Andrew Nemr is a Tap Dancer. Andrew is considered one of the most diverse tap dance artists today.
He has played with Grammy Award winning musicians across multiple genres, is the founder and Artistic Director of the tap dance company Cats Paying Dues, now in their 11th season, and the co-founder of the Tap Legacy™ Foundation, Inc. “A masterly tapper” (New York Times), Nemr uses the story of his journey and the craft of tap dance to speak on ideas of identity, community, faith, and love.
A unique speaker, often tap dancing while giving his talks, Andrew has been featured at International Arts Movement’s INHABIT, the Palliative Care Symposium, the Creative Church Conference, the Culture Care Leadership Summit, among others.Andrew is an honorary member of the Copasetics, Inc., an organization established to promote the legacy of Bill “Bojangles” Robinson.
Anirudh is working on a democratising sensors in developing economies - and taking technologies beyond the lab. Anirudh's interests lie in fusing human behaviour, aesthetics, design and technology. He has extensively researched on augmented reality. He believes that computers could be much more powerful if their interactions would engage with humans more fully through their aesthetics and tangibility. Anirudh's goal is to build interfaces, one that feel magical, have a quirk and utility to them. Anirudh has built a number of prototypes based on his vision and has gone forward deploying them in the real world.
Dr. Benedetta Berti is a foreign policy and security researcher, analyst, consultant, author and lecturer. The Italian government awarded her the Order of the Star of Italy (order of Knighthood).
Her work focuses on human security and internal conflicts, as well as on post-conflict stabilization/consolidation (specifically integration of armed groups, democracy/governance and crisis management and prevention). A native of Italy, Benedetta Berti is currently a fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), a TED Fellow and a lecturer at Tel Aviv University. Benedetta works as a human security and foreign policy consultant for political risk consulting firms, NGOs, international organizations as well as governments.Her areas of expertise include human security, internal conflict, integration of armed groups, post-conflict stabilization and peace-building, as well as democratic governance and crisis management and prevention.
Capt. Raghu Raman
Distinguished Fellow - ORF , Author, former CEO NATGRID, ex-soldier & UN Peacekeeper.
Capt. Raghu Raman has possibly one of the most unique career profiles of over 25 years. Spanning over from the army to the corporate.
He has spent eleven years as an officer in the Indian Armed Forces, followed by another eleven years in the corporate sector before joining the Government as CEO of the National Intelligence Grid. He currently serves in the corporate sector. Raghu is a frequent guest faculty in business schools, keynote speaker and author of a column on National Security Strategy and Leadership in the MINT. He is a Distinguished Fellow at Observer Research Foundation and also the author of “Everyman’s War” - a book published by Random House.
Dutch artist and innovator Daan Roosegaarde is internationally known for creating social designs exploring the relation between people, technology and space.
Based in the Netherlands and Shanghai, Studio Roosegaarde is the social design lab with his team of designers and engineers. With projects ranging from fashion to architecture, his interactive designs such as Dune, Smart Highway and Waterlicht are tactile high-tech environments in which viewer and space become one. Roosegaarde’s professional mission is to create the missing links between bullshit and beauty, between fantasy and budget. This connection, established between ideology and technology, results in what he calls 'techno-poetry'.
Danny Founder of Biobots, they make desktop 3D bioprinter that builds 3D living tissues out of human cells. It is a beautifully designed, precision manufactured robot that prints cells and bioinks, bringing a new dimension to biology.
Danny started learning genetics while working on epigenetics lab at Penn after which he joined the iGEM team to design organisms for epigenetic engineering. After Penn he was going to get a PhD in bioengineering to continue applying computational, automation and mathematical tools to biology, however that was derailed when he started BioBots.
Dr. Kanav Kahol
Dr. Kahol completed his PhD from Arizona State University. Dr Kahol works towards technology that can enable patients to become co-designers of their health by actively being participants in designing their health programs and prevention programs. Dr Kahol was an assistant professor in the School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering in Arizona State University and an assistant professor adjunct in Mayo Clinic, USA. Broadly, his research in healthcare encompasses a wide spectrum of state of the art information technology, mobile technology and sensor technology for public health. It includes applications such as simulation and games for training and education, social networking tools, and feedback and monitoring systems that involve wearable sensors and mobile computing.
Eric Ju Yoon Kim
Eric Ju Yoon Kim is the developer of the world's first Braille watch.
The watch lets blind people read real-time smartphone data in Braille.The Dot, a device that straps around the wrist like a watch, uses magnets and a grid of pins to create four braille characters at a time that change at adjustable speeds, allowing users to read text messages and use apps on any device via Bluetooth. The Dot uses a moveable braille interface made of magnets and pins strapped to the wrist like a watch.
A sound engineer by profession,he has worked with renowned artists in the Indian music industry.But in 2007 he discovered his passion for tigers after which,he decided to work around protecting the tigers and their habitats. He successfully completed a course with Tiger watch in Ranthambore & Volunteered with many NGO's. In 2013,along with his wife Avantika Chandra,he started an NGO-PROWL. They monitor the movement of tigers with the help of camera traps between Maharashtra and Telangana and track conflict tigers for the Maharashtra forest department. They also extend their support to the forest department by conducting workshops for forest guards.
Harsh Songra, is a nineteen year old developer of the 'My Child app'. An app that screens developmental disorders in 45 seconds. Due to lack of awareness & limited access to information about such disorders. It took his parents nine years to identify that he suffers from dyspraxia, a developmental coordination disorder (DCD).Sheryl Sandberg (COO, Facebook) wrote in her post about Harsh, “Harsh wanted to make sure other families didn’t have to go through the same thing, so he built an app called MyChild that helps parents find out if their child might have a developmental disorder. It provides basic screening by asking simple questions – and can even recommend specialist doctors.”
Only 10 years old, Ishita Katyal is the youngest organizer of a TEDxYouth event in the Asia-Pacific region. She believes success comes from wanting happiness in the present moment, and shares that message during weekly workshops she leads with children at a local Balewadi school. She loves to read and write in her spare time. When she was only 8 years old, Ishita wrote a book called Simran's Diary that is now available on Amazon.
A mastermind that is fuelled by innovation, intelligence and design roughly defines his thought process. Kshitij Marwah is a young innovator and the founder of Tesseract Imaging. Who developed the technology of 3D Photography & very recently 360 camera. Alumni of-IIT-D,MIT Media Lab. Researcher at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and research affiliate at the Harvard Medical School, the founder of Tesseract Imaging.
Lujendra Ojha is a 25-year old Ph.D. candidate at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. He was born in Kathmandu, Nepal and moved with his family to Tucson, Arizona when he was 15 years old. While attending the University of Arizona as an undergraduate student, he discovered mysterious, water-like streaks on the slopes of Martian mountains. The discovery led to a published article in Science when Ojha was 21 years old. This summer, NASA announced the findings of his latest study: the streaks are indeed flowing water on present-day Mars.Ojha plans to finish his Georgia Tech degree next year. His career goal is to work in a space research field. As for travelling to Mars someday, Ojha says he wouldn’t hesitate if given the opportunity. His favorite hobbies are mountain biking and playing guitar. Before he discovered water on Mars, Ojha used to play in a heavy metal rock band.
Lydian Nadhaswaram is a versatile and a unique child prodigy who started his music when he was 2 years old as a Drummer. Starting from 2014, Lydian has proved himself to be a challenging pianist from Chennai who can play the fastest and the toughest western classical pieces.
He is a full time musician who is not going to regular school and after being recognised by the Oscar winning composer, Dr. A.R Rahman, Lydian is well placed under his wing at the famous K.M Music Conservatory.
Lydian has now been mastering his craft of Russian Piano with the help of his mentor, Surojeet Chaterjee. Further, he also knows how to play Guitar, Mrudangam and Tabla.
After clearing his Grade Five Piano with distinction from the Trinity College of London, Lydian hasn’t taken a breather!
Max ZT is a Percussion artist. Max ZT was six years old when he heard the hammered dulcimer at an American folk festival near Chicago. Twenty-one years later he is one of the youngest musicians playing this string instrument. Lauded as the “Jimi Hendrix of Hammered Dulcimer" by NPR, and a "Force of nature" by NY Music Daily, Max ZT is an innovator of the instrument. Taking his roots from classical Irish folk music, Max has transplanted his compositional techniques to both Senegal, where he studied the Mandinko technique with the Cissoko griot family, and to Mumbai, India, where he received a grant to study under the great santoor master Pandit Shivkumar Sharma.
Melizarani T Selva
MELIZARANI T.SELVA is a spoken word poet, storyteller and journalist from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Her rhymes are drawn from her wild curiosity in taboos and all the things her Mother told her not to do. Gaining first runner-up at both The National Singapore Slam 2013 and Ubud Writers and Readers Festival 2014 poetry slam, her poems have also seen the stages of Lit Up Singapore, Georgetown Literary Festival, Urbanscapes, Raising The Bar, Melaka International Arts Festival 2014, Cri de Femme International Poetry and Arts Festival 2015 and various literary events in Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Australia and India. Her first book of poems titled ‘Taboo’ made the Top 10 Best-Seller List of Malaysia’s Largest Online Bookstore.
Nicki Wells is an entirely new phenomenon. She is the first truly global singer.
Blessed with an unparalleled memory for melody and vocal technique from virtually any culture, Nicki is able to easily leap from folk, French trip-hop, deep gospel, jazz or choral vocals to Indian classical or Arabic inflections as if all were emanating directly from her soul.
Her debut album, produced by Nitin Sawhney, has already won her enthusiastic attention from the likes of Chris Martin and Joss Stone, even before completion, and she is on the verge of signing a lucrative deal with publishers Reservoir/ Reverb.
Having performed with Sawhney as a lead vocalist everywhere from major international festivals to sold out venues, such as London’s Royal Albert Hall to Sydney Opera House, she has enthralled countless astonished music lovers across the globe.
Nicolas Perony started his career as a roboticist. But after one of his robots destroyed itself because of a lighting snafu on demo day, he realised that he was less interested in creating complicated robots than in understanding the complexity of the world around us. After spending years studying collective behaviours and emergent properties in animal societies, he is now on a mission to understand the most complex animal society of all: ours. As a data scientist, he tries to make sense of the vast amounts of data we generate about our actions and interactions, and to use the patterns he extracts as a way to understand how we make decisions in an information-rich world. Most importantly, he is trying to wrap his head around the following question: does more information make our lives better?
A world-class producer, songwriter, DJ, multi-instrumentalist, orchestral composer and cultural pioneer.
Sawhney’s output as a musician is highly prolific. He is one of the most distinctive and versatile musical voices around today.He has scored for and performed with many of the world’s leading orchestras, and collaborated with and written for the likes of Paul McCartney, Sting, The London Symphony Orchestra, A.R. Rahman, Brian Eno, Sinead O’Connor, Anoushka Shankar, Jeff Beck, Shakira, Will Young, Joss Stone, Taio Cruz, Ellie Goulding, amongst many others. Sawhney has become a latter-day Renaissance man in the worlds of music, film ,videogames ,dance and theatre.
Ritu Karidhal is a proud contributor to The Mars Orbiter Mission launched by the Indian Space Research Organisation. Leading the team behind the success of 'Mangalyaan', Ritu has been involved in a lot of revolutionary space operations with ISRO. A proficient alumnus of the Indian Institute of Science, she completed her Masters in Aerospace Engineering with a clear aim of working towards a change. She comes from a middle class family , in Lucknow, where the major importance has always been given to the education . She always had the fascination about space , an urge to do something different from a normal trend . Collecting news articles related to any space activities by ISRO or NASA was one of her hobbies.The dream of joining the space agency came true in 1997,November .She has worked for many prestigious missions of ISRO , handled responsible position of Operations Director for many missions.
Siddharth Chakravarty has been at sea since 2001. In 2011 he joined Sea Shepherd Global, am ocean conservation organisation and over the years, he has chased the whale poachers in Antarctica, patrolled the fishing season in the Mediterranean Sea , assisted with at-sea inspections of vessels in the Pacific Ocean and most recently, pursued and shut down the operations of illegal fishing vessels in Southern and the Indian Oceans.
His work involves an array of marine conservation measures that combine at-sea enforcement with ocean policy and law. He has recently begun investigating human-rights abuses in the fishing industry, working with researchers to study value addition to the seafood industry and liaising with governments and other NGOs to build cross-border and inter-agency cooperation to end the illegality on the world’s oceans.
Sonam Wangchuk is the founder of Students' Educational & Cultural Movement of Ladakh (SECMOL).
While he was doing his mechanical engineering at NIT Srinagar he understood the hardships faced by the Ladakhi students in the government schools; 95% of them were failing in their matric exams every year. Once he finished his graduation, he went back to Ladakh and started SECMOL together with some like-minded youth.
After initially starting with coaching classes to help matric students, they soon realized that for a lasting solution they needed to bring reforms in the village primary schools. So they launched an education reform movement in collaboration with the government. Within seven years the results went up from 5% to 55%. Today it stands at 75%. For those who still failed, they set up a very special and innovative school which has produced many inspiring stories.
Sudharak Olwe is an ace photographer his images transcend technique and illuminate the humanity of his subjects. The Language of Sudharak’s Photography is empathy. Sudharak’s a Documentary photographer and photo-journalist, Sudharak has earned National and International recognition. He has been honoured by National Geographic with the All Roads Photography Award; selected for the World Press Photo Seminar awarded a Media Fellowship by the National Foundation for India and has earned an honorable mention in the Nikon Photo Contest International.
Sudharak at present is the Photo Editor at Lokmat Group, Mumbai.
Suresh Prabu is an Indian Politician & current Railway Minister of India. Armed with education ,ability, understanding, high integrity, zero corruption. He currently represents Haryana in Upper House of Indian Parliament, and is a 4th time member of the Lok Sabha from Rajapur Constituency of Maharashtra. He has also been Industry Minister , Minister of Fertilizers and Chemicals, Union Minister for Power (GOI) He is also a believer in people's participation in the working of the Ministries under him, especially through the involvement of NGOs and people's groups.Suresh Prabhu is a Chartered Accountant by profession and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.He is Presently pursuing 2 PhD programs in climate change and economics in Germany and Mumbai.
Tarun Khanna is an author and an economic strategist. He is currently the Jorge Paulo Lemann professor at Harvard Business School;where he is a member of the strategy group,and the director of Harvard University's South Asia initiative since 2010. Khanna has authored several scholarly works, articles and books;most notable being his 2008 book - Billions of Entrepreneurs:How China and India are Reshaping Their Futures and yours.