She has identified several gaps in the society that discourages women to continue their profession. A wide range of services designed to promote & celebrate women empowerment. Her organization provides facilities like, client acquisition, career path analysis, grooming, corporate/café talks, extra income generation opportunities, funding assistance, single woman travel assistance etc. They intend to become a ‘companion’ to all working women whom they can refer for any of their working or other needs at any stage. They cover women entrepreneurs who have their own business or could be women professionals who have their own freelance practice or could be someone who is at workplace on a job or even students who have career focus and use their spare time for freelance work opportunities.
An award winning filmmaker, university lecturer, communications designer, and storyteller. She has many hats in Media & Entertainment. Her films have won international acclaim and have screened in over 30 countries/45 cities globally. As a teacher & mentor she encourages young minds to bridge the traditional with the quirky. Nominated among the top 6 teachers in Delhi by a leading daily, her experiences and enthusiasm for films has inspired many. Her passion for making the world a better and more interesting place has led her to work for UNICEF & GOI in developing campaigns on health care & child rights.
Her work on Community Radio projects and over 11 years in communications training are a testimony to her versatility. Anandana, has a keen eye, and passion for portraying the interesting, and entertaining in what we disregard as our daily lives. Besides working on ideas for her label Cinemad Productions, books, travelling, and intelligent debate keep her inspired!
Dreams! They form the mission of Anurag’s life journey and he encourages every individual to find and follow their own dreams. He is an engineer by education; a teacher, an educationist and a trainer by profession; a dreamer and a traveler by passion; and committed. His immense belief in children’s potential to lead the change in society led him to create wonders in the classroom during his Teach for India fellowship.
His deep passion for volunteering, social change and experiential learning made him the youngest Indian teacher to set foot on Antarctica with Sir Robert Swan and 2041. He has an incredible potential to inspire people, transform ideas and lead the change. Holding an extremely hopeful and positive attitude towards life. He strongly believes that leadership comes from within through personal change. “Be a Volunteer, Leader and a Change-maker!”, it forms the motto of his work and life.
Founder & Chief Executive Blue Dot Transform Consulting Pvt. Ltd. Post Graduate in Leadership Development from Sadhana Centre for Management & Leadership He is also a certified Neuro Linguistic Program trainer, Law of Attraction trainer, Integrated Clinical Hypnotherapist, Advance Pranic Healer, Psychotherapist and a student of mantra and mind sciences. A proud and failed student. He failed in so many things in life, but one day all these failures got changed in timeless learning and wisdom for him.
He is an inspiring individual who aspires to change the way one looks and derive positive meaning out of situations, circumstances & problems in life. His passion & purpose is – To use his never giving up, persuading & convincing ability to inspire, motivate & impel people to do transforming things for them to live life of absolute abundance, of greatest joy & deep felt satisfaction.
A former Advisor to the Governor of Mizoram he is now dedicating his quality time as a CULINARY HISTORIAN/FOOD CRITIC/TRAVEL WRITER/PHOTOGRAPHER. Consulting Director with the H.H.R Group of Hotels running Heritage properties in Madhya Pradesh, India. He has worked in the field of Environment, social development, culture and cuisine especially in the North East India for over a decade now. His latest book being “A Travel Guide to North East India”.
He is also the author of NE Belly-A book on the cuisines of the eight North Eastern states. He calls North East India as his obsession which has taught and given him much. He is now documenting the traditional tribal foods of India TRIBAL CUISINES OF INDIA and one on STREET FOODS OF INDIA. He used tribal art to design his humble abode. It is his endeavor to promote the rich culture and tradition of North East India.
He is an MBA (in Finance) with over 8 years of working experience in finance service industry. Currently, he is working for British Council and his previous employers were Accenture and Genpact. He loves spending time with family and friends, listening to music and has a great interest in technology. Healways looks up to his father and his way of living life with truth and selfishness. When he 1st heard about Hridaya Foundation, he spontaneously committed to their efforts.
Hridaya Foundation is a platform where he contributes freely for the upliftment of our society and country.
Abha Maryada Banerjee
First woman motivational speaker of international acclaim, rated as one of the Top Ten Life, Business and Success Coaches in Asia Pacific. An expert at Leadership, Human Peak Performance and Emotional Intelligence, Abha is also the Peak Performance/Mental Strength Coach for Indian Olympic Athletes. After making a significant impact in different parts of Asia, she launched SUCCESS INDIA. The ‘vision and mission’ of this company is to lead a ‘Mental Freedom Movement’ in our country.
SUCCESS INDIA aims at building people by imparting ‘Leadership, Personal development and Success education. SUCCESS INDIA teaches ‘personal efficiency and constant improvement’ as a way of life, through multiple mediums in the simplest and most entertaining ways as possible.
A Chartered Accountant with 11 years of experience in companies such as American Express, Google, HSBC and British Council. His passion to do my bit for our society propelled me to create Hridaya Foundation in 2012. Hridaya Foundation helps to channelize energies of India’s youth for an inclusive, sustainable, respectful, harmonious and progressive society.
He is an educationist and believes that the demographical advantage of India needs to be nurtured with quality education especially for children who are not so privileged. He heads the education initiative of Hridaya Foundation which has a 1 point agenda – “Padaoge India ko, Tabhi to Badaoge India Ko”.
A completely blind person who lost eyesight at the age of sixteen. Never the less, did primary and secondary education in the United States. He became the first visually impaired person to graduate from St. Xavier’s College, Calcutta in commerce. Works with the help of talking software install on to my laptop and cellphone which converts visual display into audio output. Was instrumental in initiating reservation quota for disabled across IIM, IITs and government aided educational institutions.
He led initiative of establishing first computer centre for blind at Kolkata in 2000 under support and guidance of national association of the Blind, West Bengal. He isactively associated with Welfare society for the Blind (WSB) as Vice President which is dedicated to rehabilitate blind/ visually impaired to productive citizen of this country. for six blind/ visually impaired trainees.
An Indian entrepreneur who quit his 7 yearlong association with Microsoft Corporation India to co-found iForIndia.org, a social organization which enables citizens to rate their elected representatives on various performance metrics. He is also a Partner/Producer at Luv Films working on a couple of Bollywood film projects and an advisor to various medium sized technology companies.
Interested in Governance, Politics, Technology and Bollywood he holds views on various aspects of these areas and is often invited as a speaker/panelist to various events and discussions. Ankur belongs to Ghaziabad and is an alumnus of IIM Ahmedabad and University of Pune.
Amarjeet is a management and leadership consultant in the field of Organisation Development with an experience of 21 years. He started his career with the Oberoi Hotels and then went on to work with the British Government as Head of Learning and Development for nine countries in South Asia. He has traveled the world extensively and trained people from over 60 nationalities and ethnicities. He is a certified MBTI practioner and a Business Coach.
He currently freelances as a management consultant for various companies and is the Chief Host at the multi-award winning Eco home-stay (www.lavillabethany.com) along with his wife Sunita in Landour, Mussoorie
Anisha is working at the Draupadi Trust where she co-ordinates all projects, is also part of the team that sets up funding, designs their graphics and website content. This NGO is about women empowerment, reviving heritage, education and health care. She’s a graduate in Statistics and an All India Topper in her Actuarial papers.
For the past 6 years she worked successfully in the financial world as an actuarial consultant (pensions and health care) before finally following her passion of working for cause of women and youth. She enjoys reading, dabbles in writing short stories and plays, and graphic designing.”
Anoka Primrose Abeyrathne
Currently running an initiative on Mangrove conservation that is incorporated with an eco-social entrepreneurship and eco-tourism helping more than 1000 villagers directly in Sri Lanka. Policy making, social entrepreneur, promoting entrepreneurial education, protection of Environment, presentations, networking, mediation, diplomatic negotiator and team player. Regional Ambassador to Sri Lanka – UNEP Tunza Eco-Generation. Sri Lankan Youth Ambassador to the World Congress on Post-Secondary Education 2013 by the European Access Network.
Commonwealth Youth Award 2012 – for Excellence in Development Work. 3rd on the 2012 List of the 25 Most Influential and Powerful Young Persons by Huffington Post and Youth Service America. Peer Facilitator and Motivational speaker – British Council Active Citizens programme.
‘Elephant SoundSense’ is a collaboration with India’s largest design strategy and innovation consulting company, Elephant Design, offering excellence for the past 25 years; operating out of New Delhi, Pune and Singapore.
Anupam is an accomplished blues guitar player in India and has been playing since 1980. He has married his in-depth understanding of genesis of music and sound with his close understanding of corporate needs to offer path breaking modules for people development in organizations, aural branding and designing projects / community development for business networking.
He started his entrepreneurial career right after school and has built and run businesses across a vast number of domains raging from technological to soft products, services and Knowledge based businesses. Runs the Indian Arm of a Global Angel Investment Firm and also partners a clutch of International and Indian companies in the Pharmaceutical and Public Relations space. He is also engaged with promoting Art and Culture and upcoming events in this realm.
In addition to his commitment to a life of learning, Arun considers himself very fortunate to have benefitted from the influence inspiring and exceptional individuals and thought leadersin various areas of business and life.
A development practitioner with 10+ years of experience in working with voluntary organizations from India and Nepal. Key areas of operation include program planning, partner assessment, monitoring of development projects including financial monitoring. Working in Manav Seva Sansthan “SEVA”Gorakhpur.
Born in Bhopal in the home of well-known writer late Shree Sharad Joshi. She got merit scholarship for National School of Drama and completed three year diploma in theatre.She started a school up to class 4 along with interested villagers. Seeing high rate of suicides in nearby villages, she tried to understand the reason and along with her husband, worked towards creating an alternative, a place to fall back upon for women. The first was a pickle unit which was started with a family called Kakal.
She gave inspiration and know how lijjat papad worked and after finding them very competent to run the unit on their own, she worked towards reviving an existing weaving center and to start a stitching unit connected to a shop in Bangalore. She also worked with the Banjara women of Alvar dist and develop 50 products to sale in the urban market using their traditional stitches.
A learner in life, educated from St. Xavier’s Jaipur, Symbiosis, Pune and SCMLD , Pune respectively. Has been actively involved in theatre, sports and cultural activities. It was SCMLD which gave him a better idea about himself. Interested in working with people, for the people and their development. Has started working in this direction by joining a program known as the “Gandhi Fellowship” which works in the Education sector primarily in rural India.
It’s been totally a life changing experience to live in a village and work for the people. It has been challenging yet very satisfying and thus seems to be my area of work in future with a very active role of youth for the same.
He is a Chartered Accountant and holds a diploma in IFRSwith 8 years of experience in companies such as Evalueserve, Infosys, CSC and British Council. His interests include reading finance literature, electronic gadgets and watching movies. He co-founded Hridaya Foundation due to his passion to work at the grass root level with our country’s youth and make a positive impact to the lives of a few people.
He is a firm believer in Hridaya’s Mission Statement – Spreading Smile, Every Mile and wish to create a self-sustainable social enterprise in the near future.
Camilo Orlando Rosario Camara
Working for the betterment of society, meeting new people, joining groups of likeminded people. Joined Goans for giving. It’s a new front to empower the people at grass root level about their basic rights and inculcate good values with the youth in our so called democratic system. Corruption and delayed law enforcement. By trying to enlighten the people to make the government invest more in judicial courts of law. Justice delayed is Justice denied.
Cherukuri Indira Dasgupta
An architect and urban planner who did not take up scholarships in the USA due to her burning desire to serve the Nation, is the CEO of the Peoples Institute for Development and Training, a non-profitorganization which serves as the IAVE India National Volunteer Center. She is on the honorary Asia Pacific Director of the International Association for Volunteer Effort and has been the Asia Coordinator of the Global Youth Service Day of Youth Service America.
She has extensive experience at the grassroots with poor communities, women and children motivating them to Volunteer and change their livelihood opportunities and education. She has organized numerous youth dialogues in Asia and also Peace conferences at the Global level.
Dr. Chandra Shekhar Pran
He became a social leader from a very young age. He rose to the present position of high social repute simply by virtue of his committed and sustained efforts to mobilize common man especially youth to make them aware about the greater national challenges and lead them to achieve the higher goal of social transformation in rural India.
Doctorate on the “Role of Gram Panchayat in Development and Changing of Attitude and Behaviour of Youths”. Founded Rashtriya Yuva Parishad, a National Organization of 1500 Youth Organizations spread across the country. National level innovative programmes mainly Youth Goal-2000-Sabko Siksha Sabko Swasthya ,Youth Parliament (2004), Gram Swarajya Abhiyan (2005), Panchayat Yuva Shakti Abhiyan (2006-08), YAAPTA Project (2006), Jange Azadi (2007), Red Ribbon Express (2008), Voters Awareness Campaign (2009 to 2012), My Earth My Duty (2010 to 2012), and all Hum Bharat Ke Log :
Added over ‘Half an Agency’ in Revenue terms with no additional costs. At the same time Adjudged the ‘Happiest Agency in India’ by the AFAQS Agency Happiness Report 2013 independently conducted by IPSOS.
OFounder of an NGO with 150 members from all over India. At the age of 16 he has decided to be the change. Humans forget that animals too have a share in this planet. Sexual abuse for him is like a disease which needs an urgent cure. They educate small groups of people belonging to poor families about the need to raise their voices against sexual abuse.
He is confident that one day they will reach the masses and we will conquer the issue. An international issue which bothers him is the legalization of gruesome and cruel sexual torture of animals by humans that is – animal brothels. Education, women rights, rape, religious and caste related disparity. “Change” is required and he feels it will come.
Embracing Commonwealth values the list is unbounded. His interest on global and sustainable development issues printed his presence in Global Citizens Youth Assembly, South Asian Peace youth Camp, Srilanka, SAARC youth Camp, etc.
Dr. Sunil Gupta
He is working as Additional Chief-cum CIO&Head of Information & Communication Technology in the Economic Research unit of Ministry of Steel. Main work area relates to using IT in the steel industry and setting up broad policy related matters pertaining to the steel industry. A Ph.D. in Management information Systems from USA. Business Management.
(MBA) (spl. In Inf. Systems),Professional Diploma in Inf. Systems Management, Mathematical Statistics with O.R. & Computer systems from D.U. Infrastructure, ICT, Telecom and knowledge committee of industry chambers like ASSOCHAM, CII, FICCI, ICC, etc. Actively associated with numerous IT, Telecom, and Management forums and societies like NASSCOM, CSI, IIM, and numerous national
Hridaya provided her a platform to teach, play, love the not so privileged children and unleash their creativity and through various events and activities. She organises creative and fun events for children to celebrate festivals and other occasions. We firmly believe in our Mission statement of “Spreading Smile, Every Mile”.
Geetika Narang Abbasi
She is an independent filmmaker. Her first film was the award winning short fiction ‘Good Night’ (2008). Subsequently, she has edited and directed several documentaries that have been recognized nationally as well as internationally. She has collaborated with organizations like Centre for Science and Environment, World Wide Fund, and German Development Cooperation, among others.
Her latest documentary ‘Much Ado About Knotting’ is about matchmaking – India’s favorite pastime that borders on a national obsession! The film is currently enjoying a successful run at film festivals worldwide. Her next venture is a documentary about cross-border marriages between Indians and Pakistanis.
She loves animals and encourages people to empathise with these creatures who in return give selfless love and compassion to us. She is a MBA in finance and holds a diploma in Aviation and Hospitality industry. Shehave 3 years of flying experience with Indigo and currently work in a captive centre of a MNC bank.
First generation Serial Entrepreneur, Founder, CEO & MD of ITCONS e-Solutions Private Limited; A companyinto Recruitment Software Solutions/ IT Consultancy & staffing solutions and is funded by AII (Amity University), MSME (Ministry of Small and Medium size Enterprises) and TDB (Technology Development Board).
Gauravv Mittal has activated 6th Sense and God gifted power to heal. His is self- made Astro-Numerologist. His advices/suggestions have helped numerous people; be it Aam Admi/ CXOs or Actor to prosper in their lives.
The project is associated with London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine trust, UK. He also writes articles for various newspapers in Goa. Has written a book in Marathi named Shabd Yug (words age) which was published recently. He has participated in many State level and national Seminars. He likes writing, exploring ideas, interacting with people.
She has more than 6 years of experience in Treasury & Banking and is currently working with British Council. Her previous employer was American Express. She completed her Bachelors of Commerce and is an MBA in Finance & IT.She is an avid animal lover and actively engages in community service.
She is a believer that if the youth of India join hands to make world a better place to live in then no dream is hard to achieve and joined Hridaya Foundation to do her bit to change the society. Her hobbies include singing, listening to music, traveling and watching movies.
Living Positively with HIV on second line treatment, has managed through awareness and enthusiasm backed by a supportive family and facilities provided by the Indian government for PLHIV. He has been in the forefront for issues relating to PLHIVs through multiple platforms. Pursuing a more proactive role, he had engaged myself in strong advocacy in making the living, a dignified existence for the many directionless PLHIV like me, while improving the quality of life.
He has seen the Indian government National AIDS Control Programme evolve, treatment regimens mature and stigma and discrimination come down, thanks to enhanced awareness and advocacy. The unrelenting perusal of enforcing rights for PLHIV through staging sit-in’s, rallies, hunger strikes has resulted in providing free access to medical facilities, participation, concessions, financial benefits etc at the national level.
Zonal Training Head for Max New York Life Insurance, managing a team of over 100 trainers. A Post Graduate in Politics from Mumbai University and an ex journalist he is a par excellence motivational speaker and corporate trainer.
He has travelled extensively and conducted training sessions in over 50 cities in India and also in Dubai and Nepal. Hariharan’s interests range from training to writing to the practice and teaching of the spiritual healing science Reiki. He is a Reiki Grandmaster, and has been practicing the healing science since 1993. His unique strength lies in taking a consultative approach to the training process. He has been involved as a consultant with organizations like Unique Mercantile and ITM Group of Institutions.
A young man with experience in the field of education and is working to bring about positive changes in society. As Life coach, has founded TVAM with a vision to empower the citizens of the country. Worked with Ramkrishna Mission to impart life skill/value education to various schools in Uttrakhand.
People Management Strategist, Soft Skills Trainer, Coach for Personal and Professional Excellence, Mentor for life challenges, Motivational Speaker, Creative Communicator. Passionate Human Resources Professional with 4 decades of experience in Frontline Sales, First Line Management, Human Resources, Training & Development.
He is passionate about Goa has worked for River Navigation deptt of Goa. Work involved in Training Omani Nationals to obtain the required skills in wood occupations, as per the requirements of National Vocational Qualifications(NVQ- UK). Opened a busness enterprise called ‘Goa Crafts” to promote the sale of Goan Handicrafts. He also runs an enterprise called Hammocks Goa, and an NGO “Goans for Goa” with the aim to nurture the multifaceted ethos of Goa.
Kannagi Shekhar, a fellow earth-dweller and a blessed soul with a “Sound Physical, Mental, Emotional, Spiritual and Financial health” and hence her quest for life is to help those who are deprived of any of the above. Unlike charity, this quest begins with self and goes to every living form (especially humans). She was always conscious of her duties as a world citizen and that was well reflected in her painting where she had put striking questions on environmental concerns and hazards.
This was acknowledged and awarded by the then Governor of Bihar in a Painting Competition organized by Bihar State Pollution Control Board. And then It Never STOPPED! She wish to ensure the basics of life to every human – which would also mean creating opportunities for a sustainable dignified life-style through actualization of individual and collective potential.
Has worked with various Civil Society Organizations from different domains and media houses on senior positions and has always proved his competencies and the results were always visible. Change is not only life’s sole certainty but also life’s most challenging decision. His decision to change from his profession (Journalism) to his passion (Social Development) was Kumar’s game-changer.
Kumar works towards helping others help themselves and based on this principles he started his career as a Journalist at the age of Seventeen even while persuing his academic needs and had the good fortune of interacting with all layers of society. Management & Public Relations, Policy Advocacy & Social Accounting, Auditing & Reporting; his performance has always been appreciated.He has carried out target oriented social development activities & assignments with a 10+ year accomplished career track known within the industry for social development, CSR, Media, Advocacy & communicationsand project management.
He is an investment research professional at S&P Capital IQ focusing on global private equity industry. My areas of interest include investments, research, and analytics. At Hridaya Foundation, he is involved in corporate communications, volunteer engagements, and event planning. He has been networking to raise funds and run strategic initiatives for the foundation.
He aspires to start a social enterprise of his own. Through Hridaya Foundation, he aims to bring together young dynamic people who believe in acting towards positive change in society and channelize their efforts. He holds a B.Tech in Computer Science and a MBA Finance.
Kailash was born and brought up in a farming family in rural Rajasthan. A travel enthusiast and agri-graduate. He been part of Jagriti Yatra and Himalyan Yuva Prerna Yatra to understand India better. He went to Israel to study sustainable agriculture in arid regions.
Now pursuing his PGDM (ABM) from MANAGE, a premier Agribusiness Management Institute of India, Kailash is in pursuit of his dream to make last person in the social line financially literate. As a Reserve Bank of India Young Scholar and Young India Fellow, Kailash strongly believes that involving youth is critical to bring change in society.
Manoj Kr. Katiyar
He is currently working as Executive Director of Youth for Human Rights India and a member of CYP. He was elected as chairperson of committee of youth working under Commonwealth Youth Program (CYP) during the summit of last year. He is also working as president of a NGO “Jyoti Foundation” working to empower and educate young people towards betterment of the society.
He has represented India as delegate at YHRI International summit in past couple of years in Belgium and Taiwan. He has a good experience to mobilize youth for the betterment of the society through education. He has launched a campaign “Be The Change” in last year and uniting and educating youth on human rights. He has also launched a “Peer Educator Program” to enhance leadership qualities in youth.
A business analyst having 13 years work experience with renowned Corporates like Overnite Express , Bharti Telecom, Pepsi Foods , Mega Excellence, Magus Customer Dialog, EXL, ULFS Ltd, Moksh, Wings, ANN, PAMM, M’Zeal Events & Darwin Intl. Working in the areas of operations are Business Planning & Development , Marketing & Communications, Events & Activations & Strategic Alliances. Schooling from Air Force Bal Bharti School, Lodi Road , New Delhi.
Her most important years of education have been brilliant amongst students with diverse cultural backgrounds and have also excelled in that exposure. Her objective in life is to explore in totality and reach her maximum potential.
After a successful phase in the Paints industry, Mohan moved over to the Life Insurance industry in the wake of privatization.
He served as the Vice –President and Head of Channel Development for Agency in his last innings with the organization. Mohan has been into management consulting as well as training and executive coaching practice. IMohan is a certified Coach on the Level 1 accreditation pathway of the International Coaching Federation (ICF). Mohan is certified for Metaphor and Gestalt. He is also into Pranic Healing and Arhatic Yoga and uses various meditation techniques.
Working as a single member team on two of UNODC’s anti-corruption projects supported by theSiemens Integrity Initiative, a. Incentives to corporate Integrity and b. Probity in public procurement specifically Public private partnership projects.
Has led a team to conduct and develop a study on compliance of Indian laws pertaining to corporate integrity and public procurement with the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC).In association with the Representative, UNODC Regional Office for South Asia to developed a pictorial guide on the UNCAC. Classical dancer and Theatre playwright- Started a theatre company, ‘Garam Chai Productions. Scripted,directed and received critical acclaim for numerous plays
A double masters degree holder in English literature and Business administration from JBIMS,Mumbai and currently in pursuit of his PhD, Nolan is an avid photographer who uses the power of his lens to convey document and express moments as a vessel to raise money for causes close to his heart. An advocate of his causes his philosophy revolves around his three pronged approach – Humanity, Environment and Animal Welfare.
He devotes equal amounts of time and his projects involve Education of Underprivileged Children, Providing safe and clean drinking water right unto championing the cause for Saving the Tiger and Stray dogs welfare and environment protection no project is too big or small. He believes that even the smallest stone causes ripples which can be felt far and wide. Having worked for Corporate India for over 9 years he decided to take the path less traveled and took life in his own hands to start his own consultancy business for the sole purpose of devoting more time to various social causes.
Naeem Khan gave 45 years of his life for social work. His life then became the voice of all those who have nobody. B Com graduate from Aligarh Muslim University . He went to Mumbai for business however could not sustain and returned back to his village. Today he is helping in his individual capacity in getting the cremation of the unclaimed corpses/ bodies according to the religious rituals.
He then started sharing books to prisoners, to inspire them, so that they improve. With his efforts he started the women’s cell ,family Counseling Center was formed and added some people from the city . He counsel’s the Husband and wife who wish to divorce. He organizes blood donation camps in his area and is respected person in the village.
Praveen Kumar. G
A development professional and has over a decade’s experience of working in the development sector. His areas of specialization are programme management, inclusion and advocacy. He has engaged with civil society organizations, corporate and government agencies in enabling them to promote inclusion and diversity in their working approach to reach out to all marginalized groups particularly persons with disabilities.
He has facilitated the formation of networks of persons with disabilities in rural India in the states of Chhattisgarh and Odisha with the philosophy of self advocacy and has been supporting them as an advisor. Praveen is passionate about development and works for the upliftment of dalit and tribal communities. He currently heads VSO India as the country lead and is working to promote the spirit of volunteerism and active citizenship to support the marginalised groups. A Chevening gurukul scholar from the London School of Economics and Political Science, Praveen has contributed many articles and research work on development to magazines and government agencies, he loves travelling and has travelled widely within and around the world carrying the message of inclusion.
Pravin is 25 years old and working with ‘Tarang’ at Kapashera New Delhi as a project associate for its creative part. His parents were migrant factory workers though they have settled down at their home town. He has been working as an anchor for community radio show.
He is now developing skills of marginalized community workers and their kids through creative arts such as photography, voiceover and film making. He has been focused on gender equality and always wishes to create a safe, zero discrimination and friendly environment for the girls in society. All his aspirations are to empower youth for a better future.
‘Inspired Indian’ ‘Extraordinary citizen of the city’ ‘Kiran Achiever for National Excellence, ‘Bharatakala Shrestha, Nartana Nipuna and Singara Mani’ are some of the titles and awards bestowed upon this noted danseuse, teacher, writer, research scholar and social worker. Disciple of the eminent Guru Kalyanasundaram, great-granddaughter of the legendary Kalamandalam Maddalam Vengichaswamy and daughter of the renowned Chakyar Rajan,
Having brought Bharatnatyam close to the lesser privileged in rural areas around the country, Padmaja was honoured by the ex-President, Dr. Abdul Kalam Her maiden book based on her doctorate, ‘ Tantra-The science and Natya-the art’ has received wide acclaim for its esoteric and philosophical study of dance. As the Director of Aatmalaya, Dr.Padmaja imparts training to selected students.
A consultant by profession developing Internship Program, recruitment, appraisal etc. A key member of the energy team in TERI. Has worked for regulatory laws and governance in developing countries. Being endowed with a conscience our primary effort must be to respect one another’s basic human rights and then work towards prevention and curing further degradation of these rights in society.
Praveen Kumar Singh
Founder member of Voluntary Service Association (VSA). VSA’s vision is a world free from hunger, gender discrimination and other forms of exclusion, in which all women, children, youth and People with Disability advocate for equal participation in development and promotes respect for their inherent dignity.
He is passionate about excellence of vulnerable women & children .I work for the protection and promotion of human rights through restoring and empowering the vulnerable and neglected sections in the society such as women, children and other disadvantaged groups.
Ranjit K Sharma
Ranjit is primarily a law-abiding citizen of India, an ideator and a crusader against road rage and anything bothering humans. Besides being a social entrepreneur, thought leader, blogger, Wikipedian and a voice artiste, professionally, he is an editorial and content specialist in publishing and digital media with 11 years of experience.
As the founder and Chief Evangelist of the Zero Tolerance to Road Rage community, he is carrying forward the body’s mission and vision of making the roads of the world free from all forms of violence, using peace as a tool. By training, he is an engineer; by passion, a writer.
He is an MBA in Finance and International Business with more than 7 years of experience in service industry. Presently he is working with Global Shared Services Centre of British Council(Finance Support).My previous employers include HCL Technologies Ltd. and Saffron Global Ltd.
He is an avid animal lover and wants to contribute my efforts for the betterment of our society. Hridaya Foundation was set up in June 2012 to undertake activities in 6 different areas and based on their dedication for the betterment of our society, he was motivated to work with them.
A voluntary sector professional, opted out as a journalist in the mainstream media to live a greater dream. While he used to engage in teaching language, science and mathematics to young, underprivileged children in his college years, he always wanted to do something which would have a greater, rippling effect. Cherished the opportunities to work with some really interesting organizations.
They have given him diverse experiences, insights and perspectives on how change happens and why is it important and worthwhile to understand different approaches. In addition, the value added by seasoned and fresh colleagues, interns and volunteers has further enriched the way he had thought about change over the years. Currently with Centre for Civil Society (CCS) (looking after the Right to Education Platform, advocacy and online engagement); previously served Tech Mahindra Foundation Magic Bus India Foundation, Educational Initiatives (EI), Hemophilia Federation (India) and Deepalaya.
Student of class 11 of The Shri Ram School. He is also the world’s youngest author of a book on Android titled Pro Android Augmented Reality published by Apress New York. His 2nd book is due soon. Raghav is the Founder/CEO of Appaholics LLC and knows 16 programming languages. He was featured in the CNBC’s Tech Guru program – Computer Wizkid Story.
He also won the Blackberry Hackathon in January 2012. He is a State Science Talent Scholar. His academic and non-academic interests include Physics, Math and Robotics. He is a bibliophage with an interest in fiction and non-fiction works alike. He has represented his school in National level Inter School Robotics competitions. Raghav was invited by Google to participate in Google I/O 2013 and was a member of the Keynote address team at AWE 2013 in San Jose. AWE is the world’s largest Augmented Reality Conference.
Rajiv has lived in the United States Of America for 12 years before returning back to India to begin ‘The National Organization for Software and Technology Professionals (NOSTOPS)’ in April of 2004. NOSTOPS was formed with a need for like-minded individuals to come together, with a common goal – to change the perception of the working class citizens from India working in foreign nations.
Author of two books – “American Work Permit – Official Rules & Regulations of American Work Visa” and “Green Carrot – America’s Work Visa Crisis”, He has also testified against the work visa program abuse, resulting in the drafting of the ‘Visa Fraud and Abuse Prevention Act of 2007’ -. Rajiv’s writes regularly for the Time Of India and the Economic Times.
Rex Francis Fernandes
He is passionate about being the change, a law abiding citizen. He does not believe in giving any bribes to any officials. He believes that slowly but surely there will be change in the society. He is involved with Action Aid from 2002. He believes that people should pay attention to their responsibility to society.
He believes in standing against the wrong being done in the society. He believes in “Do unto others, what you would want them to do unto you.” ” Do not Magnify others Issues or Problems by Diminishing your Own”.
Graduate from IIT, Madras. Worked for ONGC to earn and set up his own farm for demonstrating the productive agriculture. Trained on Regenerative Agriculture at International Institute of Rural Reconstruction, Silang, Philippines and presented a paper on rural prosperity.
His passion towards farming pulled to start own farming activities near Chengelpet, Tamil Nadu. His mission is trying to adapt simple technologies to Indian condition, interns of water and other agri inputs utilization. Dr A P J Abdul Kalam, Former President of India, visited his farm for witness the high productivity corn crop in June 2001, under the project of National Agro Foundation demo farm. In this context they demonstrated 250 % improvement in productivity of crop. Working in six states (TamilNadu, Kerala, Kartanataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharastra and Madhya Pradesh) conducting training and demonstration on improving productivity and quality of produces. Feels that the gap between developed nation and developing nations in crop productivity per acre needs to be narrowed.
Riddhima is a young climate activist who first started working for environmental issues when she was 10 years old and created a youth task force when she was 13. A Lead Earth Fellow and winner of several national essay competitions, she was the only Indian student to be selected to attend the National Geographic Student Expedition to Costa Rica for Conservation.
She has spoken about environmental issues at various forums like the UNEP Tunza Asia Pacific Conference 2012, Asia Youth Leader’s Summit 2013 and TEDxYouth@Chennai 2013. Her projects and initiatives are aimed at including young people in decision making processes and she liked to address issues such as Education, Women’s empowerment and Sustainability.
Vice President, at ICHR (Indian Council of Human Relations),ICUNR ( Indian Council of UN Relations )and Executive President Kashmiriyat Preservation Foundation. General Secretary for Shanti Sahyog (Registered not-for-profit organization) Hony Secretary (Jammu & Kashmir) AASHIANA [ Regd NGO]
Advisor – Delhi Literature Festival , New Delhi. Awarded Ambassador for Peace by the Universal Peace Federation founded in 1999 by Rev Dr & Mrs Sun Myung Moon in 2006 (award presented by Eduardo Faleiro, External Affairs Minister, GOI, New Delhi). Awarded Outstanding Woman Social Activist by Russian Centre of Science & Culture in 2005. Awarded Outstanding delegate at Regional Conference of UNA in Asia & Pacific Dec 1986 by IFUNA under auspices of WFUNA among others.
An IIT computer science professor, took up the fight for transparency in selection process of admissions in prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). Armed with the Right to Information (RTI) Act and a Public Interest Litigation (PIL),
Rajeev Kumar has over the years forced IITs to gradually disclose their closely-guarded secret of selection procedure and also started a country-wide debate on how to improve the system.Kumar’s role is lauded by two different Supreme Court benches for bringing transparency and accuracy; Supreme Court termed him as “one of the many unsung heroes who helped in improving the system.”
Rafuishaan Lesere Desa
BBA graduate from S. S. Dempo College of Commerce and Economics. Currently handles marketing and operations for a Portuguese firm in Goa that manufactures swimming pools and related products. Is also the content and marketing manager for the website www.themangoinformant.com, a world news website which also gives readers an opportunity to put up their opinions on issues of importance.
Participated in the 7th National Business Plan competition organised by I-Create (India) in January 2013 and stood 3rd. Co-Organised the 1st All Goa Bowling Tournament in December 2012. This included Marketing the event and garnering Corporate Sponsorship for the same.
Roshani (Shenazz Nadirshah)
Shenazz Nadirshah – (spiritual name being Roshani), is the founder of Sparkling Angels Holistic Healing & Meher Roshani Foundation in Mumbai. She’s a Holistic Healer, a Wholeistic Living Spiritual Coach and an upcoming author, who blends spiritual guidance, healing, counseling and coaching with not just Spiritual Intellect, but with great love, compassion and an inner drive to abide by her calling to transform as many lives as possible and ultimately make them ‘Spiritually Independent’ by taking them through the journey of recognizing their own Divinity and that of others, and the whole of Creation.
Her workshops revolve around several themes, such as getting connected to the Inner Mind for peace, love & abundance, relationship workshops, Anger & Stress Management Workshops, Corporate Work Life Balance Workshops, and individual counseling & mentoring sessions endeavored, for making a difference to the Society in their overall empowerment, healing & moving towards a better life, with positive developments and transformations in their life and that of others. Her Foundation caters to serving Teachers and underprivileged Children to build a healthy, harmonious learning, sharing and growing platform where Teaching is for passion and not just a bread and butter job. The Foundation serves for medicals and education for the Teachers and underprivileged children.
He is in the field of communication and communicates on one hand, on behalf of existing clients and on the other as a votary for election reforms. To communicate on behalf of his clients, he runs run a maven PR consultancy built on the foundation of truth and trust. He leads a team who looks after an industry association that believes in spreading ethical use of internet for betterment of convenience, learning and creating an ecosystem of internet entrepreneurs.
Add to it, a football organisation that believes in grassroots development. Sayantan DOES NOT communicate or take accounts that has malicious intentions or in ‘cover-up” business. As an entrepreneur, he feels he has the right to choose who he wants to work with instead of working for. Moreover, as an entrepreneur, he and the agency are not driven by diktats. Ethical communication is what they thrive upon.
She is an IT professional with 15 years of work experience. An ex IBMer and NIITian, has mostly worked for international banks. Besides she has a very creative mind which allows her the ability from baking cakes to making candles. She runs hobby classes for cookery, handicrafts & yoga on a regular basis and teaches French as well. She loves to go for long drives with family and friends and never forgetsher camera. She joined Hridaya to help children by giving them vocational training on culinary skill development and handicrafts.
“She heads the United Way of Chennai affiliated to United Way Worldwide the largest philanthropic organization in the world. Tireless and still going strong at her fifties, an accomplished experimenter having a spectrum of rich experiences on the psycho social impact of people living with paraplegia, schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s, and HIV/AIDS.
Scholar of extraordinary insight and a pioneer to work with the psychological implications of women in sex work and trafficked women. Tireless advocate, master and guide of development who holds well established teaching skills with hundreds of students from Professional Social Work over the years. First woman to create an insight and public exposure to the pathetic conditions of cabaret dancers in Pondicherry with sting operations held with a leading media house.”
For the past 10 years, as CEO of Women’s India Trust, Mumbai , she working at empowering less privileged women through Education, Vocational Skills Training and Livelihood programmes. She is also the Governing Board Member of PN Agricultural Science Foundation. In 2009 she was featured on ‘Smart Business Women’ on CNBC Awaaz .
It is only by sensitizing a human being that the ultimate goal of education can be achieved – creation of a wholesome society. As a Nation, he feels, India needs people who can create employment and thereby, wealth thus bringing about a balance in the society that stands divided between a small portion of HAVEs and a huge chunk of HAVE-NOTs. This is possible only if educators start focusing on entrepreneurship.
He works as a Manager in Brand & Communications for Deloitte in India. He has worked with The Times of India Group, Genesis Colors Private Limited, Concept Public Relations, Times Foundation on developing communications, public relations and brand building strategies.
He has written for Life Positive magazine, He has worked with the United Nations Development Programme, and was one of the panel judges for a literary contest organised by the Food and Agriculture Organisation. He has earned a MBA in International Business from the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, and a post-graduate diploma in Journalism from Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan.
Admundo is a Digital Agency that looks at the Digital lens through the eyes of social media, creativity and storytelling. Admundo see itself being in the unique position to bridge digital creative and digital media strategy having strengths in both and believe that the combined sum of them is greater than its parts. Believes in the principle of “Act local, Go Global”.
Member of Rayons-Enlightening Humanity (NGO working for society in the fields of education, health, environment protection and women empowerment in Tier II city of State Uttar Pradesh. Local Campaign Co-coordinator for Occupy Polling Booths- Meerut (Electoral awareness campaign for a stronger Democracy ahead of General Elections in 2014 )Raised more than $ 2000 US with teammates under Operation Humanity to save Master Kshitij ,a rickshaw-puller’s son suffering from Cancer
A Chartered Accountant involved in the Voluntary & Development Sector of India and South Asia. He is currently the Executive Director of the Financial Management Services Foundation (FMSF). He is engaged in major research, trainings and has also authored number of books specializing in the areas of Financial Management, Governance and Legal aspects of the Voluntary Sector.
A recognized social activist and writer, he has been a member of a number of committees of the Government of India and several national and international nonprofit groups working on civil society issues. He is a visiting Professor at Birla Institute of Management & Technology (BIMTECH) and also part of faculty of the ‘Diploma in Financial Management & Accountability’, a joint initiative of Tata Institute of Management Studies (TISS) and Financial Management Service Foundation (FMSF) and the ‘NPO Governance’
A Post Graduate in Rural Management over 13 years of rich experience in Program Management in the development sector/ corporate sector at various levels from program planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, resource mobilization, training of organization personnel to assisting in devising management strategies and systems.
Have gained considerable experience and confidence in the fields of rural development, rural livelihoods, education, networking and partnership building, capacity building of communities and NGO leaders at state level/ National level. Handled projects on Child Protection and Child Participation, advocacy related and participatory based and has gained significant experience in Planning and Budgeting for Projects; developing Dissemination Plans; Data Management. The practice of child and forced labour in any business goes against the corporate policy. Manager is also responsible for development, implementation, monitoring and measurement of a comprehensive sustainability program that incorporates sustainability into all aspects of seed production operations.
Son of famous Ventriloquist and Puppeteer Ramdas Phadhye,Satyajit is the Gen Next Ventriloquist and Puppeteer. A Chartered Accountant by education. He started as an assistant puppeteer in a play directed by Bharat Dabolkar. Inspired by his father he is assisting him on all ventures. Appeared in Kaun Banega Carore Pati, and has done some Ad film also.