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Speakers of our current event [Theme ] which will be held on 13th December 2017 at Indus Business Academy IBA Campus, Lakshmipura, Thataguni Post, Kanakapura Main Road, Bengaluru, Karnataka
Dilip Jain
Dilip’s life is full of adventure with a single motto of continuous evolution for the future. He is a professional turned entrepreneur turned educationist. At the age of 37, Dilip is the youngest founding member of Himalayan Institute of Alternatives, Ladakh (HIAL). He is currently on a sabbatical from his own business and is part of Sonam Wangchuk’s team that is kick starting the alternative university & its ventures. He has been associated as a volunteer since beginning of the famed Ice Stupa Artificial Glacier project 3 years back. Dilip did his MBA from SP Jain Institute (SPJIMR) and is also a CA. He has worked in corporate sector for 7 years in senior management roles handling corporate strategy & planning, finance & procurement, etc. Thereafter he joined his family business and was instrumental in its 5 fold growth to number 1 position in the industry. Parallely, he co-founded a real estate company in JV with a PE fund for developing industrial parks and as it’s CEO, he has completed 150 acres of projects. Dilip has varied interest but one closest to his heart is Me Too Kids Adventure Club that he runs in Mumbai. With this, he created a platform to provide experiential learning to kids by taking them closer to the nature, the biggest teacher. Dilip strives to balance his time between his work that generates income & work that creates impact. He believes that these are two sides of same coin and both fuel & feed each other, while giving deeper meaning to life.
Mohammed
Shammas
Oliyath
Shammas believes that our routines should be a good mix of, quality time spent with family (the driving factor); the job (for bread and butter); our various passions (for the inner joy and satisfaction) and the responsibility of giving back to the society. Donning different hats with ease, Shammas is a software engineer by profession and his passion for systems software keeps him focused, working as India Team Lead of IBM’s Mainframe Architecture Assurance System called SAK (System Assurance Kernel). Born in a musical family, he was always passionate about music and participated with his School Orchestra team in State Level competitions. In 2011 he joined an online forum of old Hindi song lovers called Bhoole Bisre Geet (BBG, http://bhoolebisregeet.in) and has performed with them as a singer for Mukesh and Talat Mahmood songs in various meet ups and charity programs all around India. An avid user of social media, in 2015 Shammas realized the menace of fake news. That is when he founded Check4spam (http://check4spam.com) along with Mr. Bal Krishn Birla, an online service to fact check posts circulating on social media. Today, Check4spam is one of the main fact checking services available in India.
Patruni
Chidananda
Sastry
Patruni is a Classical dancer who loves to perform in boardrooms and business meetings. He believes in channeling his dancing urges in order to produce unique footsteps. His inspiration for work resides in the miracle of life and interest to learn more. Working as an Analyst in Deloitte Hyderabad, his work makes him relate business with dance, which allows his perspective as an artist to remain contemporary yet traditional. Dance is the means with which he battles against the complexity of numbers and offers new ways to visualize the data to his clients. He is also an activist for LGBTQQIA rights and equality.
Subhashish
Panigrahi
Subhashish is a long time Openness advocate, educator & public speaker, and the founder of OpenSpeaks, an open and collaborative project to grow openly-licensed resources and digital documentation of marginalized languages. The project won him the MJ Bear Fellowship in 2017 and is partly supported by the National Geographic Society. He currently leads the Chapter Development of Internet Society in Asia-Pacific prior to which he spent almost a decade growing the Wikimedia and Mozilla communities across Asia both as a volunteer and a community manager. Some of the other hats Subhashish wears include his role as an advisor to the Digital Language Diversity Project (DLDP), an Erasmus+ project; former Community Moderator of Opensource.com; Lingua Editor of Global Voices Odia; Ambassador for India at OpenGLAM Local; apart from being a long time Wikipedia and Mozilla contributor. Subhashish is the author of the Chapter “Rising Voices: Indigenous language Digital Activism” in Digital Activism in Asia Reader and winner of 2015 Opensource.com People’s Choice Award
Dr. Sripriya
Venkiteswaran
"Let food be thy medicine. Period." The above-abridged quote by Hippocrates pretty much sums up Dr. Sripriya’s approach towards nutrition. She has been a follower of all things nutritious for the past two decades. What started off as a Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition was followed up by a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics and then a Doctorate in Nutritional Sciences. Her interest and passion for the molecular aspects of nutrition were ignited when she was pursuing her Doctorate degree from Rutgers University; The State University of New Jersey. Dr. Sripriya’s core strength comprises of an in-depth understanding of nutrition at the molecular and genome level. Over the years, she has had a diverse work experience and has worked in the fields of enteral and parenteral feeding, hospital nutrition, cancer research, systems biology, drug discovery, nutrition education and nutritional marketing. She has also been instrumental in the design and creation of a global post-graduate certificate program in pediatric nutrition for pediatricians and other medical personnel that is currently live in about 20+ countries. Dr. Sripriya is currently in private practice and is also a Nutrition Advisor for MonkeyBox, a Bangalore based food start-up specializing in providing nutritious and tasty school meal boxes for children. She writes articles on nutrition for various newspapers and popular and industry magazines. She is a member of the Indian Dietetic Association, the professional body for Indian dietitians.
Apoorva B V
Apoorva found his passion in Bee-Keeping when he was studying Mechanical Engineering at Chitradurga and there on became a professional beekeeper & entrepreneur. He has been in the Bee-Keeping industry since 8 years. He has traveled across the country to create a network of Bee-Keepers with best practices, facilitating technology transfer to the communities belonging to grass root level. His on-field technical proficiency about bees and beekeeping is recognised by many Agricultural and Horticutural Universities, NGOs, Corporate Planters, Hobbyists, Tribal communities and Farming communities across the country. He has worked with Department of Horticulture, Govt.of Karnataka, as a consultant to implement Bee-Keeping programs in the state, through the department's "Pollination support schemes”. Through "The Hive Trust" (NGO,Incepted on 2010), Apoorva has conducted various training programs in Bee-Keeping & has also presented white papers in seminars organised by various universities, emphasising on initiation of more research projects involving Bees & Honey and other Bee-Hive products. Being Chairman of 'The Hive', Apoorva is also Director of Honey Day Bee Farms Pvt. Ltd. from where commercial activities are being executed which includes manufacturing of all beekeeping equipment, pollination services, honey production, honey packing and marketing.
Natasha Singh
Natasha is a new-media artist and co-founder of Timeblur, an Experience studio. Her work explores the Human-computer interaction and New-Media technologies, she gets inspiration from the natural processes and dynamic systems. Nadi, is one of the work that is produced by the team she is building in Delhi and Bangalore. It explores the kinetics of the body involved in Yoga using motion tracking techniques. She is working towards conserving the practices of India's ancient practices such as Yoga through digital means. Finding unique patterns in the data form and creating signature styles with digital footprint is her and her team’s motivation. New-media technologies and computer graphics aids in that endeavour, in crafting a rich experience with data and interactions. Her work has been majorly in the domain of Generative art and also music. Another work that the team is thrilled about is Sound and Structure, which is an interactive tool to generate audio-visual experiences. Any tiny change in the shape can create a huge impact on the soundscape it generates. Her work gives a new perspective towards the future and is looking to innovate new ways in technology to create platform for storytelling data. Major takeaways from her work are rich and dynamic experiences, data as new material for storytelling and all of this with an intention to make the experience fun and informative. She has been a TEDx speaker and her work has been featured in the Discovery Channel and the Creators project, and as a part of Future Homes by Vice China.
Harit Soni
Entrepreneur at heart and an Energy technologist by passion, Harit Soni is the Director of Ecolibrium Energy - one of the fastest growing Industrial IOT Company in the developing world, with a focus on improving energy efficiency in the Industrial and Utility sector using Big data analytics. Ecolibrium is a pioneer of the field in the developing world with headquarters in India. Its investors include IFC (World Bank), and Infuse Ventures. Harit has nearly a decade of experience in Operations, Consulting, Clean energy, Energy Efficiency and Industrial IOT, and has previously worked at various organizations in area of strategy consulting such as KPMG, Infosys and AIESEC in Canada, Middle East and US. Known as an innovator who has played a significant leadership role in India's Smart Grid and Energy Management Sector, Harit is also awarded by MIT under the TR 35 Award recognizing key innovators under the age of 35. Harit is passionate about starting, building, and leading ventures with a fundamental commitment to using technology for Impact. Harit is a Telecommunication Engineer from Bangalore, a Chevening scholar from LSE, and an alumnus of the Swedish Institute. Harit is a TEDx speaker, and he is widely covered in journals like MIT Tech Review, Fast Company, the Economist, Fortune, Mint, the Times of India, the Indian Express, Business Standard etc.
Preethi Srinivasan
Preethi was a state champion in swimming & cricket, from the age of 8 until 18 (youngest member of Tamil Nadu State Women’s Cricket team at 8!), until a freak accident left her quadriplegic. Exceptional in academics as well, she was amongst the top 2% of American students in 1996, and appeared in the 1995/96 edition of the Who's Who amongst America's Students, but was denied admission in a long-distance learning program in India after the accident. It took another decade, just as it takes time for the silkworm to metamorphose into a glorious butterfly, Preethi also with the help of Grace and her parents, transformed into a spiritually awakened being! She reached a state of equipoise that allows her to smile even in heart wrenching circumstances. Having completely embraced her role as an instrument of the divine, Preethi now seeks to spread love, light and laughter in the world, as she sees this as her purpose in life. After learning about other women with spinal cord injury who are forced to commit suicide by their own families, she began Soulfree, an organisation that is working to spread awareness about spinal cord injury and to help reintegrate affected people into mainstream society, through better opportunities in medical rehabilitation, education, employment, entrepreneurship and sports. Time and again she has been recognized for her work with the most recent being "Kalpana Chawla Award” for Courage and Daring Enterprise by the Govt. of Tamil Nadu 2017. Having lost everything, Preethi has journeyed full-circle to become – The Cripple Who Is Whole!
Sudhanshu Kaushik
Sudhanshu Kaushik is a graduate student at the University of Oxford. As a passionate advocate for youth rights, he started Young India Foundation, India’s first youth-oriented consulting and advocacy group, which works to align India's policy towards sustaining India's young demographic. He is the author of The Forgotten State: Haryana’s Dichotomy in the 21st Century due to release in early 2018. A graduate from New York University in international relations, international development and human rights he has actively worked in the area of media relations and human rights. He worked for the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations under the guidance of First Secretary Mr. Abhishek Singh and Permanent Representative Mr. Asoke Mukerji. He also took part in the facilitation of the Prime Minister's visit of the United Nations General Assembly in 2015 and worked on media relations for the UNGA session. Working for CNN's Fareed Zakaria GPS, his pitches were accepted and put on air for the show as well as for CNN's South Asia bureau. He has also researched and directed a short documentary on the Haryana Panchayati Raj Amendment Act of 2015 that mandates education requirements to contest for local level elections that premiered at film festivals. Sudhanshu was named for two consecutive years on International Literary Association's 30 Under 30 list and Washington Square Park's 2016 Up and Comers. He is also a recipient of a fellowship from the South Asian Journalist Association; a 2016 fellow at the Gallatin Human Rights Fellowship and has delivered a talk at TEDxNYU in 2015.
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