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New Delhi, India
September 2nd, 2010
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Rikin Gandhi is chief executive officer of Digital Green. His interests include sustainable agriculture and technology for socioeconomic development. Gandhi received a master's in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a bachelor's in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University. Prior to his days in rural India, Gandhi was a software engineer at Oracle and a pilot with ambitions for joining the astronaut program. Born and raised in the U.S., Gandhi "reverse-migrated" to India to help start a biodiesel venture on the wastelands of Maharashtra. He then joined Microsoft Research India in Bangalore, India as a researcher in the Technology for Emerging Markets team that developed the Digital Green system. Digital Green has now spun-off as an independent, not-for-profit organization. Gandhi leads the extension of the system in collaboration with grassroots-level partners to improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers across the developing world.
Mr. Yashavant Kanetkar is a sought-after technical speaker and has conducted several seminars and workshops on variety of topics in organizations of repute in India and abroad. He completed his BE from VJTI, Mumbai and M. Tech. from IIT, Kanpur. Through his original works in the form of books and Quest Video Courses he has created, he has moulded and groomed lacs of IT careers in the last two decades.He has published more than 300 technology articles published in periodicals like Express Computer of Indian Express Group, Developer 2.0 published in collaboration with Dr Dobbs Journal, and echishiki.com, Tokyo, Japan. His venture Quest Multimedia Learning is a unique content delivery platform that currently offers 17 titles on wide range of IT subjects. It has a unique blend of multimedia and PowerPoint that helps the learner to grasp the subject matter easily and effectively. To add feathers to his cap, he has received Best .NET Technical Contributor and Most Valuable Professional 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 from Microsoft Corporation.
Mr.Shrikant Barhate who strongly believes in liberal democracy is working as a consultant with the World Bank since 2007 with finance, economics and urban development and social development department. He has worked in Latin America and Caribbean Africa and south Asia region mostly in the areas concerned with urban development, land policies, institutional reforms, social issues of urban of urban agenda and political economy. Previously he has worked as the senior policy analyst; a largely advisory function created by the parliament to the then leader of the opposition of the republic of Trinidad and Tobago.Mr barhate has published with World Bank and United Nations and also has worked as an independent consultant with several international bodies. A master in English literature, philosophy and human resource management, barhate carries training and is interested in Indian classical music.
Nakul Shenoy is a leading corporate entertainer based in Bangalore (India) and travels the world entertaining his audiences -- typically including corporate big-wigs, visiting dignitaries, and high-fliers of the society. Being one of a few elite performers dedicated to mentalism and psychic entertainment, Nakul’s ingenuous acts of mind reading and psychic presentations are acknowledged to be among the best in the country and the world. Having performed his first public magic show in 1993 (at the age of 15), Nakul is today one of the most coveted performers in the country and the worldover.A guest faculty at the Academy of Magical Sciences, Nakul has delivered prestigious lectures at numerous Magic conventions, based on his masters research on the potential of Magic for social communication.Holding an MS (Communication) degree, Nakul is currently pursuing his doctoral degree in Communication, in an extension of the same topic.A co-founder of MAADRI (Magic & Allied Arts Development & Research Institute), this 32-year-old has been the driving force behind IndianMagique – India’s premier portal for Magic & Magicians (launched in 1998).Beyond Magic! is Nakul's internationally-acclaimed psychic entertainment show that explores the uncanny, presents the unusual, and illustrates the paranormal. In what has to be one of the most entertaining, interactive, and captivating 60-minutes in showbiz, Nakul Shenoy reads minds, projects thoughts, predicts the future, and demonstrates super-human memory with equal ease!
V.K Tripathi, an engineer by qualification has worked in large Indian Industries like L&T, Hindustan Motors and Sandoz etc for 20 years till 1983. He then started his consultancy business in Japanese Management Technique and nanotechnologies with applications in manufacturing sector. He has filed 7 patents in the area of Nano- technology. Dr. Tripathi is the first scientist who has succeeded in reversing the aging process in terms of hormone levels and reversal of arthrosclerosis.Dr. Tripathi is helping businesses, venture capitalists and the government to understand and profit from nanotechnology. Dr. V K Tripathi is the CEO of Virtus Technoinnovations Pvt. Ltd., a company dedicated to the Research and Development in nanotribology. His group companies have so far filed 23 applications in nanotechnology for the U.S. Patents. Dr. Tripathi is also the inventor of Right Brain Management (RBM) technique. RBM again for which a USA patent application has been filed, can be practiced to raise the right brain utilization of people beyond the current 1 percent.Virtus was founded in 2005 by V K Tripathi and Sanjeev Khandelwal. A company dedicated to the Research and Development in Nanotechnology enabled sciences, Virtus is a pioneer in the area of ‘In-vivo Gene Repair Therapy’. Virtus have filed for 23 nanotechnology product patents including for the anti-ageing technology of Gene Repair Therapy (GRT).
An Innovator by instinct, Mr. Padhye has been the recipient of Best Innovative Idea of the Year (2006-07) at MPMF Mumbai for the project (Metal Cutting Using E.A.S.E.M. Technology). This technology enables us to cut the metal without physically touching it, and is currently in process of patent application.Some of his projects include Radio Controlled Military Security System (primarily designed for protection of military base and ammunition centre) and V12 Technology (a revolutionary technique saving 80-85 percent electricity in electronic equipment). He has also been a pioneer in designing of Advanced Directed Energy and Prototype Weapons, some of which include SURA (Voice Booter), Desert B (Microwave Weapon) and a Human Autobot Suit (Vaghobha). He is currently placed in Delhi and working with Alcatel-Lucent Managed Services
Often called as Memory wizard, John Louis did his master degrees in Chemistry and Education and started his career in 1982 as a chemist in the corporate sector. After three years of service he took to teaching and had a long innings of 17 years as an academician. In 2004, he turned to be a full time International Memory Trainer conducting memory enhancement programs for varied sections of the public, corporate personnel and student community in particular.He is the first Indian to win the prestigious title GRAND MASTER OF MEMORY. He is also the INDIAN NATIONAL MEMORY CHAMPION. He holds several national records on memory – memorized 3600 binary digits, 2400 random numbers, 20 packs of cards, memorized 90 spoken numbers, memorized a pack of cards in 96.75 seconds and solved 7 Rubik’s cube blindfolded etc, rightly proving himself a human calendar and a mental calculator.He has represented India three times in world memory championships, two times in mind sports Olympics, once in the mental calculation world cup and once in the mental calculation Olympics, once in Dutch Open Rubik’s Cube Championship, once in Japan Open Rubik’s Cube Championship and once in World Rubik's Cube Championship, once in Singapore open Rubik’s cube championship and 10 other Rubik’s cube championships in India.He has also trained 11 year old Bernett Orlando to become the WORLD CHAMPION in solving the toughest 555 professor cube blindfolded. Bernett is the youngest ever to become a world champion and the first person in the history of world championship to solve a 555 professor cube blindfolded.
Suhrud is a political scientist and a cultural historian, working on the social and intellectual history of Gujarat and the Gandhian tradition. He has been a faculty member at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad; a Visiting Fellow at the Humanities Research Centre, Australian National University and a Visiting Scholar at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla. Currently he is a professor at the Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology (DA-IICT), Gandhinagar.He has translated the works of Ashis Nandy and Ganesh Devy into Gujarti and novelist Suresh Joshi into English. His important works include; Harilal Gandhi: A Life, C B Dalal,; My Life Is My Message, (A Biography of Mahatma Gandhi in Four Volumes), Narayan Desai, both of which have been edited and translated from Gujarati.He has over 60 publications to his credit which include; 'Govardhan Tripathi and The Philosophy of Consumption: A Reading of Sarasvatichandra' Early Novels in India, 'Ashram: The Beginning of the Experiment', Gandhi Marg, 'Collapse of Urban Cooperative Banking Sector', EPW and 'Speaking Of Gandhi's Death (edited) with Peter Ronald deSouza', (New Delhi: Orient Blackswan, 2010).He has recently been awarded the 'Sahitya Akademi Award' for translation (English). He is also a Member of the Committee Appointed by the Publications Division, Government of India for restoration and digitization of 100 volumes of The Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi.
Shri. Rajendra Singh worked as a National Service Volunteer at Jaipur under the youth education programme of the Ministry of Education, Govt. of India. At the age of 25 in 1984, he left this job and committed himself to rural development. Guided by Gandhi's teachings of local autonomy and self-reliance, Singh started the 'Tarun Bharat Sangh'.Since then, Rajendra Singh and his organization Tarun Bharat Sangh, are leading a successful effort of greening Alwar district, a drought-prone region of Rajasthan, India. By rediscovering the local know how for building check dams ('johad') and combining it with strong principles of local participatory management, Rajendra Singh inspired a holistic transformation of rural life in 1058 villages: from making agriculture viable again, reversing migration to cities, re-foresting the Aravali hill slopes, rejuvenating seasonal rivulets into perennial rivers and starting women's self-help groups and schools. It was the revival of traditional rainwater harvesting systems that helped many areas of Rajasthan and Gujarat to withstand the drought in the year 2000. His determination, vision, hard work and dedication, he has transformed the life of the marginalised villagers and helped in a long way to preserve nature.Rajendra Singh was awarded the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay award for community leadership in 2001. The award was in recognition of not just his community leadership but also that of the traditional wisdom of rural Rajasthan.
Mr. Yelne has pursued courses related to Hypnotherapy (Master Hypnotist), Past Life Regression Therapy, as well as on Siddha Healing. He has worked as visiting faculty at Dept. of Business managment, CIBMRD and is deeply involved with 'Spiritual and Life integration'. With a PhD and D.Sc in Psycotherapy and counselling, Dr. Yelne specialises in Transcendental Meditation. He is currently President, Association of Counsellors & Psychotherapists, Nagpur and also holds position of Chairman & Managing Director, Palms Educational Services Pvt. Ltd., Nagpur.
Nitin Gupta is the CEO of Entertainment Engineers. He is a Chemical Engineer from IIT Bombay famous for creating a Cult Play 'Love In December'. A play which Subhash Ghai said could put most Bollywood Romantic Comedies to shame.Fresh out of IIT B, he got an offer to perform on Laughter Challenge, the opportunity which he later turned down! The reason is why he founded Entertainment Engineers with a simple mission, to make Stand Up Comedy respectable in India and to create a humor Renaissance in this country. T.V. was not the medium to do that. So Nitin took to the Stage, College Festivals, Corporate Shows. And in a short span he has already enthralled the Audiences in some of the Biggest College Festivals in India, IITs, NITs, IIMs included. At 25 he is probably the only Stand Up Comic in India who can perform in English and Hindi with equal Fluidity.Subhash Ghai called him the reflection of his one self when he was a Student. Shekhar Kapur called him the Seinfeld of India after watching his performance in IIT KGP Techfest. But Theater and Stand Up Comedy is not the only thing on Rivaldo's Mind. He has already had many offers from Bollywood to make Love in December. But he is in no hurry, as he candidly puts it, 'Love in December is our baby, hence it will be our Home Production.'He soon intends to enter into Advertising and the Film Business as well. Till then we will have to be remain content with his heartwarming Stand Up Comedy Concerts.
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