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John Danner

Senior Fellow, The Lester Center for Entrepreneurship, Hoes School of Business, University of California. Berkeley and Visiting Professor. The Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education, Princeton University

Major Gen. Thapliyal

Major General Sheru Thapliyal has served in Military Operations Directorate, Perspective Planning Directorate and Operations Logistics Directorate in Army HQ and has been Military Advisor to the then Army Chief in 1997-1998.


Nikhil Arora

Nikhil Arora is responsible for charting Intuit's strategy in India as the company builds its business with an "In India for India" philosophy. Named Vice President and Managing Director in August 2011, he implements Intuit's in–country business strategy, strengthening partnerships and capitalizing on social, mobile and global market trends.

Srini Ramaswamy

Srini leads the integration of Inclusion and Collaboration into HR and business processes to create exponential value for Cisco Employees, Customers, Partners and Communities in India and APJC.

Prior to Cisco, Srini held the role of Chief of Staff where he supported the executive leadership team and drove the Talent & Business Transformation initiatives (Diversity & Inclusion, Corporate Social Responsibility, and Great Place To Work) at Intuit (India and APAC).

For over 16 years, he has transformed organizations by creating and fostering highly inclusive, diverse and dynamic work environments, helping employees do the best work of their lives. His employee-centric initiatives propelled Intuit as one of the Best Companies to Work For in India for 5 years, with 4 consecutive years in the Top 10 and recently being ranked #1 for 2017.

Senior Advisor at NASSCOM D&I Regional Council (Karnataka), TEDxBangalore, Advisory Board Member at Women’s Education Project, Team4Tech and DTUI.Com, Srini spreads his ideas and routinely involving himself in social inclusion, education, equality & entrepreneurship.

He along with few industry thought leaders have been instrumental in mobilizing the transgender community in India through Project Vayati, an initiative that actively helped them with employment, skill development and confidence building.

Srini is a recipient of the 2017 Champion Award by Out & Equal, USA and 2017 D&I Leadership Award (South East Asia) by BD Foundation, India.

Chander Chawla

Chander Chawla has lived in six countries, worked in every area of the mobile technologies ecosystem and is a renowned multi-disciplinary, cross-functional global leader. Chander has spent the past 20 years living and breathing the mobile industry.

Mahesh Chandra Pathak

Mahesh Chandra Pathak retired from active Banking Service and a thorough Rural Banking Professional with more than three decades of experience under his belt on Credit Administration,

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Nagesh Singh

Founder FICE & CEO AHEd
Nagesh has successfully developed businesses in areas as diverse as IT, telecommunications and interactive distance learning. He has worked in a variety of capacities with transnational companies like 1dM,

Sushil Kumar

Deputy Manager, Rural Development/ Head CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility)
Board Member of NGO,s, ( Kislay, Delhi sajjha manch, Sangam Society, Navjiwan Jyoti Sickshan abum Sewa Sansthan ),

Dr. Kapil Pant

Director, RUDSET Institute, Ghaziabad
Managing the Rural Development & Self Employment Training Institute, Ghaziabad. Dr Pant believes that sustainable development can be brought about only through Rural entrepreneurship initiatives.

Amit Tuteja

Director, Connecting Dreams Foundation
Amit, an ardent believer of inclusive growth, is passionate about transforming the society. He has been instrumental in conceptualizing


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Connecting Dreams aims to Empower youth and women in rural India through connectivity and entrepreneurship.

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