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December 18, 2021
Kolkata, West Bengal

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Kolkata, West Bengal, 700089
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Aarti V Raman

Amazon International Top 100 Bestselling Author
Author of 22 bestselling books on Amazon, Aarti’s chick-lit dramedy “The Worst Daughter Ever” has been optioned for a screen adaptation. She’s currently working on the sequels to this Amazon Top 10 Bestseller. Her other bestselling romance series ‘the eight-book ‘Millionaire Foes’ have regularly topped the bestseller charts, all over the world. She’s also commissioned to work on an original rom- com for prominent audio platform Storytel. Aarti is one of three Indian writers around the world, whose portfolio of work and words have made it to the Astrobotic Peregrine Moon Lander Mission of 2022. Her books are going to land on the moon aboard the indie-project Writers On The Moon!

Dr Era Dutta

MD Psychiatry, DNB Psychiatry, MBBS Consultant Psychiatrist & Life Wellness coach
Dr Era Dutta is a Consultant Neuro Psychiatrist with a difference. She has been awarded the Young Psychiatrist Award. She believes in the holistic care of each individual’s mental health needs and her expertise in Depression, Anxiety, OCD and Stress has helped many. She considers herself a “mental health ninja” and wants to help stamp out the stigma that surrounds mental health.

Gaurav Khanna

National Head Coach, Para Badminton.
Gaurav Khanna is the God sent Angel for for Para Badminton players He is The man behind Indian shuttlers' success in Tokyo Paralympics. Picking up Badminton at an early age, Khanna won many state and national championships which also helped him start his career as an inspector in the Railway Protection Force (RPF). He has set up an academy and built a disabled-friendly accommodation-cum-recovery centre raising Rs 1 crore loan for these para athletes in Lucknow. On 29th August 2020, Khanna received the Dronacharya Award for his contribution to the success of Para Badminton in India.


Founder of Career After Family Enterprise (CAFE). Chartered Accountant, Company Secretary and Certified Treasury Manager by qualification with 2 decades of experience as an investment Banker.
Kavita Agarwal is a Chartered Accountant, Company Secretary and Certified Treasury Manager by qualification with 2 decades of experience as an investment Banker. She started CAFE with 15 women and today with over 600 women looking upto her for guidance and help, she has created a healthy ecosystem for them to fulfil their dreams. Dreams of doing more, being more and achieving more.

Kavita Kaushik

Indian Actress & Certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher
Kavita Kaushik is a well-known and versatile actress who has featured on Indian Television and films for over 20 years now. Born to Bengali mother and Rajasthani father, she enjoys the best of both the beautiful cultures and their charm. She has also done several lead roles in Punjabi movies. She is most appreciated for her role as Inspector Chautala in the serial FIR. Some of her other notable serials include Kahaani Ghar Ghar ki, Kutumb, Saavdhaan India to name a few. With over 500 hours dedicated to training and teaching, she is also a certified Kundalini Yoga teacher.


Madhumita is a mentor and peer teacher in the special school unit of IICP as well as in some of the mainstream schools of Kolkata. She works with innovative and creative approaches to education and communication through Augmentative & Alternative communication and Assistive Technology, with children having cerebral palsy and speech impairments receive to support them through their transition and adulthood. She piloted IICP’s project, the (GupShup) software to be used by students with complex communication needs in inclusive classrooms of mainstream schools.

Manpriya Makhni & Navneet Kaur

Founder - Caked India
Manpriya Makhni is a trained filmmaker with a bachelors in philosophy from Hindu College, Delhi University. She is a self-taught baker/cake designer. She opened a European Indian fusion café in Chandigarh before fine tuning her vision for Caked. Navneet Kaur is Masters in Computer Applications from Indraprastha University, Delhi. Her natural knack for sales is what made her the co-founder for Caked. While they run Caked with a mission to somehow empower women from smaller cities and rural area, they are breaking every taboo and acing their life as a QUEER COUPLE.

Neeti Goel

Renowned Restauranteur & Change Maker
Neeti Goel is a successful restaurateur based in Mumbai and has been awarded the restaurateur of the year in 2019 at the Eiffel Tower in Paris & has ranked 2nd amongst the top 50 restaurants in the world. During the pandemic Neeti has taken up a lot of relief work by co-founding the ‘ghar bhejo’ initiative with actor Sonu Sood, where they transported 1.5 lacs migrant workers back home and ‘Khaanachaiye’ which started with 1200 meals and are at 80 lakh plus meals now.

Palak Kohli

International Para Badminton Athlete
'I don't like when people sympathise with me.' Says the Wonder Girl Palak Kohli, India’s para badminton star from Jalandhar, who has made history by becoming the youngest para badminton player in the world to qualify for Tokyo Paralympics 2021 in 3 events. She has won medals both at the National and International Para Badminton championship. At the recently concluded Uganda Para Badminton International she won 2 Gold and 1 Silver medals. She is truly a champion and a Youth icon. When this 18-year-old says with conviction that she has the “determination and hard work” required for the sport and to fulfil her dreams, we all need to see it and experience the passion that flows from every word she speaks!


CEO - Iron Lady
Rajesh is passionate about Women Empowerment & Leadership, Entrepreneurship, and making an impact in people's life. 3 of his 6 start-ups have gone on to become the No.1 in the Industry – Head Held High, 1Bridge, and Iron Lady. He supports organizations in harnessing the power of Women's Leadership, through his Leadership Platform for Women, Iron Lady. Rajesh is on a Mission to enable at least a million women to reach the TOP. CNN awarded him “The Real Heroes of India” for his work on women empowerment and social impact.

Retd. LT. GEN. Madhuri Kanitkar

Retd. Lt Gen from Indian Armed Forces and Vice Chancellor - Maharashtra University of Health Sciences
LT. Gen. Madhuri Kanitkar is the third woman and the first Pediatrician in the Indian Army to reach the three-star rank. An alumnus of Armed Forces Medical College of 1978 batch, she has had the distinction of being first in Pune University in all the three phases of MBBS and was awarded the President’s Gold Medal for the best outgoing student of the graduate wing in academics and extra- curricular activities in 1982. She has a vast professional and teaching experience with a large number of publications to her credit. A guest speaker at various national and international conferences, her pride has been to wear three hats with elan and reaching the pinnacle in each sphere- that of a Teacher, Soldier and a Doctor.

Shalini Kochharr

SHALINI Kochharr is a modern LUXURY and LIFESTYLE Guru, And works with different industries, celebrities and countries, globally. Best Selling Author, Columnist, TV Anchor and Happiness, Success & X-FACTOR Coach, SHALINI radiates the wisdom of an INDIAN YOGI, and the glamour of the Principality of Monaco where she lives. As a former Miss India finalist, SHALINI combines beauty and intelligence with a purpose. Founder of "Women on Top Forum she promotes WOMEN EMPOWERMENT all over the world, and among top industries: from MOVIES, to MUSIC, SPORTS, FASHION CORPORATE & BUSINESS. Her first book - “ShaliniSays Women on Top of their Game” - celebrates 100 women entrepreneurs and their inspiring stories and contributes to raise awareness about Breast cancer worldwide.

Shivani Agarwalla

World Champion, Gold Medalist: Kettlebell Sports & Practising Chartered Accountant
Shivani Agarwalla, is India’s first Woman World Champion in Kettlebell Sports, held at Bukhara, Uzbekistan, 2018. Further, she had the honour of being India’s only three-time Woman World Champion in the said sports. She is a practicing Chartered Accountant specialising in the field of Indirect Taxation and a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI). With an initial plan of losing postpartum weight, Shivani chanced upon her mentor and coach Arnav Sarkar, who saw in her a spark and the rest is history.

Organizing team


  • Karan Shah
  • Naresh Sekhani
  • Shashi Jain Dugar
  • Subhash Saraf