Aaquib Wani, Forbes 30 under 30 for Design ’21, is a self-taught experiential designer & art director with creative expertise in spaces, festivals, sets, interiors, interactive installations, weddings, visual, and graphic design. Despite having no formal training or education in design, he has gained immense success in his career. From working as the art director for a music magazine to learning the boundaries of space design, he has mastered the art of not just 2D but also 3D design.
Aaquib Wani Design, his experiential design studio, has worked & collaborated with several popular brands including international music festival Lollapalooza, United Nations, Spotify, Adidas, Coca Cola, MG Motors, Nestle and many more. The studio has also designed special edition shoes for Rohit Sharma for IPL 2021 and 2022 and his recently launched collection with adidas. He was also noted for being the Art Director for Isha Ambani's sangeet at Udaipur & Akash Ambani's wedding in Mumbai.
Celebrity Chef, Managing Director of Zion Hospitality Pvt. Ltd
Chefpreneur, Restauranteur, and Consultant Ajay Chopra has been a name to reckon within the Indian culinary universe for the past 3 decades. An acclaimed culinarian, Chef Chopra became a household name after featuring on some top-rated TV shows like ‘MasterChef India’, ‘Hi Tea’ and ‘Northern Flavours’ to name a few. Along with endorsements for big brands like Monini, Kellogg's, and Oddy paper wraps, he has also ventured successfully into the corporate and e-commerce business with Sodexo India, Sumeru, India Gate and Havells.
As the Managing Director of Zion Hospitality Pvt. Ltd, Chef Ajay took it upon himself to breathe a new life into restaurants with fresh concepts. Zion Hospitality has accomplished multiple projects throughout the country in addition to several projects overseas.
Deepika Narayan Bhardwaj
Journalist, Documentary Filmmaker & Men's Rights Activist
Deepika Narayan Bhardwaj is an Indian Journalist, Documentary Filmmaker & a Men's Rights Activist. She is known to make a strong case for the protection of men's rights – highlighting issues ranging from false accusations to domestic violence to sexual crimes perpetrated upon them.
In 2016, she released “Martyrs of Marriage”, a documentary covering the abuse of section 498a (Anti-dowry law) of the Indian Penal Code. The film got a global release on NETFLIX in 2018 and has received widespread acclaim. It has been screened across 22 cities in India, at the Consulate of India in Dubai and also in UK and Australia.
Deepika's latest documentary film India's Sons is on lives of men who are false rape case Survivors. It sheds light on how Rape laws are being misused in the Country destroying countless lives.
BBC Global covered Deepika's personal story as part of their series "Asian women to watch for in 2017".
Manya Singh is an Indian actor and Femina Miss India 2021 Runner up and was crowned as Miss India Uttar Pradesh in 2020.
She has also won the Dadasaheb Phalke Icon Award Film for the Most Inspiring Woman of the Year, Global India National Stardom Award and Kashi Vaishvik Gaurav Sammaan. She was also the brand ambassador of Glow and Lovely.
The daughter of an auto-rickshaw driver, life was never simple for her growing up. At the age of 14, she started working in a contact center, often travelling long distances to get there and washed dishes at a restaurant at 16 years old.
In spite of all her struggles, her hardwork and resolve have enabled her to reach incredible heights.
Minister of State for External Affairs and Culture of India
Meenakashi Lekhi is an Indian politician, Lok Sabha MP from New Delhi constituency and the current Minister of State for External Affairs and Culture of India.
She earned her B.Sc. Botany (Hons) from Hindu College and LL.B. from Campus Law Centre, Delhi University and joined the Delhi Bar Council in 1990.
She has served as Chairperson of the Committee on Public Undertakings (2019-2021), Committee on Data Protection Bill (2019-2021) and Committee on Privileges (2015-2019). She has held the post of National Vice President, BJP Mahila Morcha in the past and was on the Women's Reservation Bill and Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition, and Redressal) Bill Drafting Committees.
She writes the column "Forthwrite" fortnightly for The Week. She has also authored a fictional political thriller "The New Delhi Conspiracy". Lokmat named her "Best Debut Women Parliamentarian" in 2017 for her active participation in parliamentary processes.
Airline Pilot, Youtuber
Captain Prachi Goswami, a former national level swimmer who began her aviation career in 2015 Patiala Aviation Club and went from flying a tiny C152 to a big jet like the airbus A320 in India is setting an example for all the women who aspire to achieve something big one day. She has more than 2000 hrs of flying experience which includes various aircrafts like the Cessna 152, Cessna 172, PA-34 and A320.
She also has instructional experience from mentoring and teaching upcoming pilots. Along with inspiring millions of young minds on Instagram and YouTube, Prachi is the ideal definition of an successful modern woman.
Professor (Dr.) Jyoti K Parikh
Professor, Executive Director of IRADe
Professor (Dr.) Jyoti K Parikh is the Executive Director of Integrated Research and Action for Development (IRADe), New Delhi. Having served as a Member of the Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Change – India, she was part of the IPCC authors team that was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. Professor Parikh has served in many vital roles, including senior professor and Acting Director of Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR), Mumbai (1986-03), Research Scholar at IIASA, Austria for 8 years (1980-86, 76-78) and as senior energy consultant with the Planning Commission (1978-80), besides working as an advisor to various ministries in the Government of India.
Having served as an energy consultant to influential agencies around the world, she has given lectures in the fields of energy economics, climate change, energy technology assessment, rural energy, the power sector, and climate change.
Rajan Singh is the founder of HabitStrong, a startup that runs online habit-building boot camps. An IIT graduate and an MBA from Wharton, he has previously served in the Indian Police Service as Trivandrum Police Commissioner, a consultant with McKinsey, and an investment professional with a private equity fund.
In 2012, he founded his first venture - Course Brew, a video-based e-learning platform. Following this, he created ConceptOwl in 2015, a disruptive startup focused on science education for school students and competitive exam aspirants. Continuing with his streak of entrepreneurship, he founded HabitStrong, a new habit-based learning platform amid the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. ConceptOwl has now merged with Habit Strong.
AIrline Pilot, Youtuber
Tapesh Kumar was the youngest Captain in the world in 2018 at 25 years of age and has qualified on Boeing and Airbus. He is popularly known as Boeing Boy by his youtube fanbase.Apart from aviation, he is also into fitness modelling and lifestyle vlogging.
From being an under-confident, introverted person, Tapesh worked very hard on himself professionally and in all other spheres of life to become a confident, amazing, and committed pilot. The pilot believes there are many things that we don’t realize when we are young, but sooner or later, we know what is right for us and work towards the same.