Tanvi, a student at Delhi University, is leading an internationally recognized youth organization -- Becoming I foundation -- which aims to create a platform for young people to be the change they want to see in the world. Becoming I’s primary project – Project Fiza deals with victims of sex trafficking in a down trodden village in Najafgarh. Through life skills development, alternative employment opportunities and a very personal, non intrusive approach, the organisation aims to break this cycle of forced sex trade and push the oppressed sections towards education and eventually, a better life. The organization's other projects in the fields of primary education, life skills development and youth empowerment work towards bringing young people all across the globe face to face with community development.
Tanvi recently won the 'United Nation's Youth Achievement Award' and also served as an International Fellow for the Global Fund for Children last summer in Washington DC. This year she was invited to speak about her work at the UN ECOSOC and at the G(irls)20 summit in Paris. In September 2010, Tanvi was selected as the youngest panellist to speak at the Clinton Global Initiative alongside the Managing Director of the World Bank moderated by Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times. She had the opportunity of sharing this platform with President Obama, President Clinton and other heads of states, world renowned CEOs and Presidents of Organisations. Earlier last year Tanvi represented India at the G(irls) 20 Summit in Toronto and was named a Global Teen Leader at the Three Dot Dash – Just Peace Summit in New York. Having received these opportunities, Tanvi seeks to bring about an evolutionary, non disruptive change through participation. Through Becoming I, she aims to create a group of passionate young individuals who using the power of ‘I’ will go ahead and create a dent in the universe.
Praveen started Sharada Solutions in Coimbatore, India to develop and commercialize pedal powered machines. He is now working on perfecting a pedal powered water lifting machine with which poor farmers living in unelectrified villages in India can lift tons of water by pedaling and irrigate their farms. He is determined to drastically reduce farmer suicides in India and the world that happens primarily because of water shortages. He wants to put his technical know-how to make this world a better place to live in. He holds a patent for an energy saving technology in lighting and has developed energy saving technologies in transportation and air conditioning. In 2009 while working as Director of Renewable Energy at Noorul Islam University, he implemented India's first automated wind turbine at a University campus that powered 30 LED street lights from wind energy alone for 8 months in an year.
His pedal powered centrifugal pump was published in University of Southern California's (USC) alumni magazine in 2006. It was also shown on several TV channels and print media in Kerala. The same technology could be advanced to make a pedal powered refrigerator and pedal powered battery charger. He has worked in industry and academics in US and Asia for 14 years which includes working as quality control engineer at KLA-Tencor corporation in California. Presently he visits two engineering colleges periodically where he guides dozens of students in doing inventive engineering projects. Praveen holds a master of science in manufacturing engineering from USC and bachelors in mechanical engineering from the University of Calicut.
Dr Sangwan is a practicing ophthalmologist hailing from Haryana. He is currently an Associate Director at the L V Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad. Dr Sangwan has made innovative contributions in ophthalmic research, particularly in having perfected the method of limbal stem cell culturing to produce transparent, stitchable epithelium and transplanting on needy human patients, and substantially restoring their vision. His work represents the largest successful human trial of stem cell technology anywhere. It is an excellent example of translational research from bench to bedside. He has been able to restore vision to over 600 patients, whose eyesight was lost due to burns and damage of the ocular outer surface.
Additionally, he has devised a method to co-culture conjunctival and limbal stem cells and use the resultant tissue to restore vision in extreme cases of ocular outer surface damage. It is for these landmark contributions that Dr Sangwan has been awarded the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize in Medical Sciences in the year 2006, and the National Technology Prize by the Department of Biotechnology in 2007. His stem cell work to restore sight to otherwise untreatable conditions has been appeared in October 2007 issue of FORTUNE, most reputed business magazine in the world.
Stray Factory is an award winning entertainment collaborative with specific focus on performance art. After collaborating for the first time in 2010 on a Theatrical adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock's work, Stray Factory has been exploring new means and media through which its network of actors, writers, artists and musicians can meet and work in a symbiotic environment.
The collaborative's recent exploration has been in innovating in the space of Social Media in the 'Creation' of Performance content.'The Great Indian Blogologues' a venture pioneered by Stray Factory, where Blog content was used to create performance content for a full fledged Theatrical production, was the first of its kind in the googleable world. The initiative has the potential to democratize the entertainment space while opening up new avenues for creator-performer-viewer interaction. Similarly, it has been pioneering a 'Virtual Street Theatre' model which allows for users to contribute and build stories using Twitter and Facebook hours before a live performance.
It seeks to initiate dialogue, identify common interests and find ways by which individuals can work together as 'Collaboratives' to push the boundaries of Arts and Entertainment. Since it's inception it has worked with over 74 Collaborators across different cities making the arts more inclusive with the vision of establishing a new Entertainment Democracy.
Stray Factory is being represented by Hariher Balasubramanian, who has written and directed productions for the collaborative. Hariher Balasubramanian aspires to one day become a celebrity chef and then hopes he won’t have to work for a living and can spend his time doing what he does best which is strategize the business end of Stray Factory.
Gopinath Parayil (Gopi) 38, from Tirur in Malappuram district studied computers, business management and disaster management. However, he attributes his tipping point as a social entrepreneur to his experience of volunteering at the Pain and Palliative Care Society starting in 1993 in Kozhikode, Kerala.
Gopi set up Nila Foundation in 2004 out of the passion for the region he comes from and a concern for a unique river (Bharatapuzha) civilization that was under threat. While exploring a sustainable financial support for the foundation and initiatives surrounding creating meaningful connection for local people with the river, he came up with the idea of The Blue Yonder (TBY), a pioneering travel company designed on the premises of Sustainable and Responsible practices. Ever since, his company has been breaking every single norm that is associated with a conventional tour operator business. TBY, one of the most innovative responsible travel companies in the country has successfully linked tourism to work in conservation, cultural and natural heritage preservation, livelihood generation and community health care among others.
2009 December Outlook Business magazine featured Gopi amongst the 50 Social Entrepreneurs in India who enrich the nation. TBY has won multiple international awards and recognitions for their responsible tourism initiatives including Condé Nast Traveler World Savers Awards 2007, World Travel Market First Choice Responsible Tourism Award 2006 and was featured among the '8 great trips that give back to communities' by Condé Nast Traveler magazine in 2009. 2011, ITB Berlin, world’s largest Travel show in Germany has chosen The Blue Yonder as it’s official sustainable tourism partner.
The collective experience of building a responsible tourism initiative through The Blue Yonder and being part of Palliative Care movement in Kerala from the scratch led him to believe that many socio-economic issues can be addressed and resolved by ordinary people if their energies are channelized in the right direction. It was this thought that led to the conception of niiti consulting.
An MBA from Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées and MSc in Disaster Management from Cranfield University, Gopi studied computer management from Pune University. He is currently involved in setting up a 24X7 TV channel focusing on sustainable living in India.
Aathira is an internationally acclaimed Prodigy Violinist of the present generation from India. Hailing from a renowned family of musicians in Kerala, she has an enviable musical lineage as the grand daughter of the illustrious Vidwan Shri Gopala Pillai, fabulous musician of yesteryears who belonged to the renowned Tanjore Tradition of Carnatic Music. She trainned under her renowned grandfather SangithaVidwan Shri Gopala Pillai and father Sangita Vidwan Sri K C Krishna on Carnatic Violin and Vocal and stormed into the musicworld starting her concert career as a Classical Violin Soloist at the tender age of nine years winning wide acclaim and rave reviews.
She is known for her divinely haunting musical improvisations blended with supreme control of the Violin that made the Legend Dr M Balamuralikrishna remark “Aathira is a Born Violinist”. Aathira’s Music underlines the Dynamic Identity of Violin in its fullest brilliance. Along with her Classical Violin Concerts, Aathira (The Week Magazine’s Youth Icon of India) is equally known for her versatility in performing wide musical genres that she incorporates in her Contemporary Music Band performing Tran global Fusion.
Aathira is the rare recipient of many awards including the prestigious GUINNESS WORLD RECORD for her unique 32hr long Non-Stop Carnatic Violin Solo Concert dedicated to Global Peace and Harmony. Along with music, Aathira’s creative person finds expression in painting , poetry and she is known as a unique orator as well wining rave acclaim at many International avenues.
Prof. Krishna Rao Jaisim
On a journey that began fifty years ago, K Jaisim has shaped and traversed momentous and inspired milestones, spearheading the legendary practice and firm – Jaisim-Fountainhead. Encouraged by Sheila Tribe, his Design Professor at The School of Architecture (Madras), inspired by the likes of Mies van der Rohe, Buckminster Fuller, Otto Koenigsberger and Geoffrey Bawa, trained under Architect Srikrishna Chitale, and spirited away by Ayn Rand’s Fountainhead, Jaisim’s incurable romanticism led to the birth of JAISIM FOUNTAINHEAD in 1970.
Since then Jaisim has created and recreated a spectrum of projects. Jaisim has written over hundreds of papers, articles, made over thousand presentations. Serves on several boards and councils, and finds time to interact with students of architecture all over India. His iconoclastic views and individualistic endeavors are the hallmarks of his creativity. Today, he still continues to pursue the adventures of the built and unbuilt environment, searching and researching beyond the boundaries of time and space. In September 2011 Jaisim received the JK - AYA Chairman’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Architecture, the most recent addition to his vast accolades.
Andrine Mendez, one of the youngest entrepreneurs and marketers in digital domain has been featured at National and International level for his deep understanding and fresh approach towards digital marketing and advertising.
His start-up SaltMangoTree (http://www.saltmangotree.in/) not only focuses on digital marketing, but also has launched India’s first Web TV (http://www.indiavibes.tv/) which had won Aegis Graham Bell Awards for mobile content application and also Manthan Awards in E-entertainment category. (The project is in prototype stage.)
He has been a speaker at Digital Matters, Singapore; Click Asia Summit and has been working with National brands & organisations as digital consultant. He is also working on certain ‘social’ products other than his company’s services division. He is specialized in content based marketing, social marketing, integrated campaign, marketing activation, conceptualization, digital and content activation