Jimmy Nelson is an award-winning photographer whose goal and objective is to create an iconic document of indigenous cultures and leave a visual legacy for future generations. He aspires to make an aesthetically pleasing photographic and cinematic document that will endure. His work will serve as a stepping stone for further debate about the validity and beauty of these rapidly vanishing cultures.
Ken Zuckerman has been dubbed "one of the world's most eclectic masters of improvisation" as well as one of the best sarod virtuosos performing today. He spent 37 years learning the sarod under the strict tutelage of India's greatest sarod teacher, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. He has toured Europe, India, and the United States with Maestro Khan, performing in a number of concerts.
Trained as a hospitality professional, Nitin Tewari found his true calling behind the bar. He is one of the leading lights in popular cocktail bars in New Delhi and has worked with some of India's most highly recognized bars and restaurants. Nitin has been working as a consultant mixologist: setting up bars, training bartenders, understanding guest needs and beverage trends across different cities in India and abroad.
Pawan Desai is a man of many talents who has displayed his brilliance across various domains throughout his professional career. He is a distinguished Ex- Indian Navy officer with a specialization in Submarine Operations, and currently is the CEO and co-founder of MitKat, a risk advisory firm, and has 25+ years of experience in the security risk management domain.
Payal Arora is a digital anthropologist and author of several award-winning books including “The Next Billion Users" with Harvard Press. She is a Professor at Erasmus University Rotterdam and co-founder of FemLab.Co, a future of work initiative. Her expertise lies in inclusive design and user experiences among low-income communities worldwide and comes with two decades of fieldwork in such contexts.
CEO & Founder - PolyTrade
Piyush Gupta is the Founder of PolyTrade, the Stablecoin lending protocol bridging DeFi and TradeFi. Aerospace Engineer from IIT Bombay, Piyush founded Riqueza Capital Group in 2014 with the aim to bring trade finance to SME and MSME at a low cost and provide a hassle-free experience. He brings a deep understanding of international financial markets gained through his previous engagements regarding offshore structuring and managing corporate finance in 15+ years of experience in Société Générale, Kitara Corp, and AmiCorp.
Samar Farooqui has pioneered slacklining and highlining in India. He is among India's most famous and celebrated slackliners, righteously so as he holds the current free solo record of India and is India's best freestyle Highline athlete. Samar is a brand ambassador for the internationally recognized adventure brand GoPro and has worked with some of the biggest names like Mercedes-Benz. He is an entrepreneur and the founder of Slacklife Inc. a company dedicated to bringing and popularizing slacklining in India. He has been sharing and spreading his passion for slacklining for over a decade.
Advocate Dr. Shalu Nigam is a thinker, a dreamer, and a doer. She is a passionate feminist advocate, researcher, non-fiction author, and activist working at the intersection of gender, law, governance, and human rights issues for several years while integrating social theory with legal practice. She has obtained her Ph.D. in social work besides graduating in law. Currently, she is practicing in courts in Delhi. Along with this, she is associated with several grassroots movements and organizations working on the issues related to access to justice, legal research, awareness, paralegal training, legal literacy, and gender sensitization.
Sudhanshu Mani retired in the apex grade of Government of India from the Indian Railways (IR) Service of Mechanical Engineering as General Manager, Integral Coach Factory, Chennai after serving Indian Railways for 38 years. He led the Train 18/Vande Bharat Express project, the first-ever indigenous semi high-speed train of India, from concept to delivery. His journey in leading and completing this unique project is recounted in his best-seller book, "My Train Story".