Actress and Social Activist
Anu Aggarwal, a former Bollywood Actress and Model, is a hardworking and self-made social activist working towards improving our society and the people that live within it. Founder of the Anu Aggarwal Foundation, or AAF for short, she is an environmentalist who strongly believes in promoting and advocating for positive mental health, women empowerment and world peace.
OSCAR Young Leader Programme Trainer
Govind Rathod embodies our theme ‘EDGE’ in many ways. As a child labourer, he was forced to work a gruelling 13 hour day to earn a pittance to provide for his family. Now, he is an OSCAR Young Leader Programme Trainer. His vision to expand the OSCAR Young Leader Programme internationally has gotten him invited to a UN conference in South Korea, where he learnt to develop educational programmes and work with disabilities.
Manoj Kumar Sinha
Motivational Speaker and Influencer
Lt Col Manoj Kumar Sinha, having served the Indian Armed Forces for more than 30 years, epitomizes: strength, resilience and patriotism. In service of his nation, he successfully led intense counter-terrorism battles in Kashmir. He was awarded the Sena Medal for his services. His sense of duty and the spirit to fight for his country did not end with his retirement from the Army. He began to express himself through his pen and voice, stories of courage and sacrifice through poems, documentaries, live talks, light and sound shows and live commentaries.
Beauty Pageant Titleholder
Neha Jaiswal is a dynamic Indian model and beauty pageant titleholder, originally from Betul, Madhya Pradesh. After her initial schooling, she pursued further studies in Architecture while exploring modelling too. One of Neha’s favourite quotes in life is “Everything happens twice; first in your mind and then in reality.” This incredible sentiment also points to her character as a strong dreamer and believer. From being a student to becoming a runner up at LIVA Miss Diva, Neha Jaiswal’s life proves to be inspiring and points to her being an embodiment of the well-known saying, “dreams come true.”
At the young age of 17, Priyanka Acharya is a prolific rhythmic gymnast and has under her belt several achievements. Starting to participate in the sport at the age of 7, she has bagged a tremendous amount of 103 medals in total. Not only has she won several accolades in the National School Games and Federation Nationals Championship, she is a five times National Champion and was selected for Junior Asian Rhythmic Gymnastics Championship, held at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. With so much experience and passion to share, her speech at the TEDxYouth@HFSI event is certainly something to look forward to.
Indian Foreign Service Officer
A young diplomat, Pujya Priyadarshni joined the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) in 2019 by securing an All India Rank 11 in the Civil Services Examination 2018. She is currently posted at the Embassy of India in Paris, France. She is also an author and writer - her paper titled “NRI Marriages: Reality, Ramifications and Recourse to Justice” was presented at the International Conference on Empowering Women in 2018. With her versatile body of work and experience in various corners of the world, Pujya is sure to inspire us all to explore various facets of life, discover, grow and emerge successful in our own way!