Abhishek Agarwal is an entrepreneur with a passion for the environment. He is currently involved with running a start up called Pappco Greenware which promotes sustainable food packaging alternatives in India. Abhishek has been working, for the last three years, towards creating awareness against 'single use plastics' in Food Packaging and his company has pioneered many products made from resources like sugarcane bagasse and bamboo fibres as alternatives to plastics in the market.
Aditi Gupta is a social entrepreneur and co-founder of Menstrupedia, working towards spreading awareness about menstruation. While studying at the National Institute of Design, as a Ford Foundation research Scholar she has conducted extensive research in understanding the scenario of menstrual unawareness in India and its impact on a girl’s life. She has designed effective educational tools for girls and schools using storytelling and sequential art for educating young girls about periods in a society where the subject is a major taboo. She is a Global Shaper at the world Economic Forum and made it to the achiever’s list of Forbes India 30 under 30, 2014 for her work towards breaking the taboo around menstruation. She is a TED speaker and also International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) alumni. Her work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Reuters, CNBC and BBC. She aspires to create a future where menstruation is not a taboo but a welcoming change in a girl’s life.
Ishteyaque Amjad is the Vice President, Public Affairs & Communications at Coca-Cola India and South West Asia. He spearheads the practice and his charter includes government relations, policy advocacy, communications and sustainability in the region. As one of India’s leading practitioners of public/corporate affairs, Ishteyaque is passionate about social issues and is a strong advocate for deploying business solutions to address societal challenges. His advocacy leverages his skills as team player for competitive sports. While Indian classical music keeps him serene, balanced and sensitive to human emotions. With a flair for words, Ishteyaque prefers poetry and anecdotes as the perfect medium for storytelling. A skill he exercises often during fun Friday evenings with his two boys, sipping a Coke Zero ‘on the rocks’ and a slice of lemon.
Manasij Ganguli is the founder of ThreadSol Softwares. The company was established in 2012 to challenge the present of manufacturing industries with its innovative solutions. ThreadSol is the pioneer of Enterprise Material Management, that enables manufacturers boost their topline by reducing material usage hence production cost. When he is not working he is found to be biking in mountains or running a marathon.
Manvendra Singh Shekhawat
Manvendra Singh Shekhawat’s love lies in hotels, heritage conservation, design, experiential real estate and social entrepreneurship. His work is a representation of a unique way of life, carefully preserving the traditions of the past yet framing them in a modern idiom. His hotels take the path less travelled and his NGO, I Love Jaisalmer, was responsible for launching the city’s largest cleanliness and conservation drive. Manvendra is currently working on building experiential hotels known for their intuitive and genuine hospitality, development of a renaissance township and the restoration of a 350 year old military fort.
Niharika Sanyal is an architect, deeply interested in how the built environment affects us as emotional beings. Her design thesis at CEPT University, Ahmedabad, received a national award for its search to humanize prisons. She is part of the global Rooms Research Collective on architecture and neuroscience, as Head of Area (South Asia). Niharika enjoys writing on topics that explore the intersection of ideas across disciplines, founding the website ‘The Bricolage’ which recently placed her among the “25 Under 25” community of writers in India (Campus Diaries, 2016). As part of Duke University’s TIP, she has assisted in teaching gifted children. Travels across Europe during an exchange programme at ETH Zurich, and across parts of Asia and Africa, have enriched these explorations.
Born in Chandigarh in 1996 , Nimisha Verma is more art than artist. Resides in Jaipur and work as free lance model for fine art / conceptualized shoots . She chose traveling over persuing a degree in a college where she could not identify herself. A hyperactive person, always in search of something new. Being a social activist She is now the founder of a non profit organisation called 'Home for artists' which provide accommodation to homeless artists and travelers and opportunity to meet and work with various artists at one place. Traveling in different cities to hold meet ups and unite artists Nimisha loves to write and speak though her photographs calling herself her own canvas. " I hope I can motivate and move peoplemax-height300 because words have greater power in them if used correctly."
Palak is currently doing a course on Buddhist Philosophy at Somaiya Centre for Buddhist Studies, and has been auto dictating the philosophy for 5 years now. She is also working with Global Shapers Pune (World Economic Forum) to replicate GNH and HDI, in Pune as Community Development Index. She is also the creator of iampasha.org, an online blog for economics, Buddhism, and the environment. Graduated this May, Palak has a major in economics and minor in international relations (B.A.) from Symbiosis International University (SSLA). She is scheduled to speak at Himalayan consensus summit in March 2017 to share her research.
Tea, Train and Tintin Enthusiast
Vikas Singh is a marketing professional passionate about Comics. As a certified Tintinologist he has done Tintin trails in Brussels, Paris, Milan, Cheverney, and Leh. He frequently speaks about hidden social messages Herge communicated through Tintin. Vikas has a record collection of Tintin comics in 126 languages. A life time comic fan and enthusiast he has one of the best collection of Indian and foreign comics in the character. With his background in advertising and marketing communication, Vikas is a firm believer in power of comics to shift mindsets. He has recently been involved in starting a movement: “comics for change”.
Vivek Bhargava founded Communicate 2 in 1997 when digital advertising was in its nascent stage. Following the merger in 2012 with Dentsu Aegis Network’s iProspect, the global leader in search and performance marketing, Communicate 2 is now called iProspect India. Vivek Bhargava joined the Executive Council of the Network and is continuing as the Managing Director of the agency. Apart from being a recognized and passionate Table Tennis Player and promoter he is a keen Chess Player and an Amateur Paragliding Pilot.