Aditya Baran Mallik
Founder &CEO - Best First Step Education Pvt. Ltd
The belief that poverty alleviation should be the focal point of developmental strategy propelled Aditya from a corporate career into the first generation of social entrepreneurs in India. Based on the hypothesis that poverty alleviation can only be sustainably addressed through livelihood generation, Aditya’s chosen paths for pursuing his theory of change are livelihood-linked skill development and community-based micro-entrepreneurship.
His first social enterprise startup, Best First Step Education Pvt Ltd was a pioneer in the social enterprise and vocational education sectors in India and through its brand ‘Institute for Quality Skill Training’ (IQST), it has implemented high social impact, outcome-linked skill development initiatives in multiple States in East and North East India, positively impacting over 75,000 youth till date.
CMD HIDCO and Additional Chief Secretary to Govt of West Bengal
Shri Debashis Sen joined the IAS in 1985. He graduated from Presidency College, Kolkata and got his post-M.Sc. Diploma from Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics. He got his Diploma in Public Administration from ENA, France. He has been trained at the JFK School Harvard University and IMF Institute, USA.
Shri Sen has served in various capacities including District Magistrate for more than five years, Chief Electoral Officer for five years and Head of Information Technology & Electronics Department for three years.
He is presently posted as Chairman-Managing Director, WBHIDCO which is a government company that is developing Smart City of New Town, Kolkata. He is also the Chairman of NabaDiganta Industrial Township Authority (NDITA) at Sector 5.
Dr. Kunal Sarkar
Senior Vice Chairman, Medica Hospitals Pvt. Ltd, Kolkata. Chairman - Kolkata Heart Foundation.
One of the leading Cardiac Surgeons of India and past President
of the Indian Association of Cardio-Thoracic Surgeons (IACTS).
Leading exponent of coronary bypass surgery and complex adult
Currently Senior Vice Chairman of Medica Hospitals Pvt Ltd,
Kolkata and Chairman - Kolkata Heart Foundation (KHF).
National Scholar and recipient of eleven medals in Surgery including
the Gold medal.
Avid debater since school and college days at St Xavier’s
Collegiate School and Medical College, Calcutta.
Founded the Calcutta Debating Circle (CDC), which hosts
“Calcutta’s Festival of the Spoken Word”, which is the largest
debating festival in India. CDC aims to encourage quality public
speaking amongst students. Pursues healthcare concerns and policy discussions, Speaks across the country on these issues contributes to publications in English and Bengali. His book on Indian Healthcare “The Sickness of Health” will soon be published.
Laxmi Ratan Shukla
Former Indian Cricketer and Politician
Laxmi Ratan Shukla is a former Indian cricketer and politician. He is a right-handed middle-order batsman and a right-arm medium-pace bowler. He represented the Bengal cricket team. He was also a player in the IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders, Delhi Daredevils, and the Sunrisers Hyderabad. He was a member of the legislative assembly of West Bengal representing the All India Trinamool Congress. He resigned from the ministry on 5th January 2021.
Priyam Ghose is an original content creator from Kolkata. He aims to make Kolkata prominent in the national circuit through his content which ranges from comedy videos, web series, stand-up comedy, VoxPops, interviews, etc. He has collaborated with Kolkata Knight Riders, The Bill Gates Foundation and most recently
Founder - Great Place to Study & Dalham Learning
Shekhar Bhattacharjee is a futurist and social entrepreneur in the education space with success stories behind SkillTree Knowledge Consortium, Great Place To Study and DALHAM Foundation. With SkillTree, he pioneered the branded content space in the education sector with few popular television series running for half a decade now. As Founder and CEO of Great Place to Study, an organization dedicated to rating schools on the basis of a happiness index, Shekhar envisioned creating a global community of happy schools that are committed for future growth. Great Place to Study currently operates in 2 continents with 400+ K-12 institutions as clients. With a deep appreciation of the contribution of founders and educators to nation-building, the mission of GPTS is to help education institutions transform their cultures and become their best by providing scientific feedback, access GPTS’s digital library for career discovery and experience learning through Knowledge Studio.
Soumita is a solution seeker. That's what took her on the path of social entrepreneurship. She is a pioneer in the field of inclusive fashion and runs her own line of Inclusive clothing, Zyenika where the designs are adapted to people's physical requirements and challenges. For nearly two decades, she has worked on various development issues - with a particular focus on health, livelihoods, and governance. Her work has taken her to villages and cities across India where learned more about indigenous innovations.
Sumeru Chatterjee is an education entrepreneur, technologist and community builder. He has spent a decade in Silicon Valley, USA working in Financial technologies and AI. He is passionate about education and community and runs a global for-profit and a non-profit education enterprise. In his spare time, he loves cycling and hiking mountains, frequently competing in Ironman events
Senior Editor, India Today Group
Vikrant Gupta is an Indian news anchor who is famous for their cricket-related interesting news and analysis. Vikrant Gupta has a very good reach among those who associated with sports. Vikrant Gupta started his career as a reporter on the Indian Express. Today Vikrant is known as the most famous sports anchor in the country.
Vikrant started his career as a sports reporter on the Indian Express. After some years, he left the job, joined as a senior sports reporter on Aaj Tak. He has covered 5 World Cups so far and he interviewed big cricketing names like Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virat Kohli. At this time, he is working as Senior Executive Editor on the Aaj Tak channel.