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Advait Gupt

Advait Gupt

Managing Partner, Supari Studios

Advait is the co-founder & Managing Partner at Supari Studios. In late 2012, at the age of 26, Advait quit his job as an investment analyst at a VC firm to join hands with his younger brother Akshat to pursue opportunities in the emerging digital content space and set up Supari Studios. With a strong focus on online  video, Supari has developed a body of work that ranges from interactive video content to immersive virtual reality experiences. Advait is currently focussed on growing the company's capabilities across three primary functions - original content, branded online video and new media technology.
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Ankit Durga

Ankit Durga

Co-Founder and COO, Leap Skills Academy Pvt Ltd

Ankit is the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer at Leap Skills. He is the driving force behind the innovation and technology based approach at Leap. As an impact oriented skill-development organisation, Leap mentors' train and provide employment opportunities to students, unemployed youth and existing workforce through technology and classroom training. Over the last 4 years, Leap has trained over 6000 learners across 11 states in India through various programs and workshops.
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Devi Murthy

Devi Murthy

Founder & CEO, Simple Farm Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

Devi Murthy returned to India to work on her family business of sheet metal fabrications after graduation from Drexel University in 2008. She led product development and the business development teams selling to the likes of Ashok Leyland, with over 200 products under her belt over a stint of 4 years. The desire to build a company that impacts the bottom of the pyramid by creating value was sparked during an entrepreneurship program at IIM Bangalore.
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Dia Mehhta Bhupal

Dia Mehhta Bhupal

Artist, Dia Mehta Bhupal Studio

Dia Mehta Bhupal originally from Mumbai, now works and practices in Hyderabad, India. Educated at The Parsons School of Design in New York, she holds a BFA in Photography. Prior to enrolling at Parsons, Dia completed her foundation studies at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London. During her time at both Parsons and St. Martins, Dia has focused extensively on photography, with a particular emphasis on redefining everyday images as commonly interpreted by society. Dia creates fine art photography, primarily working with the constructed image.
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Dr. Kalyan Veeramachaneni

Dr. Kalyan Veeramachaneni

Principal Research Scientist, MIT

Dr. Kalyan Veeramachaneni is a Principal Research Scientist at the Laboratory for Information and Decision System (LIDS) at MIT. He directs a research group called Data to AI in the new MIT Institute for Data Systems and Society(IDSS). Kalyan believes that artifical intelligence and machine learning can have a powerful impact in a variety of societal arenas, from education and public health to transportation and e-commerce. His group aims to solve the foundational issues currently preventing these techniques from reaching their full potential, and their recent work focuses on making human interactions with data seamless and efficient. 
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Farid Ahsan

Farid Ahsan

CEO, ShareChat

Farid is the Co-Founder of ShareChat, India's homegrown social network, and also the leading local language platform of India. He has a Bachelor's degree from the IIT, Kanpur (2014). 
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Gadhadar Reddy

Gadhadar Reddy

CEO, NoPo Nanotechnologies India Pvt. Ltd

Gadhadar has been passionate about space since childhood. He pursued this interest by attending summer schools  about  Space and also received an Honors Diploma in Space Sciences. In these courses, he learned Quantum Physics to explain stability and evolution of stars. This coupled with a burning desire to build stuff led him to Nanotechnology. The poster child of Nanotechnology for Space Applications being Carbon Nanotubes. 
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Gary Mao

Gary Mao

CEO, Toto Express

Gary is the co-founder of TOTO Express, an organization that seeks to redefine the way artisans monetize their work by digitizing the entire value chain. TOTO Express builds tools to allow artisans to take full control of how their art gets used, determine how they get paid, and simplify the movement of goods. But prior to TOTO Express, Gary has built a variety of ventures from food businesses in the US and China, to tearing apart old buses in India to create mobile classrooms. There were many failures along the way, but Gary has lived to tell the tale. 
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Judith Amores Fernandez

Judith Amores Fernandez

Research Assistant and PhD Student, MIT Media Lab

Judith is a Ph.D student and Research Assistant in the Fluid Interfaces Group, MIT MediaLab. She graduated from MIT with a Masters in Media Arts and Sciences, she helped run VR/AR at MIT as a co-president. She holds a Multimedia Engineering degree from LaSelle University, Barcelona, Spain and has a Computer Science background, design focused on UX, UI and filming.
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Kourosh Ziabari

Kourosh Ziabari

Journalist/Writer, Fair Observer

Kourosh Ziabari is studying MA International Multimedia Journalism at the University of Kent's Centre for Journalism on a Chevening Award by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. He has been contributing to open Democracy since 2016 and successfully applied for individual membership to Chatham House in 2017.
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Nitesh Jangir

Nitesh Jangir

Co-Founder, Coeo Labs

Nitesh K. Jangir is a co-founder of Coeo Labs, a medical device company solving unmet clinical needs in the field of emergency and critical care. VAPCare is one of the products which he has developed at Coeo. VAPCare is a patented device to reduce chances of contracting ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP), a fatal lung infection which kills more than 250,000 patients in India alone. His work has won many awards including MassChallenge Boston, Millennium Alliance, 3M Young Innovators Award, ASME I-Show, American College of Cardiology, 1776, Tata Social Enterprise Challenge etc. 
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Pooja Dhingra

Pooja Dhingra

Founder, Le15 Patisserie Pvt. Ltd.

Pooja Dhingra is the founder of Le15 Patisserie and Studio Fifteen Culinary Centre in Mumbai. Pooja has also opened her first cafe at Colaba in 2016 called Le15 Cafe in collaboration with a culinary school friend called Pablito Naranjo. Armed with a degree in hospitality from Cesaz Ritz College, Switzerland and a Patisserie Diploma from Le Cordon Bleu. Pooja returned home with the single goal of creating Parisian styled culinary experiences in India.
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Prerna Sharma

Prerna Sharma

Assistant Professor, India Institute of Science

Prerna Sharma is a scientist and Assistant Professor of Physics at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore. She is an experimentalist in the area of soft matter and biophysics. She studied at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai for a Ph.D degree and followed that up with a three-year post-doctoral fellowship at Brandeis University, USA.
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Sandith Thandasherry

Sandith Thandasherry

CEO, NavAlt Solar and Electric Boats

Sandith is the chief naval architect and Founder of NavAlt Solar and Electric Boats that aims to make water transport more efficient. His team has built India's first solar ferry, a 75 pax boat efficient, powered by the sun with no fuel on board. Sandith has completed MU graduation in Naval architecture from IIT Madras in 1999. After working in Gujarat and leading shipyards in South Korea, he completed MBA from INSEAD, France.
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Sanket Avlani

Sanket Avlani

Curator, Taxi Fabric

Sanket Avlani is the curator at Taxi Fabric and Design Fabric. Taxi Fabric is a globally acknowledged platform for Indian designers and its collaborations feature in international productions like Coldplay's 'Hymn for the Weekend' music video and CNN's 'Great Big Story'.
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Shekar Naik

Shekar Naik

Mentor, Indian Blind Cricket Team

Shekar Naik was born completely blind to an economically weak family in Shimoga, who couldn't afford even an eye check up. When he was 8, he underwent surgery with the help of a health check-up camp organized in his village, and managed to regain sight in one of his eyes.
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Shravya Reddy

Shravya Reddy

Director - Transformation & Strategy, Presidency High School

Shravya works as the Director of Transformation and Strategy for a school in a tier-2 town in Telangana. In addition to transforming the learning process, Presidency School has leveraged on innovation in process automations, people and talent management and customer support management to build schematics for school operations. 
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Somdev Devvarman

Somdev Devvarman

Co-Founder&Trustee, Life is a Ball Public Charitable Trust

Somdev is a former professional tennis player, who started his career playing tennis in the NCAA, representing the University of Virginia. He made it to three consecutive finals at the NCAA, winning back-to-back finals in junior and senior years. His 44-1 win-loss record in 2008 is tied for the best in NCAA history.
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Suhail Yusuf

Suhail Yusuf

Artist -Composer

Suhail Yusuf Khan is a classically trained sarangi player. Suhail has been training and performing since he was 7 years of age. Suhail's career highlights to date includes appearing in Forbes India 30 under 30, being awarded an honorary scholarship at Wesleyan University in the US in 2016 and being an Indian ambassador for 'Arts for the British Council'. Suhail is a part of the GIMA award winning band 'Advaita' and is currently signed with Domino Record label band 'Yorkston Thorne Khan' and also touring with Indo- Welsh folk/jazz band, 'Khamira', Indo-Korean collab 'Hauz Khas Connction'.
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Travis Wu

Travis Wu

Founder & Storyteller, LumiereVR

Travis co-founded LumiereVR with the determination to bring empathetic cinema to life through Virtual Reality. He uses his background in computer science to build tools and and softwares that empower and challenge filmmakers to explore new depths with this new medium. Now LumiereVR not only employs a suite of productions tools and workflow, but are also partnering with artists and corporations, setting up VR theatres across the United States to make VR content available to the general public. 
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Trisha Shetty

Trisha Shetty

Founder and CEO, SheSays

Trisha is a social activist, lawyer and UN Young leader for Sustainable Development Goals. Her work focuses on working with and for the youth towards the advancement of the UN's SDGs by bringing a gender specific approach to multiple disciplinary areas.
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Yash Dongre

Yash Dongre

Business Lead, House of Anita Dongre Ltd.

Yash Dongre heads the American side of the business at House of Anita Dongre. Having completed his post-graduation in International Marketing from Hult Business School, USA, he is currently spearheading the company's expansion strategy in the US and recently launched the company's first store in New York.
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