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Theme: City 2.0: Reimagining Urban Lifescapes

This event occurred on
October 13, 2012
4:00pm - 7:30pm IST
(UTC +5.5hrs)
Mumbai, MH

TEDxChurchgate is part of the City 2.0 theme of events happening around the world on October 13, 2012. On this day, TEDx communities around the world will host an event to share the powerful narratives of urban innovators and organizers, stewards and artists, builders and taste makers. This is a major global event for people interested in ideas and how it shapes our urban communities.

We will hear from thought-leaders advising governments, policy makers, artists, authors, and more.

We intend to go beyond the basics of efficient urban planning, stunning architecture, and robust infrastructure. We intend to explore the soul and identities of our cities in the future: what should the dominant cultural influences be? What kind of ideas will shape our cities and our lives? What kind of art will we celebrate? What kind of governance will we institute?

These are the fundamental issues that we will explore in TEDxChurchgate, part of the global TEDxCity2.0 initiative.

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Supriya Nair

Supriya Nair is a Clinical Psychologist and founder of AscendPsychology, which she started in 2002. She has worked in wide areas of psychology like educational, organizational, clinical, counseling, psychometrics, sports and performance, and career psychology. Supriya's key work areas include working with rural mental health projects through the UN (United Nations) initiatives. She was a key speaker and chaired the international conference on Value Education held by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Social and Cultural Organization) in 2004. She has to her credit over 1000 hours of counseling, psychotherapy and clinical interventions. She has guided over 30 schools for bringing about better educational practices. She has assisted and guided the Army sports corps with principles of performance psychology.

Roy Wadia

Roy Wadia is the Executive Director of The Heroes Project since 2010. Wadia is an award-winning media professional, whose background ranges from international news (CNN International) to public health communications and advocacy with a particular focus on HIV (World Health Organization, British Columbia Centre for Disease Control, Asia Pacific Coalition on Male Sexual Health, AIDS Vancouver, AIDS Care China, Heroes Project). In 2003, Roy joined the WHO China office as its communications and advocacy officer and spokesperson, working on a range of issues from HIV/AIDS to emerging infectious diseases, from environmental health to maternal and child health. The BC CDC in Vancouver, Canada, recruited Roy as their Director of Communications in 2006 where he was closely involved with HIV issues including harm reduction and Aboriginal health.

Joshua Zader

Joshua Zader is CEO of Atlas Web Development and Founder of The Atlasphere, a popular and first-of-its-kind social networking site for admirers of Ayn Rand's novels The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. The site has received lots of media attention and acclaim from around the world. Joshua has traveled widely across America and Europe, giving talks on ethics and political philosophy and how they can be applied to the challenges of policy and governance. Joshua earned his M.S. in Psychology from the University of New Mexico, in the United States, and graduated with distinction with a thesis on applied ethics. Today he works as a writer and online entrepreneur.

Dr. Parth Shah

Dr. Parth J. Shah is the President of the Centre for Civil Society, a think tank for public policy solutions within the framework of rule of law, subsidiarity, and competitive markets. He has conceptualized and organized liberal educational programs for the Indian youth including Liberty & Society Seminars, 'Jeevika' Livelihood Documentary Competition, and Researching Reality Internship Program. He has edited 'Morality of Markets', 'Friedman on India', 'Profiles in Courage: Dissent on Indian Socialism', 'Do Corporations Have Social Responsibility?' and co-edited' Law, Liberty & Livelihood: Making a Living on the Street.' Parth is on the editorial board of EducationWorld, 'Vishleshan', and 'Khoj', and has taken liberal ideas to numerous national and international workshops and conferences. He is the youngest Indian member of The Mont Pelerin Society.

Gautam Benegal

Gautam Benegal graduated from Jadavpur University taking his degree in Comparative Literature and from his early years, he showed a marked aptitude for graphic arts. At the age of 16, at the invitation of Satyajit Ray, renowned director and editor of the children's magazine 'Sandesh', his illustrations and articles regularly appeared in it and subsequently other children's magazines. At the age of 18, he joined an outreach program of the National Institute of Design and made a 2 minute film, 'Bhurigolla' under the guidance of Mr Raghunath Goswami, the acclaimed animator and puppeteer. He made the move to Mumbai in 1988 and then animated a pre-school T.V. serial for the University Grants Commission called 'Tarramtoo' directed by Dr. Peggy Mohan and under the consultation of Professor Yashpal, director of the UGC. He has made animation promos for Channel [V] and MTV as well as assisted in documentary films for Shyam Benegal Sahyadri Films on documentaries on AIDS Awareness and for the Spastic Society of India. He has also directed a documentary film on Thalassemia awareness for the pharmaceutical company Cipla.

Rajesh Jain

Rajesh Jain is famously known as India’s first dot-com billionaire. He is the Founder-Chairman and Managing Director of Netcore Solutions. He is a well-known figure in the Technology industry and is a frequent speaker at national and international forums. He has also been featured in cover stories in both TIME and Newsweek. Rajesh did his B. Tech (Electrical Engineering) from the IIT, Mumbai, followed by M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University, New York, U.S.A. He worked as Member of Technical Staff at NYNEX, USA, before returning to India in 1992 to pursue his entrepreneurial dreams. One of Rajesh’s early ventures, IndiaWorld Communications, launched in 1995 was acquired for US$ 115 million in one of Asia’s largest Internet deals. Rajesh Jain is now focused on taking computing to the common man by making computers truly affordable and widespread. He blogs daily at

Vinta Nanda

Vinta Nanda is a filmmaker, writer and social activist. She has written, directed and/or produced trail blazing TV shows like Tara, Raahat, Kabhie Kabhie, Aur Phir Ek Dinand Miilee, and also made several documentary films on women's issues. Her first feature film, White Noise won acclaim at the Kara Film Festival, Pune International Film Festival, Florence and Seattle Indian Film Festivals. Vinta has written for The Times of India, Tehelka, Indian Express, Mumbai Mirror, Sahara Times, and Mid Day. Vinta is also the President of the NGO 'The Village Project India,' that aims to transform the sea fronts of Bombay into oases of art, culture, and scenery. She is producing two TV shows and will be producing and directing her next feature Zindagi Paradiso shortly.

Christopher Benninger

Christopher Benninger is one of India's most highly decorated architects. His well known award winning projects are the Mahindra United World College of India, the Samundra Institute of Maritime Studies, the "Suzlon One Earth" world headquarters, the National Ceremonial Plaza at Thimphu, Bhutan, and his own studio and residence "India House" in Pune. Each project addresses the complex issues of design, context, climate, materials, sustainability, and technology, amidst the client's programmatic needs. Benninger studied urban planning at MIT and architecture at Harvard where he later taught. He settled in India in 1971 founding the School of Planning at Ahmedabad as a Ford Foundation Advisor where he continues as a Distinguished Professor. His name appears along side Geoffrey Bawa, Charles Correa and Balkrishna Doshi as one of the six recipients of the Great Master Architect Award in India presented every three years. His firm, Christopher Charles Benninger Architects, has recently been awarded India's most sought after commissions: the Azim Premji University at Bengaluru; and the Indian Institute of Technology at Hyderabad, along with the Indian Institute of Management at Kolkata. His city and regional planning works range from Sri Lanka, across India to Bhutan. Benninger's expansive campuses reveal an understanding of Indian "place making" reflecting the great temple complexes and the Mogul campuses. His narrative presents a language that lies between American ideals embedded in its wooded Arcadian landscapes and sacred notions enshrined within Indian courtyards, generating a unique approach to architecture and place making.

Organizing team


Mumbai, India
  • Aditya Kumar Nayak
    Digital Assets Manager
  • Roma Kalani
    Design & Marketing Lead
  • Carl Saldanha
    Marketing & Promotions
  • Neil Athayde
    Photographer & Event Coordinator