Jocelyn C. Zuckerman is a writer, editor and journalist who has been shortlisted for the New York Public Library’s Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism and was a winner of the Rachel Carson Environment Book Award. The former deputy editor of Gourmet, articles editor of OnEarth, and executive editor of Modern Farmer, Zuckerman also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in rural Kenya and has written for Fast Company, The American Prospect, newyorker.com, Vogue, and many other publications.
Sqn Ldr Abhai Pratap Singh (Retd.) is an Indian Air Force veteran by training, a Wheelchair Cricketer by passion and a Marathoner by choice. He takes life and its challenges head on and lives it up. With an aim to help people cope with different abilities, he spearheaded the movement to give them equal opportunities, and took to sports, particularly cricket, as a medium of rehabilitation and mainstreaming differently abled individuals.
R Sridhar is a left-arm spinner who played for Hyderabad in the late 1990s for more than a decade and is famous as the Fielding Coach for the Indian Cricket Team. During his tenure, along with head coach Ravi Shastri and assistant coach Bharat Arun, the team topped the World Ranking in Test Cricket for 6 years from 2016 to 2021. Sridhar is now gearing up for his next innings, where he intends to mentor not just players but also coaches.
Tinkesh Kaushik is the first Asian Triple Amputee to bungee jump and Scuba dive in open waters. A determined and resolute fitness enthusiast, he has trained to be an athlete, swimmer, paracyclist and marathoner, and now inspires others on their fitness journey through his wellness and life coaching. He believes that the mind is the strongest organ in the body.
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Parvindar Singh is a musician, a dancer, an activist and an experimental instrument maker who is driven by curiosity, passion and the urge to experience something new. A keen believer in the healing power of music, he encourages, nurtures and promotes local musicians and roots for communities where music could be used for connecting and to raise awareness about various social causes.
Sabu Cyril is the most celebrated art director in the country who proudly counts Bahubali, RRR and Enthiran in his repertoire. A pan-Indian film production designer, his list of awards including 6 National Film Awards, 6 Filmfare Awards and various international and state awards is as impressive as the length of his list of 116 feature films and 2500 ad films that he has to his credit. Sabu believes that he could rise to the challenge of excelling in his field because of his inclination towards both science and art, and his innate curiosity.
Shirin Merchant is a pioneer in the field of canine training and behaviour in India. Over the past 26 years she has helped dogs with behaviour issues ranging from aggression, fears, separation anxiety and much more. She sees the world through the dogs’ eyes, and claims that what she sees is magic. As she puts it – it was actually the dogs who taught her powerful lessons in communication, empathy and most importantly, humanity.
Nirali Bhatia specialises in Cyber Psychology, is a Consulting Psychologist & Psychotherapist and a certified Cognitive Behavioural Therapist & Internet Addiction Therapist. A digital native, she uses her experience to understand and explain the influence of technology on its users and has contributed in the field at various panels and boards of leading media houses and organisations. Her anti-cyber bullying organisation – Cyber B.A.A.P. provides guidance, counselling & reporting assistance to the victims of online bullying, and conducts awareness & cyber safety sessions and campaigns to fight the cyber evils.
Abhay Deshpande is a serial entrepreneur who has been ahead of the time in all of his ventures so far. A visionary, he strongly believes in Technology as a great enabler to disrupt markets and his philosophy is to formalise all the players in an ecosystem for it to grow and thrive. He is currently the founder of Recykal, where he is set to make Sustainability and ESG a household conversational concept, while creating and enabling a circular, holistic and sustainable economy in India with one piece of waste at a time.
Ritesh Bhatia is a well-known Cybercrime Investigator and Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Consultant. A certified Fraud Examiner from ACFE, USA, he has been successful in solving many cases for organisations, law enforcement agencies and individuals the world over. He is as comfortable playing himself in MTV Troll Police or appearing for media interviews, as he is on the board of companies. He is the co-founder of Cyber B.A.A.P. (Cyber Bullying Awareness, Action and Prevention) along with Nirali Bhatia.
Gifted with a natural flair for dance, Dr. Vyshnavie Sainath has an impressive repertoire that spans across Bharathanatyam, Odissi, Kuchipudi and Contemporary dance. But what really makes her move is the integration of Yoga and martial arts in Classical dance. An award-winning artist who has researched Globalization of dance and its influences, her larger-than-life stage presentations have wowed the audience the world over, across multiple media.
Dr Chinnababu Sunkavalli is a renowned Cancer Surgeon from Hyderabad, who was one of the earliest to implement robotic surgery into oncological practice in the country. Having performed more than 300 robotic surgeries with excellent results, he has earned a place amongst key thought leaders in the space. Not resting on his laurels, he conducts many awareness programs and screening camps through his NGO Grace Cancer Foundation, that caters to needy cancer patients. Being a change agent who holds 2 places in the Guinness Book of World Records and 1 in Limca Book of World Records, his vision is to reach the unreached and to provide cancer care across all segments of the population.
Born and raised in Hyderabad, Emmanuel Raju is a social scientist working to untangle the drivers of disasters. Emmanuel is currently the Director of The Copenhagen Centre for Disaster Research (COPE) and an Associate Professor of Disaster Risk Management at the Global Health Section at the University of Copenhagen. He is also an ‘Extraordinary Associate Professor’ at North-West University, South Africa. With over a decade of experience working in research and teaching in international development and disaster risk management, he is one of the foremost names to consult when it comes to disaster risk reduction; disaster recovery; and governance – not just in academia, but on the ground too!