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April 8, 2018
Gandhinagar, Gujarat

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Near Indroda Circle
Gandhinagar, Gujarat, 382010
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Ameet Siingh

An alumnus of IIM Ahmedabad and IIT Roorkee, Ameet Siingh has spent 12+ years in the corporate world before taking a plunge in the world of entrepreneurship. He has a unique experience of doing a two year MBA from IIM Ahmedabad after having a work experience of 9 years and that too with a wife and a four-year kid on campus!

Devaki Marks

Ahmedabad wakes up to RJ Devaki, a true blood Gujarati. With over 13 years in Radio she stands for entertainment, power, courage, and sensitivity and also has an edge in her choice of daily content. With a great sense of humor and a quick wit she captures the city’s eccentricities and encapsulates them in her show. Her 20 years in theater, experience in oratory skills, voice modulations and emotional connect makes her the most versatile radio talent in Gujarat. Her tongue in cheek humor makes her sound brave and fun. Praised by the critics, loved by the fans, Stars adore her and authorities confide in her.

Dhruva Mistry

Dhruva Mistry is an esteemed sculptor from Vadodra. His first solo exhibition was held at Art Heritage, New Delhi and the Jehangir Art Gallery in Mumbai. He was Artist in Residence at Kettle’s Yard, with a Fellowship at Churchill College, Cambridge and since then he has shown regularly in India and abroad. Represented Britain at the Third Rodin Grand Prize Exhibition, Japan in 1990 and was selected for the solo show 'Asian Artists Today — Fukuoka Annual VII', by the Fukuoka Art Museum, Japan. In 1992, he was commissioned by Birmingham City Council to design sculptures for Victoria Square, Birmingham for which his works won several awards. His work has also been included in group shows in India and abroad since 1976 and has held over 25 solo exhibitions.

Gira Shah

Animal Welfare Activist
By profession, she is an industrialist taking care of several export-oriented medical instruments manufacturing units. But her first love and passion are animals. The love for animals has continued to flourish since her childhood. She always dreamt of making a difference in the lives of the ones who no one cared about and the dream has finally fruited. Today in 2018, the NGO's two separate hospitals for birds and animals are not only recognized all over the city of Ahmedabad and in India but are known all over the world. Her passion and compassion for these animals has truly made a difference in the lives of so many innocent beings.

Jay Merchant

Theatre Professional
For the past 25 years, Jay Merchant has been working as a theatre professional and theatre, film & social activist. His vast experience has given him the opportunity to work and share platforms with many eminent film-makers/theatre-film actors/activists. He is a visiting faculty for theatre at IIM-A. He has been associated with NCPA and Prithvi Theatre and Sanjana Kapoor Mumbai for all their theatre workshops, talks, seminars and teen-theatre events.

Jigna Desai

Associate Professor and Area Chair for Conservation at the Faculty of Architecture, CEPT University. Primarily an architect, who also practices teaching, reasearch and design of built environment. Her involvement in preparing the World Heritage Dossier for the Historic City of Ahmedabad sparked her interest in working about frameworks, tools and methods, through which theoretical ideas of sustainability and conservation of living historic environments can be translated into practice, while addressing the challenges of (co-)production of space and commodification of heritage.

Kumar Manish

Social Entrepreneur
Manish Kumar has been the Chief Communicator at Communicate Karo, a social communications organization working for NGOs, MSMEs, Startups, government & academic institutions. He has also worked with UNICEF Gujarat and Thailand based Peace Revolution as a social media consultant.

Manvendra Singh Gohil

LGBTQA Activist
Manvendra Singh Gohil is the Yuvraaj or Crown Prince of the erstwhile princely State of Rajpipla in Gujarat and the 39th direct descendent of the 650-year-old Gohil Dynasty. He is the first member of a royal family in the world to openly come out as gay in 2006. He is the founder and Chairman of Lakshya Trust, a community-based organization for the gay and transgender community. He is the Ambassador Consultant for AIDS Healthcare Foundation India Cares which is world's largest and oldest non-profit organization working for HIV testing and treatment. He is currently developing a Resource Centre for LGBTQA Community, the first one of its kind in India.

NiyamSan Chhaya

IT Professional
He has been working with an IT consulting firm for the past few years and the nature of his job makes it exciting. His frequent trips abroad have led him to meet people of over 15 nationalities and interact with them, which has helped him amass a plethora of experiences about the same.

Rajiv Gandhi

Rajiv Gandhi is the founder, CEO & Managing Director of Hester Biosciences Limited, a company manufacturing animal vaccines and health products in Gujarat. Hester works with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in rural India and in Africa towards immunising backyard animals. Hester has recently completed the world’s biggest backyard animal immunisation program, covering Orissa, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand.

Organizing team


Gandhinagar, India


Ahmedabad, India
  • Aaklit Taneja
  • Gaurav Sofat
  • Raksha Rank
  • Sajal Tiwari
  • Sakshi Sharma
  • Sanjoli Chauhan