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Theme: Talent

Mumbai, India
December 15th, 2012

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The fusion of uniqueness, potential and performance results in that "something special" often referred to as Talent. It can be innate; it can be developed or it can be wasted. Though we know it exists, talent has always been difficult to identify and nearly impossible to quantify. Difficult or not, the unique challenges of the 21st century demand that we identify the right talent for the task at hand. Talent can be found in individuals, in groups of individuals (personified by institutions), or through ecosystems of the two. At this TEDxBandra event, we will explore the search for Talent and approaches to talent management and development in society, education, and business.

Confirmed Speakers

  • Prakash Agarwal
    Prakash Agarwal has over 30 years of engineering, marketing and general management experience in the semiconductor, mobile computing, multimedia, digital imaging, digital video, wireless communications, mobile TV broadcast and consumer electronics. He was a cofounder, President/CEO and a Director of NeoMagic Corp. Under his leadership, NeoMagic became one of the fastest growing semiconductor company and leader in providing Multimedia Accelerators to Notebook PC market with over 60% market share. Prakash has been recognized by several awards. Most notably he was awarded the 1998 Ernst & Young "Entrepreneur of the Year Award" for excellence and extraordinary success in innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to his business and his community. Prakash is a board member of iEinstein Organization, This project’s mission is to ignite a transformational education movement in India. The project aims to enable an eLearning eco-system consisting of: a state-of-the-art netbook/tablet; an innovative platform and content; and broadband coonectivity with affordable financing. The project will work with a variety of suitable "non-profit" organizations, governmental agencies and "for-profit" corporations to make possible this eco-system serving 100s of millions of students from all sectors of the population.
  • Sean Sovak
    Sean is a co-Founder of Lighthouse Advisors India Private Limited and is responsible for all aspects of sourcing, underwriting and managing portfolio investments. Lighthouse and its affiliate funds provide active, hands-on growth capital to rapidly growing middle market Indian companies benefiting from the burgeoning Indian consumption story. Previously, Sean was a Managing Director at W. P. Carey & Co., a NYSE-listed finance company, where he served in various capacities since 1994, most recently as Managing Director and Chief Acquisitions Officer, responsible for over $1.5 billion of financings to companies across industries. In addition to Lighthouse portfolio company boards, Sean sits on the Board of Fabindia Overseas Pvt Ltd, one of India’s leading retail companies, as well as the American School of Bombay. Sean graduated summa cum laude in Finance from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, and has also completed an advanced seminar study on India with the Wharton Fellows program. He previously served as a Board Member of the New York Philharmonic, the Business Advisory Committee to the UN, and the Wharton Club of New York, and has resided in Mumbai India since January 2005.
  • Elizabeth Slavitt
    Elizabeth works with schools to create individualized, collaborative, and joyful classroom environments in which Khan Academy software and visionary teachers help students master concepts at their own pace. Before Khan Academy, Elizabeth worked at McKinsey & Company and earned a B.A. in Intellectual History at Penn.

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