Anu Aga was the Chairperson of Thermax Limited from 1996 to 2004. Since her retirement, she is actively involved in the social sector and her focus is on Education for the Underprivileged.
Ms. Anu Acharya is the CEO of Mapmygenome India Limited, an Indian genomics company providing a range of prognostics, diagnostics, and brain wellness solutions.
She is the Founder of Ocimum Biosolutions, which she led as the CEO from 2000 to March 2013
Ms. Acharya was named a "Young Global Leader" by the World Economic Forum (WEF) for its class of 2011
She currently serves as a governing board member at CSIR (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, the premier R&D Organization in India) and a governing board member at the NIBMG (National Institute for Biomedical Genomics).
After surviving a horrific bout with cancer, Ms. Bhojwani set up a foundation called the Women’s Cancer Initiative in partnership with the Tata Memorial Hospital in Mumbai ten years ago. The aim was to create awareness about the importance of getting regular checkups by women for breast and cervical cancer as these cases, if detected early, can be easily cured. The foundation also raises funds for treatment of women who can’t afford it, but who have a good chance of recovery. Today, she has made breast cancer awareness her main purpose in life.
Seventeen year-old Aisha Chaudhary was born with an immune deficiency disorder and overcame a predicted life expectancy of only one year to have become an accomplished artist today. Despite a serious lung disease called Pulmonary Fibrosis, her persistent optimism, extraordinary maturity in the face of impossible odds, and calm perspective on life’s challenges have been an inspiration to many.
She launched Safe Hands 24x7 as the first service company in Karnataka to offer Female security guards. The organization recruits from slums and villages via Self Help Groups to provide destitute women, widows and single parent individuals a chance to obtain economic independence, regardless of gender or literacy levels.
Sunny Hundal is a writer, journalist and campaigner based in London, UK.
In 2013 he wrote an e-book for Guardian Books called 'India Dishonoured', which became their No. 1 best-seller in the Guardian Shorts series of e-books, and was in Amazon's top 20 of non-fiction e-books. India Dishonoured explains some of the context behind violence against women in India, and explains why the problem is getting worse.
He has written for the Guardian, Times, Independent, Financial Times, Metro, Al-Jazeera and the New Statesman on subjects ranging from national politics, violence against women, the environment and race-relations. He also teached Digital Journalism part-time at Kingston University, London.
Ms. Sudha Menon is a former journalist and author of two very popular non-fiction books, Leading Ladies: Women Who Inspire India, and Legacy, a compilation of letters from inspirational Indian men and women to their daughters.
Ms. Menon is a seasoned journalist who has worked with prestigious publications such as The Independent, The Hindu Business Line and Mint.
Ms. Menon is an invited speaker to educational institutions and corporate campuses where she talks to women’s networks about women’s leadership and diversity issues. She is currently working on three other books two of which have subjects related to women.
Will Muir grew up in England where, after a long career in Strategy Consulting and Business Administration in London, founded Equal Community Foundation (ECF) in Pune in 2009. ECF provides every man in India the opportunity to study and practice gender equitable behavior so that, violence against women can be ended once and for all."
Prof. Sujatha Ramdorai was a professor of mathematics at TIFR, Mumbai and currently holds a Canada Research Chair at the University of British Columbia, Canada.
She has also been a Member of the National Knowledge Commission and of the National Innovation Council in India. Prof. Ramdorai is an internationally reputed Algebraic Number Theorist. She is the first and only Indian to win the prestigious ICTP Ramanujan Prize in 2006 and is also a winner of the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award in 2004."
Pride of the Indian Legal Profession - Today, Adv. Asim Sarode is a household name in the Human Rights field in India. An expert in Criminal, Family, Environmental and Human Rights Laws, Adv. Sarode started thinking about providing legal guidance and legal aid to the downtrodden and marginalized classes of Indian society while still in college. During his 14 years of Law Practice, he has established a new concept called 'Socio-Legal Lawyering'.
Every day, he plays multi-dimensional roles including law advocacy, campaigning, lecturing, writing articles on legal issues and providing advice to clients over the phone thereby giving guidance to many people across the state of Maharashtra and beyond. He constantly travels and speaks to various cross sections of society advising them of their Constitutional Rights.
Over time, he has succeeded in motivating other like-minded lawyers to join hands with him to establish a new Initiative called 'Human Rights and Law Defenders' (HRLD). Today, he has became a pioneer in the field of public interest litigation in Maharashtra. His work is geared towards advancing access to justice and upholding the rule of law for every Indian citizen.
A prolific Science Teacher at Vidya Valley School, Pune, Ms. Suryawanshi is a recipient of the NASA Honeywell Educators at Space Academy in 2011 where just 220 teachers were selected from around the world and just four from India. In 2012, she became the first International Teacher Liaison at Space Foundation USA, one of only 20 teachers from around the world (of which the other 19 were from the US). This year, her class went on to win 2nd prize world wide in a Space Settlement Competition sponsored by NASA.
Ms. Usha Uthup is a Padma Shri Awardee. Little do people know that, when in school, she was dismissed out of her music class because she didn't fit in with a voice like hers. With very little formal training, she has gone on to become one of the most prolific pop, jazz and playback singers that India has produced. She attributes her success to the same teacher who later recognised her potential and would give her clappers or triangles to play and make musical sounds. This encouraged her to surround herself with music and become an advanced practitioner. Today, she is a household name in the country & beyond. She is known for her signature style statement i.e her big bindi, kanjiwaram saris and bangles.