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Theme: Power of Now

This event occurred on
February 24, 2024
Bengaluru, Karnataka

The Power of Now in the context of community, country, and society underscores how current circumstances open opportunities and build challenges. It also shows how our current actions, chosen from the many possibilities, have a transformative impact on future trajectories. In the diverse and vibrant tapestry of the world, "The Power of Now" takes on a unique and culturally enriched meaning. In the midst of affording us numerous opportunities, the present moment necessitates a simplified approach, taking into account the prevailing circumstances. It also encourages the emergence of diverse viewpoints that can converge to create a more compelling and widely embraced concept. In the world's current context of societal change and economic potential, embracing the power of the present can drive meaningful reforms, resilience, and equitable progress, laying the foundation for a prosperous and inclusive future.

Symbiosis Institute of Business Management , Bengaluru - Auditorium
95/1, 95/2, Electronics City Phase 1, Hosur Road, Electronics City Phase 1, Electronic City
Bengaluru, Karnataka, 560100
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Arav Chowdharry

Arav Chowdharry- Mr India who has modelled for the biggest of TVC commercials as a Leading Man, walked the Ramp for all the Leading Designers and having worked with Biggest names and brands in Advertising Industry. Acted in Super Hit Music Videos as a Leading Man - Dole - Dole, Jalwa, to name a few. He has acted in Hindi, Kannada, Tamil and now Telugu Films. Some of his Hindi films are - Dhoom -1, Lakshya, Family, Right Ya Wrong, Laadoo, Housefull-3 and many more. He has acted in Tamil movies- Vivegam and Action. Razakaar is his upcoming Telugu movie. He is Known as Mahamahim Bhishma all over the World from Television Show - Mahabharat / Mahabharatam playing in all the major countries of the world.

Hina Gujral

Food Creator
A financial analyst turned full time food creator. Hina Gujral is the author of international cookbook - The 100 Best Curries. She is the force and face behind digital brand Fun Food Frolic.

Katya Ida Coelho

Wind Surfer
Katya Coelho is an Indian professional windsurfer who is currently India's only Women iQFoiler and the first Indian to Medal at the International Windsurfing Cup in July 2022 in Pattaya, Thailand.

Mrinal Dutt

Mrinal Dutt is an Indian actor who started his journey with television and moved his way to web shows and films. Along with various tv commercials, he made his acting debut with Roomies in 2009 and had his breakthrough with private investigator in 2014. Post that he has done shows like His story, Cold lassi chicken masala, Ishq next door, Hello mini, Cartel and many others on various Digital platforms. His most recent project is the movie Savarkar, co-starring with Randeep Hooda.

Nikhil Paralikar

Engineer by education and musician by passion, Nikhil Paralikar is widely known as The Tabla Guy. His romantic single Tum Shayra is one of his many popular songs. He merges traditional and contemporary elements of music.

Prakriti Varshney

Prakriti Varshney is a 28-year-old climber. She is the first Indian Female vegan to ascend the highest peak in the world, Mount Everest and climb the three highest peaks in Africa: Mt Kilimanjaro, Mt. Kenya, and Mt Stanley.

Pratik Sonawane

Marketing Professional and Motorsport Driver
Pratik Sonawane is a dynamic individual with a diverse background in marketing, entrepreneurship, and sports. He holds an MSc in Marketing Management. Notably, Pratik has achieved significant milestones in sports, including being the Indian National Car Racing Champion Driver in 2022-23 and completing the Saddlesore 1000 endurance motorbiking record in 2011, making him the youngest Indian to do so. Alongside his academic and sporting achievements, Pratik has gained valuable professional experience in the hospitality sector as a restaurant owner and in the automotive industry with his car customization studio, PS Customs. He is currently leveraging his expertise as the Senior Manager of Marketing & Admissions at the Global Institute of Sports Business India while maintaining his passion for athletics and professional car racing.

Roopa Pai

Author and Journalist
Roopa Pai is one of India’s best-known writers for children. This Bangalore-based computer engineer-turned-author has written over 30 books, on a wide variety of themes, including sci-fi fantasy, economics, medicine, life skills, history, popular science, and Indian philosophy. Many of her books are bestsellers and are enjoyed as much by adults as by children.

Sheela Siddappa

Data Scientist
Dr. Sheela is recognized as one of the Top 10 Data Scientist in India, 2020 by the Analytics India Magazine, Data Science Professional of the year, 2023 by Data Summit, UBS forums; as one of the Top 10 Women Technology Leaders, 2021, by the Reva University along with Terralogic; as Indira Women Achiever Award, 2024 by Indira Group of Institutes and has many such achievements as a data scientist. With over 17 years of Industry Experience in the field of Data Science, Dr. Sheela has addressed business problems in domains like Industry 4.0, Health Care, Smart city, etc., and providedinnovative Machine Learning solutions. Prior to joining Kyndryl, Dr. Sheela worked as Global Head– Data Science, Bosch; Senior Research Scientist and Scientist at the Research Centers of Infosys and General Motors respectively.

Simrun Chopra

Introducing Simrun Chopra, a pioneering entrepreneur and India's trailblazing deep health coach committed to guiding women on their path to optimal fitness. As the visionary founder of Nourish with SIM, Simrun harnesses her expertise in nutrition and wellness to offer transformative, real-world solutions tailored to individual needs. With a remarkable impact on over 30,000 individuals across 160 countries, Simrun's innovative approach has reshaped the landscape of nutrition and wellness.

Organizing team


Bengaluru, India

Lalith Kumar

Bengaluru, India
  • Manoj Kumar Gundapantula