Social Scientist, Innovation Curator and CEO-Maker's Asylum
Allan Rodrigues, CEO, Maker's Asylum. He is at the junction of design and innovation which incorporates him with local and international trailblazers. Through Maker's Asylum, he provides next generation with knowledge, required for change. Allan is also involved with nation-building activities using technology to solve India's challenges.
The Maker's Asylum is a world class maker space with a community of doctors, engineers, artists, hobbyists, scientists and students. With courses and workshops on all things tech, art and social impact, the Maker's Asylum provides an environment to bring ideas alive. The Maker's Asylum partners with governments, corporates and educational institutions to leverage innovation.
Sommelier, Author and 26/11 Survivor
He has a golden heart, a heart whose master is an entrepreneur, an Author and a Sommelier. Experience, Ankur Chawla who being a sommelier is a survivor and an author of “14 Hours, An Insider’s Account of 26/11 Taj Attacks”. Possessing “WSET Level 3” training in wines and spirits, he has managed renowned Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi, restaurant Wasabi by Morimoto, New Delhi and Akira Back with other Bars of the hotels.
From configuring beverages programmes for JW Marriott New Delhi to being a member of Marriott’s Asia Pacific Beverage Advisory Board, Ankur has solely established restaurants “Masala Library” by Jiggs Kalra and “Made in Punjab” and has worked in an entrepreneurial way by building an outdoor catering firm “One fine Meal” and a beverage enterprise “Scope Bev”.
Being a Speaker-cum-panellist, he has showcased his uniqueness at Asia’s – Oceania Baron’s Table at the Hong Kong International
One Of The India's Youngest CEOs
He is a self-made Indian Entrepreneur, Philanthropist and an Investor. Meet Ayaan Chawla, who founded his first company at the age of 13. He now proudly caters the position of CEO and founder, of award winning and leading global company “Asian Fox Developments” which manages Web and Marketing products and services. From receiving Appreciation Letter at Prime Minister’s Office to being awarded as “Young Entrepreneur Of The Year” twice, Ayaan has managed to be one energetic and influential personality who is entitled as "India’s Youngest CEO With A Heart Of Gold”.
Breaking all the norms regarding age, 20 year old Ayaan is an inspirational figure to every young entrepreneur who is looking to make it big in this highly competitive world.
Chartered Accountant and Lawyer
“A person’s physical appearance or stature implies no effect on his intelligence, talent or skills.”
Experience an evidence of this fact in form of impression of our next speaker Himanshu Bakshi, a Chartered Accountant, LLB and a commerce graduate. Being a dwarf, he has transformed his Different Ability into an opportunity and has proved to the world that nothing can stop you if you have will power and determination. Currently, he is associated with an international consulting firm.
He stands 3’8’’ tall and has never been demotivated. He has even written most of his exams while standing for 3 hours, as the benches were too big for him.
He has done articles on society-centric issues for various newspapers and has participated in stage plays for National School of Drama groups. He has delivered few technical as well as motivational speeches for upcoming CAs and corporate and believes, “Strength does not come from physical capacity, it comes from an indomitable will.
Lavanya Shanbhogue Arvind
Author and Feminist Research Scholar
Ms. Lavanya Shanbhogue, is an Award Winning Author, a Feminist Research Scholar and a former employee of a finance firm.
Lavanya Shanbhogue-Arvind’s debut novel ‘The Heavens We Chase’. She has spent over 7 years in financial services, got disillusioned with it and decided to give it all up. She even possesses a Masters in Creative Writing (from the City University of Hong Kong). Her short story, “The Crystal Snuff Box and the Pappadum,” won the Commonwealth Short Story Special Prize (2011) for the theme, “Women as Agents of Change.” It was adapted for radio by the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association and was aired in all the Commonwealth countries.
She is currently working on her second novel, an inter-generational story about three women (a grandmother, mother and daughter) who’re affected by religious fundamentalism. She is a feminist pursuing a Masters in Women’s Studies from the Tata Institute of Social Science.
Criminal Intelligence And Counterterrorism Analyst
Raul Villamarin Rodriguez, is a Criminal Intelligence Officer at Interpol, a Neuroscientist, a Psych physiologist and an International Keynote Speaker. Being rated as Asia's Top Expert in Science of Detecting Deception and among the Top 5 Globally, he is a recognized authority on Deception Detection, Fraud Examination, Criminal Profiling and Analytical interviewing. He also provides training services for national law enforcement, Interpol, government agencies throughout Europe and Asia.
Raul is not only a Certified Master Anti- Terrorism Specialist (CMAS) but also holds a diploma as a Neuro-Linguistic Programming Practitioner by American Hypnosis Association, Certified Deception Expert by Paul Ekman Group and has actually dealt with terrorist organizations such as D-Company, South-east Asia- Boko Haram and ISIS.
India's First Fluteboxer
Sudhir R, is the first Indian flute and harmonica Beatboxer popularly known as “Sudhir Bbxr”. A semi-finalist from India’s Got Talent, now hold concerts across India and abroad.
Initially, Sudhir was more into just Beatboxing but realizing his capabilities, he made himself to break the stereotypes of music and got Fluteboxing (an amalgam of flute and beatboxing) on stage. He is currently working on Harmonica Fluteboxing. The efforts he put in to transform his passion to profession, not only made him a successful artist but also made him proud to be the first Indian Fluteboxer to pioneer the art in India and to take it to bigger platforms like India’s Got Talent.
From being a speaker in many events to showcasing his abilities by giving over 150+ performances in India and abroad, Sudhir aims for big.
Neuroscientist, Data-Scientist, Acclaimed Visual Artist, A Writer and An Entrepreneur
Dr. Sukant Khurana, who is a neuroscientist, working on drug-discovery, alcoholism, Parkinson’s and basics of time computation in brain. He is also a data-scientist entrepreneur, an acclaimed visual artist, and a writer. He was born in India but has spent most of his life in the US, currently in India, he is running a drug-discovery and neuroscience group at Central Drug Research Institute, along with a data science company www.dataisnotjustdata.com.
Dr Sukant’s painting style has been described as new synthesis and his multi-layered art, wherein some works each layer destroys the previous called creative destruction, while where he immediately washes out a layer after painting, leading to gradual accumulation of painting called destructive creation. His art is also mentioned in book “Art of Sukant Khurana” and movie “What’s the fuss about Sukant Khurana’s art”. He writes about popularizing science, fiction, poetry, sustainable development, photography.