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INK2015 Live Webcast

In an effort to reach the greater INK community, 4 of the 9 sessions from INK2015 will be made available to the public as they happen live at the conference. The following sessions will be livestreamed on the INKtalks.com homepage.

The official conference hashtag is #INK2015

Live Webcast Schedule

DAY 1: Friday, October 16th, 2015

09:00 - 10:45 IST

SESSION 1: Erupt

Alexandru Ionut Budisteanu

Alexandru Ionut Budisteanu

Innovator

Alexandru Ionut Budisteanu is a young innovator and a computer geek born and raised in Hackerville - the cybercrime capital of the world. Alexandru puts a lot of passion and dedication in creating all kinds of software and devices in order to improve people`s lives. He won the $75,000 Gordon E. Moore award at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, for a low-cost self-driving car that was using Artificial Intelligence. He also received the $10,000 IEEE Presidents’ Scholarship for a device that was trying to help blind people to see with their tongue. TIME magazine listed Alexandru as one of the Most Influential Teens of 2013.
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Anand Varma

Anand Varma

Photographer

Anand Varma's photos tell the story behind the science of everything from primate behavior and hummingbird biomechanics to amphibian disease and forest ecology.  He started photographing natural history subjects while studying biology at the University of California, Berkeley. He spent several years assisting other photographers before receiving a National Geographic Young Explorer grant to document the wetlands of Patagonia. Varma has since become a regular contributor to National Geographic. His feature stories include "Mindsuckers" about mind-controlling parasites and "Quest for a Superbee" about the science behind honeybee declines.
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Anuradha Acharya

Anuradha Acharya

Founder & CEO, Mapmygenome

Anuradha Acharya is the founder and CEO of Mapmygenome, a molecular diagnostics company that offers personalized health solutions based on genetic tests. She is currently serving as a governing board member at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and is a governing board member at both the National Institute for Biomedical Genomics and the Association of Biotech Led Enterprises. Anuradha has received numerous accolades such as the “Young Global Leader” award by the World Economic Forum, Biospectrum’s “Entrepreneur of the Year” and Red Herring Magazine's “25 Tech Titans under 35", to name a few.
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Arshiya Bose

Arshiya Bose

Conservationist

Arshiya Bose is a conservationist and coffee addict who founded the Black Baza Coffee Co, a social/environment enterprise that supports coffee growers in India to follow biodiversity-friendly farming practices by providing incentives and guaranteeing a buy-back of coffee harvested from participating farms. Black Baza Coffee’s vision is to have a world where coffee farms support biodiversity and all producers have secure and stable livelihoods.
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Stuart Candy

Stuart Candy

Futurist

Stuart is a futurist whose work enables collective foresight and imagination through design. For the past decade he has developed experiential futures (transmedia interactions and immersive situations embodying future scenarios) to support strategy, changemaking, storytelling and education. Stuart is currently the Director of the Situation Lab and Assistant Professor of Strategic Foresight and Innovation in the Faculty of Design at OCAD University, Toronto.
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11:30 - 13:15 IST

SESSION 2: Expand

Arunabh Kumar

Arunabh Kumar

Founder & CEO, The Viral Fever

Arunabh Kumar, featured in Fortune "40 Under 40" List of India's Business Leaders of 2015, is the Founder & CEO of The Viral Fever (TVF Group), a new age media company, with the philosophy of  “Lights…Camera…Experiment !”. He is hailed as an expert on Youth Entertainment and a driver of Online Content Evolution in India. TVF's Online business entity "TVF-ONE" got featured in top 20 Start Ups in India of 2014. 
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Harsh Mariwala

Harsh Mariwala

Chairman, 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.
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Manvendra Singh Shekhawat

Manvendra Singh Shekhawat

HOTELIER

Manvendra Singh Shekhawat’s love lies in hotels, heritage conservation, design, experiential real estate and social entrepreneurship. His work is a representation of a unique way of life, carefully preserving the traditions of the past yet framing them in a modern idiom. His hotels take the path less travelled and his NGO, I Love Jaisalmer, was responsible for launching the city’s  largest cleanliness and conservation drive. Manvendra is currently working on building experiential hotels known for their intuitive and genuine hospitality, development of a renaissance township and the restoration of a 350 year old military fort. 
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Mohandas Pai

Mohandas Pai

Chairperson, Board of Manipal Global Education Services

T.V. Mohandas Pai is the Chairperson of the Board of Manipal Global Education Services Private Limited and Advisor to the Manipal Education and Medical Group. Mohan is also on the Board of Ascendas Property Fund Trustee Pte Ltd (“APFT”), as Trustee-Manager of Ascendas India Trust (“a-iTrust). Recently, he has co-founded AARIN Capital with the intention of funding operational support in Technology, Ecommerce, Health Care and Life Science. He is based out of Bangalore, India.
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Naved Shaikh

Naved Shaikh

Rap Artist

Naved Shaikh is an emerging rap artist from Mumbai. Known by his stage name Naezy, he is known for his 'desi rap' performances in Hindi.
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Nina Tandon

Nina Tandon

CEO, EpiBone

Nina Tandon is CEO and co-founder of EpiBone, the world’s first company growing living human bones for skeletal reconstruction. She is the co-author of Super Cells: Building with Biology, a book that explores the new frontier of biotech. She has a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering from the Cooper Union, a Master’s in Bioelectrical Engineering from MIT, a PhD in Biomedical Engineering, and an MBA from Columbia University. Her PhD research focused on studying electrical signaling in the context of tissue engineering, and has worked with cardiac, skin, bone, and neural tissue.
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DAY 2: Saturday, October 17th, 2015

11:30 - 13:15 IST

SESSION 6: Emerge

Babar Ali

Babar Ali

Educator

Named the ‘youngest headmaster in the world’ by BBC in October 2009, at the age of 16. Babar Ali is an Indian student and teacher from Murshidabad, West Bengal. He started a school, Ananada Siksha Niketan – Home of joyful learning, in his backyard when he was just 9-years-old, now with 300 regular students. It is an outdoor school and counts a total of 10 teaching and non-teaching staff who are providing their voluntary service. There are no tuition fees, thus making it affordable for the poor in this economically deprived area and thereby helping increase literacy rate there.
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Flavia Agnes

Flavia Agnes

Legal Scholar and Activist

Flavia Agnes is a pioneer in the women’s movement in India. Motivated by personal experience with domestic violence to earn her law degree, Flavia has since worked consistently on gender issues. As co-founder of MAJLIS, a legal and cultural resource center, her primary engagement has been to provide quality legal services to women and children. A prolific writer, she has provided incisive analysis of social trends and legal developments related to domestic violence, minority concerns, secularism, and human rights.
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Gingger Shankar

Gingger Shankar

Virtuoso Violinist, Singer, Composer

Gingger Shankar is a singer, virtuoso violinist, composer, model and songwriter, and was born into one of the world’s most influential musical families. Her accomplishments include working with top producers and film composers, and recently contributing to Katy Perry’s album “Prism” on the single, ‘Legendary Lover’. Gingger is an INK Fellow from the class of 2015. She is also the only female in the world to have mastered the 10-string double violin, an instrument that covers the entire range of the orchestra’s double bass, cello, viola and violin, and of which there are currently only two in existence.
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Kathryn Myronuk

Kathryn Myronuk

Knowledge Sommelier

Named one of CNN’s Top 7 Tech Heroes to Watch in 2015, Kathryn has spent the past decade teaching and doing research on exponential technologies, being there at the beginning for the first Singularity Summits, for Singularity University, and contributing research and analysis for two New York Times best sellers. Kathryn is a global expert on exponentially growing technologies and the synthesis of the broad set of related fields of the Singularity movement.
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Pranay Chulet

Pranay Chulet

Founder & CEO, Quikr

Pranay grew up in India but right after his education, he moved to New York to join Mitchell Madison Group, a strategy consulting firm that advised clients in media and finance industries. Two years into the country, he launched a startup which he later merged with Walker Digital, Priceline’s incubator. The startup focused on helping small businesses convert online leads into paying customers. His work at Walker Digital earned him a US patent in the area of matchmaking between buyers and sellers. Subsequently, Pranay helped large US media companies such as movie studios and publishers evaluate and launch new digital businesses as a Principal at Booz & Co. in New York.
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Rashesh Shah

Rashesh Shah

Chairman & CEO, Edelweiss Group

Rashesh Shah has spent over 25 years in the corporate and financial markets sector and is one of the leading spokespersons for the industry. He started Edelweiss in 1996 that has since grown into one of India’s leading diversified financial services conglomerates.
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Vidya Shah

Vidya Shah

Banker, Philanthropist

Vidya Shah is the CEO of EdelGive Foundation, which is the philanthropy arm of the Edelweiss group. Former Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the Edelweiss Group, she is now part of the board for various prominent organisations like Agastya International Foundation, Asian Venture Philanthropy Network, Common Purpose, Women on Wings, Toolbox India Foundation and Masoom in addition to  Edelweiss. In each of these organisations, her role enables her to contribute strategically which helps them build a stronger presence by implementing useful plans in an efficient manner. 
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DAY 3: Sunday, October 18th, 2015

11:30 - 13:30 IST

SESSION 9: Tandav

Angad Singh

Angad Singh

Co-founder, Lemonade.io

Angad Singh is a cofounder of Lemonade.io, a Silicon Valley startup that is building groundbreaking technology to measure and improve creativity. He believes that creativity is the most important skill for the 21st century workplace, where technology is rapidly eating jobs. Lemonade is supported by some of the world’s most prominent venture capitalists, angels and academics. 
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Anshulika Dubey

Anshulika Dubey

Co-founder & COO, Wishberry

Anshulika co-founded India’s first and most successful crowdfunding platform for creative ideas. So far over 250 projects across films, music, dance, comics and more have raised well over USD 1 million by over 11,000 backers using Wishberry. Inspired by Dagny Taggart and Miranda Priestly, this ex-McKinsey analyst discovered crowdfunding while on a project at McKinsey. It fascinated her so much, she ditched a US job opportunity and flew back to India to pioneer this concept. Anshulika doggedly believes that crowdfunding is a lifeline for all budding creative artists in India.
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Aparna Venkatesh

Aparna Venkatesh

Research Scientist

Aparna received her Ph.D in medicine from University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy. As a senior research scientist in Molecular Engineering Laboratory in Singapore, she is currently heading a stem cell differentiation project to develop in vitro cellular models for neurological conditions.
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Catherine Mohr

Catherine Mohr

Roboticist, Surgeon

Dr. Catherine Mohr is the Vice President of Medical Research at Intuitive Surgical, a high technology surgical robotics company that makes the da Vinci surgical robot. In this role, she develops new robotic surgical procedures, and evaluates technologies to improve outcomes with surgical robots. In addition, she is a Consulting Assistant Professor in the department of Surgery at Stanford School of Medicine where she works with the Goodman Simulation Center in the development of simulation based curriculum for teaching clinical skills.
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Kanniks Kannikeswaran

Kanniks Kannikeswaran

Composer

Dr. Kanniks Kannikeswaran is an award-winning composer, music educator, and scholar whose musical productions have been performed at venues around the globe. His productions are consistent with his vision of building bridges across cultures by celebrating threads of commonality. He is the recipient of several awards such as the McKnight Fellowship, the Ohio Heritage Fellowship, the Just Community Award, a lifetime achievement award from the Geeva Foundation, the Hindu American Foundation and more.
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Kirthiga Reddy

Kirthiga Reddy

Managing Director, Facebook India

Kirthiga Reddy is the Managing Director of Facebook in India. She has been featured in Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business 2013, Business Today's hottest young executives, Fortune India's Top 50 Most Powerful Women in India, #1 in IMPACT’s 50 Most Influential Women list in media, marketing and advertising 2015.
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Nishikant Deshmukh

Nishikant Deshmukh

Medical Researcher

Nishikant’s research work lies at the intersection of Medical Imaging, Computer Vision, Parallel Programming, and Computer Graphics. He primarily works on accelerating an ultrasound-based technique called elastography that enables surgeons to perform cancer tumor detection during a surgery.
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Samyak Chakrabarty

Samyak Chakrabarty

Managing Director, X Billion Labs

Listed by Forbes as one of Asia's most influential under 30 year olds, Samyak leads X Billion Labs - an eco system of impact enterprises. Through his unique ability to align different stake holders such as governments, private sector & grassroot organizations - he is building future relevant businesses in areas such as employability, agriculture, population control, healthcare and rural development. He is currently developing a skilling model to enable India's youth to remain professionally relevant in a digital economy (Skill Lab), an information access platform for rural Indian youth (Netpar - Tech Lab) and a behavior change model to positively influence people's choices (Action Lab). In the past, he has founded some of the country's pioneering youth platforms such as Operation Black Dot, The Indian International Model U.N, The Green Batti Project, Youthportal.in, UN Young Changemakers Conclave & Nimaya Foundation which have collectively engaged a million + young citizens.
Through all his work, Samyak's core aim is to enhance the quality of life & raise the standard of living for India's next billion. 
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