Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.
This much-quoted mantra for life is the inspiration for the theme of INK Conference 2018: BILLIONAIRES OF MOMENTS. Urging each one of us to be a billionaire of moments – to be hungry for moments that matter, to create them, and amass them. To pause, reflect and redefine success on a new barometer hereon.
Join us in Hyderabad as we create moments that matter.
– Lakshmi Pratury, Curator
- Tony FadellIPOD INVENTOR
IPHONE CO-INVENTOR, NEST FOUNDER, AND PRINCIPAL AT FUTURE SHAPE
Tony is an active investor and entrepreneur with a 30+ year history of founding companies and designing products that profoundly improve people’s lives. He is the Principal at Future Shape LLC, an investment and advisory firm coaching deep tech startups. Currently, Future Shape is coaching 200+ startups innovating game-changing technologies. He is the founder and former CEO of Nest, the company that pioneered the “Internet of Things.” Tony was the SVP of Apple’s iPod Division and led the team that created the first 18 generations of the iPod and the first three generations of the iPhone. Throughout his career Tony has authored more than 300 patents. In May 2016, TIME named the Nest Learning Thermostat, the iPod and the iPhone as three of the “50 Most Influential Gadgets of All Time.”
- Wendy CalhounTELEVISION WRITER AND PRODUCER
EMPIRE NASHVILLE, JUSTIFIED
A seasoned writer and executive producer, Wendy Calhoun’s rich repertoire of work includes critically-acclaimed shows like Fox’s megahit series, Empire, ABC’s Station 19, Nashville, Revenge, and FX’s Justified; receiving a 2010 Peabody Award for Justified. She has developed new series pilots with Netflix, FX, 20th TV Studios, and ABC Signature; and in a terrific deal with Warner Brothers is currently developing Lean On Me for the CW and Strong Justice for NBC. With a conscious choice of assigning cultural specificity to her characters, she hopes to move the needle on what is considered “good” entertainment. Among her other credits is co-executive producing and writing the historic first season of The virtual reality short, Left Behind, honored as “Best in VR” at Digital Hollywood.
- Leanne ChukoskieNEUROSCIENTIST
DIRECTOR AT THE POWER OF NEUROGAMING CENTER AT QUALCOMM INSTITUTE
Working at the intersection of neuroscience, social science and education, Leanne Chukoskie is working to understand the human brain through gaming, to aid children with developmental and learning disorders. She is the director of the Power of NeuroGaming (PoNG) Center at the Qualcomm Institute at the University of California, San Diego, an Assistant Research Scientist in the Institute for Neutral Computation Associate at the centre, as well as Director for the Research for Autism and Development Laboratory (RADLab) at UC San Diego. She is a distinguished professor of Social Sciences at Minerva Schools at KGI, and co-founder of BrainLeap Technologies working at widening the reach for training games. Widely-acclaimed, her ground-breaking research has found space in multiple neuroscience journals, while her mentorship skills continue to help students pave their learning path.
- Bharat KaulDIRECTOR, INTEL LABS
Bharat is the Director at Intel Labs/Parallel Computing Labs (India). In his 2-decade career at Intel, Bharat has held several technical and management leadership positions within product development groups and has been leading the lab for nearly a decade. At Intel Labs, Bharat’s research focuses on application-driven Architectural Performance leadership for Intel for multi-core/many architectures with special focus on Artificial Intelligence and High-Performance Computing. The lab works in close collaboration with leading academic and industry partners across the globe. Most recently, Bharat, along with his other Intel colleagues, contributed to India’s National AI Strategy discussion document that advocated and created Applied Research Centers (ICTAI) focused on Large Scale National Challenges.
- Sanjay PodderMD, ACCENTURE LABS (INDIA)
The managing director of Accenture Labs (India), Sanjay Poddar leads the company’s Software Engineering R&D and ‘Technology for Good’ initiative. He is a 2017 Eisenhower Fellow and a Governing Council Member of the NASSCOM IoT Center of Excellence.
An alumnus of the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Sanjay holds a master’s degree in Marketing Management and is a technology mentor for several social entrepreneurs, changemakers and startups.
- Paresh GhelaniSERIAL ENTREPRENEUR
BOARD MEMBER XPRIZE FOUNDATION
A silicon-valley entrepreneur and philanthropist, Paresh Ghelani is focused on creating large-scale impact through innovation and entrepreneurship. Along with Ratan Tata and Naveen Jain, he brought XPRIZE Foundation to India to resolve challenges in public amenities and raise the quality of life. With his years of hands-on management experience Ghelani co-founded the 2020 Company LLC, building it into a massive endeavour, providing the US government advanced technology in education, defense, and healthcare space (now acquired by a private equity firm). True to his own motto, “work hard in silence and let your success be the noise”, Ghelani is currently engaged in enterprises like Moon Express, Viome Inc, DTV Motor Corporation, Ferrate Treatment Technologies, Casepoint, Radimmune Therapeutics.
- Ramesh RaoSCIENTIST
DIRECTOR OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS, UCSD
Director of Telecommunications, UCSD, as well as a faculty member at the university, Ramesh Rao is pioneering the use of electronic technologies to understanding human wellbeing. He has been named a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers for his leadership in wireless communications, and honoured with 2011 Casa Familiar Abrazo Award for engagement with underprivileged area of San Diego. Prior to QI (Calit2), Professor Rao was also the Director of UCSD's Center for Wireless Communications (CWC). He leads several major interdisciplinary and collaborative projects and has been a PI on dozens of federal-, state-, foundation- and industry-funded grants.
- Aparajita JainART GALLERIST
CO-FOUNDER, NATURE MORTE
Art purveyor Aparajita Jain is amongst the leading names in the Indian art world, putting the country’s contemporary art on the international map. In 2005 she founded gallery Seven Art Limited to showcase cutting-edge ideas in Indian art, discovering pioneering artists like Asim Waqif and Aakash Nihalani. The gallery went on to host the first-ever Indian contemporary art show in China (in MOCA, Shanghai), and opened doors for Indian artists to the Lisbon Biennale. Jain is today the co-founder of Delhi’s most avant garde art space, Nature Morte, showcasing names like Subodh Gupta, Jitish Kallat and Anita Dube. Her non-profit endeavour, Saat Saath Arts Foundation (SSAF), is a first-of-its-kind initiative built to catalyse international art exchange between India and the world. SSAF is now working with the Rajasthan government to create the first permanent International Art Space in the state, at Nahargarh Fort.
Jain was listed as one of the 50 icons of Indian Art by Platform, is on the board of the Delhi Chapter of YPO and a founding member of the Harvard South Asia Institute Arts program.
- Stefania MagidsonPHILANTHROPIST
FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT, BLUE HERON FOUNDATION
A global citizen dedicated to empowering her fellow human beings, Magidson is creating a new blueprint for social entrepreneurship through her constant endevours. She heads one of the largest non-profit organizations in the Romanian diaspora, Blue Heron Foundation, giving the disadvantaged youth an access to life-changing opportunities. Her book “Searching for the White Magician” is a series of dialogues explores themes close to her, ranging from immigration and philanthropy to spiritual psychology and self-realization.
- Girish MathruboothamPRODUCT SUPERSTAR
FOUNDER & CEO, FRESHWORKS
Girish Mathrubootham is the founder and CEO of Freshworks, one of the world’s fastest-growing SaaS product company, winning the Economic Times Startup of the Year in 2016, the Business Standard Startup of the Year in 2017, and now part of India’s unicorn club. The homegrown customer-engagement software maker has a suite of products – Freshdesk, Freshservice, Freshsales, Freshcaller, Freshteam, Freshchat and Freshmarketer – catering to more than 1,50,000 businesses worldwide including big names like Honda, Cisco, Toshiba, Bridgestone, University of Pennsylvania, and Hugo Boss.
Girish is part of the Product Council for NASSCOM, the trade association of Indian software companies, and actively works to promote and nurture software product companies. With a forward-looking approach, he has invested in several early stage startups and mentors young entrepreneurs.
- Zuni ChopraTEEN AUTHOR
Amongst the youngest on the Indian literary landscape, Zuni Chopra is focused on carving a world of fantasy and wonder. With a zest for writing, the teen author has a growing repertoire of published work to her credit, including two collections of poetry, her first novel, The House That Spoke (published in January 2017 by Penguin India) and the most recent publication, a collection of short stories, The Island of the Day Before. She has contributed articles to Vogue India and Hindustan Times and was shortlisted for Young Author Awards 2018. Enamoured by the works of T.S. Eliot, Neil Gaiman and Lewis Carroll, Zuni continues to juggle writing with the academic pressure from school, and draws constant encouragement from her six dogs!
- Balki IyerENTREPRENEUR
CO-FOUNDER AND CHIEF GROWTH OFFICER, UTOPUS INSIGHTS
Balakrishnan G. Iyer (Balki) is a seasoned energy and utilities industry management professional, with rich experience driving business development in global conglomerates. A proven entrepreneur with a big company DNA, Balki has successfully navigated three startups from inception to scale-up to sale-of- business journeys through investments from some of the largest utilities and financial investors worldwide.
Balki is currently the Co-founder and Chief Growth Officer of Utopus Insights, a New York-based energy analytics software products company founded in 2017, whose mission is to orchestrate a sustainable future by accelerating the use of renewable energy worldwide. Balki leads all sales and business development initiatives for the company and is passionate about the role of clean energy in changing the world. He previously served as Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Enel Green Power.
Balki deeply values the power of education in empowering people to help make meaningful change. He is Director of Iyer Educational Institutions (IEI) in Bengaluru, India, that runs schools for children with autism, which he co-founded with his wife.
Balki is a recipient of several awards including the prestigious ‘Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business’ award in 2017.
- Devdutt PattanaikMYTHOLOGIST
Devdutt Pattanaik writes on relevance of mythology in modern times, especially in areas of management, governance and leadership. Trained in medicine, he worked for 15 years in the healthcare and pharma industries before he focussed on his passion full time. He is author of 30 books and 600 columns, with bestsellers such as My Gita, Jaya, Sita, Business Sutra and the 7 Secret Series. He was a speaker at TEDIndia 2009 and spoke on Myths that Mystify, East versus West. His TV shows include Business Sutra on CNBC-TV18 and Devlok on Epic TV. He consults organisations on culture, diversity and leadership and also consults various television channels and filmmakers on storytelling.
- Anjali GopalanHUMAN RIGHTS CRUSADER
ACTIVIST; FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, THE NAZ FOUNDATION (INDIA) TRUST
An Indian human rights and animal rights activist, Anjali Gopala is founder and executive director of The Naz Foundation Trust, an NGO dedicated to the fight against the HIV/AIDS epidemic in India, with a focus on women and children. With a postgraduate diploma in journalism, and a masters degree in International Development, Anjali began working on issues related to HIV/AIDS and marginalized communities in the United States. In 2012, Time named Gopalan in its list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
- V R LalithambikaSPACE SCIENTIST
DIRECTOR, DIRECTORATE OF HUMAN SPACE PROGRAMME AT ISRO
A leading scientist at ISRO, Dr V R Lalithambika is the director of the Directorate of Human Space Programme at ISRO. She joined Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), ISRO in 1988 after post-graduation (Control Engineering) from College of Engineering, Trivandrum. With a PhD in Control Engineering, she has been associated with the autopilot design of PSLV, GSLV and GSLV Mk III right from inception, and later assumed responsibility for guidance and control design, mission analysis and simulation activities for all ISRO launch vehicles. She was an active contributor to the Task Group which has formulated ISRO's Vision 2020.
A skilled taskmaster and a qualified control systems engineer she has been conferred with the following awards: ISRO performance excellence award in 2013, ISRO merit award in 2010, Astronautical Society of India Space Gold Medal in 2001, title of Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) by Sathyabama University in 2017.
She has around 60 publications to her credit; is a fellow of the Institution of Engineers, India, Member of Astronautical Society of India, Aeronautical Society of India and Systems Society of India.
Workshops & Masterclasses
Immersive workshops and masterclasses will be a great opportunity for the participants to dive deep into subjects as varied as Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence to Art and Music, facilitated by leading subject-matter experts and practitioners. The format will be kept informal and highly interactive with smaller groups of participants.
Evenings and Dinners
After a long day of stimulating talks, the evenings at the INK Conferences are a time to let your hair down. Get to know the remarkable participants and speakers over a drink and some amazing food curated by invited chefs. The evenings have a strong local and cultural flavor with the venue, theme and entertainment.
Talks and Performances
The main-stage programming at an INK Conference is carefully curated around the theme. Game changers and thought-leaders from every walk of life will share their stories, ideas and perspectives in short talks between 3-18 minutes. Most sessions will begin or end with performances which will have you thoroughly entertained and up on your feet.
Wellbeing Lounge at INK2018
Our Partner, RoundGlass, to set up a beautiful lounge for our INK family to experience a wide array of experiences and therapies all centred around holistic wellbeing. Get magnetic bio resonance analysis of your body done, stretch your strained muscles with short acts of Tai-chi or Pilates, get your auras mapped, get your pulse read to determine essentials of your body to give you an amazing insight into what’s unique about you as a being, and how you can be the best version of yourself, with knowledge of age old traditions intermingled with technological advances of today.
what attendees say
- Amitabh KantCEO, NITI AAYOG
The National Institution for Transforming India (NITI), is a Government of India initiative that aims to catalyze India’s developmental process; creating an enabling environment through partnerships, think tanks and information sharing through cooperative federalism. Amitabh is a member of the Indian Administrative Service and is the author of “Branding India – An Incredible Story” and has been a key driver of the famous “Make in India”, “Startup India”, “Incredible India” and “God’s Own Country” campaigns that aim to position India as a leading manufacturing and tourism hub. These initiatives have garnered significant interest and acclaim internationally and have produced developments in infrastructure, boosted manufacturing and lead to key public-private partnerships in the country.
- Arunachalam MurugananthamINNOVATOR, ENTREPRENEUR
Arunachalam Muruganantham of Jayaashree Industries designed, created, tested and implemented a sanitary napkin-making machine that operates on a small scale. Contrary to a large-scale production model which requires Rs.3.5 Crores as initial investment, Jayaashree Industries sanitary napkin-making machine can be made available to a buyer for approximately Rs.65,000. This allows smaller players to adopt the business model propagated by him, and thus generates more employment and wealth in the most neglected sections of society. More specifically, an empowerment forum – such as a Self Help Group or a women’s group – can invest in a sanitary napkin-making unit to create a business that employs up to ten women. The new invention is capable of making 120 napkins per hour. Overall, the Jayaashree Industries model helps offer livelihood, hygiene, dignity and empowerment to underprivileged women all over the world. And it does so using a sustainable business framework. WEBSITE: newinventions.in
- Daniel KraftPHYSICIAN 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. Daniel is deeply involved with highly innovative programs and projects such as Singularity University, FutureMed, IntelliMedicine, MarrowMiner and RegenMed Systems. As well as being a pioneer in medicine, Daniel is an avid pilot and serves as a flight surgeon with an F-16 Squadron in California, and has been a finalist for astronaut selection at NASA.
- David GalloDEEP OCEAN EXPLORER
David Gallo is an American oceanographer and Director of Special Projects at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution - a preeminent, globally recognized scientific laboratory. For more than 25 years, David has been at the forefront of oceanic exploration, participating in and witnessing the development of new technologies and scientific discoveries that shape our view of planet earth. He has been described by TED as “an enthusiastic ambassador between the sea and those of us on dry land.” With more than 8 million views on his TED talk, “Underwater Astonishments” is among the top 3 most-viewed TED Talks to date. Gallo earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in geology from the State University of New York in Albany and a Doctorate degree in oceanography from the University of Rhode Island. In 1987 he joined Robert Ballard’s team at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution as Assistant Director of the Center for Marine Exploration. David has participated in expeditions to all of the world’s oceans and was one of the first scientists to use a combination of robots and submarines to explore the deep seafloor. He recently co-led an expedition to create the first detailed and comprehensive map of the RMS Titanic and he also co-led a successful international effort to locate the remains of Air France flight 447. Davis is presently involved in planning an international expedition to locate and document the wreckage of Ernest Shackleton’s ship, HMS Endurance. David is outspoken about the relationship between humanity and the sea. He strongly believes that instead of taking the oceans for granted, we need to recognize the oceans' critical role in providing the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat. Dr. Gallo believes human activity has impacted the ocean on a global scale with significant consequences. David claims that oceans hold the clues to our past and the key to our future, yet they remain mostly unexplored and misunderstood. Dr. Gallo is personally committed to conveying the excitement and importance of ocean exploration to the public. He has lectured internationally to audiences ranging from children to CEO’s. He has given more than 10 TED and TEDx presentations and has appeared in numerous documentaries (Discovery Channel, History Channel, National Geographic) and has been featured on numerous televised news programs (Weather Channel , PBS Need to Know, MSNBC Ed Show, and NBC Today show). In recognition of his role in exploration and communications, David is the co-recipient of a Computerworld-Smithsonian Award. He is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a National Fellow of The Explorers Club, and a recent recipient of the Lotus Club Distinguished Achievement Award in Science. He is a member of the XPrize Deep Ocean Advisory Board and James Cameron’s Deep Ocean Task Force.
“All that matters is being true to myself.”
- Gavin WoodCO-FOUNDER, ETHCORE
Before co-founding Ethcore, Gavin was the CTO and co-founder of the Ethereum Project. He is the co-designer of the Ethereum Protocol, the lead programmer on the C++ Ethereum software client, and was the project chief of the IDE, Solidity programming language, and the Swarm and Whisper protocols. He has pushed the state-of-the-art in video analysis tools and programming languages, as well as co-founding several technology start-ups. Gavin has given seminars and presented to numerous audiences around the world from keynotes at regional technology conferences to musings on the future of legal systems. He coined the terms 'web three' and 'alegality'.
- Harsh MariwalaCHAIRMAN, MARICO
Harsh Mariwala leads Marico Limited as its Chairman. Over the past three decades, Mariwala has transformed a traditional commodities driven business into a leading consumer products and services company in the Beauty and Wellness space. From a turnover of Rs. 50 Lakhs in 1971, Marico's products and services in hair care, skin care and healthy foods generated a turnover of about Rs. 5,733 Crores during 2014-15. Under Mariwala's leadership, Marico has achieved several awards and over 100 external recognitions in the last few years. His entrepreneurial drive and passion for innovation, enthused him to establish the Marico Innovation Foundation in 2003. Under the stewardship of an eminent Board, the Foundation acts as a catalyst to fuel innovation in India. As an expression of his personal social responsibility, Mariwala launched ASCENT - Accelerating the Scaling up of Enterprises to identify growth-stage entrepreneurs with potential and enable them in their scaling-up journey. Mariwala was the President of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) in 2011. He has been a part of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and is now a part of the World Presidents Organization (WPO). He has held the position of YPO Education, Membership and Chapter Chair for the Bombay Chapter and was a member of the International Forum Board of YPO International.
- Irrfan KhanACTOR
Sahabzade Irrfan Ali Khan also popularly known as Irrfan Khan is an Indian actor in film, television and theatre. Khan has spread his acting prowess beyond India and is today one of the celebrated Indian faces internationally. Khan has won three Filmfare Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and an Independent Spirit Award nomination. In 2011, he became a recipient of the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award in India. He has appeared in more than 30 films in Bollywood, to name a few remarkable roles of the actor are Paan Singh Tomar, Haasil, Life in a metro, Gunday, Maqbool, and Haider. Khan is probably India's most successful export to Hollywood, having tasted success with experimental roles in several critically acclaimed films such as e The Namesake, New York, I Love You, A Mighty Heart, The Darjeeling Limited, Slumdog Millionaire, The Amazing Spider-Man, Life of Pi, and Jurassic World, and in the HBO series In Treatment. Khan recently shot for his two upcoming international projects: Dan Brown's Inferno and another Japanese-American TV series. Khan's film Piku was one of the most appreciated films of the year 2015 for which he also received a best actor's award at the Indian Film Festival. He was also marked as the first "Million Dollar Khan" in Bollywood with worldwide success of his Hollywood film Jurassic World. We would also be seeing him wooing audience in his forthcoming films Jazbaa and Talvar. Khan was born and brought up in Jaipur, India. He was born into a Muslim Nawab family. He was studying for his M.A. degree when he earned a scholarship to study at National School of Drama (NSD) in New Delhi in 1984.
- Josh RadnorACTOR, WRITER & DIRECTOR
Josh Radnor is perhaps best known for his role as Ted, the central character on CBS's Emmy-nominated comedy HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER which ended its nine-season run in March 2014, but Radnor's talents extend beyond acting, and he has quickly established himself as both a gifted writer and director. He has written, directed and starred in two feature films. His most recent, LIBERAL ARTS, in which he co-starred alongside Elizabeth Olsen, Richard Jenkins and Allison Janney, premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and was released by IFC that fall. His first feature film, HAPPTHANKYOUMOREPLEASE, debuted at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award for Favorite U.S. Drama. The film was released in March 2011 by Anchor Bay. Radnor can next be seen playing a morphine-addicted surgeon in the new PBS Civil War hospital drama, MERCY STREET, premiering in January of 2016. He was last seen on Broadway starring in DISGRACED, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Ayad Akhtar which received a 2015 Tony nomination for Best Play. In 2013, he starred in Jill Soloway’s AFTERNOON DELIGHT co-starring Kathryn Hahn and Juno Temple. The film premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, where Soloway won the U.S. Dramatic Directing Award. In addition to film and television, Radnor first starred on Broadway as the title character in THE GRADUATE opposite Kathleen Turner and Alicia Silverstone. Off-Broadway and regionally, he has appeared at the Manhattan Theater Club, The Vineyard Theater, and Baltimore Center Stage, among others. In Los Angeles, he originated the roles of “Young Sandy” and “Sam” in the Ovation Award-winning world premiere production of Jon Robin Baitz's THE PARIS LETTER at the Kirk Douglas Theater. Two summers ago appeared in New York Stage and Film’s world premiere production of Richard Greenberg’s THE BABYLON LINE, directed by Terry Kinney. His television credits include guest appearances on ER, SIX FEET UNDER, JUDGING AMY, and LAW & ORDER among others. He was a series regular on ABC's THE COURT starring Sally Field. He made his film debut in the original teen spoof, NOT ANOTHER TEEN MOVIE. Radnor has had several articles published in the Los Angeles Times Magazine. He has also written for The Rumpus, Guilt and Pleasure Magazine, Moviemaker Magazine, Indiewire, and The Huffington Post. A native of Columbus, Ohio, Radnor attended Kenyon College where he won the Paul Newman Acting Trophy. He received his M.F.A. in acting from N.Y.U.’s Tisch School of the Arts. He currently resides in Los Angeles.
- Kenneth LacovaraPALEONTOLOGIST/EXPLORER
Paleontologist Kenneth Lacovara has excavated some of the largest dinosaurs ever, including the infamous Dreadnoughtus, which weighs 65 tons and is one of the largest known land animals! Kenneth’s discovery of Dreadnoughtus in September 2014 made international headlines, and is the most complete skeleton of any super-huge dinosaur. When he's not digging-up fossils from far corners of the planet, Kenneth works on integrating new technology such as 3D printing, robotics to the study of paleontology. Kenneth is founding dean of the School of Earth and Environment and Professor of Paleontology at Rowan University. He also serves as founding director of the Rowan Fossil Park. In total, Kenneth has co-authored descriptions of three new species of dinosaurs – the Dreadnoughtus schrani, a gigantic titanosaur from Patagonia; Paralititan stromeri, a 95 million year old, 40-ton plant-eating dinosaur from Egypt; and Suzhousaurus megatherioides, a 110 million year old feathered, plant-eating dinosaur from China.
- Rohini NilekaniFOUNDER-CHAIRPERSON, ARGHYAM
Rohini Nilekani is the Founder-Chairperson of Arghyam, a Foundation she set up with a private endowment to work on water and sanitation issues in India. She is also founder of Pratham Books, a charitable trust which seeks to put "a book in every child's hand". An ex-journalist, author and philanthropist, Rohini has been deeply involved with development issues and sits on the Boards of several non-profits, such as ATREE (the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment) and Sanghamithra Rural Financial Services. Rohini is author of the novel 'Stillborn' and also a non-fictional account of dialogues she moderated between social and corporate leaders called, 'Uncommon Ground'.
- Sharmeen Obaid-ChinoyDOCUMENTARY 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.
- Stefan SagmeisterDESIGNER
Stefan Sagmeister is one of the most celebrated figures in the world of visual communication. He has won two Grammy Awards for his work in album covers and packaging design. Sagmeister & Walsh produces work that stands out among mediums and disciplines of graphic design. Stefan Sagmeister has worked for the Rolling Stones, The Talking Heads, Lou Reed, and The Guggenheim Museum. Exhibitions on Sagmeister's work have been mounted in New York, Philadelphia, Tokyo, Osaka, Seoul, Paris, Lausanne, Zurich, Vienna, Prague, Cologne & Berlin.
“All that matters is being alive now.”
- Sunitha KrishnanANTI-TRAFFICKING CRUSADER
Sunitha Krishnan, Founder and Director of Prajwala, or “an eternal flame”, is an eminent anti-trafficking activist internationally known for her fight against girl child trafficking for the purposes of commercial sexual exploitation. A mental health professional, she has done extensive research and is essentially a field practitioner. Prajwala runs 17 schools throughout Andhra Pradesh, India, for 6,000 children and has rescued more than 4,200 women from prostitution, 2,100 of whom Krishnan personally liberated. Sunitha has sparked India’s anti-trafficking movement by coordinating government, corporations and NGOs. She forged NGO-corporate partnerships with various companies to find jobs for rehabilitated women. Krishnan works closely with the Indian government to define anti-trafficking policy, and her recommendations for rehabilitating sex victims have been passed into state legislations.
- Zia ModyCORPORATE LAWYER
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.
INK Conference returns to Hyderabad! Once ruled by the illustrious Nizams, the streets of Hyderabad bustle with color and commerce. Fast on its rise to becoming a global metropolis Hyderabad will play host to the INK Community.
HITECH City, Hyderabad, Telangana, India