Entrepreneur + Idea Evangelist + Musician
Anto Philip, is a 22-year-old entrepreneur and idea evangelist. He started his journey as an entrepreneur when has was 18 with his first startup The Big Band Theory - a customized wristbands portal with over 2,80,000 bands sold in 2 years.
He is the Co-founder of the Under 25 Club that hosts India's Largest Youth Festival called the Under 25 Summit, which was picked up by Forbes magazine as one of the best festivals to look out for. He has been an Indian Youth Representative at the International Youth Conference in Norway. He is often spotted on stage with Aathma, a fun rock band whenever he gets a chance to bring out the musician in him.
Youth Venturer + Social Entrepreneur
When 16-year-old Chethan lost his teacher to blood unavailability, he was so moved that he decided to change something. “Our country has abundant blood, but people still die of blood shortage. I want to change that,” he said, and Khoon, his not-for-profit was thus born in May 2016.
His organization maintains a directory of blood donors who can help people in need at the price sanctioned by the government. Those in need of blood get in touch with Chethan, who then directs them to donors. Chethan, with a few of his friends, also organises an awareness camp every month. Dozens of people have thanked Chethan and his team for their tireless efforts are creating a better tomorrow, by saving lives today.
Indian Navy Ex Lieutenant Commander + Hydroponics Evangelist
Lt. Cdr CV Prakash is a former underwater weapons specialist of the elite Submarine arm of the Indian Navy.
Upon retirement CV learnt Hydroponics from the best of growers in Australia and is a pioneer in the field of Hydroponics in India. A hands-on Grower, Food Park designer, Auditor & Trainer in Hydroponics, CV's "Pet Bharo Project" is credited for India's first commercial hydroponically grown strawberries, spinach and herbs.
He is credited for building India’s first state-of-the-art Hydroponics Greenhouse and is one of the most widely read academic paper authors. His mission is clear- to bring simple yet sustainable technology that can help almost everybody grow clean, residue free, nutritious food. The best part about his technology being that it has very little entry barriers and reaches the poorest of the poor.
He believes that "it's not enough to just have know how, but one must do how and show how".
Dr. Prakash Sontakke
Slide Guitarist + Grammy Winner
Vocalist and Multi Instrumentalist Dr. Prakash Sontakke happens to be the only one playing the Hawaiian Guitar, Weissenborns, Slide Guitar, Electric Lap Steel Guitar and the Dobro in the Hindustani style and is a leading composer in the field.
Co-Composer, Vocalist and Guitarist on the Grammy Winning Album “Winds of Samsaara”, Dr. Sontakke is the only one to have won the Independent World Music Awards, USA and the Nashville Award for composers where his composition was chosen over the maestro Illayaraja.
He has innovated an instrument called Swar Veena, featured in MTV's Coke Studio Season 2 and organizes a music festival where he gives upcoming musicians a feel of collaborations and musical exchanges.
Dr. Kajoli Krishnan is a physicist by training, engineer by practice and clinically inclined by choice. A Principal Scientist at GE’s Research Centre in Bangalore, her core areas of expertise are wave propagation and biomedical ultrasound. She proposed and led a project to help midwives to monitor growth of fetus in pregnant women using ultrasound. The algorithms designed by her team turned into a feature in GE’s ultrasound scanners.
Kajoli is now devising novel quantitative ultrasound measurements for fatty liver. She loves music, reading, writing and traveling.
Actress + Model
Parvatii Nair is a model and actress in the South Indian film industry.
She is also a Computer Science graduate and made her acting debut with the 2012 Malayalam film Poppins. Her performance as a young journalist in her first Kannada film Story Kathe won her the Best Kannada Debut Actress Award at the South Indian International Movie Awards.
She has won titles such as "Miss Karnataka" and has over 50+ tv ads, print ads, ramp shows and photo shoot assignments to her credit. She has also been a judge on the reality show Supermodels and at Miss India Bangalore 2015. Parvatii Nair was announced the brand ambassador of the Karnataka Bulldozers team during the 2016 Celebrity Cricket League and has also been a part of many charity events including the Clean Bengaluru Challenge.
Indian Blind Cricketer + Padma Shri Awardee
Shekhar Naik is an Indian blind cricketer and a former captain of the India national blind cricket team. He captained India to victories at the T20 Blind Cricket World Cup in 2012 and Blind Cricket World Cup in 2014.
In 2017, the Government of India presented Naik with a Padma Shri, the country's fourth highest civilian honour.
Passionate Runner + Defence Research Professional
Mr. Siddesha Hanumanthappa is a senior scientist and Project Director working on Indian Light Combat Aircraft-TEJAS project. He is specialized in Aircraft design, jet engine and Aircraft starting systems.
A marathon runner by passion, he has run around 44 marathons, and 3/4th of them have met a podium finish! He has also qualified for the Boston Marathon for the 2nd time.
Journalist + TV & Radio Anchor + Media Trainer + Show Host
From being sub-editor on the New Indian Express newsdesk; waking up an entire city with her prime time breakfast show Good Morning Bangalore on Radio City 91.1 FM to being special correspondent at NDTV 24x7, anchor for documentary episodes on BBC World News and a model for a brand of sarees created by women weavers to now being an independent journalist and media strategist involved with a rural newspaper in Uttar Pradesh and a tribal radio network in Chhatisgarh, Vasanthi Hariprakash believes that a rolling stone gathers no moss, but an exciting resume.
She is taking baby steps into entrepreneurship with her venture Pickle Jar that has created a community of 50 diverse professionals, curated two film festivals in the past year and hopes to conduct programs of social relevance. A multi-faceted personality who writes,travels, trains individuals and institutions on how to leverage the media, overuses Facebook & neglects Twitter, moderates panel discussions in India and outside but loses