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Mr. Ankur Warikoo is an Internet entrepreneur, motivational speaker and angel investor based in India. He is the co-founder of nearbuy.com. He was awarded India's Most Promising Entrepreneur in 2013 by Enterprise Asia. In 2014, Ankur was recognized by Business Today amongst India's Top 25 Executives under the age of 40. He was also a part of the prestigious list of LinkedIn Power Profiles in India in 2018. He also holds a degree of MS Physics from Michigan State University.
An ex-IAS officer, Mr. Ashwini Vaishnaw is a Member of Parliament in the Upper House. He pursued his education from IIT Kanpur and did his MBA from Wharton. During his tenure as a civil servant, he was appointed as deputy secretary in the office of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. After taking an early retirement from civil services, he went on to lead General Electrics Transportation Business and then Siemens Locomotive business.
Koyal Rana is an Indian model and beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Femina Miss India 2014 beauty pageant. She came to light at the age of 15 during MTV Teen Diva. At the age of 21, she represented India in Miss World 2014 that was held in London and ended up to be in the top 10 with the highest score. She was crowned Miss World Asia after the event. In 2012, at the age of 19, she co-founded a Non-Governmental Organisation(NGO), Moksha Foundation. She has been an instrumental part in the promotion of the organization and its activities.
Eshan Hilal is India's most renowned professional male bellydancer as well as gender fluid model. Eshan's choice of work often attracts eyeballs. However, braving all odds, and staying true to his passion for dancing, Eshan now performs on stages. Having delivered remarkable performances in Indian TV reality shows like Dance+ for Star Plus and Main Hoon Michael for Zee TV, Eshan has broken all stereotypes. He has also represented India in China. Over the years, Eshan has received coverage in various international media outlets, including BBC Worldwide, India Today and many more.
Already a recipient of the prestigious 'Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Children Award 2019', 'India Peace Prize 2019' & 'Global Child Prodigy Award 2020', Licyprita Kangujam is an Indian schoolgirl, who at age 6, began raising her voice about the need for immediate action to combat climate change and natural disasters. She is the youngest speaker at United Nations in history and was praised by UN General Secretary Antonio Guterres. She addressed the world leaders at COP25 (United Nations Climate Conference 2019) along with Swedish Climate Activist Greta Thunberg held in December 2019. She has already visited a total of 32 countries so far as a part of her movement.
Pranav Bakshi (India's First Model with Autism) - At just 19 years of age, Pranav Bakshi is a part of a modelling agency, and is already walking the ramp for brands like Benetton. He was diagnosed with autism at the age of 2, and also has challenges that autism poses. However, he chose to use autism as a power instead of a setback. As a role model for the special community, he has been featured extensively by media in India and abroad. Besides being a model, Mr. Bakshi is also an award-winning photographer. A New York-based agency placed him in the list of coolest South Asians in 2019.
Best known for playing the titular role in the Indo-Canadian film Siddharth (2013) directed by Richie Mehta, Rajesh Tailang is an Indian actor who primarily works in Bollywood. For his brilliant performance in the movie, Rajesh not only won wide acclaim from the audience and the critics but also won the Canadian Screen Award nomination for Best Actor. Some of his notable film credits in Bollywood include Phantom, Dev, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Umrika, Haseena Parkar (2017), Aiyaary (2018), Omerta (2018) and Panga (2020). He also had major supporting roles in Netflix Originals Selection Day and Delhi Crime along with Amazon Prime Original Mirzapur.
Ritu Shree is a psychologist and a dance/movement therapist at Children First, a child and adolescent mental health clinic in New Delhi. She serves as the Advisory Board Member of the Creative Movement Therapy Association of India, and founding Executive Member of the Indian Association of Dance Movement Therapy. She works extensively with children on the autism spectrum, ADHD, developmental delay, other emotional/attachment-related childhood concerns. Her experience of more than 10 years includes working with organizations such as Boston Children’s Foundation (Boston, USA), Monadnock Family Services (New Hampshire, USA), and Delhi Psychiatry Centre.
Ms. Pallavi Bishnoi is an Assistant Vice President at Invest India, India’s National Investment Promotion and Facilitation Agency. In her role at Invest India, she leads Korea Plus – a bilateral initiative between the Government of India and Republic of Korea, set up as a one stop shop desk to promote and facilitate investments from Korea. One of the youngest leaders at Invest India, Pallavi is a part of the client team that won Invest India the 2018 United Nation Award for excellence in promoting investments in Sustainable Development. Her last roles in corporate world included working at Goldman Sachs’ securities division in Bengaluru and New York, and Deloitte’s audit division in Delhi.