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SMRITI NAGPAL

Founder - Atulyakala


Smriti Nagpal is a social entrepreneur who presented the morning news bulletin for the hearing impaired at Doordarshan and later at CNN. She has constructed a creative and expressive landscape for the deaf community, through her startup “Atulyakala”, a deaf-run lifestyle brand which generates valuable job opportunities as well as the “Hearken Café”, a deaf-run cafe, that she has co-founded. She is the recipient of numerous prestigious accolades like the Nelson Mandela – Graça Machel Innovation Award in the Youth Category, presented at International Civil Society Week in Bogotá, Colombia. She is also listed in BBC's '100 Women' and '30 Under 30'.





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ADITYA ARORA

CEO - FAAD Pvt. Ltd.


Aditya Arora became the CEO of Faad Network Pvt. Ltd. at the age of 19. He is a very successful entrepreneur, his self-belief and constant hard-work helped him win many accolades like REX Paramveer chakra, Indian Parliamentary meritorious award, Indian achievers award and he was also nominated for Padma Shree 2020. Having represented India at prestigious forums like, “21st World Business Dialogue in Germany”, “Harvard Project for Asia and International Relations”, and “World Startup Fest”, Aditya has made his voice heard among the audience by conducting almost 150+ events in the last 3 years. His innate desire to help underprivileged people led him to start ‘The Education Yatra campaign’- A Social Campaign that aims to provide underprivileged children with the right to the right education.





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ISHA YADAV

Founder - Delhi Art Slam


Isha Yadav-a poet, an artist and a feminist, redefined the slam culture in 2017 with her brainchild ‘Delhi Art Slam’. It is a living and breathing community, as well as the first endeavour in the world to introduce art to the slam culture. She collaborated with ‘The Education Tree’ to generate awareness about mental illness. She is also working on an online expository drive which goes by the name of ‘Museum of Rape Threats & Sexism’, that seeks to bring to light the deep rooted and pernicious attitudes, outlooks, actions and perspectives of the perpetrators.





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LOKESH VERMA

International ink artist


Lokesh Verma is an internationally acclaimed veteran Tattoo artist. He is well known across the world for the coloured portrait styled tattoos and sound wave tattoos. He has attained the titles of many ‘firsts’- from being the first Asian to teach tattooing at an Italian University or be it the curation of HeartWork Tattoo Festival- India’s only international tattoo festival. He won the first prize in Inter Asia level painting in Japan. He also holds a Guinness World record for inking maximum number of flags to be tattooed on the human body.





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SUJATA SAHU

Founder - 17000 ft


Sujata Sahu is an ardent educator who believes that the duty of a teacher is not just confined to the four walls of an institution but is much beyond that. Ms. Sahu didn’t let this spirit deter even in the most strenuous conditions in Ladakh where she single handedly put forward the foundation stone of 17000 ft Foundation. This is a Non Government organisation that works to improve lives of the people of remote, high altitude mountainous villages of Ladakh, that lie isolated due to problems of harsh terrain. By strengthening existing systems and providing opportunities for growth within these hamlets, this initiative by Ms. Sahu aims to stem the desperate exodus of these communities to faraway cities. 17000 ft. foundation today works in over 220 village schools of Ladakh, Leh and Kargil to improve education,empower communities and create opportunities for their development. Ms. Sahu has been awarded with the most coveted Nari Shakti Puraskar in 2015 and Women Transforming India Award in 2019 for her unwavering conviction to give back to society. Her undying passion and spirit to work for the betterment of the society is a true example for all young minds.





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HEENA GAMBHIR

Journalist - Times Now


Ms. Heena Gambhir is a steadfast, perseverant and celebrated journalist. With a career that spans well over thirteen years in journalism, the richness of her experience in the field is a rightfully achieved artefact. She started her career as a news anchor at Doordarshan News in 2007, and then worked at NDTV for more than 7 years. She’s currently working with the Times network as a news anchor and a special correspondent with specialization in Finance, Civil Aviation, Government Policy, Energy sector and environment related issues which is a testament to the wide and overarching expertise that she holds in the aforementioned domains.







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