Anjney Midha

Anjney Midha

Venture Capitalist; Partner, KPCB

Anjney is a partner at the American venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, where he focuses on consumer digital investments and ProductWorks, the firm’s newly launched platform to help entrepreneurs develop transformative products through Engineering, Design, and Product Management. Anjney joined KPCB from First Round Capital’s Dorm Room Fund (DRF), where he was a founding Managing Partner. While at DRF, Anjney focused on the fund’s investments in early stage internet technologies.
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Arunima Sinha

Arunima Sinha

Mountain Climber

Arunima is a former national level volleyball player who was thrown off a moving train in 2011.  In order to save her life, the doctors had to amputate part of her left leg. In light of this event, Arunima became inspired by Yuvarj Singh, an international cricket player who successfully won his battle with cancer. As such, she was determined to climb Mount Everest. In 2013, Arunima became the first female amputee (and the first Indian amputee) to make the climb. 
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Aurelie Chauleur

Aurelie Chauleur

Music Producer

Aurelie works tirelessly to help people keep their traditions and cultures alive. She has worked with musicians in the Caribbean, Egypt, Mozambique, Morocco, India and Argentina. She takes the musicians she discovers abroad to numerous music festivals, has started collaborative projects with them, all in addition to making documentary films. In Mumbai, she worked with traditional musicians and street children, not only helping them to record their own music albums and videos, but also building bridges between the humanitarian world and culture.
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Daniel Leithinger

Daniel Leithinger

Inventor

Daniel is a PhD candidate for the Tangible Media Group at the MIT Media Lab, where his work focuses on human computer interaction.  He believes that computers could be much more powerful if their interactions would engage with human bodies more fully.  Daniel’s goal is to build a new generation of human computer interfaces, one that can render dynamic, physical shapes that we can touch and transform to express ourselves and collaborate with others.  Already, Daniel has built a number of tangible prototypes based on his vision.
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Dhairya Dand

Dhairya Dand

Researcher, Designer

Dhairya is a researcher and designer at the MIT Media Lab who draws his inspiration from cultural myths and stories. His work can be seen through his fascinating projects: ThinkerToys – creating fun toys out of eWaste, Cheers – ice-cubes that change colour depending on how much you drink, Obake – an elastic shape-changing screen, SuperShoes – shoe soles with a sixth sense, and much more.    
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Gazal Dhaliwal

Gazal Dhaliwal

Screenwriter

Gazal did a B.Tech in Chemical Engineering from NIT, Jaipur, and went on to work as a software engineer with Infosys Technologies for 2 years, before she decided to pursue one of the two biggest dreams of her life. She moved to Mumbai in 2005 to work in the movies. Today, she writes films for some remarkable people in the Hindi film industry, namely Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Govind Nihalani, Prakash Jha and Tanuja Chandra. In 2007, she took another life changing decision. She went through a medical process to fix a disorder she was born with. Her journey to being who she is, has been two-fold - the external path to find a place for herself in the daunting business of the movies... and the internal path of combat with her own identity and destiny.
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Hamish Patel

Hamish Patel

Healthcare Entrepreneur

Hamish is the chief executive officer and co-founder of Azoi, a medical device company that aims to use technology in enabling easier access to healthcare for masses.
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Hannah Roodman

Hannah Roodman

Multimedia Artist and Filmmaker

Hannah directed and produced Project 2x1, world's first Google Glass documentary,  which explored, through collaborative storytelling, the longstanding cultural divide between Hasidic and Caribbean neighbourhoods in Brooklyn, New York. By filming life through the eyes of local residents, she crafted a story and an interactive-screening experience that sparked inter-community dialogue. Beyond the rewarding nature of this local social-impact work, the project has earned broad attention through speaking engagements, and was featured in Fast Company, The New York Times, Huffington Post Live, and more.
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Harshvardhan Kadam

Harshvardhan Kadam

Visual Artist

Harshvardhan is an independent visual artist who makes street art across India. He has been running his travel studio, Inkbrushnme since 2007 which has been producing children's illustrated books, graphic novels and character designs for animation and gaming projects.
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Kavita Babu

Kavita Babu

Biotechnologist

Growing up, math and genetics were always Kavita’s favourite subjects in school. She completed her undergraduate degree in chemistry, physics and math, attended the MSc Biotechnology programme at Maharaja Sayajirao University, but left partway to pursue her doctorate at Professor William Chia’s laboratory at the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Singapore and King’s College in London.  
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Leonard Pauli

Leonard Pauli

Innovator, Developer, Designer

Leonard is a passionate 16-year-old innovator, developer and designer. At the age of 14, frustrated with teaching methodologies, he co-founded and built ludu.co, an online education platform along with a friend to help his schoolmates and other students summarize the main points of what they learned as they learned it. You organize your ‘ludu blocks’ in a box that you can refer to as you study. Today, it serves more than a quarter of the students at The Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden.
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Neeraj Kakkar

Neeraj Kakkar

Entrepreneur

Neeraj is co-founder and CEO of Hector Beverages, the makers of Paper Boat drinks, traditional Indian beverages. Their other brand is Tzinga Energy Drink, the second largest selling energy drink in India.  Prior to starting with Hector Beverages, Neeraj had an impressive career with The Coca-Cola Company for 8 years.
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Philip Obaji Jr.

Philip Obaji Jr.

Education Activist

Philip Obaji Jr. is the founder and general coordinator for the 1 GAME Campaign, which promotes basic primary education for vulnerable kids in Nigeria. Philip traveled from house to house – urging parents to send their children to school and created a book center, where poor school children can get exercise books and pens for free.
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Pulkit Datta

Pulkit Datta

Filmmaker

Pulkit is a writer and filmmaker based in New York City. Growing up in six countries across four continents, Pulkit's global upbringing drives him to discover and tell stories that connect people intrinsically to one another beyond traditional and restrictive boundaries. With a background in cinema studies and film/TV production from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and Miami University (Ohio), he has worked in creative and production capacities on a range of international projects including narrative films, Sundance-backed documentaries, web content, commercials, short films and multimedia campaigns. Pulkit's first short film as writer/director "Jason."  was screened at numerous festivals, won the Reel 13 online vote competition and was broadcast on PBS. He has also produced the documentary "The Forgetting Game" (distributed by IndiePix Films), experimental short "Acetate Diary" (Official Selection, Tribeca Film Festival 2014), and executive produced "Three Shades of Brown," a British-Asian comedy web series. As a writer, Pulkit has also written numerous arts and culture articles for Buzzfeed, The Aerogram, NewsLaundry, The NRI, and more. 
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Reshma Valliappan

Reshma Valliappan

Mental Health Advocate

Co-founder of Mind Arcs, and a member of several other national and international groups for persons with mental illness, Reshma entered the field of mental health advocacy during her own battle with schizophrenia. Being the protagonist of a documentary that received several national awards based on her own recovery without medications called ‘A Drop of Sunshine’ forced her to think about her role in the area of self-advocacy. Battling several other health issues caused by a brain tumour, she took it upon herself to create more awareness and sensitizing anyone and everyone she crosses path with on the area of ‘unseen’ disabilities and mental health.
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Shashwat Ratan

Shashwat Ratan

Technology Educator

Shashwat co-founded Robo Shack Microtronics with the aim of making learning about technology fun and engaging. Electro Bricks, the low-cost electronics kits designed for children by Robo Shack do not need any prior skills in programming or soldering. The bricks are pluggable with each other and one can create complex circuits using a number of different combinations of the bricks. 
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Shipra Jain

Shipra Jain

Jeweller

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

Shravani Hagargi

Social Entrepreneur

Shravani Hagargi is a young social entrepreneur from Dharwar, India with a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work. Sharavani co-founded Safe Hands 24x7, an innovative venture employing women security guards so as to help promote the ideas of gender equality, provide women with the ability to become financially dependent and also provide top-notch services. 
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Steve Boyes

Steve Boyes

Conservation Biologist

Steve, a conservation biologist featured by National Geographic, is the Scientific Director of the Wild Bird Trust in South Africa, an organization that works to preserve wildlife and advance the research and education on the conservation of all birds in Africa. The organization's work has been instrumental in getting the Okavango Delta wilderness in northern Botswana listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and its annual expeditions across the wilderness represent the most comprehensive biodiversity survey ever undertaken in this remote area. Steve recently completed a major National Geographic-sponsored expedition across the Okavango Delta to promote broader protection for the watershed and its wildlife.
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Viswa Subbaraman

Viswa Subbaraman

Conductor and Music Director

Internationally acclaimed American conductor, Viswa Subbaraman, is currently the Artistic Director/Music Director of The Skylight Music Theatre in Milwaukee. In his inaugural season at the Skylight, highlights include  a number of critically acclaimed and audience acclaimed productions such as a Bollywood production of Beethoven’s Fidelio, which he both stage directed and conducted, a production of Hans Werner Henze’s El Cimarrón, and Philip Glass’ Hydrogen Jukebox. 
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