Sh. Gajendra Singh Shekhawat
Hon. Minister of Jal Shakti, Ministry of Jal Shakti, Government of India
Sh. Gajendra Singh Shekhawat is an Indian politician from Rajasthan who is currently serving as Union Cabinet Minister in Ministry of Jal Shakti. He is a member of parliament from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) representing Jodhpur in the Lok Sabha. He is also National General Secretary of the BJP Kisan Morcha, the farmers’ wing of the BJP. Before entering electoral politics, Sh. Shekhawat held positions in many forums and organisations; he was the co-convener of the Swadeshi Jagran Manch, the economic wing of the Sangh Parivar and the General Secretary of Seema Jan Kalyan Samiti, an organisation dedicated to strengthen national security by developing border towns and villages. He was elected as member of parliament to the 16th Lok Sabha in 2014, with the highest ever winning margin from the constituency of Jodhpur. One of his major achievements during his tenure as an MP has been the expansion of the Jodhpur Airport, a demand that had continuously been raised during the last 18 years. As an MP, Sh. Shekhawat has received mention as one of the top five contributors to debate in the Indian Parliament. He is also Chairperson of the Fellowship Committee, member of the All India Council of Sports (AICS) and member of the Standing Committee on Finance.
Prof. K VijayRaghavan
Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India
Professor Krishnaswamy VijayRaghavan FRS, succeeded Dr. R. Chidambaram as the Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India on April 3, 2018. Earlier, he served as Secretary, Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India, during January, 2013 to January, 2018. Till then, he was the Director of the National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bengaluru, where he continues as a Distinguished Professor.
He was instrumental in establishing the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bengaluru, under the aegis of Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) and moved over to NCBS in 1992. His fields of specialization are developmental biology, genetics and neurogenetics. His research primarily focuses on the important principles and mechanisms that control the nervous system and muscles during development, and how these neuromuscular systems direct specific locomotor behaviours. This was achieved using the fruit fly- Drosophila Melanogaster as a model system. By patterning the segmental organization of the fly body plan, his research was able to shed more light on the functions of Hox genes in directing neuromuscular connectivity and motor behaviors.
In January, 2013, he was conferred the honour of the Padma Shri. He is also a recipient of the Infosys Prize in the life sciences category in 2009.
Mission Director - Atal Innovation Mission : Additional Secy - Government of India
R Ramanan is the Mission Director of the Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) - a flagship national Innovation initiative of the Prime Minister and the Government of India of India under the NITI Aayog (National Institution for Transforming India). AIM’s goals are to establish and promote a vibrant culture of innovation and entrepreneurship nationwide.
As the Mission Director of AIM, Ramanan has been instrumental to date in the launch and execution of several nationwide innovation and entrepreneurship initiatives resulting in 8878 Atal Tinkering Labs being established in schools nationwide with 3000+ operational in 650+ districts and over 2 million students having access to innovative tools and technologies like 3d printers, robotics, miniaturised electronics do it yourself kits
R Ramanan was previously Managing Director & CEO of CMC Ltd, a subsidiary of the globally acclaimed Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). Ramanan led CMC’s rapid transformation from a domestic government organization to a global IT private sector organization. Ramanan’s joined TCS in 1981 after graduating from IIT Mumbai in Electrical Engg and played an instrumental role in the growth of TCS with a variety of responsibilities ranging from product development, technical marketing, global business development, and general management of large centers of TCS.
Founder & CEO, Villgro Innovations Foundation
Paul Basil founded Villgro in 2001 and has since worked in discovering thousands of innovations and innovators, and incubated over 200 enterprises. He also co-founded Menterra, an impact investment fund. An Ashoka fellow, Paul, is also the founder of Impact Innovators and Entrepreneurs Foundation (IIEF), a US-based organization that promotes the Villgro model in other countries such as Kenya, the Philippines, and Vietnam. Paul is an Indian Institute of Forest Management alumnus.
Dr. Shamika Ravi
Director of Research, Brookings India & Member of the Economic Advisory Council to the PM of India
Dr. Shamika Ravi is Director of Research at Brookings India and a Senior Fellow of Governance Studies Program, at Brookings Institution Washington D.C. She is also Member of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India.
Her research focus is on Growth & Entrepreneurship, Financial inclusion, Health, Gender inequality and Urbanisation. Ravi is a visiting professor of Economics at the Indian School of Business where she teaches courses in Game Theory and Microfinance. Ravi publishes extensively in peer-reviewed academic journals and writes regular opinion pieces in major international and Indian newspapers. Dr. Ravi has a PhD in Economics from New York University and M.A. Economics from Delhi School of Economics.
Program Director, NITI Aayog
Mr. Arnab Kumar is Program Director, Frontier Technologies for NITI Aayog. Arnab leads NITI Aayog’s strategy, policy and implementation initiatives in Artificial Intelligence, FinTech and Digital Economy. Arnab has co-authored India’s National Strategy for Artificial Intelligence (released in June 2018), and is leading several projects in AI and Blockchain, with special focus on Healthcare and Supply Chain solutions.
An ex-investment banker, Arnab has worked for Deutsche Bank’s New York, Hong Kong and Singapore offices and has raised more than USD30bn in M&A, equity and debt transactions, primarily in FinTech, Financial Institutions and Technology deals. Arnab has also previously led product teams across 3 global locations for Oracle. Arnab is an alumnus of Indian School of Business, Columbia Business School, and Birla Institute of Technology Mesra, is a Chartered Financial Analyst and Chevening CRISP Fellow (2019)
Co - Founder and CEO, EkStep
Shankar Maruwada is the CEO of EkStep Foundation, a philanthropic mission he co-founded in 2015 along with Nandan Nilekani and Rohini Nilekani.
Shankar has more than two decades of experience across the for-profit, not-for profit and government sectors. This allows him to bring the best of thinking across the three sectors, in shaping EkStep’s mission and its strategic choices of achieving population scale impact using technology, sustainably, and with speed.
He was part of the start-up team at Aadhaar (Government of India’s unique identification program), setup in 2009. In fact, he was behind the name - Aadhaar.
He spearheaded an innovative and scalable demand generation program that successfully convinced more than 1 billion Indians to enrol for their digitally verifiable unique identity at an unprecedented speed.
He is an alumnus of Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.
Manasi Vikram Kirloskar
Executive Director & CEO, Kirloskar Systems Ltd. and Managing Trustee & CEO, Caring with Colour
Inspired both emotionally and practically by the accomplishments of her great-grandfather, S. L. Kirloskar, grandfather, Shreekant Kirloskar, and parents Vikram & Geetanjali Kirloskar, Manasi is a keen business person, who believes in innovation, affirmative action, and diversity in perspective.
Manasi Kirloskar forges her own path, while taking pride in her legacy and embracing the brand’s values as the fifth generation of the Kirloskar family. Balancing both and growing in each with success, Manasi is moving up rapidly as a young business icon and entrepreneur. She also holds the position of the Director in Kirloskar Technologies Ltd. and Toyota Tsusho Insurance Broker India Pvt. Ltd.
She has setup the real estate arm and worked with her mother Mrs. Geetanjali Kirloskar to set up their Financial Services Division and a 310 bed multi specialty hospital.
Ms. Manasi has recently been appointed as the first United Nations in India Young Business Champion for the SDG’s (Sustainable Development Goal’s).As an emerging young business leader she has the unique ability to expand the dialogue on SDG’s and business responsibility among her peers and inspire other young leaders to be proactive in their support and action for the SDG’s. In addition she will focus on the role of business in development and work with the UN on issues such as climate change, use of plastic and women empowerment.
At the age of 14 she started community service which now has been registered as her own non-profit venture “Caring with Colour” thus become a social entrepreneur.
Prof. Mahesh Panchagnula
Dean of International and Alumni Relations, IIT Madras
Prof. Mahesh Panchagnula serves as Dean of International and Alumni Relations at Indian Institute of Technology Madras since September 2018.Prof. Mahesh Panchagnula, is an alumnus of IIT Madras (B. Tech.), and completed his higher studies (M.S. and Ph.D.) in Mechanical Engg. from Purdue University.
He is a Faculty In-Charge and Director of IITM Incubation Celland has been in teaching and research for over 20 years.Prof. Mahesh served as Associate Professor, Assistant Professor at Tennessee Technological University from August 2005 to July 2010.Prior to joining Tennessee Tech, Prof. Mahesh gained holistic research experience in Lehigh University.Also, he served as a General Manager of Excel India since August 2002 until March 2004 and as a senior research engineer with Goodrich Aerospace.
He expertise is in spray nozzle design, drying, atomization, combustion and experimental fluid dynamics. He has worked with students from different geographical regions and premier organizations to build next-generation solutions for problems in the broad area of Fluid Dynamics.
Startup Programs, Developer Programs & Partnerships, India & South Asia, Facebook
Shrishti Sahu is an entrepreneur and an angel investor. She has a degree in mechanical engineering (with a minor in automation and robotics) from the University of Warwick and a certificate in Capital Markets and Investments from Harvard University. She has 10+ years of entrepreneurial experience and has worked on e-commerce, social impact and financial technology start-ups. Her expertise lies in business development, growth hacking and technology.
She has worked extensively with FICCI FLO for its Women Empowerment initiatives as a part of which she launched FLO’s National E-commerce Cell in partnership with ShopClues. She is now a part of the Innovation, Science and Technology committee of FICCI. Previously, spent a year as a part of the Investment Team at Lumis Partners, a US and India based PE fund that invests in tech companies- focused on the human capital and supply chain management domains. Currently, at Facebook working on Startup Programs to serve the needs of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in India & South Asia.
Co-Founder & Global Head - Strategy & Partnerships, SatSure
Mr. Prateep Basu is the Founder and Global Head – Strategy & Partnerships at SatSure, a spatial data intelligence startup, working on creating sustainable solutions for enabling financial inclusion of farmers in developing countries. He is a seasoned space industry professional with work experience in both the business and technology front. An aerospace engineer from the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Trivandrum with post-graduation in Space Studies from the International Space University, Strasbourg, Mr. Basu has worked as a scientist in ISRO, and as a geospatial industry analyst at Boston based Northern Sky Research (NSR), a global market research and consulting firm focused on commercial space industry, prior to starting SatSure.
Head of Startup Ecosystem, Amazon Internet Services India
Digbijoy has over 14 years of wide ranging experience across diverse sectors, initially started his career in education marketing with reputed educational institutes and then subsequently joined the advertising and events industry to execute several projects including a state election campaign for a national party, conceptualizing and running a restaurant chain in Delhi and several other projects. He joined the Delhi chapter of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE Delhi), where he worked for over three years and drove various key initiatives like mentoring, deal flow, marketing, sponsorship's etc and left his last position as Associate Director of the chapter in 2008 to pursue his entrepreneurial ambitions. He thenco-founded an online math supplemental education start-up TenMarks Education INC. which was acquired by Amazon in early October 2013. He then joined Ennovent a seed stage accelerator/fund and eventually managed the country office for Ennovent India which is a global innovation company that helps clients accelerate innovations for sustainability in low-income markets in developing countries.
Currently he leads the startup function at Amazon Internet Services to drive adoption of cloud infrastructure for VC/Angel/Accelerator backed companies in India.Digbijoy regularly contributes to entrepreneurial blogs and publications. He also plays the role of a supporting evangelist ™ to select few start-ups in Delhi- NCR region such as Breaking Barriers, One Tree Spaces, Around247, Playyoursport, Handshake etc
Portfolio and Program Manager, Social Alpha
Devakshi is a Public Health Professional and ex-Social Entrepreneur with a strong work experience in ICT for Development, and is a part of the Portfolio and Programme Management team at Social Alpha (FISE), a DST and Tata Trusts supported Technology Business Incubator.
The blend of her Bachelors in Commerce (Honours) from NMIMS University, and Masters in Sustainable Development Practice from TERI University, helped augment her understanding of business and social development, bringing her to Social Alpha, where Devakshi scouts for and helps support startups that leverage technology for social impact in the Healthcare and Assistive Technologies space.
She is actively involved in Portfolio Management and has played a critical role in Social Alpha’s Quest for Healthcare Innovations (SAQHI) and Social Alpha’s Quest for Assistive Technologies (SAQAT). She also works closely with Tata Trusts’ PATH Impact Labs (TPIL) to help startups accelerate their journey of clinical validation.
Shantanu is the Co-Founder of CareMother, a pregnancy care start-up from IIT Bombay. He also plays a role for R&D at NanoBios Lab on Maternal and Child Health at IIT Bombay. CareMother solution has reached more than 30,000 pregnancies starting from Mumbai to Nagaland. CareMother recognized by Her Majesty ‘The Queen of England’, UN-Habitat, UNWomen, etc. Shantanu is awarded by “The President of India’s Innovation Scholar Award in 2015”, Google SMB Hero Award in 2017 and Emerging Young Leader Award by Skoll Foundation, 2019. Recently, OECD published his article in “Development Cooperation Report 2018” titled -Bringing affordable and accessible maternal healthcare to the poorest districts of India. He is passionate about developing technology innovation and building an enterprise for social change in a sustainable and scalable manner.
Principal, Omnivore VC
Subhadeep Sanyal is an investment professional with more than 8 years of first hand early stage venture investing experience across high impact sectors like agri-tech, food, rural supply chains, and rural focused alternate energy and fintech themes. He leads the Delhi presence for Omnivore and is a Principal in the investment team. Subhadeep has been responsible for sourcing deals, due diligence and leading investments in multiple startups across agricultural mechanization, supply chain technologies, digital agriculture, rural marketplaces, rural fintech and sustainable inputs amongst other subsectors.
Over the last decade, Subhadeep has travelled across India, evaluating hundreds of companies in the agriculture & food sector for investment. He has also travelled extensively to USA, Israel and Singapore to build insights around the global startup ecosystem in these sectors. He is a regular speaker on topics around startup and the agri-tech and food sectors, at conferences organized by industry associations like CII, FICCI, ASSOCHAM, NASSCOM and TiE. He is a mentor for multiple agri-tech focused incubators and accelerators. He also frequents as a guest speaker/faculty at most of the IIT’s and IIM’s, including IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Lucknow, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Kanpur etc.
He is currently on the board of multiple Omnivore investee companies and works closely with them on a variety of issues ranging from hiring, business development, strategy, fund raising and general scale up related aspects. Before joining Omnivore, Subhadeep worked with Mahindra & Mahindra (Farm & Auto Sector), working on their entry into the micro-irrigation space. Subhadeep earned a B.Sc. (Honors) in Agricultural Science from Haryana Agricultural University, where he was the batch topper and is a Post Graduate Diploma in Agribusiness Management from IIM-Ahmedabad.
Cofounder and Chief Toilet Cleaner at Samagra Empowerment Foundation
Swapnil Chaturvedi a.k.a Poop Guy, is Cofounder and Chief Toilet Cleaner at Samagra Empowerment Foundation which uses IoT & AI Technologies, Behavioral Sciences and Human Centered Design to ensure clean sanitation services are available for the Urban Poor.
Swapnil (BE, MSEE) is an Ashoka Fellow, Acumen Fellow and a divergent thinker with extensive experience in Management, Design and Technology. In order to gain first-hand experience, Swapnil has lived in slums of various cities in India. Prior to Samagra, Swapnil was designing advanced Telematics & Navigation Systems for next generation vehicles at Continental Automotive(USA). In 2011, Swapnil gave up his US Residency and moved back to India to start Samagra’s operations. Under Swapnil’s leadership, Samagra scaled its services to over 150,000+ daily users across 100+ slums in partnership with several Municipal Governments, CBOs, NGOs, Funders and Toilet Operators.
Swapnil believes that answer to wicked problems lies in innovative use of Psychology, Technology and Design.
In 2018, Swapnil cofounded Loo-Governance Platform called “SmartLOO” that enables Municipal Governments to provide clean sanitation services to all citizens. Swapnil aims to impact 100 Million urban poor by catalyzing “smartification” all out-of-home toilets in urban India in the next 10 years.
Anjalli Ravi Kumar
Social Mission Director, Unilever
Anjalli is a match-maker for social good. She’s an External Partnerships and Programmes Director with Unilever who helps marketing teams identify causes and design programmes that serve business objectives through smart partnerships. She conceived and launched Fair and Lovely Career Foundation, a mobile skilling and guidance platform for women in partnership with edX.org, English Edge,NIIT, idreamcareer.com and testbook.com. The platform serves over 400,000 women and she’s working on launching it in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia and Indonesia.
An MBA from FMS Delhi and MPA from Harvard Kennedy School, Anjalli has spent 12 years serving diverse organizations through her stints in fund raising (Naandi Foundation), sustainability advisory (KPMG) and social impact consulting (Dalberg Global Development Advisors).Her philosophy is – Why try to save the world on your own when you’ll have a better chance and more fun if you tried with the right partners?
Partner at Bharat Innovation Fund and Chief Innovation Officer at CIIE
Sanjay Jain is a Partner at Bharat Innovation Fund and Chief Innovation Officer at CIIE, where he guides efforts to help create, promote, and encourage entrepreneurship in areas around digital technology. Sanjay Jain is also a volunteer with iSPIRT, the software product industry think tank. He has been an active member of the India Stack, Open API, and Cashless teams. He has been working with the NPCI to define the next generation payment systems (the Unified Payment Interface), as well as with regulators and other bodies to help entire processes go paperless. He has been one of the key contributors to help create, and evangelize various government open APIs, which are collectively referred to as the India Stack.
During his career, Sanjay has been responsible for the development of many large scale, high impact systems. He was the Chief Product Manager at the UIDAI, where he led the product development efforts from its early days till well after the launch. He was also responsible for the creation and launch of Google Map Maker - a crowd-sourced mapping product that is responsible for Google Maps data for 170+ countries (including India) and worked for global organizations, TIBCO and Sun Microsystems. Sanjay holds an M.S. in Computer Science, from the University of California, Los Angeles and a B.Tech in Computer Science & Engineering, from the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai.
CEO, Thinkerbell Labs
Sanskriti is the the CEO of Thinkerbell Labs, where they are disrupting the way the visually impaired learn across the globe. They have built a tech ecosystem to enable self-learning and classroom teaching of Braille. The flagship product ‘Annie’ is the world's first Braille literacy device. Annie is a smart, connected device that helps a visually impaired person learn to read, write, and type in Braille on their own while making it easier for other sighted stakeholders to get involved in their education. As an ed-tech organisation, we are combining innovative technology, new teaching practices and the best of curricula to bring out interactive, engaging and gamified learning experiences.
Director, International Innovation Corps, University of Chicago Trust
Shriya Sethi is the Director at the International Innovation Corps, a social impact fellowship program based out of University of Chicago Trust in India. As Director, Shriya oversees all aspects of the Fellowship including project development, fundraising and project oversight in India. Over the last 3 years, Shriya has worked on a number of projects in health, gender and water conservation with both government and large development organizations. However, recently the focus of her work has been on “Technology for Social Good” with an emphasis on building the capacity of the Government of India to use technology and data for decision making. IIC’s current projects include designing an “Innovation Unit” for the National Health Authority, assisting Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to create an “AI for Health” framework, developing a “Women’s Entrepreneurship Portal” for NITI Aayog, and working with Gujarat Education Department on “Educational Reforms” among others.
Shriya began her career as an exporter, manufacturing and exporting fashion accessories to department stores in Europe. Post her MBA from Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago, Shriya joined McKinsey and Co with their Chicago office as an Associate. Shriya went on to work as an Internal Strategy Consultant with Honeywell, a fortune 100 global conglomerate where she worked with different business units on competitor analysis, project implementation and new business strategy.
Head of Innovation, DBS Bank
Sandeep is Head of Innovation at DBS Bank in India In this capacity, Sandeep works closely with the teams across the regions and help create a culture of innovation and collaboration. He also leverages internal and external capabilities and help create the right ecosystem for innovation at the Bank.
Sandeep has over 18 years of experience in consulting, operations, project management, business development and impact entrepreneurship. In the past Sandeep has been an entrepreneur and business owner having set up and run businesses in the industrial products and construction sectors.
He was most recently the Regional Manager - Asia at Ennovent, an impact focused innovation company and managed their Impact Investment vehicle and provided consulting services for organizations like the World Bank, IFC, USAID, Governement of India etc.
Sandeep holds a MBA from University Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy; & a BA(Hons) degree from the University of Huddersfield U.K
Chief Technology Officer, CSC e-Governance Services India Ltd.
Abhishek is the CTO with CSC e-Governance Services India a special purpose vehicle under the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, Govt of India. He runs the technology behind CSC which drives the world’s largest front end service delivery points to deliver government & business services across the nation reaching the remotest of the country on a digital format. CSC's Digital platform supports multi domain products & services ranging from government, business, Aadhaar, insurance, travel, education, utilities, bill payments, fintech apps for banking services delivery.
Prior to CSC he worked with the UIDAI, where he was engaged as member of the technology team that built Aadhaar, during his Aadhaar days he was involved in building the Aadhaar Biometric Attendance system as well as Jeevan Pramaan the digital life certificate facilitating pension disbursements in addition to other exciting and challenging projects in Aadhaar which were widely adopted across the nation.
He previously did his bachelor’s in engineering from BITS Mesra. He passionately participates in Application Architecture, Product Design & Development, Big Data Analysis and specializes in Product Strategy, Strategic Tech Planning & Technology Leadership.
Regional Head- Asia, Medtronic Labs
Kaustubh is Regional Head - Asia at Medtronic Labs. A computer engineer by training, Kaustubh completed his management education before starting a career in Healthcare. Medtronic Labs is the social business incubator of Medtronic, where Kaustubh currently leads implementation and scale of Labs businesses and partnerships across multiple public health priorities. He has over 14 years of experience in sales and marketing, strategy and leadership roles across med-tech industry in the Asia Pacific region. Kaustubh enjoys sports and cooking for friends and family.
Vice President of Investments at Bharat Inclusion Seed Fund
Saras Agarwal is the Vice President of Investments at Bharat Inclusion Seed Fund, that encourages and supports innovative ventures that are leveraging technology to build inclusive solutions for India’s Next Half Billion in areas including financial inclusion, livelihood, education and health. Prior to this, he has worked at D.E. Shaw Group and Ventureast, where he was involved in identifying & evaluating deals and conducting due diligence of the investee companies.
Prof. Amitabha Bandyopadhyay
Professor In-charge, Incubation and Innovation, IIT Kanpur
Amitabha Bandyopadhyay is a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and Bio- Engineering of Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur since December 2006. He conducted his doctoral research in the laboratory of Prof. Umadas Maitra at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. Upon receiving his PhD in 2002 he joined the laboratory of Prof. Clifford Tabin at Harvard Medical School for his post-doctoral research. His research is focused on understanding the mechanisms of cartilage and bone differentiation, using a variety of knock-out and transgenic mouse strains and developing chicken embryos in conjunction with several novel cell culture techniques, developed in-house.
Amitabha, since July 2018, is serving as the Professor In-charge of Innovation and Incubation ecosystem of IIT Kanpur. He has been associated with the bio-incubator of SIDBI Innovation and Incubation center (SIIC) since 2014. He had set up the bio-incubator and in September 2015, became the Faculty Coordinator of Biotechnology Research and Innovation Council (BIRAC) bio incubator of IIT Kanpur. He has conceptualized and executed several programs like Biobuzz, Tech Talk with a Doc and Biodesign Summer Immersion Program to build pipelines for bio-incubation at IIT Kanpur.
President and Co-Founder, ConveGenius
Mr. Shashank is the President & Co-Founder of ConveGenius (CG) - an EdTech social enterprise driven to solve for educational equity and learning outcomes for children and youth in India. ConveGenius is currently working with 50+ partners (including Governments, CSRs and NGOs) to impact 270,000 learners enrolled in Government Schools, Budget Private Schools and after-school learning centers across 16 states in India.
Shashank is a passionate driver of systemic transformation in education, with 8+ years of experience in equipping the teachers and other stakeholders with technology, data, feedback & decision-making capabilities to continuously improve the efficacy of educational programs (popularly known as Nudged Learning Model).
Assistant Vice President (Innovation, Ayushman Bharat) - AGNIi, Invest India
Ms. Ananya is a lawyer turned entrepreneur turned innovation specialist. At Invest India, she heads the commercialisation vertical for AGNIi, the national innovation initiative of the Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India. Previously, she headed the expansion drive for the world's largest women-tech startup, Sheroes- into South East Asia. Prior to Sheroes, Ananya co-founded Just Move, an award-winning health-tech startup which she then led to exit in 2016. She began her career with international law firm Clifford Chance LLP in London, with stints in Singapore and Abu Dhabi. Ananya is an alumnus of Stanford University's Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies and National Law School, Bangalore. She has lived and worked in 8 countries.
Public Health Associate, Janitri Innovations Pvt. Ltd.
Ms. Priyanka is a Public Health Associate who works at Janitri Innovations Pvt. Ltd. to assist in development, research, management and scaling up of projects. She has done B.Sc. with Public Health. During her bachelors she developed interest in improving the health of community which led her way for Masters in Public Health (MPH). She has also worked with All India Institute of Medical Sciences & University of Southern California for a project during her MPH. Along with that she has done short course in "Leadership & Management in Health" from University of Washington. Her interest is on maternal and child health inequities and how technology, social support and social network could be employed to ameliorate these disparities. Priyanka believes in improving the health of community by addressing health problems of communities as a whole, and influence policies that affect the health of societies.
India Country Director, Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute, Harvard University
Since 1999, Kumar has served as the Director of SEWA Bharat, a National level Federation of SEWA organizations that serves 1.7 million poor self-employed women workers in the informal economy in India. Kumar holds a PhD and M. Phil from Jawaharlal Nehru University, a Masters from University of Delhi, and a Masters in Public Administration and Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School.
Director - Asia, iMerciv Inc.
"An idea germinates and the restlessness becomes a catalyst to take it from start to swing”
Being a founder of his companies he is an enthusiastic leader who puts in effort with experimental and reasonable ability to bring the project from conception to reality. Owing to a highly goal driven and detail-oriented approach along with communication skills developed through academic, professional and co-curricular activities at Kelly School of Business, Indiana University, and henceforth, he is able to translate company goals and ensure that all components work collaboratively. To drive brand awareness and optimize financial results, he believes in finding products for users rather than users for products. His “all problems have a solution” approach has made him move ahead with grit. From his first business outfit HTC, to his goal in
making Winssion Corporation a company that encompasses his vision, he has grown exponentially in launching brands and projects like Wristwood and Houseofpreneurs. He also heads Imerciv Inc. in India. In 2017 & 2018 he was awarded “Young entrepreneur of the year” by Entrepreneur Magazine. In March 2019 he completed his executive degree from Wharton School.
The excitement he experiences through these ventures, is, in his own words, more adrenalin than when he pursued his favorite activities, music, sports, singing and reading that are now his life enriching hobbies.
Founder, Trestle Labs
Abhishek Baghel is the founder of Trestle Labs. He is a social innovator whose interest lies in solving social challenges through technology led innovations. His revolutionary work lies in building reading and learning technologies for print disabled.
With Trestle Labs’s innovation KIBO, “Now even a totally blind person can access printed and handwritten content independently in real time.”
Trestle Labs was started in November 2017 with a vision of making world's resources inclusive such that everyone has equal opportunities to learn and grow. Trestle Labs’s is focused on empowering people with print and learning disabilities towards education, employment and socio-economic independence.
Its mission is to enable real-time access to any-type of content for people with print and learning disabilities. Thereby building products that excite and motivate people to go beyond their perceived limits, offering services that help unlock aspirations.
Abhishek is also working as a Researcher on Assistive Technologies at IIT Delhi. He holds an engineering degree in Instrumentation and Control.
Co-founder, iDream Education
Rohit Prakash is a co-founder of iDream Education - a social ed-tech organisation with a vision to facilitate enjoyable and growth oriented digital learning in local languages to every last mile learner. iDream Education designs, delivers and supports tablet and mobile based digital learning solutions for schools, NGOs and underserved learners.
Rohit is an MBA from Management Development Institute, Gurgaon and has been working in the education sector since 2009. He started his journey with a company he founded that provided experiential and game based learning solutions to schools. He has been researching and working on pedagogies to engage all students equally as per their interests and learning levels. To solve the problem of lack of access to enjoyable learning content in local languages and to do so at scale, he collaborated with his friend and now his partner Puneet to seed iDream Education.
Executive Vice President, Wadhwani Advantage
Samir Sathe (https://www.linkedin.com/in/samirssathe/) is a thought leader and heads ‘Advantage’ program focused on small businesses in India, at Wadhwani Foundation, a global philanthropic organisation. Samir has ~25 years of rich global experience in research, strategy and transformation consulting. Samir and his team have a mission help small businesses to accelerate their growth by 2X-10X in 3-5 years to create and fulfil millions of jobs with skilled knowledge workers, using the mobile application, enabled by Artificial Intelligence.
Samir is a Master of Change from INSEAD, France. He is trained in using psychodynamic principles to solve the personal and professional problems of the leaders.
Co-Founder & CEO, Arcatron Mobility
Ganesh is passionate about innovation that solves unmet societal needs in a sustainable and scalable manner. In college, he enjoyed working on innovative projects like RC Aircrafts, Off-Road Vehicles and Soccer playing Robots. However, he discovered his profound love for Purpose Driven innovation while building prototypes of Vertical Axis Wind Turbines and innovative wheelchairs which won the Aavishkar contest in the year 2011.
Now, Ganesh and his team are building Arcatron Mobility, an elder care products company in one of the youngest countries in the world. Arcatron Mobility has launched a range of innovative wheelchairs that make bathroom access easier and safer for people confined on wheelchairs and bed. Arcatron has a mission to advance global standards of assisted living and make it dignifed and safer.
Chief Growth Officer, AGROMETRICS
Kunal is an acclaimed Agribusiness management professional with in-depth experience in diversified Agricultural operations and recognized acumen in Smart Agriculture and Food domain. Kunal has been remarkably contributing in Smart Agriculture space and has represented India at various national and international platforms advocating ICT4AG & GEO-ICT solutions in Agriculture.
Kunal is currently Chief Growth Officer with AGROMETRICS, an US based Analytics and Technology Start-up serving to Agribusinesses using AI & ML capabilities. In his prior assignment, he was Country Director at CropIn Technology. He also leaded Centre for Agriculture & Rural Development (CARD) earlier as its Executive Director and was heading Global Trade Alliances for Agribusiness at Indian Council of Food and Agriculture (ICFA) as Director-Agribusiness.
He currently provides advices on institutional capacity development, livelihood projects and program support for GEO-ICT application in Agriculture space in Africa and SE Asia and also advisor to various ICT based Agriculture start-ups in the country and closely working with couple of solution providers on State Govt ICT projects.
Kunal holds a Bachelor Degree in Agriculture & Technology and a Post Graduate Diploma in Agribusiness & Plantation Management.
A blend of entrepreneur and intrapreneur, Anupam Jalote, the CEO of icreate has successfully straddled both worlds: the corporate world as well as that of innovative start-ups. At iCreate, his role entails institution building, promotion and funding of start-ups, driving international collaborations, coaching, mentoring and strategic consulting.
Prior to iCreate, Anupam has worked in leadership roles in leading companies such as Bharti Airtel, Escotel Mobile and Tata Communications (VSNL). After his role as Chief Process Officer at Airtel, he started his own venture in waste to energy as the Director – CEO of GreenOil Energy Sciences (Pvt.) Ltd., a VC funded entrepreneurial start up, then moved on to head iCreate.
An MBA from Purdue University, Mr Jalote has a graduate degree in Statistics from Lucknow University as well as a previous MBA from the same institution. He is passionate about putting India on the global map of developing low cost, innovative technologies that help heal the earth. He also has a keen interest in photography, baking, western classical music, electronics, reading and meditation.
Chief Curator, Societal Platform
Sanjay has over 28 years of diverse global experience including leadership roles in strategy, digital, platforms, design, consulting and leadership development. Since 2016, he is developing Societal Platform Thinking, a systemic method to resolve complex societal challenges with speed, at scale, sustainably (societalplatform.org). He advises multiple not-for-profit foundations developing Societal Platforms in education, financial inclusion, healthcare, water, urban governance and livelihoods. He also serves as a Technical Partner to Co-Impact (www.co-impact.org), a global collaborative for systems change.
Sanjay incubated a new enterprise digital platform business for Infosys. As Founder CEO of EdgeVerve, a wholly owned subsidiary of Infosys, Sanjay launched 6 digital platforms for Digital Marketing, Omni-channel Commerce, Customer Service, Distribution, Procurement and Credit Finance. A first in the Indian IT Services industry, he carved out a viable software product startup with innovative practices in product R&D and talent development.
As Chairman and Managing Partner, Sanjay led a $635 Million Management Consulting business at Infosys. The operations covered 20 countries across US, Europe, LATAM, Asia Pacific and India, serving 450+ clients. Under his leadership, in partnership with Stanford d.school, USA, Infosys Consulting embraced Design Thinking in a very significant way. As a practitioner of Design Thinking, he has personally mentored more than 50 strategy and design engagements with global corporations.When Infosys Leadership Institute was established in 2001, Sanjay pioneered the Leaders Teach program. Over 16 years, he developed 400+ leaders in areas such as strategy, competitiveness, scalability and resilience.
Dr. Ranjit Kumar
Head of Agribusiness Management, ICAR-NAARM
Dr Ranjit started his career as Scientist in the year 2000 at IARI, New Delhi, where he conducted several research study on technology adoption and impact. Also taught and guided post-graduate students in the discipline of Agricultural Economics. In 2007, got selected as Senior Scientist and joined ICAR-IISS, Bhopal. After serving for 3 years, he was transferred to ICAR-NAARM in the Agribusiness Management Division. In 2014, joined ICRISAT (on deputation) and coordinating BMGF-funded project on ‘Village Dynamics studies in South Asia (VDSA)’. Received Biennial Young Scientist Award in Social Science from ICAR, Best Research Paper Award by the Agricultural Economics Research Association, New Delhi and Best Poster Award in 12th Asian Maize Conference, Bangkok.
Head - India & S.E. Asia, edX
Amit Goyal is currently heading edX for India & South East Asia. edX is the world’s largest non-profit E-Learning portal founded by MIT & Harvard University. Prior to edX, Amit use to head Education Solutions Business for Samsung India and has launched various education mobility products, the likes of what we see as Byju App today.
Amit Goyal holds a Master’s Degree from Oxford Brookes University – Oxford, and has led various executive roles in leading Technology companies globally. He is a firm believer of frugal innovation and was also known as the man behind launching the worlds’ cheapest Tablet PC Aakash – A project commissioned by Government of India.
COO & Co-Founder, Khushi Baby
Mohammad Shahnawaz is the COO of Khushi Baby, and Co Principal Investigator of Khushi Baby’s just concluded randomized controlled trial. A former doctoral candidate at the Indian Institute of Health Management Research Jaipur with over 9 years of experience in the public health sector, working with National Health Mission, UNICEF, Indian Council of Medical Research. Shahnawaz came in contact with Khushi Baby in July 2014 during its first scoping visit in India; the pressing issue of low child immunization and Khushi Baby's powerful technological solution caught his attention. Shahnawaz later went on to become the lead PI for Khushi Baby’s first Randomised Control Trial, supported by the Johns Hopkins University Future Health System's Young Researcher Grant. Shahnawaz now oversees field operations, research, logistics, and local partnerships, leading the team in India full-time.
Dr. Milind Antani
Lead - Pharma & Healthcare, Nishith Desai Associates
Dr. Milind Antani, a renowned surgeon turned lawyer, leads the Pharma & Healthcare practice at the multi-skilled, research-based international law firm, Nishith Desai Associates where he represents clients in matters allied to JVs, M&As, VC and Private Equity investments, Collaborations, Regulatory advice, IP, Licensing and Commercialization. He also leads the Social Sector Practice and represents various global and national foundations in India.
Dr. Antani has been an active participant in helping frame national policies on key impact areas, within the medical field. Recognized as a global thought leader, he has been featured by many a prestigious institution such as the Who’s Who Legal, Chambers and Partners, The Economic Times, Asia-Mena, Euromoney etc.
He has authored numerous articles and prestigious publications related to the Pharma and Healthcare industry. Various national as well as international publications such as Digital Health Legal, a Cecil Media Publication, Pharma Boardroom in UK continue to reach out to Dr. Antani for insights. A regular speaker at various prominent forums on Pharma, Medical Devices, Med-Tech & eHealth, Biotech, IP, Clinical trials, Healthcare, CSR and Social Impact investments, he is also a visiting faculty at premier institutions in Mumbai and Gujarat including the prestigious Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA).
Founding Member- SINE, IIT Bombay
Poyni Bhatt is a qualified legal and compliance professional, turned to technology business incubation by chance, helping entrepreneurs for over a decade. She has an experience of 3 decades in industry and academia. She is a founding team member of SINE, the technology business incubator at IIT Bombay, and has been managing the incubator since 2004. She has been involved in 100+ start ups incubated at SINE. Several of them have done excellently, some have failed, and most are active and running their businesses very well. SINE has got partial exits of its equity holding in nearly one third of the startups supported by it. Poyni is actively mentoring start-ups and innovators outside SINE as well.
At SINE she has handled several collaborative international programs for innovators and entrepreneurs, most recently with Russia and Switzerland. Prior to SINE, she has corporate experience of over a decade in manufacturing and finance sectors, where she headed secretarial, legal and compliance functions. She had handled IPOs and fund raising, structured corporate M&A deals, and also dealt with various Indian regulators.
She is a member of several Indian government committees on innovation, entrepreneurship and incubation, and also a member on the boards of several incubators in India. She also takes guest lectures on entrepreneurship.
Program Manager-Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs, IBM
Joyeeta has worked across a diverse set of organizations - government and non- governmental organizations, multilateral funding agencies and corporates on primarily improving the quality of education in both K-12 and higher education. She joined IBM's Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs Group to manage successful implementation of some of the global Corporate Citizenship programs in India, adapting programs to country and regional internal and external priorities, and identifying opportunities for collaborative leveraging. At the last job at National Entrepreneurship Network, as a Senior Education Manager, she was responsible for leading the entrepreneurship education programs, developing capacity development frameworks for institutions, faculty, mentors and enablers. Here, she closely worked with the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship to catalyze a culture shift to promote entrepreneurship development in the country.