Abhijit Bhaduri

Abhijit Bhaduri

Chief Learning Officer, Wipro

Abhijit Bhaduri is the Chief Learning Officer of Wipro. He has worked in India, South East Asia and the US where he led teams for Microsoft, PepsiCo, Colgate and Tata Steel. He is on the Advisory Board for the CLO program run by University of Pennsylvania. SHRM lists him as a top influencer on social media. 
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Abhijit Jejurikar & Dharavi Rocks

Abhijit Jejurikar & Dharavi Rocks

Junk Percussion Band

Dharavi Rocks is part of an educational project of Acorn Foundation, working for the welfare of slum children and waste collectors/rag-pickers. The band started a few years ago with children in the age group of 7-17 years. With a mission to give slum kids a voice by initiating them into music, Dharavi Rocks create music out of all the waste material like drum barrels, coffee shakers, paint cans, plastic boxes and all other type of junk stuff that we can find in the areas of Dharavi Slums emphasizing on the concept of Recycle, Reuse & Respect.
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Ani Choying Drolma

Ani Choying Drolma

Musician, Humanitarian

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

Anshu Gupta

Founder, Goonj

Anshu Gupta is the founder of Goonj, a primarily volunteer run organization based in New Delhi that provides clothes and other basic amenities to millions across India by turning one person's waste into a resource for another. In 1998, Anshu left his job as a manager of corporate communications in a large Indian company to found Goonj and travel across India in order to understand the needs of the people of his country. From collecting clothes from his own house, relatives and friends, and distributing them on the roads in the chilly winter nights of Delhi, his dream has come a long way.
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Anupama Chopra

Anupama Chopra

Film Critic, Author

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

Ben Nelson

Founder, Minerva Project

Ben Nelson’s goal in life is overthrow Harvard. That’s right – Ben is revolutionizing the world of education, starting with his affordable, relevant, and elite online educational scheme. In 2011, Ben founded the Minerva Project, a four-year undergraduate educational platform that is reinventing the university experience for the brightest, most motivated students in the world. After working at Snapfish since 1999 and leaving as CEO a decade later, Ben decided to build a 21st-century school from scratch, designed to offer the ideal education for our tech-saavy and converging world. Ben is poised to press the reset button on the college experience – in his curriculum, all incoming students will be taught how to think and to use practical skills in the professional world, not just the classroom.
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Bhavesh Bhatia

Bhavesh Bhatia

Visually Challenged Entrepreneur

Bhavesh Chandubhai Bhatia is the founder of Sunrise Candle Industries, a Maharahstra-based company that makes and distributes over 9000 different types of candles. What makes his success so inspirational is the fact that Bhavesh cannot see. After losing his eyesight in 2003, he took a rehabilitation course for blind people, learning things like incense and candle-making. Since then, this visually challenged entrepreneur has been bringing light into other peoples’ lives.
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Bickram Ghosh

Bickram Ghosh

New-age Percussionist

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

C Balagopal

Healthcare Entrepreneur, Author

Regarded as one of the country’s leading experts on healthcare systems and delivery, C Balagopal is the founder of Terumo Penpol Limited(TPL), which operates the largest blood bag manufacturing facility in the world. Now retired from TPL, he divides his time between mentoring and investing in startup ventures, especially those engaged in healthcare, community development activities, and writing. 
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Craig Johnson

Craig Johnson

Educator, Author

Craig Johnson is the Superintendent of the American School of Bombay. Craig has returned to India (where he spent 12 years of his childhood) after 15 years in Brazil. While in Brazil, Craig served as the High School Principal, at Graded School in Sao Paulo; and more recently as the Headmaster of the American School of Brasilia, Brazil. Craig's roots, as a classroom teacher, are in Middle and High School English and Social Studies. Craig continues to stay engaged in student life, by coaching soccer, and trying to teach or co-teaching an English class as often as possible. A regular presenter and workshop facilitator on a variety of Leadership and School Improvement topics, Craig has also published a novel (Wave Watcher), and has a second novel on the way.
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Daniel Kraft

Daniel Kraft

Physician scientist

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

Dave McClure

Angel Investor; Founding Partner, 500 Startups

Dave McClure is a venture capitalist and founding partner at 500 Startups, an internet startup seed fund and incubator program in Mountain View, CA. He has been an investor in over 250 companies including Mint.com, Twilio, Wildfire Interactive, SendGrid, TaskRabbit, SlideShare, Mashery, CreditKarma, KISSmetrics, and MakerBot, among others.
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David Rowan

David Rowan

Editor, WIRED UK magazine

When it comes to navigating the world of emerging tech, David Rowan is your go-to-guy. He is editor of the UK edition of WIRED magazine –which won 2009 Launch of the Year at the British Society of Magazine Editors Awards – and is an expert on a variety of different topics that he manages to connect together so well. He writes the monthly “Digital Life” column in GQ magazine, and the "Tech Traveller" column in Condé Nast Traveller.
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Deb Roy

Deb Roy

Cognitive Scientist; Chief Media Scientist, Twitter

Deb Roy is an Associate Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and is Chief Media Scientist of Twitter. He conducts research at the intersection of human and machine communication. In 2008 he co-founded and was the founding CEO of Bluefin Labs, a social TV analytics company, which MIT Technology Review named as one of the 50 most innovative companies of 2012. Bluefin was acquired by Twitter in 2013. He has authored over 100 academic papers in machine learning, cognitive modeling, and human-machine interaction.
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Dr. Shriram Nene

Dr. Shriram Nene

Surgeon, Serial Entrepreneur

Serial entrepreneur and a Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgeon, Dr. Shriram Nene’s life has made a full circle, back to the land of his forefathers. Dr. Nene developed a passion for science and technology at a very young age that led him to medical school. Today, Dr. Nene is combining his passion and his education to spur innovation in healthcare delivery. He is currently developing a medical platform and apps system to scale the reach of medical care to 7 billion people on the planet. Apart from this, he along with his wife, Madhuri Dixit, an accomplished actress and dancer in India, have created RnM Moving Pictures which is a platform agnostic, digital media and content creation company.
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Ellen Leanse

Ellen Leanse

Online pioneer

An online pioneer and respected business leader, Ellen has worked in Silicon Valley since 1981, driving innovation and growth for Apple, NeXT, Google, and early-stage mobile, social, and B2C technology companies.
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Henry Kaiser

Henry Kaiser

Guitarist, Diver, Filmmaker

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

Jitish Kallat

Artist

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

Jordan Brandt

Technology Futurist, Autodesk

As a Manufacturing Technology Futurist at Autodesk, Inc., Jordan Brandt spends a lot of time in the past talking to people in the present about the future of designing and making things. Brandt was named one of Forbes’ 12 “NextGen Innovators” in 2014. Originally from a small farming community in Kansas, Brandt has a degree in Architecture from the University of Kansas and a doctorate from Harvard. His doctoral dissertation developed the concept of distributed manufacturing systems (mobile factories). 
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Kenneth Sebastian

Kenneth Sebastian

Stand-up comedian, Musician

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

KUMBHA Team

Social Innovations for Kumbhmela

Kumbhthon is a technical hackathon, started in association with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT, USA) for promoting social innovations for the upcoming Kumbhmela in Nashik.
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Kunal Bahl

Kunal Bahl

Co-founder & CEO, Snapdeal.com

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

Liv Arnesen

Explorer, Educator

Liv Arnesen’s rich life experiences, both on and off the ice, have made her an internationally recognized leader and role model for women and girls. A self-proclaimed “keen” but not fanatical outdoors enthusiast, Arnesen is most interested in the development of adults and children. Through her diverse roles as a polar explorer, educator and motivational leader, Arnesen ignites passion in others to reach beyond their normal boundaries and achieve their dreams by sharing her own stories about exploring some of the most remote places on earth.
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Mahesh Samat

Mahesh Samat

Managing Director, Epic Television Network Pvt. Ltd

Mahesh Samat comes with over 25 years of experience in Marketing, Sales and General Management with some of the biggest companies and had worked across India, Asia-Pacific and Europe. An Alumni of IIM-Calcutta, he worked with Johnson & Johnson as managing director for southern Europe, based out of London. His last assignment was as Managing Director of The Walt Disney Company India, a position he held for 5 years where he was responsible for managing all the lines of business for Disney including television, films, digital and consumer products.
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Mark Foster Gage

Mark Foster Gage

Architect

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

Melati & Isabel Wijsen

Eco- environmentalists

Born and raised in Bali, Indonesia, youngsters Melati Wijsen (13) and Isabel Wijsen (11) are working to transform their community and society through their project BBPB (Bye Bye Plastic Bags), which focuses on the issue of waste disposal. Today, BBPB has become a well-known social initiative with a team of 25 volunteers from different local and international schools working to increase awareness around garbage disposal and advocate to change public perception about the use of plastic. 
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Nameet MVS

Nameet MVS

Horticulturist

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

Naveen Tewari

Founder & CEO, InMobi

As Founder and CEO, Naveen is responsible for the overall vision, strategy and execution at InMobi. Prior to founding InMobi, he worked at Charles River Ventures and a Silicon Valley startup. He started his journey with McKinsey & Company. Naveen holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor's degree from IIT Kanpur. He is the founder of the U.S. based non-profit India School Fund that sets up schools in rural India.
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Neeraj Arora

Neeraj Arora

Vice President, WhatsApp Inc.

Neeraj Arora manages “all things business at WhatsApp”. Neeraj is the vice-president of business development for the multi-billion dollar company WhatsApp, now a part of the Facebook family. He studied mechanical engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi, and received his Masters in Business Administration from the Indian School of Business in 2006. He made the front page of The Economic Times with his technology success story. Neeraj spent four years handling corporate development for Google Inc. before joining WhatsApp when it was still a fledgling startup in 2011. 
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Neil Mehta

Neil Mehta

Co-Chairman, Greenoaks Global Holdings Ltd.

Neil Mehta’s got your back when comes to business and investing. Neil is the co-chairman of Greenoaks Global Holdings Ltd. and the founder of Greenoaks Capital. Prior to Greenoaks Capital, Neil was responsible for real estate and special situations investments in India, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia for Orient Property Group. Neil has previously invested in private businesses at Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors in Los Angeles.
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Neil Jacobstein

Neil Jacobstein

Co-chair of AI and Robotics, Singularity Universit

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

Phanindra Sama

Co-founder, RedBus.in

Co-Founder of redBus.in, Phanindra Sama is ranked No. #3 amongst India’s Most Promising Entrepreneurs by Business World. Having topped the state in his secondary education and graduating with distinction from BITS-Pilani, Phani worked with Texas Instruments, Bangalore before he co-founded redBus. Being India’s largest bus ticketing company has won him many accolades like Entrepreneur of the year award under IT by ET NOW, the BITSAA 30 under 30 award, Global Shaper 2011 of the World Economic Forum and is also Ranked 4 in ‘Impact digital power 100’ in India in 2013.
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Preeti Shroff Mehta

Preeti Shroff Mehta

Dean, SIT Graduate School

Dr. Shroff-Mehta has over 25 years’ leadership, management, and teaching experience in the field of democratic governance, civil society strengthening, and institutional capacity development. She has taught graduate courses in citizen leadership, policy advocacy, and good governance at World Learning’s SIT Graduate Institute and at the School for International and Advanced Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins. She served as the global director for civil society and governance programs at World Learning in Washington, DC and has developed and managed projects in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and North America.
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Raghava KK

Raghava KK

Artist

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

Rajan Anandan

Managing Director, Google India

Rajan Anandan began his career with Mckinsey & Co., after which he held top leadership positions in companies such as Dell and Microsoft. Under his leadership Dell has profited from increased revenues of $250million to $800million in just three years. Anandan earned his Bachelors degree from the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his Master’s degree in Engineering from Stanford University. 
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Rajiv Subba

Rajiv Subba

Sculptor

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

Rajkumar Hirani

Filmmaker

National Award and Filmfare Awardwinning director, editor and producer Rajkumar Hirani has firmly cemented his place as one of India’s leading contemporary filmmakers. Best known for his hit films ‘Munnabhai: MBBS’ and ‘3 Idiots’, Hirani has a reputation for making films that break all the formulaic conventions associated with Indian cinema, and address some of India’s major social and cultural issues. After completing a 3 year diploma at the Film and Television Institute of India, his first taste of success was in the world of advertising, before making the transition to cinema.
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Ramesh Raskar

Ramesh Raskar

Associate Professor, MIT Media Lab

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

Ramesh Rao

Director, Calit2 UCSD

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

Satyajit Bhatkal

Filmmaker

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

Shantanu Moitra

Music director, composer

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

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

Documentary Filmmaker

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is a film producer and journalist who has worked on 14 films for major networks in the United States and Britain. Her films include Children of the Taliban (with Dan Edge), The Lost Generation (about Iraqi exiles) and Afghanistan Unveiled. Her work has taken her around the world, where she has filmed and worked with refugees, women’s advocacy groups and human rights defenders. By bringing their voices to the outside world, she has often helped them bring about a critical change in their community. Obaid-Chinoy helped found the Citizens Archive of Pakistan, a nonprofit, volunteer organization that fosters and promotes community-wide interest in the culture and history of Pakistan. Citizens Archive works with thousands of children, teaching critical thinking skills and instilling a sense of pride about their history and identity.
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Shohini Ghose

Shohini Ghose

Quantum Physicist

As a cutting-edge quantum physicist, 2014 TED Fellow Shohini Ghose loves to identify and analyze patterns. While rules of the quantum realm are bizarre, Shohini noticed an even stranger trend in our macroscopic world– the lack of representation and respect of women in higher-powered STEM fields. It’s time to change that. Currently an associate physics professor at Wilfrid Laurier University, Shohini is also the director of the Centre for Women in Science, a program designed to create a community for women in science. Shohini is empowering female scientists by providing grants, and organizing workshops for girls interested in science. Watch out world, there’s a new Einstein in town - and she’s helping the next generation of geniuses break gender barriers and change the face of science.  
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Susan Peret

Susan Peret

Comedian

Susan Peret is a humorist, storyteller. She graduated from NYU’s Stern School of Business and previously worked as a consultant at Pricewaterhouse Coopers. She studied writing under Charles Salzberg and at Upright Citizens’ Brigade, among others. She currently produces, curates and performs at live music, art and comedy culture concept shows throughout NYC. 
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Team Indus

Team Indus

Team Indus is a non-conformist, unconventional alliance of entrepreneurs and explorers who will not stop short of asking for the moon. Team Indus is India’s only entry to the Google Lunar XPRIZE.
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Ugesh Sarcar

Ugesh Sarcar

Magician

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

Usha Uthup

The Voice

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

Vani Kola

Managing Director, Kalaari Capital

Vani Kola is a Managing Director at Kalaari Capital, based in Bangalore, India. Her leadership at Kalaari centers around her commitment to the development of entrepreneurs and her conviction that Indian companies are poised to become global players. Vani brings 22 years of Silicon Valley experience as a founder of successful companies to her role as a mentor and enabler of startup companies in India. She serves on several company boards and speaks widely on entrepreneurship and leadership.
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Vidhya Subramanian

Vidhya Subramanian

Bharatanatyam Dancer

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

Vishal Gondal

Founder & CEO, GOQii Inc.

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

Vivek Wadhwa

Academic, Researcher, Writer, Entrepreneur

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

William Florance

Head of Education Outreach, Emerging Markets Google Inc.

William leads Google’s Education Outreach efforts in Emerging Market countries where he and his team are responsible for empowering educators and students with the tools, skills and knowledge to enhance and extend learning. William champions open and equal access to information, the web as a learning platform and the ability for technology to help mankind reach its full potential. Before establishing the Education Outreach function, William led the Education Sales team in EMEA that launched Chromebooks for Education and supported the growth of Google Apps for Education in both schools and universities throughout these regions.
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Zia Mody

Zia Mody

Corporate Lawer

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