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Theme: Catalysts for Change

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April 27, 2018
BANGALORE, Karnataka

The theme ‘Catalysts for Change’ plans to inspire a diverse set of audience with ideas that would bring in a transformation by putting a spotlight on how technology, socio-cultural factors, an individual’s out of the box thinking which facilitate in shaping the business and society through speed, scale and persuasiveness.
A one day event with 12 speakers and 3 performances

Global Academy of Technology
BANGALORE, Karnataka, 560098
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Anirudh S Dutt

Social activist
Mr. Anirudh S Dutt a passionate banglorean at heart is a Social Entrepreneur and the founder of ‘Let's Be The Change’. He is the Recipient of the ‘Rising Star of the Year’ award in 2015 from the Namma Bengaluru Foundation. His organisation aims to mobilise responsible citizens to contribute to the cleanliness of their neighbourhood. He would walk the streets of Bengaluru looking for the dirtiest areas in the city with the intent of cleaning them, and changing the way residents treat their neighbourhood. His childhood dream of giving back something to this society as he had seen a lot of people study here, grow up here, move to other countries made him take the first step by starting an organisation “Lets be the change” and campaigning to clean the city. His organisation has more than 700 caring volunteers, who at the drop of a message, wear gloves and reach a trouble spot to clean it up.


Dr.B M Hegde is an Indian medical scientist, educationist and an author. Dr. Hegde is Padma Bhushan awardee 2010. He is the former Vice Chancellor of Manipal University, Co-Chairman of the TAG-VHS Diabetes Research Centre, Chennai and the chairman of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mangalore. He has authored several books on medical practice and ethics. He is also the Editor in Chief of the medical journal, Journal of the Science of Healing Outcomes.He is MBBS, Ph. D. [Hon. Causa], MD, FRCP [London], FRCP [Edinburgh], FRCP [Glasgow], FRCPI [Dublin], FACC [USA] and FAMS. He also received training in cardiology from Harvard Medical School under Bernard Lown, a Nobel Laureate. He has won Dr. B C Roy National Award in the category of an Eminent Medical Teacher, Dr. J. C. Bose Award for Life Sciences Research, PRIDE OF INDIA Award from the Pacific Association of Indians in California and many more

Dr. Som Dutta Singh

Serial Entrepreneur
Somdutta Singh is an Indian entrepreneur, the youngest and first woman Co-chair of the Indian NASSCOM Product Council. She is a teacher with Ramakrishna Mission. She is the Co-trustee and Director at Centre for Entrepreneurial Excellence (CEE) while also being the Founder and Chief Marketing at Unspun Consulting Group, one of India’s first technology-based marketing company based out of Bangalore. She's the founder of exclusive designer collection store for women, IRA HOUSE OF DESIGNERS which brings to you a range of designer wear that is bespoke. She also tutors at some of the most prestigious educational institutions in India like IFIM (Institute of Finance and International Management) and IIITB (International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore).Somdutta strives to build a dedicated disciplined curriculum on entrepreneurship and build the e-cell that will mentor entrepreneurs from scratch

Ganesh Datta Lakkur

trainer and coach
Mr. Ganesh Datta Lakkur, an enterprising youngster with a strong belief in revolutionising the education system. He is the founder of “The Project-7 Team” which is actively involved in conducting workshops in the field of training and coaching students in life skills, leadership development, motivational training and self-development. He is a trained Professional Master of Ceremony (MC/EMCEE) and has anchored various corporate events, parties, functions and many more. He is an avid blogger, vlogger, an orator as well as a debator par excellence and have been featured in various news channels. He is an award winning life skills trainer and has received "Young Entrepreneur Award" and "Social Entrepreneur Award" from Rotary Clubs International, Achieve group and VYC Club International. He has trained over 7000 students in the past 5 years.He was the Licensee and Curator of TEDxDSCE, an independently organized TED Event.

Hemanth M Rao

Film director and screen writer
Hemanth M. Rao is an Indian film director and screenwriter who works in Kannada cinema. He rose to fame following the success of his directorial debut Godhi Banna Sadharana Mykattu (2016). Rao took to films after completing his graduation in engineering and brief stint with journalism. He has worked with the industry bigwigs like Girish Kasaravalli, Jacob Varghese and Prithvi. He made his directional debut in 2016 with Godhi Banna Sadharana Mykattu, that tells the story of a son who goes about searching for his missing 66-year-old father, that had Rakshit Shetty and Anant Nag playing the respective roles

Karthik Y V

Mr. Y V Karthik is a businessman in Bengaluru. An experienced director of sales and marketing with a demonstrated history of working in the education management industry. Skilled in Management, Sales, Strategic Planning, Networking, and Marketing Strategy. He is a sales professional par excellence with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) focused in Marketing from Indian Institute of Planning and Management.

Payal Agarwal

Software professional
"Spectacular achievement is always preceded by unspectacular preparation." Determination. Guts. Courage. Grit. Perseverance. Hard work. Dedication defines Ms. Payal Agarwal. She is a software developer by profession and a writer, poet, singer, public speaker by passion. Her interest lies in Human Psychology. She feels that she is unique as she never lets the challenges of life deviate from the decisions she has taken which in the process has made her look at adversity as an opportunity and gear herself to take life Head-on..

Praveen Sood

Mr.Praveen Sood, IPS, DGP – CID Praveen Sood, an alumni of IIT Delhi, IIM Bangalore and Syracuse University, New York, joined IPS in 1986, Karnataka Cadre. A strong supporter of technology driven traffic management, he is instrumental in establishing most advanced Traffic Management Centre at Bangalore city. He was instrumental in introducing mobile governance through SMS gateways for collection of fees as well as service requests from public. As Commissioner of Traffic and Road Safety he was involved in replicating Bangalore model of technology driven traffic management to entire state. As Additional Director General of Police Computer Wing he implemented CCTNS i.e. Crime & Criminal Tracking Network System all over Karnataka by networking all Police Stations up to Delhi and ensuring data entry and retrieval of all information in police stations and higher police officers online in real-time. He is currently serving as DGP- CID, Bengaluru.

Pravin Godkhindi

Pravin Godkhindi is a renowned flute (Bansuri) player following the Hindustani style of music. Pravin is a trained Electrical engineer who plays traditional Hindustani style of flute as well as contemporary. He started learning flute from his father Pandit Venkatesh Godkhindi at the age of three. He is a master of thanthrakari style and has experimented with fusion of both Indian and Western music.He has performed at the World Flutes Festival at Mendoza, Argentina in September, 2010. He was awarded the title "Suramani" at the age of 16.He is the first Indian to perform on the 8 feet contrabass flute,first south Indian Bansuri artiste to be graded "A-Top" by which he renamed as GOD's BANSI.

Pritham Kumar

Lighting designer
Usually in theatre, only actors receive acclaim. But lights and sets, the backbone of theatre productions, often go unappreciated. Bengaluru-based Pritham Kumar has distinguished himself as a lighting designer. Pritham is a self-taught lighting designer, He has created a workshop to train theatre and dance practitioners as well as those interested in lighting design. He claims that Critical thinking towards lighting design is important to make it accessible to all. Pritham regularly conducts lighting design workshops across the country and has created a four part workshop, a first of its kind in Bengaluru. If there is one quality that makes Pritham stand out in the field, it is his commitment.

Saveen Menon

Fitness coach
With several international certifications and experience of over 18 years in fitness science, Mr. Saveen Menon is rated as one of India’s leading body transformation specialists. ‘The FITT Studio’ started by him with the tagline “Makes you look good naked” propagates the 12 week transformation where he sets the goal for his clients that they are not allowed to come back after 12 weeks. His idea of transformation has been successful with a diverse set of clientele like sports personnel, the ones who wanted to train for fitness, people who were written off by doctors like the rehabs, obese ,etc. He has been awarded as the best fitness manager in ‘Snap Fitness’ pan India for training clients.His concept of body transformation involves a blend of traditional and modern styles of training customised to the clients’ requirements.

Shruthi Ravi

Be the change you wish to see in the world!!! Ms. Shruthi Ravi, from Bengaluru owns a cafe, where she has trained and hired women from alcoholic backgrounds. She's a passionate architect who is obsessed with the use of eco-friendly and sustainable materials. She decided to walk the different path by becoming a social entrepreneur, with a cause. She believes in women empowerment kindling a hope that there would be lot of opportunities opening up in future for the women from alcoholic abused backgrounds.

Organizing team

Dr. Neena



  • Amith Balaram
  • Ashwini M
    Team member
  • Balaji Girish
    Team member
  • Chandana Gowda
    Team member
  • Deepak G
    Team member
  • Kaushik R
    Post production
  • Kushal Borra
    Team member
  • Megha V
    Team member
  • Meghana Nagaraj
    Team member
  • Meghana Srinivas
    Team member
  • Mohammed Ameen
  • Monish Gowda
  • Nandini Mahesh
    Team member
  • Naveen Gowda
  • Nischitha Kanthraj
    Team member
  • Nisha R
  • Nitin Shenoy
    Team member
  • Raksha B V
    Team member
  • Rakshitha Ganesh
    Team member
  • Rohith G S
    Team member
  • Sameer Jagannath
    Post production
  • Sandesh S
  • Santhosh S.P
  • Sarvajith Guru Prakash
    Team member
  • Sidhanth Prasad
  • Sukruth Rao
  • varush gowda