Travel Content Creator
A Brand Management Expert by profession and a Travel Journalist by passion, Archana Singh loves to explore offbeat places in search of untold human stories. She is a multiple award-winning writer who has travelled to 60+ countries whilst highlighting issues such as sustainability, women empowerment, responsible tourism and social inclusion of the underprivileged through her articles. She is considered as one of the top Travel Influencers of India and is a regular speaker at prestigious global conferences like WTM ATM, HTM, PATA, TBC-ASIA, ATWS, TBEX, Photo Tourism Conference & Awards, and IAMAI among others. Her articles have been published in national as well as global publications such as BBC, Nat Geo, TOI, LP, T&L among others. Currently, her focus is on working with emerging Markets in Asia, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East to help them grow their tourism market.
Sports Media Entrepreneur
Arshi Yasin is the Founder & CEO of The Bridge. She loves exploring new places and travelling and is also into fitness, being an avid runner and cyclist. Arshi, a certified computer engineer, has always been enamoured by social media's ability to create stories and connect with others. She has long held the view that sports can be a powerful force for social change, and this belief helped her co-found The Bridge, a thriving sports media outlet. Arshi claims that her area of business expertise is resilience, and she is currently pursuing value creation relentlessly as the CEO of The Bridge, which is a Digital platform that talks about unheard aspects of Indian Sports. They are vocal about lesser-covered sports in India, targeting the Olympics. The Bridge covers every non-mainstream sport, from Archery to Skiing to Athletics to Shooting to Ice Hockey. The Bridge was set up to change the sports ecosystem and, most importantly, bring about a change in us and how we view Indian sports.
Ms Asha Thadani is a professional photographer from Bangalore, Karnataka. Her journey started in the year 1996 and her style consists of vivid and energetic imagery capturing remote cultures, antiquated traditions and contemporary life. She is largely self-taught and decided to pursue photography as a career back in her college days. Her photographs try to narrate stories that at their core spirit have universal relevance. Asha’s work has been published in several books, calendars and advertising projects all over the world. Some of her notable achievements include her work being exhibited at the Albert Kahn Museum, Paris and Christie's Auction House and Gallery, Paris. She was also nominated for the prestigious Henri Cartier Bresson Award in 2015.
Gangadhar Patil is a trailblazer in the world of journalism, known for his groundbreaking work in connecting grassroots journalists with prominent media companies. As the founder of 101Reporters, he has built a thriving network of over 1400 reporters and established partnerships with 16 leading media organizations. This platform provides a unique opportunity for rural journalists to share their stories and hone their reporting and writing skills while also allowing publishers to access high-quality, original content from remote parts of the country.
Patil's extensive experience in journalism includes tenure at The Economic Times, The New Indian Express and as part of the Investigations Bureau at the Mumbai edition of DNA. He was honoured as an Ashoka fellow in 2017. With his vast experience and deep understanding of the field, Gangadhar Patil is dedicated to promoting independent journalism and giving a voice to the untold stories of rural communities.
A qualified Indian Chartered Accountant and renowned Indian violinist, Nandini Shankar creates magic by playing melodies on the violin and continues her family's musical legacy. She has mastered the Gayaki Ang and has performed in prestigious venues all across the globe, including Carnegie hall. The blending of classical music with fusion has caught today's audience's attention and Nandini Shankar is popular for playing Indian fusion inspiring thousands with her songs and her ever-growing music style.
Kargil War Veteran
Captain Naveen Nagappa, the Kargil war hero, had to overcome extreme odds while serving in one of the most crucial times of India’s Post-Independence times.
Captain Naveen Nagappa's tale is one of valour, triumph, and miraculous survival. He always had a special attraction to the army uniform during his college days. So, after earning his mechanical engineering degree, he enrolled in the Indian Military Academy. The year he got commissioned was the year of Kargil. The gruesome experiences he witnessed during his time are beyond comprehension and simply nerve-racking, but those are his stories to tell. He was awarded the Sena Medal for his gallant services.
A civil engineering graduate from Bangalore Institute of Technology, Sapthami Gowda is an actress by profession. She won the SIIMA award for best debut actress for her noteworthy work in the 2019 film Popcorn Monkey Tiger, which was directed by Suri. She also gained much limelight as a virtue of playing the lead role in the 400-crore-grossing film "Kantara" as Leela alongside Rishab Shetty. She is set to make her Bollywood debut with Vivek Agnihotri's "The Vaccine War". Sapthami Gowda is also a professional swimmer, and has won multiple state level and national level medals.