- 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. @wendycalhounBIOLeanne 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.
- 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.
@impareshghelaniBIORamesh 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.BIO
- 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.
@aparajitajainBIOStefania 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.BIO
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