2017 Speakers

Dolly Thakore

Dolly Thakore

A recognized name in the theatre and film industry, Dolly Thakore has been one of India’s leading newscasters and television hosts. She has been actively involved in social work through organisations like Citizens for PEACE, Laadli etc. (more…)

Jithin C Nedumala

Jithin C Nedumala

Having spent 24 years of his life in Kerala, Jithin saw the various stages in the life of a child and what shaped it, and was able to identify the inequalities faced by them in their everyday life. His organization MAD, which he co-founded, today touches the lives of more than 5000 children with around 3300 volunteers nationwide. (more…)

Manish Mundra

Manish Mundra

Manish Mundra is an Indian film producer, philanthropist and businessman. He is the founder and head of Drishyam Films, and Managing Director of Indorama Eleme Petrochemicals Limited. He has produced several films, such as Ankhon Dekhi, Masaan, Umrika, Dhanak and Waiting, (more…)

Rajeshwari Sachdev

Rajeshwari Sachdev

Rajeshwari Sachdev is an Indian actress from Mumbai who started her career on stage doing plays with IPTA. She has worked as an actor in Hindi, English, Marathi and Punjabi cinema and is best known for her role in Shyam Benegal’s film Sardari Begum (1996), for which she won the 1997 National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress. In addition to this, (more…)

Joseph Radhik

Joseph Radhik

Joseph Radhik is one of India’s most celebrated wedding photographers, known for his breathtaking imagery and mastery of the craft. A first place Winner at the International Photography Awards (New York) 2015, ranked in the (more…)

Gautam Bhimani

Gautam Bhimani

Gautam Bhimani made his commentary debut at the Adelaide Oval in 2003-04 alongside Sunil Gavaskar, Geoffrey Boycott, Greg Chappell, Harsha Bhogle and Ravi Shastri. He has played multiple roles like copywriter, radio jockey, radio commentator, DJ and is the author of the engaging travel book ‘Reverse Sweep’. (more…)

Anu Menon

Anu Menon

Anu Menon did Masters in Drama in London and moved to Bombay to pursue her first love – the stage. For 8 years she was better known as her alter-ego VJ Lola Kutty on Channel V.  Her stage credits include Lillete Dubey’s Sammy, Raell Padamsee’s Noises Off, Divya Palat’s A Personal War (that won at the Edinburgh Theatre festival) (more…)

Antara Telang

Antara Telang

Antara Telang is a 25 year-old Content Director at an e-learning startup called LaughGuru, based in Mumbai. She is the proud owner three social media accounts, two shades of lipstick, and one point five legs. Hobbies include bashing popular opinion, leaving feminist comments on Facebook posts, and petting strangers’ dogs.

Manish Advani

Manish Advani

Manish Advani is the head of Marketing & Public Relations for Mahindra SSG with a focus on cause and Green Marketing which goes in line with his interests in the area of Sustainability. He has won several notable awards during his journey, like the Microsoft Presidents award and the Mega Corporate Film Festival Award. (more…)

Milee Ashwarya

Milee Ashwarya

Milee Ashwarya is the Editor in Chief for Commercial and Business books at Penguin Random House India. In her decade long career in publishing, she has been responsible for establishing and spearheading the local publishing list first at Random House India and now at Penguin Random House India the latest being The Unsuitable Boy by Karan Johar. (more…)

Dalip Tahil

Dalip Tahil

Dalip Tahil is a renowned Indian film, television and theatre actor. He has appeared in more than 100 Bollywood movies by starting his acting career in 1974 with a very successful movie, Ankur. In 1980 Ramesh Sippy offered him the role of a villain in his epic production Shaan. This was followed by a cameo in Sir Richard Attenborough’s Gandhi in 1982 (more…)

Pamposh Bhat

Pamposh Bhat

Pamposh Bhat is a New Delhi-based environmentalist, climate change expert and award winning writer. Bhat has been awarded the prestigious Rajbhasha Award for Poetry in 1995 for her work “Kshitij Ki Khoj Mein”. Active in public life, she serves as the chairperson of the board of trustees for Jwala, a civil society group that seeks to promote renewable energy, (more…)

Ranjana Kumari

Ranjana Kumari

A renowned social activist and a prolific academician, Dr. Ranjana Kumari is the Director of Centre for Social Research as well as Chairperson of Women Power Connect. She has dedicated her life to empowering women across the South Asia region, and is also a prolific writer of many well‐known publications. Her foray into social work was (more…)

Past Speakers

Meenakshi Menon

Meenakshi Menon

Advertising Veteran

Meenakshi Menon is an advertising veteran who started her career in 1980 with Lintas and went on to launch India’s first audit & advisory in marketing services in 2003 by the name of “Spatial Access Solutions”. She also served as the MD, Zee TV till 1997. In 2000 she was selected by Ad Age Global as one of the 17 women worldwide who were changing the face of advertising industry. (more…)

Ranveer Brar

Ranveer Brar

Celebrity Chef

A chef of great renown and a celebrated television personality, Ranveer Brar is one of the few Indians who have truly left their mark in the global culinary space. At 17, he recognized food as his true calling while acquainting himself with the finer nuances of kebab making and the rest, as they say, is history. He began his illustrious career at the Taj Mahal Hotel in 2001 and has since then left his mark at many highly celebrated hotels. (more…)

Babar Afzal

Babar Afzal

Activist

Babar Afzal is a Pashmina Activist who quit his career of a McKinsey Analyst 6 years back after his soul called him back home to protect the Pashmina Goats. He founded the Global Pashmina Goat Project and is featured regularly in world media being referred to as “the most credible voice on Pashmina in the world”. Swearing to live for the Eco-system and contribute every second of his life to the community, (more…)

Ester Martinez

Ester Martinez

CEO & MD

Ester Martinez is the founding CEO & Managing Editor at People Matters Media. She holds a Postgraduate degree in HRM from EADA (Spain) and a Master’s Degree in Management from ISB, Hyderabad. Until 2008, she worked as a professional manager with a host of Blue Chip companies, like HP and TCS. In 2009, Ester decided to come to India and work on developing India centric data on talent management, leadership and HR, seeing the absence of any such research content could be referred by CEOs & HR heads. (more…)

Umesh Upadhyay

Umesh Upadhyay

Media Director

Umesh Upadhyay is a senior journalist, academician and communication professional, presently working as President and Media Director in Reliance Industries Limited. Earlier He worked as President News with Network18. As a regular commentator on public issues he has an uncanny sense of understanding and analyzing political, economic and social issues from a holistic perspective.He has had experience of working with Delhi University, Press Trust of India (PTI), (more…)

Bhumika Bhatia

Bhumika Bhatia

Photographer

It all started 6 years ago when Bhumika felt the need to find an outlet to translate her dreams and imagination. And then, photography happened to her. She did her first exhibition “Sublunary World” at the age of 19 and is the only Indian female photographer whose work has been published and exhibited across the world at such a young age including (Jimmy Choo and the Elton John Foundation), Selfridges-London where she was also a runner-up; Paris Fashion Week; and so on. (more…)

Sagarika Chakraborty

Sagarika Chakraborty

CEO

Sagarika currently acts as the CEO to IIRIS and seeks to add critical business value to companies through her expertise in legal, risk mitigation and investigative strategies. An alumnus of NLU, Jodhpur and ISB, Hyderabad, Sagarika seeks to inspire the youth to walk the unconventional path when it comes to pursuing passions. Sagarika wears many feathers in her cap as an author, lawyer, panel reviewer at the UNESCO, active researcher and many others in the past. (more…)

Kunal Arora

Kunal Arora

Entrepreneur

He is the Co-founder of the Education Tree, who uses small yet meaningful ways to impart education with the help of unique art forms such as freeze mobs, flash mobs, graffiti, chalk art, street dancing, street plays etc. Kunal Arora and 3 of his friends started TET to remove the cracks in the education process and ensure a good, meaningful learning for all. They are currently working in universities across Delhi and plan to take up school initiatives as well. TTT is also working towards Women Safety.

Prathap Suthan

Prathap Suthan

Chief Creative Officer

He is the man behind campaigns like India Shining – for the previous NDA Government, Incredible India – the Indian tourism brand, Next is What? – Samsung Mobiles in 2008, Be You – for Jabong, the online fashion brand, and many more. He is currently the CCO and Managing Partner of ‘Bang in the Middle’, a full service advertising agency based out of New Delhi.

Chintan Ruparel

Chintan Ruparel

Entrepreneur

After 7 years in mainline advertising as a copywriter, having worked in agencies like O&M Mumbai, Taproot India and Creativeland Asia, on successful campaigns like Airtel’s Har Friend Zaroori Hota Hai, TOI’s Aman Ki Asha and several others, picking up awards and accolades at top shows like Cannes, D&AD, One Show, Spikes Asia, Goafest, and the Effies; Chintan Ruparel decided it was time to fuel his entrepreneurial ambitions, and joined as the Co-Founder and Chief Curator at Terribly Tiny Tales – (more…)

Sourabh Kuashal

Sourabh Kuashal

Space explorer

Space explorer,engineer and entrepreneur, Karmaveer Chakra recipient Sourabh Kaushal has been doing space research for the past 7 years. He has been awarded the prestigious “Dr. Kalpana Chawla Young Scientist Award 2012” and was also the runner-up of the “Jerone Pearson Award 2010” given by The International Space Elevator Consortium, USA. (more…)

Kunal Kapoor

Kunal Kapoor

Actor

Kunal Kapoor is an Indian actor and has starred in movies like Rang De Basanti, Don 2, Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana. Kapoor trained for an acting career under Barry John, and became a part of Motley, a theatre group run by Naseerudin Shah.He began his career as an assistant director of Aks, which starred Manoj Bajpayee and in which Amitabh Bachchan played a major character role, but eventually moved on to be a movie actor.

Harish Bijoor

Harish Bijoor

Brand domain specialist

Harish Bijoor is a Brand domain specialist operating out of Bangalore. He runs a unique boutique consulting outfit branded Harish Bijoor Consults Inc., a brand name that has a consulting presence across the markets of Hong Kong, Seattle, London , Dubai and the Indian sub-continent. He spent the most recent 18 months of his  corporate career as the Chief Operating Officer, Zip Telecom Limited.  (more…)

Dr. Palash Sen

Dr. Palash Sen

Musician/Doctor

Dr.  Palash Sen is an Indian singer, songwriter, musician, composer and actor best known as the founder and lead singer of India’s pop band Euphoria.  Euphoria is a very famous Indian band, with five successful studio albums, one compilation and 17 music videos. He is a doctor as well and runs a clinic in Delhi. He is a true inspiration for anyone who wants to follow their passion.

Rishad Saam Mehta

Rishad Saam Mehta

Travel Writer

Travel writer, Photographer and all-round road-trip junkie. With his book ‘Hot Tea Across India’, he takes us through the length and breadth of the country with interesting incidents and stories with the experience of drinking Tea as the linking factor. He touches a multitude of turfs right from Manali to Munnar, from the Rann of Kutch to Khajuraho, enveloped with his wit, thoughtfulness and understanding.

Piyush Mishra

Piyush Mishra

Actor

Actor, music director, lyricist, singer, scriptwriter. Mishra started his career in Hindi theatre in Delhi after graduating from National School of Drama, Delhi in 1986. He is acclaimed for his acting in Maqbool (2003) and Gangs of Wasseypur (2012). As a film lyricist and singer, he is noted for his songs “Arre Ruk Ja Re Bandeh” (Black Friday, 2004), “Aarambh Hai Prachand” (Gulaal, 2009), (more…)

Moji Riba

Moji Riba

Film-Maker

The 36-year-old-film-maker, Moji Riba, recipient of Rolex Awards for Enterprise, has been capturing the cultural richness of Arunachal Pradesh through his 35 documentaries for national television stations and for government and non-governmental organizations. He set up the Centre for Cultural Research & Documentation (CCRD) in 1997 (more…)

Nirali Kartik

Nirali Kartik

Vocalist

Ahmedabad-born classical vocalist, and recipient of the Shrestha Sadhak award by Gujarat Sangeet Natak Kala Academy, Nirali Kartik, has performed at music festivals across India and in many countries in Europe. Kartik has been training in music since the past 15 years (more…)

Akshai Abraham

Akshai Abraham

Social Entrepreneur

Founder of Project KHEL (Kids Holistic Education and Life-skills) Akshai is pursuing his dream of helping marginalized children reach their true potential with the aid of sports. Through his innovative foundation, he is imparting life skills to roughly 1000 such children in Lucknow.

Madhu Kishwar

Madhu Kishwar

Writer

Madhu Purnima Kishwar is Senior Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS)—a social science research centre, based in Delhi. Director of the Indic Studies Project based at CSDS aimed at the study of diverse faith traditions (more…)

Sarbani Das Roy

Sarbani Das Roy

Psychotherapist

A process worker and psychotherapist, Sarbani Das  has been a consultant to Corporate Sector as well as NGO sector since 1999. Sarbani is the Honorary Secretary of Ishwar Sankalpa, Kolkata. She has been actively involved in raising awareness on mental health by taking care of mentally ill individuals who have lost touch with their family.