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December 2, 2018
Mumbai, Maharashtra

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Lala Lajpatrai Marg, Lotus Colony, Worli
Mumbai, Maharashtra, 400018
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Ameenah Gurib Fakim

Ameenah Gurib-Fakim is a scientist and has been an entrepreneur before becoming the 6th President of the Republic of Mauritius. Her life story of mother, career woman underscores the indomitable spirit of a go-getter. Her motto has always been never to give up in the face of adversity and to make your work your passion.

Dhruv Patel

Dhruv Patel is a bioengineering undergraduate at the University of Maryland College Park. He has been working in healthcare technology for more than 5+ years in the field of implantable glucose sensors, magnetic drug delivery, portable MRI scanners, and much more. His interdisciplinary and intuitive approach to solving today's most challenging healthcare problems has allowed him to lead his enterprise, Synapto, to win various national awards and gain international recognition. As a proven leader in medical devices, his passion for medicine, entrepreneurship, and engineering glows in his work and is seen in his commitment in the fight against Alzheimer's.

Dnyaneshwar Bodke

Mr. Dnyaneshwar Bodke is a progressive farmer. He developed & established The System of "Integrated Organic farming & Direct marketing" of Vegetables & Gir Gau (Cow) Milk. He is a gentle, brave and caring person. He spends most of his time educating, encouraging and elevating the farmers. He and his family members work in harmony as per the model created by him.

Dr. Binish Desai

Dr Binish Desai famously known as the Recycle man of India is an inventor and social entrepreneur He is founder of Eco Eclectic Technologies and has been working with zero waste technologies since age 11. His works have helped him convert 850 tonnes of waste into more than 150 products. He comes from a small town of Valsad in Gujarat and at age 25 he has been named in Forbes 30 Under 30 list of most successful social entrepreneurs in Asia. His company Eco Lights studio is helping rural women get employment by training them to convert waste into beautiful pieces of decor. A book titled “ The recycle man” is being written on his life and works and is due to publish in January 2019.

Gitanjali Rao

Gitanjali Rao is 13 years old and was named America’s Top Young Scientist of 2017 by the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge with a device to detect lead in water faster than any other current techniques. She was selected as the youngest Forbes 30 under 30 2019 in the science category. She is an active STEM promoter and is involved in promoting STEM based activities in schools, clubs and the community. Gitanjali is an active volunteer for an organization called Children’s Kindness Network that spreads an anti-bullying message, and promotes the importance of kindness in all of us, while conducting workshops in elementary schools and hopes to educate children about kindness and solving problems. When she grows up, Gitanjali aspires to study genetics and epidemiology in MIT. Gitanjali hopes to keep writing, discovering, and sharing her knowledge in the future.

Govindraj Ethiraj

Govindraj is a television & print journalist and founder of Boom, a fact-checking initiative. He anchors seasonal shows on Indian news television--the current one being Aegons of Business on Bloomberg Quint, and the most recent being Policy Watch on public service broadcaster Rajya Sabha TV. He also writes for newspapers such as Business Standard. Previously, Govindraj was Founder-Editor in Chief of Bloomberg TV India. Prior to that, he worked with Business Standard as Editor (New Media) with a specific mandate of integrating the newspaper’s news operations with its digital or web platform. He also spent around five years each with CNBC-TV18 and The Economic Times. He is a Fellow of The Aspen Institute, Colorado, and a winner of the BMW Foundation Responsible Leadership Award for 2014 and the 2018 McNulty Prize.

Haaziq Kazi

Haaziq Kazi is a passionate 12 year old inventor who is working on an innovative ship called ERVIS which will help clean the oceans of its 5 trillion floating plastic rubbish and help restore the natural habitat for the marine life.

Harssh A Poddar

Harssh represents the new-age model of a police officer. He is an Oxford-educated lawyer who left a corporate career in London to join the Indian Police Service (IPS). His revolutionary work changes the perception of citizens towards the police through large scale initiatives such as youth empowerment to combat terror, career counselling for adolescents, prevention of mob violence and transforming rural police stations into people-friendly institutions.

Levon Biss

Levon Biss is a British artist specialising in extreme macro photography. His complex photographic process explores the microscopic world in fine detail, providing a unique perspective of insects. Levon’s images make the invisible visible and provide his audience with an unexpected view of the tiny creatures we share the planet with. His photography has been exhibited throughout the world and is in held in numerous personal and museum collections.

Maati Baani

Maati Baani’s sound is a mix of India’s rare folklore and classical music with the blend of funk and blues. Nirali’s Hindustani roots and Kartik’s nomadic vision has given the bands its distinct folk-pop sound. Maati Baani consists of Hindustani vocalist Nirali Kartik and award-winning Composer/Music producer Kartik Shah. Together both Nirali and Kartik have collaborated with more than 200 musicians across the globe from 30 countries The core of their sound is rooted in Indian Classical and Indian Folk They are amongst the first group to collaborate with musicians over the internet.

Madhumita Murgia

Madhumita is an award-winning journalist who has written extensively about the effects of pervasive technologies on society. In 2013, she became interested in the spiderweb of companies that were tracking and selling personal data about our daily habits online and offline, which she exposed through an investigation into her own data profile. Today, she continues to dig into this data ecosystem and its rapid evolution.

Mihir Shah

Mihir Shah is passionate to address global health disparities affecting the many with the power of scalable, affordable engineering and innovation. He is the founder of UE Lifesciences, a Philly based med-tech company bringing early detection of breast cancer to over a billion women globally. Mihir is a previous TED speaker and he teaches entrepreneurship in biomedical engineering as an adjunct faculty at Drexel University's School of Biomedical Engineering.

Parag Khanna

Parag Khanna was born in India grew up in the UAE, USA, and Germany, and in recent years has lived in London and Singapore. He is an adventure traveler, scholar, and bestselling author of six books including The Second World, Connectography, and The Future is Asian. Parag is the founder and managing partner of FutureMap, a strategic advisory firm. He has appeared in major television and print media around the world, and has spoken at TED Global 2009, TED 2016, TEDxGateway, and other TED events.

Parag Khanna Why Asia is the center of the world (again)

Parag Khanna was born in India grew up in the UAE, USA, and Germany, and in recent years has lived in London and Singapore. He is an adventure traveler, scholar, and bestselling author of six books including The Second World, Connectography, and The Future is Asian. Parag is the founder and managing partner of FutureMap, a strategic advisory firm. He has appeared in major television and print media around the world, and has spoken at TED Global 2009, TED 2016, TEDxGateway, and other TED events.

Prashant Warier

Prashant is an expert in the field of Artificial Intelligence and Deep learning. He has architect-ed and commercialized several data science solutions and is a prolific researcher, author and speaker in this field. He is passionate about using artificial intelligence and machine learning to make healthcare affordable and accessible. Prior to his current role, Prashant was Chief Data Scientist at Fractal Analytics. Previously, was Co-Founder and CEO of AI-powered advertising technology startup Imagna which was acquired by Fractal Analytics in 2015.

Raghu Rai

Raghu Rai in search of thyself, the more you explore, the more you begin to wonder because the search and the self gets extended to the world of mysteries. His camera has given him a new religion and a new purpose which otherwise would have remained hidden. He does not accept to enter a temple, a church or a mosque without a camera in his hand, because without that no God exist for him. So Photography is his Dharma.

Sameep Padora

Sameep Padora runs an architecture and research practice based out of Mumbai. He was voted by the World Architecture News as one of one of the top 21 young architects globally. He has been a recipient of the Architectural Review's commendation for the Emerging Architecture Award as well as has received MARMOMACC Architecture in Stone prize in Verona, Italy. His innovative Maya Somaiya library was shortlisted as one of the 6 best Libraries globally by the AR London.

Seema Bansal

Seema Bansal is passionate about large scale systems reforms. She brings this passion to bear in her role as the Director of the Social Impact practice in BCG. Seema has been working with the leaderships of Central and State Governments, Foundations and NGOs on reforms in development sectors such as education, public health, food security etc. over the last decade. Currently she and her team are working with 2.5lakh schools and 3cr kids to improve the quality of education.

Shabana Basij-Rasikh

Afghan Educator

Shahnaaz Khan

Shahnaaz Khan studies how identities shape conflicts and ways in which diverse countries can ensure peaceful co- existence. She has worked with survivors and victim families of hate crimes, researching the phenomenon and its effects. She is an educator working towards bringing conversations on identity in the classroom towards raising accepting and tolerant citizens.

Shantha Rau Barriga

Human Rights Activist
Shantha Rau Barriga is an expert in international disability rights and has documented human rights abuses against people with disabilities in more than a dozen countries around the world. She is the founding director of the disability rights division at Human Rights Watch, leading research and advocacy to bring the voices of people with disabilities to policymakers and the media, in partnership with organizations of people with disabilities. This work has lead to concrete changes in policies and perceptions. In particular, she has documented the shackling of people with psychosocial disabilities, denial of education for children with disabilities, violence against women and girls with disabilities, the institutionalization of children and adults with disabilities, and the neglect of people with disabilities in humanitarian emergencies.

Suresh Prabhu

Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu is an Indian politician and currently serving as the Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation under the Modi government. He is credited with championing and enacting The Electricity Act, 2003 and the reforms that created securitization of dues from the states. He was also elected a member of the World Bank parliamentary network and chaired the South Asia Water regional group of the World Bank. He was Awarded 'Indian of the Year 2017 and Asia week has rated him as one of three future leaders of India.

Tom Wujec

Tom Wujec is a technology pioneer, design thinker, writer, and master facilitator who helps people solve complex problems. For the past three decades, he has guided a vast range of teams to think and work more creatively helping them build better cars, make bigger blockbuster movies, code more elegant software, formulate smarter and clearer strategies, construct greener buildings, and design more beautiful and sustainable products.

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Mumbai / Delhi, India