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Theme: The Better You

This event occurred on
April 9, 2013
9:00am - 3:00pm UTC
(UTC +0hrs)
United Arab Emirates

"The Better You" was a feel good event that aims to inspire our young adults to take a chance, make mistakes, learn from failure and go crazy because you never know how good you can be at something, if you never try. The theme was primarily based on self improvement, developing a can-do attitude and always striving to bring a positive change in our lives and better ourselves as individuals.

Manipal University, Dubai
Dubai International Academic City, Dubai, UAE
Dubai, 345050
United Arab Emirates
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Neena Nizar

Special needs advocate and founder/ director of ‘ABILITY’- a drama group showcasing the talents of young adults with special needs. Nizar will be sharing her challenging story, reflecting on her ‘never say die’ attitude and encouraging participants to push boundaries, take chances and make the most of life. She is recognized for overcoming physical disability caused due to the rare short bone condition known as Jansen's Metaphyseal Chondrodysplasia.

Sean Blake

Photojournalist residing in Abu Dhabi is the creator of “The Untitled Chair Project’ that aims at raising awareness about the dire need for bone marrow donors in the United Arab Emirates, by proposing a portrait photography series about people within varying environments with the common element of an ordinary chair. Blake will talk about how we have the ability to create something valuable for our society out of nothing – all it takes is your will to challenge yourself.

Gayathri Krishnan

Young aspiring musician living the Middle Eastern dream. With songs that range from evocatively low rumbling and moody ambiences to intense anthemic melodies, Gayathri's voice is her identity. Being the highest reviewed and rated unsigned artist to date by RollingStone Middle East, Gayathri is a champion of the independent movement with a growing and active fan base allowing her to release her debut album 'The Unknown’ by raising over $23,000 in ten days through crowdfunding campaign. Gayathri hopes to trigger change in the attitudes of young individuals by performing her talk about her struggles and strengths as a musician.

Dr. Mandar V. Bichu

Director/Child Specialist by profession but a writer by passion. Over the years he has carved his way and made a significant mark to keep his passion alive no matter what – with over 5 well-acclaimed books to his credit in Marathi and English. His books range from fiction, celebrity biographies to specialist parenting guidance. Dr. Bichu will share his experiences of conforming to society pressures, struggle of keeping a dream alive and most of all reminding our students that “life is what you make it”.

Organizing team


Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Alysa Nair
    Head Co-ordinator and Speaker Liason
  • Nazneen Naeem
    Logistics- Team Leader
  • Anishka Abraham
    Branding and Marketing
  • Syeda Nawab
    Storyteller and Social Media moderator
  • Srijita Chattopadhyay
    Storyteller and Social Media moderator
  • Saima Merchant
    Branding and Marketing
  • Suzzette Miranda
    Head of Multimedia
  • Mohammad Imtenan Ahsan
    Head of Multimedia
  • Lemuel Rodrigues
    Logistics Team
  • Sadaf Rizvi
    Sponsors co-ordinator
  • Shamin Mullamangalath Rasheed
  • Mr.Joseph John
    Faculty (Department of Media and Communication)
  • Mr. Sabir Haque
    Faculty (Department of Media and Communication)
  • Dr. RN Shukul
    Faculty (Department of Media and Communication)
  • Ms. Bhakti More
    Faculty (Department of Interior Design and Architecture)
  • Megna Kalvani
    Curator & Faculty (Department of Media and Communication)
  • Neha Kalvani