Prashant Agrawal, Joint Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs
Prashant is currently heading the SAARC Division of Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi. He has undertaken assignments building political, economic and cultural relations in India’s diplomatic Missions in Paris (2000-2003) and Port Louis (2003-2006), and in Bangkok (2009-2014), where he served as Deputy Chief of Mission and India’s Deputy Permanent Representative to UNESCAP. He was India’s Consul General to Hong Kong SAR and Macau SAR (January 2014 till March 2016), implementing India's Look East policy and driving engagement with the global financial and business hub. He has also served in various capacities in the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi, handling relations with the US during 2006-07 and with Nepal during 2008-09. He worked as a Senior Research Fellow at the United Service Institute of India during 2007-08, and has published his research “A comparative analysis of India and China’s approaches to Energy Security”. He also speaks French. Prashant is a graduate from IIT Kanpur. He joined the Civil Service in 1998 as the topper of Indian Foreign Service batch that year. At the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy for Administration in Mussoorie, he stood first in overall academic performance. He is passionate about travelling, heritage, arts and culture, with a special interest in UNESCO World Heritage Sites. His other interests are photography, trekking, nature and wildlife.
Apurva Manohar Asrani, Self-employed Filmmaker
Apurva Asrani is a film editor & screenwriter who began his career in 1995 by editing the promos of Sanjay Bhasali's 'Khamoshi'. He became an independent film editor in 1998 with Ramgopal Varma’s 'Satya' and became known for an unconventional storytelling style. Apurva has shaped the narrative of several films including 'Chhal', 'Snip', 'Om Jai Jagadish’, 'Shahid', ‘Jalpari’, 'Children Of War' 'Citylights', 'Waiting' & most recently 'Aligarh'. Apurva has won several honours for editing, including the National Award for 'Snip!’, the Filmfare Award for 'Satya' and the Maharashtra State Award for the same. Besides editing 'Shahid', Apurva also worked as a co-screenplay writer on the film, for which he won the Life Ok Screen Award for ‘Best Screenplay’ (shared with Hansal Mehta). 'Aligarh', a human rights biopic, staring Manoj Bajpai & Rajkummar Rao, released in Feb 2016 to worldwide critical acclaim. With the gay rights drama, Apurva turned full-fledged screenwriter and penned the story, screenplay & dialogue for the same. 'Aligarh' premiered at the Busan Film Festival & had its Europe premiere at the 'London Film Festival' before becoming the first Indian film to open the 'Mumbai International Film Festival (MAMI)' in 16 years. Owing to its non-stereotypical depiction of a gay man, the film seems to have become a symbol of dignity & hope for gay men and women around the country. Since the year 2009, Apurva has shown a keen interest in realistic and socially relevant cinema. 'Shahid' is about a pro bono lawyer fighting for minorities wrongly imprisoned under draconian terrorism laws. 'Jalpari' is about female infanticide & the skewed sex ratio in Haryana. 'Citylights' highlights the growing rural to urban migration problem in India. Apurva is currently writing 'Simran' for Hansal Mehta. It explores the mind of an unlikely urban criminal and star actress Kangana Ranaut.
Utsav Baijal, Partner, Apollo
Utsav Baijal is a Partner with Apollo’s India office and its India dedicated fund, AION Capital. He joined Apollo the firm in its New York office in 2008 and has worked actively on private equity, mezzanine and credit investments across the US and Asian markets. In 2012, he helped Apollo establish a joint venture with ICICI Bank and helped raise one of the largest India dedicated funds, AION. Prior to Apollo, Utsav was with the private equity team at Bain Capital in Boston, where he worked extensively on consumer and retail opportunities. He spent five years as a consultant with McKinsey & Company across the New Delhi and Hong Kong offices and was one of the founding members of the firm’s corporate finance practice in India. During his tenure at Mckinsey, he also completed a secondment at the Indian School of Business working for the Dean’s office and assisting in several aspects of institution building. He is on the Board of several companies and is also an advisor to YRGCare, a Chennai based NGO specializing in the treatment of AIDS and to Embrace Cinema, a media platform for creative talent in the country. Utsav graduated summa cum laude from St. Stephen’s College/University of Delhi with a BA in economics. He also completed his MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, where he was an Industry Scholar. In his early years, he also worked as a freelancer and wrote on youth affairs, politics, sports and entertainment for several national publications, including Hindustan Times, Indian Express and Asian Age. He resides in Mumbai with his wife, Mitali Tewari and two young daughters, Myra and Misha.
Sairee Chahal, Founder & CEO, www.sheroes.in.
Sairee Chahal is the Founder, CEO www.sheroes.in - an online career destination for women. The SHEROES Community has access to high growth career resources, mentorship and support. SHEROES engages with businesses to help them connect with female talent in form of employees, partners, customers and business owners. Sairee is India’s foremost women at work evangelist and earlier co-founded Fleximoms. She is also the Convener, The SHEROES Summit and has been instrumental in bringing businesses and women professionals on a common platform. Nominated for the Editor’s choice for L’oreal Femina Women’s Award, she is also a Cartier Women’s Award Initiative for 2012 alumni, a TED speaker, Business Today, Most Powerful Women in Indian Business 2012 and has been featured on shows like Young Turks, Pioneering Spirit and What Women Want. A believer in work-life redesign, serial entrepreneur, mentor, an occasional writer and mother of a 9-year-old. Sairee started her career as a journalist with Advertising & Marketing magazine and quickly moved on to set-up world's first daily for mariners -- www.newslinkservices.com. Sairee has worked in start-up mode as well as in large set-ups in research and consulting capacities. This includes setting up Russia and CIS practice for Heidrick & Struggles HSII and Confederation of Indian Industry. Sairee went to Jawaharlal Nehru University for a M.Phil in International Relations and to IMT, Ghaziabad for a PG in Business Management.
Mishi Choudhury, Executive Director-SFLC.IN and Legal Director-SFLC
Mishi Choudhary is a technology lawyer and an online civil liberties activist. She is the Legal Director of the New York based Software Freedom Law Center. At SFLC, Mishi is the primary legal representative of many of the world's most significant free software developers and non-profit distributors, including Debian, the Apache Software Foundation, and OpenSSL. She is one of the international experts associated with Columbia University's Global Freedom of Expression project. In 2010, she founded SFLC.in, since which time she has divided her time between New York and New Delhi. Under her direction, SFLC has become the premier non-profit organization representing the rights of Internet users and free software developers in India. She has played an instrumental part in constitutional proceedings that brought in the landmark Shreya Singhal judgment on internet free speech. She was part of the SavetheInternet.in that galvanized support of over a million Indian citizens for net neutrality. Currently, SFLC.in is working on issues of constitutional right to privacy, surveillance and online harassment. As of 2015, Mishi is the only lawyer in the world simultaneously to appear on briefs in the US and Indian Supreme Courts in the same Term. She consults with and advises established businesses and startups using free software in their products and service offerings in the US, Europe, India, China and Korea. In 2015 she was named one of the Asia Society's 21 young leaders building Asia's future. In addition to an LLM, she has an LLB degree and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Delhi. Mishi is a member of the Bar Council of Delhi, licensed to appear before the Supreme Court of India, all the State High Courts in India, in the State of New York, and before the Southern District of New York. Her guilty pleasures are legal dramas and Jane Austen. Currently she is working on her bad poetry and worst headstand while memorizing Yogi Berra quotes because, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it”.
Pooja Warier Hamilton, Co-Founder & CEO, UnLtd India
Pooja is the co-Founder & CEO of UnLtd India, a pioneering organisation that finds, funds and supports early stage social entrepreneurs in India. Since 2007, UnLtd India has supported over 131 social entrepreneurs who have further impacted 2.5 million lives and created 390,000+ jobs. Pooja is also the co-founder of Bombay Connect, India’s first co-working space for social entrepreneurs and Journeys for Change that brings global leaders to learn from social entrepreneurs in India. She was nominated as a TED India Fellow in 2009 and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2013. Pooja resides in Bombay with John Paul Hamilton, her husband. Outside of her work, Pooja is passionate about building communities of diverse people, travelling and dancing.
Nyrika is Senior Vice President Corporate at Godrej & Boyce.
Nyrika is Senior Vice President Corporate at Godrej & Boyce. In this capacity, she oversees all commercial contracts and risk mitigation plans for the businesses. Prior to joining Godrej, Nyrika was an Associate at AZB & Partners where she specialised in non-contentious merger and acquisition transactions of domestic and international companies seeking to invest in India. Nyrika is on the board of the Centre for the Advancement of Philanthropy a non-profit organisation that provides compliance and legal advice to non-governmental organisations in India; she is also on the board of Jaldhaara Foundation a non-profit organisation that fundraises for water purification projects in India and spreads awareness on hygiene and sanitation in rural India and Rehwa Society a non-profit organisation that promotes and enables weavers to do handloom weaving in Madhya Pradesh, India. She read law at the University of London and is a qualified solicitor. She did her BA from Colorado College in Philosophy and Environmental Economics where she graduated Summa cum Laude. She resides in Mumbai with her husband Yeshwant Holkar.
Shalaka Joshi, Impact Investor, Board Director, Toniic Global
Shalaka Joshi is an impact investor, Board Director, Toniic Global with 14+ years of global leadership experience in social venture, financial inclusion, livelihoods and market-based solutions to poverty in emerging markets, especially in Asia. Shalaka’s social enterprise career began with UNICEF where she worked on micro-planning and building public- private-nonprofit alliances. She also worked with Ashoka, a global association of the world's leading social entrepreneurs. Her private sector experience includes ICICI Bank - India's largest private sector bank - where she led the process of integrating private sector partners into the Bank's initiatives in health, education and micro finance. Shalaka has played a key role in building the field of impact investing globally. She was part of the Founding team at the IFMR Trust, a for-profit social enterprise dedicated to building financial inclusion for low-income individuals and enterprises in India. Shalaka also served as a Managing Director of Unitus Impact- an early-stage impact investing fund which supports the growth of scalable livelihood ventures in Asia. She then served as Managing Director, Asia-Pacific for Toniic- the world’s most active network of impact investors, supporting social ventures and funds across 28 countries. She led Toniic’s expansion into the Asia-Pacific region and as its Chief Investment Officer globally, across asset classes. A Chevening scholar, and 2014 winner of the Africa-Asia-Middle East Women’s Leadership award, Shalaka advises and mentors several start-ups- both for-profits and non-profits. She serves as a Board Director for Toniic Global (which seeks to move millions of dollars of capital into impact investing), as a Director for the IEF Entrepreneurship Foundation (which works with Indian State governments to mainstream entrepreneurship) and as an Advisor to UnLtd, India (a leading incubator for social entrepreneurs) and the Women Effect (a global network of investors furthering gender lens investing). In addition, Shalaka is currently advising the Asia Philanthropy Circle- an Asia-based network of venture philanthropists- on building innovative philanthropy models. She is based out of Mumbai, India and enjoys poetry, travel and dance.
Vinati Kastia Kilambi, Senior Partner, AZB & Partners
Vinati graduated as a lawyer from India’s premier law school, National Law School of India University, Bangalore in 1996. She started her career in Amarchand Mangaldas, where she was promoted to senior associate within 3 years and made Partner within 7 years. Vinati joined AZB & Partners in 2004, after resigning as Partner from Amarchand Mangaldas. While her primary area of interest and practice has been transactional and advisory work with a greater focus on M&A and private equity, she believes that a wider exposure in different areas of laws has helped her strengthen and support her transactional and advisory experience and capabilities and those of the lawyer team working with her at AZB. She jumps at opportunities that challenge her. In addition to M&A and private equity, she has experience in various other practice areas including litigation, competition law, taxation, infrastructure projects, project financing, information technology, real estate, etc. She was part of a team advising the Andhra Pradesh Government on legislative initiatives that were being attempted in the area of data protection. She has done significant work in Competition Law, including working with the authorities when the rules were being framed. She also assists corporates on criminal law matters, in conjunction with specialized criminal law advisors. Apart from regular mentoring of her team, Vinati also takes responsibility to develop and support AZB’s internal knowledge management program in Delhi. This involves organizing various training sessions for the associates and partners in Delhi on diverse subjects and sessions that focus on developing technical and soft skills. Vinati participates in several social initiatives, particularly those focused on education, child development and encouraging sports in India. She has taken up several opportunities to provide pro bono assistance to clients in the social sector. She has worked closely with Save the Children on their early learning training programs. She has been associated with the Ashoka University and their YIF Program aimed at picking diverse talent from across the country and training them to become change agents. She has also provided mentorship to young lawyers who join this program. She actively supports, ‘Palna’, an adoption agency with their fund raising programs. Vinati loves to cook and particularly bake for friends and family. Her high point is baking birthday cakes for her daughters. Other hobbies include sports and fitness.
Mmhonlumo Kikon, Member of Legislative Assembly, Nagaland
Mmhonlumo Kikon is a first time MLA in the Nagaland Legislative Assembly. He lost his first elections in 2008 and contested and won his second elections in 2013. He has been a keen soccer player right from school to the university representing the college and school he studied. Prior to joining electoral politics he had been actively engaged in three important issues in the Northeast. He founded an NGO called the DICE Foundation in 2006 to address to key areas of environmental policy, sustainable development and rural women livelihood. With an aim to push for civil society engagements with the Government of India on the various conflicts and development challenges in the NE he has been instrumental in forming regional coalitions among civil society leaders and young leaders from diverse fields from all the NE states and communities. He completed his undergraduate and Masters degrees from the University of Delhi. He was the Nagaland Chapter Chair of Young Indians of the CII and had a short stint with a Publishing firm in Delhi before joining social work and active politics. Besides focusing on healthcare and primary education in his constituency, he is working on creating jobs through skill development programs in Nagaland. He represents the Bhandari Constituency of Wokha District and he belongs to the Bharatiya Janata Party.
Ananth Narayanan, CEO, Myntra
Ananth Narayanan is the Chief Executive Officer at Myntra, the country’s largest online platform for fashion and lifestyle products. He leads the team with a dedicated mission to disrupt and transform the way fashion is sold and consumed in the country. His aim is to make Myntra the first profitable ecommerce company in India. Under his leadership, Myntra has made two strategic acquisitions – Cubeit, a Bangalore based start-up that facilitates content aggregation on mobile devices and Jabong from Global Fashion Group; making it India’s biggest fashion shopping destination. Featured as one of “India’s Hottest 40 under 40 Business Leaders” in 2014, Ananth has deep expertise in driving performance improvement and product development. He started his career with Mckinsey & Company where he worked for 15 years across four offices (Chicago, Shanghai, Taipei and Chennai). In his most recent role as Director in the company, he was responsible for leading the Product Development practice in Asia and worked with several companies on strategy, operations and organizational models. Ananth leverages his vast experience and knowledge from years in consultancy and managing operations to mentor start-ups. With his financial acumen and marketing insights, he has helped start ups create systems and processes, build stakeholder communities, effectively reach out to markets and scale up their business. A person with a strong commitment to building an entrepreneurial environment in the country, Ananth has helped shape many a new enterprise from seed stage to commercial success. He is also a speaker at various summits organized by premier institutes such as The Economist, Harvard Business School and University of Michigan among others. Away from work, Ananth dedicates time to working with various NGOs on helping nurture and educate the girl child. His association with Banyan enables him to find a meaningful outlet to his philanthropic and social development instincts. He is strongly committed to building a base for girl child education and is happy to devote his time to contribute to the effort. In addition, Ananth is deeply interested in the study and performance of the fine arts. His association with Kalashetra enables him to indulge in his interest in cultural expressions and artistic education. Ananth has a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from University of Madras and a Masters from the University of Michigan, in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research. He is on the Industry Advisory Board of University of Michigan’s Tauber Institute.
Karma Paljor, Senior Consulting Editor, CNN- News 18
Karma is a storyteller who is passionate about broadcast journalism and is currently the Senior Consulting Editor with CNN-News 18. Prior to the current role, he was the Senior Editor at CNN News18 and specialized in covering aviation and natural disasters. He was awarded reporter of the year in 2010 by Indiantelevision.com at the News Television Awards. In 2011, he won the prestigious Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism in the category for Business and Economic Journalism. The Ramnath Goenka award was for an in depth 30 minutes show on Air India titled ‘Who Killed the Maharaja.’ The show was the result of months of investigation on the national carrier. The other notable investigative piece, titled ‘Fear in the Sky’, was a series on how aviation infrastructure was not keeping pace with the growing aviation sector in India. The series resulted in the overhaul of infrastructure at several airports in the country. Karma was part of the CNN News18 team which won the award for Best National News Coverage in English at the exchange4media News Broadcasting Awards (ENBA) for their coverage of the devastating Uttarakhand floods in 2013. In 2014, Karma won the ENBA Award in the Best Spot News Reporting (English) category for his coverage of the 'Cyclone Phailin' in Orissa. The same coverage also won him the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Award for on the spot reporting the same year. Karma is a graduate from the Bangalore University, and holds a postgraduate diploma from the Xavier Institute of Communications, Mumbai. He won the Chevening Scholarship for Broadcast Journalism in 2004. Karma started his career with the Times of India in Mumbai, and he moved to CNBC TV18 in 2001 and to CNN IBN in 2005 as a founding employee. Karma also loves to teach. He spends a week every year teaching public speaking and digital storytelling to children at Padma Odzer Choeling School in Sikkim. It is a school that caters to children from very poor families, many of them orphaned or abandoned at birth. He is also a part of Young Leaders Connect, a group led by footballer Bhaichung Bhutia that aims at developing greater awareness and understanding of the Northeast in India.
Roopak Saluja, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, The 120 Media Collective & Sooperfly
Roopak Saluja is Founder & CEO of two companies- The 120 Media Collective - a communications and content group, working with some of Asia’s largest advertisers; and Sooperfly -a digital-first media company, building content brands direct-to-audiences. He turned entrepreneur in 2006 with the launch of Bang Bang Films - India’s International Production Company, which was named India's second fastest growing company across all sectors (source: AllWorld Live) in 2010. In 2009, he launched Jack in the Box Worldwide that has grown to be one of South Asia’s most reputed and heavily awarded digital agencies. In 2013, he founded The 120 Media Collective and consolidated all of his ventures within. In 2016, he founded Sooperfly as a standalone company independent of The 120 Media Collective. Roopak began his career in advertising at Young & Rubicam Budapest followed by Ogilvy & Mather Paris, where, in his last role, he ran the Motorola account for Europe, Middle East & Africa, and was instrumental in the development of the globally iconic Hellomoto campaign. He as a number of notable awards and recognitions to his credit including Campaign Asia- Pacific’s ‘40 Under 40’ List of leading professionals and entrepreneurs in Advertising, Media & Marketing across APAC, IMPACT Digital Power 100 in 2013, 2014 (India’s 100 most influential leaders in the digital media industry), Campaign India’s A-List of the Most Influential People in India’s Advertising, Media & Marketing Industry (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), CNN Mumbai Hot List of 20 People to Watch in 2011, and Star Youth Marketing Achiever 2010. He is a regular speaker at industry and entrepreneurship events across the globe and has held several advertising, marketing and content jury positions globally as well. Roopak is an active angel investor and currently serves on the Board of Toko Labs, a venture-funded children’s digital content company. Additionally, he is an Advisor to the Content Marketing Summit Asia and Mentor to D Labs, a design-thinking led accelerator at the Indian School of Business. In the past, he has served on the Executive Committee of the Association of Advertising Producers and on the Advisory Boards of the Indian Digital Media Awards. Roopak attended The Doon School and holds an MBA from INSEAD, where he is also an occasional guest lecturer. A diplobrat, his education, work and life have allowed him to live in ten countries on six continents and to speak nine languages. In a past life, he has also been a trance DJ, performing around the globe and co-founding his own trance label, Procyon Records (Budapest & Paris). Roopak is obsessed with Japanese cuisine, single malt, Tintin and trivia and lives in Bombay with his TV personality/actress wife, Tara and two sons, Zen and Kai, aged 7 and 5.
Vikram Sampath, Author and Founder-Director, Archive of Indian Music (AIM)
Vikram Sampath is the Founder and Director of Archive of Indian Music (AIM), India’s first digital sound archive for preservation of vintage gramophone records of the country. He is also the author of three acclaimed books of non-fiction: ‘Splendours of Royal Mysore: the untold story of the Wodeyars’, ‘My name is Gauhar Jaan! : the life and times of a musician’ and ‘Voice of the Veena: S. Balachander, abiography’. The book on Gauhar Jaan won him several laurels including India’s National Academy of Letters, the Sahitya Akademi’s first Yuva Puraskar in English literature and the Association of Recorded Sound Companies (ARSC) International Award for Excellence in Historical Research in New York. The book has been adapted to a play directed by Lillette Dubey and written by Mahesh Dattani. Vikram was among the four artists and writers to be selected for the prestigious Residential programme at the Rashtrapati Bhawan by the Honourable President of India. Academically, Vikram is an Electronics Engineer and Mathematician from BITS-Pilani, an MBA in Finance from SP Jain, Mumbai and is finishing his PhD in Music history from the University of Queensland, Australia. He has worked in several leading multinational companies like GE Money, Citibank and Hewlett Packard, the Government of India’s Ministry of Culture where he headed the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA). He had formerly been the Director of Symbiosis School of Media and Communication (SSMC). Vikram has and co-founded India’s second largest literary conclave, the Bangalore Literature Festival (BLF) in 2012. He has been a visiting Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg (Institute for Advanced Study) in Berlin and serves on several Government bodies like the Karnataka Knowledge Commission, Karnataka Tourism Vision Group, Sam Pitroda Commission on national archives and Prasar Bharati core committee on archives. He is also a member of the International Society for Music Education (ISME) and one of the representatives of India in this group. A trained Carnatic vocalist under several eminent gurus such as Vid. D V Nagaraj, Smt. Bombay Jayashri and Dr. Jayanthi Kumaresh, he writes regularly for newspapers and magazines.
Jamal Shaikh, National Editor – Brunch and New Media Initiatives, Hindustan Times, Lifestyle, Writer –TV Host
Jamal Shaikh is National Editor of New Media Initiatives at the Hindustan Times, and is responsible for driving digital content in the lifestyle, entertainment and luxury space. He is also editor the Sunday magazine, Brunch. Previously, Jamal has launched and edited several magazines, including the Indian edition of Robb Report, which is the world's most exclusive luxury magazine and also Discovery Channel Magazine India. However, he is best remembered for his role in making Men's Health the largest-selling men's magazine in India, and bringing fitness and six-pack abs into the consciousness of young Indian men. In his early career, Jamal worked with the Bombay Times, Times of India, and DNA, and has written for the New York Times and hosted several TV shows on travel, health and fitness, and lifestyle. Jamal has been consistently involved with community development activities since his days as a student. As an active member of the AIESEC and Rotaract Club of Churchgate, he helped organize several activities like Polio Drives, Cleanliness Campaigns and Education Initiatives for slum kids. As a young journalist at Bombay Times, he started a column called 'Dal Chawal For The Dil', which profiled ordinary citizens in a largely glamourous lifestyle newspaper; reading about their real-life challenges invited support from several readers regularly, and the column was awarded a Lions Club award for social impact. On the basis of this, Jamal was also selected by the Govt. of Israel to represent India at an international workshop on 'The Media's ole in Social Change' in 2001. More recently, Jamal was involved in the rehabilitation of flood-affected victims in Kashmir, and in a project promoting the development of urban toilets.
Mihir S Sharma, Bloomberg View Columnist
Mihir S Sharma is a Bloomberg View Columnist whose writing focuses on economic policy in India. Mihir has a decade of journalistic experience, after being trained as an economist and political scientist in New Delhi and Boston. Before writing for Bloomberg, he was an editor at The Indian Express and Business Standard, where he was given a Sriram Sanlam award in recognition for his work in financial journalism. Sharma also has considerable experience as a policy economist. In 2015, he published his first book, Restart: The Last Chance for the Indian Economy, to considerable critical acclaim. It was awarded the Tata LitLive Best Business Book of the Year and was long listed for the Financial Times–McKinsey Business Book of the Year.
Anil Srinivasan, Classical pianist
Anil Srinivasan is an accomplished classical pianist, the first to be awarded the coveted Sangeet Natak Akademi youth award in 2010 for creative and experimental music, India's national honour for musicians under 35. His various collaborative works – with several of India’s top artistes have come in for critical acclaim. Collaborators include U Shrinivas, Ravikiran, Aruna Sairam, Unnikrishnan, Rakesh Chaurasia, Lalgudi Krishnan, Gaurav Mazumdar, Jayanthi Kumaresh and others. He is best known for his collaboration with Sikkil Gurucharan, with whom he has produced ten highly popular albums. Anil had composed extensively for dance and theatre internationally working as far afield as Korea, Australia and the United States. His active involvement in music has seen his performances all over the globe. He has been a TED speaker, chaired conferences on music in venues as diverse as Liverpool Hope University and the University of Mumbai and has represented India across multiple forums involving arts education. Importantly, he is the founder of the hugely successful “Rhapsody” music education initiative, to take the classical arts through structured, systematic syllabi delivered through schools using a combination of physical classroom learning and online support, that reaches out to nearly 75000 children across Southern India. He serves as a trustee of the NalandaWay Foundation, reaching children in difficult situations, and as a director of The Peninsula Studios in Delhi, one of India’s first initiatives to record and archive independent music.
Kartik Sriram, President and CEO, Rapsri Engineering
Kartik Sriram, a second generation entrepreneur, is the President and CEO of Rapsri- a high technology niche metal casting company. Functionally, he is responsible for the growth strategy, diversification and execution of the long term business plan. He has a double masters degree -MMS (BITS Pilani) and MBA (Babson College). He has been involved in the company from a young age learning the ropes on the job from when he was a student at school. Following the completion of his MBA, he returned to India in 1997 to lead the turnaround of Rapsri. He is responsible for bringing in a business focused approach to Rapsri by dramatically improving the product mix, customer portfolio and operational efficiency. He has ambitious plans for the diversification and growth plans of Rapsri and evolving a group company based strategy. He was a founder member and instrumental in setting up of the Young Indians initiative of CII. He is an active member and served on the Board of both EO an international organization for entrepreneurs and the Young Presidents Organization (YPO). He also has a social bent of mind and serves as a trustee in Bangalore Kidney Foundation (BKF) - an organization that provides affordable renal health care for poor patients suffering from chronic kidney failure. He is actively involved in raising funds and managing the project to build the third hospital for the trust. He loves the outdoors enjoying trekking, camping and white-water rafting. He plays tennis and cricket. He is an avid reader and enjoys reading a wide range of authors and genres. His choice in movies is unconventional and he prefers foreign language and vernacular Indian films to mainstream Hollywood or Bollywood. He is married to Kalpa and they have two sons, Rishikesh and Vedanth.
Kami Viswanathan, Entrepreneur, Investor and Mentor
Kami Viswanathan is a Chennai-based entrepreneur, investor and mentor to early stage companies. In 2006, Kami founded Lumina Datamatics Ltd (formerly PreMedia Global Inc), a leading provider of educational and professional content and technology solutions to the US and European markets. With over 3000 employees across 7 locations in the US, Germany, Bosnia and India, Lumina partners with the largest educational publishers to help them stay at the cutting edge of the digital revolution. Prior to co-founding Lumina, Kami headed Mergers & Acquisitions at OfficeTiger, where she was also responsible for service operations and project implementation. Earlier, she worked at her family’s business group, where she conceptualized and executed several strategic initiatives. Kami started her career with Arthur Andersen’s business advisory practice helping multinational companies negotiate joint ventures and set up operations in India. Post her exit from Lumina in August 2016, Kami has focused her attention on conceptualizing, seeding and mentoring ventures in education, learning and creativity, and health and fitness. Kami co-heads the S Viswanathan Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on primary education, healthcare and rural development. She also serves on the Executive Committee of the Music Academy, Chennai and on the board of the Harvard Business School Club of India. Kami is a gold-medalist from the National Law School of India where she graduated with the BA, LLB (Hons.) degree, and also holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Amitabh Yash, Inspector General of Police (Traffic), Indian Police Service (IPS)
Amitabh Yash is currently Inspector General of Police (Traffic) in the state of UP. He received his education from St. Stephen's College, Delhi and IIT, Kanpur. He served as Senior Superintendent of Police in various districts of UP including Saharanpur, Noida, Bulandsahar Barabanki and Jalaun, As Deputy Inspector General at Kanpur, Moradabad and Banda and IG at Gorakhpur. As a professional police officer, Amitabh specialized in Operations. He first honed his skills at Jalaun, a district then infested by heavily armed bands of brigands who virtually ruled the place. He eliminated the dreaded 'Nirbhay Gurjar’ gang and was awarded a Police Medal for Gallantry. In 2007, he was asked to lead the Special Task Force of the UP police. Within a few months, he eliminated the dreaded ‘Dadua’ gang in Chitrakoot for which he was publicly felicitated by the CM of UP and awarded another Medal for Gallantry by Govt. of India. He was also involved in many successful Anti- terrorist operations, ops against organized crime, drug syndicates, fake currency rackets and wildlife crime groups, to name a few. The most visible operations were the decimation of around twenty dacoit gangs of Bundelkhand region of UP and MP. These gangs had ruled the social, political and economic landscape for more than thirty years. His third Gallantry Medal came on account of the elimination of the dreaded gang of 'Thokia', who had ambushed and killed six of the best STF Commandoes of STF. He has also been awarded the 'Police Medal for Meritorious Services' and the 'Chief Minister's Outstanding Services Medal.' He is among the most decorated Police Officers of UP. As SSP (Kanpur), Mr. Yash had worked on resolution of family and marital disputes through positive counselling, involving local eminent personalities of repute and NGOs. The efforts led to saving hundreds of families from expensive litigation and disintegration. As IG (Gorakhpur Zone), he made special efforts to curb trafficking of young women and children. Special seminars were organized to involve children’s homes and orphanages as well as NGOs to sensitize policemen. A major earthquake in Nepal had led to a collapse of the Nepalese economy, making the economically weaker sections especially vulnerable to such activities. He has also been involved in the formulation and implementation of transparent recruitment processes as Secretary of the UP Police Recruitment and Promotion Board. Yash is currently working on an ambitious Government project for universal availability of integrated emergency services for public safety and security throughout the state of UP. Yash is married to Renu Singh (IFS), Chief conservator of Forests of the Endangered Species Project at Lucknow. She is an avid wildlifer and was recently conferred the 'Devi Award' for her contribution in the field of wild-life protection. He has two daughters, Pratyaksha and Pihu. Amitabh is a keen photographer and loves Riding.