporate training for the past 15 years. Ms. Bhaskaran is specialised in English Language Teaching, Language Skills Development, Business Skills Development, Soft Skills Development, Teacher Empowerment, KG Teacher empowerment and Story-Telling. She is currently working in Ratnasagar P Ltd. as Sr. Marketing Editor (Kerala Region). She was associated with eminent MNCs and NGOs such as TCS (Tata Consultancy Services), APF (Azim Premji Foundation), RELO (Regional English Language Office, under American Embassy), Orient Blackswan Pvt. Ltd Ratnasagar P Ltd. and ELTIF (English Language Teachers? Interaction Forum). She has membership in professional forums such as KMA, IABS, ELTIF and ELTAI. She is the recipient of ?Exceptional Women of Excellence Award? by Women Economic Forum (2018).
Ms. Bhaskaran has rendered her service to Gulbargha University (Faculty, Dept. of English), SRM Sivaji Ganesan Film Institute, and PMR Engineering College. During her career she has been engaged with learners from various walks of life including IT professionals, officials of Education Department from various South Indian states, school- college teachers, students from professional colleges, Arts and Science colleges and schools and teachers and students of pre-schools and kindergarten. She has also supported several NGOs in their empowerment programmes in various parts of the country. Ms. Bhaskaran has presented research papers on ELT, ESL Education, Rural ESL Teacher Education, General Education- Pedagogy and Methodology and Rural Teacher Empowerment in various International and National seminars and conferences. She has also published research articles in eminent international journals such Asian EFL Journal, RIE Journal and ELTAI Journal.
Ms. Bhaskaran has edited series of academic course books for KG sections. She supports schools in curriculum planning, academic course designing, syllabus selection, course designing, school/ class management plan designing and execution and evaluation planning and execution. She also supports the schools in designing and implementing school development plan to meet the future developmental needs of the school.
Fauzia Arshi is Film Producer
CEO, 1702 Digital
Aanchal runs 1702 Digital?one of the fastest growing marketing and business consultancies in India. She?s recognized as one of the youngest, sharpest, and most diversified domain experienced women in the country. Aanchal majored in English Literature and is a gold medalist from Delhi University. She dabbled with journalism, went onto to read Law, and then worked in investment banking. She then moved to Marketing and Performance Analytics and has been helping businesses and startups pivot across verticals. She works across niches like Edutech, FMCG, BFSI, Fintech, Law, Literary Publishing and E-commerce. She is a public speaker, brand planner, and human capital catalyst. She regularly contributes to platforms like Huffington Post, Your Story and India Today. She aspires to remove the farce from digital marketing industry, revive businesses, and show how holistic marketing consultancy can add to business growth.
Aditi Chadha is passionate about building technology that can create positive impact in people?s lives and the environment. She is the Founder and Chief Product Officer at DAZL, which builds connected devices (IOT) for the safety of women. DAZL builds confidence and fearlessness in women. It educates, detects, communicates, documents and deters attacks on women. It is a tiny and discrete connected device based on proprietary technology that allows individuals to trigger an SOS and send their location to their family at the press of a button, so they can get them the help they need. You can also opt to sound a loud alarm to diffuse an uncomfortable situation. DAZL has been seeded by Vodafone and the Government of India, and in 2017 participated in the globally number 1 ranked hardware accelerator, HAX, out of San Francisco, and raised investment from SOS Ventures, the largest VC in the technology hardware space, based out of Europe. In 2017, Aditi also won a merit scholarship from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for their Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp and was sponsored by the Westerwelle Foundation for the Young Founders Program in Berlin. Aditi delivered a TEDx talk in January 2018, where she shared her Untold Chronicles while building DAZL from the ground up. Link here ? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7PmRktLj4w. In May 2018, Aditi is being sponsored by the UNDP and Financial Times to share her experience building technology for social impact in Hong Kong. Aditi spent more than a decade in the U.S., most recently in the Silicon Valley, where she was licensed as a Certified Public Accountant and worked in Mergers and Acquisitions Advisory (TAS) and financial audits covering technology / semiconductor companies for companies such as Deloitte and Grant Thornton. The skills Aditi developed through this work enabled her to analyze opportunities at DAZL, manage margins, and convince reputed technical advisors and contract manufacturers to work with her as well as lead an interdisciplinary, cross border team across embedded hardware, software & design. In order to build out the supply chain at DAZL, Aditi traveled to Shenzhen and Malaysia to interview contract manufacturers, assess their infrastructure and capabilities, delivery track records, and arrive at the most optimal best bill of material quotations. In her free time, Aditi loves to play with her dog Badshah and spend time with her grandparents.
Young entrepreneur & Social activist
Namrata is a young entrepreneur, Social activist, and TV panelist on national news channel. MBA in Marketing from IBS and a graduate from Hindu College. Namrata is a passionate worker for Race and Equality for all. She has an undying urge to uplift the women population and constantly connect with women at all levels to educate them regarding their rights and encourage them to stand for themselves.
Director of Strategic Printing Solution Pvt LTD , India.
Director at Stratojet USA ? North America
Director at Strategic Designs UK , London
Managing Partner at Strategic Designs India
The Strategic Group of Companies provide solutions for various Printing and Media requirements for the Corporate Advertising. Namrata has 15+ years of experience and leads a team of 500+ employees globally.
Director, Noorul Islam Educational Trust
Noorul Islam Educational Trust is reputed for its commitment to the cause of higher education. Janab. Dr.A.P.Majeed Khan, the well known Philanthropist, is the Founder Chairman of the Trust. The Trust has to its credit certain popular technical and Educational Institutions, namely, the well-known, Noorul Islam University at Kumaracoil, Noorul Islam Polytechnic College at Punkarai, Noorul Islam Community College at Kumaracoil, Noorul Islam Multispeciality Hospital (NIMS) at Neyyantinkara and Noorul Islam Dental College.
Marketing Director, Da Milano Leathers Pvt. Ltd
Shivani Malik, Director, Da Milano hails from a background with rich international exposure and diverse experiences. With a keen eye to detail and precision, Shivani entered the business back in 2007 when Da Milano had only two stores. Soon she took up the challenge of expanding the brand across horizons and successfully managed to achieve unprecedented success.
Reckoned as a fast moving bridge-to-luxury brand, Da Milano today has over 58 stores and eyes for augmenting its customer reach by marking global footprints at important locales and capitals internationally. A trendsetter in many ways, Da Milano?s innovative and discreet fashion aesthetics has won many fans over the years.
With an educational career dotted in the international cityscapes, Ms. Malik having won many laurels, is an Economics honors graduate from the prestigious University of Delhi and further procured a specialization in Economics and Finance from Warwick Business School, United Kingdom.
A ?go to? woman for all things luxe, Shivani?s passion and flair in marketing and communication constantly spurs her to come up with fresh perspectives and new ideas to keep up with current trends and appease the discerning clientele. Her creativity and conviction contributes in creating Da Milano as a distinguished brand and reinventing the very notion of affordable luxury in India.
Intrinsically a Delhiite, Shivani is a proud mother of two and loves to travel and take some time off with her family and friends. When not at work, she devotes all her time to her kids ? Samridh, 4 years and Samaira, 1 year old.
Founder, Aambra Foundation
Vinita is an alumnus of Delhi School of Economics, an author and a social entrepreneur.
She has founded a non-profit organization- Aambra Foundation, with a vision towards women empowerment. Her focus Project She Speaks, is a triannual seminar series that highlight issues faced by the contemporary South Asian women. She is also the founder of Aambrotsave, a festival dedicated to literature, art & craft, instrumental & performing arts.
Vinita has a passion for literature and writes fiction and non-fiction, bilingually. She released her debut work of fiction, 31 Miles in Jaipur Literature Festival 2017. The book has been widely covered and reviewed by national and international media -ITV New York, Huffington Post, DD National, The Hindustan Times, The Hindu, The Pioneer, The Statesman, The Tribune, The Asian Age, The Millennium Post, Savvy and many other big and small publications.
Website: www.vinitabakshi.com / www.shespeaks.co.in
Dr. Ragini Agrawal
WOMEN HEALTH CONSULTANTS, W Pratiksha Hospital
Dr. Ragini Agrawal is WOMEN HEALTH CONSULTANTS, W Pratiksha Hospital
Head of Search, Global Financial & Consumer Markets
Konika is the Head of Search for Financial & Consumer Markets for Korn Ferry Futurestep in India. She is responsible for developing and growing these search practices through client acquisition, engagement and delivery. In her current role she leads the Search Business for Leadership and Mid level hires. Given her past experience as a Business and HR leader and her strong credentials in Leadership placements she comes with a keen business acumen and understanding of the search verticals she leads. She is managing a portfolio of premium clients across various sub sectors like Banking, Insurance, NBFCs, Ratings and Payment under the Financial Services domain and in FMCG, Media, Education, Telecom and the Development sector under the Consumer markets practice. Konika has been instrumental in establishing the leadership teams in some of leading organizations in the country. Konika has over 14 years of accomplished experience in the field of Talent Acquisition across all levels in different sectors. Prior to this she has extensive experience with leading Organizations like ICICI Prudential, American Express, GE and Bharti Airtel Ltd in the domains of Talent Acquisition, Sales , Generalist and HR Transformation roles. Konika has managed 500+ roles spread across various functions like Finance, Sales, Operations, Support and IT with Futurestep. She has provided support to some of our key clients in market intelligence and mapping to support new/niche and first time hires in India and successfully supported recruitment for mid and senior level searches in multiple locations such as: NCR, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai ,Mumbai & Pune. She has also led several HR Transformation Projects from the perspective of Talent acquisition , Organization Structure and Design. She has also spearheaded RPO transformation projects at a Global level with leading MNCs in the past. Konika is a Post Graduate in Management from TVU ( London) and also holds a Certification in Strategic Human Resource Management from IIM Ahmedabad
Dr. Nidhi Navander
Dr Nidhi Navander has been practicing as a consultant psychologist and counselor in Aurangabad, India since 13 years. She has been the first one to start with Parenting Workshops in her city. She is the Head of Department of the Child Development Centre at JIIUS Medical College & Research Centre since 4 Years. Along with her academic precision in child development she has also done Masters in developmental psychology from Nagpur. A hard for believer in being a learner through out life, she did not stop even after her marriage. She completed her NET AND SET exams in Child development and did her PhD in Parenting and Adolescent psychology. Doing an emmense research on more than 2,400 parents and children she uses her plathora of knowledge in her workshops and personal Counseling sessions. Wanting to explore all cities for gaining education she did her another post graduation in Rehabilitation psychology from the Rehabilitation Council of India, New Delhi. She has presented papers in many International Conferences and her work has always been appreciated. She is a regular writer for many newspapers for creating awareness for child development and parenting. She is carrying all these hats with pride while mothering two beautiful daughters and enjoys family life along with all her professional commitments.
On the media front she has done till date six programs with the Aakashwani Aurangabad and also been interviewed by Radio Mirchi for inputs in parenting. She has developed her company named ?Higher Quotients? where kids, teens, parents and teachers are trained on various subjects like Emotional Quotient, Leadership, time management, creative thinking and personality development. Her Seminar ?Hum Tum and Kids? specially developed for better husband and wife relationships that affects child?s development is the most popular one. A firm believer in spirituality she has incorporated the belief of positive thinking in all her aspects of life. Having gratitude to what the city has given her, to give something back she has recently started the All Ladies League, Aurangabad Chapter to bring all enthusiastic and positive women together.
Her mission now is to spread the awareness on conscious parenting and relationships all over India, in line to which she has taken more than 120 workshops in Nagpur, Pune, Akola, Raipur, Sholapur & Pune.
Principal, Kulachi Hansraj Model School
Ms. Sneh Verma is an educationist for the past 37 years, it has been her ultimate goal to promote learning at all levels. She is currently working as Principal in Kulachi Hansraj Model School and Manager of DAV Public School. She awarded by ?Best principal Award? by DAV Managing Committee and CBSE State award for Teacher and received Best Principal Coordinator Award.
Founder, Lotuss Pond
The Founder of Lotuss Pond, Shikha Singh is a Life & NLP Coach Practitioner. She is a humanitarian, and a people?s person who loves and values people for their individuality and uniqueness. Shikha believes that making heart-to-heart connections with people is the first step to building a pathway of positive change and mutual growth.
Her forte is to free people from limiting beliefs and help them reveal their potential. She helps individuals bring about personal and professional empowerment, by providing support, encouragement, motivation, guidance and unbiased understanding. Bridging the gap between your dreams and reality, she coaches to clarify, set, and help you stay committed to achieving your goals. From 2009 onwards she has been coaching individuals to overcome grief and negative emotions, start businesses, get jobs, better relationships, gain health and write books too!
Prior to coaching, Shikha?s professional experience was in the IT and Human Resources domain, spread over 20 years.
She has undergone her Coach Training from ICA (International Coach Academy, Australia) and Life Coaching through Bradley Thompson of Advanced Life Coaching Institute. She is also an NLP master practitioner from NFL Academy (National Federation of Neurolinguistic Psychology, USA) and a ?Theatre of the oppressed? facilitator from CCDC (Centre for Community Dialogue & Change). She is also a certified web master from 3Wi (World Wide Web Institute Geneva)
The creator of the ?LotussPond Coaching? model. Shikha is also an avid Buddhist practitioner for over 24 years, loves to travel and make new friends.
Senior Trade Commissioner
Tara Scheurwater has been the Consul and Senior Trade Commissioner at the Consulate General of Canada since 2016. As a member of Canada?s Foreign Service, Tara has worked in ? and with ? countries throughout Asia as well as in Canada?s arctic region responsible for the Northwest Territories and Nunavut where she had the unique experience of bringing Inuit products to market from Canada?s northern fly-in communities. In addition to assisting Canadian companies with their international business success, Tara recently took time to remain in Canada for several years and work in the senior administration of a Canadian university, assisting with expansion and growth plans. Tara currently resides in Mumbai with her spouse and four children.
Financial Consultant, Bakhai Financial Services
Smitaji is highly regarded in the Financial sector with an experience of more than 10 years. She is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) which is the most prestigious and internationally accepted Financial Planning qualification recognised and respected by the Global Financial company in 26 different countries. She has been recognized and awarded by Sundaram Mutual Fund and Reliance Mutual Fund for her dedicated services. She is currently managing portfolios of 500 clients including Individual, Corporate and NRI client with a total asset of more than Rs. 50 crores. She is currently representing ALL (All Ladies League), a global organization for women empowerment, as the Country Committee Chairperson, India for Financial Freedom. You?ll be amazed to know that she started her career at the age of 45 years despite being married in a conservative Gujarati family and having two kids. This did not stop her from dreaming big and achieving her goals. At the age of 50, she studied for a year and gave numerous exams and came out as a successful Certified Financial Planner (CFP). Not only in the Financial sector but she is also deeply involved in working diligently towards the betterment of society through her social service. She is a member of Jain Sakhi Manch and Kasturi Foundation, an NGO serving Cancer patients. She also actively helps various orphanages and is involved with the Raj Roti Bank that provides food to the needy. During her college days, she has closely worked with Mr. Vijay Merchant (a well-known cricketer and industrialist who worked towards supporting the handicapped and blind) in the field of social services to organize medical as well as counselling camps. She was recently offered to stand for the elections by Mr. Mangal Prabhat Lodha, BJP MLA. . She is currently the President of JIWO (Jain International Women Organization), Central Chapter, Mumbai. Smita ji has also conducted various awareness sessions for empowering women to understand the importance of financial security in life, which is the key to their success. She is also an active IMC (Indian Merchant Chambers) member. Despite her accomplishments, Smitaji does everything with utmost humility. She brings out the best in everyone she works with and her example of selfless dedication is an inspiration to every woman. She is truly a woman of substance.
Indian classical Dancer
Pratyusha is an accomplished Tabla player and a Indian classical Dancer.
She is also a young Mother with a 2 year old baby.
Currently pursuing her Chartered Accountancy program.
Widely travelled across India and is currently based in Chennai. Married to Lakshmanan Ramanathan, who is a Hotelier (Presently General Manager ? Westin Hotel Chennai)
Director, CISO Cybersecurity
Seasoned Advisory & Management professional with 25+ years of experience in Entrepreneurship, Leadership & Innovation in the field of Education and Technology Simmi is the co-founder of an Edtech start-up CISO Cybersecurity, backed by The Statesman group and has launched secure online assessment and proctoring platforms to foster inclusive education by enabling quality online education and testing to the remotest corners of the nation. She has vast experience in the field of education, training and consultancy. Her journey began as a lecturer in economics in Delhi University, thereafter she forayed into IT and designed and conducted technology training program for the Princeton Center of Hong Kong Communication Art Centre (HKCAC) and the English Schools Foundation. She is a certified cybersecurity professional in Information Security Risk Management and Privacy and has launched cybersecurity trainings for higher education and corporates. She is the founder of ?unHACK?, a pan- India schools program to raise cyber awareness and ?Pink Code?, an initiative to teach technical coding skills to girls.
Sr. Faculty fashion and Retail
My self Ms. Urmila Kharkwal, Sr. Faculty of Footwear Design & Development Institute along with also the Academic In-charge of the FDDI School of Retail & Fashion Merchandise (FSRFM) at Fursatganj. especially takes care of the fashion related projects and excellence in creative visual merchandising display part. Apart from these, i was a sports person as was a gymnast, state level archery champion and finally was won Asian -pacific arm-wrestling competition too. Even I am the beauty representative at AVON Beauty Product also. For me ?Lifestyle is a composite of motivations, needs and wants and is influenced by factors such as culture, family, reference groups and social class.? Even I involved in various activities for the women skill development and their upliftment. I am the Chairperson of ALL Raebareli which gives me platform to do something for women especiall I did the awareness activity in the field of ?Women?s in aviation? where I encourage the young womens that they can choose aviation field as their carrer its not only for men ,women can also go hand in hand.
Late. Dr. Savita Datta
Ex Principal, Maitreyi College
Late Dr. Savita Datta completed her M.Sc. Physics from Hindu College and Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Delhi. She joined the Physics Department of Maitreyi College in 1983 as Founder Member and was appointed Principal, Deshbandhu College in 2003. She joined as Principal, Maitreyi College in 2004. She had successfully carried out the additional charge as Director, Campus of Open Learning, University of Delhi from 2006-2013. She had several papers/publications to her credit in national and international journals. She was the Chairperson of the Syllabus Committee of the Delhi School of Journalism. She was the National Coordinator for Pan African e-network project of the Government of India. She was the member of CII National Committee on Higher Education for the year 2016-17 and also the member of Industry Advisory Council of NIIT. She was felicitated by the University of Delhi for her outstanding contribution to the University on 95th Foundation Day of the University held on May 1, 2017. She was the Project Director for the following projects under the UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI) of the British Council :
? The ?Supported Blended Learning? project with the Open University, Milton Keynes
? eMATS project with Edinburgh?s Telford College
? ?Employability and Entrepreneurship? with the University of Birmingham
She has also received the following fellowships and awards :
1. Pratibha Award ? 2014? for excellent and outstanding contribution in the field of education by Indraprasth Sanjeevni.
2. Awarded Travel Grant by the British Council in March, 2009 under Professional and Technical Skill (PTS) Strand of UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI) for partnering with UK Institutions to jointly deliver vocational/professional courses in the University of Delhi.
3. Awarded a fellowship by Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA) for a study tour of various Open Universities in Singapore and Malaysia from May 24-31, 2008.
4. Distinguished Alumni Award for excellence in Academics in March, 2008 by Old Student?s Association of Hindu College.
5. Higher Education Award in April, 2004
6. World Literacy Award in September, 2003.
Business Head, Plastic Dynasty Design
Niharika Gautam is an Apparel & Fashion industry leader specializing in Asia, Europe, US & Middle East with over 10 years of experience across several domains. She also consults and advocates for United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Fashion industry, focusing on; SDG 12 and 8: Circular Economy and Sustainability in Fashion and SDG 5: Gender Equality in Fashion, Women in Leadership, Gender Pay Gap. She has delivered keynotes at prestigious international conferences/ summits on devising sustainable, eco- solutions, circular economy and women empowerment in fashion industry.
She is leading the circle ??Lean In Goddesses??, a LeanIn.Org initiative by Sheryl Sandberg & Dave Goldberg Family Foundation. The circle is for women who want to lead with passion and purpose in their careers. Lean In Circles are a place where women can be unapologetically ambitious. Where they can give voice to their dreams and find the encouragement to start chasing them. They?re a place for sharing ideas, gaining skills, seeking advice, and showing solidarity.
Niharika is also serving as All Ladies League -Delhi Fashion Chapter Chairperson and is also associated with IAMKHADI as ?Advisor, Circular Economy?, an IIFT ? FICCI initiative as to contribute in the preparation of Strategic Action Plan for expanding Khadi to international exports.
She is on Advisory Board of Global Academic Research Institute, Colombo, Sri Lanka and on International Board of Love and Care for People, Cork, Ireland, where she is also serving as Country Ambassador. She is also a Mentoring for Fashion as Design by The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York.
?Exceptional Women of Excellence 2018?, ?Noble Asian of the Year 2018?, ?Face of the Campaign for ?Mission Oxygen ? Plant & Adopt Trees? are some of the awards earned by her.
Senior Commander and Trainer
Manjeet Hirani is a senior commander and trainer with Air India. Fascinated by all things philosophical, she is also an influencer and a speaker across various platforms.
She is an avid traveller with an adventurous streak who loves to be on the move. She is also a sincere fitness enthusiast.
Manjeet blogs at manjeethirani.com.
About her book ? How To Be Human: Life Lessons from Buddy Hirani
Manjeet Hirani was adamant that a dog would never enter her house, but that was before little Buddy arrived at her doorstep.
One day, the doorbell rang. Her husband, Rajkumar Hirani, who had just finished shooting for the film PK, had sent a parcel for their son. It was an adorable puppy, one that had played the role of a depressed dog in the movie. It wasn?t long before Manjeet grew to love Buddy.
In this book, she writes about attachment, parenting, and karma, among other things. She shows how having a dog in the house can alter your perspective and change the way you experience life.
How to Be Human is a charming and heart-warming book that, with its light touch, will make you look at life from a less cynical standpoint.
Kavitha M Prakash
Senior Trainer, Oasiz Eventz
Total Work Experience ? 20 years
Training Experience ? 14 years
M.A. ( English ), KSOU, Mysore
M.Sc. (Maths), Annamalai University
B.Sc. (Physics, Maths & Electronics ), KGF FGC, Oorgaum Certifications
Dr. Suchitra Kaul Misra
Director, Puravankara Ltd.
Dr Suchitra Kaul Misra is a Doctor of Philosophy from Mysore University. She is Director in Puravankara Ltd. and founder of ?The Healing Garden?, associated with philanthropic services since 2005. She is Chairperson Karnataka of ALL Ladies League, and past President of Beechi Toastmasters Club and Community Services of Bangalore. Educationist, social activist and poet, Dr Misra offers creative wellness services to a spectrum of networks, ranging from corporates, educational institutions and NGO?s to community clubs and disadvantaged groups.
Principal, Veda Vyasa DAV Public School
Chitra Nakra is Principal, Veda Vyasa DAV Public School
Designer, Ministry of Design
Winky singh has been an established Indian designer fusion women s wear designer Since 12 years and spent her initial years working with designers in Italy Spain Paris and London She then started conducting various fashion shows An alumnus of London College Of Fashion her Daughter Rashima singh joined in as a designer and is a fledged Indian fusion wear designer now catering the Indian market Together they make Ministry of Design Rashima Singh Winky Singh work very closely with lines and the motion of fabric Together they have designed for a few Bollywood celebrities like Priyanka Chopra Shruti Sharma Tanisha Mukherjee Amyra etc Also collaborated with the famous Ramola Bachhan and Mercedes benz for their shows in places like Delhi Chandigarh etc Taking you back in time to the Royal era Ministry of Design s collection this season will make you lust over the magnificent golds Ivory s and that ll unapologetically give you the majestic look and feel We have a bigger picture planned for the future like shows in London Bombay Hyderabad etc Looking forward for them Together Winky Singh Rashima Singh exclusively showcase their signature styles in Bridals and Formal wear and specialises in offering Bespoke service exclusively from the Ministry of Design Showroom in Delhi.
A senior corporate leader, avid reader of body language, a learner and above all a person Passionate about working with people; this is Samira Chandra Gupta, Founder of Auraa Image Management & Consulting. National Award Winning Image Consultant for Leadership & Business excellence for the year 2017, Samira has also trained herself in various areas like: Neuro Linguistic Programming, Soft Skills, Wine Appreciation, Life Coaching & Relationship Coaching from highly reputable institutions. An alumnus of the prestigious Indian Institute of Management ? Kozhikode, Samira has more than 24 years of experience in the corporate world. She started her career with a leading Apparel Buying house after her Textile designing degree and worked with labels like Gap, J C Penny, Walmart, Liz Claiborne etc and subsequently headed sales and leasing for Internationally reputed corporations like ING, Colliers International, Regus and Tishman Speyer & won many accolades for her work. Auraa Image Management & Consulting was born of a very strong desire to make a difference in people?s lives and is based on a rock solid foundation of corporate leadership and training & people skills. Having been a part of a very competitive, multicultural work environment, Samira understands the dynamics of international business and necessity of projecting the appropriate professional image in order to succeed. The ability to nurture people to excel is one of her keys to success. She combines her qualifications with years of corporate leadership experience to deliver unique solutions for enhancement of self-presentation and behavioral skills. Her specialty lies in designing experiential programs that blend different forms of training and coaching in order to generate maximum results. All programs are conducted after a detailed audit and customized according to organizational needs. She works with some of the best-known corporate houses in the Banking, Financial services and Insurance (BFSI), Hospitality, IT, Real Estate, Retail and other sectors to enhance behavioral skills and self-presentation. Samira also provides individual coaching & mentoring to many business leaders (CEO?s, COO?s, CFO?s, Directors & V.P?s from several industries & also to IAS officers and Members of Parliament) for achieving business excellence by improving their communication, public speaking, leadership skills, power dressing, winning body language and overall better self presentation. A member of the Image Management Professionals Association (IMPA) ? a not for profit Organization that works with the underprivileged, also a senior faculty at the Image Consulting Business Institute, where she trains & mentors several budding Image Consultants. She also works with educational institutions & is a visiting faculty at the prestigious IIM Kozhikode & Amritsar & RICS MBA School, Amity University, Noida & is a guest faculty at the Jindal Global Law University, Sonepat. She has also delivered a talk on TEDX in 2017 on How to Create Great First Impressions.
Sukriti Gulhati Dubey
CEO, Kranti Foundation
I belong to the beautiful state of Jammu Kashmir. I am a social worker, philanthropist , fashion designer and media person. I am the major trustee and co-founder of my charitable foundation called KRANTI SOCIAL AND EDUCATION FOUNDATION. I am the owner of Soulful 2 4. We are also TATA Dealers for J&K in Ladakh.
Dr. Amit Kaur Puri
Scientist, AKP Healing
Amit meaning ?infinite?, ?boundless?, ?unmeasured? took birth on 3rd November in Varanasi, one of world?s oldest living cities rightly called the religious capital of India located at the bank of river Ganga, in the southeastern part of the state of Uttar Pradesh in northern India. She was brought up by pious, loving and intelligent mother Mrs Kulwant Kaur and dedicated, broad minded and educated father Mr. Jang Bahadur Singh Thapar. She was called as Twinkle by her parents. Her childhood was full of smiles and laughter with her sweet younger sister Dr. Jasbir Kaur. She was very studious, intelligent and hard working student. She had curious mind and keep on asking questions. She liked to drench herself in rains, dancing, singing, painting on canvas and playing in sand. Her childhood revolved around her school, family, friends and knowing the unknown. Her mom wanted her to always be happy and SMILE. She was watchful, bold and wanted to leave a mark in society helping mankind and being scientist. She topped in her graduation and got married to Mr. Rajdeep Singh Puri son of ex army officer Major D. S. Puri. Now innocent twinkle transformed into responsible woman. Mrs. Amit Kaur Puri could easily have fallen into the trap of parties, travel itineraries every six months, swapping news about new collections, new eating joints, and frittered away finances. But early on in life, she cast an anchor in educating herself pursuing Ph.D. in plant sciences. It was the long way to go. She faced many huddles in the path. There is an interesting event that she completed her M.Sc. First year paper on 17th May and delivered her son same month on nineteenth. In her M.Sc second year she met with an accident. It was fatal multiple fracture fracturing her tibia bone and seven pelvic cracks. What to say about standing on her feet, she was not able to sit also. She was on bed rest for four consecutive months but her flame of studying never died and she cleared her post graduation in flying colours. Frivolity and extravagance are temptations she turns her back to, preferring to face harsh realities of life and eroding moral, economic and literary climate of her India, she chooses to do research on most underprivileged and ignored sectors-?indigenous people?. There were questions pooping up in her curious mind- Why farmers of Vidarbha are committing suicides?, Why infant mortality rates are high?, Why rural women and children are in 3rd and 4th category of malnutrition?, Why hunger persists? And many more such?..
She has spent seven years in the hilly tracts of Vidarbha platueslike Sironcha, Etapalli, Bhamragad and Tipagad of Gadchroli; Mul Gondpipri and Nagbhid regionsof Chandrapur; Bitargaon, Kanha and Arvi of Yavatmal; Chikaldara, Dharni, Dhamgaon, Sirsagaon and Ner of Amravati; and Gondkheri, Ramtek(Devlapar) region of Nagpur: parts of which lie cut off from civilisation, driven by a single goal ? eradicating malnutrition in Gond and Korku tribes as well as documenting and salvaging India?s traditional herbal remedies before they are lost to the world. She oaths to eradicate the problem of malnutrition not only in tribal population of Maharashtra, India but the entire human race facing this problem. She has published many papers in various national as well as international journals which ishighly accepted worldwide. Her topic of Ph. D. was ?Nutritional Aspect of Unconventional Foods Consumed By Gond and Korku Tribes inhabiting in Vidarbha? under the guidance of Dr. Alka Chaturvedi. She gives entire credit of her work to her mother Smt. Kulwant Kaur Thapar.
Shabri Prasad Singh
Shabri was born on the winter solstice in the year 1984. She has travelled the world extensively from a young age. She has lived in London England where she got her primary learning from. Thereon she went to the City University of New York to study Anthropology and psychology. She was diagnosed with a dangerous and debilitating illness called borderline personality disorder in 2012. Battling it for years she decided to write a book about it sharing her own life
experiences to help other people. It is her mission in life to advocate mental health issues and end the stigma associated with mental illnesses in India. She also works for Earth matters foundation and advocates a green movement. She is currently writing her second book a psychological thriller. She has pledged half of her whole life?s income for mental health patient?s. Borderline her first book has become a pathbreaking account of psychological illness and recovery.
Director, Human Resources Inspirage Software Consulting Private Limited
Annapurna A is Director (Human Resources) for Inspirage. As Inspirage Director ? Human Resources, Annapurna is helping to accelerate INSPIRAGE?s transformation through leadership, differentiated talent models, attracting and developing the best talent and building a culture of engagement, agility and innovation. Under Annapurna ?s leadership, INSPIRAGE has instituted ground-breaking solutions for optimizing global workforce outcomes through talent analytics and data, with special emphasis on predictive analytics as a cornerstone of how INSPIRAGE manages human resources.
In her 20 plus years being a Human Resources Professional, Annapurna has had extensive experience leading organizational transformations. Prior to her corporate current role, she was the CHRO for Rail Infrastructure Service organization, where she integrated talent functions to deliver faster end-to-end solutions in the areas of skills, careers, succession, performance management, attraction and retention.
Annapurna was named as one of the 2017 Top 50 Most Talented HR Leaders (South India). She was accoladed with many other recognitions for her outstanding work in Human Resources arena as well as Women in leadership. Prior to INSPIRAGE, Annapurna was an Independent OD consultant and has credit to have done 1000 plus behavior assessments while designing innovative assessment and development centers.
Professor & Head, G L Bajaj Educational Institutions,Greater Noida
Dr. Gupta is a New Age Woman & an innovative educationist with entrepreneurial zeal, who has extensive contributions in Institution building, brand building, developing global interface, corporate relations, tie ups, organizational development, collaborations, expansion and growth strategies etc. for the organizations she has worked with.
Currently she is Head -Department of Management Studies in GL Bajaj Educational Institutions, Greater Noida and also one of the founder members who played a key role in the institute?s mission to enhance academic level of students. She lead the department with the vision ?Education leads to enlightenment? and therefore strive to be a global excellence Centre through Innovative, Transformative and Holistic education. She has conceptualized an Achievers Collective Social Responsibility Cell in institute for organizing regular drives related to societal welfare & which works on 3 E?s principle: Education, Earth and Equality.
She is Doctorate in the Field of Corporate social responsibility, has 20 years of academic experience in the field of Management studies. She had worked as an adjunct faculty for Michigan Tech University, Michigan (USA).
She holds the position of Executive head ? IVF institutional association (India vision foundation is a brainchild of Dr. Kiran Bedi). She is associated with Neo Fusion Creative Foundation & JWALA Foundation as an Executive Director Institutional Association. She is chairperson AKP Healing India, Gr.Noida division, & also Co-chairperson in Women education Department at Centre for Education Growth and Research, New Delhi.
Founder & Designer, MINKSE
Minnku is a Post graduate in Economics, Diploma holder in Human Resource from Uk, a Certified Pranic Healer and a Certified Facilitator for ?Cutting the ties that bind ?(learnt directly from Phyllis Krystal). She dabbles in Fiction writing and recently her first short story (?The only way up is down?),was chosen to be published in online magazine thegoodcity.com.
She speaks, reads and writes Spanish and Malay, along with English, Hindi, and Punjabi .
As an active Social activist and Contributor ? spearheads an award winner ?Waste Segregation at source ? project, and plays a Key role in all fund raising events with MNC partnerships, in aid and support of the NGO ? Aim for Seva, in which a few thousand rural and tribal children receive value education at grass root levels.
An avid photographer / Artist ,her paintings and installations have sold at Art Bengaluru and has clients like Microsoft Mumbai. Her artist profile website was recently launched: www.minkubuttar.com. She is the Founder and Designer of ?Minksse? ? a very unique Fashion Label that has been seen in Bangalore Fashion shows and recently in Mysore Fashion Week. Her work stands out as she juxtaposes various art forms and photography to transfer art onto Fabrics, as art should not be only for the walls she claims. Her photography has won her few awards amongst stiff competition.
Minku, also Emcee?s functions as and when time permits and has been a speaker and panellist at Book launches and other Economic Forums.
She is the Chairperson of Fashion Chapter of Karnataka, ALL ( All ladies league), which acclaims 90,000 members worldwide and recently received ?Woman of Excellence? Award, at Women Economic Forum, Delhi, 2018.
Medical Director & Founder Chairman
Dr.Anjali shere is Medical Director & Founder Chairman
Payal Koul Mirakhur
Chief Commercial Officer, ISS Services
A Senior Management Executive with diverse experience and expertise. Recognized as one of the Top 20 Women Leaders in IT industry (Data quest 2014). Worked in management roles in companies like Aricent (Hughes Software), GECIS, Wipro and Alcatel. Currently working as Chief Commercial Officer with, ISS (https://www.issworld.com ) ? a 16 BUSD, 116+ year old Danish company working in integrated facility management space across 70 countries. ISS employs 550,000 people world wide and is recognized as the 5th largest private employer in the world. ISS India has more than 55,000 employees.
Prior to ISS, worked with Invest India (National Investment and Facilitation agency of the country), a GOI agency mandated to facilitate FDI into the country. It is constituted under Department of Industrial policy & promotion (DIPP), Ministry of Commerce and works closely with all GOI ministries, State Governments, Foreign missions, various country embassies, business chambers and other country IPA?s. As Vice President ? Investor Relationship, was responsible for setting up and managing Relationships with Key Investors across the globe as well as all Key influencers linked to various countries ? Embassies, Business Chambers etc. Represented and presented Invest India / Make in India in various events across the Globe and in India.
Prior to this worked with Aricent (now acquired by Altran) , a premier software services company delivering Product Engineering Services , as their Chief Strategy officer and in various other P&L and business management roles.
Founder & Chief Education Officer , ?ReachIvy
Vibha Kagzi holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Science from Carnegie Mellon University. She has also pursued courses at the University of California, Berkeley, the London School of Economics and the Indian School of Business.
Her professional experience spans finance, fashion, media and public relations. She has worked in New York in asset management and helped establish a California-based hedge fund in India.
She is extremely passionate about education and believes that it is the ultimate social equalizer. Leveraging her personal experience at various academic and professional institutions, she hopes to provide holistic guidance to young individuals who aspire to reach leading universities.
Vibha has done a course in creative writing from Xavier?s Institute of Communications and has been featured in the Economic Times, the Indian Express and the Harbus (Harvard Business School?s publication). At Harvard, she co-wrote a case for the negotiations department that has been incorporated in the teaching curriculum at the school.
Vibha has completed a yoga teacher?s training course, is a certified open water diver, is fluent in French, having completed Level 3 at the Alliance Fran?aise and has travelled extensively, visiting over 55 countries across six continents.
Dr. Gauri Agarwal
Founder, Seeds of Innocence IVF
Seeds of Innocence is not only a fertility clinic for the infertile but is a passion driven center providing exemplary and phenomenal services incessantly. Dr. Gauri Agarwal MBBS, MD, DNB Director, founder and fertility specialist of Seeds of Innocence is a woman of substance delivering multimillion dollar smiles in many a life. In her own words she describes the journey so far:
While pursuing fellowship program at University of Gent, Belgium in reproductive medicine I realized that spearhead technological integration for array of services in the field of infertility is much needed in India to extend maximum benefits to the patients. This was just a dream and to turn it into reality was a tedious and next to impossible task as many corporates and experienced fertility specialists were ruling the reign. After completing the fellowship, I came back to India and started to take steps and initially laid a small IVF unit at Yashoda Superspeciality hospital, Ghaziabad. The thought was noble but the path tough and thorny as the misconceptions about infertility, illiteracy and superstitions in the rural areas refrained the couples to open up and reach the clinics. To educate the masses about infertility, its causes and treatment was the goal on priority and I roamed in the rural areas like Dadri, Hapur, Pilakhua, Loni and many other outskirts of Delhi/NCR. With a handful of patient the IVF department at Yashoda Hospital took its charge to gain the acceptance and trust by providing cost effective and result oriented treatment.
Accomplishments. Aesthetically speaking, running an IVF clinic was not the aim, however the ardor of doing innovative and unconventional work in the field of infertility led me relentlessly work on my mission of ?Changing Lives, Bringing Joy?. In a chain of methodical and decisive planning I harnessed myself in activities like small camps and free opd?s in the villages to educate them so that the prevailing problem of infertility may get medical acceptance.
Laid the foundation of Seeds of Innocence fertility hospital at Malviya Nagar, New Delhi in collaboration with University Hospital Gent, Belgium inaugurated by Hon?ble Home minister Shri Rajnath Singh to provide par excellence quality treatment of international d?cor.
The challenges in the success rate of IVF made me restless and out of the box thinking again led me take a leap in the unique and latest technology of next generation sequencing, genetics with wonderful qpcr technology in the name of ?Genekart? with the blessings of Health Minister Shri J. P Nadda. It is also internationally accredited by Gendia University, Belgium.
Sonia Jetleey designs for the Modern Woman, who is ambitious, driven, graceful and yet respects her roots. She is known to strike a balance of the international trends with the Indian Sensibilities. Each garment is self-narrative of the design process, right from the conceptualization stage to its execution.
Since the inception of her studio, in Delhi?s prime location, Defence Colony, Sonia has dressed the most successful women from different walks of life, namely, Home-Makers, Pilots, Entrepreneurs, Fellow Designers, CA?s, Bureaucrats, etc.
She is extremely quick in gauging what her customer is looking for and never fails to impress them with a wide array of designs and what gets better is that she has perfected the art of customizing a product for a customer in order to make them feel that they own a ?one in a million? design.
A Graduate in Business Administration, Sonia studied courses in fashion design from Sophia Polytechnic, Mumbai and NIFT, Delhi. She is a Registered Member of the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) and very religiously has been participating in the fashion weeks held by the fashion body.
Sonia currently retails her merchandise through multi-designer stores in cities like Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai, and niche e-commerce websites such as jaypore.com. She has a strong foothold overseas by again supplying her merchandise in the USA, Canada, Mauritius, Jeddah, Kuwait and Dubai.
She is on the advisory panels of many fashion institutes across Delhi and other cities.
Sonia participates in B2B and B2C exhibitions, the most recent one being the prestigious Textiles India 2017, held at Gandhinagar, Gujarat, organised by the Ministry of Textiles.
Principal, Henderson Equity Partners
Arshiya Singh is a results driven and diligent financial investor with over 10 years of experience in private equity and fixed income investing across India, US and Australia. She is passionate about building brands and helping companies achieve their goals. Arshiya is currently a Principal at a growth equity and mid-market focused boutique private equity fund called Henderson Equity Partners. At Henderson, Arshiya specializes in the consumer sector and her areas of expertise include portfolio management, financial restructuring, turnaround situations, M&A and exits. She is deeply committed to enhancing shareholder value and strongly believes in the India growth story. Prior to Henderson, Arshiya was a Fixed Income trader at Lehman Brothers in New York financing sovereign and corporate debt for hedge funds while providing liquidity on borrows for short sales. Arshiya holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Science in Commerce from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia (UVa). Arshiya currently serves as an Advisor on the Board of the UVa India Chapter and is an active member of the Harvard Club of India. Arshiya lives in New Delhi with her husband and son.
Founder & CEO, JobsForHer
Neha Bagaria is an entrepreneur, a Wharton grad, a wife, a mother-of-two and a woman who restarted her career, thus founding JobsForHer. Neha founded JobsForHer to reverse female brain drain from within the Indian workforce. JobsForHer.com is an online portal to enable women to restart their careers post marriage, motherhood, elderly care, etc. Through this portal, women can connect with all they need to re-enter the workforce and companies can recruit experienced female talent. JobsForHer is not Neha?s first entrepreneurial venture. She founded her first company Paragon, right after she graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Paragon, an educational centre based in Bombay, introduced the Advanced Placement Program for high school students in India, with Neha also serving as the College Board Representative of India. When marriage brought her to Bangalore, she started working with Kemwell, a contract pharmaceutical manufacturing company, in the fields of HR, Finance and Marketing strategy.
The creative person anticipates achievement. Sakina Ansari?s achievements started early at the age of seven. From dancing to being the best athlete in school, to drawing, painting and theatre she has done it all. Her attitude in Life affects those around her in a positive way. Sakina Ansari is passionate about design. She is the founder and director of the multi designer concept store MAALGAADi and runs her own fashion house. She invests her time and energy in spreading goodness and positivity around her and she understands leadership roles and responsibilities. Sakina?s hobbies are sketching, reading,spirituality, badminton,movies and joining hands with her soul sisters to work together in solidarity for the upliftment of humanity.
Member , ALL, FLO and CCC (Calcutta Chamber of Commerce)
A cr?ative and artistic person, Manjula exudes positivity and strongly believes that age is not a barrier to continuous learning and growth. Through her leadership roles in ALL ( ALL Ladies League ) and FLO (FICCI Ladies Organization) she has honed her interpersonal and management skills and has evolved into a more confident and focused individual.
She is involved in her family business and actively participates in social activities and charity events. Through her active roles in ALL, FLO and CCC (Calcutta Chamber of Commerce) she has been regularly working towards women empowerment and is involved in various social welfare initiatives. Under her leadership in 2015-16, FLO adopted Arunima Hospice, a home for HIV affected women and children. In the year 2018 ALL set up a free eye check up camp at the Alipore Women Correctional home. She lightens up the festivals and special occasions for the less privileged and special children with gifts, conversations and fun-filled activities.
She received ?Exceptional Woman of Excellence? award at the Annual WEF conference held in Delhi in May 2018.
Rotary Club of Calcutta Metro City awarded her Swayam Siddha 13th Chapter Award for Leadership Qualities on 13th March 2019
Author, BW Businessworld
Nina Kler works with BW Businessworld as Editorial Lead for Wellness. She has a penchant for education and has studied varied subjects from Psychology to Journalism, Art and design, to Business and Luxury product design. Nina is a also a big advocate of the importance of mental health and passionately works on destigmatizing the shame around seeking help whenever she gets an oppurtunity. She has been known to be a therapy hog in joint sessions.Nina has been on a life long journey seeking that “je ne sais quoi” which is the key ingredient for “piece of mind,” and after years of therapy, healing and cleansing, has found that it lies squarely in her thymus. Which sits somewhere half way between the head and heart, as the fulcrum of life force. And when all else fails, a bit of primal pounding does the trick. Nina is a single mother to a feisty 10 year old gymnast, who is her biggest teacher and strongest confederate.
President & CEO, Raise Global
Dr. Meera Venkat (www.meeravenkat.com) is the President& CEO of RAISE GLOBAL, unique research based reputation consulting firm, which works with the C Level Executives. She was also the founder of WeLEED (Women Leadership Empowerment and Entrepreneurship Development) Trust based out of Bangalore. She won the ?WPDO Peace Award in Entrepreneurship?, at Lagos-Nigeria for the year 2018. ?Best Women Leader Award-2016-17? by NEFD, Coimbaore. She has been awarded the ?Business Excellence Award ? 2016? by Future of India and CNBC and also ?The Best Women Achiever Award? for the year 2013 by PRI. Recently she has been appointed as the Chairperson for IICCI- Indo Importer Chamber of commerce and Industry, Karnataka. She is also the Chairman of ISTD(Indian Society of Training and Development), Bangalore Chapter and Executive committee member of NIQR. She is a seasoned value-creator, growth and innovation professional with experience rating and deploying new business models, expanding business into new markets, and Launching new businesses and also a dynamic advisor to various corporate in the area of Talent Development and People Initiatives. She is well known industry figure with the CXO Level circles.
Corporate Social Responsibility globally, Tata Communications
Supriya Singh heads Corporate Social Responsibility globally for Tata Communications and its subsidiaries. She has spent the last 13 years of her life in academia, and in improving the life chances of youth, women and children. She has worked extensively with organizations like TERI, Going to School, Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, Centre for Science and Environment, Reset Berlin, SECMOL, UNICEF and UNESCO. She was selected for the German Government? leadership training program on Education for Sustainable Development in Berlin and is now a part of its 4-country Expert Net. She traveled to Antarctica in 2012 and is an alumni of 2041?s International Antarctic Expedition. Supriya is on the 2017 global listing of 100 most impactful CSR leaders. She has MPhil and MA degrees in International Relations from JNU, New Delhi and a Bachelor?s in Economics from Fergusson College, Pune. When she is not thinking about disrupting the CSR space, one can find Supriya on an island volunteering at local schools.
Principal, St. Mark?s Senior Secondary School.
Ms. Anjali Aggarwal, the founder Principal, has been recognized and awarded time and again for her vision and outstanding work as an educationist. Recipient of many awards, such as the ?Radha Krishnan Memorial Award?, the ?PTA National Award? by the Parent Teacher Association of India, the ?Outstanding President of the Year? award for two consecutive years i.e. 1994-95 & 1995-96 by Rotary District 3010 and the ?Leadership Award for Excellence? by Confederation of Educational Excellence and the ?Life Time Achievement Award? by Women International Network, she was, recently, honoured with the Progressive Principal of India Award at the Fifth Estate National Convention of Edu Leaders for creating a leadership position inspiring and guiding the School Ecosystem of India. Ms. Aggarwal has varied interests and is, particularly, passionate about reading, poetry, dramatics, music and travel. With over 30 years of experience as an educator, she has been a prominent and significant part of many changes made in the field of education. A visionary who likes to keep pace with the latest trends in school education, Ms. Aggarwal believes in the right amalgamation of the latest technology and textbooks in a classroom so much so that she was invited as a panelist to the conference ?Theory Meets Practice: Teacher Training in the Digital Era? held in Zug, Switzerland wherein she addressed the issue of the challenges which originate from digitalization of education and how essential it is to empower the teachers to tackle them. A firm believer in harmonious peaceful coexistence, Ms. Aggarwal encourages awareness and learning from the various cultures across the world an outcome of which are the numerous cultural exchange programmes for students. She fosters the spirit of peace and harmony in her students and helps them become responsible global citizens.
CEO, Iris Green Films PVT Ltd
Beena Unnikrishnan is a Chennai-based artist, business magnate and a film maker. As a partner in M&B Associates, a company involved in the import of premium beverages into South India, she ventured into what is
predominantly a male dominated business. In parallel, she also runs a movie production house, Iris Green Films which has completed the production of their maiden project : Maiya and are onto their second.
Her business across different continents have given her splendid exposure to different cultures and has equipped her with a global outlook, which is highly sought after and instrumental. She is gifted with a natural flair for communication, relationship building, mobilization of resources/policies & procedures.
When she is not attending back to back meetings, she paints. A true artist at heart, she is adept in different styles of painting ranging from the traditional Tanjore paintings all the way to abstract art. Inspired by her mentor, she is now exploring the profound subject of tantric art. She is also a recipient of the Senior Fellowship Award for her thesis on the topic of ?Application of Cognitive Dynamics to Art? from the Ministry of Culture,government of India.
She is married to an Army Officer and is blessed
Founder of Bijoux
Bijal Doshi is Sole Proprietors at Bijoux Bijal Participated in intensive yoga familiarization teaching course in appreciation and assimilation of the Philosophy, Psychology and Practice of the Science of Yoga. She is Currently conducting therapeutic and general yoga classes under the name ?Bijal?s Yoga Divine ? with unusual blends of Asanas, Pranayam, Mudras, Bandhas, Yoga Nidra, Sun-Salutations and Tibetan Rites and Meditation. She received Scholarship in the Silver Jublee year of Priyadarshani Academy in the field of Yoga Educational Scholarship and Literary Award Program. She received Certificate From Yoga Sadhana Seva Trust for Course & Research Paper in Yogic Philosophy & Yoga Therapy. She was Awarded the first prize in the Innerwheel South Asia Rally 2008. She is also contributing as The President in Indus International and also chaired various Committees Since 1991
Dr. Veena Bhalla
Joint Secretary(Intl. & SIS Dvns.) Association of Indian Universities, New Delhi
Dr. Veena Bhalla is Joint Secretary(Intl. & SIS Dvns.) Association of Indian Universities, New Delhi
Founder, Jasmin Waldmann Life Coaching
Jasmin Waldmann is the founder of Jasmin Waldmann Life Coaching company. As an international life coach she came to India 5.5 years ago and worked with Sportsfit by M.S. Dhoni, works with corporates. Her private clients are from any walk of life like CEO?s and CFO?s.
She works with individuals and groups and supports people to reach their aims.She has conceptualized and conducted workshops and seminars, led panel discussions, given lectures, made presentations, collaborated with Sportsfit (launched by MS Dhoni in India) as a Coach and has appeared in multiple TV shows across Germany and India advising people on everything from diet to self-leadership, to weight management! Jasmin has dedicated her career / mission to make people happier, healthier and more successful. Her goal is to change the way people perceive themselves so that they can be whoever they want to be. In her book Change Me Jasmin takes you on a journey of self-discovery and eventual transformation through the life of Amit to help you realize that change is as easy as you want it to be.
Founder & Director of Kundalini Holistic Healing
Komal had always been enchanted with dance and Music. She believes deeply that every form of art has its power, strength, grace and character that influence society by bringing its own unique value and life energy. She continuously strives to seek out knowledge in various forms of healing which is holistic, which keeps us away from drugs and medications as far as possible. This is by using one?s own energy to heal. Growing up with unique fondness and love for dance and music. Komal at a very young age was inspired and motivated by dance and music. She also grew up learning and participating in Bharat Natyam and Classical and Indian folk Ballets. Emphasizing the importance of imparting values through dance. She truly embodies this creative process of using dance as a powerful medium to impart values of Healing to society. Komal was mentored by President Award winner and eminent Kathak exponent Guru Pt. Sandeep Mahavir who not only mentored and guided komal in kathak, but was very instrumental in shaping komal as an individual. By his blessings, and ever insightful guidance, komal blossomed into the talented artist she is today. Komal being a Founder & Director of Kundalini Holistic Healing has created her unique modality ?Dance as a medium to heal? knows as ?KUNDALINI THE DANCE TEMPLE?. She has for the very first time taken dance to a higher plane, by evolving her own unique method to help people heal themselves through pure awareness and expression using dance and music called Kundalini The Dance Temple which was a successful launch on 24th March 2015 and was highly acknowledge and appreciated by Udit Narayan (Singer), Shaina NC (BJP) and Jaywantiben Mehta (BJP). She is now successfully conducting Dance Therapy Workshop all over Indian and Internationally. She recently conducted her workshop in Khajuraho Dance Festival and was appreciated and honored by Kavita Singh- Chairperson Nagar Panchayat (Wife of Shri Vikram Singh MLA). Kundalini The Dance Temple was also appreciated by Prof Dr Mohsin Wali- Personal Physician to the President of India who personally attended the workshop and highly acknowledged and applauded the modality and her passion and dedication to spread awareness of healing through Dance. She has received many Awards, lately she was been awarded as an Iconic Woman Creating a better society through Dance and Music. Komal Shah recently performed of all (ALL LADIES LEAGUE) and mesmerized the audience with her unique method of Dance & Healing through her Dance Performance and was honoured with an Award as ?Women of Substance.? She has studied well over a decade, studying various ancient forms of healing the human body, mind and soul. She learnt marvellous methods of healing from the renowned institute Theta Healing Institute of knowledge, Idaho U.S.A. By seeking to eradicate suffering and stress from this world, Komal found her true calling in life. Komal is professional therapist, trained in Past Life Regression, Theta Healing, Clinical Hypnosis and Kundalini Awakening. Apart from this, she has acquired further knowledge in esoterica, spirituality and various forms of healing arts. She has developed into a unique artist with a fully defined repertoire of nurtured and acquired abilities and skills in the field of dance and therapy for those that are seekers of higher level of consciousness and spiritual awakening. Komal is an Indian Classical Dancer, Healer and Therapist. She uses Movement, Mudras, Sound and Affirmations to cleanse ,balance and activate each chakra in her fun yet intense Dance Therapy workshop..! Achieving great success and appreciation in her Unique modality in India ,she for the very first time is imparting her Art in NYC (USA) . ?Kundalini Holistic Healing? is now a platform for everyone to experience and actualize oneness of the mind, body and soul, through various healing techniques.
Founder & Partner, Phoenix Legal
Manjula Chawla concentrates on strategic corporate investments , corporate finance and restructur ing, M&As, joint ventures, general corporate and commercial matters. She has structured & negotiated a variety of business transactions drawing upon her experience with business formation, corporate governance & restructuring, securities & exchange control laws, IP, real estate, labour & employment and taxation. Since the early years of liberalisation, she has been assisting many MNCs (include Fortune 500 companies) in establishing their presence in India across various sectors including automobiles, chemicals, health care & pharma, financial services, IT, oi l & gas, power and telecommunications. Drawing from her substantial experience, she continues to advise her clients on a wide range of issues faced by them in India involving corporate governance, exchange control laws, bribery & anticorruption, data privacy, intellectual property protection, labour & employment and real es tate.
Her strong client commitment and consistent delivery of high quality services have been recognised by her clients and peers. Manjula was awarded the National Law Day Award 2000 by the Union Law Minister for ?Excellence in Corporate Law? and ?Unique contribution in bringing foreign exchange into India?. Manjula co-founded Phoenix Legal, a full service law firm, in 2008. In the short span of its existence, the firm firmly established itself in the Indian legal market having successfully advised on several complex and prestigious deals. Specialties: Manjula Chawla concentrates her practice in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, corporate restructuring and general corporate matters. Her practice encompasses strategic investments, mergers, takeovers & acquisitions, de-mergers & spin-offs, joint ventures, foreign collaborations, technology and trademark licensing, and various other types of commercial contracts.
Entrepreneur, Founder House of Kapaali & Manaste Wellness Advocate & Yoga Instructor
An impassioned entrepreneur, Mansi is a wellness advocate and a well-known yoga instructor, running House of Kapaali, an experiential wellness space and leading yoga retreats round the world. She is the Founder of a natural skincare, called Manast? and has been honoured with the Award of ?Exceptional Women of Excellence? at the Women Economic Forum 2018, as a recognition of her body of work. Mansi?s endeavour House of Kapaali has been awarded the best Bed & Breakfast in India by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India two years in a row. She holds a Masters degree in Film Production from Griffith University, Australia and has been a part of many documentaries that aim to uplift social and economic consciousness. Mansi is a Chapter Chair for the world?s largest international women?s chamber, ALL Ladies League (ALL). She is also a Master of Ceremonies and moderates international conferences that aim to bring a sense of harmony and uplift consciousness
Mridula Sharma is a post graduate in Political Science with subjects like International Law, Public administration, political theories and constitutions of various countries. At degree level she has studied psychology, political science and English Literature. She has been secretary Lioness club for a number of years and in that capacity has worked with the father of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar of AOL. At age 38 she was the 1st runner up in a beauty pageant (Mrs Bangalore 1988) where she competed with 24 and 25 years olds She gives talks on natural health to various groups like the rotary, lions clubs, senior citizens, army wives, private groups etc. She holds workshops for the same and for publishing.
Corporate Manager Business Process-South Region, Taj Hotels Resorts & Palaces
28 years in the Hospitality Industry, handling a Corporate role to deliver the Group?s Management Strategy and work with a team focused on insight generation, proactive customer engagement and process management driving use of Quality Tools and Business Process Re-engineering to bring Business Excellence. Core competence in Customer Service/Experience Management and Operational Excellence.
Founding Member, Inner Truth Consulting Services
Ritu is a smart, result oriented, Subject Matter Expert with more than 18 years of experience in Learning & Development. She has been responsible for managing the entire gamut of Training and development across organizations like Teleperformance INDIA, CBS, HCL, Pinnacle, AEGIS, HUTCH, Centum Learning( for Bharti Airtel ) & GLOBAL ACT which includes conceptualizing, planning, developing and implementing learning solutions and organizational development initiatives. Presently she is heading as Head Business Operations & is a Founding Member of INNER TRUTH CONSULTING SERVICES. She is also an active member of CII- IWN- Delhi Chapter. Her expertise lies in identifying organizational needs, designing Training content, handling team and stake holders. She is also responsible for the execution of Training programs with tangible results. She determines Training requirements by studying sales/ service and marketing strategic plans and current business results; conferring with sales/ customer service executives; reviewing results of trainer?s coaching; evaluating Training effectiveness etc. In the leadership role, her focus areas are developing team members, empowering stakeholders with knowledge & taking care of talent growth and development, creating an environment that drives positive performance in the organization. She has unified experience in business operations, Sales, Training combined with team building, business development, administration, governance and implementation skills. She has deep understanding of Transition, which is spread between the Handover, Startup, Manage and Exit phases. She has successfully Transitioned processes like MCI WorldCom, AT&T, First Choice, and Home Shop. She also played an important role in setting up BPO?s like Intellicom, Pinnacle BPO and Aegis for both Vodafone & Airtel accounts. She also supported Aegis team while the Organization acquired Bharti Teletech & Global Vantage. She is well versed and experienced in managing Call centre Operations, Training & Transaction Quality functions effectively. She also excels in End to end Key account & Project Management including contractual agreement creation, standardization of processes basis terms and performance management basis the various agreed SLAs on floor and with Clients for both International & Domestic business.
Co-Chairperson, Assocham India
Ms. Shradha Agarwaal is a widely acclaimed International Life Coach and Soul Therapist who has from years of spiritual experience, developed a powerful transformation technique called ?The Success Technique? using Vedic chants, Solar energy and thought programming. It is a one time workshop that teaches a compact 7 minute process involving 3 stages- Immunisation process, Creation process and Stabilisation process. High fliers from across diverse walks of life have taken this workshop and swear by it for its miraculous impact on their lives in just 21 days!
Shradha is a London Institute of Fashion Alumni and is the Co-Chairperson at ASSOCHAM, heading its Bengal and North East India region for over two years. She was also the Young FICCI Ladies Kolkata Chairperson 2015/16. Having dedicated almost a decade of her life to serving humanity, at a relatively early age Shradha founded ?Prayaas?. ?Prayaas? is a voluntary-activities based foundation formed with the purpose of reaching out, promoting inclusiveness, building bridges in society and for creating awareness. Shradha is the recipient of the distinguished FICCI award for outstanding achievement as a jeweler for professional excellence.She has also been conferred with the prestigious Rotary International award for unstinted commitment towards development of underprivileged classes. Shradha has been recently conferred with the Iconic Woman Award by the Women Economic Forum for her activities. Shradha was the youngest awardee to be recognized amongst 14 Women Achievers from across the globe and was conferred with the NRI Achievers? Award in Bahrain on 06.01.18 Shradha is in the executive committee board at the SAARC Nations South Asia Youth Entrepreneurship Council. She regularly takes part intelevision news debates and panel discussions on vital issues with distinguished achievers from politics, culture, media and arts to address society on the need to bring about dynamism in our existing social structure.
Author & Tedx Speaker, Erstwhile Actuary
Sinjini Sengupta is an Author and a TEDx speaker, and has won several national and international awards for her literary works in the space of film screenplays, poetry, short-stories and social columns. A few of those are as follows:
Best screenplay award (ELIXIR)? Pickurflicks (from 550+ films internationally)
Featured by ICICI Bank in their Advantage Woman Initiative.
Featured among Top 10 women bloggers in India by Women?s Web
Finalist at Quarter-finals of the World Championship of Public Speaking 2017
TEDx speaker ? invited by BIT Meerut, November 2017
Iconic Woman Award ? Women Economic Forum 2017
Exceptional Woman of Excellenece ? Women Economic Forum 2018
South Asia Fellows of Nature anthology winner (anthology publication)
Rhyme India winner ? national level English poetry contest by Times of India
Published in ?She the Shakthi? ? Feminist poetry anthology
Orange Flower Awards ? 2016
Sushila Ram Varma
Sushila Ram Varma is a seasoned legal professional who has an excellent track record of accomplishments in advisory and transactional work, arbitration (domestic and international arbitration), litigation, business and investment laws, corporate and commercial laws, intellectual property rights and international trade law.
The mainstay of her professional practice is to deliver results with efficiency and speed favoring her clients.
She is a Graduate and Gold Medalist in B.A., LL.B from North Bengal University, Darjeeling, India and a Post Graduate in Diploma in Intellectual Property Rights Laws from National Law School, Bangalore.
She is a partner in a consortium of law firms that operate under the brand ?Vitale & Partners? and have their Offices in Italy, India, Turkey, Brazil, China, USA, Austria, Angola, Latvia, Argentina, Romania, Egypt, and Iran.
She also has a collaboration arrangement with several law firms across the globe for rendering international advice to clients from various countries for both inbound and outbound transactions.
Principal, Bhatnagar International School
A veteran educationist with long years of experience in school administration Mrs. Shilpa Bhatnagar is the Principal of Bhatnagar International School, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi. Winner of National Resource Optimization Award in view of immense contribution in areas of primary and secondary school education, child care and development; and Global Human Rights Protection Award .Pursuit of excellence is Mrs. Shilpa?s prime endeavour and she joyfully strives for the same in all that she does. The deep passion and igniting desire to make a difference in the lives of the children continue to burn bright in her heart. She leaves no stone unturned to venture into newer and challenging pedagogic territories in a bid to nurture pupils with etiquettes, social graces, moral values and a deep love for our culture ensuring holistic development and academic excellence. Mrs. Bhatnagar?s perpetual aim is to groom a perfect generation with sound mental and physical fitness, and the capability to fully develop their innate potential in the present competitive world as well as a positive attitude towards life. As a successful premiere and inspiring leader, she displays a committed resolve to serve the community at large and has become instrumental in its betterment and upliftment. Mrs.Shilpa has taken up cudgels to promote the literacy drive in the South East Zone of Delhi and has emerged a winner of SufiaAjmali Trophy for the fifth consecutive year since 2012, conferred by Delhi school?s Literacy Project for making maximum number of learners in the impoverished neighbouring slums of Masoodpur which is adopted by the school since its inception. Her commitment to environment upkeep has made her the winner of the Eco-Friendly School of the Year Award. A perfectionist to the core, her zeal for cleanliness and rudiments of hygiene has brought the school the coveted recognition as the Best Hygienic School of The Year Award and Clean School of The Year by National Institution of Cleanliness Education and Research (NICER) on the World Youth Skills Day celebrations. Her collaborative leadership focuses on strategic school-wide actions directed towards improvement in the learning environment. It empowers employees, encourages broad spectrum participation in decision making and fosters shared accountability for student learning.
Principal, Venkateshwar International School
Ms. Mrinalini Kaura is presently working as Director and Principal at Venkateshwar International School. She Msc Gold Medalist and also authored 11 books for Nursery, Primary and Secondary School students. She achieves many awards as Best Student of B. Ed at C.I.E. Delhi University by The Prime Minister Late Rajiv Gandhi and for Top the Delhi University in B. Ed by The Vice President of India ? Late R. Venkataraman.
Principal, Manav Rachna International School
With almost 3 decades of rich experience behind her, she has earlier held the reigns of Ryan International School, Vasant Kunj New Delhi and Scottish High International School, Gurugram as the Principal. She believes that every child is unique and born with inherent talent which needs to be groomed and polished. She envisions that every child excels in a sport and art (performing as well as fine) activity along with academic excellence. Mrs. Malhotra has initiated the Special Education Needs (SEN) Department in the schools that she has led. The Inclusive Education Programme aims to integrate students with learning disabilities in mainstream education and addressing their needs so as to bring out the best in them.
Her passion for education and innovative teaching, meritorious work in the field of Social Welfare, Indian Culture, Music, Dance and Art has been rightly recognized and she has been felicitated with the ?Progressive Principal of India for the year 2017?, ?Vidyashree Award?, ?Avantika Dr. Radhakrishna Samman?, ?Best Educationist Award?, ?The Best State Principal ?Haryana Zone?, ?Best Mentor? award by Global SOTY Foundation and many more. Under her leadership, MRIS-46 has been awarded accreditation by the US based AdvancEd Commission for five years based on the S chool?s exemplary performance in all areas.
She joined the Manav Rachna Group in June 2009 at MRIS-46 where she began her journey of turning the MRIS vision and mission into a reality. School has grown from a strength of 125 children to almost 2800 children in a span of just 9 years.
Sumana Dutta Sarkar
Principal, Sachdeva Global School
Ms Sumana Dutta Sarkar is the Head of Sachdeva Global School, Dwarka- a school of K12 education; perfecting the art of holistic education by reaching a good balance between academics and co-curricular activities. Ms Sarkar has been a dedicated and passionate educationist for the past 25 years with cross functional experience and expertise in leadership and administration; curriculum planning, development and implementation; training; counseling; collaborative partnerships; CSR; as well as Project, Event and Facility Management. She has been involved with school education Pan India and has also been imparting teacher training in collaboration with Oxford University Press and Collins India Limited. Apart from education, her prime interests lie in psychology, Literature and Music. Ms Sarkar is a freelance creative writer for magazines and is professionally trained in Hindustani Classical Music as well as Multiple Intelligence Analysis of individuals.
Principal, Amity International School
Ms. Divya Bhatia have over two decades experience with schools all over the country, teaching and supervising a range of classes and subjects from pre-primary to XII. For the past twelve years, She have been working in an administrative capacity. Iaccomplished trainer and a mentor with a sound track record of creative scholastic achievements as well as planning, organizing, coordinating and monitoring all curricular and co-curricular activities for the overall development of students. She consider her stint as headmistress of Kundan International School, Chandigarh for special reference since the school was at a nascent stage when she took over. Over two years she successfully built it into a well renowned school in the tri city. She present role as Principal at Amity, Saket. She work closely with the management to fulfill the vision of Amity and bring about holistic growth of the students and the school by constantly supervising and monitoring the academics and activities as well as motivating the teachers to ensure great team work. She awarded by Global Human Rights Protection Award by Indian Institute of Human Rights in 2015. & National Population Education Award by International Association of Educators for World Peace in 2017 and also World Girl Child Education and Empowerment Award by Women?s agency for Generating Empowerment in 2017. She has also one year experience as a lecturer in Dayanand College for Women, teaching B.Sc. (Home Sc.) class (1984 ? 85) And one year as an anganwadi instructor and nutrition advisor with Delhi Council for Child Welfare (1985-86).
Principal, Bombay Scottish School
Mrs. Molly Paul is presently working as Alumnus of Bombay Scottish School, Mahim. Her love for children, led her to take up teaching as a profession and is a teacher at Bombay Scottish School, Mahim for 27 years. Held the post of Vice Principal at Bombay Scottish School, Mahim for 8 years. Taken charge as Principal of her Alma Mater in May 2014. She enjoys sports activities and is a 2nd generation Throw ball player. Her daughters too captained the School Throw ball Team during their time at Scottish Mahim also plays Table Tennis and Badminton.
Principal, M. L. Khanna DAV Public School
Ms. Monika Mehan presently working in M.L. Khanna DAV Public School, Dwarka, New Delhi as a Head of School.Besides executing her duties as Head of School, She is also working as Secretary of ?Arya Yuva Samaj?, Delhi and also worked as Member-Core Committee of DAV Alumni Foundation with DAV CMC (DAV College Managing Committee). She was head of the School DAV Public School February 2010 to August 2013 and Teacher Incharge at Kulachi Hansraj Model School from March 2004 to March 2008 She received Outstanding School Award? by the Tony Blair ?Face to Faith Organisation for successfully implementing ?Faith ?based curriculum? in school , in February 2013 and received award Microsoft Showcase School Award for three consecutive years from 2015 to 2018 and also received award the ISA Award (International School Award) by British Council at DAV Public School, Dwarka for the period 2015-2018
Dr. Savithri Singh
Principal, Acharya Narendra Dev College.
Dr. Savithri Singh, Principal, Acharya Narendra Dev College (University of Delhi) since more than 12 years, is a botanist by training, but over the years her interests have diversified into science education, Open and accessible education, environment, entrepreneurship, women?s issues and theatre. Her philosophy of providing opportunities ?Beyond the classroom?? and ?Preparing for the future?? have ensured that faculty and students in the college are able to explore their full potential and make informed decisions. The college is well-known as a research hub both for UG students and the faculty. AND College has been recognized by the Government of the NCT of Delhi for a Business Incubator ? inStart Foundation. Dr. Singh has led the college to be awarded Grade ?A? by NAAC with a score of 3.31. Dr. Singh is recognized as an UNESCO expert on Open Educational Resources and travels around the world in connection with her responsibility as the Creative Commons representative in India.
Managing Director, LBN Tech Solutions Pvt Ltd
?I never dreamed about success. I worked for it? said Est?e Lauder, one of the most successful women entrepreneurs of the 20th century. Her words are echoed in that of other women entrepreneurs who have learned that success does not differentiate between a man and woman. Any woman with a vision and the will to succeed can create a powerful identity for herself and inspire other women around her. One such successful woman is Megalai Senthilkumar, Managing Director of LBN Tech Solutions a Website and Digital Marketing Company with headquarters in California, USA. Having started off her career as a teacher, which she fulfilled for over a decade, Megalai found her true calling as an entrepreneur when she founded LBN Tech in 2004. That too, at a time when Content Marketing was a relatively new domain which clients rarely appreciated as a distinct service! But Megalai?s persuasive skills, marketing acumen and the determination to win, paid off. Not only has the company grown steadily over the years, it?s seen a reliable Digital Marketing partner for several Indian and global clients. Their Websites, Web-applications and Digital Marketing campaigns have increased visibility and market share for several clients in India and abroad. But it hasn?t always been a cakewalk for Megalai. She has faced several challenges as a Woman-owned business owner in areas such as HR, Client Communication and Operations but overcame them successfully with grit and hard work. When she is not busy leading LBN?s multifunctional items from the front, she indulges in her passions ? Music and Travel. It has made her a more complete person, and invigorates her time again in her journey as a successful woman entrepreneur.
Yeshwanth Nag Mocherla
Founder, The ThickShake Factory
M. Yeshwanth Nag (age 29 years) is Founder of The ThickShake Factory ? India?s 1st Premium ThickShake Brand along with his co-founder Ashwin Mocherla. The ThickShake Factory has been a pioneer in the concept of specialty retailing of Shakes. Incepted in December 2013 in Hyderabad with a single store bootstrapped with a personal loan, TSF has steadily grown to 65 stores by end of year 4 and projected to be 75 by end of April 2018. In terms of revenues, the brand has been growing 400% Year on year. TSF?s plan for the future is to have over 500 stores in the next 3 years. TSF is currently present in 11 Indian cities and also in California, USA.
Managing Director, Global Growth Consultancy
Sujay Paul is an Entrepreneur, Investor, Multi Business Owner, Expert in the 7 elements of wealth, Financial Freedom Strategist, Motivational Speaker, NLP Certified Practitioner, Life and a Business Coach. He is originally from Guwahati, North East India and settled in London, United Kingdom. He does motivational and mindset workshops all across the globe. Along with the proven tools, techniques and strategies, he has already touched many souls and has helped people to overcome any kind of issues, be it in relationships, health, wealth, career and studies. He strongly criticizes the fact that there is no focus on self-development in most of the institutions either academic or professional. He strongly believes that along with academic qualification, corporate workers, entrepreneurs, students and today?s youth need to be taught on self-development so that they know from an early age about their self-limiting beliefs, their strengths, their weaknesses, how to set goals and eventually how to overcome all kinds of fears to live a life according to their norms and at their best.
Having worked with some of the largest multinational companies like Dell Computers, Convergys, Accenture, Evolv in sales and training and personally owning so many projects under his belt, Sujay takes you through a unique systematic approach to business, personal and educational psychology and performance, so that you can have a real working knowledge of how to apply it instantly to your own business and personal life, enabling you to create the wealth, financial freedom and the personal life that you wish to have and deserve.
Dr. Sanjeev Chopra
Additional Chief Secretary, Government of West Bengal
Dr Sanjeev Chopra currently posted,as Additional Chief Secretary to the Government of West Bengal in the apex scale of the IAS is an officer of the 1985 batch with significant laurels in professional, academic and literary circles.
In his present assignment, he is responsible for planning and implementation of the entire spectrum of development interventions in the state ? from agriculture and allied sectors to watershed, livelihoods and farmers incomes, besides protocol and related assignments. Under his stewardship, the state has won the KRISHI Karman Award for the fourth successive year from the Government of India. He is also involved in training officers of the All India, State and Agriculture and allied departments on governance and development interventions, besides giving the governmentperspective to visiting diplomats and participants of programs like NDC, World Bank and other multi lateral and bi lateral agencies .
CTO-TataCLiQ , VP-Digital Initiatives
?What we as innovators need to do to give back to our motherland is to build robust foundation for digital India ? this will mean focusing on and optimizing the benefits of artificial intelligence and IoT to create grass root level impact in India addressing challenges like medical aid despite geographical barriers, traffic jam resolutions in urban areas, predicting commodity prices and easing farming related barriers? ? Sauvik Banerjjee One of top 6 technologists globally with over
150 implementations running across the globe, Sauvik Banerjjee is a technologist and Vice President Digital Initiatives, Advisory to Group Co?s & CTO of TATACLIQ at Tata Industries Limited by profession. He is a tech evangelist and entrepreneur by heart, has built two
successful start-ups & sold them in the UK and has been ranked right at the top of global CTOs online by OnlineEducation.com. Having mentored over 600 senior management over the years, Sauvik in India is also mentoring select start-ups on building successful business models. He is on the board of advisors for several companies and start-ups alike. He has been responsible for disruptive innovation ideas in technology and omni-channel commerce that have earned him the distinction and title of being one of the only 6 people (the only person of Indian origin) in the world to have worked on all global Omni channel platforms. Sauvik also holds a robust track record in P&L roles where he has delivered over 143% growth, 122% growth across India and Europe for organisations like Infosys, Accenture and SAP. At SAP he was the Chief of Technology for SAP Global?s Omni-channel and Digital vertical.
CVENT Global VP Marketing
Sandeep is currently , Global Vice President & Head of Marketing , India and is responsible for CVENT?s International Marketing & Global Demand Center based in Gurgaon. He has held senior leadership positions & managed diverse portfolios in companies like Honda Motors, Canon, New Holland tractors, Microsoft, Nokia & SAP in his illustrious career over the last 25 years. He holds progressive leadership experience in P&L management, technology & solution marketing , strategy, business development & Startup Operations, Sandeep has defined strategies to build brand visibility, driven opportunity creation , built channel strategies and created distribution channels to drive multi-tier sales engines in his various roles over the years. Known for his strategic thinking and execution focus, he has inspired trust, built teams and motivated people to perform and deliver results. Sandeep received his degree in Mechanical Engineering from Pune University & he holds Executive Masters in International Business from Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi. He is a certified coach for Design Thinking from Hasso Plattner Institut, Potsdam & has completed several management development & leadership programs both in India & abroad.
CEO, Business Barons International publishing Group Mumbai. Maharashtra
Senior Entrepreneurial Leader with 25 + years of rich experience in Multiple services industry & multi tasking (Media, IT, financial products , FMCG,) Worked in India and International market .Responsible for the overall strategy and P&L of the company.
Strong working exposure to International markets & cultural diversities,
Strong national &global networking .
Executive Chairman,LALL Entertainment Private Limited
India born creative entrepreneur & investor Bhuvan LALL has enjoyed over two & a half decades of wide-ranging top-level decision making exposure & risk-taking experience in the creative, corporate & cutting edge technology areas of the global media & entertainment sector. Bhuvan LALL launched the privately held global entertainment company - LALL Entertainment - Animation, Broadcasting & Cinema, at the Cannes film festival 2003. In addition, LALL has produced a critically acclaimed feature film Chittagong (2012), an international reality TV show ? Chance of a Lifetime (2013), award winning documentaries, global music concerts & India?s finest animation movie ? Ramayana the Epic (2010). LALL is also the writer of the recently launched book ? The Man India Missed the Most ? Subhas Chandra Bose (2017) ? that is going to be an international feature film. (Book is available on Amazon) Previously LALL was the President of a multi Billion dollar conglomerate - the Spice Group for 6 years, established the Indian Broadcasting Foundation, created glitzy multi million dollar global events including India Splendor, ran a 6 screen multiplex, set up a youth TV channel, managed a state of the art production facility, started global production companies, operated a world media consulting firm & was a strategic advisor to tech Billionaire C. Sivasankaran. A professionally trained filmmaker LALL is a recipient of a first class Masters degree in Mass Communication (film, television & radio production) from Jamia mass communication research center, New Delhi. LALL?s video docudrama - A ticket to the future - won the Desmond Doig award for the best graduation film & his science fiction short film, Killing a sunrise on a full moon night was awarded the highest marks for direction & scriptwriting. He also studied Film, Broadcasting & Animation at the UCLA Extension program.
Ramit Singh Chimni
Founder,The RASICH Group
Ramit Singh began his career over a decade ago, as an independent pro bono activist working towards social causes, especially the upliftment of farmers. In the process, he has dealt with the legislature, executive and the judiciary at the grass-root as well as the national level, helping bring about tangible change in the lives of farmers in one of the country?s major agrarian belts. He then returned to The RASICH Group, which he founded in 2007, and for the last 5 years has worked closely with law firms in India in areas including strategic planning, practice management, productivity enhancement, financial reviews and organization structuring, where he also promotes the use of responsible and sustainable business practices. He is the sole advisor to the Indian Corporate Counsel Association, a government-recognised body of corporate lawyers. Together, they were invited to draft a Bill for, and be a part of the discussions held by the Government on opening up the Indian legal sector. Ramit is also an advisor to Football Solutions, India?s premier football management company. FS aims to increase football penetration in the country, promote the sport from the ground-up, and help players from every stratum get increased exposure and opportunity. The research arm of The RASICH Group has published four books till date, the most recent one on management principles for the legal industry, which features contributions from him and some of the top legal management gurus from across the world. India?s North-East is a hub of football, and his work in the region helped fuel his interest in working for the development of its extremely community-driven people. He thus co-founded the 8one Foundation, which refers to the 8 states in the North-East, which are diverse in culture but similar in character. The Foundation aims to affect pragmatic sustainable progress, with social development taking priority over other interpretations of the term ?development?.
Dr. Mehul Dashrathbhai Agravat
Dr Mehul Agravat working a GatroSurgeon in Vadodara since 2011. Mehul Agravat is Chairman of Swasthya groups of Hospitals. I am working at Vadodara , Dahod & Devgardh Baria. I belong to a family who has done pioneer work in health care in Saurashtra region since last 70 yrs. My father and Grand father were doing medical practise in Junagadh district . They have reached to remote places of that region and served thousands of patients when even medical practitioner where in scarcity . I have finished my medical education in 2000. I have started my career as Medical Superintendent in Dabhoi. I joined NHL Municipal Medical College as an assistant professor in 2001. I have reached at highest level of academics as a Professor and then I resigned from the post. I have done almost 6000 open surgeries and 5000 laparoscopic surgeries. I am the pioneer surgical team member of Gujarat who had performed 1st liver transplantation in Gujarat state.
I am reaching to town and village places to provide health care at affordable prices. On this ground I have started my own hospital in Dahod and Devgargh-Baria where medical services are not
up to the mark. Here many tribes can not even afford Rs. 5 per day medicines. I will have moving Dispensary to reach door to door for needy patients.
Astrologer and Palmist
Acharya Praveen Chauhan is one of the most sought after and self taught Astrologer and Palmist. He has a background in Computer Science engineering, and with a specialization in software testing. He specializes in original research, new ways of exploring Astrology and interpretations. Praveen?s approach to Astrology is down-to-earth ? yet he draws on spiritual and mystical traditions, new age innovations, and intuitive insights, to use Astrology as a tool for self-understanding and self-improvement. Awards and Accomplishments Extolled with sundry accolades & apperceptions by many Philomath, academicians and organizations of repute and conferred with several prestigious tittles and degrees.
Ritesh Kumar Mishra
Director, Chemical Shoppe Pvt. Ltd.
He had done B.Sc.- Physics (Honours) with Post Graduation Diploma in Marketing & International Business from Rai University (2001-2003).
He had been associated with Indian to International Multinational companies and had been assigned responsibilities with different authority across sectors like Pharmaceuticals, Nutraceuticals, Textile, Agriculture, Cosmetic, Food Ingredient, Research & Synthesis.
In 2016, he along with his like minds, started an Online Knowledge Platform ?Chemical Shoppe Private Limited (C S P L)? with the vision of supporting Indian Pharmaceutical & Researchers to a common Platform to take optimal utilization of existing resources available.
C.S.P.L is having local presence in India and abroad at Hyderabad , Delhi, Ahmedabad and Wichita at U.S. state of Kansas also strategic alliance in China .
C.S.P.L affords had been appreciated under StartUp India and adjudged as High Growth company for having scalability, generating employment among youth, promoting local strength and exports, saving foreign currency and brining positive change in society.
Ritesh Mishra envisions India to be self-reliant in Production & Research and from Import Hub to become supplier & Export Hub.
Dr. Pratap Chauhan
Founder, Jiva Ayurveda
Dr.Partap Chauhan, BAMS, is the pioneer of Ayurvedic Telemedicine. He started the world?s first Ayurvedic website, jiva.com, in the year 1995, and was the first to give online consultations to people from all over the world.
Partap Chauhan is the only Ayurvedic doctor to have won the prestigious ?World Summit Award? given by United Nations Organization, Geneva, for his Teledoc project designed to help rural population using technology. For his social entrepreneurial skills, he has been selected a lifetime Ashoka Fellow, by the Ashoka Foundation, USA.
Dr. Chauhan is the founder of Jiva Ayurveda, an Ayurvedic company that offers online, telephonic and personal consultation to patients across the world. Based in Faridabad, Delhi NCR, Jiva runs a network of 70 clinics all over India and the world?s largest Ayurvedic Telemedicine Center, giving free consultations to more than 6000 patients daily, through 300 well-trained Ayurvedic doctors. Dr. Chauhan runs a popular Ayurvedic health shows daily on various prime Television channels and more than 200 million people in India and abroad collectively view his program.
Dr. Chauhan has traveled to more than 40 countries spreading the knowledge of Ayurveda to common people. He has established Jiva Ayurveda Schools in Japan, France, Poland and Lithuania. He has written several books on Ayurveda which have been translated to many foreign languages including French, Russian, Lithuanian and Polish. He has won various National and International Awards for his services towards Ayurveda.
1. Shri sunil Garg joined IPS in the year 1992. Prior to his appointment as IPS he was SDM Udaipur (Rajasthan). He belongs to Rajasthan.
2. Arunachal Pradesh: In february 1995, he was posted to Arunachal Pradesh. In Arunachal, he worked as SDPO Itanagar and Namsai, as SP Tezu and Principal PTC Banderdewa. The officer was granted ? Special Duty Medal? by the government for outstanding performance, The officer?s excellent work was appreciated by the then IGP and Home Minister by issuing six appreciation letters.
3. Delhi Police:
a) In September 1998 he was posted back to Delhi Police, In the year 1998, while working as Principal PTC, Delhi Police he has ?modernized the training facilities like classes through Multimedia Project, Computer Laboratory, Auditorium, Meditation Hall, Cyber Crime Cell, and various Sports facilities. The meditation (Vipasana) courses for more than 1000 police officers were organised, Dr. Kiran Bedi has issued two appreciation letters during this period.
b) In the year 2000 Shri Sunil Garg was posted as Addl. DCP/North West Ashok Vihar. Due to his sincere efforts, major cases of kidnapping for ransom were solved, which had an arm encounter with the kidnappers in Sonepat. He got seven appreciation letters from Commissioner of Police during this posting.
FMCG, Healthcare, Real Estate and Social Development Sector ? the four most competitive sectors is where Krishnan, an alumnus of IIM, Ahmedabad, has a rich 30+ years of pan-India experience. From launching L?oreal products in South India way back in 1991 to launching a new brand of Pan Masala in an already saturated North India market ? he has done it all. Krishnan?s core competence has been taking on so-called ?dead markets? and socalled ?difficult new products? and making them successful. As senior technical director of Futures Group International, he led two programs ? WHO-ORS & DPCP (Dual Purpose Condom Protection) that were funded by USAID as part of PACTCRH program in India. Both programs won several awards, national and international. Subsequently as a consultant in many new ventures, startups, across different sectors, Krishnan?s ability to draw up strategies to effectively penetrate new markets, set up an organization from scratch and help them grow
exponentially has been honed further. Krishnan did a three-year stint as an entrepreneur early in his life, where he and
his wife encountered severe losses. They struggled for many years as they repaid their dues. The event was a huge learning experience and made them realize the value of giving back and contributing to the community than just focusing on earning.
As co-founder of ShikshaDaan Foundation along with his wife, he is currently on a multi year road trip titled ?ShikshaDaan Yatra? to every district of India. This Yatra has been undertaken to advocate giving for education and identifying partners for ShikshaDaan. As a Leadership coach, Krishnan is coaching several senior and C-suite executives, helping as a catalyst in their personal and professional growth.
Devir Singh Bhandari
Indian Film Director & Chairman, DSB GROUP
Devir Singh Bhandari is an award-winning international filmmaker. He is the Chairman of DSB Group who also owns a full-fledged production house. At a remarkably young age, he became the Chairman of ? Road Safety ? which is a part of Confederation of Indian Industries Young Indians? in New Delhi.. Following his passion and love for filmmaking he started his own production house and received the Human Achievers Award for Excellence in Filmmaking by the Honourable Mr Madan Mohan Mittal, Minister of Industry, Punjab. His parents motivated and inspired him from a young age to dream big which led him to draw his creative energy and the inspiration he got from the late Mr. Yash Chopra paved his way in to the right direction. After interning with reputable industry names like Yash Raj Films and ABP News, Devir made a film on cancer awareness called *Celebrating Life* for SAARC nations and the Delhi government, which was released at the Ashoka hotel by the SAARC delegation. He also made a film on *Amity Humanity Foundation *which is set to release this year. Gama in the Land of Lama, which is under production for Cannes, will be his debut film as an actor. He also has a TV series under production featuring bytes of revered personalities from Bollywood.
He was the chair for DELHI YOUTH CONCLAVE which took place at The Leela Palace, Delhi and also moderated Mr Beniwal, Special Commissioner Police. The Pioneer, interviewed him and the details can be seen on the link below.
Co-Founder & CEO, Inner Truth Consulting Services
DK ? Deepak Kapoor is one of the most famous and popular faces of the Indian Learning, Training & Marketing Industry. Over the last almost 20 years of his prolific life, he has held Leadership Positions in Organizations Like ? Convergys India ( World?s Largest BPO ), The Times of India Group, Centum Learning ( Bharti Airtel Group ), Satyam BPO, & Reliance Jio to name a few. In these Companies, he has crafted & led multiple Successful & Transforming Learning and Business Strategies, as a Vice President (VP) & Chief Operating Officer (COO). He is very well known as A Superb Orator, Keynote Speaker and an Amazing Influencer / Networker. He has exhibited these skills in workplaces like INDIA, PHILLIPINES & the USA. He is currently the Co-Founder & CEO of the Learning Advisory Organization ? Inner Truth Consulting Services, based out of Gurgaon, Haryana, India.
Founder & CEO, I Say Organic
Ashmeet is the founder of I Say Organic , a company working towards making organic products in India conveniently available and accessible, with the belief that consumer demand will lead the shift towards ecological agriculture, making it more the norm than exception. He started the company after traveling widely across the country, which inspired him to tap into the enormous potential agriculture presents to create prosperity while addressing the various environmental and economic threats the country faces. Ashmeet holds a Masters in Innovation Management & Entrepreneurship from Brown University, and Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from University of BritishColumbia.
Assistant Director General (EQR), ICAR
is Assistant Director General (EQR), ICAR, New Delhi
Assistant Director, Global Vision India Foundation
Nachiket Joshi is a young entrepreneur and political/social leader. He is Law Enforcement, Director (India) for International Human Rights Association. He is a social reformer and motivator. He is an assistant director for Global Vision India foundation, which affiliated under United Nations. He has done Masters of Information System from Sydney, Australia. He is acknowledged as youth leader. He is promoting Digital India campaign given by Prime Minister of India. He is working for equality for women, women empowerment and against the discrimination in the society. He has started awareness towards ?organ donation? campaign in the community. He is fiercely campaigning against forced marriages in communities. He is working for the betterment of Indian Prisoners. His social work has been awarded by Chairman of Indo- British APPG (All Parliamentary Party Group) United Kingdom, Member of Parliament, Mr. Virendra Sharma on June 2016 at UK Parliament. He was speaker at BRICS Law summit at Russia in June 2016. He had served as Convener, UK Chapter for Indian Nation Bar Association. He was involved with Hounslow Race and Equality Council which is serving for the equality rights for the ethnic minority communities in the United Kingdom. He was speaker in Regional Pravasi Bharti Divas 2015 in UK and he had spoken about ?Role of social media and youth promoting Diaspora?s link with India?. He had appointed?as community school governor in London Borough of Hounslow, UK. He has served as national executive committee member for the OFBJP UK and India from 2012 to 2014. He has organised one of the largest ?Run for Unity? outside India to support world largest statue for Lt. Shri Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. He was involved in historical Indian election campaign for Shri Narendra Modi in 2014 as part of OFBJP national executive committee member. He was actively engaged with the movement for Indian against corruption during 2013 and 2014. He has organised meetings for POW (Prisoners of War) in Pakistan to create internal and international political pressure to release POW as early as possible. He has supported a petition for amending the law relating to ?rape? in India. Nachiket Joshi has been student leader in his college days. He was student association leader in Australia and he had supported the movement against the racial attacks in Australia.?
Partner, Quest Partners
Subhabrata (Rontu) Basu is a banking professional with over 30 years experience in the financial sector and has worked in senior positions with DSP Merrill Lynch, ANZ Grindlays, Jardine Fleming, Commerzbank and Deutsche Bank. Rontu is currently a Partner with Quest Partners, a management consulting boutique, with an unique focus on trade, investment & institutional linkages in the India-Canada corridor. He has also been the India Country Advisor of the Schulich School of Business, Toronto, since 2005 and has helped them formulate and execute their India strategy & on-ground presence. Other Canadian clients he has advised include Harlequin, Toronto Star & Multi-Health Systems. Rontu is also the past National President of the Indo-Canadian Business Chamber(ICBC) and currently on the National & MRC Regional Boards of ICBC.
Ms. Misha Kohli
Founder & CEO, GetupGo!
Misha K Mittal is the Founder & CEO of GetupGo!, which aims to fill the current behavioural skills gap amongst young adults. Within this capacity she curates experiential learning interventions on behavioural skills for young professionals across multiple industries and audience demographics. Alongside GetupGo! she is also on the Advisory Board of the Women Economic Forum; where Misha continuously leverages her network and expertise to empower women professionally and personally.
Prior to GetupGo!, Misha spent a few years at McKinsey & Company. as a Senior Organisational Health Coach. In this capacity, she coached clients through the process of their transformational change journeys. Misha also went on to play the role of the People and Operations Lead of the Organisational Diagnostics Solution team across Asia ? focusing on the individual development of the team members, the health and performance of the team as a whole, and also that of the rapidly growing and complicated Asian market. Misha has experience in facilitating workshops for top teams, middle management and even new-joiners at various companies. She holds an MSc in Social and Organisational Psychology from The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and a BA in Psychology from Lady Shri Ram College for Women (Delhi University).
Dr. Priyanka Mehta
Dr Indu Anand
Former Principal of Janki Devi Memorial College, Unviersity of Delhi
Dr. Indu have been a committed head of Janki Devi Memorial College, University Of Delhi , an institution which stands for excellence in academics and extra Curricular activities. She is dedicated to the spread of education among women and strongly advocate their economic empowerment and wider integration in society. She had initiated the Women Entrepreneurship Support Training ( WST) program in the college with the Government of Netherlands and Ecorys , India as Knowledge Partner. Have been the recipient of FUllbright scholarship and Charles Wallace Trust. Under her leadership the college was visited by Prime Minister of UK, Davide Cameron. As an educator, have been associated with statutory bodies such as Executive Council and Academic Council. Have been integrally associated with the college for the last 40 years including 11 years as the Principal. Have also been the recipient of Mahila Shriromani Award, Amity Woman Achiever’s award, lifetime Achievement Award, Chief Ministers Best Rain Water Harvesting Award and Indira Gandhi Priyadarshini Award.
Principal , Cambridge School
Aparna Seebaluck is Principal , Cambridge School
Founder member of Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan
Zakia Soman is a founder member of Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan, a mass organization of muslim women in India. She heads the Peace and Human Security theme in Action Aid. She is a member of Saape, South Asian Alliance for Poverty Eradication which engages with the issues of excluded communities regionally. She works and writes on issues of peace and justice, secularism, human rights, minority rights and rights of muslim women. Her articles advocating rights of Muslim women and tolerance and harmony with other communities are published in various Indian publications. She has edited a book on dalit Muslims and a volume on peace and justice in South Asia. She has been a university lecturer and a newspaper editor in Ahmedabad where she belongs.
Femina Miss India World 2004
Sayali Bhagat is an Indian actress and former beauty queen. She competed in Femina Miss India 2004 and won the title of Femina Miss India World
Executive Vice President,Tree House Hotel
An economics graduate from Sri Delhi University’s Sri Venketshwara College, Richa joined the post graduate Management Trainee Program of the Taj Group in 1995 and worked in Operations with the Taj. Richa has also worked at the Oberoi Group in Sales and Marketing across all verticals. Besides that, her experience has been enriched with her foray into varied industries of BPO, IT sales and Corporate Communication with brand like Weber Shandwick, WNS and Prologic, WNS Global .
Head HR- A.T.Kearney Ltd
Ms. Rakhee Malik has had an illustrious career spanning 19 years in the field of Human resources management across preeminent organizations in management consulting and Knowledge services industry. In her current role, Rakhee heads the people function for the Indian office of A.T. Kearney Ltd. She is also the Asia Pacific regional leader for performance management and sits on the Board of A.T. Kearney’s India entity. In her diverse role, she is responsible for strategic HR programs like Leadership Capability Building, Global Talent management, Diversity & Inclusion initiatives and Transformational Leadership. She has also been associated with leading firms like McKinsey & Company and WNS Global services. While at McKinsey, she was instrumental in setting up and growing their first ever Knowledge Centre in India. Rakhee also spearheaded the HR and Professional Development function for the Research & Analytics team at WNS Global Services. An eminent speaker at industry forums and educational institutions, she is often invited to share her thinking on Woman Leadership and Diversity. She was awarded the “Women Super Achiever Award” by the World HRD Congress in 2016 and “Most Influential HR Leader” in 2017. Rakhee holds an MBA in Human Resources, a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and is also a certified Neuro Linguistic Practitioner.
Shwetha Bhatia is a Registered Dietician with the Indian Dietetic Association. A University topper at the graduation level (Mumbai University) and post graduation level (SNDT University, Mumbai), Shwetha’s academic excellence is superseded by her successful and established clinical practice. She has been practising in Mumbai under the brand name Metamorphosis since 2008. The spectrum of her clients range from those suffering clinical conditions to those seeking sports performance enhancement. Areas of expertise: Cancer management, Gastrointestinal disorders; including liver and pancreatic disorders,Ante/ Postnatal care, Pediatric nutrition, Endocrine and Metabolic disorders,Sports nutrition, Cardiac disorders,Kidney disorders. She has an impeccable track record and an impressive network of clients –be it professionals, celebrities or organisations. She has helped Bollywood actor Tiger Shroff prepare for his role in his debut film Heropanti.She is a columnist with the fitness magazine KRUNCH TODAY and has contributed articles on health in noted newspapers and magazines.Shwetha is also a competitive fitness athlete, having won Bronze medals at the State & National Bodybuilding Championships 2015. She is a Board Member of the GOA BODYBUILDING AND FITNESS ASSOCIATION affiliated with the Indian Bodybuilders Federation (IBBF), recognised by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. She has also been inducted as a Category A (National Level) Judge by the IBBF and now serves the federation as jury. She is the Brand Ambassador for a fitness app, Mobiefit. Her passion for fitness has led her to start her own Fitness & Nutrition Centre in Panjim, Goa under the brand name Gym & Tonic.
Cofounding Partner , Saha Fund
Finance Professional with experience in IT and Manufacturing. Have been key to the growth of the Companies not only by strengthening the finance but also by innovating systems and processes most suitable and implementation of the same and generating outstanding results. Have built cultures of equanimity, team work, team building, growth with colaboration, sharing and focussing on the goals and objectives in the organisation.
Senior Communications Specialist
Prabha Chandran has been an editor with some of India’s leading newspapers and has written extensively on current affairs and lifestyle issues through the 90s pioneering several lifestyle publications both online and offline. Since 2002, Prabha has been working internationally mostly with the World Bank on a series of specialised communications projects. She implemented the national information campaign for the first population census of the newly-independent nation of East Timor for UNFPA and the huge reconstruction program by the World Bank in Indonesia following the tsunami of 2004. She has worked closely with senior government officials, donors and international media in many Asian countries, managing strategic communications for large World Bank projects and senior management She has also lived and worked on development communications in Hanoi, Belgrade, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Nairob. She has a lot of experience working in post disaster, post conflict areas and mentoring national communications staff. Prabha divides her time between her homes in Oslo and New Delhi where she plans to work more directly on women’s issues particularly in support of the girl child. She is married to Olav Ofstad, a conflict management specialist from Norway and has two sons. She writes, cooks for friends and loves travelling in her spare time.
Senior Editor, The Pioneer daily
Vineeta Pandey is Senior Editor, The Pioneer daily.
Founder & MD, Crosshairs Communication
An award-winning entrepreneur, young achiever, internationally recognized as an emerging woman leader –founded Crosshairs Communication when she was 23 years old with no capital. The company has grown to become one of India’s niche Public Relations and social media companies. Stuti has shared her experiences across global forums – the Dell Women Entrepreneur Network, Fortune/US state Department Mentoring Program, as a speaker in Japan at the “International Conference for Women in Business”, at the Dell Women Entrepreneur Network and co presented with Ms Elizabeth Gore – Resident Entrepreneur United Nations on the theme “Pay it Forward”. A speaker in Tedx in Tokyo, Global Indian Business Meet in New York and was part of a panel discussion. She curated TedxJanpath in association with AmericanCentre and moderated a MOOC session on entrepreneurship, Speaker at young leaders panel at Praxis – only PR event in India. Stuti received the award for the Best Young Women Entrepreneur, is a member of Asia Society’s Asia 21. Femina featured “India’s 35 most influential women all 35 and has been featured in many other media. Writes and blogs extensively on Leadership issues and “Women Leadership” and has inspired and motivated the lives of many young women in the country. www.crosshairscommunication.com
Clinical Psychologist, SNDT University
A trained human Clinical Psychologist, from SNDT University, Mumbai, Minal is trained as an Animal Assisted Therapist and mentored by renowned Animal Therapist Dr. Cynthia Chandler, from University of North Texas. She has also completed her Level I training in Play Therapy and is a licensed International Pet Partner Team Evaluator. Minal is the first person to introduce the internationally-recognized professional discipline of Animal Assisted Therapy (“AAT”) in India. Apart from being the only one in India to imparts intensive training to volunteers and professional therapists (both humans and animals), she also provides consultation to set up AAT centres in India and abroad. Minal has successfully practiced AAT over the last 14 years and impacted the lives of more than 10,000 patients with CerebralPalsy, Autism, speech disorders, and stress induced problems such as anxiety & depression, to improve their quality of life. Minal is also the Founder of Animal Angels Foundation, India’s first and only NGO working in the field of Human Animal Interaction. In addition to introducing and practicing AAT in leading hospitals such as Ruby, KEM, Wockhardt & CiplaCancer Center, she has also introduced this therapy in Corporates, Schools and Airports to deal with the alarmingly increasing stress levels in people today.
Dr Shikha is a medical Doctor by training , she did her MBBS from Maulana Azad Medical College Delhi ( ranked in Top 3 Medical Colleges of India ) . She did 1 year junior residency in the department of cardiology , where her desire to work in the area of preventive healthcare took form . To follow this vision , she set up the Organization Nutri-Health Systems , which was formed with the purpose of delivering preventive healthcare advisory programs . The organization has Ayurvedic Doctors and Nutritionists who run the programs . The Organization is a pioneer in Integrating Modern Nutrition with Vedic Nutrition Nutri -Health is a company in the business of disease prevention and Wellness . The organization has clinics and a Tele-Nutrition Centre with over 140 full time employees. The Use of Tele-Nutrition Centre and a Personal Health App , where regular Nutrition Advise and Counseling is done for the Clients is another pioneering concept introduced in the area of Wellness .The Employee Ratio is 80% Women and 20% Men . The Clients are Indians all over India and the world and the special emphasis is on providing wellness and preventive Healthcare solutions using technology with Personalized voice based Counseling . Currently This service sends out 2000+ unique personalized Nutrition plans daily which are created By Nutritionists on a daily basis .
Vice Chairperson – Women’s Organisation of India. Director – E tech India Private Limited
Human Resource Professional with 17 years of IT HR experience. Worked extensively on Human Resource operations, Recruitments, Trainings, Compensation & Benefits, Performance Appraisals, formulated policies, employee hand-books, employee welfare & employee relations & corporate events. Social Activist: RSS – RashtraSevikaSamiti, Intellectual Women’s Wing, as Core Committee Member, Delhi Prant.Have been contributing in youth awareness & Self Defence, workshops, seminars, trainings & camps for youths in Universities, Colleges & schools in Delhi/NCR. RashtriyaSewaBharati, Delhi Pant–Involved as a Regional Coordinator for Dakshin Bharat in Training workshops & conducting Surveys on “Status of Women in City Slums of India and conducting & participating SanskarShibir for Basti Adolescent girls in Delhi/NCR. Anubandh Foundation – Secretary, working for the welfare of Sr Citizens.
General Manager – Jaipur Marriott
Monica Suri brings to the table her vast repertoire of running and managing highly successful hotels and has an extensive experience of more than 15 years in the hospitality industry. Spearheading the largest room inventory property in the state of Rajasthan, she is responsible for the associates’ elicit performance, culminating fine guest experience and achieving vision of the hotel. She is committed to provide strategic leadership expertise that ensures effective and efficient overall management at the hotel. Prior to joining Jaipur Marriott, Monica was the General Manager at the Le Meridien, Kochi. She started her career with Taj group of hotels in F&B operations followed by an extensive 10 years stint with Starwood (now Marriott) group during which she held various positions like Head of Training, Cluster Director of HR, Hotel Manager before she moved to Kochi as General Manager. Monica believes in achieving results through people by keeping them highly motivated which helps them reach at their best potential. She believes that leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence. Monica is a highly enthusiastic person who finds herself fearless, rather excitedly attracted to challenges. She harnesses this ability by working-in for well-being through her Yoga way of life. At leisure, Monica travels and blogs about her experiences to share her travel stories and inspire other women travelers. She is a firm believer that traveling is not just seeing the world, but rather experiencing it.
Founder & CEO, V Resorts
Aditi Balbir is the Founder & CEO of V Resorts – an alternate accommodation provider in the leisure travel space. The company manages and operates resorts, hotels, camps, houseboats, homestays, farm-houses and any other form of stays in leisure locations for customers to holiday. Currently V Resorts offers a choice of over 70 + unique experiences in offbeat destinations across 15 states in India, each offering something local yet maintaining a global standard of service levels. A management graduate from ISB Hyderabad & Fuqua, Duke University, Aditi Balbir founded V Resorts in 2014 and is currently the only woman heading a company in this space. She set up the platform by spearheading three successive rounds of $ 9 million funding raised from VC investors. Her contribution to V Resorts has been all encompassing, having built the business from ground up, the task being to carefully curate, develop and manage unique resort properties in India. Every V Resort is built on a sustainable platform by fully integrating the local villages through employment, the development of new skills, showcasing local handicrafts and local cuisines and sourcing the majority of the ingredients from the local markets thus providing each customer with a tourism experience that truly captures the flavor of the real India! For her contribution in this sector, Aditi Balbir was recently recognized at the CNBC TV 18- Young Business Women Awards 2017. Aditi is also part of the top 100 women CEOs in the Fortune 100 Most Powerful Women Asia 2017 list. In 2016, Aditi was selected to be part of Dell Foundation’s top 200 women entrepreneurs across the world. She is a mentor under the prestigious Cherie Blair Foundation and has been involved in starting diagnostic clinics for women in Ethiopia. Other achievements include: shortlisted for Eisenhower Fellowship in 2016, served as Jury on Outlook Traveller awards & ASSOCHAM luxury summit, won awards such as Smart CEO Start-up 50, Safari India Best Professional in Hospitality to name a few. Her quest for travel and discovery has taken Aditi Balbir across 6 continents and over 135 cities. Her travelogues can be read on her personal blog (foundersdiary.vresorts.in). Aditi’s articles have also been published in the Economic Times, The Times of India, Entrepreneur and Yourstory. Aditi is in the process of writing her first book, which uses the past and present socio-economic conditions of the country as a backdrop to dissect and give insight into the prevalent human psyche in India.
Nina Gupta Bhasin
Senior Partner, Bhasin And Company, Advocates
Ms. Nina gupta bhasin did her graduation in economic honors from lady shriram college, delhi and llb from law faculty, delhi university. she has over 38 years of legal practice and has held the position of member executive of the supreme court bar association. in the firm she is incharge of supreme court litigation. she also specializes in labour and employment laws; aviation law; domestic and international arbitration; constitutional law; real estate; it laws; incorporation of companies in india; banking law and medico legal cases. she is advising multinational companies like microsoft, accenture, nokia etc besides indian business houses. she has been appointed as arbitrator by international chamber of commerce with regard to international disputes. she is holding post of vice president of delhi chapter of society of indian law firms. she has been recognized as india’s “woman of substance” for year 2016 by legal league consulting, mumbai. as a part of professional social responsibility she provides pro bono legal services to the poor and the needy.
Ananya is currently exploring ideas for her next venture. A graduate from Harvard Business School and Olin College of Engineering, Ananya is passionate about the intersection of technology, wellness and design. She has worked at Headspace, the leading mental wellness app in the world; and cofounded True Vino, an innovative wine and bar lifestyle brand. She is proficient in product and design thinking and offers workshops for companies and individuals
CEO, BD Foundation
Sarika Bhattacharyya, CEO, BD Foundation is an Inclusion Strategist & Leadership Facilitator with more than 18 years of corporate experience. A highly respected speaker on Diversity & Inclusion and related business issues, Sarika is a strong advocate for Inclusive Leadership &promoting equal opportunity for all. She is also VVLead Fellow (Vital Voices Women Leadership network) & member of Fortune Most Powerful Women Network. She was also felicitated prestigious “Leadership in Mentoring” award by Hillary Clinton & Bank of America in USA in 2014. She has been featured as the Top 50 Indian Women to follow on Twitter by WOW Asia in 2014 and “Top 10 Global Diversity Consultants” in the Global Diversity List 2015 & 2016 published by The Economist & The Daily Telegraph. Sarika is an avid reader, dabbles in painting & enthusiastic traveller.
CEO & PRESIDENT – PM RELOCATIONS PVT. LTD.
Aakanksha Bhargava was born in Kolkata, India into a business family. When she was just 7 years old, her family relocated to Delhi where she graduated from the illustrious Hindu College. At the Hindu college, she held 3 prestigious positions – President of Placement society, President of Choreography society and the Cultural Head for the College fest Mecca. Moving ahead to gain deeper knowledge on managing a business, Aakanksha pursued and successfully completed her MBA from the world-renowned SP Jain School of Management (Singapore and Dubai). From here began her impressive journey to become one of India’s most successful women CEOs. Aakanksha joined PM Relocations Pvt. Ltd. (PMR) when she was 21 years old. She always believed in making her own place and commanding respect because of her own achievements. She was the boss ‘s daughter hence the urge to prove herself was strong. She began quickly changing things around and work towards scalability. She went on to handle PMR’s corporate sales, marketing and operations, among other departments. She travelled and lived in different parts of the country to understand the culture and pulse of the city establishing a good team and work process. She handpicked her team and has worked from the root level day in day out. The first thing she began working on, in all these capacities, was to organize a largely unorganized sector. She focused on introducing systems, procedures and planning. PMR, which was a stagnant organization for years with bare minimum growth reached unconquered peaks under her leadership. She always believed that one needs to set high standards and dream big. With her clarity of vision, she brought immense efficiency, transparency and productivity to PMR’s already smooth functioning. Aakanksha’ s leadership saw that in just 10 years, PMR expanded its base to 14 offices across India, including Mumbai, Chennai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad and Bengaluru. The bottom-line grew manifold too. From a turnover of INR 3 crores in 2010 to closing around 50+ crores in 2017, it is a huge, impressive jump by any standard. Being a travel enthusiast, her joy lies in travelling at least twice if not more to explore the world and harbor her passion. She has travelled close to 35 countries along with successfully handling work at PMR. Today, as the CEO and President of PMR, she is leading one of the most exciting and fast-growing businesses in India. Taking cue from her father and idol Mr. Rajeev Bhargava (MD – PMR), Aakanksha didn’t let the male-dominated industry’s rigid ways keep her down. With the outstanding results and leadership that she has displayed, she is the face of the young, emerging India that is fearless, original and versatile. Being an Industry expert Aakanksha frequently contributes to various International and national Industry publications such as the FIDI Focus, IAM – The Portal, The Movers, Cargo talk etc. Her entrepreneurial journey was featured by both Your Story and Young Turks, one of leading entrepreneur based shows in India. She enjoys interacting with people and most importantly believes in sharing her journey and learning. She recently addressed students in a guest lecture organized by the Indian Business School at Hyderabad and by the division of MHROD at Delhi School of Economics and has been invited to many more universities and colleges. With Aakanksha’ s vision, PMR is well on its way to executing its ambitious growth plans. New offices are underway in tier-2 cities such as Lucknow and Kanpur. The bottom-line is expected to grow manifold. Unchartered waters such as art movement are already being explored and new, exciting avenues are soon to open up. PMR has also grown in terms of not just providing world class packing and moving services but creating a complete relocation ecosystem where all services are available under one roof. Right from immigration to home search, city orientation, school search, utility services, orientation and departure program’s. PMR is spearheading the organized relocation business in India. Its next steps, under Aakanksha’ s very able leadership, will decide the course that the industry takes.
Co-Founder, The Final Flourish
She is a Leadership Performance and Learnability Coach with specialization in Behavioral Modification for practicing leaders as well as emerging leaders. She is also Mentoring women to take up senior leadership roles. She is particularly keen on understanding the triggers that manifest in various behaviors and how some behavioral shifts can address the triggers to help achieve the business outcomes She possesses an innate ability to calibrate people behaviors and comprehend the corresponding context and mindset of people. She has 20 years of experience, with more than a decade in diverse leadership roles in various geographies like India, USA, UK and Europe. She also possesses exceptional communication and interpersonal skills. In her role as the Head HR, she managed transition of Performance Management System (from annual bell curve based to monthly 180 degree to 360 degree evaluation). She also designed and conducted Talent Assessment of middle and senior management team and revamping the skill mix of the organization. She also managed the transition of Payroll System and Leave Management System to make it more effective. She has lead and successfully delivered business outcomes in diverse functions like Talent Assessment, Change Management, Talent Development, Workforce Management, Program Management, Client Management and Vendor Management. She has consistently demonstrated ability to develop adaptive leadership skills to successfully deliver results in companies ranging from Fortune 30 to startup businesses. She has worked with diverse industries to develop and execute their Talent and Capability Development road-map for mid-level to senior leaders. She also specializes in Assessment of Behavioral Competencies including Leadership skills and to convert them into individual development plans followed by achieving the desired outcomes through one-on-one Coaching and Mentoring. She has successfully designed and delivered customized development programs like ‘Communication as a Leadership Tool’, ‘Impactful Leadership’, ‘Driving Change in VUCA World’, ‘Win and Retain Customers in VUCA Times’, ‘Service Excellence’ and ‘Hiring Effectiveness’, ‘Establishing and Sustaining Culture of Trust, Accountability, Ownership & Transparency’. Other specializations, in the area of People development, Employee engagement and Wo
Chairperson of Muskan Productions
Dr. Lavlin Thadani is the Chairperson of Muskan Productions, a Media Production House based in New Delhi. Muskan was established by her in the year 1992. She started her career as a teenager, both as a broadcaster and a journalist. Over the last 25 years, she has made over a hundred films/serials for many prestigious organisations, such as Doordarshan, Ministry of HRD, Dept. of Women and Child Development, National AIDS Control Organization, Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Rural Development, Directorate of Audio-Visual Publicity, The British Council and Transport Corporation of India amongst others. Her wide array of work includes films on varied topics, ranging from social issues to films on health and education and corporate films. In 2008, as a befitting tribute to Indian women on the International Women s Day, a four-day-long grand film festival Saluting Women from the 5th to the 8th of March was organized and hosted by the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. “Lavlin has made history for never before has a four-day-long film festival of a single producer cum director showcasing 17 of her films taken place in India.”, Sandeep Marwah (President AAFT). Lavlin pioneered the breakfast show on Doordarshan and anchored innumerable shows and interviewed dignitaries like Lata Mangeshkar, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Mr. A Kosygin, I.K. Gujral and other famous personalities for Doordarshan and Moscow Television. She has worked as a National Media Consultant with the WHO and as a freelance creative photographer with numerous solo exhibitions to her credit sponsored by Mr. Ibrahim Alkazi s Art Heritage at Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi and Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai. She recently received the Great Asian Woman Achievers Award bestowed upon her by the Bharatiya Cultural and Social Development Association promoting the BetiBachao, BetiPadhaoAbhiyaan .
Jugnu Grewal Almeida
Real Estate Agent
Rent-In-Gurgaon is a Boutique Real Estate Consultancy that specializes in customized Rental services of apartments for the ever growing need of homes for executives on the move to the millennium city of Gurgaon. I specialize in house renting exclusively for the city of Gurgaon and thus can offer the best services in the rental space to people finding homes or landlords trying to find the right profile of tenants. In the past I have found many homes for Indian and Expat executives of top Multinational and Blue Chip national companies. Customized and personalised house hunting services with meticulous planning and detailing is my forte. This website has been specially designed for people new to gurgaon so that they can get a better understanding of the different options available and then start hunting for their rented dream home.
Venture Partner at Unicorn India Ventures
Archana is Venture Partner at Unicorn India Ventures. She heads Unicorn’s Bangalore operations and engages with portfolio entrepreneurs for performance monitoring, capital raising, and strategic decision making. Archana has over 15 years of experience in the IT industry, where she has worked in leadership roles in various consulting companies and banks. She was very instrumental in defining equity based lending products for Wells Fargo. After her corporate stint, Archana started Bootcamp Fitness Studio (Bangalore based chain of gyms) which ran successfully for a couple of years before taking an exit. Archana became an active angel investor afterward and had invested in various sectors. She is a Chemical Engineering graduate from IIT Kanpur.
Founder and CEO of Zapyle
Rashi Menda, is the Founder and CEO of Zapyle, the ultimate luxury fashion destination making designer labels affordable in India. The inception of Zapyle was inspired by Rashi s own experiences of living in different cities of the country. While residing in Delhi and Mumbai, she found acquiring luxury items was incredibly easy. However, when she moved to Bangalore, she realized how difficult it was for women not living in the two metro cities to access luxury brands. The rapidly-changing nature of fashion trends also made it unwise to invest heavily in luxury wear, be it international brands or Indian designer labels. It was then that she came up with the idea of creating a platform that makes luxury fashion easily accessible and affordable for everyone, not limiting it to an exclusive segment. Born in Delhi, Rashi pursued her graduation in Economics from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Before founding Zapyle, she worked for multiple years in management, strategic solutions, inbound marketing and e-commerce. She has assisted numerous brands in establishing a voice and customer recall in India. Rashi held the post of Head of Strategic Alliances & Marketing at Zap Internet Solutions from 2013 to January 2015, and was an Analyst for Ernst & Young in 2011. As Head of Partner Marketing at Unamia.com, Rashi single-handedly led the marketing team, displaying her expertise in retail and online business. Her specialties are wide-ranging and include competitive analysis, business development and data crunching. Discovering luxury fashion has always been troublesome, and though women spend $1.5 billion (can we please change to an Indian statistic in rupees?) consistently on luxury, the greatest concern for the discerning fashionista is to keep up with constantly changing trends. To reform this tragic situation, Zapyle was conceived – a one stop destination for luxury at profoundly marked down prices for fashion conscious women, where they can purchase international brands and designer wear. Her vision behind Zapyle was to also bring together fashion lovers, designers and bloggers to create a vibrant community of people with similar tastes and preferences. With Zapyle Social, she aims to build and connect an engaging platform for users to together, discover fashion and spread love. On the personal front, Rashi loves to travel and explore new places, cultures and cuisines. Apart from being a fashion connoisseur, she likes to stay updated with the latest developments in the business world. She is also a champion of equal rights and works with various women empowerment groups. Yoga is her favorite way to unwind and rejuvenate.
Founder Conserve India
Anita is a writer, an artist and a designer but her most notable work has been as a social entrepreneur. She founded Conserve India, a NGO aimed towards sustainability in 1997. Since the last 20 years, under her leadership, Conserve has worked in the promotion of energy efficiency, waste management, upcycling, skill-training and food security. She has won many accolades in this time- “Best Green Designer, Qatar, 2010”, “Ashoka fellowship, 2008”, “Letter of Commendation from Clinton Global Initiative, 2011”, have been some of her most notable achievements. Though her biggest achievement has been the innovation of “Handmade recycled plastic” (HRP), a means to upcycled low density polythene into a high-fashion material. She along with her husband, our joint patent holders for the material. Anita’s invention has led to developing HRP products which are now exported globally resulting in upcycling of over 5000 tonnes of plastic waste.
Certified Professional Coach and Facilitator
Triansha is a Communications and Behavioural Skills Facilitator and Coach (ICF Certified). She has coached and facilitated sessions for corporate organisations and educational institutions in India and abroad for over eleven years. She has also worked with various not for profit organisations in the capacity of communication specialist. Triansha believes in constant self-improvement through reading and observation. She identifies as a nature lover, and believes that one can learn many life’s lessons from nature. Triansha has experienced the benefits of meditation and introspection and often includes these in her workshops and coaching, along with elements of theatre, and other experiential activities.
Actor, Director, Model, Playwright, Poet
Gunit Cour born in Delhi to a Doctor and Career Consultant, she had her personality developed and honed since the start. Studying in the prestigious Mother’s International School speeded up the process and gave a clearer light as to what is her calling, Acting.
CEO of Fourseven
Rebekkah is the founder and CEO of fourseven (www.fourseven.com), a distinctive jewellery brand in the “affordable luxury” segment for women and men. She holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and has worked for companies like Microsoft and Unisys in a variety of roles from ecommerce, PR, product marketing and supply chain management. She fell in love with India even before her first trip to the subcontinent in 1994 for her marriage. Her personal journey has led her to couple her passion for jewellery with her business, marketing and technical experience and her love of Indian craftsmanship and culture into the fourseven brand. She named the brand ‘fourseven’ as a reflection of the independence of both the USA and India – underlining her belief that people are happiest when they are true to themselves. She hopes customers will see fourseven as their own jewellery brand – celebrating their personal journeys, passions and life memories.
Legal professional & Social Agent of Change with special focus on Child Rights
Anchal a young and a dynamic legal professional has devoted the floruit of her career to the cause of promoting institutional arbitration in India. When most of her peers were looking at conventional litigation or corporate roles, she found her niche in Alternative Dispute Resolution mechanism in general and institutional arbitration in specific. Presently serving the legal wing of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI), India’s apex chambers of commerce for promoting ADR at various fora’s. Trustee with an NGO engaged with the prevention of child sex abuse in India. It is her firm belief that excellence is never an accident, it is a result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent discretion, skilful execution with the vision to see obstacles as opportunities. A firm believer of rights encompassing wellness of beings. Fought alongside many a victim of abuse earlier in her career in association with social organisation like DCW & others working for woman’s right and human rights in overall. With skill, passion and conviction, she has strived to give voice to her vision for adding value to the growing economy of India by actively engaging herself well both in personal and professional capacity as an evolving woman. Passionate about life in general, her family, mountain hiking and has ardent love for reading
Author, Entrepreneur, International Speaker & The Success Coach
Nidhika is an Author, Entrepreneur, Elite Speaker and Success Coach. She has had the privilege of being been trained and mentored by great teachers like John C. Maxwell, Anthony Robbins, Blair Singer, T.Harv Eker and Les Brown. Passionate and self-motivated, Nidhika has repeatedly defied expectations and successfully demonstrated that in business and life, the only limits we have are those we place on ourselves. Nidhika has studied and reported on what makes successful people different. She knows what motivates them, what drives them and what inspires them. She brings this critical insight to her audiences with love, understanding and compassion. Nidhika often says that “Life is too short to keep hitting the snooze button!” and so her mission is to help people awaken to the possibilities in their personal and professional lives. Nidhika is obsessed with providing solutions that inspire people to move out of mediocrity and take a front-row seat in their lives, living out of their highest potential.
Secretary General,SOS Children’s Villages of India
Anuja Bansal is a Chartered Accountant qualified in 1989. Early in her career she committed herself to social development and has worked for many years for the cause of children and women. Having worked for organisations like CRY Child rights and you, ACCESS Development services, Bharti Foundation, Oxfam India and now SOS Children’s villages she has made significant contributions to social causes. At a time when greater accountability and transparency is demanded of the NGO sector her expertise and work in the areas of strategic planning, building strong governance and compliance systems, sound financial management, has helped strengthen organisational credibility. She has also built competence in the sector by hiring, nurturing and mentoring talent. Since January 2015 Anuja is heading SOS Children’s Villages of India as its National Director and Secretary General. The organization has 1700 employees with presence in 32 locations in 22 states. Under its two flagship programs Family based care and Family strengthening program over 24000 children at SOS are receiving care, love and protection. Its 12 educational and vocational centres are providing quality education to over 7000 children and young people. While taking care of physical needs of a child like quality health care, education, housing is important equally important is emotional and social wellbeing of these children. Anuja as head of SOS Children’s villages, India is ensuring that parentless children and children at risk of losing parental care receive this support. Before joining SOS India, Anuja has worked as Director Operations at Oxfam India. She has also worked as CFO of Bharti Foundation, Program support head-Access Development Services and Finance head-CRY- Child Relief & you.
Author, Poet and Social Worker
Rashmi Anand, once a victim of Domestic violence, now works with the issues that devastated her life and the lives of her children. She is an Author, Poet and Social Worker, working primarily with issues of Gender Violence and Domestic Violence. Rashmi is the recipient of the Naari Shakti Puraskaar from the President of India, the Neerja Bhanot Award, the Karmaveer Jyoti, the Karmaveer Puraskaar, Doordarshan’s Woman Achiever Award of Aadhi Abaadi Baat Naari Ki, the CNN-IBN Zindagi Live Award, the Bharat Excellence Award, the Indian Woman Achiever’s Award and the Award for Literature from the Indian Council for UN Relations. The published author of 13 books on gender violence, love, abundance, joy, hope, the human spirit, life and death, Rashmi also writes children’s books. She runs the Woman of the Elements Trust that gives free legal aid to women and child victims of Violence who are below the earning capacity of Rs. 5000. Rashmi gives talks and lectures in schools, colleges and universities as well as corporate houses on similar topics, and works with the Sexual Harassment at the Workplace law. She also gives inspirational talks on her life, on breaking through and on the human spirit at various forums. She has been on social awareness shows on various national channels including Satyamev Jayate, and documentaries and articles on her life have been done on her life across the globe.
Born in Thiruvananthapuram, RadhaVenuprasad did her schooling at the Holy AngelsConvent and attended All Saints College. After her marriage to Venuprasad, the couple lived in various parts of India. Always fond of visual art, Radha took to art restoration at the Madras Museum and trained at the National Museum in New Delhi to restore oil on canvas. She curated two successful art exhibitions where prominent South Indian contemporary artists were showcased. A voracious reader, Shifting Sands, this collection of novellas, is Radha s debut publication. Radha is widely travelled. She and her husband are now settled in Chennai. They have two sons. These days, Radha best likes to describe herself as grandmother to bubbly four-year-old Tara
Founder of Jute Artisans Guild Association
Anjali Singh who deals in jute products, has provided employment to almost all women of Mehmoodpur village and other areas in the state capital.
Dr. Nandita Shah
Founder of SHARAN
Dr Nandita Shah is the founder of SHARAN, www.sharan-india.org, an organization devoted to disease reversal through food. Dr Shah, believes each of us can be our own best doctor most of the time. For the past 12 years, she has presented seminars and workshops in India, and all over the world, inspiring others to make dietary and lifestyle changes resulting in positive health. For Dr Shah, the mind and body connection has always been an integral part of her work. With her work in health and nutrition she has seen many participants make changes that have enabled them to reach their highest potential, not just in their physical health, but in their emotional and spiritual well-being. Dr Nandita Shah received the prestigious Nari Shakti Award 2016 from the President of India for her work in the field of health and nutrition.
Founder of Wandering for Wellness
Jia has been a freelance writer, self-care, body positive advocate for much of her adult life. She hopes that her writing will in some way, no matter how small, positively impact the way women view their bodies. She believes that Wellness is a journey that you embark on one day at a time and that it’s in the diligence with which you take your ashwagandha or go about your nighttime body brushing ritual, that you see results, over the years. She writes for her own blog- Wandering for Wellness on yoga immersions, fitness retreats, boutique hotels and alternative health care practices to improve the quality of one’s life and consults patients on holistic ways to improve their health and well-being. She also contributes regularly to magazines in India and overseas like GQ, India Today, Robb Report, Femina, Vogue, to name a few. She loves to travel, swim, dance when no one is watching and spend time learning more about yoga and meditation. Jia is piloting her wellness focused retreats for the strong woman in destinations like Maldives, Bali, Thailand, Vietnam, Goa and Sri Lanka.
Founder of Shyampore Agrobase
After completing Post Graduation in Hotel Management and Master’s in French Language and Literature, and passing a chequered career of teaching at the Institute of Hotel Management, New Delhi I had the privilege of starting a School of French Language at Jodhpur. Wherever my husband was posted it was always my endeavour to keep myself suitably intellectually occupied without compromising my children’s needs. Thereafter I had the privilege of joining ITC Hotels, a period which gave me great opportunity to put my Hotel Management skills to use. This followed our final transfer to Delhi where I was very fortunate to be employed by the Embassy of France in India where I spent a good 18 years – a period of self growth, realisation and development. Recently with my husband I have started an Agro based company called the Shyampore Agrobase out of Rishikesh where the focus is R&D to discover lucrative ways of farming for small farmers. As a offshoot of this endeavour I have launched Shyampore Farm Stays, Essential Oils, Organically grown foods and vegetables and a Women’s Cooperative Society which helps the women farmers to unite themselves and achieve a greater sense of self esteem and dignity whilst increasing their revenue.
Jt. Managing Director, Kairali Ayurvedic Group
For those in the wellness industry Mrs. Gita Ramesh needs no introduction. A bachelor in Alternate Systems of Medicine & Surgery and M Sc. (Biochemistry), she is India’s leading authority in the Science and practice of Ayurveda. Hailing from a family of acclaimed vaids (Doctors), Mrs. Ramesh accompanied by her husband Mr. K. V. Ramesh carried forward the legacy through Kairali, a brand synonymous with 5000-year-old medical science called “Ayurveda”, which in its tenure that has benefitted people across the globe to lead a healthy, happy life. Recently conferred as – Leading Women in Ayurveda, 7th Annual Women Leaders in India & Awards 2017. She launched the first Kairali Ayurvedic Centre (New Delhi) in 1989 followed by a self-sustaining wellness retreat at Palakkad, Kerala called Kairali – The Ayurvedic Healing Village (Formerly known as “Kairali Ayurvedic Health Resort”) opened in 1999. Today the company under its umbrella has over thirty centres spread in India and abroad. Kairali Group’s brands Kairali Ayurvedic Products and the Kairali Ayurvedic Institute of Ayurveda & Panchkarma Therapy are fine examples of her dedication to promote the 5,000-year-old medical science. She has also authored two books “Ayurvedic Herbal Massages” and “The Ayurvedic Cookbook”, which has been translated into various other languages including English and Dutch. Today Mrs. Gita Ramesh is the Joint Managing Director of the Kairali Ayurvedic Group and provides employment to over 700 employees in 35 locations across 10 countries.
Rinku Madan, an acclaimed Gourmand in India, recently completed her studies in Global Journalism at the Harvard University, Massachusetts (Grade A Honors) with the objective to pursue her writing skills in the area of Global Luxury. She had earlier studied at the French Culinary Institute in New York (an affiliate of Culinary Institute of America) to certify in the arena of Food Writing. Having worked with luminaries like Alan Richman (James Beard Foundation Award for Culinary Writing in Manhattan, New York) and Andrew Fischer (Wine Expert at Astor Center), she is amongst the very few certified food writers in India with global experience in the subject. She has also recently studied ‘Sparkling wine making’ with one of India’s leading Winery. Her penchant for understanding food and other finer aspects of life commenced more than a decade ago, as the Chef at The Chambers, Taj Mansingh Hotel, New Delhi (Members Only Club at the Taj Group of Hotels, India). This was followed by her stint as the Editor of ‘Times Nightlife Guide’, which she published for the Times of India Group, India’s numero uno media house. Times Nightlife Guide till today, is the most sought after, comprehensive and respected food guide in India and ‘Times Food Awards’ are considered as the highest benchmark of achievement and success for any and every restaurant in India. She further honed her journalism skills’ through weekly columns at The Economic Times and The Sunday Times, also leading business and general dailies in the Times Group fold and the BBC Good Food Guide. She was also a producer at the CNN International Bureau, New Delhi for a brief period. Her love for food and related culinary aspects was inter-spersed with consulting for Luxury establishments like the CGHearth group etc, to train their chefs in seasonal menus and fusion food.
Founder of S2B9
Sanya Bajaj, a young dynamic jeweller and entrepreneur and the owner of S2B9 Jewelry. I am a complete workaholic, meticulous and a bit of a perfectionist. I pay attention to every detail, from the micro level, the dimension of design and the choices of materials giving a balance of classic scheme in modern concepts. An avid reader and writer, I view the world from a different perspective. I am captivated by our natural environment and any form, shape that catches my fancy stimulates me to translate that inanimate thought into an animate object of beauty and art.
Parvati is presently the Communication Coordinator with MSF India, an international medical humanitarian organisation that delivers medical care to those who need it most, in situations of conflict, disaster, epidemics and neglect. She has been a communications specialist for over 10 years working predominantly with the social sector. An Erasmus Mundus scholar, she has published a book on communications for sustainable development. She is the process of developing a forum for stroke survivors.
Founder & VP, Pearl Luxe, Pearl GroupDirector, Metro Tyres LimitedCEO & Co-founder, Oncourse Life
Having spent the most formative years of her life studying, traveling and working abroad, Taruna has had a passion for travel ever since she can remember. Her travels have taken her across the world in her quest for new experiences. Her education at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and University of Manchester in International Affairs and Organizatinal Studies has led her to a 15 year career in marketing, public relations (Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide), developmental work (Youthreach) and a stint in television media (NDTV). She is the founder of Pearl Luxe, an experiential luxury travel consultancy, which she founded in 2010. Her attention to detail helps her orchestrate once-in-a-lifetime trips and unique experiences. Her extensive travels have taken her around the world from the Inca trail in Machu Picchu to the Masai Mara in Kenya, from Bora Bora in the French Polynesia to Chamonix in France and from the Tatsang trail in Bhutan to the turquoise waters of the Greek Isles. She is a Director at Metro Tyres and brings in her varied expertise in communications and marketing to the fold. She also is CEO & Co-founder, Oncourse Life, India’s first life coaching, counselling and alternative education firm for millennials which strives to help create healthier mindsets and achieve emotional well being. As a founding member of Rotary Southend Next, she has been part of the advisory board organising and implementing programmes, social, travel and wellness forums in addition to high impact projects such as the Dance Marathon, a unique fundraiser involving young people and community leaders to make a positive impact and raise funds for various non governmental organisations.
Vice President – Human Resources, SAP India
As the head of Human Resources for SAP in India, Shraddhanjali Rao provides HR Leadership across the region for all entities including R&D, Sales and Services organizations and is a member of the India Leadership Team. Shraddha is responsible for designing and executing the people strategy focusing on Leadership, Talent and Culture to meet the needs of the region’s more than 11000 employees. Shraddha joined SAP in 2007 and has held multiple roles as a Global and Local HR Business Partner for Development, Services and Support organizations. Additionally, she has also and Diversity and Inclusion charter for SAP’s Products & Innovation Board area. led the Leadership
Vice principal ,Anant National University
Ar.Jasmine Gohil is the Vice Principal and professor of the School of Architecture, Anant National University. She brings with her more than 19 years of cumulative experience in areas of teaching and professional practice. Prof. Jasmine holds a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from Bhaikaka Center for Human Settlement, APIED, V.V.Nagar and a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Institute of Environmental Studies, D.C. Patel School of Architecture, V.V.Nagar, Gujarat. Ar.Jasmine has been recently associated for almost last 10 years with various Architecture Schools as an Academician and has guided more than 40 theses as a Guide. Her students have even participated and brought laurels in reputed competitions and events like NIASA and ARCHIPRIX. During her 19 years of tenure as a practising architect, she has worked on several projects ranging from small scale residential projects to institutional scale projects. She also holds the experience of working with various government organisations. Having worked extensively in the areas of Heritage and Conservation, She has also been actively involved as a Jury member at various reputed Design Institutes like NID and other Architecture colleges. At Anant National University, Ar.Jasmine has been an active member contributing towards the development of new academic curriculum, teaching pedagogies and all-round development of students to become better professionals.
Architect and Co- founder Neo-Motif Design Studio
Ar. Gurleen Kaur is co founder of Neo-Motif Design studio. She is spearheding an architecture and interior design practice in Chandigarh which strives to create custom and innovative design solutions.Being a university gold medalist she always wanted to pursue her own practice and design exciting and viable spaces. She is motivated by out of box ideas for green architecture and sustainable lifestyle practice. To pursue this cause professionally she worked towards becoming licensed GRIHA(Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment) passive design architect. Her work experience spans from Grass root residential level to high end interior design. Working in various segments of society she has formed her own mark by designing variety of projects . She is always ready for a challenge be it a modern uber gymnasium or an eclectic Indian interior home. For her unique design ideas she was awarded with Pidlite award for Innovation .Her projects were also amongst top 5 commercial projects by under 30 architect in FOAID India list. Ar. Gurleen believes in enriching our culture and documenting our modern history for which she undertook a personal research project along with an Art Historian on Modern Architecture of Chandigarh and its private residence. The research got published in university academic journals and serves as a reference and assistance for students. She aspires to be among the leading names in Architecture and design in India and be known for her own penchant style ,attention to detail and aesthetic skills. She envisions a sustainable and green India where mankind lives in harmony with its natural habitat.
Lyrics Writer , RJ , Actress & Grooming Expert
I am a wacko bizarre concoction and melange of music, gift of the gab, art, creativity, fashion, style, elegance, humor, intelligence, knowledge clubbed with impeccable education and family background, besides upbringing which renders me such an inimitable and sporadic species among artist and homo sapiens. verbalizes Vandana Vadehra with pride. This multitalented woman is indeed a delicious brew of a Playback Singer, Performer, an award winning MC/Anchor from the journalists association of India, besides being a melodramatic Actress, exemplary Lyricist, a superlative Writer, a proficient Composer of ad film jingles and songs for Bollywood , a Model, a quintessential RJ, and a style diva, so loved by press and media. Never a prototype always an original, she has set trends, initiated a wave, an insurgence and the crowd simply aped and followed. Despite being armed with a double degree in BSc Hons. Botany, and Law and a diploma in Fashion Design from NIFT and a certificate course in yoga she chose to have a full-fledged marriage with music and art, as she embraced the realm of entertainers. Being the granddaughter of Ishwar Das Malhotra, the 1st cousin of Prithvi Raj Kapoor, music art and talent flowed in blood abundantly, and her mother, late Mrs Meera Vadehra, an educationalist and a thespian, encouraged her to hone her dexterities in literature, language, theatre music and drama. While on the other hand, her father an army Colonel, K. L. Vadehra, rendered her etiquettes, and being a Ghazal Aficionado, sharpened her Urdu language speaking skills. She is the only artist to have shared stage as either an anchor or a singer with international stars like John Travolta, James Bond lead Michelle Yeoh, Jennifer Lopez, Foo Fighters, Smokie, Enrique Iglesias, besides Indian stars like Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Amir Khan, Ranveer Singh, Vidya Balan, Subhash Ghai amongst many others. She slips into the guise of a Hindi language host with equal ease and can hold forth with her clean diction, beautiful aura, and glamorous persona sprinkled with a dash of singing abilities. She has worked with ace choreographers like Shakir Sheikh, Harmeet Bajaj, Marc Robinson, Achla Sachdev, Dassa, Vinay Gupta, Vijay Roy and many more for star designers like Ritu Beri, JJ Vallaya, Manish Malhotra, Samanth Chauhan, Rohit Bal, Armani, Dolce Gabbana, Calvin Klein. Film industry shows, movie launches are her forte, BajiRao Mastani launch pan-India, Lagaan, Tamasha, Paa, amongst many others. She conducted the Goa IFFI 2013 for ten days, with Indian and Hollywood stars. A wedding function expert mingling singing and interacting with the family makes her a beloved of all.
Dr. Sruti Mohapatra
Founder & Chief Executive of Swabhiman
From spurning a career in the Indian Civil Services to becoming a leading crusader for disability rights, Dr. Sruti Mohapatra’s relentless struggle and never-say-die-attitude have been a source of inspiration for all those fighting odds to make it big in life. It was 1987 and she had everything going for her at the age of 23, but a major accident that turned her life upside down. After prolonged treatment she returned on a wheelchair, with her body paralysed from neck below for life. She lost her job and marriage but did not give up on life, supported by a brave family. She let nothing stand in her way, the initial reluctance of university professors, humiliation of wetting her clothes on many occasions, being stared at, having to ask for help to all, and much more to get the MPhil and PhD degrees. Thereafter, she began to train civil services aspirants. By 2009, she had trained over 300 civil service aspirants now working in various positions in government, banks, and other services. Amid the anger of rejection and humiliation, she joined DPI, started Swabhiman and started working towards empowering persons with disabilities and her efforts has resulted in many positive changes in Odisha and India including policy changes, increasing public awareness on the issue of disability and working towards accessible cities. To initiate an inclusive platform for children with disabilities and those without, she started a project called Anjali. The festival has brought together around 40,000 children (disabled and non-disabled). The crusader of disability rights is associated with many forums and is a member in various committees. She has won 69 awards. She also gives motivational speeches at various institutions and corporate houses.
Dr. Maha Hosain Aziz
Co-Founder and Director,Millets for HealthTM
Pallavi Upadhyaya is a social entrepreneur who wants to bring millets back to the mainstream and make these Indian super foods accessible to all. Inspired from her own personal health journey and having reaped the benefits of a millet based diet first hand, she started “Millets for health,” a social enterprise dedicated to the revival of millets. Millets for Health works with small farmers, NGOs and farmer producer companies to encourage cultivation of millets and works at the urban end by doing activities and events to bring millets back to the tables of consumers. Apart from sale of millets, they focus on ensuring diet diversity by encouraging people to include more millets in their meals. They conduct cooking workshops, undertake millet based catering and tasting sessions. Millets for Health is also working on curating traditional as well as contemporary millet recipes of all cuisines.
CEO & Head Innovation, IWill- Your Support System
Shipra Interest has always been creating Innovative products and services frugally. Currently working on three Products that will Change the Dynamics of the Game in Professional, Mental & Women Health Industry and will Be a step forward in Shaping a Well World
Revathi Sekhar Kamath
Architect, Kamath Design Studio
She is Architect, Kamath Design Studio.
Founding Principal- Architect, Studio KIA
Studio KIA, located in Gurgaon (it also has a branch in UAE), is spearheaded by Sabeena Khanna along with her architect husband Rajiv. Sabeena has built an “energetic and enthusiastic” team through inspiration, vision and leadership. The design studio has a consistent record of delivering designs close to original intent and within the stipulated time and budget. For her, every day is a learning experience and seeking inspiration from everything around her and everyone she meets. For Team KIA, it is always about people; hence, all their designs are people centric. “Each completed project which is appreciated by the client and end-users is recognition and an award in itself, “says Sabeena. Sabeena is presently a fellow of Indian Institute of Architects (FIIA) and associate member of Institute of Indian Interior Designers (AIIID), and has served on several, reputed architectural award juries namely A+D Spectrum awards, JK Cement awards, COA NIASA student thesis awards, A+D CERA awards, FoAID jury member, Berger Architecture Ideas awards, Ace Tech Grand Stand awards, to name a few besides capitalizing on one more strength – writing, by authoring articles and papers for publications across the country. Articles, by and on her as creative head, Studio KIA have featured in renowned magazines, glossies and newspapers namely A+D, MGS Architecture, Abraxas Lifestyle, Buildotech, Architecture Update, Design Matrix, Projects Mirror, Design Detail, Ace Update and even IFJ, the Indian review of world furniture, interiors and design. Architect and Interiors India featured Sabeena amongst the HOT 100 architects of the country, celebrating the who’s who of contemporary Indian architecture and design. Asia Biz Today, a knowledge initiative by BERG, Singapore featured Sabeena as a ‘trailblazer’ in the global realms of Real Estate and Architecture. Studio KIA has handled a variety of projects transcending scale and use, namely master planning and urban design, retail and hospitality, recreational and amusement, commercial and mixed-use planning to residential environments which forms its current focus. Residential portfolio ranges from affordable housing, sustainable communities, condominiums, premium living to high end luxury apartments, Besides visual aesthetics, efficient planning and material maintenance, which are a given, all the developments focus on end-user comfort. The prestigious projects undertaken by the studio include The Umrao, a boutique hotel on NH-8 in Delhi; Timber Trail Resort, Parwanoo; Emaar MGF’s residential development – Palm Drive, Gurgaon; SARE Group’s – The Grand & Petioles, Gurgaon; Emaar MGF’s Palm Terraces Select and Emerald Floors Premier, residential communities in Gurgaon; Executive Floors for the WAVE Group, Noida and District Headquarters for South Goa Collectorate at Margao, Goa. Some of the international projects include schools at Al Wathba and Musafa in Abu Dhabi, UAE; Dubai Lifestyle City, Dubailand for the ETA group; Funcity at Al Reef Mall, Dubai for the Landmark group; Water Park in Ras Al Khaimah for Polo Amusement group, to name a few. Studio KIA has won many awards which include Estrade Real Estate award, Singapore for Residential High Rise Architecture of the year 2016; World Luxury Hotel award 2016 for The Umrao Hotel; DNA Real Estate award for The Palm Drive, Gurgaon; ICI Ultratech award 2012 for Outstanding Concrete structure for Goa office building, amongst others.
President Madhya Pradesh Association of Women Entrepreneurs
After 39Years of entrepreneurial experience… I strongly feel if other people or women can benefit from my practical experiences in life, I am there to share and guide them. I am focused on encouraging sustainable entrepreneurship in women. Archana Bhatnagar, a first generation entrepreneur, Managing Director Haylide Chemicals Pvt. Ltd has established 3 Manufacturing businesses, starting with less than Rs.500 & a 1 year old son as her assets, the business now supports 100s of families. Her group is into Professional Green Cleaning & Sanitizing products, designed to address Ecological concerns, the first certified GREEN PRO cleaning products of its kind in India. As founding President of MAWE (Madhya Pradesh Association of Women Entrepreneurs), that Empowers Women through Entrepreneurship. Archana, through her vision & dedicated work has helped; many women set up small business & help them migrate from Micro & Small to the next level. A strong mentor & leader of women entrepreneurs. Archana works actively for Policy Advocacy on a National & International level for, MSMEs, Gender & Trade & Has spoken at the UN, New York on Women Empowerment Principles, she works closely for the SDGs. Archana Contributes on many boards as member & Chairperson, for issues related to Women Entrepreneurship, MSMEs, Exports & Skill Development of Youth, as Chairperson of the Institute Management Committee of Govt ITI, with thousands of Students. Having been honored with many awards, National & Globally, she has been contributing & speaking at may forums of the UN, WTO Geneva, ITC, World Export Development Forum, Speaking at CHOGM, Commonwealth Heads of Govt Meet, SARC Women Leadership, World Bank Institute Washington DC, WEConnect International USA, US Chamber of Commerce & Industry (CIPE), OECD, MENA region forums, Inwent Germany & many women entrepreneur associations across the world. Archana also has vast experience of speaking on Global platforms for Sustainability & Green products. She has been associated with National TV & Print Media. Her vast Experience, Presentation power, Networking skills & Go getter abilities makes her the perfect person to lead organizations & contribute to the sustainable development of Women & MSMEs.
Co-Founders & Chief Executive Officer, Saathi
Kristin Kagetsu is one of the co-founders and chief executive officer of Saathi, a social enterprise dedicated to providing an end-to-end solution for sanitary protection to women in India. Saathi aims to empower local communities via a local supply chain, give girls and women access to safe feminine hygiene products, and find a solution for upcycling pads into compost, biogas, and biodigesters to reduce carbon emissions. Saathi has won the HBS New Venture Competition, Asia Society’s Action Lab Grant, Asia Social Innovation Challenge, Circular Board’s Pitch with Purpose event, 3M Young Innovators Challenge, and participated in MassChallenge. Kristin has a passion for engineering design that makes a direct impact on people’s lives. As an undergraduate student, she worked on multiple projects with the MIT Design Lab (D-Lab) in Brazil, Nicaragua, and India. Her first product launch was of a set of natural dye crayons that she developed with an NGO in Uttarakhand where she fell in love with India. Kristin also volunteered with the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE), working to structure and expand the national collegiate team to better support over 60 collegiate chapters, as well as to develop SASE leadership in the Northeast. She was an MIT DLab ScaleUps Fellow, TEDx speaker, Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia Fellow and currently resides in India. Kristin received her Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT.
Director, Careers at Vedica Scholars Programme for Women
Shreyasi Singh has spent more than a decade in broadcast and print media. Over the last few years, she has written extensively on entrepreneurship and new business builders, including as editor of Inc. India, the Indian edition of the iconic American magazine on entrepreneurship, Inc. Her first book, The Wealth Wallahs, on India’s new wealthy and a new breed of wealth managers was published by Bloomsbury (India) in October 2016. Shreyasi also writes a column called Surviving Start-Ups in the business daily, Mint. Apart from entrepreneurship, she is passionate about professional women’s issues and higher education. Till recently, she led Careers and Programme Development at the Vedica Scholars Programme for Women, a unique women’s only management programme, based in New Delhi. She has also co-founded The Foundation for Working Women, a not-for-profit that works in the areas of infrastrucutre, public policy and awareness for working women in India. Her stint at Vedica gave her an immersive, tangible experience of how higher education can transform lives and aspirations. She is inspired to do this at scale now, using digital technology and digital economy as powerful enablers. She is putting in place the foundations of this ambitious venture.
Sonia is the Founder & CEO of Truecopy. She is passionate about her vision of a paperless world and believes that digital signatures are key enablers of it. Sonia is responsible for client acquisition at Truecopy. Under her, the company has clocked multi-factor sales growths year-on-year. Prior to Truecopy, she co-founded and led the technology services startup OAS Information Systems up until its acquisition by a US based company. She is an avid reader and has been an early adopter of the kindle. She gets her dose of adrenalin rush from early morning workouts. Sonia has a Bachelors degree in Computer Engineering.
Founder, Guilt Trip
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Founder & CEO, Ungender.in
Pallavi Pareek, a change management specialist by education and profession, is building entrepreneurial solutions for the integral issues of the society and workplaces with core focus on “inclusion”. Her current venture, UNGENDER is an advisory for CXOs to build safe and diverse organizations through strategic diversity management. Additional areas that Pallavi holds expertise is on legal compliance alignment of laws pertaining to workplace harassment and maternity benefits with internal policies, processes, infrastructure, and culture elements of a workplace. With her expertise in the workplace harassment laws and advisory role on board of several organizations as an External Member, Pallavi has engaged with over 100 workplaces and educated over 50,000 individuals on this law. At present, through “Project Jaagruk”, initiative of Ungender, training for Police Officers on gender sensitization and sexual harassment laws are being conducted across Delhi, and more than 400 police officials have been touched through this Project. Pallavi through her product CloudTrain, was the first to devise an online solution to address the complex compliance environment of implementation issues related to the Sexual harassment of Women at Workplace Laws. The product initiative has been endorsed by the industry members (Confederation of Indian Industries and NASSCOM leaders) for their member companies. Currently, Pallavi in her role as an external member of ICC for several companies is advising them in building a stable and safe organization and implement the anti- sexual harassment act in its whole essence. Pallavi has also been a co-founder of a legal education entity, iPleaders, addressing the need of simplified legal knowledge availability for people in India. Pallavi’s first venture, iPleaders focuses on simplifying the laws in the country and building certified courses. iPleaders educational initiatives have reached across 15 countries and has a student base comprising of students, working professionals, government officials, consultants, doctors and academicians. Over the past five years, Pallavi has counselled and mentored over 5,000 individuals on their need for professional legal education. Recently, for her contribution through her entrepreneurial and social activities, Pallavi was awarded the “Women of Excellence Award, 2017” by Women Economic Forum in New Delhi.
Founder & CEO, Samhita Social Ventures
Samhita Social Ventures evolved from Priya’s work with the Nadathur family’s social initiatives in the areas of nature conservation, art, education for differently-abled children, and livelihood generation through microenterprise. Prior to working with Nadathur’s family office, Priya co-founded The Spark Group, an education company that delivered affordable education to low income communities. At Spark, Priya helped define strategy, created the business plan and was also instrumental in raising funds from IFMR Trust. Priya’s interest in social entrepreneurship began when she worked as a Researcher at the Poverty Action Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, USA. At MIT, Priya was part of two student-led start-ups – Aerovax, a company that created safe, inhalable aerosol vaccines that could be delivered without the use of needles and Kalpataru, a company that delivered innovative, low-cost technology to increase the efficiency of microfinance institutions. Kalpataru’s pilot was tested with the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh and was presented to Nobel laureate, Dr Muhammad Yunus. Both social enterprises won several awards at MIT. Priya has worked as a consultant with the International Finance Corporation in Africa. She started her career in Accounting at Arthur Andersen in Mumbai. Her career is an interesting fusion of on-the-ground grassroots solutions through enterprise and strategic consulting experience with established companies, a perfect combination for understanding and implementing CSR projects across the board. Priya has a Masters in Economics from Yale University, USA, a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA and a Masters in Commerce from Mumbai University where she stood first in the entire graduating class.
Founder, FashionForRoyals & AllThatClicks UK
Archana Dhankar is an Integrated marketing strategist with 15 years of agency, freelance and in-house experience working on brands, content strategy, marketing automation, workshops, employee engagement, consumer psychology and customer journeys, across a wide range of channels and industries, for both B2B & B2C organisations. A self-confessed Social Media Fanatic and a Blogger, Archana has an Exec MBA from Warwick Business School, UK and Bachelors in Engineering in Computer Science. Today Archana is managing her own Fashion & Lifestyle Blog, FashionForRoyals.com and Digital Marketing agency AllThatClicks.com and admits that her knowledge of digital landscape has helped her gain momentum and take both her blog and agency to new heights.
Director, Women’s Feature Service
She is Director, Women’s Feature Service
Director, Brainstorm Entertainment
Vandana has over 15 years of work experience of business development, sales, marketing and content strategy in the advertising and media industry. In her last professional stint, Vandana was the national head for the luxury business for Times of India. With the group, she has also worked with projects like Femina Miss India, 50 Most Desirable Faces, TOI Fresh Face etc. It was on a busy summer afternoon in 2014 that Vandana decided to do more with the creative bug that she feels she was born with, a bug that was honed while she was with the companies that she worked with. And after much thought and a little push from friends and family, Brainstorm Entertainment was floated in June 2014. Having taken a small break from full time work when her kids were from and then rejoining the corporate world gave Vandana the idea for her project, or her third kid, as she fondly calls it. The International Kids Festival is a concept that urges kids to being technology dependent to connecting with the real world, by the way of experiential workshops conducted by professionals over 4 days. The concept is in its 3rd now and in addition to the multi-city executions in India, the first international edition of IKF happened in San Jose, California in 2016; and will soon be launched in other countries across the world. Championing the cause of career women across the world, Brainstorm Entertainment launched the Women Achievers’ Awards in New Jersey in 2017. The property celebrates these powerhouse of women and the proceeds from this event were donated to the Mijwan Society, an NGO run by celebrated actor and philanthropist Ms. Shabana Azmi. The event is a classic of glamour with a cause as Brainstorm Entertainment felicitates the awardees and ace designer Manish Malhotra showcases his Mijwan collection to the audience. The company has also launched a new IP, the Indian Academy Awards, with superstars Shah Rukh Khan and Madhuri Dixit, which will be held in an overseas location in 2018. In her ‘time off from work’, Vandana loves to spend time baking with her kids (who are almost amateur chefs), explores her keen interest in spirituality and every other waking minute is spent reading the 1000 plus books that she owns.
Pragati Jain is a passionate interior designer who holds the prestigious position of the chairperson of the Indian Institute of Interior Designers- Indore chapter. After completing Interior design program at SNDT, Mumbai in 1986, she established her practice in Indore. Since then she has been a pioneer of this field of design, and has been working to raise awareness about the importance of a well-designed environment in everyday lives. As a versatile designer, she has dealt with an array of commercial and residential projects including corporate and pharmaceutical offices, hotels, clinics, jewellery stores and numerous residences.She has also worked on the restoration of heritage buildings and a few Indian temples, which has been appreciated across the country. The designs take shape after an in depth research of the clients lifestyle and needs. Having devoted her professional life to strive for their satisfaction, her works are known for their immaculate functionality and their judicious use of space. Her designs strive to be minimal, and yet have a traditional essence that is achieved through an extensive use of natural materials, traditional arts and Indian handicrafts.
Chairperson Savoir Faire academie
Konkana Bakshi is a well known face in india, having won the Miss Elegance World contest in 2008 and Miss India East 2009. She has made several advertisements for leading agencies and brands, including the Maruti A-star, KFC, Reliance and Skoda. She was also the face of Bombay Dying The Tao Collection. Aside from her everyday work Konkana also takes time out for humanitarian, philanthropic and charitable ventures that touches her heart including the welfare orphaned street children and organ donations. Konkana, is closely involved with The Habitat Of Humanity. In her role as Director of Savoir Faire, Konkana brings to the fore her well deserved reputation as the only Indian to have ever won The Miss Elegance title. Her ties to the who’s who of India’s social circuit as well as leading corporate houses have given her a deep understanding of business networking and the value of using the right tool for the right job. As such, she brings together experts from varied fields in courses designed by her to maximise the inherent value of her that accumulated expertise over the course of a weekend to create a heady experience that will transform your life.
Founder , Mansi Yoga & Fitness Studio
Swami Satyanand Saraswati, in his ‘Asana Pranayama’ stated: “Yoga is not an ancient myth buried in oblivion. It is the most valuable inheritance of the present. It is the essential need of today and the culture of tomorrow.” Yoga is the science of right living with unity. It establishes integration and harmony between thought, feeling and deed. Mansi Gulati, Mrs India Asia International 2015 and an international Yoga exponent has been working in the field of Yoga for over 15 years and has developed a concept of ‘Face Yoga’, a natural exercise for the upper shoulders in addition to various other yoga exercises. Mansi was interviewed on the Tejasvini Program of Doordarshan on 18 Jun 2017 to highlight her achievements in Yoga and also on the India TV show on 21 Jun 2017. She conducted mega functions at Lucknow, Gujarat, Hyderabad and Pune during the International Yoga Day Celebrations from 17-22 Jun 2017. She has done over 1700 shoots on Yoga for ETV, has been covered by all South Indian Channels and is doing Yoga shoots with TATA Sky as well. Mansi has been conducting lectures cum workshops and camps at various locations in the country and is working in close coordination with the Ministry of Ayush & Center of Cultural Resources and Training, Archaeological Survey of India and the Government of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. She has conducted workshops for Telangana State Police Academy, Military establishments at Hyderabad as also at the Eastern Naval Command at Visakhapatnam. She has been giving yoga training in all India prisons, Universities and schools and has conducted sessions for inmates at Tihar Jail, Delhi, Yerwada Jail at Pune and Chanchalguda Jail at Hyderabad. Mansi is now going to conduct Yoga sessions at Historical sites all over the country. She starts with Qutab Minar at Delhi on 09 August 2017 followed by Red Fort on 01 Sep 2017. She is doing these programs in collaboration with the Ministry of AYUSH and has coordinated with theArchaeological Survey of India to use the historical sites. Her aim is to spread the message of healthy living as also to promote Indian Culture through Yoga and promote Tourism by conducting Yoga at these historical sites
Founder of The Gourmet Jar
Apeksha Jain, French teacher and Food Blogger-turned-entrepreneur, is the Founder of The Gourmet Jar, a brand of premium and innovative preserves and condiments that are completely natural and preservative-free. Apeksha is a self-taught confiturier who’s passion for cooking is guided by her instinct and a husband that loves food! Having started The Gourmet Jar from her home kitchen in 2012, Apeksha now has a 4000 sq ft facility in Noida employing over 25 women, and supplies her products to all the major retail stores across India, a well as 20 five-star hotels.
Owner,studio aarushi bafna
I am Aarushi bafna. I trace my roots back to Jaipur, Rajasthan. I did my schooling from Maharani Gayatri Devi Girl’s school and further got my professional degree in Architecture from Balwant Sheth school of Architecture, Mumbai. I am an Architect and a designer. Currently doing commercial projects with a renowned chef Ajay Chopra and a few other residential projects, I am in the process of establishing my own design studio. Being a design enthusiast, I am also part of art classes for underprivileged. At a young age of 25, I have been lucky to be felicitated with various awards
Shuchi Pandya is the founder of Pipabella.com. Armed with an MBA from the Wharton School of Business and over 10 years of experience in the jewelry industry, Shuchi started Pipabella with the philosophy that today’s young digital consumer prefers trendy, high quality & affordable jewelry. Pipabella uses advanced technology tools to disrupt a traditional industry and in a short span of time has become a market leader across 10 categories of fashion jewellery. Pipabella jewellery has been worn on influencers such as Sonam Kapoor, Jacqueline Fernandes, Alia Bhatt and Anushka Sharma and their products have been featured in over 50+ online and print fashion and business publications. Pipabella.com recently won the Google SMB Heroes 2017 Award and was listed as a Top 25 Startups by Singapore’s Startup-O Javelin Fund. The company has successfully raised over $1 million in funding from venture capital and angel investors.
Spiritual Stylist & Catalyst for Change
Rachna Mehra based in New Delhi is a Spiritual Stylist & Catalyst for Change, who can energise you and spin your world into a new orbit. Honored with a Certificate of Science, A Master Instructor Theta Healing® from Theta Healing Institute of Knowledge, USA & a demure graduate in Business communication from HL College of Commerce, Ahmedabad changed the voyage of her life. Nominated as #100 Women Achievers of India by the Ministry of Women and Child Development of India under the Category of Healthcare and Wellness for her Amazing work in empowering women, men, and children transforming them with Belief work. Practicing since 2006, her natural charisma and compassion for those in need have given her the ability to be titled as a passionate healer, an intuitive who believes that- Together, we’re going to keep making life better and better by change in attitudes behaviors of an individual, Environment, society and world as whole.
Architect & Founder, deZinebox
Shi is Architect & Founder, deZinebox
President, Setco Foundation
Urja Shah is the President of Setco Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Setco Group of companies. The Setco Foundation implements the Setco Group’s corporate social responsibility initiatives. Under Urja’s leadership, the Setco Foundation is today recognized as one of the key innovators in the field of integrated community health and childhood development. The foundation received “The Best Corporate Foundations” award on World CSR Day by the World CSR Congress. The Setco Foundation has also been featured in a book “ Small but Beautiful” on meaningful and innovative social change, published by the Ministry of Industries, Gujarat. Urja holds an M.A. in Environmental Economics and Policy from Duke University, Nicholas School of Environment, along with a Certificate in International Development Policy from Duke University, The Sanford Institute of Public Policy (Year 2000). She also holds B.S. in Environmental Science, Toxicology and Chemistry, summa cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (Year 1998). Urja lives in Mumbai, India with her husband, Harshal Shah, and their son, Hrehan. Together they enjoy scuba-diving, judo, designing, traveling, hiking, watching movies, music and spending time as a family.
Co-founder of Let’s Barter India
Pooja Bhayana is the co-founder of Let’s Barter India, India’s leading app for bartering of goods and services around you. Let’s Barter India started in 2015 and today is the world’s largest community on Facebook, with over 1,86,000 engaged members. Pooja is a communication graduate by degree from Oklahoma City University, United States. She has also worked in the Public Relations sector for 2 years and ultimately quit the corporate job to look for happiness and found it at Let’s Barter India. Pooja is a graduate of the Milestone Makers India program and has been a mentor fellow at the first ever batch of WEE Foundation at IIT Delhi. She has also been recognized as one of the L.I.F.E. Top 100 Women Entrepreneurs of 2016. Under her aegis, Let’s Barter India has been felicitated as one of the top 100 rising startups of 2017, by The India Network
Promotor Director at Green Build Products (i) pvt.ltd.
Practiced as Turnkey person and consulting Interior Designer for several corporates Banks,Offices,Industries,Showrooms for about 18 years Pan India Founded Green Build Products(I)Pvt Ltd in 2005 for manufacturing green building materials and protective coatings • Leading lady -2017 award by – Phoenix market city • G.S. Parkhe Industrial Merit Award 2009 by MCCIA. • Udyog Janani Kamal Puraskar – 2008 by Pravin Masalewale Charitable trust. • Maharashtra Udyogini 2009 – by Sakal and Mitcon… for first generation women entrepreneur • SME Innovation award 2011 • Preran
Founder, Zarin’s Secrets
Zarins Secrets, is a venture started by me through which I am trying to revive old Parsee recipes. Shelley Subawalla loves to cook, read, write and travel. She possess an adventurous streak and rather look forward to venturing out into the unknown. Shelley like to keep herself busy by involving herself in multiple activities. She look after her children and home, work actively for her community, am an active blogger and have now started Zarins Secrets, a venture of her own. Having started out on this road, She find herself changing her earlier conservative and safe outlook toward life. I now believe that life is all about taking risks, following your heart, setting goals and working hard toward achieving them. Being a proud Zoroastrian, I work very hard to inculcate in my children the same pride in the uniqueness and wonder of our community that I myself possess.
Founder and Director, DesiCrew
I enjoy working with new ideas that don’t have an instruction set or handbook. The bigger the challenge, the more exciting it gets. I am currently working on Reboot, an ecosystem and integrated facility for de-addiction. As the Vice President at Paytm, I helped build the eco-system for Paytm in educational institutions. Prior to that, I founded DesiCrew Solutions, a BPO company in the South of India.
Founder Green Cosmos Energy Solutions and Founder OnlyNaturals.com
An Entrepreneur, Scientist and an Angel Investor, Sarita is passionate about applying Science and Technology to achieve a sustainable Earth and a greener and cleaner Environment. Started her career as a scientist, Nuclear Science, at BARC, Mumbai, she combines her scientific training and aptitude with Information Technology to provide energy efficient, sustainability and environmental solutions to industries, individuals and communities. She comes with over 20 years of experience in IT, Research & Development including a global stint of 6 years in the United States. A firm believer in the power of knowledge and innovation, she has worked towards acquiring Masters degrees in Nuclear Science & Engineering, Computer Information Systems and Chemistry from renowned universities in India and the United States and Entrepreneurship Management from IIM-Bangalore. Sarita founded the startup Green Cosmos Energy Solutions Private Limited (https:// greencosmos.co.in/). With a lean and agile team, designed and developed the award winning real-time energy analytics software solution, “RealNatics” that provides big data energy analytics solutions to smart grids and smart cities. Green Cosmos was selected among Top 20 Global World-Changing Startups by 1776 Challenge Cup, 2015. Also a CORE India, HOT 100, Race to grace Startup, 2015 Sarita has also founded the company Only Naturals (https://onlynaturals.in/index.php) to creates a knowledge base and awareness on the use of natural cosmetics, natural oils and butters that are gentle to the skin and leave no polluting effects on our environment and water systems. She has won several awards in her career and has been featured in the book “A Tryst with Women Entrepreneurs”. Sarita has been featured among 15 smart grid experts who are transforming energy use around the world.(https://controlyourbuilding.com/?/blog/entry/15-smart-grid-experts-whoare- transforming-energy-use-around-the-world)
Head of Genpact Corporate FP&A
Bhavna Doegar is the Head of Genpact Corporate FP&A who provides leadership to the finance teams supporting the Corporate, Transformation Services horizontal as well as all Functions and all Geographical Regions of the company. Bhavna owns financial performance management for Genpact globally, including planning, reporting, variance analysis and scorecard measurement. Her priorities include partnering with the Genpact Leadership Council to provide timely, insightful financial analysis, co-owning the 5-year financial model that enables decision making on long-term growth, profitability, cash flows and capital allocation as well as driving the automation of financial tracking and reporting. Apart from FP&A, she also leads the Oxygen and SynerG Corporate Initiatives for the company. With ~18 years of experience, Bhavna has worked in a variety of cross functional roles with GE/Genpact. She was amongst the Top 30 Emerging Leaders in India awarded by the Economic Times in 2016. As the Global Controller for Genpact over the last ~6 years, she has contributed tremendously in leading the SynerG project, creating a global shared service center in India, implementing the new Oracle R12 and T&E Systems, enhancing the efficacy of policies and processes in Controllership. Bhavna has a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from Punjab University and an MBA (Finance) from SP Jain Institute of Management and Research, India.
Principal ,Pathways Early Years
She is the Principal of Pathways Early Years
Mumbai ‘s First Mind Map Trainer
Declared a ” Genius ” by Tony Buzan – Mind Map Inventor & Nobel Peace Prize Nominee ! Endorsed by Jack Canfield – ” The Secret ” Teacher & The Co Creator of The Chicken Soup For The Soul Series ( Sold Over 5 0 0 Million Copies ! ) ! Ranked # 1 in a International Creativity Test Organized by Tony Buzan in Dubai Trained In Lateral Thinking By Edward de Bono , The Father Of Creativity & Nobel Economics Prize Nominee . He has a planet named after him ! Conducted 302 Mind Map Seminars – Probably A WORLD RECORD ! Mind Map seminars done for Execs of Many Fortune 500 Cos , IITs, IIMs, Harvard Business School , Wharton Business School , Johns Hopkins , Oxford , & London School of Economics ( LSE ) Alumni & organisations like YPO Joined the elite list of extremely rare human beings in the history of planet earth , who have been A TED x Speaker Not Just Once But 5 TIMES Appeared on prominent media like CNBC , BTVi , ex BLOOMBERG TV India , Times Of India ( TOI ) , BW Businessworld , DNA , Zee Business and Channel V Ranked As THE MOST RECOGNISED TRAINER IN INDIA Twice In A Row , In 2015 & 2016 By OPTRIS
Manpreet Singh Manna
Dr. Manpreet Singh Manna, born on 14th March, 1971 at Patiala, Punjab (India), graduated in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from Mysore University, Mysore in the year 1993. He did his Master of Engineering in Power & Machines from Thapar University, Patiala and Ph.D. in Electrical and Instrumentation Engineering from SLIET (A Centrally Funded Deemed University established by Govt. of India), Longowal. Starting his teaching profession as Lecturer from SLIET in the year 1997, he has now attained the position of Director, All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) under Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India, and New Delhi presently on deputation. While discharging his duties as Director, AICTE, New Delhi of University Bureau, Administration, Legal Cell, NEQIP and Incharge Regional Office, SWRO, Dr. Manna is the Officer-in-Charge of “SWAYAM MOOCs” project, an instrument for self-actualisation providing unique educational opportunities to the citizens of India for expanding their horizons of knowledge for a life-long learning. Dr. Manna with his persistent efforts and devotion under the able guidance of his Seniors at MHRD and AICTE, developed and made “SWAYAM PLATFORM” go-live for public well within the targeted period.
Prof. Alok Prakash Mittal
Professor of Instrumentation
Prof. Alok Prakash Mittal,Professor of Instrumentation and Control Engineering(ICE) at Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology(NSIT), New Delhi , joined AICTE as Member Secretary on 22nd April 2016. Prof. Alok Prakash Mittal graduated from Madan Mohan Malviya Engineering College, Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh in Electrical Engineering in 1978, post graduation from Electrical Engineering Department, University of Roorkee in 1980 and Ph.D from IIT, Delhi in 1991. Prof . Alok Prakash Mittal started his teaching career at REC, Kurukshetra as a Lecturer in 1985,joined REC Hamirpur(Himachal Pradesh) as Assistant Professor in 1987. Dr. A.P. Mittal returned to REC Kurukshetra as Assistant Professor in 1989, joined Chotu Ram State College of Engineering(CRSCE) (present DCRUST), Murthal as Professor of Electrical Engineering in 1997. In 2001, Prof, A.P. Mittal joined NSIT, Delhi as Professor and Head of Instrumentation and Control Engineering Division. Prof. A.P. Mittal worked as Dean, Student’s Welfare, Dean, Industrial Research and Development, Dean, Post Graduate Studies and Research, Dean, Faculty Affairs and Dean Alumni Affairs at various durations for 2003 to 2016. Prof. A.P. Mittal also worked as Member of Accreditation teams for accreditation of different technical institutes. Prof.A.P. Mittal wasChairman of Admission Committee at NSIT during 2005,2006, 2010 & 2011. Prof. A.P. Mittal has more than 100 research publications in National and International journals and conferences.
Praveen P Kadle
Advisor, Tata Sons, Mumbai
He is Advisor, Tata Sons, Mumbai
Open Data Strategist & CEO,Data Leads
Syed Nazakat works at the intersection of innovation, open data and media. He founded and directs the DataLEADS, where he works with news organizations, media innovators and think tanks across Asia. His innovative product and collaborative work – from watchdog reporting to data visualization to data boot camps to building India’s first data-driven platform for health reporting – has dramatically altered how open data collaboration works in Asia. He has over 17 years of experience as a journalist, open data strategist and entrepreneur. He has reported from over 30 countries and has worked at senior editorial positions in various media organizations, winning international recognition and many awards including India’s prestigious Ramnath Goenka Excellence Award, Christiane Amanpour Award and British Medical Journal Award, the medical world’s equivalent to an Oscar. He also leads CIJ, a non-profit organization he founded to promote the cause of watchdog journalism in India. He is Member of Board of Directors at GIJN (USA) and Pulitzer-prize winning global media watchdog, ICIJ (USA). He holds masters degree in journalism from Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism, Manila.
Foreign Affairs Editor, NDTV
In his career spanning almost 22 years, he have worked for TV news channels and agencies. Umashankar also associated with NDTV since 2003 and his present designation is Foreign Affairs Editor. His nature of job is to report from locations around the world and to analyze it when needed. He also cover Congress Party and Indian parliament when it is in session. love to work in hostile and challenging situations. Umashankar visited several countries including US, UK, Afghanistan, Pakistan, China (including Tibet), Maldives, Myanmar, Thailand, Taiwan etc for coverage point of view. He have covered Pakistan during 2007 Emergency, 2008 and 2013 General Elections. He also visited areas like Swat and Bajaur agency. He got the chance to participate in Edward Murrow Exchange Programme For Journalists organized by US state department which involves travel to various US cities like Washington & New York and meeting their politicians, writers and journalists. Before joining NDTV, He worked for ANI-Reuters in Jammu & Kashmir for more than two years. During this period,he extensively covered terrorism and counter-terrorism operations from close quarters and also tried to highlight the plight of the common Kashmiri people forced to live in an environment of constant fear and bloodbath. He majored in history (from Dayal Singh College, Delhi University, 1991-94) and got a PG Diploma in Mass Communication (1995-96) from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi.
Foreign Affairs desk at Hindustan Times
Rezaul H Laskar heads the Foreign Affairs desk at Hindustan Times. His interests include movies and music.
Industry Expert: Hotel Management & Hospitality
Mr Jagmohan Misra is a recognized hotel and hospitality expert with 35 years of international experience in leading brands for Project development, Pre-opening and Operations of Hotels and Resorts. He began his career with Oberoi Hotels in 1978 and had the distinction of being their youngest General Manager. In his illustrious career, he has headed prestigious properties like Hotel Oberoi Palace in Srinagar, Hotel Leela Palace in Goa, Radisson Tanjung Rhu in Malaysia, Ananda in the Himalayas, Lalit Ashok and Howard Johnson in Bangalore. The former Bangalore Chapter Head of Hotel Association of India, he is a member of the Hotel and Catering International Management Association.
Dr. Uttam Rao
Founder and C.E.O of www.sevadal.com
Dr Uttam Rao holds a B.D.S degree, His social, spiritual and political activism spans a wide spectrum from establishing Retirement Homes to alleviating poverty through civic movements and development. He has a vast experience in development facilitation, Social innovative program’s, good governance, social facilitation, strategic management, leadership development, entrepreneurship and negotiation skills, mediation and community organization. In 2003 he was appointed as the C.E.O of Parampara Television pvt. Ltd which was instrumental in discovering ancient Indian astronomy, culture, scripture’s, wisdom and presented it in a new perspective. Currently working on 25 start-up’s across various sectors which could generate Employment to lakh’s of Indians. Few of them are www.indiaism.com, www.electiontourism.com, www.juniorindia.com, www.sevadal.com, www.msmegst.com, www.mahayug.com, www.geriatricvaccine.com, www.roomonapp.com, www.toothapp.com www.spiritualdays.com www.indiamini.com.
Managing Director at JUSCO -A TATA Enterprise
Ashish Mathur is a seasoned professional with rich cross functional, multinational experience in all aspects of business in a career spanning over 26 years. Presently working as Managing Director – JUSCO, a TATA Group Enterprise, the only company in India comprehensively building and managing city level infrastructure and services, Ashish has spearheaded major developments like Satellite Cities, Special Economic Zones, Integrated Business Cities, Industrial Parks etc. in India. Earlier, Ashish has an enriching international experience with Marine Engineering & Shipbuilding, Business – Start up to stabilisation, Asset Management & Administration, Large Scale Multi – Utility Operations and Real Estate. He has steered the entire course of Business Planning & Execution, Processes & Systems Implementation etc. and has significantly contributed to the organisations with his deep insight in to business development by taking overall charge as the profit centre head. Known for his ability to get a business off the block or turn around a loss making business, he has excelled as critical thinker and adept negotiator who can apply knowledge of multiple industries in achievement of core organisational objectives. He has been instrumental in bringing about a paradigm shift in the ways the modern large projects are planned. Originally qualified as Mechanical Engineer, Ashish has reached out to industry & published strategic papers on ‘SHE’, ‘Standardisation of Work Place Practices’, ‘Making of a Business Manager’. He has many work place excellence awards to his credits.
Malvinder Singh Rikhy
Co-founder at Mind Your Fleet
Malvinder Singh Rikhy, popularly called as MSR amongst his peers as MSR, is an entrepreneur, mentor, and an expert in the travel and tourism industry. Known for his sharp wit, MSR comes with over 25 years of experience, and in-depth knowledge of the functionalities of the industry. An alumnus of St. Stephen’s College Delhi, and Greenwich University London, MSR holds his degree in Business Administration. He started his career as a Sales Manager with American Express. In 1997, he joined as the Corporate Head of Sales & Marketing at Sita Travels, one of India’s leading Destination Management companies. Post which he served multiple behemoths of the industry in leadership positions, such as Carlson Wagonlit Travel (Country Head), Taj Hotels (Chief Operating Officer), Hogg Robinson Sita (Sr. Vice President and Country Head), and Kuoni Business Travel (CEO). Throughout his career in the corporate world, MSR has been known for his leadership and management skills, along with a knack for providing solutions for seemingly unattainable problems. During his tenure at Kuoni, MSR met Jitender Arora (serial entrepreneur), and together they founded Mind Your Fleet, a SaaS company providing fleet management solutions to fleet owners worldwide. MSR’s passion for the travel, hospitality, and tourism industry led him to further cofound Roomito (a channel manager and inventory management software), Traviate (a leading B2B marketplace to connect stakeholders of the travel industry worldwide), and Corpmatic (a technology solution to simplify business travel). A veteran of the industry, MSR continues to strive towards building a sustainable and accessible travel ecosystem worldwide through technology and genuine compassion
President, IATO (Indian Association of Tour Operators)
Mr. Sarkar graduated from Delhi University in 1975 with specialization in tourism as a vocational subject. After college at the age of 20, he joined the Tourism Industry & worked in an esteemed tourism company in New Delhi. He is one of the founder members of Destination Management Company “Swagatam Tours Pvt. Ltd.” which was established in 1986. The main operation of the company is inbound tourism meant for bringing tourists from worldwide nations. Mr. Sarkar is presently the President of IATO, prior to which he was the Hony. Secretary. He has been associated with IATO for last 15 years and has served IATO in various capacities. He has travelled abroad extensively and has visited many foreign countries for growing his venture and promoting Indian tourism. Presently he is working towards generating business from Middle East, Far East, Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada and UK regions. He has a good reputation and is a well-known personality in tourism industry due to his ethical business practice. He has in-depth knowledge in tourism field. He believes ‘Knowledge is to share’ and actively participates in contributing his knowledge and experience to the younger generation to develop the career in tourism industry. He is always helpful to the needy and poor people. He has an NGO “Social Interactive Training and Education” to help poor children and running free coaching center for BPL students.
Chairman , TAAI-NR ( Travel Agents Association of India ) President, IGTA ( India Golf Tourism Association ) Co – Chairman, PHD Chamber of Commerce Tourism Member Tourism Committee , FICCI Co – Founder , PASSIONALS
Rajan Sehgaldid graduation and post graduation in tourism from University of Delhi . Worked with Lufthansa German airlines GSA for 11 years and sent by them to Germany for basic ,advance travel and ticketing trading and stood first among 15 countries . Worked with ITC Travel division International Travel House for 7 years and heads the travel . He Started his Travel company called ARRIVALS AIR SERVICES P LTD in the 1996 . Chairman – TAAI -NR TRAVEL AGENTS ASSOCIATION OF INDIA President _ IGTA INDIA GOLF TOURISM ASSOCIATION organized various panel discussions and events to promote India a golfing destination . Also organised FICCI INTERNATIONAL GOLF SUMMIT with the support of Ministry of Tourism and invited around 40 golf tour operators from various countries to have interaction with Indian golf tour operators ,golf courses .hotels , airlines etc. Co -Chairman- tourism committee of PHD Chamber of commerce Member of tourism committee of FICCI Also teaching and training at Delhi University and various other travel tourism inst . Started a new company called PASSIONALS .
Founder of Shikhar Group of Companies
Founder of Shikhar Group of Companies – Professionally a Pilot, Mountaineer, Environmentalist and Explorer, closely associated with the Travel and Tourism Industry for the last 40 years. – Founder of Shikhar Travels (I) Pvt. Ltd., which is a full fledged Destination Management Company, has been in the business since 1979, ( 38 years). – The company is in the business of Travel and Tourism and the major focus is on in-bound tourism. We handle incoming Tourists to India for all travel and tourism related services including Incentive and Special Interest Tours, Adventure Trips, Conferences and Conventions, Business Travel and so on. – Actively promoting Educational tours and have the privilege to be associated with many prestigious Schools in the country. – Shikhar has partners in different parts of the world who give us business. Besides, we get direct enquiries from the clients through the net. We also get lot of enquiries through our participation in international fairs and exhibitions. Brief on industry positions held by Capt. Kumar: – Founder Member of India Convention Promotion Bureau, (ICPB), the apex body for promoting Conferences in India,. Its Vice Chairman for four years (2002-2006 ) and for two years 2013-15)). Currently its Governing Board member. – Founder President of Adventure Tour Operators Association of India (ATOA) and was its President for six years. – Currently elected as its President (2016-18). – President of American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) India Chapter for four years (2003-2007) Elected as Chair, International Chapter Presidents Council (ICPC) of ASTA during 2006-07 and served on its Board. – Closely associated with the Rotary movement in India. Charter Member of Rotary Club of Delhi South Metropolitan, District 3010. – Held the position of Assistant Governor (AG) in District 3010 during 2002-2003 and during 2013-14 . – Organised Rotary International Council of Legislation (COL) in India in 1999 and other Rotary Events on national and international level. – Being associated with Rotarians from around the world who visits India as Rotary Volunteers to participate in the Polio immunization programme every year
President, ADTOI (Association of Domestic Tour Operators of India).
A post Graduate in Tourism & Hospitality & Masters in Public Administration has a flair in Tourism He is in Travel & Tourism Industry for the last 3 decades.Mostly dealing with Corporates & Embassies. He has a passion for tourism and always look forward for the growth of Tourism in India. He is currently President Of Association Of Domestic Tour Operators Of India and trying his best along with Ministry Of Tourism & State Tourism Bodies and other associates for the growth Of Domestic Tourism in India. He is also a Member of CII National Committee of Tourism & Hospitalit
He is CEO, FREECULTR
Architect and urban designer-Studio VanRO
Rohit Raj Mehndiratta graduated from School of Architecture CEPT, Ahmedabad, India and received a SMArchS degree in Architecture and Urbanism from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T) in 2002. Among other accolades, he received the Merit Recognition Award for the years 2000-01 and 2001-02 in M.I.T. His work experience includes an initial training at Frei Otto’s Institute for Light Weight Structure in Stuttgart, Germany. He went on to work for 5 years in New York with Davis Brody Bond (DBB) and Elizabeth Kennedy Landscape Architects (EKLA). In DBB he worked on The World Trade Center Memorial, New York and Nicolas Grimshaw’s Experimental Media and Performance Arts Center in RPI, Troy, NY State.
Jeroninio “Jerry” Almeida is a globally renowned and much sought Leadership Coach, Management Consultant, motivational / inspirational orator, master storyteller and missionary entrepreneur who recently signed the biggest publishing deal in India for 12 crores with his bestselling Karma Kurry- The hero in me book series. Jerry is now working on a book titled Mann Ki Baat – The heart of the mind with our honorable Prime Minister Shri. Narendra Modi where he shares his thoughts on Individual Social Responsibility and Proactive Citizenship. More details about Jerry are on www.jerrylearns2learn.com iCONGO believes that it is not mindless & arrogant charity, but humble & involved social justice that is wanting in our world . We passionately works with PEOPLE across the globe, for the mission of encouraging social justice through citizen action, with a vision of creating a just, humane, egalitarian and responsible society. Over 10 years we have worked with various citizens & multiple stakeholders, created partnerships and have brought together a wide cross section of citizen movements, unions, networks, campaigns, bilateral & multilateral organisations, NGOs, Government & Corporate entities, and concerned citizens from Government, Corporate, Academia, Civil Society, Media, Celebrity, Youth, children and Student sectors to stand up and make a difference. We have always taken the less trodden path, to encourage more involvement of citizens with social issues by creating cutting edge thought leadership for mindset/attitudinal change with movements like The Joy of Giving, RIGHTeveryWRONG, REX, Apeejay Karmayuga, iDishoom, Restaurants against Hunger, Swachh Bharat Mission and Karmaveer awards. This TV story by CNBC on iCONGO shall tell you about our mission in just 9 minutes
Managing Director,Tata Power Trading Company Limited
Mr. Sanjeev Mehra is the Managing Director at Tata Power Trading Company Ltd. and has been leading the company since September 2011. Tata Power Trading Company Ltd. is amongst the top power trading companies in India. Mr. Mehra has vast experience of the power sector, spanning more than 34 years in generation, transmission and power trading. He is the Chairman of the Board in Welspun Energy Rajasthan Private Limited, Welspun Urja Gujarat Private Limited And Solarsys Renewable Energy Private Limited. He is also a Director in the Board of Powerlinks Transmission Ltd. and Dugar Hydro Power Ltd. Mr. Mehra holds a degree in B.Tech. (Electrical Engineering) and P.G. Diploma in Business Administration. He started his career in NTPC as an Executive Trainee in the Electrical Design department, and worked there for almost 9 years. Thereafter, he joined the Commercial department of Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd. and worked in Power Grid for around 8 years. When trading of power was conceived and PTC India Limited was formed, Mr. Mehra joined PTC India Ltd, where he was part of the core team responsible for its conception and development. He has served as an Executive Vice President at Transaction Facilitation and Market Development of PTC. He has taken various challenges in his previous assignments. He has worked in the areas of fixation of transmission tariff, entering into bulk power transmission agreement with SEBs; type testing of switchgear of various manufacturers and preparation of control logic, schematic and wiring diagrams for the operation of various systems in Thermal power plants. He is also actively involved in policy advocacy. He has been a key figure in shaping power trading in India. He has also studied the Turkish and Georgian market in depth for a Tata Power Hydro project in Georgia. He advises Tata Power in its various power trading related issues both for national and international ventures. He was also instrumenting in starting the first merchant power sale between Bhutan and India. Mr. Mehra believes in participative management and he motivates his team to explore beyond their usual assignments. He has a passion for travelling and has travelled extensively around the world with his family.
Eminent Artist,Thought Leader,Motivational Speaker,Founder & Creative Director
On of India’s top ten eminent contemporary artists, Manav Gupta, is recognised as a true visionary and a thinker who has taken art beyond art as a movement over his two decades of career by deploying it to raising consciousness on environment. He has established himself as a unique cultural ambassador, building bridges beyond borders for world peace, harmony and sustainable living. Acknowledged as a ‘pioneer of reinventing pottery as global Public Art for Sustainable Development, taking local to global and craft to avant garde art, he has regularly been quoted by critics media and leading experts and luminaries from different walks of life as ‘one of India’s most erudite and versatile contemporary artists’, the ‘maverick genius’ of ‘pioneering innovations’, ‘piped to be the next big thing in international art’ and ‘a master of light and colour’. Former Expert Committee Member of Republic Day celebrations, first artist-in-residence at the Rashtrapati Bhawan invited personally by Dr. Abdul Kalam, only artist to be invited by Environment Ministry to create one-minute-films on climate change, he is listed by Financial Times among ten contemporary Indian artists whose works would fetch good returns.
Founder – Great Place To Study Research Institute
Mr. Shekhar A Bhattacharjee, Founder & Group CEO – SkillTree Knowledge Consortium, was honored with the title “Byatikram Youth Icon of the Year 2016”, because of his immense contribution in showing a new direction to the youth and also to the education industry. The award was presented to him by Anuradha Sharma Pujari and P.S. Reddy. Byatikram Awards is an annual award ceremony organized by the Byatikram Group since 2010 to honor the gems of the society. Mr. Shekhar Bhattacharjee is a versatile thinker, charismatic leader, young generation entrepreneur and an educationist at heart. After advising various institutes and education firms, he established SkillTree Knowledge Consortium in 2012. His contribution to the education fraternity is unparalleled and brought innovative avenues into the system.
CEO, Abrol Builders
Vivek Abrol Proprietor of the Abrol Group is young and dynamic, has through knowledge in the field of construction activities. the group is well known and reckoned for its magnificence and splendour in the field of construction in the city of Mumbai. The Group has to its credit a number of elegant residential and commercial buildings. The day to day management is delegated to a team of highly qualified and experienced professionals. The Group has been successful in all its projects in the past. It enjoys a reputation of completing its ventures on or before time including completion and sale. This is a remarkable feat as no compromise is made on quality. The architecture of some of its projects is ‘State of Art.’ The Abrol Group is looking into the future and there is no stopping it now. Success is reassured, as someone rightly said Abrol stands for A builders, reassurance of loyalty of success.
CEO at Tata Consulting Engineers Limited
Leader with a global experience spanning US, Europe, India, Africa, ME and SEA – with focus on Consulting, P&L, Sales and Operations exposure. Apart from India, I have lived and worked in US, UK, France, and Finland. My experience spans across Product Conceptualization, Design & Lifecycle management, Engineering, Manufacturing, Process re-engineering and in the creation and implementation of enabling governance, business models, engineering IT, Large Project PMOs, Digital Lifecycle management approaches and solutions that allow transformation, enables virtual team working, collaboration and next generation of lean thinking, innovation, agility and optimization across the value chain.
Bharat R Joshi
CEO of J-Curve Ventures Pvt. Ltd
Mr. Bharat R Joshi’s career has spanned the roles of entrepreneur, author, social worker and mentor. Bharat is CEO of J-Curve Ventures Pvt. Ltd (www.jcurve.in ). J-Curve focuses on a range of verticals through 3 i’s – Insight+, Investment and Implementation, and has alliances with institutions in Germany (Fraunhofer IML), New Zealand, Hungary and Netherlands. He serves on boards of ACTL (www.actlindia.com ) and JKTI (Joshi Konoike Transport and Infrastructure). The companies have interests in logistics, technology and infrastructure. Mr. Joshi has addressed fora in India, China, Japan, New Zealand and Europe. He’s a charter member of TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs), and was acknowledged in UNCTAD’s World Investment Report 2006. He led a Future Leaders’ delegation to Japan in 2017, upon invitation of Japanese Government.
Sneh pursued his graduation in Information Systems Management from University of London. He initiated OoWomaniya.com to solve the problem of inaccessibility of information and services around women’s health and wellness. Sneh has 10+ years of experience in IT and ITeS, and has worked with more than 500 clients and products. He has an extensive experience in technology trends, process design, product planning, design, management and recruitment. He has been successfully running an IT and Business Consulting firm – StimulusCo and also initiated a CoWorking space in Ahmedabad called “Uncubate”. Sneh is a member of Global Shapers Community (An Initiative by World Economic Forum) and has served as the Curator of the Ahmedabad chapter in 2016-17. LinkedIn: https://in.linkedin.com/in/snehb
Dr Vikram Jaggi
Director of Asthma, Chest & Allergy Centres
Dr. Vikram Jaggi is the Medical Director of Asthma, Chest & Allergy Centres. These are premier Institutes, located in Delhi & Gurgaon, dealing with diagnosis, treatment, research and spreading awareness on Asthma and Allergy. He is an alumnus and a double gold medalist from Delhi’s Maulana Azad Medical College. He is passionate about spreading awareness about health topics in general and asthma in particular. He regularly contributes article to national dailies and health magazines and has authored over 15 books/booklets on asthma and allergy. He is successfully running a website www.acac.in since 2007 which is a rich source of helpful information for patients and through which he sends out monthly newsletters to over 7000 subscribers. His latest Book “What Asthmatics Really want to know” has been received very well by the patients of Asthma.
Chairman & Managing Director, Centre for Fundraising
Kunal is an international expert on Development, fundraising, and sustainability with a special focus on Asia and India. In last one year, he has worked with over 17 Clients strategizing, planning, training and guiding them to achieve their fundraising aspirations. Kunal has distinction of establishing and leading Indian fundraising offices for INGOs like ActionAid, Childfund, Oxfam and Meenakshi Mission Hospital. After more than 18 years of spearheading fundraising, marketing & communications initiatives, Kunal took a bow to address the fundraising needs of the larger development sector. In 2013, he established Centre for Fundraising (CFF), India’s first full service fundraising advisory firm, exclusively for supporting the fundraising ambitions of the not for profit organizations. Currently, Kunal leads the work at Centre for fundraising as the Managing Director. He has an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the global fundraising practices and the key growth markets. His ability to strategically plan with innovation, lifts the execution to a newer level of efficiency. He is a much sought after advisor for non- profit boards considering an entry into the Indian market. He is a regular invitee to the board meetings as an independent director besides fundraising conferences, seminars and workshops. Kunal serves as advisor to global non-profits and corporates, guiding them on creating sustainable partnerships and winning engagements.
Director at Aradya International Spa Management
He is Director at Aradya International Spa Management
MD Of Asmi International Pvt. Ltd
Asmi International was established in Delhi in the year 2006 as a proprietorship company. In the initial stages the company was obtaining its products manufactured from other organisations through strict quality control and within two years was able to make its presence felt in the market. In the year 2012 the company was able to set up its own factory at Sonepat in Haryana, and that year itself it was converted into a Private Limited company. These were possible only because of the hard working of Results-oriented Managing Director who was able to manage the costs and also established a strategic mutually beneficial partnerships and relationships with users, vendors and service providers. Adept at creating strategic alliances with organization leaders to effectively align with and support key business initiatives. The company was able to build and retain high performance teams by hiring skilled professionals especially for motivation and development.
Inderjeet Singh Mehta
Honorary dentist at Rastrapati Bhawan
Akhilesh Kumar Srivastava
CEO IHMCL & Chief General Manager (T) in National Highways Authority of India
Akhilesh Srivastava is B.Tech., MBA, FIE, FIV, LLB. He has variety of experience on Contract Management, Information Technology, Financial Management and Business Management rose to head as CEO of IHMCL (Indian Highways Management Company Limited), a top Indian company of Highway management promoted by NHAI & MoRTH. Perhaps the only officer to have received almost all civilian awards of defense forces. Apart from his excellence in working and execution, he is a prolific scholar and academician. He personally designed and developed many tools for day to day office management and project monitoring such as DMS (Document management system) and PIS (Project Information System). As chief General Manager (IT & CMC) in NHAI, he is streamlining the Contract Management and dispute resolutions, an area needs urgent focus. On IT side he is modernizing the system and developed an advanced Project Management and Information System(PMIS) For better operations on Highways and to facilitate the Highways users, he is developing the India’s biggest 24X7 video surveillance command and control center for live monitoring of traffic at Toll Plazas of the India to avoid congestion at Toll Plazas and simultaneously working on Electronic Toll collection (ETC) an ambitious Project of Government of India monitored by Prime Minister Office(PMO). This will ease out road users difficulties and encourage digital payment. Apart from this, he is also developing a mobile app for highway user with GIS tracking facility.
Secretary General PHDCCI
Mr Saurabh Sanyal is a professional with over 33 years of experience in Armed forces and corporate. He is an Engineer and a post graduate from IIT Madras. He has done his Masters in Disaster Mitigation and MBA. Mr Sanyal hung his boots prematurely as a Colonel from Army Headquarters, New Delhi. He has participated in active service in Counter Insurgency Op Rakshak in J&K and Northeast, Op Parakram, Op Bajrang and Op Rhino in the Northeast and was commended by the Chief of the Army Staff twice in 1994 and 2005 for distinguished Service. He has been planning and implementing projects on infrastructure at National and international levels in construction, Power / Energy sectors in Africa, SAARC countries and across India. He has been a keen communicator with the ability to relate to people across all hierarchical levels. He has been working with the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry as Secretary General since 01 May 2013. He has been a member of the Indian Building congress, Indian road congress, and the institution of engineers. He is a keen sportsman and an avid golfer.
Chairman Emeritus of Paharpur Business Centre
Kamal Meattle, Chairman Emeritus, Paharpur Business Centre (PBC) is an environmentalist at heart. He has a Masters in Management from The Sloan School of Management, MIT, USA. Kamal’s conviction towards environment, climate issues and energy efficiency is implicit. Built to compulsory Government Design, PBC is the first retrofit building in India, which is USGBC LEED Platinum EB Certified. It is the first in India, with a Dynamic Plaque, to showing how the building is performing, on a real – time basis, and be compared with others. It is also the first office building in India to be rated – Platinum, for Health and Wellbeing for its occupants, by CII- IGBC. It is a BEE 5star rated building and is currently operating at 17 Whr /hr /sqm. PBC is well-known for its exceptional indoor air quality, security and improvement of Human Productivity. It grows its own fresh air indoors with over 7,000 special indoor plants and uses Technology. He spoke about ‘How to grow fresh air’ using three common plants. This TED talk has been viewed by over 3.3 million people. He has co-authored a book published by Juggernaut on ’How to Grow Fresh Air,’ that simply offers simple solution to Pollution at home and how to remain healthy and improve one’s cognitive ability to full potential. Breathe EasyTM is a successful Start Up incubated by PBC, with a wide reference list, that now helps others implement solutions to improve Indoor Air Quality, while reducing energy usage, at an affordable cost Kamal is an Executive Council member of the CII-IGBC, Member, Delhi Committee CII; Member, National CII Environment Committee & Chairman, Northern Region, Indo German Chamber of Commerce. In 2005, Kamal was awarded the PHD Chamber, ‘Ethics is Good Business Award’ by the Former President of India, H.E. Mr. Abdul Kalam. In 2007, he was conferred the prestigious MIT’s Distinguished Alumni Award.
Chairman, Isgec Heavy Engineering Ltd.
Mr. Ranjit Puri serves as the Chairman of the Board at ISGEC Heavy Engineering Ltd (alternative name The Saraswati Industrial Syndicate Ltd.), and has been its Non-Executive Director since October 14, 1981. He serves as a Non-Executive Director of Saraswati Sugar Mills Limited and ISGEC Engineering & Projects Limited. He has been Non-Executive Director of Jullundur Motor Agency (Delhi) Limited since May 28, 2005. Mr. Puri holds a BSc in Industrial Management from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, US.
Managing Director and CEO at Tata Coffee Limited.
Mr. Sarin is the Managing Director and CEO of TATA Coffee Ltd.. Prior to this he was the Regional President – South Asia of Tata Global Beverages. He has 40 years experience with leading multinational organizations and has spent significant time in Global markets of Egypt, EMEA, Philippines at senior positions. He has been a member of the National Tea Board and member of the Executive Committee of the United Planters’ Association. He has also been a member of the CII FMCG Committee. Mr. Sarin holds a management degree from the Asian Institute of Management, Manila, Philippines, graduating with Distinction and a Master’s Degree in Economics from Bombay University, where he graduated at the top of the class and received the University Gold Medal. Mr. Sarin was awarded the ‘CEO of the Year (F&B sector)’ award by World Quality Congress in 2017. He was also recognised with the ‘Exceptional Leaders of Excellence’ award by the Women’s Economic Forum in the same year. In 2018 Mr Sarin was recognised with the ‘Udyog Rattan Award’ by the Institute of Economic Studies. He was awarded the prestigious ‘Triple A’ award (Alumni Achievement Award) by his alma mater, the Asian Institute of Management, Manila Giving back to the community is intrinsic to him. He is the Managing Trustee of The Coorg Foundation, a public charitable trust established by TATA Coffee Ltd, and Managing Trustee of the Rural India Health Project. He was recognised with the ‘Global Community Service’ award given by the Chairman Cadbury Schweppes. He is deeply committed to the Art of Living Foundation. He was a Trustee of Art Of Living Foundation, Philippines, Jt Chairperson of the Apex Corporate program and is a Corporate Apex program Teacher.
Joint Commissioner of Police
Ajay Chaudhary, a 1996-batch IPS officer, is joint commissioner of police, New Delhi range. Chaudhary will also head Delhi Metro and Railway police. Chaudhary is an officer awarded with President’s Police Medal for distinguished service. He was earlier an OSD (officer on special duty) to Lieutenant Governor of Delhi. He was also Additional Commissioner of Police, South East Delhi. He is known for his inspiring initiatives in community-based policing, fostering trust between people and police force, and various public-police joint programs to increase wellbeing, employment, awareness and constructive thinking especially among the youth. An eloquent speaker and writer, he is known for his down-to-earthedness and humble dedication to his work guided by the credo that anyone who is aggrieved must be given hope and help at all times.
Renowned International Taxation Expert
Aseem Chawla is a Partner, based out of New Delhi office of Phoenix Legal. He is India Bar Council member, Fellow Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, STEP member and is certificate holder of the Tax Policy program from Harvard Kennedy School. Aseem’s experience includes advising large Indian and multinational corporate houses on tax matters, including international tax, inbound & outbound investment structuring & cross-border tax issues, and advising families on estate planning, inheritance & governance matters. Aseem is actively involved in leadership capacity at various professional bodies & business chambers, and is regularly invited to various domestic & international fora and industries chambers. He is the Co-Chairman of the Economic Affairs Committee of PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, India and the Vice-Chair of the India Committee & Asia Pacific Committee of the American Bar Association, Section of International Law (ABA) and recently, he has been appointed as Officer, ABA International Tax Committee. He is also the Officer of the Taxes Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA). Aseem is the Vice Chair of Tax Committee of the Inter Pacific Bar Association (IPBA). He is the Regional Vice President of the Indo American Chamber of Commerce (IACC) and the Co-Chairman of its Finance & Services Committee. He is Executive Committee member of the Bar Association of India & the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT) Bar Association, New Delhi. He has also been elected as the Joint General Secretary of Society of Indian Law Firms (SILF). He has been nominated to the Cost Accounting Standards Board (CASB) of the Institute of Cost Accountants of India. Aseem has been consistently adjudged over the years, as one of the leading tax experts in the Asia Pacific Region by Chambers and Partners, Who’s Who Legal, Expert Guides, Legal 500,Asialaw Leading Lawyers, etc. He has also been identified among 40 leading Indian lawyers under 45. Aseem was featured in The Week magazine’s special coverage on young lawyers and has also been bestowed award of Young Achiever lawyer. Recently, his name finds mention in “100 Legal Luminaries of India” published by Lexis Nexis. Aseem has several authorships to his credit, and has contributed in IFA Cahiers (Annual World Congress, 2013 Copenhagen) as country reporter for India on “Exchange of Information”. He is currently the Co-Editor of India Law News, a quarterly publication of ABA Section of International Law. His contribution has also been acknowledged in the Kanga &Palkhivala’s Income Tax Commentary, 10th Edition, an acclaimed treatise on Indian Income Tax laws. His views are often sought on contemporary tax and policy matters by the Print and Electronic media
Senior Counsel and Specialist, Cyber Law
Pavan Duggal has been acknowledged as one of the top four Cyber Lawyers in the world. WDD [World Domain Day] recognises Pavan Duggal as one of the top 10 Cyber Lawyers around the world. Pavan Duggal who is the President of Cyberlaws.Net. He is working in the pioneering area of Cyberlaw. While a practicing Advocate, Supreme Court of India, Pavan Duggal has made an immense impact with an international reputation as an expert and authority on Cyberlaw and E-Commerce law.
Amarjit Singh Chandhiok
Senior Advocate and former President Delhi High Court Bar Association
Graduated in Arts and Law from the University of Delhi, in 1972. Secured the first position in law and won the gold medal. Practising in the Supreme Court and High Courts in India. • Senior Advocate, designated in 1999 (equivalent to Queen’s Counsel in England). • President, INSOL India • Former Additional Solicitor General of India (Delhi High Court and Supreme Court) • Former Principal Counsel, European Union Commission from August 2013 –March 2016. • Founder member and Member of the Overseeing Committee of Delhi High Court Mediation Centre, known as Samadhan. • Founder Member and Vice President, Association of Indian Mediators • Qualified mediator and trainer for mediators. • Was president of Delhi High Court Bar Association six times. • Member, Overseeing Committee, Delhi International Arbitration Centre, High Court of Delhi, New Delhi Represented parties in various arbitral tribunals of International Chamber of Commerce, at Hongkong, London and Singapore. Represented the Indian Government in the Enron Arbitration in London. Was a member of ICC Arbitral Tribunals for international arbitration at various places, the recent being one at London, concluded in April 2016. Was invited as an expert on Indian laws by various Courts/Tribunals of the United States, United Kingdom and Australia. Received many awards and recognitions, including the “Leader in the Profession – Leader of the Bar Award-2007” from the Bar Council of Delhi, in March 2007 (first time the Bar Council, a statutory body under the Advocates Act, has conferred this award). Received the National Law Day Award-2006, from the Prime Minister of India, for the contribution made in the practice of Civil Law. Received the award for rendering meritorious legal services from Delhi Citizens’ Forum for Civil Rights in 2002. Was awarded “Outstanding Jurist – 2000” by J.N. Kaushal Jurisprudence Centre, New Delhi. Received “Sikh of the Year 2010” Award from Sikh Forum International, London, UK. Was also awarded two doctorate degrees (honoris causa).
Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan (L&S) was founded in the year 1985
Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan (L&S) was founded in the year 1985 by V Lakshmikumaran and V Sridharan. The firm specialises in the areas of taxation, corporate laws, international trade and intellectual property. The firm has offices in New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Pune, Kolkata and Chandigarh and Geneva. The firm provides litigation, transactional, advisory, consulting and legal services to its clients under each of its practice areas. The strength of the firm is its experienced and diverse human resource. The firm has attorneys and professionals with advanced degrees in law, science, technology, business and commerce from leading institutions in India and abroad, and many of them are qualified to practise in more than one jurisdiction. The firm advises several Fortune 500 companies and top Indian companies.
Chairman, STIC Travel Group
Dr. Subhash Goyal, PHD, M.B.A, B.Com. (Hora Gold Medalist from Sri Ram College of Commerce) Member National Tourism Advisory Council, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, is the Chairman of STIC Travel Group, one of India’s biggest travel Group with branches in all the major cities of India. Representing some of the world’s best brands like United Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines, Air China, Malaysian Airlines, Srilankan Airlines, Ukraine International Airlines, Myanmar Airways International, Philippine Airlines, Royal Brunei Airlines, Holland America Cruise Line, Seabourn Cruises, A-Rosa – European River Cruise, Windstar, Wyndham Group of Hotels, etc. He is the Immediate Past President of the Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO), and has served as IATO’s President for more than ten years. Dr. Goyal is the Chairman Tourism & Services Sector of Federation of Indian Export Organizations (FIEO) set up by the Ministry of Commerce, Govt. of India and the Chairman of Haryana Tourism Mart. He is also the President of The Confederation of Tourism Professionals of India.
Dr. Pv Murthy
Sr. Vice President and Global Head – Human Resources at the Indian Hotels Company Ltd(Taj Groups)
Dr. P. V. Ramana Murthy is the Sr. Vice President and Global Head – Human Resources at the Indian Hotels Company Ltd. Prior to this, he held a distinguished 15-year career with The Coca-Cola Company, where most recently he served as Executive Director – Human Resources for Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages (HCCB), India and Bangladesh, the wholly owned subsidiary of the Bottling Investments Group of The Coca-Cola Company, Atlanta, USA. In this board level position at corporate headquarters in Gurgaon, he was responsible for about 15,000 employees. Under his guidance, the Human Resources function of HCCB came to be named “Best in Class” and served as a strong exporter of executive talent within the global Coca-Cola Bottling Investment Group. Through the course of his tenure with the company, he rose progressively, taking on increasingly senior roles, first with Coca-Cola India, currently the concentrate and marketing division of the business wholly owned by the Atlanta Company, holding titles such as Area HR Manager (Nellore) in 1999, Regional HR Manager (Andhra Pradesh) in 2000, Senior Manager – Corporate HR & Employee Relations in 2001 and Corporate General Manager – Human Resources in 2002, until he was named Regional General Manager – Human Resources (South) in 2004. In 2005, he became HCCB India’s Head of HR as its Director – Human Resources and subsequently, moving on to become Vice President – Human Resources in 2009. In 2011, he was promoted as the Senior Vice President-HR. He attained the title of Executive Director – Human Resources in 2013. Among his many notable achievements for Hindustan Coca-Cola were creating an 18-month customized General Management Development Program to groom zonal business heads in India, developing and deploying an HR Academy with an 18-month HR Capability Building Program, and designing Leadership Excellence and Accelerating Performance (LEAP) for mid-level manager development, now in use in 17 countries of Coca-Cola’s Bottling Investment Group (BIG). He also conceptualized and launched the first-ever Community College in India in partnership with Mumbai University to develop frontline sales talent. In his career spanning about 28 years, PV widely travelled across the globe and did short-term assignments in countries such as Denmark, Sweden, Romania, Brazil, China, Philippines etc., understanding different cultures and learning the country specific management practices. His prior experience includes six years as head of Human Resources for Bellary Steels and Alloys Ltd, Karnataka, India, where he was responsible for strategic HR management and employee relations for four business units. He began his career in HR in 1985 with Ferro Alloys Corporation Ltd. (FACOR), Shreeram Nagar, Andhra Pradesh, India. Joining as a Management Trainee in Personnel & Administration, he subsequently held the Assistant Manager – Personnel & Administration and Deputy Manager – Human Resources positions in FACOR.
Founder Director , Abhinaya Dance Academy
Anita Sharma, a leading Sattriya exponent, is one of the most powerful and compelling dancer of India. Anita conquered an enviable place in the world of Sattriya, an exquisite dance form of Assam. She has devoted herself to learn Sattriya dance under Padmashree Nrityacharya Jatin Goswami. Anita be it teaching, performing, prorogation, preservation and encouraging for more than a decade she has totally devoted herself to promotion of this dance form. Born in a distinguished family with a rich cultural heritage Anita was initiated into the field of Sattriya when she was barely seven years old. She had her early training under late Guru Roseswar Saikia Barbayan. She also has been trained in the art of Odissi by Guru Smt. Garima Hazarika (a Sangeet Natak Akademy Awardee) and later she has gone under training of Late Guru Padmabibhusan Kelucharan Mahapatra at Bhubaneswar. She is the founder Director of her own institution, Abhinaya Dance Academy, Guwahati where she imparts training in Sattriya Dance to young aspirants. On behalf of the Academy she organized Parampara Dance &Music Festival annually. Anita holds a master’s degree an Assamese literature from Guwahati University and has done extensive research work relating to the Sattriya dance form. She has been awarded two years of Junior Fellowship by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Deptt. Of Culture, Govt. of India for the year 2005-2007 on “Different form of Folk elements of Assam in Sattriya Dance”. S She has done extensive research work relating to the Sattriya dance form. She has been doing research work on “Ojapali” a rich cultural tradition of Assam under Sattriya Kendra (Sangeet Natak Akademi). She is an ‘A’ graded artist of Doordarshan Kendra, New Delhi. She is an empaneled solo artist of the I.C.C.R. She had the privilege of performing in almost all the major dance festivals of India such as Khajuraho, Konark, Mahabalipuram, Bhayachandra, DIAF, Nritya Sangam to name a few. She has also performed in the different parts of the country under the banner of Sangeet Natak Akademi. A widely travelled danseuse she has presented her art in U.K., Sweden, U.S.A., Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Russia under the banner of Indian Council for Cultural Relation (I.C.C.R), Sydney dance festival, Australia and Erasing Borders & Drive East Festival, New York,2014. & Bangladesh. She has been conferred with the prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademy puraskar (Award) for 2014 by the Govt of India. She has been conferred with Devadasi Award, Nrutya Bidushi Sanmman, Natyasri, Prag Sanmman & Bhrarata Kala Rakshini.
Anjana Moyee Saikia
Odissi Danseuse , Darpan Dance Akademi
Dr. Anjana Moyee Saikia was initially trained in Odissi under tutelage of Gorima Hazarika at Guwahati. Later on she received her training of Odissi under legendary Guru Padmabibhusan Kelucharan Mohapatra and Danseuse Protima Gauri Bedi. She received valued guidance of Odissi under Danseuse Sujata Mohapatra, Rina Jana and Pabitra Kumar Pradhan of Bhubaneswar. Anjana has performed extensively within the country and abroad. She toured many parts of USA, Denmark and Portugal. Anjana is an empanelled Odissi soloist of ICCR, Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi. A graded artiste in both Odissi and Sattriya dance from Doordarshan. She is also an empanelled artiste for festival of India, Abroad, Ministry of Culture, Govt of India. She has presented several performances at Doordarshan, Guwahati and National telecast, New Delhi. Some of her major Dance Festivals in India includes Nritya Pratibha, Octave Festival, Nritya Parba, organized by Sangeet Natak Akademi, Basistha Festival,Vasant Habba, Bangalore, Uday Shankar Nrityotsav, Kolkata, Devdasi National Dance Festival, Bhubaneswar, Nababarsha Mahotsav, Guwahati, Pragjyoti National Dance Festival, National Festival of Odissi Dance and Music, Bhubaneswar, Nritya Santati, Mumbai, Sangeet Madhuri, Guwahati etc. She has been trained in Sattriya, under Guru Borbayan Ghanakanta Borah, a recipient of Sangeet Natak Akademi Award. She has performed in many Sattriya dance recitals and won accolades for her sense in the dance style. Anjana is noted for her fluidity in dance and the techniques of which she uses into choreography. She has been presenting many stage productions in her own choreography. ‘Chitrangada’ and ‘Shyama’ are her recent choreographic plays staged at different places of India. Theatre has been a passion for Anjana. She has acted in title and lead character for some of the well-known drama productions namely Chitralekha , Purush, Jerengar Sati, Nisanga Nayak, Mouse Trap, Chitrangada, Shyama etc. Anjana holds M.Sc. and PhD in Statistics and at present is working as Lecturer in the Department of Community Medicine, Gauhati Medical College, Guwahati. Anjana founded an institution Darpan Dance Akademi at Guwahati, where she offers training in Odissi, a classical dance form of Odisha. Besides training she has been working with an idea for choreographic creation with special emphasis on developing new innovative work.
Anuradha Pegu Kuli
Director , The Assam Tribune Group of Publications
Born and brought up in Guwahati Parents P.G. Baruah and Rekha Baruah. Joined the paper in 1989….introduced the features section along with my sister Bonita Baruah. I have developed Sunday reading followed over the years by Horizon, the culture pages, Panorama and Mosaic, the special supplement for children – Planet Young, and most recently Campus, for students….became Director and joined the administrative side of the Assam Tribune Group of publications in … I assist my father P.G. Baruah, the MD of the newspaper group in the day to day running of the newspapers. She has also written two tele serials for PPC NE DDK, translated short stories from asomiya to English etc.
Bk Dr. Sunita Didi Chandak
International Management Consultant & Rajyoga Teacher
Born in 1969, in a business family in Mumbai, BK Dr. Sunita Didi Chandak has a powerful clear personal vision to bring science, psychology, management & spirituality together in the service of developing world sovereigns through selfsovereignty. She graduated in Psychology(Hons.) in 1990 from Mumbai University and also holds Masters in Science in E-Business from Sikkim Manipal University, Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Southern Adventist University, USA and Ph.D in Management from Veer Narmad South Gujarat University, Surat. Her thesis entitled “Spiritual Intelligence for self-empowering leaders to face the challenges in the 21st century” was a comparative study of leaders in India and in USA. She has also been a Visiting Faculty for MBA students in Department of Business & Industry of Veer Narmad South Gujarat University in the year 2008-9 & is a Guide for Dissertation in MSc. In Values & Spirituality at Annamalai University, India. BK Dr. Sunita Didi Chandak, a Reputed International Management Consultant. Hailed as one of the influential thinkers of our time, for more than 22 years now, she has gratified the issues of soft skills for various eminent corporate houses in India and abroad, to name few: TATA Steel, TATA Motors, Essar, Reliance Industries, L&T, Span Diagnostics Ltd, IOC, HPCL, German Remedies, NTPC, ONGC,G.S.R.T.C, Zydus Cadila Healthcare, Claris Lifesciences, Vadilal Industries, Amneal Pharmaceuticals, Asian Paints, SSNNL, Godrej Consumer Products, Mother Dairy, Seed Infotech, Famy Care, SRF, NDDB, Star Pipe Products, Auro Life Pharma, CRS Pumps & Steer Eng & many more and various Management Institutes like IBA, Prestige, Vashishth, Amity, KIET, MIET, MIT, DBIM & so on. She is honored with “National Award in Values in Profession” in the year 2008 & is presently in panel of Jury for this Award. BK Dr. Sunita Didi is known for her engaging high-energy style, practical wisdom, reality-based thinking, sense of humour, and her ability to make learning a fun. The power that is behind her extra-ordinary effect on people is not found just in what she enables them to learn, but in what she makes them feel and to ‘BE’ through own positive vibrations and attitude practiced profoundly in her daily life. She has authored a book on ‘Key to Unlock Exam Stress’ & published various articles & papers in National & International Journals. BK Dr. Sunita Didi, also a Rajayoga Teacher & Life member of Media Wing of Brahma Kumaris, has Conceptualized & Directed 13 Episode hindi documentary film – subtitled in English: “Nareetva Darshan”- with its mind-boggling tagline: ‘Nari ko Nahin…Nareetva Ko Dekhiye…Ek Vaicharik Kranti!’, First of its Kind initiative by Brahma Kumaris, Abu Road, Rajasthan. Nareetva Darshan Film has won the Best Concept Academy Award in the 4th Gujarat National Film Festival 2014 and was also honored and felicitated by many honorable dignitaries in India, USA and Canada. Besides her film being aired on TV channels like Peace of Mind, Zee Jagran, Sanskar, News24 & Sonly Pal, and in USA and Canada in TVAsia and ATN. It was also released in different theatres of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Jamshedpur and Goa, bagged by high appreciation of viewers. (Refer Latest Achievements PG2). BK Dr. Sunita Didi has toured various places in India, USA, Canada, UK, Singapore, Mauritius & Dubai on invitations, to conduct interactive workshops for corporates, educationists, social and medical organizations, to share her
Bk Geetadevi Chandak
Godly Student, Brahma Kumaris
Difficulties are easy to run away from, every aspect of life is easy, Do not get scared people in some life, Where do the guts go in the steps. And when every step of your life with your unshakable belief in God and with them, no difficulty can touch you in front of you. … An example of such unshakable faith and courage is B. K. Geeta Devi Chandak If Gita Mataji spoke about childhood then she was quite abnormal… While the other children of their age were busy playing talks with their children and age, Geeta Mataji liked it, sitting in the temple and being happy in the remembrance of God …. This is also the reason for the values and inner The foundation of qualities and powers to be strong in every condition … their Strong Will Power … and their every intuition clearer and to be real As Gita Mataji grew in age … her faith and attachment in God became even deeper … assuming Shri Ganesha as her brother, she kept rakhi every year and kept herself safe in every trouble And this was the result of Bhakti which had the fate of joining Brahma Kumari for holding the Gita knowledge of the divine Lord Shiva … which became the biggest force in his life.
Dr Joyshree Borah
Dr Reepa Neog
Dr. Sriparna Baruah
Dr. Swapna Dutta
Janessaline Mary Pyngrope
Co-Founder & Business Head , Daniel Syiem’s Ethnic Fashion House
Janessaline M. Pyngrope, currently heads Daniel Syiem’s Ethnic Fashion House (DSEFH) as the Business Head, and is the Co-Founder & Partner of Daniel Syiem’s Ethnic Fashion House. Her experience includes project management, community work and vocational training all rolled into one. Armed with a degree in management education from BIMM, Pune, she decided to return to her roots to work towards change and development in the North East of India. She dedicated four years (2004-2008) to working for rural development at the grassroots level through the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) project in Ukhrul district, Manipur (UDCRMS-IFAD), as the Business Development Officer. Next, she worked in MRDS-LIFCOM as Assistant Manager BDS, Ri Bhoi district (2009-2010), Shillong for a year and a half where she has worked extensively to uplift traditional weavers and introduce new and safe weaving looms. From Jan 2011-May 2014, she was employed as Project Manager of Meghalaya for BASIX Academy for Building Lifelong Employability (B-ABLE). The focus here was to provide gainful employment to the youths of Meghalaya through short-term vocational courses such as Sales and Marketing, Basic Housekeeping, Food and Beverages Services etc… Her myriad experiences working at local level with weavers and artisans encouraged her to also envision a business platform to promote the tradition and culture of the North East through fashion. Bringing her entrepreneurial abilities to the fore she teamed up with Daniel Syiem, to start Shillong’s First Fashion House- Daniel Syiem’s Ethnic Fashion House.
Co-Founder & Partner of RKC Legal , A Law Firm
The Co- founder and Partner of RKC Legal , a full service law firm in India, with its offices in Mumbai and Delhi and associate offices in major metro cities , has over a decade of experience in litigation and advisory on different stream of laws .With extensive experience in representing clients which include MNC’s and Indian Companies, SME’s , Start up’s, etc spanning wide spectrum of sectors like media, telecom, mining, ore, engineering , real estate, cases involve Business and Corporate law, Corporate Finance, Merger and Acquisitions, Consumer Disputes Redressal, as well as estate and trust litigation etc. A Strong Passionate Networker with “Givers Gain” attitude and a Legal Professional with a Masters of Commerce and a Masters in Law with Specialisation in IPR .Having good flair for communication and command over establishing inter personal relations, have always turned up with positive contribution to the organization .The ability to work effectively within a team , take responsibilities and fulfill them in a fast paced Dynamic Business Environment, ability to communicate legal issues and solutions in an articulate, precise and effective manner, ability to multi-task and interface with all levels in an organisation have always been appreciated. A highly resouceful individual and an excellent networker and team player she is known in her Circle and Friends as the goto person in terms of Connecting People and tries to help out all those who are in her contact sphere, looking out for reliable Business Connects. An Eternal Optimist , she’s a level 2 Reiki Practitioner and believes in Spirituality and a seeker by nature . Currently also serving as Mumbai Chairperson for Finance and Legal of All Ladies League (ALL).
Before starting KMUCB, Lakhimi worked in a bank, which made her aware of how deprived and illiterate women barely manage to benefit from banking services.She had also started a Mahila Samiti in 1983 at Dakshin Sarbaibandha area of Jorhat district, where she worked with a large number of economically and educationally backward women. These women remained financially insecure, even when they were engaged in some income generation activities, because they did not have any saving habits or financial literacy. After working for several years in the region, Lakhimi was sure that immediate intervention was required. Finally, in 1998, she was able to start KMUCB in Jorhat, with an initial capital of 8.46 lakh. The bank received its licence from the Reserve Bank of India in 2000. Lakhimi quit her job and dedicated her life to KMUCB.
Violinist, Performing Arts
Indo fusion violinist and vocalist Sunita Bhuyan is trained in the Hindustani style from her mother Minoti Khaund and maestro late Pandit V. G. Jog, specialising in Indo jazz fusion and world folk styles . Hers is the first album of folk on the violin” Bihu Strings” in India by Times Music. Her recent projects are Commonwealth culture series UK, With Strings Attached , Edinburgh, Beyond Boundaries London, music for ” Save the Rhino” by Yes Bank and CNBC, and a world music women’s quartet with the Peninsula Studios. She is the recipient of the Priyadarshini Award for excellence, Giants International Award for women, REX Karmaveer global awards, and an award from his Holiness Pope Francis at the Vatican for her work on music therapy with underprivileged children, cancer patients and people with disability. Sunita is the ambassador for the South Asian Women’s fund in Sri Lanka. Some of her popular programs are Sahakriya, The Music Clinique, With Strings Attached, 3E on women’s empowerment An HR professional on Wellness, leadership and change through the medium of music for almost 20 years she has presented her talks and workshops in international forums like TED talks, SHRM, Asia Scotland society Edinburgh, Commonwealth HRICT, Gartner Leadership forum New York , Marcus Evans KL, Indian Consulate Dubai, ICIA Glasgow, Nehru Centre London, Tata Institute of Social sciences, XLRI, NHRDN, Deloitte Human Capital Summit, Learning and Development Roundtable Asia, CII HR conclave, Women Leadership Forum of Asia, BMA, Indian Merchant Chambers, World Trade Center, Godrej India Culture Lab, Cancer Patients association, ADAPT (Spastics society of India), Don Bosco Street shelter etc. Some of the corporates that she has trained through her music are Deloitte , KPMG, BNP Paribas, KPMG, Royal Bank of Scotland, Sanctum wealth management, Godrej, RBL, AMEX, Aircel, Idea Cellular, Bayer, Shahpoorji Pallonji, Raymond’s, RIL etc.
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Perminder Jeet Kaur
Chairperson WEG, Director ASSOCHAM
At helm of the affairs as Director for Eastern Region for ASSOCHAM the apex Chamber of India, Perminder Jeet Kaur, is leading the team successfully on several initiatives of development and growth and have been instrumental in developing recommendations across sectors to Governments in the East and North East of India. She has 15 years of experience with a track record in developing, driving and managing businesses and has to her credit several initiatives – new partnerships, services to MSMEs, Women Leadership Development, startup initiatives. She is known for her enthusiasm, leadership, crisis management and communication skills. Perminder demonstrates knowledge and expertise on economic development principles, the regional economy, political environment, marketing and branding concepts, membership sales, and the opportunities and challenges to the growth and prosperity of large and small employers in the region. She is a passionate advocate for driving the Chamber to achieve standards of excellence. A highly collaborative leader, she has the ability to successfully manage current programs while developing new programs and strategic initiatives for the Chamber and forming mutually beneficial partnerships with other business and community organizations within the region and state. A sought after industry and business representative by the digital and print media for her views and expert opinion, she has addressed as key speaker at various international forums on topics of significance to industry and trade and international relations.
Member, North East Research & Social Work Networking
Ms.Pratibha Brahma is a Member of North East Research & Social Work Networking (NERSWN), Mwiderkoro, Kokrajhar, Bodoland. She is an Entrepreneur and a committed social worker. She is also known as for her involvement with charitable and developmental work in the region.
Rita P Taneja
Principal , S. V. Public School
Mrs. Rita P Taneja is the Principal of S.V. Public School, Jaipur with 27 years of experience in education field. She is the Master Trainer and Resource Person for CBSE and Mentor Principal for Three Schools. She has conducted 22 CBSE training programs across various CBSE schools of Rajasthan. She has published a series of books for class I to V on English conversation. Her paper “Integrated Role of Industry and Academic Institutions in Bridging the Skill Gap” is published in the souvenir of Navrachna School Vadodara at National Conference for Principals and School Leaders. She is credited with affiliating the school to CBSE in 2000 and upgrading to Senior Secondary in 2002. She has established an evening Sports Academy, NCC, Scouts and Guides Platoon for the students. She is the Ambassador for Clean India Campaign. She is helping many economically needy students of the school to complete school education by mobilizing funds. She is honoured by the President APJ Abdul Kalam honour, Life Empowerment Award for schools. She has received Avantika Honours Kala Vibhushan, Dr. S Radhakrishnan Award, Rashtriya Gaurav Samman as the best teacher. She was felicitated by the Thalassemia Society of Jaipur, SOS, Rotary Club, Helpage India and Lions Club. She has travelled to many countries to attend International programs for learning in University of Reading, London, State University of New York, University of John Hopkins School of Education, Finland and Australia to bring best practices to her School.
Mrs United Nations 2017
Roshni Hassan,a Businesswoman, a Writer, a Social Activist.She is Mrs India Earth(2nd runner up) 2016 and She is Mrs United Nations winner 2017.She is Bharat Nirman Awardee 2017 and Indian Achiever Awardee by GOPIO and NRI Achievers 2018 held in Bahrain.She is the brand ambassador of Para Sports Foundation(Delhi), Pushpak Travel agency and Samyukta clothing brand fr Inda, Iraq and Canada.
Urmee Majumdar is working as Rehabilitation Personnel for Persons with Disabilities in the rural areas in the Northeast in a Community Based Rehabilitation program with the voluntary Organization SWABALAMBI since 1997 also pioneer in initiation and promotion of Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) for Persons with Disabilities in the rural areas for Inclusive development in the areas of Health, Education, Livelihood, Social and Empowerment at all levels from 1097-2017.She also worked as a Special Educator at Shishu Sarothi Guwahati from 1988-94. From 1980 to 1985 she worked as a Commercial Executive in Usha International, Guwahati. Achievement
Managing Director, Inner I Foundation Pvt. Ltd
Ms. Vasavi Acharya is an early childhood educationist who has been working in the domain of early childhood learning for the past 16 years. She is the Founder/ Managing Director of Inner i Foundation Pvt. Ltd. (IIFPL) the parent Company of the Assam based pre-school brand Tender Petals. Tender Petals preschools have its presence in Assam and the entire North East, with its centres running successfully. IIFPL has other components like Early Childhood Educator’s Training, Tender Day Care, Dream Catchers and Studycomb. “I had initially set up my own pre- school, named Sishubon Preparatory School in the year 2001, after my return from Delhi, with the sole aim to provide quality education to children, in their formative years. After running the school for some years, in 2008, I planned an expansion. I had found that a pre- school needs much more than a regular syllabus, to nurture the little ones. Thus, I finally decided to come up with our own chain of pre-schools, with a unique child friendly curriculum, with a strong belief that ~we can nurture and create beautiful individuals, if we have the Vision, Intention, Perseverance and Enthusiasm towards our Mission. With this belief: Inner i Foundation was incorporated in June 2013.” Vasavi Acharya has been associated with TISS (Tata Institute of Social Sciences) Guwahati as a faculty of Early Child Development and Child Protection courses (B.Voc) offered by them. She has been honoured with the Women Leadership Achievement Award, conferred by World Women Leadership Congress and Awards, at Taj Lands End, Bandra Mumbai on 17 th Feb 2016 for displaying outstanding leadership qualities in the field of Early Childhood Education. The World Women Leadership Congress (WWLC) hosts the annual World Women Leadership Awards to identify and celebrate the outstanding leadership and achievements demonstrated by Women leaders that are reflected by the distinct innovations and initiatives brought by them in various public and private sectors. Besides her involvement with the educational ventures, Vasavi Acharya is the Managing Trustee of the D. N. Acharya Memorial Trust established in 2004.The Trust had successfully completed a project (built a primary school building for the under privileged section) in the Jalukbari area, Guwahati, with aid from Asha for Education, Frankfurt Chapter.It holds the D. N. Acharya Memorial Lecture every year for generating educational and cultural awareness in the society. In 2014, she founded the Debendra Nath Acharya Foundation, for Child and Women Welfare. The Foundation has done children Carnivals and also campaigns related to child rights, one with collaboration with Assam Sarba Siksha Abhiyan Mission in 2014. She is a freelance writer and contributes articles and write ups in local english newspapers and magazines on subjects like women empowerment, travel and the likes. She has been involved in editing of magazines and newsletters.
Zeenathul Arifa Rafee
Managing Partner, AR4 Organic Mango Farms
Director, Bigsea Marcom India Pvt Ltd
Vertica Dvivedi is a simple entrepreneur with passionate goals of helping women to rise, and creating platforms for brands to grow by reaching their target groups effectively. She lives in New Delhi, India. Currently her company is working in the fields of publishing, events, market research and promotions. She is the founder of WADe Asia, Asia’s 1st platform for women architects, artists, engineers and interior designers. She was born in Kohima, a small town in the far east of India. Suffering personal loss of parents in the early age, her life was marred with poverty, loss of home, and great challenges in ensuring daily bread and obtaining regular education. However, she not only led herself well through the difficult times but also ensured walked together with the four younger siblings towards success – a first generation entrepreneur, she is a self-made person in the truest sense. A recipient of several awards, her early story about started her entrepreneurial journey was published by Jack Canfield & Juhi Rai Farmania for Westland in Chicken Soup for the Soul at Work, titled ‘Passion Unstoppable’. Her life so far has been intense with griping challenges and equally delightful successes. Today, Vertica Dvivedi is a respected entrepreneur, speaker, publisher, and also curator of WADe ASIA which is India’s 1st platform for women architects, artists, engineers & designers. WADe not only has national presence but has supporters and representations from Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Indonesia, London, Thailand and more. “WADe is about giving back to the society,” she says. Vertica also leads a design magazine Surfaces Reporter as the Editor-in-Chief and is the Director of Bigsea Marcom (I) Pvt. Ltd.
A. N. Das
CEO, Koyeli Tours & Travels
Arijit Purkayastha CEO of Koyeli Tours & Travels, Guwahati, Assam has been in the travel trade since 1993, and is considered as one of the leading travel professionals in the region due to his unique understanding of the travel industry and the people who work in it. Mr. Purkayastha heads the marketing and commercial department of the company and has escorted many groups and independent travelers to various places in the North-East India. From a modest beginning, Koyeli Tours & Travels is now one of the leading tour operators in India’s northeast region. Koyeli Tours & Travels places immense importance on providing elderly and tourists with disabilities comfortable travel conditions and had invested considerable research and resources to ensure that the destinations and sites of tourist attraction are accessible for persons with disabilities and elderly tourists. Koyeli Tours & Travels is the recipient of ‘Best Tour Operator’ 2016 award from the Department of Tourism, Government of Assam for outstanding contribution to the tourism sector of Assam.
Bikash Kumar Das
Retd. Trainer Soft Skills
Mr. Bikash Kumar Das is a soft skills trainer and a motivational speaker. He was a part of State Bank of India’s trainning system for nearly 20 years, 10 of which were as a certified behavioural science (BS) trainer. Mr. Das joined the State Bank as a P.O. in early 1980 and retired from the bank as an Assistant General Manager last year after completing more than 37 years in service. During this time he was posted in various parts of the country and one stint abroad. He gained experience in operational areas and also in international banking. Mr. Das was educated in Calcutta and Guwahati. Reading is a passion and his hobbies also include music. He was once actively involved in cricket having played for the Guwahati University team and still continues to be interested in the game and also other sports. Mr. Das is currently invited to various forums for talking on subjects ranging from economic issues to stress management. He is married with one daughter.
Dr Abhijit Hazarika
Dr Bikas Rai
Dr N. K. Bhattacharjee
President, Heart Care Society of Assam
Manoj Kumar Basumatary
CEO & Co-founder, Symbiotic Foods Pvt Ltd
After having worked in banking industry for 15 years, started a social enterprise. Implementing all that has been learnt and much more to make it a sustainable business venture. The aim is to increase annual income of more than 10000 farmer living in sustenance level within 5 years.
IPS Addl Director General of Police (Law &Order)
Mukul Chandra Gogoi, a post graduate in Business Management from Banaras Hindu University and a graduate in Economics from Hansraj College, Delhi University, currently operates his own project management consultancy firm out of Guwahati, Assam and Gurgaon. Starting his career with The Economic Times in the early 90s, where he spent a considerable number of years in handling interpretation of government policies in sectors such as infrastructure, agriculture and banking amongst others. Since leaving Economic Times, Mukul joined the corporate consultancy segment and after having worked with various companies including the Asian Development Bank as a PPP (Public Private Partnership) expert, Mukul set up his own project consultancy firm, Transbiz Associates Pvt Limited in Guwahati, Assam. He was also advisor, Tourism, Government of Assam between 2011 till 2014. Mukul currently resides in Gurgaon, Haryana.
I was born in a middle class Indian progressive joint family, and started looking for a job to earn a livelihood.I started my career as a tour operator and tourism promotions, Since last 25 years – been promoting tourism in North East of India specially in Arunachal Pradesh -the time when people knew very little about that place and any travel agencies would work there. My work has impacted the community in several ways – like promoting the tourism , marketing support to the local tourism associates, hotel business owners, promoting local craft sale, Specially motivating the young locals to join in exploring the tourism opportunities . Training local Boys and Girls as tourist guides.Providing consultancy for the new entrepreneurs.
Retired IAS Officer
Aviation Consultant with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)
Inderjit is an Aviation Consultant with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Montreal; and has served in different global locations. He was the Executive Director of Airports Authority of India (AAI); Head Aviation with URS Corporation, USA; and Senior Vice President (Airports) Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE). He has served as the CEO of Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) New Delhi, the busiest and the largest airport categorized “Hypersensitive” from threat assessment. An Engineering graduate and Master of Business Administration (MBA), he pursued his Aviation Management Courses at University of California, Berkeley, USA and “Henley” – The Management College, Oxford shire, UK.
Dr. Moitreyee Goswami
Director, Zucate Mind Solutions Private Limited
She pursued her MBA (from Symbiosis International University, Pune) following her graduation as a medical professional. She worked as a Project manager for about a year in Prognosis Management and Research Consultants Pvt. Ltd. Her entrepreneurial plans actualized in 2013 when she quit her job and ventured out to start Enlightening Minds (A highly profitable brick and mortar learning centre initiated by Roli and Moitreyee in 2013) where she has been teaching kids in the K-12 segment for the last 5 years. To add technology, she envisioned Zucate as a platform to fundamentalist K-12 education in India. Her role as a business founder includes Corporate Development, Liaison with Stakeholders, Strategic & Promotional Planning, Financial Planning, Content Writing & Blogging. She has completed MOOC course and Bootcamp-1 by NSRCEL(IIM Bangalore) on Women Start-up Programme 2018. She has been awarded with Exceptional women of Excellence Award 2018 by Women Economic Forum. She is the Chairperson of All Ladies League – Pune Chapter for Integrative Learning. She has been a panelist on Innovation and Startup Ecosystem in Annual National Convention 2018 of Indo-Canadian Business Chamber.
Founder, Girls on the Go Club
Piya Bose started Girls On The Go Travel Club in 2008 after quitting her legal profession. Her TEDx talk on starting her business on a zero cash business model was listed by Forbes magazine amongst the Top 9 TEDx talks on travel globally. She has sent women expedition cruising to Antarctica, photographing the Northern lights in Arctic, staying with head hunters in Nagaland, ger camping in Mongolia, trekking up to the Everest Base Camp etc. She has also helped women with disabilities travel and is now working on helping women from lesser privileged backgrounds to travel. Piya’s personal adventures include a solo travel at the age of 16 to Brasil, a life changing land trip from Lucknow – Nepal – Tibet, and travelling to Antarctica and then crossing the Arctic Circle to Greenland in a span of three months. Piya has been listed by Conde Naste traveller as one of the top 15 travel entrepreneurs shaking up the travel industry and has been featured in a book by Penguin Publications called ‘You Can Make Your Dreams Work’. She has also been awarded as the Best Travel Entrepreneur of the Year by PCTE University and amongst Top 50 Rising Stars by UK based ‘We Are The City’. She is also a researcher on how environmental factors could have led to the fall of the Indus Valley Civilization and lessons we can learn to prevent a similar situation from happening again.
Managing Partner, TOSS the COIN
Reshma Budhia is the Managing Partner at TOSS the COIN, a MarTech consulting firm. She has been in the domain of marketing for the past 16 years. She works with companies to conceptualize and build marketing roadmap using emerging technology solutions. Her key role includes helping organizations achieve scale to meet their growing targets. She is a specialist in design thinking methodologies and uses it to build innovative solutions. Reshma brings in her keen eye to details with out of the box ideas to help organizations get better visibility and offer enhanced value to their customers. An MBA in Marketing, Reshma has pursued several short-term courses at IIMB, IDEOU and MIT Sloane. Reshma is an avid reader and consumes content like candies. She is passionate about right to education and has worked with multiple social organizations to promote education. Reshma believes in the power of collaboration and plays the role of a facilitator for various community service initiatives. Reshma is the Co-founder at Gift Your Organ Foundation. The foundation works to create awareness on the importance of organ donation in India. Reshma is also the Trustee at GlassBoots Foundation. This foundation works on special projects like Go100 (sending street children back to school), Fresh Start and similar projects that work to encourage education in the underserved communities. Reshma’s mantra in life is There is always a Plan Z – if you believe you shall achieve.
Cofounder, The Daftar
I have spent several years in Brand Management in the diverse domains of Pharmaceuticals, FMCG – Food & Beverages and Services Industry. However a few years ago a serendipitous shot at the Coworking industry inspired me to foray into Entrepreneurship and led to the foundation of The Daftar. This decision of mine has taken me through a roller coaster ride full of life-transforming experiences. The Daftar has exploited the Brand Strategist in me to the fullest and at the same time it has made me push my boundaries in the fields of people management, operations, finance, etc, in short, it has made me wear several thinking hats and juggle with multiple tasks. There is nothing greater than being a part of the journey and success stories of so many people doing awesome things in life which in turn inspires me to keep on doing my own small little things that would influence my life and the life of people around me in a positive way. My aspiration with The Daftar is to make it one of the best coworking spaces in the world and this is driven by a Vision of building a community of 1 Million like-minded coworkers spread across 100 locations globally. When I am not working, which is very rare, I love to spend time traveling, exploring new places, reading, and cleaning (I have an OCD for cleanliness). I believe that time management is life management and this makes me to consistently put conscious efforts in investing my time in a best possible way cause I have one life to live and only as much time in it.
Smita Sharma is an independent photojournalist based in India. She has worked in South Asia, Africa, North and Latin America on issues related to gender, health and human rights issues. Her work has been published in various places including The Washington Post, The New York Times, BBC World News, TIME, Elle UK, Wall Street Journal, Human Rights Watch among others. Her work has been screened and exhibited in various countries including The United Nation Headquarters in New York. She is a graduate from the Photojournalism program at the International Center of Photography, New York and is a International Womens Media Foundation (IWMF) Fellow.
Activist, Filmmaker & Writer
Nida Sheriff is an activist, filmmaker and writer living in Bangalore. Nida co-founded Chayn India in 2015, a branch of Chayn – a global volunteer network addressing gender-based violence by creating intersectional survivor-led resources online. Chayn has reached more than 200,000 people and 700,000 views across the world. In 2016, in partnership with Avani Parekh (Lovedoctor.in) and Raj Patil, Chayn India co-founded Snap Counsellors, a micro-counselling service for teens on popular social networking app Snapchat. Snap Counsellors has since helped hundreds of teens across the globe and has been featured in The Huffington Post, Tech in Asia, Teen Vogue, and many more.
Programme Coordinator- Women’s Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Energy
A social scientist by profession, Suhela has an extensive experience in management of large-scale transformational programmes on women’s economic empowerment. She integrates feminist principles and strategies in programmes to enable women to recognize and challenge discrimination and gender based violence; as a pre-requisite to advance their economic rights. Her expertise lies in the areas of programme development, implementation, monitoring, measuring impact and partnership building. She has previously worked with Central and State Government and currently, at UN Women, she is leading the Global Programme on Women’s Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Energy in India. Her experience has enabled her to develop a close understanding of the intersectionality of gender and other forms of identity, and the challenges faced by them. She has provided technical inputs and edited several publications on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment. Suhela is a Ford Fellow and holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Michigan.
Director , Earthling First
Tamanna Sharma is the Founder and Director of Earthling First. Earthling First is currently working on creating clean, green and sustainable events through its Pan India Service. With the mission to send Zero Waste to Landfills, her venture helps organizations reduce waste generation through sustainable planning and waste management and facilitates strategic waste disposal.
Founder, Planet Abled
Neha Arora, is the founder of Planet Abled, an organization which provides accessible and inclusive travel solutions for people of all disabilities. With a totally un utilized degree up her sleeve Neha worked with companies like HCL, Nokia & Adobe before taking the plunge to start Planet Abled. Born to parents with disabilities and the personal challenging experiences faced in travelling, she realized a huge gap existed in the society. Because when it came to people with disabilities indulging in travel and leisure activities, no avenues were available. One such experience, became the tipping point for her to leave her career and start the inclusive travel journey of Planet Abled based on Universal Design Concept, a first of its kind in the world. Planet Abled is the recipient of many awards including NCPECP – Mphasis Universal Design Award and Indian Responsible Tourism Award by Outlook Traveller and World Travel Market London. The feather in the cap is the best innovative practice award at Zero Project Conference at United Nations Vienna in 2018, to have impacted lives of people with disabilities in the world in a positive way. Neha is a graduate of Nasdaq Entrepreneurial centre MMI program and recipient of India Inclusion Summit fellowship for her work at Planet Abled. In personal capacity, Neha also conducts workshops and awareness sessions in corporate and various forums for seamless amalgamation of people with disabilities in mainstream via the medium of travel. She has also been delivering sessions on Social Entrepreneurship in universities/ colleges including seminars organized by IIMs.
Founder & Creative Director, Heads Up For Tails
Founded on a deep love for pets, Heads Up For Tails is unquestionably committed to their well-being. We believe that pets play an irreplaceable role as part of our families and given a chance, pet parents are eager to include them in all the special moments of their lives, including holidays. Rashi Sanon Narang is the Founder & Creative Director at Heads Up For Tails. The brand offers top notch pet products, salon & spa services backed by dog experts and behaviourists, Pet Bakery, knowledge based blogs and workshops for pet parents and fun events where pets can accompany their parents. Rashi graduated from London School of Economics and went on to prove her metal in the corporate world, when her first love, her Labrador Sara turned her into an Entrepreneur. It started with Rashi scouring the online market and local pet stores in search of quality products for her first ever puppy and being dismayed with the quality and nature of products available. With her motto – If you can’t find it – make it, Rashi attempted to make a few products for Sara herself. After a lot of research, she created a handful of fun and useful products and got them tested by the Lab (Sara) herself as well as by family & friends who were dog parents. Before she knew, she was swarmed with requests for more products and that’s what eventually gave birth to her own brand, Heads Up For Tails. What started as a small home-grown business back in 2008 is today India’s first and only comprehensive pet care brand catering to all aspects of pet care. The brand’s aim is to make pet parenting in India more responsible and enjoyable and be a one stop destination for all requirements pertaining to pets. Products at Heads Up For Tails are tried and tested in house by team members who are also dog parents to identify any problems and rectify them before making them available for sale at the offline as well as online stores. The brand stands as a boon for the Indian pet industry with incredible products ranging from organic and natural toys & treats, designer bowls, cutest pet accessories, dapper clothing options and much more!
CEO & Director, ZIRCA Digital Solutions Pvt Ltd
Acknowledged as a visionary in digital media and advertising, Neena has more than 20 years of experience building organisations that lead the charge on effective and efficient communication. The industry has recognised her leadership prowess, featuring her at No 35 in the Impact Most Influential Women 2018 list. She was also named a jury member for Social Samosa’s Social Media #Superwomen 2018. Zirca, Neena’s brainchild, is a company she launched and built into a 130-people-strong firm. Award-winning ContentdB—Asia’s first native advertising management platform—and ContentiQ, the world’s first content intelligence platform, are a result of her passion for effective communication and facilitating meaningful brand conversations. An innovator, Neena banks on her ability to stay ahead of the curve in the digital marketing and advertising industry. For this reason, she was nicknamed ‘The Sixth Sense’ while she was at the BBC in India, where she headed advertising sales. She has been aggressively involved in expanding and scaling Zirca’s footprint. Her track record and strong business skills have enabled Zirca to grow exponentially over the years. Her ability to engage with key clients like The Economist, Getit and the Al Jazeera group of channels is a testament to her nuanced understanding of technology, products and solutions across diverse platforms. Neena is passionate about gender diversity and getting women, who have taken a break (because of parenthood or other reasons), back into the workforce. More than 40% of Zirca comprises women. The firm is an equal-opportunity employer, focused on quality rather than quantity; and it has introduced policies like flexi hours, and mentoring and counselling for women at work. Neena’s dream is to retain women at the workplace and not lose them to parenthood. This is why she’s part of the mentoring committee for the next generation of women in the media space at the India chapter of the International Advertising Association. She has an MBA degree and has also undergone an executive programme in Leadership and General Management at INSEAD. She has a son and a daughter and is passionate about cooking. Neena’s advice to professional women is: value yourself and love yourself. Don’t let others tell you who you are, what you should do, and where you should be in life. Make your own choices and be courageous to live with any outcomes they bring.
Priyanka Singh Rawat
Founder, Laadli Foundation
She is politician from Bhartiya Janata Party. She contested Indian general elections from Barabanki Seat of Uttar Pradesh. Priyanka Rawat (32) is the fourth youngest Member of Parliament in 16th Lok Sabha. Before joining active politics she was a young media professional. But eventually she realised that she can serve the nation via politics. An active politician for the last year, “Always wanted to do something for the country and later realised that politics will be the right platform. If well-read people join politics they can serve the society in a more responsible manner.” Her victory is also important as she defeated Congress stalwart PL Punia by a margin of more than 2 lakh vote
Director, Rajarathnalaya Bharatha Kalai Koodam
Nrithya is presently the Director of Rajarathnalaya Bharatha Kalai Koodam, the school initiated by her maternal grandfather, Kalaimamani Swamimalai S.K. Rajarathnam Pillai. She received the Bharat Kalachar Scholarship during her tenure at Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan. A graded artist of the Chennai Doordarshan, she was recommended for an upgradation by the judges when she auditioned for the B-Grade. As a young guru, she has many arangetrams to her credit and has been widely appreciated for her sincere and untiring teaching capability. She has performed widely in the Sabha circles for the Margazhi festivals, Natyanjali festivals and several other festivals. She received the “Natya Ratna” award from Trinity Fine Arts in 2015. She was adjudged as one of the best the performers in the Vasant Utsav,2012 and Parthasarathy Swami Sabha,112 dance festival.
Mohiniyattam Danseuse & Cine artist
If adversity is the touchstone of character, Sreedevi Unni stands out with her steely resolve and positivity. Hailing from a traditional Nair family of Calicut, Kerala, young Sreedevi sharpened her dancing skills while Kerala’s very own dance form Mohiniyattam was undergoing revival after the ban during colonial rule. Sreedevi’s tireless efforts to perform and promote Mohiniyattam was perhaps the earliest signs of her willingness to fight the odds. The entrepreneur in her came to the fore to setup a screen-printing business supporting women earn independent living and subsequently diversified into marketing leather wallets and finally graduated to manufacture of leather goods. All these years her family also got her due attention. Despite the shocking demise of daughter Monisha, the celebrity actress at the peak of glory, Sreedevi rose like a proverbial phoenix into heights of achievements organizing Mega cultural events including dance festivals christened MohiniNrityotsav. Today, her repertoire of skills encompasses modelling, acting, choreography, theatre and teaching. Awards bestowed upon her include the Kalashree award from Karnataka and Kerala, The Woman of substance award (2013), Lifetime contribution award to Mohiniyattam (2013) Maharaja Swatitirunal Excellency Award (2017) Sreedevi embodies everything the modern woman stands for_ Talent, tenacity, Humility and steely self-belief!
Tamilselvi Ramanathan is an home maker. A wife. Mother of two children who are all adults persuing their careers. Her fight with cancer enabled her to find huge strength hidden within her system. Every day of treatment was unleashing of that innate positive power to overcome the cancer menace. Today. she stand tall as a Cancer Survivor. Having faced the Adversity of a worst kind.
Cancer Counsellor & Inspirational Speaker
Neerja Malik revels in Positivity and lives to pass on this attitude to all sections of society. She talks of her personal experiences where being positive has helped her Face, not Fight, many hurdles in her life including many miscarriages, a still born, many surgeries and cancer twice. She has been a source of great inspiration and hope to many others afflicted with it and has been counselling cancer patients, their family members and care givers for the last 20 years with unbridled passion and dedication. Her intense belief in God, the power of love and prayer and a deep sense of gratitude helps her in overcoming challenges with grit and grace. She calls herself a conqueror and started the Apollo Cancer Support Group on the 8th of March, 2004 and inaugurated the Pollachi Cancer Support Group on the 2nd of February, 2018. She is available 24×7 as a pillar of strength to countless traumatised and distraught people needing emotional, mental and spiritual succour from all over the world. She graduated in Social Work and also holds a B.Ed. degree and has vast experience in both fields. Apart from being a Cancer Conqueror and Counsellor she is also an Inspirational Speaker and has addressed many Schools, Colleges, Universities, Hospitals, Corporates, NGOs and Clubs. She is author of a book titled I Inspire which narrates the moving story of her life and documents the treasures she has discovered along her journey and how these have helped her face adversities and conquer, not only cancer, but LIFE as well, with courage, joy and positivity.
Human Resource Professional
Ms. Vidya Muralidharan is an HR professional with over 27 years of experience in HR consulting and practice across top corporates in India. She has worked in business consulting in TCS and Satyam and in HR roles in Airtel, Murugappa Group, Orchid Pharma and Ashok Leyland. She has held HR head roles as well as Head – L&D, OD, Performance and Talent management. Vidya has been a freelance consultant since May 2016, primarily focusing on assessment for development, developmental coaching, HR certification programs, soft skills programs, OD and change management. Her core passion has always been in developmental HR, which is what she now focuses her work on. Vidya has lived and studied/worked across various parts of India and is fluent in English, Tamil (mother tongue), Kannada, Hindi, besides having a working knowledge of Telugu, Oriya and Malayalam. She is also familiar with French and Japanese. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Textile Technology from Bangalore University, an MBA from Xavier Institute of Management and an MSc in Organizational Psychology from Birkbeck College, University of London. Vidya has also done the Basic Lab in Human Processes through ISABS, and is certified in psychometric instruments like PAPI, Thomas Profiling, also in Gallup Q12, assessment centres, behavioral event interviews and so on. Her learning journey continues with the certifications in OD and Talent management and Coaching that she is currently pursuing. Besides the HR profession, her other interests are – Reading, Music – she is a trained Carnatic vocal singer, Travel. She also does some volunteering and community work, and practices Isha yoga for emotional and spiritual growth and well-being. Vidya is married to Muralidharan, who works in the retail sector, and has a daughter, Manasa, aged 22, who is currently pursuing a PhD.
Shahin Ansari balances het life between the material and the spiritual . A tennis player at the National Level during her growing up years, has groomed her to be balanced and positive. Now,Shahin continues to enjoy playing tennis with friends and club members. A Fashion Management Student from UK. Co-Founder of the innovative concept store MAALGAADi,this quirky and fun store has broken boundaries and taken the Chennai market by storm with its wonderfully curated fashion, accessories and a lot more, from some of the best labels in India. Shahin developed her passion for fashion and design at a young age and finely honed her craft while at the University of Southampton where she completed her MA in Fashion Management. Then she worked in a luxury brand in Bangalore for a year in Turquoise and Gold which truly helped in her smooth transition in taking over MAALGAADi, at the age of 23. Her journey so far has been exciting and challenging which she takes on with elan on her slender shoulders.
Diversity & Inclusion Evangelist
Madhumitha Venkataraman is a Diversity & Inclusion Evangelist with extensive experience in working with multiple diversity groups including gender, disability, LGBTIQA and generational diversity. An HR professional with around 10 years of experience, she has worked across multiple organizations She has worked in multiple areas of human resources including business partnering, leadership development, talent management, employee engagement in addition to diversity and inclusion. Her dream and vision is to see a more inclusive and compassionate world. Work on Diversity and Inclusion: Madhumitha played a pivotal role in building focus on disability as a part of the GE India diversity and inclusion charter, and was instrumental in conceptualizing and leading the diversity and inclusion charter at Snapdeal called Advitya (focused on all areas of diversity including gender, disability, LGBTIQ, generational diversity and beyond). Advitya was recognized as one of the best diversity and inclusion initiatives by People Matters, and was also awarded as one amongst the top 5 initiatives on diversity and inclusion by Biz Divas Foundation in the year 2015.
Dr. K.R. Malathi
Founder CEO, Auuro
Dr.KR Maalathi proudly calls herself a “Teacher” any day, rather than holding the title as the “Founder CEO of Auuro Educational Services”. Twenty five years ago she started off as a spirited teacher and over the years has moved up a pathbreaking career trajectory and has become the source of inspiration for many in the educational field. To accomplish great things we must first dream, then visualize, then plan, believe… act… This is the success mantra of K R Maalathi. A great dreamer, meticulous planner, a person who believes in the ability of self and others around and a woman of action. Maalathi wish to create a world where children across the globe irrespective of their socio-economic background receive the best childhood and education by caring adults in a happy environment. To make this possible she is working tirelessly by setting up world class schools, training institutional leaders, teachers, parents and by creating a curriculum framework which is exclusively for the 21st century learners. Possessing doctorate in Early years education and Masters in leadership and curriculum development from university of Cincinnati, USA, she also holds a master trainer diploma from University of Cambridge, UK. She has an amazing track record of client list across the world for having set up 20 International Schools, 18 CBSE schools and 2 Multi Disability Centres in India and Doha, Qatar. Dr. K R Maalathi strongly believes that Education can change culture but only in so far as educators are transformed. She strives to create, model and catalyse excellence to do whatever it takes to make a significant and positive difference in setting up schools as she strongly believes that “The Purpose of education is not to fill the minds of the students with facts… It is to teach them to think” and that’s why she conceived and delivered “Happy Tots” a pioneer in Early Child care Education setting the standards for primary education in the country. It is one of the fastest-growing curriculums in the country endorsed by schools and authorities alike. Her initiative “Happy Tots” has touched the lives of more than 2,00,000 children across India and Middle East. So far Dr. Maalathi has trained around 3000 kindergarten teachers from the year 2006 onwards.