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December 19, 2021
Surat, Gujarat

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Performing Arts Center
L.P.Savani Road Near Hari Om Circle Adajan, Pal Gam
Surat, Gujarat, 395009
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Akash Lakdawala

Motivational Speaker
Akash met with an accident at the age of 12 and lost both his hands in the mishap. He is a Chartered Accountant. He is currently working as an Investment Banker with Standard Chartered Bank. To start his entrepreneurial journey, he has co-founded WisePiper EdTech with a vision to make learning interactive and fun through tailor-made activities and games.

Beena Pallical

Dalit Human Rights Activist
Beena Pallical is a Dalit Women Leader mainly focusing on Economic Justice and specifically looking at Gender Equity. Over the last 11 years, she is with the NCDHR working on the Dalit Economic Rights. She has been passionately working towards policy changes within Central and State governments towards the marginalised communities (Dalits &Tribals ) and has been demanding that Dalit Women be included in policy formulation.

Darshit Patel

Metagenomics Specialist
Darshit Patel is a young entrepreneur with specialised skills in Drug Design, Bioinformatics, and Metagenomics. He inculcated all his education and experience in a single direction, i.e. Longevity and founded a platform to actualize them. Darshit is an avid educator, providing his services as a visiting lecturer in Bharati Vidyapeeth Pune, for a wide array of topics like Computational Drug Design and Advanced Bioinformatics.

Praneet Kaur

Trauma Focused Therapist
Praneet Kaur is a trauma focused therapist and primarily deals with relationship issues and sexual abuse trauma recovery cases. She practices Trauma Informed Therapy, Internal Family System and Inner Child Healing as her core approaches. She holds a master's degree in Clinical Psychology and has been practicing for 3 + years now. She is the founder of Pour The Heart out which is an online platform for individual and group therapy.

Snehal Patel

Environmentalist and Engineer
Snehal Patel is a Mechanical Engineer by profession. As he was a nature enthusiast since childhood, he founded the Nature Club Surat- an NGO working towards Environment Education. He has built a self-sustaining farm called Eco Farm where he lives. He is also the Honorary Wildlife Warden of Surat District and a member of the Wildlife Advisory Board of Gujarat.

Sonia Shirsat

Sonia Shirsat, the recipient of the National Award, “Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar” of 2016 from Sangeet Natak Academy, Government of India, New Delhi and Yuva Srujan Puraskar, Govt of Goa without any formal training in music or singing, has made a mark in the music scene in Fado in her State and Country and now she has reached the International Stage as well. She has sung in 15 languages to date and in 19 countries. Fado de Goa is her ongoing project to promote and preserve the Fado in these parts of the World.

Tuhin Paul

Social Entrepreneur
Tuhin Paul is a social entrepreneur and co-founder of Menstrupedia, who is on a mission to help parents teach their kids about puberty and reproductive health at the right age through innovative and culture friendly means.He has created Menstrupedia Comic to make it easy and fun to teach young girls about periods and another comic book Gulu to teach boys about puberty. Tuhin’s work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Reuters, CNBC and BBC.

Organizing team


Surat, Gujarat, India


Surat, India
  • Aakruti Dalmia
  • Nikhil Hada
  • Rishabh Chopra