Founder of Vrihi, the first non-governmental and largest rice seed bank for farmers in eastern India, Dr. Debal Deb has managed to save 920 varieties of rice by re-establishing the vanishing culture of non-commercial seed exchange. Debal works with farmers to truly recognize the depth of their knowledge and believes that solutions to hunger must benefit the small producer who is at highest risk.
In many communities, talking about menstruation is taboo. Consequently, the women in these communities suffer silently under the burden of low hygiene, the lack of healthcare and attention towards their well being. Breaking the taboo and reaching out to many women through her initiative is Jessamijn Miedema. Eco Femme produces washable cloth sanitary pads. These pads last for approximately 75 washes and are not only accessible to the people and easy to use but also reduce the use of plastic, unlike other sanitary napkins which are made of non-biodegradable materials. Jessamijn Miedema is a true example of a person who not only identified a problem but also created a sustainable solution for it. Her story forces us to think what new horizons we can touch if just ask ourselves one simple question - Because, why not?
When she is not busy travelling and following her passion to create quality travel content for her fans, Larissa is found curating FelizLand, the brand she co-founded - an online store where you can buy things personally designed by her. She has successfully made her mark being one of the most followed influencers with more than 362000 subscribers on YouTube. A self-preneur at heart, Larissa is an inspiration for all those who want to follow their heart and are scared of taking a leap ahead.
Rohit Maheshwari is a strategy and product leader, a business visionary and a tech genius. Rohit is the Head of Strategy and Products at Subex. He is responsible for delivering business growth using innovation and product strategy. He leverages his expertise in artificial intelligence (AI), analytics and digital services to contribute to Subex’s solutions and enables its clients to build new offerings, drive business growth and deliver great customer experience. Rohit has an infectious sense of ownership, passion and drive with a rare ability to engage with customers, partners and team members. He is one of the finest techno-commercial leaders out there. It is challenging to make your name in one field, but Rohit's done it for so many of them, when asked what kept him going on towards his goal, he said, whenever I had to do something difficult , i would always ask, Because why not?
Retd. Lt Col Satyendra Verma is a decorated Army Officer, India's FIRST base jumper, a man who doesn't fear death. When he jumped off the 450-feet high deck of Pitampura TV Tower in Delhi, he created history. From that point he never looked back and went on to achieve over 54 jumps, 2400 skydives and 350 wingsuit jumps to his credit. Ex-Captain of the indian army’s skydiving team, he received the National Adventure Award (equivalent to Arjuna Award) from then President Pranab Mukherjee. He recently added another feather to his cap by completing India's highest BASE (Building, Antenna, Span and Earth) jump from the 56th floor of a building. When asked what helped him achieve this feat, his reply is "I function very differently, whenever I want to do something, I ask myself, Because why not?"
Mr. Sudhir Tiku is currently the head of Bosch India’s Security Systems business and has more than 22 years of diverse experience in the automation industry. He was responsible for large product sales portfolio of fire detection, gas suppression and security products. He specializes in customer based business strategy and possesses rich experience in mapping security solutions to verticals and driving growth across teams and regions.
Vandana Suri, Founder of TaxShe, an enabler, a leader and a woman cab driver herself. An attack on a woman in a cab led Vandana Suri to start TaxShe, a cab service that uses women drivers to meet the travel needs of women and children. It trains women from underprivileged segments to become professional drivers. Vandana Suri is a mom and a caretaker first. She is also a serial entrepreneur and carries with her over 2 decades of working experience involving diverse industry and in dynamic roles. Her experience in early days of chartered accountancy and financial management helped her to head Whitefield Honda, an automobile giant in Bangalore as Head – Finance. Vandana Suri is an inspiration for many women across the world, as she proves that a woman’s education and knowledge can be taken beyond the corporate world, into the society, which can serve the purpose of being both enterprising and reformist. She has managed to put her head down and get to work in the most earnest manner, so that many women can put their heads high up and lead their lives with pride.